When her college sweetheart popped the question in Value City Arena, this bride-to-be couldn't help but be floored by the flowery proposal.

When her college sweetheart popped the question in Value City Arena, this bride-to-be couldn't help but be floored by the flowery proposal.

They are both basketball fans and Ohio State grads, so staging a proposal on the court of Value City Arena inside OSU's Schottenstein Center seemed like a perfect way for Matt Ullmer to ask Carly, his girlfriend of three years, to marry him. Getting access to the arena wasn't difficult for Matt, who still had connections as a former student manager for the OSU men's basketball team. Getting his would-be fiance to exit the car that night, however, posed a formidable challenge.

"He told me we were going to dinner with his sister, but we had to stop at the Schott first to pick up basketball tickets for his brother-in-law," Carly recalls. "I had just gotten a new phone and wanted to sit in the car and play with it while he ran in to get tickets. I also had a wardrobe crisis prior to leaving -it was one of those days where nothing looked right-so my mood wasn't super pleasant. Looking back, it took some serious convincing to get me out of the car."

Once Matt cleared that hurdle, his next fear was that Carly would see his marriage proposal, which his brother had painstakingly spelled out in silk rose petals on the glossy hardwood floor an hour earlier, before he could get her courtside to pop the question.

"I knew I wasn't going to be much for words, so the rose petals seemed like a nice way to get the message across," Matt says.

The arena was dark as they entered, according to plan, but a dim light still illuminated the court. "I didn't think she was going to be surprised after walking down the steps," he says. "The look on her face showed she clearly didn't see the court before the lights turned on and [she] read the message."

As "You and Me" by the Dave Matthews Band started playing over the loudspeakers, the lights came on, and Matt got on one knee holding a ring he had secretly picked out for Carly.

"It was kind of an out-of-body experience," Carly says. "I think because it was so unexpected. I just kept asking, 'Is this really happening?' I don't think it truly set in until the next day."

"He had a gorgeous ring for me," she adds. "We had never gone ring shopping together, [but] he nailed it!"

Now, as season ticket holders for OSU basketball, the Ullmers get to relive their engagement story regularly. "During basketball games, I find myself remembering being down there on the floor, and I sit and admire my ring," Carly says. "The lighting in the Schott brings out some serious sparkle!"

"It was the best decision I ever made," Matt says.