Thursday, May 08, 2008

Engagement at Monmouth

A lovely young couple wrote this story of their engagement here at Monmouth and the words that Tesa writes could not be said more beautifully.
-Peggy Voss

For spring break Adam wanted to take Tesa somewhere out of Memphis. Tesa's friend, Sam, suggested they look in Natchez, MS at The Monmouth Plantation luxury bed and breakfast. After looking at the website Tesa fell in love with Monmouth! The next day Adam told Tesa that he called Monmouth and it was completely booked. He said the good news was that the Super 8 still had vacancies! So on Good Friday the couple drove to Natchez. Tesa still had no idea where they were staying until they pulled into the driveway of an antebellum mansion framed by spanish moss-draped oaks. It was Monmouth! This is a place that both Glamour magazine and USA Today called one of the 10 most romantic places in America and for good reason! Adam looked over at the rarely speechless Tesa and with a grin said, "I didn't lie. I told you it was completely booked and that's because I got the last suite!" The next day it was warm, sunny and the air carried the fragrance of the estate’s lush gardens. The couple walked along the pebbled paths passing through the wisteria-covered pergoloa, well-manicured croquet lawn and a white gazebo surrounded by candy colored tulips. They walked down the brick steps that were lined with buttercups to a bridge hoping to get a closer look at the mallards in the lake. As they stood on the fairytale-white bridge that hovered over the oranmental lake Adam pointed out a cyprus tree on the bank that had it's long limbs reaching into the water. Tesa started to pose Adam for a picture and suggested he get knelt down. After the picture had been taken Adam remained on his knee. He held Tesa's hands and professed his love for her and her family. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a ring box and asked Tesa to marry him.

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