We got engaged in Savannah, Georgia on September 6, 2007. Justin had told me to set Labor Day weekend aside for my birthday because he had something special planned. I had no idea where we were going, and I finally got him to tell me that we were going to Savannah the night before we left. Other than where we were going, I had no idea what we were doing. All I knew was to bring something nice to wear to dinner; and of course, I was all stressed out over that.
We had been talking about getting engaged and had started looking at rings, but I was not expecting anything until around the Christmas holidays. Justin booked a room at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, and the room had Gerbera Daisies (my favorite flowers), champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries waiting for us thanks to some creative planning by Justin and the hotel concierge. Before we got into the room, though, we walked around downtown by the HUGE Catholic Church and eventually made it to a little gazebo downtown that we both thought would be a pretty place to have a wedding.
We finally checked into our room and got changed for dinner, and we were taken in one of the Mansion’s private cars (again arranged by Justin ahead of time), so we didn’t even have to drive ourselves to dinner. We ate at the Olde Pink House, and the food was amazing. Justin told them ahead of time that it was my birthday, so they sat us in a quiet corner table by a window and a fireplace. Before we left, they brought out a special birthday dessert with "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate, and we were on our way.
When we got outside, Justin had secretly booked a private horse and carriage tour through Savannah Carriage Tours, and the driver and horse were there waiting for us. We had champagne, roses, and a goody bag all waiting for us. We went through downtown and ended up going by the gazebo we saw earlier that day (Justin had also strategically planned this stop), so the driver stopped to let us get out and "stretch our legs" for a minute. We walked up to the gazebo and there were palmetto bugs everywhere, so I was freaking out. Justin told me to come back to him because he had something very important to tell me. He got down on one knee, told me how much I meant to him, and asked me to marry him!! The diamond engagement ring fit perfectly and was absolutely gorgeous. It featured my mother’s family diamond and sapphires (my birthstone). Justin had gotten my parents’ blessings to marry me already without me knowing. After we dried the tears from our eyes, we finished our carriage ride (and Justin is highly allergic to horses) and we ended up back at the hotel with two pieces of chocolate birthday cake with a candle and matches waiting for us in the room (again pre-planned by Justin 🙂 . It was the most romantic day of my life.
Proposal Story by:
Justin Snyder and Danielle Bennett