Sonya and Nadeem

How we met: My (then) boyfriend and I met through a mutual friend and became friends on instant messenger. Yes, you heard me right. Instant messenger. He asked around for my screen name and stalked me down. We instantly became friends and he took me out to breakfast on a date.We immediately could not get enough of each other and now, have been dating for 6 years.

How he asked: After 3 failed plans, uncoordinated schedules, and one random weekend, my boyfriend told me we were going to Savannah to meet up with some SCAD friends of his at Forsyth Park at 3:30pm. So, we started the day early on Saturday walking around in Savannah’s scorching heat in historic city and headed over towards Forsyth Park. We parked across the street from the park and he told me to go take some pictures to post on Instagram as he’s taking his shirt off and putting on a button down shirt. I’m usually the one telling him to wear better shirts, so naturally I questioned why he was changing. He said he wanted to show his friends he still looked good. As I’m taking pictures, I turn around and see him walking with a picnic basket and a picnic blanket. I was so excited to know we were having a picnic! We sat down in the grass and I asked if he brought enough to share with his friends and he said they weren’t coming anymore. I didn’t think much of it. He packed 2 glass mason jars filled with granola, strawberries, cantaloupe, and watermelon (my favorite). In the middle of our conversation, he asked if he could have a piece of my watermelon and I said “no, get your own”. He said, “well can you grab a me fork from the basket so I can eat the one in my jar”. As I’m opening the basket, I see a gold covered box! I turn around to ask “what is that?!”, but before I know it he’s on one knee asking me “will you marry me?”.

After 6 years, I said yes!

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After calling our family and friends, I see a woman coming towards us who has a camera around her neck. Given how close SCAD is to the park, I thought she was doing homework. She walked over to offer her good wishes and congratulations and to show that she captured the most memorable moment of my life.