Kelsey Terry and Coleman Sharpe are to be married June 2, 2018, the Oyster Farm at Kings Creek in Cape Charles, Va.
Kelsey, 20, is a student at James Madison University and plans to graduate in 2018. She graduated from First Colonial High School in 2014. She is a daughter of Mitchell and Trish Terry.
Coleman, 21, is a student at North Carolina State University and plans to graduate in 2018. He graduated from First Colonial High School in 2014. He is a son of Marvin and Debbie Sharpe.
“We were high school sweethearts at First Colonial, but it all started at Kings Grant Elementary School in second grade,” said Kelsey. The couple started dating their junior year of high school after their ring dance. “I was accepted to James Madison University, and he received a Navy ROTC scholarship to North Carolina State University. Going off to college was a make-or-break point, but it made us all the more stronger,” said Kelsey.
They grew together as a couple and grew as individuals during their first few years of college. “Time and time again, we would receive confirmation in little ways from God about our relationship and the biggest one came in the form of our engagement,” said Kelsey.
They would often go see the sunrise together during their winter breaks and then stop by Mary’s at the oceanfront for breakfast. On Dec. 17, 2016, they went to their usual spot at the oceanfront with a friend of Coleman’s who likes to take pictures. The sun rose behind the clouds, but as the clouds separated, Coleman got down on one knee and asked Kelsey to marry him. “I said yes, of course, and we walked into the sunrise taking pictures and then to Mary’s to have breakfast with our parents,” said Kelsey.
The next day, they were met with quite a surprise, as someone was looking for them. As it turned out, they were the “mystery couple” who everyone was looking for on the news. The morning the couple became engaged, someone was capturing a time-lapse of the sunrise and accidentally taped the proposal.
“We are just two quiet people in love, and if anyone told us that our proposal would be all over the news, we wouldn’t believe you,” said Kelsey. Looking back, the couple laughs at how ironic it is that out of all the couples out there, it would be them who would be caught accidentally on the news. “We also see it as a confirmation from God, that for some reason, he wanted everyone to know,” said Kelsey.
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