Alan Gilbert, 23, of Warner Robins, said he wanted to propose to girlfriend Krystal Sanderson, 22, during the Mark Smith Planetarium show at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, so he set to work making sure she would be at Sunday's 4 p.m. show, The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph reported Monday.
"The main thing is, Krystal and I spent a lot of time looking at the stars," Gilbert said. "They were always one of those moments where we could talk about anything we wanted to."
Gilbert said Sanderson, who works with a campus nursing organization, almost had to go to work Sunday, but he insisted she visit the museum with him, instead.
Gilbert said he hit a second hiccup when Sanderson wanted to see the 2 p.m. planetarium show instead of the 4 p.m. show, which had his marriage proposal attached at the end of the 30-minute show about prehistoric sea creatures.
Gilbert said he was able to convince Sanderson to tour the facility before attending the 4 p.m. show, then all he had to do was wait.
"The movie, the documentary, was the longest 30 minutes of my life," Gilbert said.
When the film ended, Gilbert's question appeared on the screen and he presented Sanderson with a ring surrounded in glow sticks to make sure she could see it in the dark.
"I was so shocked when I saw my name," she said. "It was like, 'Oh my goodness!'"