Their Lives Changed Forever
It was a message no girlfriend should have to hear. “Colton has a broken back.” When Taylor Naho’olewa received a call that her boyfriend had been injured while skiing, she knew that her life would never be the same. In fact, both of their lives were on a new course…just not the way Taylor expected.
Falling in Love
A Texas girl at heart, Taylor never imagined when she moved to American Fork, Utah the man of her dreams would be waiting. After living there a short while, she soon developed a relationship with an extreme snowboarder. Even better, he even shared her faith as a fellow Mormon.
Colton Brockbank was known by his friends and family for being a risk taker. He loved extreme sports and had his fair share of injuries to prove it. Colton even broke his back once before and managed to survive. Yet despite his daredevil antics, Taylor loved him–broken bones and all.
A Valentine’s Day Apart
It would be on Valentine’s Day 2014 when both of their lives would take a radical turn. Taylor was already disappointed because she wasn’t going to enjoy a romantic evening with Colton, who had decided to go snowboarding in Park City with some friends.
However, spending time alone on Valentine’s Day was soon going to be the least of her problems.
An Unexpected Phone Call
It would be later that afternoon, as Taylor was trying to keep herself busy when she would receive an unexpected and horrifying call. Colton had been transported to Alta View Hospital in Sandy, Utah. He had been badly injured while on the slopes.
A Friend Confesses
Unable to come to the phone, Colton’s friend explained to Taylor that the injuries were serious and they were on the way to the emergency room. Taylor’s heart deflated. Not only was she alone on Valentine’s Day, but the love of her life was no hurt.
Could the day get any worse?
Not Out of the Ordinary
Despite being scared for Colton, these types of calls were actually common for Taylor. Due to the nature of extreme sports, Colton had found himself in the E.R. on more than one occasion.
A Past of Injuries
Some of Colton’s past injuries included multiple concussions, surgeries for his ankle and foot, and a variety of fractures. Despite these past injuries, Taylor was still worried. This feeling only intensified when Colton’s friend dropped another bombshell.
Possible Broken Back
The friend revealed that it was possible Colton had broken his back. Taylor’s heart fell, this wasn’t the first time he had seriously injured his back and she knew how hard the recovery period was. Refusing to wait any longer, Taylor rushed to the hospital.
Rushing to the Hospital
Distraught and wanting to be by Colton’s side, Taylor sped through town to make it to the emergency room. She prayed that he would be okay and knew no matter what, they’d get through this trial together.
Caught on Camera
Unknown to Taylor, the next sequence of events would be completely caught on video. Arriving by Colton’s side, Taylor fought back tears as she saw his pitiful state. Dressed in a gown, with a breathing mask and neck brace, Taylor worried his injuries were worse than she thought.
Then, Colton handed her a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Taking Care of You
Colton seemed distraught that Taylor felt so bad, and told her, “I know I haven’t always taken care of myself, but I want to take care of you.”
What a sweet and sensitive man!
Moved to Tears
Overcome with emotion, Taylor couldn’t help but cry. Colton then lets her know his mother had helped with her Valentine’s flowers and she rushed over to give his mother a hug.
It was then Colton did something shocking.
A Shocking Surprise
While Taylor was busy thanking Colton’s mom, Colton slowly removed his oxygen mask, neck brace and stood up. At this point, Taylor sensed something was going on and turned around to find Colton smiling ear-to-ear.
It seemed he wasn’t injured at all!
Professing His Love
Taylor was completely taken aback. Had this been a big ploy all along? Then, Colton got down on one knee and Taylor was completely overcome with emotion as he said, “I love you more than I could ever imagine, and I couldn’t think of a better way to surprise you.”
On One Knee
Taylor could only gasp when Colton took to his knee and revealed a stunning ring. Shocked, surprised, stunned and scared, Taylor was a bundle of emotions.
Could this really be happening?
Will You Marry Me?
Colton looked up into Taylor’s eyes and asked: “Will you marry me?” However, Colton was barely able to get out the full question before Taylor did something that brought pure joy to his heart.
An Emotional “Yes”
Taylor screamed “YES” before rushing into Colton’s arms for an emotional hug and kiss. Tears streaming down her face, Taylor couldn’t believe the sharp detour her life had taken in one afternoon. From thinking her boyfriend was seriously hurt to becoming engaged, the emotional rollercoaster she was on was almost too much to handle.
But how did Colton pull off such an elaborate stunt?
The Perfect Plan
While Taylor thought that Colton’s friends and family had come to the hospital because they thought he was injured. The truth was they all were in on his master plan.
Mother Knows Best
Even Colton’s mother was in on the whole charade. Taylor couldn’t believe how easily she had been fooled. Thankfully, she adored her future mother-in-law.
Pulling Off the Prank
In order to pull off the prank successfully, Colton enlisted the help of the doctors and nurses at the hospital. They were very aware of his previous injuries from snowboarding and knew how to make things look convincing.
Throwing Off Taylor
In order to throw off Taylor, Colton had to plant the seed of doubt that he was feeling up to par that day. “She’s really nervous about me continuing to do the sports that I’m doing,” Colton revealed in his proposal video.
Setting the Scene
“I was kind of down-talking how I would perform at ‘filming’ today at Park City,” Colton revealed. “I told her that I was probably going to end up getting wrecked, and I was really nervous. And so, she’s like, ‘You’ll do great, babe.’”
According to Taylor, her confidence that day was not 100% due to the fact Colton had previous injuries. She knew one-day things could really go south, but thankfully that wasn’t the case.
Happily Ever After
The couple married in September 2014 with no injuries involved. Now they look forward to their futures together, but will always remember their unique proposal.
We wish these lovebirds two marriage bliss.