She Said Yes! Caroline & Ely
Posted: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
Caroline McMillan & Ely PortilloMiczek PhotographyIts not supposed to happen: A guy, sitting at a table far from the high-heeled single ladies vying for the brides bouquet, shouldnt wind up with a hand full of flowers. But the bouquet I was trying to catch bounced off two girls hands and plopped into Elys his lap at his table.
The women groaned and called for a re-do. Ely just smiled at the good omen: hed already set in motion plans to propose to me the following day.Were both business reporters at The Charlotte Observer, where we had met two and a half years earlier. I never imagined our first casual office hello, followed quickly by a Facebook friend request, would lead us where it has. After returning from the Charleston wedding late Sunday night, Ely lured me to his apartment with the promise of a quick pasta dinner. But when I walked through the door, dozens of Carolina blue and white balloons lined a path marked by candles. Pictures of the two of us were taped to the balloon strings with hand-written messages on the back of each. A bottle of champagne was chilling in a bowl of rosebud-filled ice cubes, surrounded by delicacies from Amelies French Bakery, all set up by my roommate as we were traveling back. Elys roommate had left music playing from a Frank Sinatra Internet radio station, which almost backfired; Hit the Road Jack played when Ely got down on one knee. But I didnt even hear the music. Just my voice getting out a teary yes, as I thought to myself, this is precisely how its supposed to happen. -As told by CarolineCaroline and Ely were married September 28, 2013.
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