Our engagement story starts back at my birthday (April). Andrew bought me tickets to Wicked (the musical). The show was on July 9. Anyway, a few weeks before the show Andrew told me he had entered us in a draw for a backstage tour. The week of the show he called me at lunch time and told me that he had received a call and we had won the draw for our night. On July 9 Andrew told me he had to go into work for a couple hours. It was a Saturday, but he does occasionally go into work for a few hours on the weekend when heâ€™s busy so it wasnâ€™t unusual. I got dressed up while he was out and when he got back we went for dinner at a really nice restaurant then went over the theatre. After the show we went down to the front of the theatre and waited for our tour guide. She came out and led us backstage, gave us a tour, showed us the costumes, explained some of the special effects, answered a few questions. We got to the side of the stage and she asked us if we wanted our pictures taken on stage. Of course we said yes. There was another large group of people on a similar tour already on the stage. We walked past them and went to centre stage. Then our tour guide (the Production Manager) asked us if we had any questions. At this point one of the guys from the large group came out and handed Andrew a rose. He asked me if I would accept his rose (because my favourite show is the Bachelor). I said yes. At this point I knew something was going on but my brain wasnâ€™t thinking fast enough to process everything. Andrew got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and asked me if I would accept that too. His recollection of the moment is me saying â€œreally?â€ over and over again before I finally realized I hadnâ€™t actually answered yet. I think after about 3 reallys I said yes. Then the other group of people came over and introduced themselves as the cast of Wicked, took pictures with us and signed our program. I was so in shock that I couldnâ€™t even focus on them while they were introducing themselves to us and congratulating us. Andrew and I were so wired after that that we couldnâ€™t get to sleep until about 5:00 a.m.
Now, how he pulled this off, I think, is pretty impressive. Andrew told me afterwards that he had purchased my ring at the beginning of June and hid it in the basement. Then he contacted the theatre who put him in touch with the Production Manager of Wicked. He asked her if there was any way that he could propose to me at the show and if there was anything that they could do to make it extra special. They told him to tell me that we had won a backstage tour and that he could propose to me on stage right after the show. The day of the show, while he was supposedly at work he actually went and picked up the rose, delivered it to the theatre and met with the Production Manager to go over what was going to happen. Then he drove to his office and called me from his office phone so that I would have no reason to think he had been anywhere else (not that I would have, but I guess he just wanted to cover all his bases). The rest of the evening went off just as he had planned and I did not suspect a thing. And whatâ€™s totally awesome is that we got a ton of pictures of the proposal, including this one (my favourite):