For Valentine's Day, I gave Zach a book of 'coupons' that he could 'redeem' at any time, such as a movie date or a dinner out. I also included one about visiting the Botanical Gardens in Athens, since I had never been. Zach finally decided to 'redeem' his coupon and took me to there on a perfectly sunny Sunday evening just before the sun set. He tricked me by taking me to a beautiful spot in an open area between some trees and a stream and telling me that we were waiting on one of his friends, who worked there, to take us on a tour. I turned to look at something, and when I turned back around he was down on one knee! It was then and there that everything fell together. What he said next is sort of a blur (since I was just trying not to hyperventilate) but when he finally said, 'Will you marry me?' of course I said YES!! After catching my breath, we got back in his truck and he tricked me again, saying that we were going to meet some of his friends for dinner. He pretended that he had left his wallet at home, so we had to go there first. Sure enough when we walked in the door, all of our best friends were there waiting! Zach had planned a surprise engagement party along with my sisters and my maid of honor, Adele, and pulled off the PERFECT proposal!
Since Allison can't seem to remember, here is what I said during the proposal: "Allison Claire Johnson, I knew from the first time I met you that there was something really special about you! From your perfect smile, to your wonderful personality, I knew that I had to get to know you somehow.These last 2 and a half years have been some of the best years of my life, filled with the best memories that will never be forgotten. I am the luckiest guy in the world because I have a girl like you to love and enjoy for the rest of my life. I cannot wait to become part of your wonderful family and for you to become part of mine. Matthew 19: 5-6 says, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together let no man separate." So Allison, I want to ask you one question, "Will you marry me?"