Mary Charles Jordan of Athens already knew she and her boyfriend would be married someday. After all, her boyfriend, Keenan Howard, had asked her parents’ permission for her hand in marriage during the Christmas holidays of 2009. Mary Charles just didn’t know the time and the place Howard would formally ask her.
“I kept waiting for the actual proposal,” she says. “Then on April 3, Keenan suggested that we pack a picnic and go to one of our favorite places — the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. He took care of all the arrangements, but I still wasn’t expecting it.”
Keenan spread the picnic blanket on the ground and began to tell her how much he loved her.
“I still didn’t realize that it was an
engagement speech until he pulled out a beautiful antique wedding ring,”Mary Charles said. “He was amazing. And it was such a romantic way to become engaged.”
Keenan says he thought a great deal about how to make the life–changing moment special. He purchased the ring in mid–March and carried it around with him for about two weeks.
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