August 28, 2007
At 5:30 p.m., a lady arrived at Amber’s work with a package wrapped in brown paper and twine. Amber wasn’t sure what this lady wanted and just stared at her. When the lady asked if she was expecting the package, one of Amber’s coworkers grabbed the box and replied, “YES!” Inside was a guidebook, ruler, small shovel, pencil and paper clip. (Knowing Amber loves Indiana Jones, Brett designed the proposal in the theme of the movies.) The leather-bound guidebook contained hand-written riddles, maps and pictures that would lead Amber to the “treasure, or holy grail, that comes along once in a lifetime.” In between the clues, Brett had drawn pictures and pasted ticket stubs, foreign money and other artifacts from the various things they had done together as a couple. Amber read the first clue and headed to Joseph-Beth Bookstore, where she and Brett frequently ate lunch together. At this location, she needed to find a particular waitress and tell her a “password” to receive her next clue. Clue Number Two led Amber to Jessica McClintock, where she had been looking at wedding dresses. She approached a salesperson and received Clue Number Three. Her next stop was Books-A-Million, where she found Clue Number Four hidden between travel books about Washington, D.C. (The night that Brett and Amber officially began dating, Amber was considering attending graduate school in D.C.) This clue led her to a bench outside the Mint Museum, the place of their second date, where she found Clue Number Five. The final clue was located in Freedom Park, where Amber loves to play volleyball. Brett had intended to bury the clue in the court sand, giving Amber an opportunity to use her new shovel. But because people frequently use the court, he moved it under a nearby tree. Amber found the clue, which instructed her to re-open the other clues. Brett had drawn a map of the park on the back of each of the clues that led Amber to this point. She pieced them together in the parking lot and pulled out her ruler and pencil, as instructed. She measured four inches from one point on the map to the center, then five inches from another point to find their intersection – the location of her buried treasure. The “X” on the map was on the other side of the park, and darkness was quickly approaching. Amber could see a silhouette of a table with a candle and two-dozen roses on the top of a hill. She continued to search for Brett as she made her way to the table, where she found a laptop computer and a sign reading, “Open and press play.” Because Amber and Brett love to travel and learn other languages, Brett made a DVD featuring pastors and ministers from around the world holding up signs reading, “Will you marry me?” in the language of their countries. Between the pictures from around the world were pictures of Amber and Brett at different times in their relationship. At the end of the DVD, a video played of Brett’s nephew Jakub, asking Amber if she would marry his uncle. When the DVD ended, Brett came out from behind a tree, holding a huge sign that said, “Will you marry me?”
Amber and Brett’s story was paraphrased for clarity and space. They were married on April 17, 2008.