It’s a love story, baby, she said yes! Taylor Swift’s best friend, Abigail Anderson, says she was “absolutely oblivious” about her fiance’s elaborate plan to propose. Anderson, who’s memorably name-dropped in Swift’s track “Fifteen,” opens up to The Knot in an exclusive new interview about how her boyfriend, Matt Lucier, popped the question after four years of dating.
“It was the summer of 2012,” Anderson, 26, recalls of when they first met. “I had just finished up at the University of Kansas and decided to spend my summer on Martha’s Vineyard, where my aunt and uncle have a house. I got a summer job, met some friends, went to bars and truthfully, had one of those summers I thought you only read about in storybooks.”
Unexpectedly, it would be her final summer as a single lady. “One night, I went to a dive bar to catch a hip-hop performance and there he was!” she says of Lucier, who was raised in Martha’s Vineyard. “Everything I knew I ever wanted was performing right at me! I begged one of my local friends to introduce us and the rest is history.”
The pair shared a long-distance relationship for the next three years. “I moved back home to Nashville and Matt moved out to L.A.,” she recalls to The Knot. “Finally, Matt decided to move to Nashville last August.”
After the move, Lucier started crafting his future with Anderson — while devising a master plan to get her to say yes. “On Tuesday, June 28 — which is the exact day we met four years ago — I was supposed to go to downtown Nashville to do a shoot for my friend’s music video,” Anderson reveals. In fact, she didn’t process the date’s significance until later. “I’m impressed by the research Matt did,” she shares.
That fateful day, Anderson was drowning in work. “I had [endured] an incredibly long work day,” she says, “and was absolutely oblivious to the elaborate surprise that was ahead.”
The moment itself was magical. “Immediately, after the video shoot started, I spun around and there he was!” she tells The Knot. “He got down on one knee and said, ‘I love you. Will you marry me?’”
Anderson was shocked. “After I blacked out, I said, ‘Of course!’” she continues. “He had my parents waiting in the bushes, which was so important to me.” Lucier also employed the help of their photographer pal, Abby Frenes, who documented him proposing with the ring. “It’s of my dreams,” Anderson says of her vintage-inspired Emma Parker & Co. design.
Since then, they’ve received an influx of sweet comments from friends, family and fans. Just this past weekend, the couple joined Taylor Swift and other squad members at the superstar’s beach house in Rhode Island. Swift hosted a cute engagement celebration for the pair, and a photo from that party went viral because of Ed Sheeran.
“It’s been such an incredible experience,” Anderson concludes of her engagement. “Matt and I feel so blessed to have nothing but love and support around us at this beautiful time in our lives.”