After going to a subpar sushi dinner, he’d taken her to see Michael Haneke's “Amour,” which Momberger called one of the most inappropriate first date movies possible: “a beautiful but depressing French film about a man watching his wife slowly wither away from old age.”
Regardless, the couple hit it off, and shared their first kiss under the marquee outside the theater. So a miniature version of that sign was near the Tiny Door, bearing the words: “TAYLOR WILL YOU MARRY ME?”
Momberger led her to it after they’d dined at a nearby Ponce City Market restaurant, Ton Ton. Koshak, a 24-year-old law student at Georgia State University, said yes pretty quickly once he nervously blurted out his question.
Karen Anderson, Tiny Doors principal artist and director, made the proposal artwork. About those cats? They represented the couple’s pets — Al and Enoch aka Nucky — who Koshak named after Al Capone and Nucky Thompson from Boardwalk Empire.
Anderson amplified Momberger’s excitement to make the moment special for his future-bride, he said.
“It's hard to describe because it's one of those moments in life that seems to happen somehow both in slow motion and all at once,” Momberger said. “It took a little while for our heart rates to settle down and we sat above the door in the afterglow for a bit.”
After sitting there a while, Momberger joked that he didn’t know what to do “because it felt like the end of a movie and the credits were supposed to have started already.”
Luckily, Anderson was also there to take photos.
“I love that photo Karen took of us then, sitting there with the city in front of us,” Momberger recalled. “I think it feels the way it really felt in that moment.”
While an unarguably original proposal, it wasn’t Tiny Door’s first. The group has 11 installments throughout the city, and in 2015, a marriage offer was etched into a small brick around the Cabbagetown installment.
That engagement was successful, as well.
7 things to do on the Atlanta Beltline Stroll past murals, tiny doors and even piano installations while cruising the Beltline. Learn firsthand about the trail's horticultural collections and interesting facts about the Beltline. Tour groups meet Fridays and Saturdays (registration required) and last almost two hours. The Beltline is accessible by more than just foot; grab a bicycle and go. If you don't own a bike, you can purchase or rent one from Atlanta Bicycle Barn. Visit Paris on Ponce, an art gal