All signs point to a wedding in this couple's future

May 29, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Do you know someone who wants to get married?

Laura Gomoljak of Arnold had an answer to the question written on a sign posted along the wooded road in the Ramblin' Pines Campgrounds in Woodbine. She'd had an answer to that question for the past two years.

While riding to the campsite with her boyfriend, Bill Moxley, Ms. Gomoljak continued to read the handmade signs.

Roses are red, violets are blue, when he pops the big question, will she say "I do?"

Come one, come all, witness the big question . . .

Will You Marry Me?"

Laura, will you marry me?

Will ya, huh? Will ya?

Finally, the light bulb went on.

"Oh, my God," screamed Ms. Gomoljak, 21, as she hopped from the pickup truck after seeing her name on the sign at the entrance to their campsite. "This better not be a joke!"

Neighboring campers found the scene hilarious, but it certainly was no joke.

After three years of courtship, Mr. Moxley, 29, exploited one of the couple's familiar pastimes to propose marriage to his girlfriend.

"Will you marry me, Bill?" -- the refrain of the Fifth Dimension's "Wedding Bell Blues" -- blared from the pickup truck.

Mr. Moxley, on bended knee, offered Ms. Gomoljak a small gray box and a wide grin.

"Laura Lea Gomoljak, will you marry me?" he asked.

"Oh, I guess I'd better say yes," squealed Ms. Gomoljak, now completely red-faced.

Applause erupted throughout the woods as campers who had hung around to "witness the big question" gave the couple their blessing.

"This is so great," declared Shellye Carey, a friend of the couple's, as she snapped pictures and tried not to cry. "Did you see her face! She was so surprised."

The couple met three years ago when Ms. Gomoljak was a temporary secretary for Sinclair Supply Co. Inc. in Annapolis, where Mr. Moxley, who lives in Glen Burnie, works as a computer operator.

Ms. Gomoljak is now a title processor.

About two years ago, the couple talked about marriage, but a ring never materialized.

Ms. Gomoljak had often tried to coax Mrs. Carey to sing "Wedding Bell Blues" -- just a subtle hint to Mr. Moxley -- whenever they went to places with karaoke machines.

But Mr. Moxley had planned to propose for months.

Well, at least one month.

"Remember when you were looking for rings last month? I had already gotten that one," Mr. Moxley said smugly of the diamond solitaire newly placed on Ms. Gomoljak's hand.

Mrs. Carey had decorated the campsite -- beginning with a sign at the beginning of the road that said "Welcome to Lovers Lane" -- at Mr. Moxley's request.

"He's a wild man," said Mrs. Carey's husband, Kenny. "He is just this crazy."

The Careys, with son Kevin, 9, and his friend, Johnny Flester, 11, will be camping with Mr. Moxley and Ms. Gomoljak until Memorial Day.

Ms. Gomoljak couldn't stop smiling -- or looking at her hand.

And it's wasn't over yet. Mrs. Carey said she still has a few more signs to put up. "One's for the truck that says 'Just engaged.' "

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