Chris Lane has found his “Take Back Home Girl” in Lauren Bushnell. The two are engaged to be married. Lane planned a down-home proposal during a visit to Bushnell’s family home in Portland, Oregon.
“I knew she wouldn’t want some elaborate crazy proposal,” Lane shares of proposal in a conversation with PEOPLE. “So, I decided to keep it pretty casual. I asked her parents for different places in Portland I could potentially take her to, but after a lot of thought I decided doing it at the family cookout would be the most laid-back setting and that she’d appreciate the simplicity of me proposing to her in her parents’ backyard.”
“I was initially worried that doing it on Father’s Day might not be the best move, but her dad, Dave, said that it could only add to his Father’s Day and that’s when I decided Sunday, June 16 was the day,” he adds. “Shout out to Lauren’s parents, Dave and Kris, for having the yard in tip-top shape!”
Lane kicked things off by playing a song for the family he’d written especially for his soon-to-be-fiancee. As the song, called “Big, Big Plans,” played, the lyrics and sentiment (“Right now we’re back in her hometown / and I’m down on one knee”) became more clear to Bushnell.
“I lost it. It was the happiest moment of my life!” she shared. “Chris is the most thoughtful person. He clearly put so much time and thought into not only the song, but also making sure everyone I love most was surrounding us in that moment. Holding each other, hearing the song for the first time and then seeing him get down on one knee is a moment I’ll never forget. Watching the video back was almost just as emotional as the proposal itself— I still get teary-eyed even thinking about it. Seeing all of those memories in one place and then reliving the best day of my life is pretty special!”
For the ring, Lane proposed with a 3.5 carat, emerald-cut diamond. He knew exactly what Bushnell would like after taking her ring shopping “just for fun.”
“Watching her try on rings, I learned she loves emerald-cut diamonds,” Lane says. “I even heard her say that was the exact kind of ring she wanted. Thankfully she made it pretty easy to pick out!”
As for wedding planning, Lane expects a few tasks to be delegated to him, but otherwise, will leave it in the hands of the blushing bride.
“I’m sure she’ll delegate a few tasks to me — the biggest being the pastor, since that decision is important to me,” he shares. “I’ll be there for her with anything she needs help with, but my plan is to tour and stay out of the way!”
No word yet on when the couple will tie the knot, but it should be during a small, intimate ceremony with friends and family.