“I was headed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a two-day Critical Care course with two of my coworkers, Marie and Becky. Before I left, I called work to check on a sick patient who I had cared for the night before. My coworker told me that Bryan had just called to get Marie’s phone number because he couldn’t get a hold of me. This seemed silly to me because I’d had my phone beside me all day. So, I tried calling Bryan four or five times but got no answer. Later he texted to let me know that he had been trying to surprise me with a bouquet of flowers but that my coworkers had ruined the surprise. I told him to save his money…it’s the thought that counts!
After our first eight-hour day of class, I called Bryan. He was just leaving work in Alexandria, so the conversation was short. Later that night, much to my dismay, we were studying in the hotel room instead of relaxing in the hot tub, when the hotel phone rang. The front desk clerk notified me that there was a delivery for me at the front desk. I rolled my eyes and told Marie and Becky I had told Bryan to save his money, that I didn’t need flowers! I walked, barefoot, out to the lobby to find a older man, in a tux, with a single red rose and a red carpet rolled out to a limo! This strange man asked me to come with him. I asked if I could wear shoes! I hopped in the limo and proceeded to ride to the Waterfalls at Falls Park. The limo driver instructed me to walk across a long bridge running over the water. When I arrived across the bridge, I found a bed of rocks covered in candles, one stool and a projector and screen that said, “Play Me.” I pressed play, and a slide show of Bryan and I rolled across the screen, set to “The Plain White T’s 1-2-3-4.” On the last slide, I turned around to find Bryan on his knee, asking me to be his wife. I said “YES!”
I later found out that Bryan had been working closely with Marie to set everything up. Marie and Becky even went as far as to hide my pajamas so I wouldn’t change my clothes before the limo arrived! And that’s our engagement story!”