Elizabeth and Alexander

Where to Propose in Atlanta Botanical Gardens

How We Met

Alex and I were both at the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band for the same four years. During our sophomore year, I began noticing him more and more. I decided he was cute, so I tried to introduce myself on one of the away football game trips, but that didn’t go over too well because neither of us knew each other and I got super embarrassed! I sat around and stewed about it and finally thought I’d send him a message trying again. Around January of 2017, I sent him a Facebook message asking to get to know him and trying to sneakily ask him on a date. He read the message almost immediately, but didn’t respond for nearly three hours! I thought he was definitely ghosting me. But three hours later, he responded something like, “Sure! How about tomorrow?”

Proposal Ideas Atlanta Botanical Gardens

How They Asked

Within the first year of dating, Alex and I had gone to see the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ Christmas lights. I had absolutely fallen in love with them because I’m crazy about Christmas lights and just lights in general. Fast forward to this January — I had told Alex I’d love to go see them again because we hadn’t been in two years. We didn’t get the chance to go during my winter break and it was coming to an end, so when I saw a picture of them on social media, I said, “Aww, we never got to go this year.” And Alex said, “Well, that’s not true. How about this week, like Thursday after my classes?”

So I spent all day trying to find something nice to wear while Alex was in class. After class, we rushed to get ready (literally no stores had anything I was looking for), pushed back the reservation time because it took me forever to get dressed, and rushed out to Atlanta. Alex told me we were getting dinner but hadn’t told me where, so I had no clue if I was dressed right. We eventually went to a really nice Italian restaurant in Buckhead and ate a super romantic dinner. Alex insisted on buying a bottle of wine to “commemorate the date,” which I thought was really unlike him because he hardly drinks a glass of wine, much less a bottle.

After dinner, we went to the botanical gardens. Alex was acting pretty on edge, and I admit I had felt nervous all night too for some reason. To be fair, we hadn’t had the chance to go on a real date in a while, so I attributed it to that. We were walking around the lights and Alex kept stopping me to kiss my forehead or hold my hand, and I kept wondering why he was stopping me so much. Eventually, we reached an overlook where you can see into the gardens and there are these long string lights hanging from the trees. We were looking out over the rails when Alex turned to face me and said, “I wanted to tell you why I’ve been so nervous tonight.”

He continued, “You know that I love you. I’ve always loved you, and I will love you for the rest of our lives. And now I wanted to ask you a question.” He reached into his pocket and I said, “NO — ” and then he pulled out a box, and I said, “You’re serious?!” And then he got onto one knee and I started crying. He then said, “Will you marry me?” And I replied, “Are you serious?” And he said, “Yes, I’m serious! Will you be my wife?”

I’m pretty sure I said yes, but I can’t remember through all the tears!

Special Thanks

Cathy Marszalik
 | Photographer
Cathy Marszalik
 | Planning