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Many local couples are constantly on the lookout for a special spot for engagement pictures or proposals. Ever since the recent reopening of Lake Herrick at the beginning of October, this may be just the perfect spot! Lake Herrick is part of the UGA recreation complex off of College Station Road. After being closed down 16 years ago due to possible pollution, the University has opened up Lake Herrick again for research and leisure use.


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Part of the reopening included renovation of the event pavilion and a new dock. There is also a bridge, benches, and multiple other docks overlooking the lake that are perfect for watching the sunrise and sunset. This quiet and beautiful park area is a hidden treasure perfect for UGA students and locals.


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This spot is especially sentimental for one recently engaged couple, Carter Basham and Cory Amick. Two years ago, around this time of year, Carter and Cory met through Freshley, a UGA campus ministry. Ever since the beginning of their relationship, Lake Herrick has been a special place for them.



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When the time came for the next step in their relationship, Cory knew just the place to propose. A few hours before the proposal, some of Cory’s roommates helped him set up for a dinner date that both Carter and Cory will forever remember and cherish. With a table from Two Story, a previously open local coffee shop that they loved, and string lights across the new dock, the spot was perfect.



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Since Chipotle was their first meal together as an official couple, Cory had the sweet idea to also make it their first meal as an engaged couple! After dinner on the dock and popping the question, Carter and Cory were officially engaged! But even after leaving the dock, Cory still surprised Carter by gathering their closest friends and family for a celebration. With all of the thoughtful, sentimental aspects of this proposal, it is definitely one to remember.



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Whether Lake Herrick was one of your first date spots or not, it is definitely a beautiful and intimate place for a proposal or even engagement pictures! With the background of a lake, sunset, bridge, and greenery, it could be exactly what you are looking for. All across Athens, there are hidden spots just like this. Especially after its reopening, Lake Herrick was a perfect spot for this sweet couple to pop the question, and maybe it is the perfect spot for you too!



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