COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A young Columbus couple is kicking off 2015 with an engagement.
Friends and family say Brandon Helms and Briana Thompson have been dating for almost seven years. The couple started dating in eighth grade and have been together ever since.
The sweet surprise took place on Front Avenue near the Coca-Cola Space and Science Center.
The big proposal on Sunday came at an already celebratory time for the couple: Briana is getting pinned at Columbus State University as she prepares to graduate with a nursing degree later this month.
Briana's mom, Keri Riles, said that she thinks her daughter was hoping for something big but she wasn't expecting anything like this.
"She's been dropping hints to him and he's been listening; she was thinking he's going to propose to her on her pinning ceremony when she graduates," Riles said.
The couple's family and was on hand during this special occasion to shower the couple with roses, heart confetti and to watch Brandon get down on one knee to ask Briana the question that she's waited so long to hear: "Will you marry me?"