On February 9th, 2013, I got engaged to the most amazing man I've ever met! The story is priceless, however, in order to truly grasp the whole thing, I need to do a little back story. (sorry in advance for a very wordy post)
My girlfriends and I had been planning a trip to Savannah, GA for a much needed weekend vacay! The plan was to eat, laugh, drink, and just enjoy the beautiful city. (What I didn't know was Ben was behind the whole thing - he had asked the girls to take me to Savannah so he could propose). While I was to be in Savannah, he told me he was going to Louisville to visit my mom and dad and ask them for my hand in marriage. He went as far as to show me a plane ticket itinerary to Louisville. I totally bought the whole thing. He'd be away, I'd be away...perfect.
As the weekend got closer, I started to dread going - I was stressed from work, had deadlines to meet, and just couldn't fathom leaving for the weekend knowing I had things to do. I probably told him 30 times that week that I wasn't going to Savannah. Then Friday happened. There was a fight at school, and I broke it up -- in the process, I got hit pretty badly. That was it....I wasn't going. I had a miserable week at work and all I wanted to do was sleep it off and be at home. At this point, Ben was freaking out on the inside, all the while, continually pushing me to go, saying that "a girls weekend would be so good for me..." I still had no idea he was planning anything. I assumed he was just being super supportive.
I went to Savannah, and honestly had a blast with my friends! We ate beignets, drank wine, had the best hot chocolates ever, and walked all over Savannah. On Saturday, we had planned to go to Forsyth Park and eat dinner close by. Before we left, Ben called me from "Louisville" and told me that he had a great conversation with my parents and was getting ready to go through security to come home. He then handed his phone to my mom and I talked to her about how great the conversation went as well. It was totally believable -- of course they were in Louisville together, how else would they be able to talk on the same phone.
At this point, my friends are now rushing me out the door -- "we had dinner reservations we couldn't be late for," and they still wanted to walk through Forsyth Park. We got to the Park and it was breathtakingly beautiful -- so beautiful that we decided to take some pictures together. I was sitting on a bench, facing my friends, when I heard a speaker turn on and "Crazy Girl" by Eli Young Band started to play (this is one of my favorite songs, and ringtone for Ben). I instantly froze. I knew what was happening. As I turned around, I saw Ben standing 3 feet behind me in a suit and tie. I instantly started crying and walked toward him. (The song now switched to "Marry Me" by Train). The first words out of my mouth were "Are my parents here?" He told me to turn around, and there they were, walking out from behind a tree. It got a little hazy from here, because I was so filled with emotion and was truly dumbfounded, that all I remember was Ben getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him.
It was the perfect ending to a really fabulous weekend with my friends. Ben worked so hard to make the whole thing go off without a hitch, and had all my friends and my parents working together! I'm so amazed by him and can NOT wait to spend the rest of my life with this truly unbelievable and loving man.