Marquee question popped, she says ‘yes’
SCHENECTADY The mystery of the marquee messenger was resolved Saturday, joyfully and successfully, when Jamie Henderson proposed to his girlfriend Lauren Kyle Cooper near the parking lot for Katie O’Byrnes Irish Pub.
At 6 p.m., the families of the couple arrived with teal and white balloons bearing statements including, “I do! (Woo-hoo!)” and cameras to prepare the proposal site, which was nestled among the gnarled trees and green grass that surrounds the lot across the street from the marquee. Filled with happy family members and a festive spirit, the nook at State Street and Erie Boulevard became surprisingly serene despite nearby traffic.
Henderson and Cooper arrived at 6:30 p.m. and minutes later Henderson proposed in view of the marquee sign, which then read “Lauren Kyle/Will you marry me?”
Last Monday, the message “Will you marry me/Is it you/Answer coming soon” appeared on the large white marquee over the entrance to the long-defunct State Theater.
The answer, it turns out, was “yes.” Hugging and kissing, the couple rejoiced with family and friends.
“I think it was a success,” Henderson said.
When given the ring, Cooper exclaimed, “Where’d you hide this?” to which Henderson replied, laughing, “Someplace I’d better keep secret if I ever have another surprise for you.”
Henderson’s parents, Barbie and Rene Cain, came up from Sarasota, Fla., for the weekend for the proposal and to spend time with the rest of their family.
“It turned out wonderfully,” Rene Cain said. “He’s got a real love for his family, and he wanted to accomplish this for her.”
Henderson and Cooper have lived together in Rotterdam for several years and are the parents of two young girls.
Barbie Cain said that they’d driven far under the speed limit in reaching the marquee that evening in order to make the timing perfect.
Terry and Terri Cooper, Lauren’s parents, were all smiles when they said that they were “still shell shocked … we’re very happy for them.”
Lauren almost had the entire plan spoiled for her when she received a text earlier that day from a friend while visiting Saratoga Springs with Henderson and their families.
“I just saw the sign! Congratulations!” the text read.
“I was like, ‘what sign are you talking about?’ ” Cooper said. Still, she said that she was pleasantly surprised when the actual proposal came.
Henderson, who works in radio for Clear Channel Communications, the holders of WGY and PYX 106.6, explained that it was a lifelong plan of his to propose in this way.
“Just like when girls always think about their wedding and this and that, I always said ‘I wonder how, if I ever go down this road, I’ll do it?’ And this is the first time, so I thought it should be done right … I went along with my plan and it turned out better than I ever could have expected.”
His story has received publicity not only in The Daily Gazette, but also on 99.5 The River and it will be told on WGY radio on Tuesday.
“So I guess I’m pretty blessed by my job … on this beautiful day, because guess what?” Henderson said, pulling Cooper close to him. “You’re my fiancée!”
Cooper said she was too nervous to talk, and was teary eyed for much of the celebration. Asked if there was anything people should know, she smiled broadly and said simply, “I want him to know that I love him!”