PHOTO/FUN AND SUN PARASAIL
Drew Bowen proposed to longtime girlfriend Aubrey Anderson while flying high in the air parasailing over Bradenton Beach.
By Cindy Lane
sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH - Drew Bowen and Aubrey Anderson are no longer up in the air about whether to get married.
Bowen proposed to Anderson during a parasail ride over Bradenton Beach Saturday morning, and she said "yes."
You could say they’ve been riding on cloud nine ever since.
The Bradenton couple has technically known each other since they were babies in the church nursery together, but didn’t officially meet until sixth grade at Bradenton Christian School, said Bowen, 20, a sophomore at Georgia Tech, studying engineering.
They’ve been dating for about three years, and Anderson suspected something might be up when Bowen offered to take her on her first parasail ride.
"I kind of had a couple of clues, but didn’t know for sure," said Anderson, 19, a sophomore at Florida State University, studying law. "Anything special we do sparks some suspicion."
But Anderson dismissed the date as a prospective proposal when she realized Bowen wouldn’t take an expensive engagement ring up in the air over the Gulf of Mexico.
But Bowen had it covered. To ward off potential disaster, he went to Wal-Mart and bought a $10 ring as a prop.
It’s a ring Anderson will cherish as much as the real thing, she said.
"I said, ‘You know, this has been coming for a long time,’ " Bowen said.
"I always thought I would go crazy and cry, but I didn’t because when you’re parasailing, you’re really calm," Anderson said, adding that she would have said "yes" even if she hadn’t been a captive audience strapped into a harness.
Asked what she thought about the whole experience, Anderson said, "It was really neat. I’ve never been parasailing before."
Oh, and she’s never been proposed to before, either.