Lyndsay Schroeder went to Zales jewelry store in Chandler Fashion Center last week to sneak a peek at her chosen engagement ring.
But to her dismay, the ring was gone.
"I’ve been depressed for a week," the 21-year-old Chandler woman said.
The shroud of Schroeder’s depression was lifted Thursday evening when the chosen diamond solitaire was placed on her left ring finger by her boyfriend, Kyle Walker, who proposed to Schroeder during Scottsdale’s Art Walk.
"I bought it last week," Walker told his new and very confused fiancee.
The only response the young Arizona State University student could muster was "you’re crazy . . . this is crazy . . .," as she gazed into her prospective husband’s eyes.
The ever-planned out Walker left no detail to chance Thursday evening at Marshall Arts Gallery, where the engagement occurred.
"About two weeks ago, he came in and asked if he could propose here," gallery manager and cupid surrogate Peter Chub said.
"He came in today and dropped off the ring, flowers, and this," Chub said holding a CD conspicuously marked "7:30 p.m." — the estimated arrival time of the happy couple.
On the CD — Frank Sinatra’s "Just the Way You Look Tonight," — the young couple’s song.
Chub watched the door and hit play just as Walker opened the door for Schroeder.
A noticeably nervous Walker whisked his girlfriend over to a table where the ring was showcased among red tulips. He got down on one knee and presented her the ring. The rest is future Walker family history.
Schroeder admitted afterwards that she was caught off guard by the proposal.
There was one person who wasn’t — Schroeder’s best friend Courtney Williams.
"She kept telling me I was going to get engaged tonight," Schroeder said as she looked at the ring and shook her head in disbelief.