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Floral Arrangement Engagement

February 14, 2014, 4:55 PM by Perry Groten

Floral Arrangement Engagement

Many of you probably stood patiently in line at the flower shop today to buy your Valentine a last-minute gift. Romance can't wait on a busy day like this, even when you're on the other side of the counter. True love blossomed in the floral department of Hy-Vee.

With bouquets showing up in offices everywhere, Valentine's Day is always hectic at the Hy-Vee on South Minnesota Avenue. And florist Ashley Kosters was swamped with customers looking to purchase a bouquet for their sweetheart. But a surprise visit prompted a walk through the store aisle that will ultimately lead to a stroll down the church aisle.

Petal power fuels the Valentine's Day rush of customers at the Hy-Vee flower shop. 

"Oh, it's been pretty crazy. If my head wasn't attached, I'd probably lose it," Ashley Kosters said.

But little did Ashley Kosters know, her head would be spinning minutes later.

"I have no idea what to say," Matt McLaughlin said.

Her boyfriend Matt McLaughlin popped into the store to pop the question.

"Oh my God, what is going on," Kosters said.

"You didn't expect this, did you," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin got on bended knee and proposed to his trembling and tearful girlfriend.

"Ashley, will you marry me," McLaughlin said.

"Yes," Kosters said.

Co-workers, friends and family worked together on the sly to pull off this floral arrangement engagement.

"I didn't know this was going to happen, no. I was just looking at the clock thinking I got a half-hour left. It's time to get out of here," Kosters said.

McLaughlin was very nervous about this big proposal production. But it turns out, Cupid's aim was as sharp as a rose's thorn.

"Everybody around, I thought it would be smaller. I guess this worked," McLaughlin said.

"I guess the whole store could be there," Kosters said.

"The whole store and KELOLAND," McLaughlin said.

Romance amid the roses of a flower shop. What could make a better Valentine's Day than this?

"Just spending time with the special person you love," McLaughlin said.

"I couldn't imagine it any specialer, definitely a day to remember," Kosters said.

Kosters thought she was going to help a customer pick out an orchid. But instead, it was her boyfriend, waiting to propose.

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