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• Elizabeth & Chris •

Elizabeth and Chris proposal story

This love story is one that embodies the phrase “when you know, you know.” I never believed that until I began dating Chris. My name is Elizabeth and I am marrying the man of my dreams. I met him through a community group at our church, Vintage 21. If you ask us, we would say that by our 2-month anniversary we knew that we were meant for one another. I might go as far to say I had an idea after the first date. After a lot of prayer, countless conversations with close friends and 5 months of dating, Chris proposed.

It was Easter Sunday and we had made the decision to attend church together that morning with our community group and then eat lunch with my roommate's family. Little did I know, everyone we were with that day knew the proposal was coming except for me. I had been told that we were going on a surprise date Sunday evening, but that seemed normal to me. I was confused when this date didn't include dinner and when 5 o' clock came and I was told to sit down and close my eyes, the confusion increased.

This was the start of a two-hour Easter egg hunt around Raleigh. Each Easter egg contained a clue that led to the next place where an egg could be found. Each of these places had played a significant role in our relationship. They included everything from Carter Finley Stadium at N.C. State where he first asked for my phone number to the Busy Bee Café where we had our first date. Chris took pictures at each place, which also seemed normal to me because he is quite the photographer. The last clue led us to Lake Johnson. This is the site where Chris first told me he liked me and has always been a special place for us. When I opened this egg there was no piece of paper inside, but a ring! My first reaction was to start laughing uncontrollably (because that is what I do in most situations). Before I knew it, Chris told me he loved me (something we had chosen to not say until we were engaged) and was on his knee asking me to be his wife! I quickly said YES and then said “Did you just ask me to marry you?!” Little did I know, he had gotten a couple of my friends to hide and take pictures of the entire proposal! The whole day was perfect! I cannot think of a better proposal or a better man for me! I am so excited to marry Chris and go on many more adventures together.

• Tiffany & Brock •

Tiffany and Brock proposal story

Around December of 2009, our friend Ashly told us she was planning a trip in March to a place she had been for a wedding the year before. It was a little town in Mexico called Tulum and is about an hour south of Cancun. She started a face book page and invited us to join. We knew a few of the other people on the list, and the others all seemed like cool people. There were 11 of us when all was decided.

As soon as I heard about the Mayan ruins in Tulum, the wheels in my head started turning. I went to my parents and told them I wanted to purpose to Tiffany. They were very excited. Mom got her jewelry box and offered me a few options. She had a simple gold band with a garnet (her birth stone) in it from her childhood, as well as her grandmother's engagement ring. My sister had expressed interest in great grandma's ring, so I decided to piece together a ring. My dad had given mom a pair of diamond earrings that were bigger than her other ones so she offered her small ones to me as well. Then she offered me her mother's wedding stone off her wedding band. She had a diamond solitaire pendant that also was her mother's that was bigger than the wedding stone. She put the pendant in her band and gave me my grandmother's stone for Tiffany's ring. I used the band of the garnet ring and the earrings as well as grandma's stone to create a new ring for my soon to be betrothed.

I spoke to our friend Nancy, who was also going with us, and asked her to carry the ring. She was very excited to be part of the romantic conspiracy. I delivered the ring to her in plenty of time, and we were off for 10 days to Mexico!

During those 10 days, we were going to be there for the spring equinox, that magical day of balance. I knew there would not be a better time to propose. During our first few days, we got to know the rest of the gang. I was able to let everyone but Tiffany know my plans. They all offered their assistance by coordinating the video camera duties and still photos.

When the 21st came around, the whole group went to tour the ruins. They were even more magical than the pictures could show. They are right on the Gulf of Mexico atop a 70 ft cliff that gives them the most majestic view. You are not allowed to climb the buildings, but the main temple is at the top of a hill at the cliff's edge. When we were as close to the temple as we could get, I gave the group a slight nod and they gave us some room with the cameras rolling. I said to Tiffany "this is the place where men gave their hearts and their lives to their gods and goddesses, and this is the place where I give my heart and my life to you." Dropping to one knee I pulled the ring from my pocket and said Tiffany Paige Beaver, will you marry me?"

Totally surprised, she said "Yes, of course I will marry you!" After big congratulations from the whole group, we heard primal drumming from the other side of the trees. We went to see what it was all about, and it was a Mayan spring ceremony. All the natives were dressed in white gowns giving hugs to everyone. They were making small offerings of flowers and grain. We were welcomed in with open arms. A high priestess blessed us with holy water and flowers. It was truly the most magical of days.

• Tina & Chase •

Tina and Chase proposal story

Chase and I have been dating for a little over a year now although it feels like it's already been a lifetime! Before I met him, I saw him around my hometown and always felt there was something about him, but I could never figure out what it was. One night, I saw him out and I finally got the nerve to go up to him and start a conversation. We hit it off right away! Chase has been my best friend ever since and I couldn't imagine my life without him. Our relationship is so strong that sometimes even we cannot believe we found each other. We have both been through a lot in the past and it is about time we got it right! Everyday is a new experience to go through together and each day we learn a little more about each other. My name is Christina and this is how Chase proposed.

We planned to go to the mountains to celebrate Valentines Day, but I was still a little upset that I didn't receive any flowers or candy. The day we were leaving the mountains, he told me he had an appointment to take me to. He ended up surprising me by taking me to visit the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC and booked a room for us to stay the night. Ever since I remember, I always wanted to go there, and was very excited to finally be there. After touring the house, we walked to the garden where there was a beautiful waterfall. Chase had been acting weird all day and I couldn't figure out why. We sat down on a bench and watched the waterfall for a while to catch our breath and when we were about to leave he said, he was going to take my breath away one more time. He then kneeled down and asked me to marry him! The entire day had already been a dream come true and I jokingly asked him if he was serious, and he replied, yes so of course I then said YES with tears running down my face! The rest of the day we toured the garden, although, I was to busy looking at my ring to notice anything else. It feels like a dream, and I cannot wait until the day I am facing him saying, "I do".

• Rohita & Jordan •

Rohita and Jordan proposal storyDo you believe that in this day and age that a boy and a girl could meet walking down a NYC street during a catastrophic event, fall in love and seven years later get engaged to be married? Well, on August 14, 2003 a Blackout hit the Northeast portion of the US and parts of Canada. Jordan and Rohita met, walking down the street on the Upper East Side. They fell in love and they got engaged on October 24, 2010 at the very spot they met!

Jordan told Rohita that they were going to dinner, so they got dressed up and began walking. There on the corner of 75th and 1st Jordan points to a perfectly set up table with two champagne glasses and a small chocolate blackout cake and says, "what's that?" He starts to lure her over to the table and immediately her jaw drops. She becomes silent, which for Ro is a miracle in itself. A crowd gathers and a paparazzi photographer jumps out of the bushes and starts taking pictures. Ro is absolutely stunned and begins crying immediately. Jordan drops to one knee, pulls out the ring and says "will you make me the happiest man in the world and do me the honor of being my wife?" Ro screams, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" and gives him the world's biggest hug. He puts the ring on her finger and the crowd goes wild. At that point a group of young children, who trick or treating early saw this all happen. They stop, they cheer and come over to Jordan and Ro and give them the biggest hug they could.

After some more hugging, kissing and applause they say and enjoyed champagne and cake. Throughout the celebration passer bys continued with the congratulatory remarks and well wishes, one woman even came to kiss both of their hands.

They were so excited and couldn't sit still for long so they called everyone they knew and celebrated the night away. Why 75th and 1st? This was where the couple met walking down the street in the middle of the Blackout of 2003.

• Amanda & Chris •

Amanda and Chris proposal storyThis is the story of two 30-Something’s not looking for love but finding it in unexpected places. We had both been in serious but unsuccessful relationships before and had little hope or expectation going forward that we would find the love of a lifetime. We met through a mutual friend at an early summer pool party. To this day Amanda asks me what took so long to ask her out the first time. I was amazed she wanted to go out with me at all.

We spent the first couple months getting to know each other, but it was a trip to Seattle by myself that was the turning point for me. I was out there with my family and friends and continually thought about how much I wish she had been with me and how she would totally fit into my entire life….I missed her. Needless to say I got back from Seattle and getting to know each other turned into falling in love with each other.

By the time New Years rolled around we had travelled around North Carolina and had more fun than two people should be allowed. We had spent the wonderful holidays with her parents and I was convinced that she was truly the woman I wanted to spend my life with. She had grown inside me to a point of total consumption. We went up to a mountain cabin with friends for New Year’s holiday and we were lying in bed that morning talking about our goals for the coming year and the next few years. There had been hints about spending our lives together for a while, but had made no serious dedication. She said that in a few years she would like to be engaged and I said that I didn’t need that long. I told her within the year we would be engaged. I could tell by her stammering and excited facial expression that she might accept my proposal.

2010 has brought us many adventures. We have travelled all over. Spending our anniversary in Florida, flying out to Oregon to meet my family with an impromptu stay in San Francisco just for the fun of it! Our spirit of adventure and love has carried us through everything this year.

I had been planning the “engagement event” for quite some time in my head. I had talked about it with my Mom when we were in Oregon and I called her parents in Michigan to ask for their approval (nervously received a verbal green light). I wanted to do something that represented us and our love. I decided to surprise her for her birthday with a trip to Blowing Rock (one of our favorite places) and decided that it would be the ideal time to profess my endless love. The morning of her birthday she woke up with a sore throat. She went to the doctor and was told she had strep throat (still had no idea of the surprise) and I immediately went into panic mode. Not only was her birthday ruined, but all my best laid plans to start our future! I broke the news of my impending birthday surprise, and as always being a trooper, she slept for a couple hours and was up and ready to go. Friday night was spent at our favorite restaurant sipping on cold wine to “numb” her throat and talking about our lives together. I convinced her that we were going to spend the following afternoon hiking around the mountains. Again she smiled like a trooper and agreed, not having a clue in the world that the hike was going to begin the rest of our lives together.

We arrived at Grandfather Mountain about an hour before they closed. We made our way to the top of the mountain stopping a couple times along the way for picture opportunities. And I kept thinking “Should I just do it now? I don’t know if I can wait!” But wait I did. We got to the top and I grabbed my backpack - aka ring hiding place – and we set off on our hike. We made it up and across the swinging bridge and out to the cliffs looking over all of Western North Carolina. We could literally see for 100 miles in all directions. I could not have asked for a more beautiful day. Standing there for a while we took a couple pictures and I suddenly come down with the chills. I reach into my ring hiding place and pull out the ring. Immediately Amanda – truly not a crier – turns into a raging river of tears. I hand somebody the camera and drop to one knee. Being the man with the plan I had been mentally mapping out my speech as long as I had been planning the actual proposal. I drop to my knee, look up at my beautiful future wife and I can’t remember a single word of my speech!!! Not a stinking one! I remember stuttering and both of us crying then her saying yes! It was the best moment of my life and the beginning of our incredible lives together!

• Amy & Rob •

Amy and Rob's proposal storySince day one I knew he was the one! After not meeting anyone out which was getting a little irritating I decided to join an online dating site. I posted what I was looking for in a person in my profile and was definitely skeptical. A guy named Rob emailed me and asked what type of music I listened to and was a total gentleman through emails. We went back forth for a while emailing each other on Match.com, then finally decided one night to get together and meet for dinner. We both ordered our favorite meal--steak and potatoes, which we didn't finish because we spent the whole time talking. We had so much in common. What amazed me was the fact we both had the same morals and values. We then left to go see a friend of his play in a band. That night was our first kiss.... from then on we were inseparable. The night Rob proposed I somewhat knew something was up. We went to the same place we had our first date. He then took me to my favorite place in the world, the airport observation area. We waited for a plane to go overhead and as soon as we heard one I looked up to see a huge plane going over our heads. When I looked back at him, he was on one knee! I could not have asked for a better afternoon or proposal, it was perfect!! We are now in the process of planning our September wedding in North Carolina. We are so much in love and cannot wait to start our lives together as husband and wife!?

• Kelly & David •

Kelly and David's proposal storyI met David at a volleyball open gym; I had my eye on him all night and finally got up the courage to introduce myself. After looking him up on the internet, I found out where he worked and what his interests were just by knowing him name. I would bring up common interests in the following weeks of volleyball and we soon started talking outside of weekly volleyball. Our first "date" was to go to church together since we attended the same church, just at different times. Three years later, David and I still attend church every week and he has become my best friend without a doubt. Although we are both like to joke around, I seriously cannot even imagine my life without him.

One night as David and I were grilling out he went in to make dessert. He told me to come in and get a piece and I found a trail of Taco Bell hot sauce, those which read 'Will you marry me' on them, leading up to him on one knee with my favorite cake in hand with "Will you marry me?" and a shinny ring on it. I was so caught off guard and excited, all I could say was "are you serious?" As soon as he looked me in the eye, I knew that it wasn't a joke and said "yes, of course!" After a quick hug and kiss I made him reenact the whole thing so I could get photos. The hot sauce was his 'romantic' rose petal trail... I would always throw the hot sauces that say 'will you marry me' on them at him and little to my knowledge he had been collecting them up to use them one day. It was so perfect because it was so personal. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with David and enjoy life by laughing often, supporting each other always and making memories like this one!

• Sheri & Austin •

Sheri and Austin's proposal storyBack in May, I noticed a customer of mine was tweeting about some contests regarding the Indy 500 and it got me thinking about ways I could propose to Sheri. She is a huge race fan, loves cars and we've gone to the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400 together the past couple of years. I wanted to come up with a unique way to propose to her that incorporated some of her favorite things. I contacted the Director of Digital Communications at Hare Chevrolet, the customer using our software to create online forms for the contests, and asked if I could get involved in one of their events to propose to my girlfriend. Keep in mind I had never spoken to this customer and emailed him out of the blue. He responded in minutes and was immediately on board. Receiving the go ahead from the owners, he secured an invite for their Corvette owners-only event where we'd get to go by police escort to the track, gave me a Corvette to drive for the weekend and helped get permission for me to propose on the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We had to contact both General Motors, who was sponsoring the event, and IMS officials in order to get clearance to get out of the car and step onto the track.

I had to have a cover story for all of this so I called Sheri one day at work and told her a client of ours at Formstack gave my boss tickets to a Corvette event, but he couldn't make it. I also wrote an email explaining the event and had my boss send it to me so it'd look like it came from him. It mentioned that I would need to take the Flip camera to record some video so I could write a customer spotlight post for our blog and put up a video of it. Really I just wanted to be able to record everything without it being suspicious. Sheri was under the impression that this was all for work and didn't have the slightest clue what was going on. She was just incredibly excited about getting to go to the event and didn't even know we'd get to drive a Corvette. I told her we'd be driving my Jeep and doubted they would let us on the track with it. I said we would most likely just meet everyone at the track for the dinner. She was still incredibly enthusiastic about it all and talked about it to her coworkers and friends during the two weeks leading up to the event.

Throughout the whole planning process, I really came to appreciate the tight-knit community we have here in Indianapolis. I sent a few emails to complete strangers hoping for a response, and within hours I was connected to executives at the IMS, Chevrolet, Andretti Green Racing, and even Sheri's favorite driver, Tony Kanaan. It was amazing how excited everyone was to help out and go out of their way for someone they had never met. I was even fortunate enough to be approached by the Vice President of Marketing at Chevrolet, Jim Campbell, during the event where he congratulated us and mentioned how they were talking about my proposal idea at dinner the night before. He was genuinely interested to hear about how it all happened and it was exciting to get to share it with him. Rather than give you the long story like I did with him, (as if this wasn't long enough already!), you can see it for yourself in the video below. Spoiler alert - she said yes! Sheri and Austin's proposal video.

• Heather & Cory •

Heather and Cory's proposal storyThe last 6 and half years of my life have been spent with someone who has not only made me happier, but has always been there for me, through good times and bad. Heather has been my best friend and the one person I know that I can talk to about anything and really be myself around. We share many of the same interests and goals in life. We love going on trips, playing with our dog Charlie, and watching sports together. My name is Cory, and I started an extraordinary relationship with Heather on January 17, 2004. Up until last month, that was the most important day in our relationship. That was until May 25, 2010, when I asked Heather to marry me!

Last year I began saving money to take Heather on a trip to Cancun in the summer. I gave Heather the trip as a gift on our six year anniversary and told her that we would leave in May after she graduated from NC State University. While everyone else knew that this trip would mean much more than just to celebrate her graduation, Heather had no idea what was in store for her. Before we left I had a conversation with Heather’s father. He was very excited for me to pop the question, but he also gave me a speech about protecting his daughter. Heather and I left for Cancun on May 23rd, and on the morning of May 25th I finally worked up the courage to carry the ring out to the beach. While we were laying out on the beach, my nerves began to get the best of me and I spilt my drink all over our bag and in the sand. Eventually, I asked Heather to go on a walk down the beach with me. Heather kept asking me to get in the water with her, but I couldn’t because I had the ring in my pocket! At one point, Heather mentioned that I was acting strange and it was then that I knew I needed to make my move. We sat down in the sand and I nervously said, “You know I love you, right?” and she of course responded by saying yes. I then told her that I wanted to do something to prove my love for her and with those words; I knelt down in the sand, pulled out the ring, and asked her to marry me. Heather had already started crying by this point, but was still able to shout out "Yes!!"

When I asked Heather what she loves about me, she told me that she loves my work ethic and my outgoing nature. What she did not realize is that those things are all characteristics that I have gained from her. She has never accepted less than the best from me, and having that kind of person in my life has made me the person I am today. I know that spending the rest of my life with Heather is the best decision I have ever made. I am so excited for the day that I can officially call Heather my wife!

• Diana & Jeff •

Diana and Jeff's proposal storyIf I had to think of one word to describe Jeff I would say he was a "blessing.” Jeff and I have been best friends for 8 years. In that time we have been though everything together, good and bad. I was absolutely ecstatic when he finally asked me out on April 12, 2009 at 12:03 AM!!!! Jeff and I have a fabulous relationship and we talk about everything together. I gave him a book by Shel Silverstein called "The Missing Piece" because I called him my missing piece. Without Jeff I never felt good inside. This summer my family and I spent a week in Emerald Isle together and Jeff came with us. August is a special month for Jeff and I because we both have birthdays in August. This August Jeff exceeded my excitement for August and my birthday. On August 13th Jeff spent a good portion of the day teasing me about my birthday gift and drawing pictures in the sand to try and give me hints about my present, and of course I never caught on. On August 14th, Jeff woke me up before sunrise and asked me to take a walk on the beach with him. We walked down the beach and he eventually started to slow down. He hugged me and said "You know I love you right?" I told him "Of course I know." Suddenly he pulled a ring out of his pocket and asked me to marry him! I remember saying yes right away but Jeff said he thinks there was a good 20 second pause before I said anything. This was the best birthday gift I have ever received and I'm so excited that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend!!

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