The athletics department at Troy University is where the love story of Amelia Tanner Stewart and William Dalton Fuller began.
The daughter of Blaine and Emily Stewart of Dothan and the son of Ronnie and Crys Fuller of Ino were both working at the TU Athletics Department while working towards their post graduate degrees in sports administration.
The couple were married Jan. 25 at Covenant United Methodist Church in Dothan with a reception in The Roosevelt Room at Windmill Station in Dothan.
Tanner Fuller was born and raised in Dothan where she graduated from the now-defunct Northview High School in 2013. She graduated from Troy University in Troy with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management in 2017 and a master’s degree in Sports Administration in 2019. She currently is the South Alabama K12 Account Manager for Howard Technology Solutions.
Dalton Fuller was born and raised in Ino where he graduated from Kinston High School as a honor graduate in 2009. His college career includes an associate’s degree from Enterprise State Community College and Troy University at Troy where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Fitness Management in 2015 and a master’s degree in Sports Administration in 2019. He currently works as the Facility Coordinator for Troy Parks and Recreation Department in Troy.
The couple first met about three years ago when Dalton Fuller was employed as the athletics facility coordinator and his bride was a graduate assistant working in the athletics ticket office.
“We worked in different departments but we were always around each other,” Tanner Fuller recalled. “He sat by me in one of our graduate classes and that’s where it all began.”
Both worked long hours, weekends and holidays. “We couldn’t get away from each other if we tried,” Tanner Fuller added with a smile. “But that seemed to work out in our favor.
“We both knew we liked each other—and everyone else around us knew it, too—but we were hesitant to start anything because we worked together,” Tanner Fuller said. “We began hanging out in groups then gradually started ‘seeing’ each other.
“We were on and off for about a year before we decided to get serious, but ever since we made that decision there has been no turning back,” she added with a smile.
Tanner Fuller said she knew Dalton was “The One” for her very early in their friendship. “He challenges me in the best way possible and pushes me out of my comfort zone,” she said. “He loves me fiercely and always puts our relationship first.
“He looks at me like I’m the only one in the room,” she continued. “He motivates me and pushes me to be better everyday and he’s not scared to give me a reality check when I need one.
“My dad jokingly says he always knew Dalton was ‘The One’ for me because he wasn’t scared to tell me ‘No,’” Tanner Fuller added with a smile.
“I am the luckiest guy in the world without a doubt,” her husband said. “I knew Tanner was ‘The One’ because she supports me in every aspect of my life. She pushes me to be a better person and has stood beside me through many life changes.
“Tanner opened my eyes to the possibilities for my future. She encouraged me to take a leap of faith with my career path, which resulted in the job I have today that I absolutely love,” Dalton Fuller added. “She is such a loving and big hearted person that she constantly makes me want to be a better person to deserve being her husband.”
The couple became engaged during a 2019 trip to Panama City Beach, Fla.—after a good deal of pre-planning on Dalton Fuller’s part.
“My family had already planned a beach trip to Panama City for months that would include not only my immediate family but grandmother, aunt and cousins from Rhode Island,” Tanner Fuller said. “My mom had already lined up a photographer to take family portraits while we were at the beach Saturday afternoon.
As the family was heading to the marina for a day of boating, Dalton Fuller privately asked his soon-to-be father-in-law for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
Emily Stewart had pre-arranged for a family photography session on the beach. “When it came time for mine and Dalton’s pictures we were able to get several in between the wind gusts on the beach,” Tanner Fuller recalled. “At one point the wind blew my hair all in my face and I turned to fix my hair.
“When I turned back around, Dalton had gotten down on one knee and had the ring box out and proposed,” Tanner Fuller said. “He had previously arranged for his own family to come down for the day and be there when he proposed.
“They had been watching from afar so when he proposed the next thing I knew, his family was running down the beach,” Tanner Fuller said with a smile. “So, they were right there for all the excitement.
“Everyone was hugging and we had a champagne toast on the beach.
“After we wrapped up pictures, his family and mine went back to the house for a celebratory dinner,” she added. “It was absolutely perfect and I could not have envisioned a better proposal.”