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Allison A.

I moved home from college on Dec. 15, 2008. That morning, I threw on a pair of sweats, put my hair in a ponytail, and didn't bother with any makeup. After packing up the last of my things, I drove the three hours it takes from my college's city to my hometown. Once I arrived, I went straight to the house my now fiancé, Nick, and I moved into last summer. I was so excited to be moving home for good, because up until then we had had a long distance relationship and only saw each other on the weekends and on summer vacation.

Once I got home, Nick helped me move my things from my car into the house, and then suggested we go someplace nice for dinner to celebrate my homecoming. Sweaty and tired, I looked at him like he was nuts! He really wanted to take me to one of our favorite restaurants, so after a few puppy dog eyes from him I finally relented. We ended up having a wonderful time - we ordered a bottle of wine, ate two delicious entrees and even had our waitress take a picture of us. Later, as we pulled into the driveway, Nick made me put on a sleeping mask. A little confused but willing to play along, I put on the mask and Nick guided me through the house up to our bedroom. He told me to wait there for 10 minutes with the door closed, and then come out.

Those were the longest 10 minutes of my life! When I opened the door there was a red ribbon strung up along the wall starting at the doorway and winding down hall and down the stairs. Every few inches there was a picture of Nick and I tied to the ribbon. Looking at all the pictures in the hallway was so amazing and romantic - it was like our entire history as a couple in pictures!

I followed the ribbon all the way through the house until I turned the corner to the living room. There, next to the Christmas tree and amid several bouquets of flowers and candles, was Nick waiting for me. I could barely breathe and could feel tears filling my eyes. Through a few sweet tears of his own he said, "Allison, I love you so much. I want to spend my life with you, have a family with you and love you forever." Then, he pulled the ring out of his pocket, got down on one knee and popped the question!

Of course, I said, "Yes!" After hugging and kissing and gazing at my ring, I turned around and there was a camcorder hidden by the couch. He had secretly taped the whole thing! As if I wasn't overcome with emotion enough, the next thing I knew my family and his family showed up at the door with cake and champagne! It turns out that he had been planning the proposal for over a week, and had enlisted the help of nearly every person from my immediate family. For the rest of the night we ate, drank, and watched our proposal movie. Later, my sister told me that it had taken her and Nick over three hours to hole punch and tie all the pictures to the ribbon, and that there were over 170 pictures on it! I can't believe how romantic, thoughtful and creative Nick was in planning the proposal. The hole puncher he used was even heart shaped! I feel like the luckiest girl in world, and I can't wait for us to start our life together as husband and wife.