Island Packet reporter Caitlin Turner was on the job Friday — live on Facebook from the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade — when her friend Brittany Lister walked over.
“I need this,” Lister said, taking Turner’s phone.
Obviously thrown, the reporter was pulled away by her boyfriend, Trey Ellis.
What happened next was something out of a romance movie.
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In front of a group of their closest friends and in the middle of the parade, he pulled a box out of his pocket and dropped to one knee.
She said, “Yes.”
“He said he knew he loved me a year ago today and that hasn’t changed,” a stunned but obviously happy Turner said later. “He said he wants to spend the rest of our lives together, and then he asked me to marry him.”
St. Patrick’s Day has a special significance to the couple.
Ellis didn’t just know he loved her a year ago — it was on that day that they first uttered the words “I love you,” to one another.
They said those words again Friday when they decided to become husband and wife.
But it’s not just the anniversary that makes this holiday more meaningful.
Turner’s Irish roots run deep. Her grandmother is first-generation Irish.
And the ring Ellis pulled out of his pocket?
Its main diamond was taken from her grandmother’s ring.
“Today has been perfect.” Turner said. “I’m still shaking and so excited. He surprised me for sure, and I can’t wait to be his wife!”