Loren had recently started his senior year of college and I was working full time. We had been trying to take a day trip to Charleston, SC (my favorite city) with another couple for quite some time, and had planned to go October 5. Coincidentally (or so I thought), one of my best friends, Joy, also asked me if I wanted to take a girls day trip to Charleston on that same day. Unbeknownst to me, to make it all seem like coincidence, Loren had arranged for her to ask me before he told me that our other friends had to cancel at the last minute due to a family emergency. Since Joy is a rather spontaneous person and also loves to go to Charleston, I thought nothing of it.
So after finding out our other friends had to cancel, it was decided that I would take a girls day trip with Joy and Steph. I assumed Loren would be working, as he usually did every Saturday. We headed out Saturday morning, of course stopped for coffee, and had a fun 3 hour road trip to the best city ever. Joy kept texting "Jordan" the whole way down (well, Steph did since Joy was driving) . "Jordan" was actually Loren, but since Joy has a couple of friends named Jordan, I once again thought nothing of it. Turns out "Jordan" was also on his way down to Charleston with my sister and her family to set up the spot where he would propose.
We got to Charleston around 11am. Joy had a few places she wanted to go once we got to Charleston, and the Battery/Waterfront Park was were she wanted to stop first. We started walking that way. Once again, Joy was texting "Jordan" the whole time about something "important" (where we were).
And then Loren walked up!
Eventually, we sat back down, read the book again and talked a bit before I noticed that Crystal was hiding behind one of the canons in the park taking pictures the whole time. We made our way over to her, Joel and the other girls and took a few more pictures.
Here we are two years later just over a year into marriage ... and I wouldn't change anything.
Thanks for the best surprise ever, babe! I love you!
And thanks to all who made this best surprise and most amazing day possible!