I started planning the proposal about 3 months ago. I met Ashley performing at her 18th birthday party when we were both seniors in high school. We are both huge fans of mystery, magic, sideshow, oddities etc. and l and knew that I wanted to somehow combine these ideas into the proposal.
I told Ashley that I had booked a close-up show at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. The “client” kept changing the time I was to perform, with the last “time change” being texted to me after our Uber arrived downtown (please don’t actually do this 🙃). In order to kill some time before going to the show, we were going to walk a large circle over two pedestrian bridges ending at the hotel (seems legit). The incredible Amy Deming and intern Alexis were staged at the Blue Bridge to capture the moment.
I sent a message to a few friends and family members asking them to take pictures that I would use for a magic trick “reveal” in my show. There was two pictures I asked for
1.“Giraffe”(this was just to throw everyone off) and…
1013 or October 13th was the day I was going to ask Ashley to marry me. Everyone knew and yet at the same time, no one knew. These pictures where dispersed throughout a video; along with pictures of Ashley and I, which was shown to her after the proposal.
I had arranged a month prior for our parents to get dinner together that evening. Family is very important to both of us and I wanted them to be part of our special day. We met up with our parents at Cygnus 27 and enjoyed a wonderful dinner where we also got to surprise my future mother-in-law Melanie with our engagement announcement.
I’m excited to marry my best friend. Thank you to all that were part of this magic trick “reveal”.