Ryan Morris, 26, of Mississippi, took his girlfriend, Madeline Bohannon, 21, of Auburn, on an unassuming walk to the end of the pier overlooking Skaneateles Lake.

Morris had a question on his mind that he needed to ask Bohannon. He thought there was no better place in Central New York than Skaneateles to pop the question.

Bohannon had no idea what was about to take place as she walked past me with my back to her snapping photos with my cell phone a if I was just another tourist.

At the end of the pier next to the tree Morris waited a few moments and then knelt down on one knee. Bohannon, standing momentarily confused, flashed a smile from ear-to-ear. Flabbergasted with excitement and disbelief she said the most important word in reply…Yes! 

A few kisses and hugs later, Bohannon walked arm-in-arm back to the village with her newly minted fiancé. 

For this blushing bride-to-be, Christmas came early this year.