If you are looking for a unique way to propose to your girl friend, contact former Oklahoma City resident Parker Douglass. He literally stopped traffic with his idea.
He and his girlfriend of 11 months, Amy Mueller, were in the middle of an afternoon 3 ½ mile run around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, on the Lake Lady Bird Trail.
They crossed the MoPac Pedestrian Bridge as they usually do, but this time when they reached the middle of the bridge, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. It was a big surprise to Amy, but her instant answer to the age-old question was yes! Photographer Heidi Rae Huseman captured the moment for the couple as Parker had planned perfect timing, only three minutes off what he had anticipated.
Not to worry about incoming traffic on the busy bridge: the groom’s father, Robert Douglass, and Parker’s friend Johnny Gray, held a huge banner at the entrance which said “A man is proposing to his future wife. This will only take a minute. Thanks for understanding.”
And as they walked off the bridge, the people who had been waiting to go across the bridge started clapping.
The engagement ring involved came from Valerie Naifeh’s Jewelry in Oklahoma City and the groom-to-be’s mother Susan Parker brought it with her when she and Drew Neville drove down for dinner. She handed it to Parker when he drove by a street corner on his way to run a fake errand. He told Amy he had to pick up some things.
Parents Susan Parker, Oklahoma City; Wanda and Mark Krolczyk, Kerrville, Texas., LaDonna and Robert Douglass, and Drew Neville, came to Austin to celebrate and were waiting at Eddie V’s for dinner. Amy is also the daughter of the late Edward Mueller.
The wedding is set for November in Austin. All events during the wedding weekend are within walking distance, so the guests can enjoy walking (or jogging) together.
Amy models for the Kim Dawson Agency and has an engineering degree from Texas A&M. Parker is currently the president of a workout apparel brand called HOP located in Dallas, and went to Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
Johnny Gray and Robert Douglass stop traffic!