CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fairy tales do come true, at least for one Charlotte elementary school teacher. Her boyfriend used her love of children's books as a novel way to propose marriage.
Torrieann Dooley is used to reading children's books, she teaches second grade at David Cox Elementary School. But this book is her own love story, which started about a year and half ago when she met now fiancee Richard Kennedy. He was bartending, she came in and he bought her a piece of cake.
"It didn't take that long to know; I knew it, pretty much right away," said Richard Kennedy.
And the fairy tale begins. When Richard decided to propose, his hopeless romantic side kicked in.
"I knew I wanted to do something special for her, because she's definitely worth it," said Kennedy.
He wrote the text of their relationship from the first kiss to vacations. He had his family help with the drawings and then went online and published the book.
Then came the moment.
"So this day we did our normal routine: did church, errands and walked into Barnes and Noble," recalled Kennedy.
He called her over to a reserved section where the book was waiting. As they read, she realized this was it.
"I was just really excited! I was trying to stay engaged with the book because it's such great story, but I was shaking," said Dooley.
She, of course, said yes.
"I love books, I love childrens books; since I teach, I read a lot. So this is thoughtful and reflective of him to do something special that is meaningful for me," said Dooley.
He left the back half of the book blank so they can finish writing their story together.
“We've started a great family tradition. I plan on putting our family photos from this year in the back half the book and republish it, and then maybe we can write new book every year and put family pictures in there," said Kennedy.
The couple is getting married this September. They are still deciding where their story will continue on their honeymoon.