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Romantic Proposals: At The Footbridge

Marriage proposals are special. Some are funny. Some are serious. And some are so romantic we can’t help but sigh.

When my writer friend and blogging buddy Gabrielle Meyer shared her proposal story with me, I did just that. I asked her if she’d be willing to share it here on my blog, and she said yes.

Here is Gabrielle’s beautiful story, one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.


The first time I saw my husband, David, he was in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and I was in the audience. When he stepped onto the stage, I sat up straight, and when he began to sing, I melted into a pool.

Later, I was at a gathering with friends, when David walked in. I was talking with a friend about my job at the Dairy Queen. She was lactose intolerant and asked if there were any products available for people like her. I must admit, I wasn’t concentrating on the conversation; I was too busy watching David walk across the room, his handsome smile directed right at me.

This was the big moment! Butterflies flew through my stomach and my heart did a little flip. My friend, not knowing how historic this moment would forever remain, glanced at David and said nonchalantly: “Dave, have you met Gabe? She’s our friendly lactose dealer.” It wasn’t an ideal introduction, but we’d met!

Nine months later, after hours of phone calls, chance encounters and planned meetings, our friendship (finally!) developed into a romance, and we’ve never looked back.

David and Gabrielle Meyer celebrating their 11th anniversary.

In those early days David wrote beautiful poetry. As he prepared to leave for college, he read me one of his poems. He said someday he would tell me what it meant, but with the transitions we were making after graduation, I quickly forgot about it.

For the first two years we attended universities only thirty miles apart, and then David made a difficult decision to transfer three hundred miles away. We couldn’t imagine being separated, but living together before marriage wasn’t an option, as both of us had made a commitment to purity. We began exploring the idea of marrying while we were still college students. It hadn’t been our original plan, but the more we talked and prayed, the more we knew it was God’s best for us.

We picked out a ring, a beautiful vintage setting much like my grandmother’s, but he said the rest would be a surprise.

On a moonlit night in October of 2000, David came to my parents’ home and asked me if I’d like to take a walk with him in the park along the Mississippi River. The lamps on the trail offered a soft glow as we meandered hand in hand. When we came to the little footbridge on the path, David stopped and asked me to be his wife. With a little cry of excitement I said yes, and we shared a sweet kiss before he placed the ring on my finger.

David and Gabrielle Meyer on the Footbridge

In the joy of the moment, he asked me if I remembered the poem he’d written for me two years before, and that’s when he told me: “I wrote that poem the day I knew I would ask you to be my wife.”

The words to that poem, full of promise and hope, are etched into my heart. They graced the front of our wedding program and remain some of my favorite words ever written.



by David Meyer

 I listen to the sound of my dreams, which seem to be singing your name

And I feel the madness of the love that my heart proclaims

And to you I shall give this love, to place on your lips so tender

Ah! It is you my love, my heart has been forever surrendered

As tender as a kiss on the footbridge, where the two destined lovers meet!

As beautiful as the morning snow and the smile that smiles so sweet

And if I could only be there to greet thee!

What a wonderful morning it would be!

On the footbridge where I shall meet thee!

Oh! What beautiful mornings we will see!


Now that you’ve read Gabrielle’s story, don’t you agree that hers is a sigh-worthy proposal?

I love that poem and how David planned years before exactly where he’d take Gabrielle when he proposed to her. He certainly picked a romantic spot, didn’t he? And don’t you love that poem?


Have you ever written a poem for your special someone?

Has your special someone written a poem for you?


 Keli’s Book Release Blog Tour Appearances

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California was officially released July 1. Many wonderful bloggers have offered to help me get the word out by hosting me on their blogs. I’ll be sharing the links to those posts at the bottom of mine throughout the tour, which runs though the end of this month.

July 11

Novel PASTimes ~ Interview and Book Giveaway
with Becky Melby and Cindy Thomson

Tag(g)lines ~ Tildy’s Character Interview
and Peppermint Giveaway with Melissa Tagg

Keli Gwyn


  • So fun to see Gabrielle here! Hi Gabrielle! That is a BEAUTIFUL poem! Your man’s a keeper, ay?

  • Anonymous says:

    We exchanged romantic letters full of poetic imagery. Does that count! 🙂

  • Yay for Gabe! Beautiful story. Gabe, did I ever tell you that my husband also proposed on a bridge? It was on a golf course and a little stream ran under it. Full moon, and he sang my favorite song from Phantom of the Opera: All I Ask of You. I love hearing about sweet men who aren’t afraid to be romantic…and I’m blessed to have one myself!

    • No, I didn’t know he proposed there! And I love that he sang to you! I fell in love with my hubby’s voice before I fell in love with him. One of my greatest joys is hearing him sing to our children. My kiddos have no idea how blessed they are to have Dave as their daddy, but I do!

  • Oh, that’s so perfect. *sigh* Mine was more like, “you want to get married?” “Okay.” Lol! My David did write me some heart-melting love letters though. 🙂 thanks for sharing your story, Gabrielle!

    • Hi, Gwen! I loved writing and reciving love letters when we were dating, especially when we were in college. I was probably more gushy than he was, but his poems made up for the lack of gush in his letters! Between him and I, there are never any lack of words in our house!

  • I’ve loved getting to know Gabrielle! Just loved it.
    ~ Wendy

  • Ummm. That’s 4 sighs and an “ahhhhhh”!!

    • Hi, Jennifer! I know – I sighed when I remembered those far flung days. My hubby is still a romantic at heart – but the romance changes with age and responsibilities! We still work at having a date night on a regular basis – but some of the most romantic times we spend together are just sitting in our backyard by the Mississippi and talking.

  • Ahhh! This is why I read/write/breathe romance!

    Thanks for sharing Gabrielle’s beautiful love story with us.

  • Thank you for having me as a guest today, Keli! It was so much fun to ressurect those sweet memories of our dating years and my hubby’s marriage proposal!

  • Hi Gabe!
    I loved this story and poem. Grinning ear to ear, girlfriend!

    My husband never wrote me a poem, but he did write the lyrics and music to a song he sang for me at our wedding. It was beautiful. 🙂

  • So sweet! My husband never wrote me a poem, but I did get some really sweet letters.

  • Jennette says:

    That was awesome that he had planned it so far in advance, wrote you a poem about it and then did it… beautiful. my hubby & his acapella group sang to me, then he proposed. I wrote him a poem to cite during our wedding. he had no clue about it.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Your hubby sounds very romantic, Jennette! And it was beautiful that you were able to use your gift with words to honor him, too. So fun seeing you here today!

  • Beth K. Vogt says:

    Oh, my … how sweet, how precious, how romantic.
    Thank you for sharing your story on Keli’s blog today, Gabrielle.


    • I swooned a great deal while we dated, Beth! And I kept a very detailed journal, too. 🙂 I asked my mom dozens of questions about the early years of her and my dad’s relationship and she couldn’t remember most of it, so I decided early on to record every little nuance and it’s one of my most precious possessions!

  • Teri Metts says:

    Gabe, what a sweet story! And what a romantic your husband is! My husband and I also got married while in college – finished out our senior year together.

    Hi Keli! Congratulations on the release of your book!!

    • I don’t regret marrying in college for a moment. We’re good dreamers and it’s been fun to dream our way through life. Some dreams become reality and some remain in our hearts, but we go after them together. He’s my partner in every way. I’m so happy we started out young.

  • Anne Payne says:

    Awwww…that’s so sweet and the poem is SO romantic 🙂

    My husband and I started out young too and life just gets better and better. We never get tired of being with each other, even after almost 30 yrs!

    Thank you for sharing your special proposal.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Anne. Congrats on reaching thirty years with your hubby! David and I met when we were sixteen and this year we turned thirty-two, so we’ve been together half our lives! And it does keep getting better and better.

  • Oh my goodness! This made my heart flutter. *swoon* What a beautiful, romantic story!!! Nice way to start my morning. lol Thanks for sharing it!

    • My heart did a lot of fluttering in those early years, too! 🙂 Actually, just a couple of weeks ago David was on stage leading worship at church and when he smiled at me while he sang my heart did a little more fluttering! I’ve had quite a few church ladies come up to me and tell me what a lucky young lady I am – and I have to agree.

  • Susan Mason says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story!

    I have a very unromantic husband so it’s wonderful to read other people’s stories. And nice to know romance exists in real life and not just in our made up books!

    • I love how you put that, Susan – it is nice to know that romance really does exist and not just in the story world. Thanks for stopping by to read my story.

  • Donna Pyle says:

    Gabrielle, you have me almost bawling over here! What a sweet story and amazing poem. Happy Anniversary! And thanks, Keli, for letting her share that beautiful story here.

    • Hi, Donna! It’s been so fun seeing all these familiar faces on Keli’s blog these past two days. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely comments, I’m blessed by my husband in so many ways – but his unconditional love is my greatest joy and he gave it to me oh so many years ago.

  • Erica Vetsch says:

    Sigh, that is perfect! How romantic!

    I love that picture on the footbridge, and the one at Target Field. 🙂

    • Erica! Isn’t Minnesota the best place to live?!?! We’ve been to Target Field five times now and it’s just as good each time we’re there (3 losses and 2 wins, if you’re curious). Thanks for stopping by (even if I’m a month late in answering you)!