Alan Gilbert almost didn’t get the chance to propose to his fiancee, Krystal Sanderson, but when he finally did, it was pretty out of this world.
Gilbert, 23, had the great idea of popping the big question to his potential bride-to-be at the Mark Smith Planetarium show at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Macon, because it was the site of one of the couple’s first dates. After making all of the arrangements with the museum staff, he was all set to have the proposal show up at the end of the 4 p.m. show, but Krystal had other plans.
Krystal attends nursing school at Middle Georgia State College, and she had some important tests coming up. She wasn’t sure she could commit to meeting Alan at the appointed time, but he insisted. When she finally was able to make it, she said she really wanted to go to the 2pm show, not the 4pm performance. Somehow, Alan convinced her that the later show was the one to see.
The proposal was at the end of a 30 minute documentary about sea creatures, which Alan describes as “the longest 30 minutes of my life.” Finally, at the end of the show, the message appeared on the screen: “Krystal Sanderson, Will You Marry Me?”
Krystal said she was shocked to see her name up in lights. “I was so shocked when I saw my name,” she said. “It was like, ‘Oh my goodness!’” Alan was relieved when his love tearfully accepted his proposal, and everyone in the audience applauded the happy couple.