The date was July 17, 2010…
Earlier in the week Dwight had told me he wanted to go to Tsunami this weekend. I said “oh ok…we can do that”… thinking to myself that he doesn’t really eat sushi? ha. But then he said “I wanna take you out… it is our 11 monthiversary too” and I said “oh yea you are right … ok lets go out!”
So, On Saturday July 17th our night out started at 4 with BIll Cassidy’s Election Kick Off Party. It just seems right to have had a political event on the day we got engaged! So we got dressed up for that…or so I thought. After the Kick Off we headed downtown to have dinner at Tsunami. After circling for a spot we found one close enough my feet wouldn’t fall off since I was wearing heels. We walked across the street and watched some kids playing in the fountain. Dwight said lets go thru it… I said “really?” He was like yea… and so we are standing in front of this fountain as it shoots up and then flattens out…and i feel him start to go… so we hand in hand “run thru the fountain”…it counts even it the fountain was not shooting RIGHT when we ran thru it! ha!
Even with our little fountain adventure we arrived a bit early so we went out on the rooftop and walked around looking at Baton Rouge from up there. It was beautiful out and quite a romantic spot.
Eventually our table was ready. We had a great time at dinner. We always have good conversation with many silly moments (Dwights pic below) and lots of laughter. A great view overlooking the Mississippi and across the table! I should have known something was brewing though because Dwight kept smirking and grinning (more than usual)… but I just figured he was happy to be out on the town with me. And he was…but he was also smiling about what he had planned for the rest of the night.
After dinner we had made plans to go get cookie dough because we Love cookies. Before we left though we went back out on to the rooftop so he could see the old state capitol lit up for the evening. It was beautiful. It was wonderful to stand together overlooking this city we both Love. Dwight asked if i felt like going for a walk…and I said “as long as I can change my shoes!” I had on heels but had some flats in the car just in case.
He wanted to go for a walk at the park in front of the Capitol. He had mentioned doing this before so I didn’t think anything of it. We park and I did not know til later that his “putting his phone in the console so no one will see it” move was really him getting the ring box! I also did not know til later that during our walk he was very purposefully staying on my left side so I would not notice the ring box in his left pocket! So sneaky!
As our walk was coming to the end of the path he said he wanted to go to the top of the steps to see what the garden looked like from up there. I had a half-second thought that he might propose and then it was gone. I didn’t even recall that thought again until after he proposed. We walk to the steps and start our climb. When we reach the second flat level he stops us…and then takes me by the shoulders and places me in a very specific spot facing him and says “yea…yea this is a bout right! This is about the spot we probably first caught each others eye and smiled at each other…don’t you think?” … and I’m so clueless at this point…so I just looked around and was like “yea… I think so”. (LEFT: is a picture I took of Dwight speaking from that SPOT at the July 4th event at the Capitol)
And he continued ” Yea..this is the right spot. Thats why this is the perfect place for me to ask you this….(gets down on one knee and pulls out the ring)… Will You Marry Me?! I was surprised and choked up but managed to say YES!
After calming down a little we just sat on the steps and he started telling me about how he had plotted this whole thing since Tuesday! My mom and family knew and no one said anything or even hinted!!! (That is a big deal for my family!) He also shared how his niece helped him pick out the ring…which I thought was too cute!
While we were sitting on the steps talking a car drove up and someone starting taking pictures of the Capitol. I turned to Dwight and said ” I wanna go ask them for copies of their pictures because we HAVE to be in them?!” … so we walked over to the two ladies and I said “Is there any way we could get a copy of your pictures?” and she said “yes.. sure” … but I could tell she was thinking “why do they want the pics?!!?”….so I continued and said “The reason I’m asking is because we just got engaged on the steps like…. 5 minutes ago!!!” … and she got excited and “oooooh! Congratulations!” Dwight had gone to his car to get a business card to exchange information and was making his way back at this point. Before he handed her his card she looked at him and said “Is your name Dwight Hudson?” … and he then recognized her and said “Katie?!” Turns out they went to school together from elementary thru High School! Katie was showing her friend Sarah the Capitol! Sarah was taking the pictures!
After they realized they knew each other Katie asked “do yall want some more pictures?!” So we went back to the spot her proposed and posed for some pictures! God is so good. He even provided a photographer for our special night!