Mike called me on his way home from visiting school Monday. ”Jonathan’s going to propose to Beth tomorrow! And he wants us to be at a surprise party to celebrate afterwards!” I always feel extra excited– and a little guilty– knowing about an engagement before it happens. This was no exception!
Jonathan had thought of everything, even arranging for his mom and brother and Beth’s mom to make the trip to Durham to be at the celebration. A bit of the plan hinged on the weather, but once he felt confident it wouldn’t rain (quite the feat right now), he set the plan in motion. They first had dinner at Vin Rouge, an incredibly romantic restaurant in downtown Durham, and also a place that had a history with these two. Then he took her to Duke Gardens, where they also had sweet memories. (Beth adds here that at this point, she’s thinking Jonathan is really mean if he isn’t planning to propose!) Relieved to find his #1 choice of a bench open at the gardens, they sat down and he popped the question.
Right about that time, several of their friends were gathering for the next step. Champagne was poured, desserts were prepared, and all were excited to see the freshly engaged couple!
Thanks again, Jonathan, for inviting us to be a part of such a special, memorable evening! We’re so happy for you both!