Check out their engagement story in their own words.....
"Chuck and I planned on going to Charleston for the weekend of August 12-15 for an OAR concert on that Saturday with our friends Ryan Barker and Megan, his girlfriend. This was going to be a good get away for me before school started back and Chuck's favorite band is OAR so we were both excited for the vacation. Now, if any of you know me, I haven't exactly been subtle with hints that I thought Chuck should propose in the near future.....but Chuck had been telling me for a few months that he wanted to propose to me after he finished at Auburn, which was in about 2 years. So I really stopped thinking about "the proposal."
On the first night we were in Charleston, Chuck got reservations at Magnolia's, a really great restaurant right on East Bay St. We had an amazing dinner, good drinks, dessert, and conversation. Nothing was different about this evening. As we are walking out of the restaurant, I am in my own little world looking around at the sights, and all of a sudden Chuck says, "Look!" pointing to the street. When I look, there are 3 rickshaw drivers carrying signs saying, "Elyse, will you marry me?" After what felt like 5 minutes, I came off my cloud and I turn around to see Chuck on one knee holding a beautiful ring! I was speechless! But really all I could say was "Holy S***!" over and over again. He looked like he was in pain on his knee, and he says "Is that a Yes?" I said "uh huh." Kiss ensued, strangers took pictures, I started shaking....yadda yadda yadda.
After we called token family members, Chuck took me to a dessert and martini bar named Kaminsky's on Market St. We got a fancy martini and a snickerdoodle cake, which I could only enjoy one bite due to sheer excitement and relative placement of feet on the floor. (get it..... cloud 9)
Chuck really likes telling the story how he organized this surprise from Charlotte, so feel free to ask him.The second best part of the weekend is that Chuck arranged for a surprise party for me by inviting Kim and Katelyn (and their boy toys) to Charleston. I was so shocked when we would enter restaurants and find such wonderful friends to enjoy my engagement with. Really, I think it was so Chuck didn't have to bare the brunt of squeals all weekend...but hey, it works and was really sweet! This surprise made it truly unforgettable!"
We're busy at work here at Sweetgrass Social helping these two plan their big day. They will be married at St. Mary's of the Annunciation and will hold their reception at the Harbour Club of Charleston. Check back with us for all the details.