An amazing proposal
By India Holland-Stewart
HIGH POINT– It is the proposal of a lifetime.
It took weeks of planning and perfect timing.
This proposal had a few twists, though. It consisted of a disc golf challenge, kayaking, eating a hot wing at East Coast Wings, a Sudoku puzzle, skeet shooting, tic-tac-toe scavenger hunt, learning to shag and having the “Amazing Race” flag painted on her ring finger.
And the man of her dreams, with a ring, kneeling on one knee on a bridge.
Now that’s a proposal.
Palmer Record and Katherine Reavis have been dating since the ninth grade. They were on the swim team together at Wesleyan Christian Academy. They were always in the same homeroom together, and she sat in front of him because their last names were in alphabetical order.
“I always bugged her to go out with me. She wouldn’t have anything to do with me. But I broke her down after about six months and she finally gave in and agreed to go out with me,” Record said.
They’ve been inseparable ever since.
“It’s cool,” Record said. “We grew up and grew together on the same path and shared same experiences coming up.”
They always knew they would get married. Reavis and Record had discussed it several times, but not in detail.
Fast forward six years later. Reavis posted on Pinterest her six simple rules that she had to have when getting engaged: he had to ask her parents, get on one knee, make it a surprise, use her full name, get it on camera and she must have her nails done.
Record knew making it a surprise would be a challenge, so he got his and her entire families involved. That’s when the “Amazing Race” theme was created. With a lot of help and secrecy from the families, they were able to pull off a very elaborate proposal that Reavis would never forget.
The “race” was based off the television show “The Amazing Race,” teams compete in various challenging actives as they race through different global locations.
Record had created an “Amazing Race” just for this proposal. Reavis unknowing helped plan her own proposal by helping plan the race. They had other friends and family competing in the race, but they conveniently dropped out during the race to prepare for the main event. Record and Reavis were the last two in the race.
“I was so into the race, I didn’t know what was going on. I was being really competitive and had no idea what was really going on...not until much later,” Reavis said. “ I thought I had messed us up a few times, but he was really sabotaging us so it would take longer. I had gotten really frustrated with him during the race.”
The race ended at Mendenhall Business Park on a bridge with friends and family waiting nearby. Record set up the sidewalk leading up to the bridge with pictures of their lives together through the years and signs. The first sign said “our race,” and the last sign said, “begins now”.
“I was in tears by this time,” Reavis said.
Tanner Record, Record’s brother, took pictures as Anderson Kursonic, cousin, was keeping the family appraised of their progress.
“They are walking down the sidewalk. They are on the mat. She is reading the clue. He is reaching in the clue box for the ring. He’s on one knee. Light the fuse. Light the fuse. Light the fuse,” Kursonic whispered.
As Record stood up and Reavis nodded yes, the fireworks exploded and all the guests exploded in applause that could be heard all over the park.
Reavis said it’s hard work keeping a good relationship going, but it is worth it.
“If you want to make it work, you have to commit to it. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes,” Reavis said.
The hard work for them came when Reavis left for two and one-half years to attend college at Appalachian State University. “He told me, if you ever really need me, call me and I will come.” Record met that promise when Reavis called him one night at 11 p.m. after having an exceptionally hard day at school.
“I had it timed. It was exactly 146 minutes from my doorstep to hers if I went 71 mph the whole way,” Record said.
“It feels good to know that you have someone who is willing to put in the work for the relationship,” Reavis said.
Record is a full-time firefighter at Station 5 in High Point and Reavis is a nursing student at Forsyth Technical Community College. Both have very demanding careers that require a lot of time and dedication.
“You have to be on the same page. If you are going to make it work, you have to be all in and not give up when things get hard. You have to work through it,” Reavis said.
“Love is a commitment not a feeling,” Record said. “We are together, and that’s what we are going to do. You make the decision to love and the feelings come along with that. We’ve had this amazing race together for the past six years. This is our way of continuing the race,” Record said.
Wedding plans are underway. The couple plan to get married next May or June. Later down the road, they want children. For now, they are focusing on their wedding and careers.