SHORT PUMP, Va. — It almost never happened. Nick Audette had it all planned out , timed down to the minute. As his girlfriend Kristin walked with her sister through Short Pump Town Center last Tuesday, the 23-year-old Randolph Macon College graduate was going to emerge with his guitar, sing one of their favorite songs and then drop to one knee to ask Kristin for her hand in marriage. Did I mention the 15 friends and family members waiting in the wings with candles?
So there was Nick, looking at his watch, all ready to go when a mall security guard arrived.
“It almost didn’t happen because the security guard told me I could not do a performance at the mall,” Nick said. “He said all performances had to be cleared with mall management first.”
Nick said he spent the next two minutes pleading with the guard to let it happen, all while looking out for Kristin who was approaching the spot where the proposal was going to happen.
“He finally let me do it,” Nick said.
The music playing over the mall’s speakers was so loud, Nick said he was able to get pretty close to Kristin before she even noticed he was there.
Once she saw him however, Nick said she knew what was about to happen.
Nick, who sings at his church , finished his performance of The Lumineers “Ho Hey” and then asked Kristin to marry him as friends and family watched.
She said yes! The couple plans to get married next year.
Last month another groom-to-be pulled off a romantic proposal at the shopping center complete with a flash mob dance.