Onstage proposal is music to Beaufort woman's ears

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Onstage proposal is music to Beaufort woman's ears

Published Sunday, August 5, 2012   |  431 Words  |  

It was Katie Godowns' last performance with her college music group in front of her hometown church. Charleston Southern University's New Vision Contemporary Christian Ensemble sang for the congregation of Grays Hill Baptist Church on Oct. 4, 2009.

But it turned out to be more than your average concert.

After the performance, Godowns' then-boyfriend, Andrew Godowns, went up on stage and gave his testimony.

"I thought, 'Well, maybe he just felt led to say something' " Katie said. "It wasn't until the end that I really figured it out. ... He said that he wanted so much more and that I was the angel that God had sent to him and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me."

Katie said she started crying. The other girls on stage started crying. Most of the audience was in tears.

"I was taken by surprise because I never thought it would happen in front of that many people," Katie said.

Then Andrew got down on one knee.

Katie said she loover at her father in the crowd and asked if it was OK. After he gave his approval, she said yes.

The two were married Oct. 23, 2010, at Pinckney Retreat in Beaufort.

Katie and Andrew, both longtime residents of Beaufort, met when she was 11 years old and he was 15. They were friends for years and started dating when she was 18.

Andrew is a law enforcement officer with the Department of Natural Resources, and Katie works in criminal records at the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Despite all the years they've known each other, Andrew said he was still nervous about popping the question. He said he rehearsed what he was going to say about 1,000 times the night before.

So, what is this groom's advice on proposing marriage?

"Every proposal is special," Andrew said. "Church had always been a big thing in our lives, especially with her singing. ... I guess the biggest thing is just speak from the heart."

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