- Posted August 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Public wedding proposals
Surprise Marriage Proposal at Centennial Olympic Park
The happy couple is expecting their first child, a baby girl, in December and taking a trip to the UK to visit friends and family. Even making time for a Beatle's tour in Liverpool.
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer
My wife and I met in college and started dating a year after graduation. After nearly 7 years of being close friends, we tied the knot in 2011. This year we found out that we will parents of a baby girl by December! I would like to share our engagement story with everyone. Being as I like to go over-the-top, my marriage proposal wasn’t going to be ordinary. After abandoning plans that included skydiving or a mariachi band, this is what I came up with…
On a windy day (November 6, 2010), I took my girlfriend for a walk through Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA. We had driven into the city to meet my Aunt who was visiting from England and were trying to waste some time before she arrived. We walked over to the far end near the fountains to see if we could find a brick that my dad had purchased for me back in 1996. Upon arrival in the area, we spotted a group of street musicians and decided to listen for a few minutes. They were played a few songs then broke into “All you need is love” by the Beatles so I turned to her and let her in on a little secret…
Yes, I had planned this whole thing. I told her how much she meant to me and that I would always love, support, and protect her. I got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. Little did she know that I had bought the ring only a few months after we started dating. Once I popped the question, our families came out from hiding behind the bushes. She kept saying “Oh my God! Oh my God!” so I had to remind her that I needed an answer—it was yes of course.
She had never met my Aunt from England before so we had her film the whole thing! For the final surprise, the “street band” included my brother and his friends—all local musicians. A couple weeks before, we all got together (sans girlfriend of course) to discuss the operation and even scouted out the location. They had only practiced the song a couple of times together, mostly a few hours before the event! I have attached the unedited video for your viewing pleasure. I have also uploaded an edited version to YouTube [http://youtu.be/6dfakMvvbuU]. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” –John Lennon