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Lisa M.

My then-boyfriend, Alex, had asked me to come to a school event the weekend of November 22, 2008. He said that his school, the VCU Brandcenter, was going to be displaying some of the student's work at the Byrd Theatre, a nearby historic theater. I drove down that Saturday and met him at his apartment. He said that the event was starting at 3:00 pm, and that we would need to pick up his roommate, Ben, beforehand. After picking up Ben, we drove to the theater.

Upon approaching the theater, Ben said that he was going to make a phone call to see when some of the other students would be arriving. Alex and I walked into the theater and were greeted by an usher who asked us to go up to the balcony on the right side. As we walked up, I noticed that the theater was empty. I questioned Alex as to why no one else was there. He said that he must have gotten the time mixed up and said that we should take a seat and wait a few minutes to see if anyone else was going to show up.

After being seated for a moment, we saw the curtain in front of the theater rise. A film came on containing clips from old romantic movies. Photographs of Alex and I then began to display with the song "La Vie en Rose" playing in the background. After the short film, Alex got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. "Yes" with a huge smile on my face. I haven't stopped smiling since!