Down Syndrome Couple Engaged at Texas Chick-fil-A

This is one sweet video you won't want to miss — heartwarming occasion reminds us of power of true love

by Leah Jessen | Updated 20 Apr 2017 at 9:51 AM

Love is in the air. And Nick Stanford proposed to his girlfriend, Sarah Lloyd, in one of her favorite places — a local Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The couple first met at school in West Lake Hills, Texas, when they were just three years old. They both have the genetic disorder known as Down syndrome.

“I thought it was time to make it official to get married.”

The sweet wedding proposal took place a few weeks ago in Austin, Texas, and the local Fox affiliate, KTBC channel 7, picked up the story.

“I thought it was time to make it official to get married,” Stanford told Fox 7 Austin. “So I came down to Austin, Texas, to see Sarah and ask her for her hand in marriage.”

The two live states away from each other but have kept in contact through phone and video calls. And on March 27, Stanford worked up the nerve to get down on one knee. The two then made a lifelong love commitment.

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Lloyd was "shocked" her boyfriend proposed and described the occasion as "heart-touching."

"My boyfriend, he's strong, he's brave, and he's a fighter," she said.

During the proposal, Stanford struggled to get the ring — which is apparently a few sizes too small — on Lloyd's hand.

"He tries every finger, until she points which one," Fox 7 Austin wrote in a Facebook post. It accompanied the video by eyewitness Kaleigh Pierce, who captured the moment at Chick-fil-A.

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"It was suggested Sarah get another ring, but she refused," Fox 7 Austin reported. "Her mom said she set a goal to lose weight and wear the ring Nick gave her."

She's already lost seven pounds, just as the couple starts the preparations for their 2019 wedding.

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