After I had bought the ring, I needed to come up with a plan to surprise her. For Leila, the most important thing in life is family, so I wanted her to be able to share the moment with them. I started scheming with her three best friends/cousins (the three people I wanted there the most), and found out they were planning a weekend in D.C. together. Of all the beautiful places in and around D.C., I always thought Mount Vernon was the most amazing view and knew it would be a perfect spot. I bought four tickets for a ferry ride from downtown D.C. to Mount Vernon on Sunday morning. They were going out in D.C. the night before, and one of her cousins pretended like it was her idea. When they got off the boat at Mount Vernon, they walked up the trail from the river to the mansion, where I was waiting to surprise her.














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