Real Weddings • Tell Us Your Engagement Story
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• Laura & Jason •
I moved out to New York City for grad school in the summer of 2011. I grew up in Downey, CA my entire life and I needed a change of scenery. My roommate and I started going out to a church, and I guess Jason was one of the welcoming ushers. I didn't notice him at all. But after a few weeks, my roommate would say things like, "That guy is totally staring at you from across the hall." I told her to stop being silly, but she said she couldn't help it because it was too obvious. We eventually got introduced to each other through a mutual friend who was also from Los Angeles, and I found out that Jason had grown up in Burbank, CA! It was always like a breath of fresh air to meet another Angeleno in the big city. He was such a funny guy and we just somehow clicked. I had the biggest crush on him because even though he was from LA, there was something different about him. He was this older guy with ambition. He had big goals. He wore fitted shirts! And when he eventually asked me out on our first date, I asked him to meet me at the restaurant by 5pm. When we got there, there was absolutely no one at the restaurant. In fact, the kitchen had just opened so even the servers weren't prepared for our arrival. As I sat across the table from him, I think I had a thousand butterflies fluttering in my stomach. I didn't want him to think that I was this little naive girl from the suburbs who didn't know anything about the "city life"--which was completely true. I wanted to impress him. But before our appetizers had even come out, he was fumbling around the table looking for his fork or something when he managed to spill an entire glass of water on me. This was winter in New York City, and he probably thought he had ruined all chances of a second date. But something about that made him look so stupid that it was so cute. And this guy, who I thought was this big shot from New York City with his hot career and ironed shirts, just felt like...home. And I remember telling myself at that very moment that I was going to be marrying this guy.
I guess he shared the same sentiment that night and he started filming everything. He carried around his camera everywhere for the past two years. I thought it was his hobby. And sometimes I would even make fun of him and say things like, "What the HELL are you going to do with all this footage?!" And he would laugh it off and say, "I don't know anymore...there's too much footage!" I honestly thought it was a lost cause. I didn't think there would be any way to organize all the video clips because there was just too much. But Jason is the type of guy that makes stuff happen. At the restaurant--which just happened to be completely empty like our first date--he showed me his "incomplete" video and asked me for honest feedback while he quickly ran to the restroom. He had been complaining about a stomach ache the entire car ride so I didn't think too much of it. As the video comes to an end, the scene shows him coming out of that same bathroom, which he ends up doing in real time to pop the most anticipated question of my life. Click to see the video.
• Ashlee & Daimhin •
It was a cold, winter night in beautiful Southern Pines and I had every detail of the evening planned. First, I had hired
a local photographer to capture the proposal who knew exactly where to be and when to be there. Then, I paid the local
independent theater- The Sunrise Theater- to put "She Said YES 26 January, 2013" (Oh yeah, I was as confident as Brad
Pitt in a sorority ) on one side of the marquee. [The idea was to walk up to the theater with the side of the marquee not
having the proposal on it so I could stop, ask, and surprise her with photos on the other side.] The bait to get Ashlee
there? I made a movie flyer on the computer that said one of the local schools was having a movie night fundraiser
(showing The Emperor's New Groove, one of our favorite movies) at the Sunrise to raise money for a children's vegetable
garden (so very Ashlee). And finally, I had the ring she'd always wanted in my pocket.
That's when it all started to unravel.
Ash, the typical fact checking person she is, pointed out at the Sunrise Theater's website had no mention of the fundraiser. Thinking quickly I told her I'd call and check. I dialed no one, and "no one" confirmed that the fundraiser was canceled due to the inclement weather. So instead I told Ash we could have a nice dinner at one of our favorite spots.
So we got ready, bundled up, and headed out to our nice dinner. When the check came I texted the photographer that we'd be at the spot in about 10 minutes. He said he'd be ready. I'll admit I started to get a touch nervous. I told Ash we should grab a drink at another local spot. She agreed, but then, on our way out of the restaurant, something shiny in the antique jewelry store next to the restaurant caught her eye. She said that since we didn't have any major plans we should stop in for a bit and she walked in. I could've started chain smoking. I texted the photographer and followed her in.
After about 15 minutes of looking at trinkets and talking to the eldery shop owner who tried to recap the '50s for us, we left. I again texted the photographer. I parked near the theater, over a block from the bar, and told Ash we could walk since she always loves our nightly stolls. She pointed out it was horribly cold out, she hates the cold, and probably uttered something about how by now in our relationship I should know she hates the cold. Enough was enough. I parked, told her I had to show her something, and confused she got out. We walked by the marquee that had my proposal mistakenly placed on both sides. This was going well. Luckily the only other individual outside was the photographer with his rocket launcher of a camera. The photographer and I exchanged a quick "good evening" as I hurried Ash to the proposal spot. I quickly stopped her before she had enough time to put 2 and 2 together, told her that I had something to ask her, pulled out the ring, got on one knee, and asked. She said "yes" (duh, haha), laughed at my arrogance on the marquee, but loved the pinterest-worthy proposal.
And that was the first step in the most beautiful adventure of my life. Cheers
• Corinne & Kevin •
I have proof that even a great proposal can have little mishaps--mostly because unsuspecting brides like myself don't understand why their usually flexible partner is suddenly very inflexible. Allow me to explain.
My fiance, Kevin had been together three years when we planned a Hawaiian vacation in May to relax and recharge a bit. The morning we left for Hawaii, I didn't sleep much and was quite tired. I told Kevin at least three times that day that I couldn't wait to get to Hawaii to take a nap before we started our adventures. Kevin, on the other hand, was pumped up and had been acting very weird all day. I found him giggling at times, tripping over things, and acting extremely happy. "Why are you so happy?" I asked him. "I'm just super excited to go to Hawaii!" He responded. "You shouldn't take a nap when we get back because we'll be in Hawaii and we can go look at the ocean!" I disagreed silently. I don't care how excited he is, this girl needs a nap in order to enjoy her vacation!
Once we landed in Kona, Hawaii, I was thrilled! I knew it was almost time for me to take a nap once we checked in to the hotel/condo. At the airport, Kevin asked me if I wanted to change into a dress when we landed so I would look "cute" for any pictures we might take on the way to the hotel. I was a little disgruntled, as it seemed rather silly to me if I was just going to take a nap at the hotel, but I changed anyhow. Apparently, this did not tip me off to the impending big moment. It was still a weird suggestion coming from the guy who usually could care less what I wear.
The front desk woman at our hotel was very friendly and helpful and gave us the keys to our ocean-view room with a broad smile. We made our way up to Room 315 and put the key in the lock. Kevin nearly raced to get the room before I did. I rushed inside to fall into bed, only to find that there was already a woman cooking in our kitchen. Kevin looked panicked. We apologized and left and he frantically ran (literally, he ran!) to the front desk to get the right key to the right room. Apparently, the front desk woman, who knew about the proposal was so excited about it that she mistakenly gave us the wrong keys and room number.
Finally, we were in our lovely two bedroom condo! Here is how our conversation went: "Look honey, there's roses and champagne," Kevin said. "Kevin, that's great--thank you! Let's take a nap," I said. "No, come out on the balcony. We can see the ocean!" "The ocean will still be there when we wake up, honey." "No, come out here!"
So I did. I felt kind of guilty for being unenthusiastic. "I got you a present." "Why?" "I wrote you a book of poems," Kevin said, pulling out a leather-bound book. Our initials were engraved in the front of it. "There are 52 poems, one for every week of the year. They're categorized by season," He said. Oh. My. God. It was then that I realized that this was a proposal. THIS was why he'd been acting weird all day!
"I'm not going to read you all of the poems, but there's a special one I want to read you now." He flipped to the last poem in the book, where a hole had been cut out to fit my engagement ring. He pulled out the ring, got down on one knee, and began to read.
51 poems have come before
51 devotions, promises and more
All these words were nothing compared to now
My moment as I ask you to take a vow
I love you and want to pledge my life
My soul, my heart, if you become my wife
I thank you for your patience and devotion
You fill me with desire and emotion
Please make me the happiest man on earth
And say you will join me in home and hearth
Here I am before you on my knees
And I ask you, Corinne Alane DeVries
Will you marry me?
YES! I said YES!
Everything about the day started to make sense. And I was so so happy!!! We hugged and kissed and cried. And all the little mishaps really didn't matter. He spent the next week reading the poems to me and reliving our special moment.
Also, I never did get my nap. ;)
• Devon & Jon •
I had met Jon through mutual friends 4 years ago. I met him once at a party and then I never saw him again for several months. Even then when I did meet him I was not able to make direct eye contact with him, fearing he was "out of my league". Then, I saw him again by chance when I had went to the beach with my friends. I didn't expect him to be there, but as luck would have it, he was and I was enamored. The more we started talking, I realized I had never felt more comfortable with someone in my entire life. He was kind, smart, funny, and a down right nice guy. After the beach trip, we exchanged text messages for a while and eventually had our first date. Our first date was embarrassing and hilarious. I didn't understand the sushi ordering menu and ended up having a boat of sushi delivered to the table. Something like, 80 dollars worth of sushi. I had never been so embarrassed in my life! But Jon just laughed and joked about the whole thing. After that moment, we were inseparable.
A few years had passed and by year 3 I was starting to wonder if he had any thoughts about settling down. As much as we talked about it, he gave no inclination of wanting to tie the knot any time soon. I was a little disheartened as I saw many of my friends getting engaged. Also around the same time, I had lost my job due to budget cuts. One night, Jon had called and told me to make sure I was ready to go when he got home from work and that we were going out. When he got home, he told me we were going out to look at Christmas lights in a neighborhood that holds competitions every year. So we drove out to what looked like the sticks, and I didn't see any Christmas lights anywhere. Finally, he said "Okay, I was lying about thing Christmas lights. We're really out here to see the Geminid meteor shower." Turns out that night was the only night in decades that there has been a Geminid meteor shower without a moon. So we pulled off to a side road and he pulled out a blanket to put on the hood of his car and also a bottle of wine with two glasses. So I thought, "Oh, how sweet. This was the big surprise, that's really romantic." So as we were watching the meteors go by, off in the distance we hear wolves/wild dogs howling. They sounded like they were about a mile away and I got really freaked out and told Jon "We got to get out of here. They could come this way." But he reassured me everything was fine and that we should continue to watch the meteors. Suddenly, Jon shouts "Whoa! Look at that!" and then I saw a white light go zooming over my head. He ran to catch it. So he holds this white light in his hands and says "Ow! It's hot!" After that he got down on one knee and proposed to me under the shooting meteors. He had somehow fashioned a battery pack and white LED light onto a clamp which held my ring to make it look like a falling meteor. I couldn't stop laughing and smiling, so much so I couldn't even begin to say yes! And after 5 minutes, Jon says "Well, can you say yes? This road is made of gravel you know!" It was exactly how I always imagined my proposal would be like. Sweet, romantic, and hilariously unique.
• Brittany & Adam •
After years of being hurt and wondering where the man God had planned for me was, God finally revealed his plan for me. I was looking through a friend of mine's facebook page when a guy named Adam caught my eye. I read his information and saw that we had quite a bit in common so I decided to go out on a limb and send him a friend request. Less than 5 minutes later, he accepted my friend request and later that night, I got a private message from him. He told me that he would be going to the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh and asked if I would like to go with him. Being the country girl that I am, I told him that I would love to go. We talked on the phone and decided that we would go to breakfast before at Ihop. November 19, 2011 I met him at Ihop for breakfast and since it went well, we decided to drop my car off at the local Fire Department and I rode with him to the Gun and Knife show. We walked around for a few hours and just talked and got to know each other. We really enjoyed each other's company. Three days after our first date, he decided to take me, my mom, and my dad fishing on his boat. This really won me over. We started dating that day and had been with each other just about everyday since we met. We attended church together and realized that our focus was where it needed to be.
It didn't take long for me to fall in love with this man. I had never had someone treat me the way that he does. After about 2 months of dating, the Dixie Gun and Knife show was back in town. This time we decided that we would ask my parents to come along to re-live our first date with us. Everyone knew except me that he had more in mind that just re-living our first date. We ate breakfast and headed out to the Gun and Knife show. After walking around and looking at different guns, he decided to go back and talk to one of the vendors about a gun that he was wanting to buy. We were allowed to go inside of this vendor's booth which people usually don't do. Adam looked at me and we were talking about this gun he was wanting and he asked me if he didn't get the gun this time, if I would come back to the next show with him so he could get one. I agreed and then he asked if I would come to all the rest of the Gun and Knife shows with him. Of course I said I would. At this point before I could say another word, he was down on one knee and asked me if I would be his wife. He had everything planned out and had the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. This comes to show that when God has his plan revealed, nothing can stop him. Now we are planning our wedding and loving every minute of planning our lives together.
• Brittany & Dale •
I met Dale through an online video game. We had both been playing World of Warcraft for about 6 years when we finally met each other online. The connection between us was like fireworks even online. We still laugh to this day about how we used to get online and wait impatiently for the other to log on. After about 2 months of talking to each other for hours everyday on the game we finally met in person. We had been joking online about meeting and then I told him my spring break was coming up and I could be there if he was serious (I lived in NC and was 3 hours away in VA). He said he was. So I told him I'd drive up the weekend before spring break just to make sure we were as hot together in person as we were online. We finally met in person and ... I feel so incredible when I am with him. There just aren't words strong enough to describe how I feel when I'm with him.
By the 2 month mark we were already talking about spending the rest of our lives together. By the 3 month mark we had moved in together. We had been together for 10 months when Christmas Day arrived. We had spent the night at his moms house so we could watch his little sister (6) and his little brother (10) open their presents Christmas morning. We chowed down on eggs, bacon, and biscuits for breakfast and then Dale and I hit the road to NC to open presents at my parents house. His mom and little sister followed us there. Once everyone was at my parents house the opening of presents began.
Once presents were finished my mother started moving all the boxes that were around my feet and told me I needed space to get out. I told her she was being silly and that I could step over them but she persisted in moving the boxes to make an open space at my feet from where I was sitting. Then I looked up and noticed everyone was standing in a circle around me in the room. I thought this was odd. Then Dale stood up and started walking towards me. He pulled a little box out of his pocket and as he knelt in front of me I began crying. He asked me "Brittany Marie Wolf, Will you marry me?" I was so overcome with emotion and tears that it took me a minute to compose myself. My parents started whispering that I should hurry up and say yes before he passed out with anticipation. I finally managed to whisper "Yes". He still jokes with me about how he's not sure I want to marry him because I hesitated and took so long to answer. And I found out later that day that literally everybody: all of his friends, my parents, my brother, my brother's girlfriend, my grandmother, his family even his co-workers. EVERYONE knew he was going to propose to me that day except me.
• Heather & Richard •
I was just at the right place at the right time. I was working at an apartment community in Chapel Hill, and what seemed like every day the most beautiful girl would come into the office to pick up her packages. I told the people in the office that that girl is going to be my next girlfriend. Months went by, summer turned to fall, and I finally gathered up enough courage to ask her out.
It was late October, and Halloween was approaching. I saw her outside walking her dog, so I hopped on the community golf cart and tracked her down. When I caught up to her I asked if she had any plans for Halloween, and she sheepishly replied "No." With a rapid heart rate, and butterflies in my stomach the words poured out of my mouth like water from a spilled cup and before I could stop myself I stupidly respond with "That's lame." I froze, I didn't know what to do, I'd blown it. In an attempt to quickly change the topic I told her if she ever wanted to explore the town we should do it together. She nodded, but quickly walked away. I thought I that was going to be last time we spoke.
Three weeks later she approached me and asked if I was serious about taking her around. I had been blessed with a second chance, and I said "Absolutely." It took some schedule coordinating, but we finally had our first date. It wasn't fancy, but it fit us perfectly. We saw a movie at the Southpoint Mall and went to dinner at Champps, and the whole time my heart was coming out of my chest because I was so nervous.
We spent the next three plus years getting to know each other, taking trips to the beach, traveling to football games, spending holidays with each other's families. I knew I could never let this girl go.
For weeks I planned out the exact speech I was going to say to her on the night I asked her to marry me. After returning from New York for a funeral I wanted to spend quality time with Heather so I asked her out on "a date". I wanted to recreate our first night out. I picked her up, and we made a long drive out to the Southpoint Mall. We caught a movie, and went to dinner at Champps. Everything was exactly like our first date, right down to my heart bursting through my chest.
As we left the restaurant to go home, I made a "wrong" turn and took us back to Chapel Hill. Heather seemed a little confused and suspicious. We made a couple more turns and we ended up at the apartment community where we met. We walked around for about 5-10 minutes and headed back to the car. As she climbed into the car I dropped to one knee and for all the planning and practicing of the speech I did, the only words that would come out of my mouth were "will you marry me?" She sat there in silence, and then tears rolled down her face and she said "Yes!!"
Like I said, I was just at the right place at the right time. Thank you UPS and FedEx for making her come to the office to pick up her packages.
• Lynn & Allan •
Every day in my job I'm talking to these young couples so blissfully in love, planning their honeymoons and destination weddings. I'm always curious how they got engaged and if the groom pulled off a surprise. Little did I know, my "groom" would get one over on me!
After 4 years of dating and lots of trips together, Allan decided it was his turn to plan our getaway. He is not a mushy person normally, but the guy takes me to one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and walks me out on the beach just after sunset to ask if I'd share the rest of my life with him...can't get much more romantic than that, huh?
So now I have my own "blissful" story and am thrilled to share it! Look out St Lucia, here we come.