OFFSTAGE: Lady A’s Dave Haywood Engaged

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I hate to say I told you so, but, back when I interviewed Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood in September, I met his then-girlfriend Kelli Cashiola. She’d come to his show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. And when he talked about her, I knew she was someone really special. The one, in fact. He didn’t reveal anything to me that night about popping the question before the year was over, though. According to People , however, he did so last night (Dec. 19) after he picked her up from work at Warner Music Nashville. (A post-work pick-up is a sure sign of true love, if you ask me.) Haywood blindfolded Cashiola and took her home, where he had spelled out the big question — “Will you marry me?” — in Christmas lights on the front of her house. That must’ve taken forever. And it is such a grand romantic gesture. What girl could ever say no to that?

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.