I was up from Clemson visiting Geoff for the weekend - we woke up early enough on Saturday morning to head up to the mountains for the day. We spent a few hours hopping on rocks in streams (one of my favorite things to do) and people watching in the water hole.
While we were headed back from the mountains, our friends were setting up for a special night at the Winghaven Gardens here in Charlotte. Here is Kristina, Jon, and David spreading out rose petals and lighting hundreds of candles:
Jon on the phone with Geoff:
After showers and getting dressed up, we headed to dinner. Geoff wouldn't tell me where we were going - when we pulled up to Winghaven, I was really confused. As soon as we got out of the car, I peered through the gate to see tealights lining the path. At this point, I knew something was up. We rounded to corner to enter the gardens, at which I saw a trail of rose petals leading to our table set perfectly for two.
We then proceeded to have a GREAT meal, which was prepared by Geoff's boss - Sherrie. Geoff kept going back and forth between our table and the little house to bring out the next course. He was clearly very nervous, as he was walking really quickly.
After dinner he told me that he had one more surprise. Again, he went into the house and came back out with a laptop. He set me up in front of it and began the show. I didn't know it, but Geoff's co-worker - Catalina - was taking pictures.
As the picture montage of he and I put to our song - "you and me" by lifehouse - went on, I began to cry...as the seconds wore on and the pictures flashed by, I knew what was about to happen. After the last photo, the screen went to black followed by text...."I love you, I LOVE you, I love YOU" (a saying that he frequented). From there, a blurred out picture of his face panned out to reveal him holding my engagement ring.
My stomach hit the floor. I turned around to find Geoff on one knee, holding my ring and looking up at me. Ahhhhh....it was PERFECT.
Then, the flashes of light from the bushes began and Catalina's presence was revealed. :)
After the moment was over, she took a few pics of us - the newly engaged couple!
Even though it's blurry, here's what it looked like with all of the candles.