It all began on December 28, when my fiancé's family and I were preparing for a "Hypnotic Night of Soulful Music." This show was the second annual show that we had put together for family and friends. It was a very elegant setting with the lights beaming low and glistening sparkles bouncing around the room. The attire was "dress to impress." Therefore, everyone looked like a million bucks on that Saturday evening. Several of his family members and I sang our soulful songs to a crowd of about 60 or 70 people. The room was filled with nothing but fun and laughter as the show continued to get better and better. My fiancé was the last performer of the evening. He's a true R&B artist with great intentions of pursuing a musical career. Therefore, he was a pro up there on that stage. He began to sing the song, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations to get the crowd on its feet. His background singers were my cousin, his sister and I. We were dressed in black, sitting on our chairs on stage as if we were real singers.
The next song that he sang was "The River" by Noel Gourdin. This is a lovely song filled with such meaning and heartfelt thoughts that a man feels about a love he can't ignore or deny. He began by singing the song a cappella, and boy was it beautiful. We began to sing the background parts as the band joined into the rhythmic beat. All the people in the crowd were nodding their heads and waving their hands from side to side as the song progressed. Finally, all of the verses of the song were sung, and my fiancé began to speak. These were his words verbatim: "There's something special that I must say. It's this girl that I've been knowing a long time. We've been through a lot of ups and downs, but through it all, our love still remains the same. So, with this in mind, I am going to go ahead and do what a real man would do in this situation." At that point, he began to come towards me, got down on one knee and sang to the tune of "The River:" "Will you marry me?" I was shocked and in deep tears. There wasn't a dry eye in the building! My dad, sister and brother were there, as well as a lot of our family and friends. It was a dream come true. After seven long years of dating, he finally popped the question in style, I must say. It was a day that I'll never forget, and it's all recorded on DVD.