It sounds silly, they say separately, but they both knew they found the one after their first deep conversation.
Brianna Turang and Tress Way fell in love quickly and dated for nine months.
What follows is how the love story of a football punter and a softball/soccer star was captured in modern ways.
Brianna Turang loved watching the cute ways a proposal was caught on tape.
‘Tress, come look at this one.’
“So I knew two things,” Way told The Oklahoman. “I was going to propose to this beautiful woman and I was going to blow all these other guys’ proposals out of the water.”
So he got a little help from his family, her family, the football team chaplain and head of Oklahoma’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, the softball team chaplain, and FCA’s videographer, former Sooner football player Vince Carter.
The day came on April 28.
The day before, he signed with the Chicago Bears to be an NFL punter. Then on the 28th, he told Brianna he wanted to take her to a nice dinner to celebrate.
When the cameras came to her doorstep with two of his best friends and Way nowhere in sight, Turang never thought twice that this was part of his marriage proposal.
“He always did really cute things for dates,” Turang told The Oklahoman. “I’m a lucky girl.”
The proposal became a revisiting of places where people who loved both Turang and Way spoke to her, prayed over her and sent her to the next stop.
“I cried at every stop,” she said.
“Bri, she has such a big, caring heart that I knew this would make her cry,” Way said.
Way sent Turang to the cafeteria where they first met, to the spot in the parking lot where they had their first dance, to the hill where they first fell in love last 4th of July and finally to the house of their FCA leader who has a game room where they had their first deep conversation, where they first knew that this was, no doubt, the one.
At the final stop, at that game room, he closed the doors before he got down on one knee.
“I wanted what was said in that room to be between just the two of us for forever,” he said.
Like for most guys who fall deeply in love with a girl, Turang made Way a better person, he said. She meant everything to him.
Just a few weeks before, he sat in his pick-up truck outside the softball stadium in Norman. He was waiting for his then-girlfriend to get out of practice. A picture of her sat on the dash.
He stared out the front window of his truck until a beautiful, delicate woman pushed open a gate and walked across the grass. In her arms was a pile of clothes.
“You see that?” Way said watching Turang as she looked at the ground, careful to not drop any of the clothes or step in any holes. “That right there is my entire world.
“I’m going to ask her to marry me.”
And on April 28, he did. And she said yes.
He had bought her the ring with money he had before he signed with a professional football team.
“You know, I thought about waiting because, of course, I could have gotten her a bigger ring after signing,” he said.” But Bri’s not like that. She would rather have a ring that she knew I put hard work into getting her.”
Now, the happily engaged couple is living in separate cities, but that should end fairly soon. After her final collegiate softball season ended, Turang was looking to go to nursing school in whatever city Way would be. Luckily for Turang, there are about eight major medical schools in the Chicagoland area.
This past weekend, Way watched from the stands of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium as his fiancee rounded the bases holding a sign that said ‘Way 2Fast 2urang.’ Nothing could wipe that love-filled smile from his face.
“I’m just beyond excited to know,” Way said, “that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.”