Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bold Prediction Leads to 'Fireworks'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bold Prediction Leads to 'Fireworks'

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Byline: Robyn Brody

Taylor Hunter and Robert Johnson were both on dates with other people when they met at a bonfire in the fall of 2014. They engaged in small talk and went their separate ways. Taylor thought nothing of it, but Robert was captivated. He actually joked with his friends that very night, telling them he was going to marry Taylor.

Robert sent a friend request to Taylor on Facebook later that night and asked her to go fishing. She politely declined. "I told him no, because I didn't know who he was. I said, 'I don't even know you.' " That didn't stop Robert from trying. He continued to ask her out on dates and, by the fifth time, Taylor gave in. "I knew if I didn't go, he wouldn't leave me alone." She clearly was not looking forward to the date. In fact, as she left her home, her mother quipped, "Good luck to Robert Johnson."

Robert and Taylor met for pizza in Green Cove Springs and the sparks were flying. Taylor described it as "fireworks across the table." They laughed and talked and closed the restaurant down. Still, their next date wasn't for two more months. Robert admits it may have been a case of him playing hard to get. But it wasn't long before they both realized they were a perfect match. Taylor fell in love quickly. "He was a country boy with good manners. It was so much like home to me. He reminded me of everything I grew up with in my family." Robert loved the way Taylor would come to his house and start decorating it. "It was a bachelor's house that she turned into a home." Robert explained that he had been through some rough times in his life and built a tough exterior, but Taylor found a way into his heart.

In November 2016, Robert went to church with Taylor and her family. Following the service, Taylor's father suggested they look at an acre of property the couple purchased together in Keystone Heights. As Taylor walked on the heavily wooded lot with her parents and brother, she came to a clearing. There was a blanket with rose petals that spelled out the words "Will you?" More rose petals were formed in the shape of a heart. …

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