When you are looking to surprise your not only your fiancé but also all of your friends and family take a page out of Andrews book, his proposals is one of the most unique and heartwarming stories that I have seen. Read below to get the whole story from Andrews perspective.
Misty (my fiancé) and I are originally from Akron, OH but currently live near Sacramento, CA. We we’re high school friends and by that I mean I had a crush on her but I was in the “friend zone”. After high school we both went away to
college, myself to Florida and her to South Carolina. We kept in touch over the years and made it a point to see each other at least once a year or whenever our lives allowed us to be in the same state at the same time. Finally, 3 years ago,
after we both had graduated from college Misty flew to Florida to visit me and the spark ignited. She moved to Florida with me so that we could give the relationship an honest chance. Well, 3 years later I can safely say that her gamble paid off and that I’ll never be able to repay her for taking such a huge chance on me and our relationship.
Now onto the proposal:
I always said that whenever we got engaged I wanted to tell our friends and family in person rather than what has become the norm, posting a picture of the ring on Facebook. So, I started by planning a fake engagement. I rented the owners suite for an Akron Aeros (minor league baseball team in Akron, OH) and invited all of our friends and family. I told everyone (except Misty) that I would be proposing to her at the game and to keep it a secret. I knew there was no way all her friends and sisters would be able to keep it a secret but that was part of the plan. Once they spilled the beans
about the surprise proposal (i.e. the fake proposal) she would never suspect the actual proposal.
A week before the baseball game all Misty technically knew was that we were going on a surprise vacation. On the morning of May 11th (exactly one week before the baseball game) I told Misty that a friend at work at given me a voucher for a free nights stay at a hotel in Lake Tahoe and that we had to use it that night before it expired. We got in the car
to drive to Tahoe but instead I drove to the airport and loaded our suitcase in an airplane, simply telling Misty that I had arranged for us to fly to Tahoe rather than driving (I’m a pilot). So we took off and instead of flying east to Tahoe we flew west to San Francisco (she figured it out once she saw the Golden Gate Bridge). She was in absolute awe of the scenery while we flew over the Golden Gate Bridge so she had no idea I was about to propose. The video tells most the story but what it doesn’t show is after she said “yes” she said; “You’re not supposed to do this until next weekend!”. So there we were, 1400 feet over the Golden Gate Bridge, engaged, and nobody but us knew it.
I told Misty all about the trip to Ohio and surprise baseball game, and that she wasn’t allowed to tell ANYONE. She kept her promise to not let it slip. A week later when the friends and family were at the baseball game I walked in with Misty and directed everyone to look at the monitors in the suite. A picture slide show started to play and everyone thought that was the buildup to me popping the question and that’s when the news cast broke it (thanks to my friends in Texas). The YouTube video tells the rest of the story: I was able to surprise Misty with the proposal and then surprise all our family and friends with the announcement.