Kimberly and I met through a campus ministry called Campus Crusade for Christ at FSU. We had been dating for a little more than three years when I asked her to marry me. The day I proposed, she thought I was headed down to Orlando to play music at a church called Summit, where I often volunteer. She had decided with her roommates to go to Thomasville, Georgia (about 45 minutes from Tallahassee) for the afternoon to spend some time taking photos and having some girls time. What she didn’t know is that I had been out in Thomasville all day with a few of her friends and some of my roommates setting everything up.
We brought 300 balloons to a place very special to Kimberly and I, “The Bookshelf.”
She had always said she wanted her proposal to be magical, so this was my best attempt at making her dreams come true. I wanted to set up the art gallery to seem to be a place dedicated to Kimberly and I. Re-telling ourselves our story. Lots of photos and notes and such. Hanging from all the balloons were lots of little keepsakes from our relationship. Photos, receipts from dates, and little notes and things. It all couldn’t have gone better. When I first saw her, I completely forgot everything I wanted to say. We were completely overwhelmed with joy. All I could think to do was hug her.
The only thing the video didn’t capture, which was the perfect end to all of this, was directly after leaving “The Bookshelf” we walked a block down the street to a restaurant called “Jonah’s Fish & Grits.” I had been talking with all of her friends and family and had invited them from all over the Southeast to come and celebrate with us afterwards, assuming she would say yes, of course! We walked in to a room full of all of our loved ones. It was beautiful.
I’m so grateful that people have enjoyed hearing about our engagement. All I wanted to do was to give Kimberly a story to be proud of. She is worth it all.
The video was shot by our dear friends Nathan and Lori Puhr of Shutter Life Productions. I don’t have enough nice things to say about working with them. They did such a beautiful job of helping us tell our story and are so much fun. The music use in the video: “Generator ^ First Floor” by Freelance Whales, and ”Blindsided” by Bon Iver.
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