Love is in the air at the Trail of Lights

The Zilker Tree at Trail of LIghts (Credit: Trail of Lights Foundation)
The Zilker Tree at Trail of Lights from 2015 (Credit: Trail of Lights Foundation)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Over the last two weeks, thousands have passed through Austin’s Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. Some are just starting a tradition while others have been going to the holiday event for years.

It is also becoming a popular spot to get engaged. After asking KXAN viewers to share their proposal stories, we got quite the response.

Will and Monica on their engagement at the Trail of Lights. (Courtesy: Thompson Family)
Will and Monica on their engagement at the Trail of Lights. (Courtesy: Thompson Family)

“He did good,” said Monica Thompson as she turned and smiled at her husband, Will.  While the trail was a favorite spot for Monica, Will says he had never gone before the day he asked Monica to be his wife.

“I remember specifically calling [the organizers] and being like, ‘Hey, so I’m going to be proposing at the Trail of Lights, where’s a good spot to do it?'” said Will.

Will made it happen while home on leave from the Navy on Dec. 15, 2013.

“I had no idea,” said Monica. “I was like, ‘Oh he’s rushing through it, he’s not appreciating all the lights, it’s so pretty and then we ran into my friend.” That “friend” was really there to capture the moment.

It was a moment Amanda and Logan Jones shared at the Trail of Lights seven years earlier.

“Her one rule was you can’t propose to me before I graduate so I waited an hour,” said Logan. One hour after graduation at the University of Texas on Dec. 9, 2007 he popped the question under her favorite spot: the Zilker Tree.

“I got down on one knee and asked her the question,” said Logan. “She was totally thrown off guard, didn’t know it was coming.”

Logan and Amanda Jones
Logan and Amanda Jones engagement at the Trail of Lights. (Courtesy: Jones Family)

“It’s something we’ll never forget and I wouldn’t have asked for it to happen any other way,” said Amanda.

The Jones’ now live in San Antonio, and every year since 2007 they’ve been back. Their family has grown from two to four.

“The 3-year-old, her name is Addison, and we tell her [the story] every time we go to the tree and we tree spin. We say this is where daddy asked mommy to be his wife,” said Amanda. “And her response this year was, ‘and then I came!”‘

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