Benton natives Brooke McGinness and Hayden Lessenberry met during Brooke's junior year at Bryant High School. He was the senior quarterback and Brooke was the totally smitten cheerleader crushing on him from the sidelines. The two began dating on Halloween in 2012 after their first date spent rushing through a haunted house. Fast-forward almost six years later — and after four years of long-distance dating through college — Hayden got down on one knee and asked Brooke to be his wife April 7, 2018.
Here's their engagement story from Brooke's own words:
"He snuck up to Fayetteville one weekend while I thought I was just attending an event at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as my best friend’s (and now MOH) date. She had somehow convinced me to walk the trail to look at the outdoor exhibits even though it was freezing cold outside. I was so clueless! We turned the corner by the pond and there he was at the end of the path with a bouquet of flowers looking handsome as ever. It was simply a blur from that point on; I only remember being overwhelmed with joy! It was my dream come true and I could not say 'yes' fast enough!"
The two will tie the knot on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Legacy Acres in Conway — and we can't wait to see their big day.