The proposal was elaborately staged and planned by Robert Gray Jr. to surprise his girlfriend, Keisha Williams. Robert and Keisha met four years ago at a surprise birthday party for a mutual friend. Two months later Keisha received anonymous flowers with a subtle message attached. It was an additional month before Robert revealed himself as her secret admirer. Robert is a native of Atlanta and Keisha hails from LaGrange, GA.
Gray rented 10 rooms at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, and filled them with rose petals, candles, and music.
Gray, who was known to be frugal, decided to live with his sister for nearly a year to save up for the proposal (talk about dedication!).
To cap off his signature engagement plans, Robert had the engagement ring custom made to ensure that the symbol of his love for her was as unique as she was. On the day the jeweler called for permission to pour the platinum, Keisha became frustrated with his evasiveness and complained, “You know what? You’re not romantic enough.” (yes, really, that happened)
As Gray led Williams to each room, friends and family were waiting with well wishes and prayers, all leading up to his proposal.
A slide show of Knight’s pictures of the moving event was viewed by literally millions of people around the world and crashed several sites linking to it, the photographer said.
“I immediately started getting calls from all over the world,” Knight said. “We got an extra phone line because so many calls were coming in.”
Not only were people touched, but many also wanted to have their engagements documented, Knight said.
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