Cleveland couple engaged under Cleveland's Playhouse Square chandelier

Proposal believed to be first at chandelier

CLEVELAND - Gavin Bowman wanted to make his proposal to Lydia Fields memorable and from Fields’ reaction, he succeeded.

In what Bowman believes to be a first, he popped the question under the world’s largest outdoor chandelier at Playhouse Square. The chandelier lighting took place in May earlier this year.

Just before 10 p.m. Friday, the two headed down Euclid Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage following dinner at Chinato.

With friends hiding along East 14th Street, the carriage stopped in the intersection, Bowman got down on one knee and asked Fields to marry him.

She said yes. “She said yes!” said the carriage driver as friends, along with bystanders clued into what was transpiring, broke in to applause.

“I did alright with the ring?” he asked. “You did a very good job,” she answered.

“I figured the chandelier is definitely going to be the place to be , so I wanted to be the first person to propose underneath the chandelier, “ Bowman said, prompting an “Of course he did,” from Fields.

The two Clevelanders met five years ago at Case Western Reserve University.

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