A love story nine years in the making, Rachel and Fred’s tale is one of classic romance. After meeting at church, the two became friends and remained so for some time. Gradually, however, Fred realized that he wanted to take their relationship to the next level. Determined, Fred set out to turn the tide of their connection from friendship to courtship. Over time, Fred made an impression on Rachel through numerous thoughtful acts such as taking notes on her favorite Starbucks drink so he could surprise her with just what she wanted. Eventually, Fred achieved his goal – a real date with Rachel. The two enjoyed a fantastic dinner and ended the evening with leisurely but meaningful conversation at Ruggles Green.
Fred soon realized that Rachel, the wonderful woman with whom he had long shared a strong bond of friendship, was meant to be his wife. For the proposal, Fred staged a surprise meeting at Ruggles Green, right where the couple’s first date had closed. Enlisting the assistance of Rachel’s sisters, Fred asked them to take Rachel to the restaurant for a “sister’s night,” as Rachel had been out of town the previous week. Appearing from nowhere, Fred presented Rachel with a beautiful bouquet of roses and spoke unforgettable words from his heart:
“Do you remember about a year ago we sat here and talked about life? I got to know you more than I ever had before. And while you were gone I got to thinking about marriage, and the weight of it, and I came to the conclusion that there is no other woman that I would rather be with, that I would rather raise children with, or rock next to on a rocking chair with, than you. So I’m asking…will you marry me, Rachel?”
Astounded but thrilled, Rachel joyfully accepted Fred’s proposal. Luckily, Rachel’s friends and family, hidden at Ruggles Green, captured the unforgettable moment on video. From friends to future husband and wife, Fred and Rachel’s relationship epitomizes the true meaning of romance.