I wake up early Saturday morning. Ready to go volunteer with Help-Portrait. All week, I had planned to meet Jeremy and Phil (his best friend) for lunch once I was done. Boy…was I in for a surprise!
December 10 = Jeremy D. Cherry proposed and I am to be the newest Mrs. Cherry in the family. It was more than a dream I could have ever dreamed and I can’t wait to marry my partner in crime. So..now I know you’re wondering, WHAT’S THE STORY!?
As I said above, I had planned on volunteering in the morning and then heading to lunch around noon. So, at noon, I left the help-portrait event and headed home. I called Jeremy on the way and we agreed to meet at my house and then go to lunch since Phil was still getting ready. So, I decide to call his sister Shannon on the way home and we chatted until I arrived. She never even let on that this was going to be a big day, she just told me to have a good time and lunch and to tell Phil and Jeremy she said hi. (This still makes me laugh that I’m soooo oblivious!)
Then, I slowly walk in the door and quickly I knew that I wasn’t going to lunch. (Cue: Start Crying) In the middle of my living room was the most beautiful bouquet of flowers I’d seen with a beautiful note from the one and only Jeremy Cherry. (See the images below)
So, of course I watched the video. 3 times. I was so happy and excited and full of tears that I just couldn’t comprehend it all. He was so excited in the video and you could just see him full of joy. (Little did I know that the day before he got up at 5:30 a.m. to film the video!) He was taking me on a scavenger hunt to Bicentennial park downtown. He told me to go to the “1796” column and continued to show me the path to follow in the video.
I get in my car and start driving downtown….balling the entire way. I really am glad I’m new in town because it would have been an awful time to see anyone, as I couldn’t stop crying. I probably scared anyone I did see on the road!
I finally arrived at the park, but in my excitement went to the “1976” column instead of the “1796.” But, the park cop found me as I was walking on the sidewalk and asked me if I was looking for anyone. I said “Yes, my boyfriend,” all the while still crying. He told me to go up further, since there was someone waiting for me. I got in my car and drove up a little and Mark from our small group was waiting with a sign pointing me where to go. But he wasn’t the only one…Renee, Ann-Christen and Joanna were all there with signs (on the pathway in the photos below) pointing me the way to go.
I stop to cry and hug everyone as I go. Then, I finally get up on the hill and look down into the beautiful ampitheater downtown where my future husband was waiting center stage for me.
I ran. I jumped….and I cried.
I’ll save the sappy details and keep it as a special moment for us, but Jeremy got down on one knee and said “Amy Nicole Gwaltney, will you marry me?”
(PS–This ring is his Granny’s ring from the 1940’s. It took months to be restored and it’s absolutely priceless. It’s beautiful, it’s perfect and I’m so incredibly honored!)
As soon as I said “YES!,” I hear kazoos and tambourines. It all didn’t make much sense but I looked to my right and saw Mr. and Mrs. Cherry. Then I saw my brother…then my Mom + Dad…and my roommate, and our dear friends Chris + Adrienne Scott. I was FLOORED. And you thought I cried enough earlier…..
He had arranged for my family and special friends to be there for our special moment to celebrate. We had our moment and then had the chance to share it with so many people we love.
It felt like it was all straight out of a movie. But really, it was SO much better.
We spent the rest of the day celebrating and making special calls…he even had planned an engagement party/dinner! Thank you so much to everyone who was there to celebrate with us. It meant the WORLD to us!
Jeremy D. Cherry, let’s tie the knot! I’m so excited to be your wife. I’m the luckiest gal in the world.