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May 1, 2005

After 5 years of dating and almost 8 years of being close friends, Andy finally proposed!

It happened when we took a trip to Napa Valley to celebrate our fifth anniversary together. At the end of our first day, we visited a beautiful winery, Chateau Potelle, located at the top of Mount Veeder. Prior to this, I was thoroughly convinced that Andy wasn't going to propose during the trip. Although we had already picked out the ring a month ago, he kept being wishy washy, saying things like, "I'm not ready to be engaged..." Needless to say, I was feeling pretty down about the whole thing. Little did I know that I was in for a huge romantic surprise!

We had already visited several wineries that day, and I was feeling a little tipsy and very hungry, so you can imagine that I wasn't too excited when we got to Chateau Potelle (which was at the end of a long twisty road) and Andy insisted we buy a bottle to drink in the garden outside. What I didn't realize is that Andy had been planning for a month and there was a little picnic table set up inside the vineyard with flowers, sandwiches, fruit and cheese - of course he had known that I would be starving after a day of wine tasting! At that point, I still didn't realize what was about to happen...until he reached into his jacket pocket, pulled out a ring box and got on one knee! Now how's that for a romantic proposal! I’ll never forget that day!

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