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Heather C.

Our engagement story begins with a surprise getaway weekend. Scott and I stopped at a beautiful restaurant in the wine country as we headed to our final destination of the redwoods of Northern California where I had camped with my family my entire life. This has been a tradition that has been in my family for three generations.

We stayed at the lovely Benbow Inn. The next morning, we decided to go on a hike in the amazing redwoods. Scott chose the trail and we were off. I noticed that his backpack was rather full for a simple after noon day hike. We ended up at the top of a ridge in a beautiful grove. There I was blind-folded with a beautiful scarf and lead to a spot. He handed me a piece of paper and told me to have a seat. There I remained for about 15 minutes, listening to the sounds of the forest while he continued on, making quite a racket. He came to get me and led me to a second location. At this moment he told me I could take off my blind-fold.

What I saw was incredible; he had constructed a puppet show in the middle of the forest. In my hand was a program with our picture on it. The show was called the Princess and the P. He had made sock puppets representing each member of my family and my past suitors. My puppet was a princess. He then put on the most incredible show complete with music, which was so meaningful since I am an opera director. At the end of the show he asked me to come closer. He had me sit on a fallen tree and got down on two knees.

The most beautiful music was playing in the background as the sun shone through the trees, trees that have held such meaning for us and our families. He started by saying the "p" in the program title was for proposal. He said I was the constant source of light his life and that he wanted my eyes to be that last thing he sees when he leaves this earth and would I do him the honor of becoming his wife. I tearfully said yes. We kissed and he brought out two champagne flutes and an incredible bottle of champagne. There in the forest with the puppets we toasted to our happiness and future.

This was the second best day of my life, the first being our wedding in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains last October. We made each person in attendance, 130 of them, a sock puppet for our wedding favors. The pictures are great!

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