I am so glad that I didn't have to follow Steve on this one; he is a true romantic. Here's his story (links added by me):
It all started about a year and a half ago when I took Carolyn on our first date to the Around the Coyote art festival in Chicago. For those of you who aren't familiar, Around the Coyote is an art festival where you get to walk through various artist lofts and studios and look at their work. We spent about 5 hours at the art fair... getting to know each other, looking at tons of work, etc. At the end of the date we asked each other who our favorite artist was. And, strange enough, out of the 50+ artists we looked at we both had the same favorite one. His name is Kevin Lahvic.
About a month ago I called Kevin and told him our story about how we really enjoyed his work during our first date. He loved the story and, at my request, agreed to create a one of a kind painting titled "Will You?". The painting is of an abstract man on one knee proposing to a woman.
So this weekend I told Carolyn (who just accepted a new job a couple days ago) that I bought her a congratulations present. When I revealed the painting, she obviously knew it was not just a present for her new job. And that's how I proposed to Carolyn this weekend. Here is a picture of the painting. Oh yeah... and by the way... she said yes.
Congratulations Carolyn and Steve - we are excited and happy for you two!