We were engaged on April 17th, 1999 on Clingman's Dome in the Great Smokey mountains. Two weeks before, we had gone up to Philadelphia for Easter and Chris had been planning to ask Dad Almack for permission to ask for Heidi's hand in marriage. That whole weekend Chris's appetite was practically non-existent as he neverously worked up the courage to take the next step in the relationship. Sunday morning after church, Chris asked Dad if
The next week Chris was working for the Census Bureau in Richmond Virginia and was staying at the Omni, a very nice Hotel in the downtown area. After work one day he went to the mall and looked at engagement rings at a few chain distributors such as Zales. None of the rings really impressed him and he felt like they only had poor quality stones in unattractive settings and were trying to sell them by sheer salesmanship. Feeling very uncomfortable and quite disappointed, he went back empty-handed to the hotel. The next day, on his way to work, he noticed a jeweler on the first floor of the Hotel and stopped in and asked to see their selection of engagement bands. He was informed that they sold their diamonds separately and that
On Saturday, April 17th, Chris picked Heidi up at about 6am and they drove up from CIU to Spartanburg where they enjoyed breakfast together. From there they drove up to the Great Smokey Mountains.
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