Brandy & Colin

I recently moved to Philadelphia, about three hours away from my hometown, Selinsgrove, where my best friends and family still live. The move was an easy one to make; I immediately fell in love with Philadelphia and the city life.  I must admit that the two things I missed were yard sales and my loved ones; so when my cousin Blacia phoned to inform me that she had a photo shoot in the city and that her and her boyfriend Jason were coming to stay at our place in Philly for the weekend, I was ELATED! Her shoot was scheduled for the following Saturday, against the beautiful backdrop of the famous Waterworks along the Schuylkill River. The weather was forecast to be sunny and warm so we planned to walk with her and partake in a wine and cheese picnic while she tended to her photo shoot.

Our home is close enough to the site of the shoot that we were able to take an enjoyable, causal stroll through the city to get there. When we arrived, we laid the blanket on the grass, and Jason took out his guitar and began to play my favorite song. This was no surprise; he knows many of my favorite songs and is well aware that I will gladly, and loudly, sing along whenever he plays them! It was at this point that Colin grabbed my hand and pulled me out of my seat. He pulled me over to a grassy knoll without saying anything, His hands were shaking, as he looked me in the eye and turning to his right, pointed upward saying, “Look.” When I turned my head I tried to comprehend the crazy crowd of people, all wearing absurd hats and holding up letters and sparklers, standing on a descending overlook and staring down at us. Each second seemed to last for eternity as I tried to decipher what exactly was going on. The letters read, “I YO MARRY ME?” In the midst of it all our friend Casey had crawled over the railing and was now dangling on the side of a cliff attempting to out a small fire started by the sparklers. It all happened so quick yet seemed to last a lifetime.

I turned back to read Colin’s expression. He was no longer standing across from me, but was kneeling down on one knee,. Pale and trembling more intensely than before, he reached for my hand. In his palm was a little black box that held the most beautiful and vibrant expression of loveI could have ever imagined. He began to mumble “I’m so nervous, I love you, I want you to spend the rest of my life with you, will you marry me?” I was only beginning to absorb the full extent of what was happening. With my jaw on the floor I glanced back up to see if the crazy hat-wearing fools were still on the overlook asking me the same question, which is when some crazy Muppet hair caught my eye. It was then that I recognized those crazies and realized they were the nearest and dearest of my best friends and family, and that the love of my life was now proposing marriage to me, asking me to spend the rest of his life with me. For the first time in my life, I was truly speechless. His question went unanswered for a moment while I tried to absorb the events taking place around me. After what Colin says was about 10 minutes, I was pulled back to reality, “Well you know you didn’t answer yet…” I looked at him and said, “Well of course yes!”

There was no need for him to wait for an answer; of course it was a yes! It was a question that never really needed an answer because it was just so obvious from the very beginning. At this point we sealed the deal with a kiss, and he proudly exclaimed, “She said yes!” My tears were flowing as he slid the ring onto my right hand and my friends and family quickly ran down the overlook to greet us with hugs and congratulations on our new engagement.

Everyone exchanged hugs and kisses as we were corrected on which finger the ring was supposed to be placed on. I was still in a state of shock as we filtered across Kelly Drive and up to Lemon Hill Mansion where we celebrated with an elaborate picnic consisting of all my favorite foods. Colin had arranged for all of my favorites, everything from Turkey Birds and crab cakes to Amato’s bread and chocolate cake with peanut butter icing! We drank and celebrated into the night (way into the night!) Having my friends and family for this unforgettable day in my life meant more to me than I could have ever imagined.

Most of these pictures are from the day of the proposal. The very last picture you see is one of us on our way to our 8th grade homecoming dance.. Colin was my first kiss way back in 7th grade.. who would have guessed it would end up this happily ever after…

Dbn Brandy

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