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    Posted August 9, 2012 by
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Public wedding proposals

    Central Park, New York City


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     As she and her now husband held hands and took a stroll through her favorite place in the world, The Mall in Central Park, Christen1224 says she thought it was odd that his palms were sweating as he gripped her hand tighter. "I just thought it was a warm day outside! But then Corey told me that he was going to ask a woman to take a picture of us. He handed her his camera and whispered to her that he was about propose and if she could please get some action shots," she says. "I turned around to remove my sunglasses, and turned back to see him down on one knee, holding a ring box in his hand. Honestly, my first statement to him was shut up!"

    With tears streaming down her face as she tried to take-in the surreal moment, she says people walking by began to applaud and yell congratulations. "I'm sure there are some couples that prefer an intimate moment like this to be between them and only them, but for me this was exactly what I wanted! It's just who Corey and I are as a couple," she says. "Public proposals definitely add an element of fun to the pressing question at hand! I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. What an amazing story we have to tell, and pictures to go along with it!"
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    My now husband, Corey, proposed 2 years ago in The Mall in Central Park, New York City. It was a complete surprise that he had been planning for months. He chose that particular spot because he knew it was my favorite place. Every time we would visit the city I would make sure we made it there, even if it was only for a few minutes. He walked around the whole day with the ring in his pocket, and I continued to have no idea what he had in store. He had asked my Dad a month earlier, then my dad told my Mom later that day when she got home from work, and so on and so forth. My entire family (down to my 6 year old niece) knew but they were very good about keeping it under the radar. I hadn't wanted to go to New York that particular day, as I was beginning a new school counseling job that following Monday. I thought it was strange that my parents were urging me to go in such a way, so I went - thinking that it would be a good way to end the summer. We walked through Times Square and all over the city as we usually do on our visits, and then we made our way to Central Park. As we approached Columbus Circle, I felt Corey's hand hold mine a little tighter. We entered The Mall, and he asked a passerby to take our picture. I turned around to take my sunglasses off, and when I looked back to him, he was on one knee with a ring box in his hand. He had whispered to the passerby when he handed her our camera that he would be proposing, and asked her if she could kindly get some action shots. People were clapping and yelling congratulations, I was crying and saying "yes!", and the passerby was taking pictures and wiping happy tears from her eyes. We were married this past July 14th. Now we have these amazing pictures to reference when we tell the "Story of Us". Who could ask for anything more?

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