- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF
I’ve posted on here a few times about dresses, wedding planning, and the arduous visa application process related to bringing my SO to the USA… And now it’s time to share some exciting news – I’m officially engaged! Even though I’ve known that we would get married for a few months, now that I’ve received the down-on-one-knee proposal, it all feels even more real. I’m overjoyed that we can now share our commitment to one another with more than just our immediate family.
A little background: I moved to the UK (London) in October 2013 and was fortunate enough to make a few friends right away. One night I mentioned to one friend that I was planning on going out to a concert. She suggested that I go with her friend who also had tickets and passed on my number to him. He messaged me, I responded but I ultimately decided not to go – the English winter did not get along with my immune system so instead of a night partying with my future FI, I was curled in bed sneezing. In January, however, I heard of a similar event and randomly decided to message both my friend and the mystery guy to see if they’d want to go. We ended up having a great night out and FI and I became amazing friends very quickly – as in, talked for hours and told each other everything about ourselves within weeks of meeting. By February, we were dating and we moved in together in April. From the time we were just friends, I couldn’t imagine not having this guy in my life and the minute our relationship became romantic, in a weird way, I genuinely knew that I’d met my soulmate.
The proposal: To celebrate our 6-monthiversary (ha), we decided to go to dinner on Tuesday, August 5 at Millbank Tower, which has a beautiful view overlooking the London skyline. We had a few bellinis, took some photos, and for some reason, he insisted that we stay there until it got dark around 9-9:30. As we were leaving, he suggested that we walk along the Thames and that he was pretty sure a food and drink stand we’d passed on the way to the restaurant sold champagne. I was skeptical as the place looked ancient but I took his word for it. He suggested that I sit on a bench while he got the champagne. To my surprise, he came back with a giant bucket filled with ice, champagne flutes, and a chilled bottle! Apparently he’d arranged with the stand’s owners to hold on to the champagne earlier in the day to make our celebration special.
Well, as we were sipping our drinks, he kept asking if we could move – first, because the area around the stand was too crowded and then because he wanted a better view of Big Ben. I didn’t mind (he’s notoriously fussy like that) and was just happy that he’d gone to such lengths to make the evening romantic. Around 10:35, he mentioned that he’d checked and the first time he’d messaged me had been at 10:35 on November 5th. He started talking about how much he loves me, how I’ve changed his life since meeting him, that he’s never felt more sure about anything, etc. It was really sweet but I thought he was just laying on the cheese as we’d previously said we wouldn’t make our engagement official until he asked my mom’s blessing when we went to America in September.
We talked and laughed some more and then at 10:43, he said, “Nine months ago at 10:43PM, you responded to my text and came into my life. Can I say something crazy? Will you marry me?” He was down on one knee at this point and I said, “YES!” before bursting into tears at how beautiful my ring is and how happy I am to be with this guy for the rest of my life.
(And, for those Disney-obsessed bees, yes, the “Can I say something crazy” is a nod to Frozen but we’ve always joked that our relationship is like a Disney caricature because we met, fell in love, and decided to get married so quickly. )
The best part — other than the pack of rowdy teenagers nearby who started cheering for us, haha– is that he asked my mom for permission, which I’d told him is a major MUST in my family, before proposing so in addition to a wonderfully romantic memory, we have her blessing.
I’m so excited to finalize our date, venues, and vendors by the end of the month (hooray for pre-planning! :D) and I’m over the moon excited that I found the perfect man for me in such an unexpectedly wonderful way.