Eric proposed to Lauren at the Sunken Gardens at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Zoo. The annual holiday poinsettia show was the perfect, romantic, WARM place to propose in Minnesota in the winter!
Their journey together began in college. He was a student at the U of M, she was at Saint Catherine University. After a chance meeting at a house party, they traded numbers and went on their first date a week later. After 6.5 years, Eric devised the perfect plan to surprise his very plan-oriented girlfriend — it was going to be a challenge to catch her off-guard and he needed her friends’ help to pull it off!
They came up with the idea to trick Lauren into getting to the conservatory under the guise of a charity event. The girls all got dressed up and when they arrived at the conservatory, they were guided to another garden, but her friends decided to “sneak in” to take some selfies in the stunning Sunken Gardens. Eric hid outside, peeking into the windows through the tropical tree branches, waiting for Lauren’s back to turn. While the girls worked their distraction magic, Eric sneaked in right up behind Lauren, who was shocked to see him standing there. As the shock took over, Eric led her to the top of the staircase inside the garden and proceeded to get down on one knee, pulling out the iconic blue box that held the most perfect solitaire from Tiffany. SHE SAID YES!
After lots of laughs, tears, hugs and kisses, they shared their joy with Lauren’s friends and enjoyed the magic of the moment. After the proposal, they went Lauren’s parents, who were waiting with champagne to congratulate them. They facetimed Eric's parents in Wisconsin and called a bunch of other friends and family as they basked in the joy of their engagement. A perfect end to a perfect evening!