I asked Jonathan to write a blog entry so we would remember this special day from his perspective, too....Here's what he had to say about March 6th!
I was debating about whether to ask her on Saturday or Sunday, and when I woke up on Saturday, I knew it was the perfect day. It was the first warm day in 6 months it seemed like, and we already had plans to spend the day outside at Atlantic Station. Golden opportunity.
Once I decided that was the day my nerves kicked in big time. I was trying my best to act normal so Danielle wouldn't suspect anything. She always tells me I'll never be able to surprise her cuz I always give everything away. While she was making breakfast I went out to my truck acting like I was getting something and made a few phone calls. First I called her mom and told her my plan. Then I called her dad to make sure that day was okay (I got his permission awhile back). They were both excited for us and couldn't wait to see us that afternoon. Of course I called my parents too. After eating breakfast and getting the phone calls out of the way, I got Danielle in the truck, ring in my jacket pocket (ring box was too big to fit in my pants pocket), and we were Atlanta bound. By this time my nerves were really setting in, and you couldn't help but tell I was acting a little suspicious.
I had talked to Danielle's sister-in-law, Ragan, about a pretty place in Atlantic Station called the Millenium Gate- we thought it'd be a good place to pop the question. My plan was to go there first thing to get it out of the way because my nerves were getting to me and I had my jacket on in 75 degree sunny weather, so the quicker the better. But, it didn't go as planned. Danielle was all about finding a dress, so we shopped around first. After walking around for a couple hours....and looking at several mall maps....and sweating through my jacket, I realized I couldn't find "the place." I texted Ragan frantically while Danielle was trying on dresses to figure out exactly where this place was. Another hour passed. Still couldn't find it. By now it was lunchtime so we decided to grab a bite to eat at California Pizza because we love some veggie pizza.
I went in first to put our name down & use the bathroom, and while I was in there I found a guy and asked him about the Gate. He told me where to find it, so after lunch we got coffee & a piece of cheesecake to go and I led the way. By this point, with coffee in my hand and winter coat on, I didn't know if I was going to make it. (It was really hot.) But I kept on keepin' on and led the way.
Finally the Millenium Gate was in sight so we stopped at a bench and ate our cheesecake. I ate it as fast as I could so we could hurry because I was excited and nervous all at the same time. We headed over to the park and I spotted the perfect place in the archway, but there was some random guy standing there and he wouldn't leave, so I had to think quick like a ninja and figure something else out. We walked around for a few minutes and made our way to the bridge. Showtime! Halfway across I stopped Danielle and told her I had something to tell her.
Then I blacked out. Haha, just kidding.
After telling her how much I love her and how much she means to me, I FINALLY got to reach in that jacket pocket and pull out the ring box. I dropped to my knee and I could see her tears swelling up. I asked her to marry me, and through her happy tears she said yes! I finally took my jacket off.
There it is. She loves the ring and she loves me. Enough said.
I love me some Danielle.