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Karen C.

My fiancé, Jerry, picked me up a little before noon on December 12th, 2008, and took me on a full day excursion that included a packed itinerary. It all began with a picnic in the park, followed by go-kart racing, wine tasting, a competitive game of air hockey and some old fashion fun in the batting cages. Throughout the day, I was under the impression, that Jerry planned this whole day affair as my "surprise Christmas gift." The course of the day was filled with surprises.

For the evening, Jerry had taken me to the Marriott in Dana Point, California. He reserved what he called the most romantic suite in the hotel. The room was equipped with two balconies, and a dining area. Little did I know that with his extensive planning, he had been at the hotel two weeks prior to select the perfect room! After room service and champagne, Jerry had convinced me to get dressed to get a few drinks in the lobby at the bar. As we arrived and ordered our drinks, Jerry left the bar to use the "restroom." About ten minutes later, he returned and asked if we could go back to the room to "rest." Of course, I was a bit hesitant; after all, we had just come down for drinks just ten minutes ago. I finally agreed, and we headed back to the room.

As I entered the room, I looked over to my right and saw rose petals covering the floor leading to the dining room where I had found three wrapped presents. Just by the size and shape of the presents, I could tell that they had to be pictures or paintings. In my mind, I did not know what to expect. I thought to myself, that Jerry must have made collages of us, because he loves taking pictures. The presents came in three sizes, a small, medium, and large. As I opened the small present, it turned out to be a small painting. Very abstract, very much like a child could have painted it. He was very excited and asked me if I liked it. I smiled to myself, and asked him if there was meaning to this painting. He simply shrugged and said, "No." So, I told him, anything he made, I loved. Gift number two was a medium painting, very similar to the first. This time, he started going into detail of the colors of the painting, as I patiently listened. The third gift was a large painting. As I opened the third painting, the first thing I saw was the word, "Will." As I looked over to my left, I saw Jerry down on one knee. I couldn't even finish opening the painting because I was in tears! The rest is a blur, but, I do remember Jerry asking me, "So will you? Will you marry me?" Of course I responded, "Yes! I'll marry you!"

We were both in tears; it was the happiest moment in my life. After the proposal, Jerry wanted to celebrate a little bit more and suggested we go the Ritz Carlton down the street to have some wine. As we walked into the Ritz Carlton, I was unexpectedly greeted with an abundance of family and friends. All my best friends were there, as well as his best friends and our parents. Jerry's mom was the first to hug me to welcome me to the family. We hugged each other as we both cried happy tears. I then proceeded to greet my other guests.

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