Raisa Boone and Andy George are to be married July 29, 2018, at Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina Marriott in Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands.
Raisa, 26, is employed with Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy. She graduated from Nansemond River High School and Norfolk State University in 2013. Raisa plans on graduating from Tidewater Community College in 2017. She is a daughter of Randolph and Dollicia Boone of Suffolk, Va.
Andy, 34, serves in the U.S. Army. He graduated from BVI High School. He is a son of Larica Callwood of Carrot Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Raisa and Andy met at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., as the two were waiting in line for the Lochness Monster roller coaster on June 1, 2014. She was enjoying the day by herself. He was spending the day with his cousins.
Andy had just completed a few weeks of training for his job at the Coast Guard base in Yorktown and was headed back to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, where he lived at the time. The two spent the day together, exchanged information, and began a long-distance relationship. Andy eventually left the Virgin Islands and moved to Hampton Roads Aug. 12, 2015, a day before Raisa’s birthday to be with the love of his life, Raisa.
The couple has enjoyed visiting Busch Gardens since the day they met. They attended Christmas Town on Dec. 26, 2016. As they entered the park, Andy was acting strange and kept walking off as if he was looking for something or someone.
Raisa tried not to pay any attention to his behavior because she thought he was trying to get to the different shows and wanted to make sure they were able to see everything. As they walked around the park, they came across one of the big Christmas trees in front of Das Festhaus in the Germany area of the park. They took a photograph sitting on the bench in front of the tree and continued their time at the park. As it was nearly closing time, Andy insisted they continue to walk around to make sure they saw everything. “At this point I was ready to leave, as my feet were hurting, and I was hungry and cold,” said Raisa.
They came to the tree they had their photo taken in front of earlier. “Andy told me he wanted to take another picture of us standing up. I told him that we already taken a picture sitting down,” said Raisa. He then asked her to put her cup of coco down and to stand in front of the tree while he gave a helpful bystander the camera.
Andy was taking a long time and instructing a man how to use an iPhone camera while Raisa was urging him to hurry up. Raisa smiled and thanked the gentleman for taking their photo. She turned to Andy to discover he was kneeling down on one knee ready to propose with a gorgeous ring. “That meant the world to me because a new chapter started in the place where it all began. I couldn’t be more blessed and grateful for a man like him,” said Raisa.
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