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Whenever someone asks me to tell our proposal story, I rarely hesitate to share. Just like everyone else in the world, I think our story is awesome, so I want to brag about it. Whatever. Read on if you’re cool with lovey-dovey crap. Stop reading if you hate girls who talk about their weddings/engagements long after they happen. I am that girl. You have been warned.
This is how it happened:
First, he enlisted the help of our friend whom I will shamelessly plug right here: Jaye Whitehead. She has many talents, including keeping secrets from her temporary roommate (aka me), but she’s also a painter, and a dang good one. He asked Jaye to take me out on Friday night, so I wouldn’t try to hang out with him. Jaye planned a fun girls’ night out where thankfully I did not consume that many drinks and culminated in a sleepover at her house (well, I was couch surfing there at the time). Everyone stayed over and we just hung out until it was time for bed.
The next morning, Stephen and I had already planned on going to brunch at a spot I liked by the park. Since we hadn’t spent Friday together, he asked earlier in the week if we could do our monthly walk in Central Park that morning before brunch. I was into it, but also I was hungry. I even said before he picked me up that I didn’t really get why we had to exercise before eating… The girls brushed if off and spent the morning trying to casually get me to shower (I didn’t).
We took a nice walk that seemed to have several adorable sites and views along the way, almost like it was choreographed (it was). I felt happy just to be with Stephen and holding his hand. The walk ended up by this big pond where Stephen suggested we get closer to get a better look. I’ll do anything for the ‘gram, so I followed him out onto the rocks for a perfect view of the city. It was only our third month in the city, so I was still so captivated by it all.
Somehow Stephen moved me atop a specific rock… I am still clueless, and then started to say sweet things to me as he stood in front of me. I have no idea what he said, but I can give you my basic internal dialogue: “He’s such a good boyfriend. I’m so lucky. Wait.. no… don’t be crazy. He’s just being nice… okay wait… this feels like a proposal. OH MY GOSH IT IS. IT IS. HE’S ON ONE KNEE.” I’m sure you know that question he asked, and I’m sure you know my answer, because otherwise why the heck would I want to tell you this story.
The fun didn’t end there, ya’ll.
Then, through my tears and mid-hug with my new fiancé, I saw Jaye pop out from behind the big rocks. She had her camera in front of her face and was snapping away. That’s right our talented friend (AND PAINTER) captured the whole thing. After I calmed down, we ended up walking around the park taking photos with her for the next 30 minutes or so. Y0u can see the joy (and tears) in all these photos. I was ecstatic.
Somewhere between the proposal and the photos I realized I needed to call my mom. I asked Stephen if we should call our parents, and he reassured me that they knew everything was happening, that we were going to take photos and would call them the second we got to brunch. I was appeased by that and went back to staring at my ring and crying.
We wrapped up our little photoshoot and walked to brunch where for some reason we were ushered into a back room with a closed door… yep, behind that door was our families. Every sibling, parent, grandparent and my best friend were in that room. That’s 15 people… 12 whom don’t live in the state of New York. I could not believe it. I was a wreck, you guys.
We spent the weekend celebrating and spending precious time with family. I could not have dreamt of a more perfect proposal or more perfect ring. Hubby did good, so I would never want to jeopardize all that hard work by losing this puppy. That’s why I’d recommend to get engaged; then get insured.
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