Man makes tear-jerking proposal inside destroyed Nashville home

A Tennessee couple created a beautiful moment in wake of a natural disaster when they got engaged amid the wreckage of their Nashville home.

Caitlin Parson and her now-fiance, Buster Hughes, were recording a video inside their apartment, which had its roof torn off during last week’s deadly tornados, to thank those who donated to their GoFundMe page and supported them in their time of need.

However, Hughes clearly had bigger plans than issuing a simple “thank you” to followers — while standing in the destroyed residence, he suddenly got down on one knee, surprising Parson in a tearjerking moment that made the bride-to-be sob.

“I don’t want to lose you, I want to protect you for the rest of your life,” Hughes tells Caitlin in the video. “I love you.”

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Just want to give everyone an update: We have removed everything we could out of the apartment with the help of so many generous people. To all the friends, family and all kinds of strangers that pitched in, we certainly couldn’t have done it without you, and we sincerely thank you. There’s too many to tag, but know we will never forget every single person who has lended a helping hand, offered encouraging and kind words, and the people who donated, no matter how big or small that donation was. If any of you ever need anything, we will always be there for you, in the drop of a hat. On a second note, we also have some positive and very exciting news to share. When something like this happens, you can’t help but have a different perspective on life. And I decided, I didn’t want to wait anymore and I also wanted our last memory in our home to be a positive one. I got down on one knee and asked Caitlin to be my wife, and she said YES!!! Life is too short to be taking things for granted. I know there’s no one else in this world I want to be with and I want to spend the rest of my life keeping her protected, and raising a little family of our own. Again, a big THANK YOU to everyone, and I mean everyone. We’ve read every comment, every text, every post, every DM even if we haven’t had the time to respond just yet. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Here’s to new beginnings!

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On March 3 — the day the tornados ripped through middle Tennessee, killing at least two dozen people — Hughes took to Facebook to share that he and Parson had miraculously survived the storm.

“We are lucky to be alive, but we’ve lost everything,” he shared. “Luckily we got in the bathtub in time because our entire roof came off and our entire apartment is flooded and damaged. The first picture is from across the street, the second is from my former doorway.”

“The things we’ve lost we can always replace,” he added. “I’m just glad we’ve still got each other.”

The couple’s GoFundMe page has since raised more than $16,000 of its $20,000 goal.

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