Amy and her husband got engaged at their favorite spot in Orlando: the rose garden gazebo at Leu Gardens, pictured on this site. This drawing of it was done by Amy and published in the book Florida Oasis.
A View From the Gazebo
by Amy's husband, June 20, 1998
It was not that the Gazebo itself had any special attributes. It was just an ordinary structure, painted white with faded and worn wooden benches. A close look at the beams that supported the roof even revealed flakes of paint beginning to chip off as if they had weathered one too many rainy days. No, the beauty that the gazebo held was not within, but without. To sit down and gaze upon the Garden was extraordinary. It was as if you were being allowed to glance at some piece of Heaven. Looking through this "window" you became a spectator in a symphony of nature. A gentle breeze blew across the Garden, bringing with it the soft sound and moist smell of rain. The Garden became filled with the rainfall. Colorful petals, plucked from the trees by the air currents, danced their way across the open field. The sound of the raindrops and the moisture in the wind flooded the senses and created a soothing effect. The sun, refusing to be excluded from what was already a masterpiece in the making, lowered its rays down in streams across the Gardens. Its illumination, being reflected by both the drops in the air and those on the flowers, played throughout the Garden. The experience was almost overwhelming. God's presence was made unspeakably clear with a view from the Gazebo.