- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
I posted yesterday announcing my engagement over the weekend and shared a picture of my ring. I have gotten so many kind words and wishes and just wanted to thank everyone. It is so appreciated! I also just wanted to share our story a little more personally and the sentiment behind it all 🙂
HOW WE MET:
Adam and I met while on an evening flight from Chicago to Denver. I was going home to visit family and he was going for a large work conference. My flight was originally scheduled for 6 o’clock that morning, but I decided to reschedule it a couple nights prior, knowing that I had too much to get done before leaving for such an early flight. I was lucky enough to book the last available ticket. Little did I know, that flight would change my life.
I made my way to my seat and got settled in. The seat next to mine had not yet been called for, so I decided to hurry up and use the lovely airline “lavatory” before the flight got underway. When I got back to my spot, I was pleasantly surprised (and shocked) to see an incredibly good looking guy occupying the seat next to mine. His face gave off the same look of surprise and excitement when I asked him politely if I could squeeze through to get back to my window seat. We both kind of sat quietly for a few minutes before I broke the ice and offered him a piece of gum, just as I always do to anyone who travels next to me 🙂 Needless to say, we carried on a conversation the entire duration of the flight, all 2 1/2 hours worth. We learned that we only lived about 15 minutes away from one another in the city, what we did for work, our reason for traveling that day, where we grew up, our favorite airport restaurants, and so on. It was the best small talk I’d had in a while. We both knew we wanted more. He said he had thoroughly enjoyed the conversation, and hoped that we could connect again soon. We exchanged numbers and parted ways.
I was impressed when he called 3 days later to see how my visit home was. I was even more impressed that he chose to call right off the bat versus text, something that takes a lot more effort these days. We spent a lot of time talking and getting to know one another as friends before our actual first date. He was aware of my relationship history and was very respectful in letting me do what I needed to do for myself before expecting anything out of me.
Finally, 3 weeks after meeting, we went on our first date. I woke up that morning knowing it was going to be the best night I’d had in a long time, and it was. We continued to spend time together the rest of the week, going to dinners, going for runs, taking our dogs for walks together. It felt natural.
Just one week after our first date, on August 21st, I found out my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was reliving the fear of losing another parent all over again. It hits like a ton of bricks to hear the word cancer associated with someone you love, no matter how early the stages are. I pushed Adam away for about a week so I could process everything going on. He continued to be there as a friend though, and has continued to do so every day since.
Things started looking up for dad shortly after that and I realized just how much Adam meant to me throughout everything. He had been my rock. We ended up picking up right where we had left off. And the rest is history! He is the most sincere, kind hearted, funny, sexy, hard working guy I’ve ever been with. I am SO grateful to have him in my life.
HOW HE PROPOSED:
Adam and I recently got a home together in the suburbs of Chicago. It is undergoing a lot of renovations as we are making sure it is everything we dream it will be. We are still living in the city as of right now and make trips almost every other weekend to meet with contractors and check on the progress of our new place. We have both been very hands on in working together and have deemed this project our “baby” since it consumes so much of our free time. We had planned to make a trip over this past Saturday afternoon, but Adam ended up getting called into an important last minute “business meeting.” I thought nothing of it and agreed that we would make the time to go sometime during the week. I decided to meet up with a girlfriend at the gym for a workout and catch up on other side projects while he was out. He called me around 3pm and said he was still tied up, but should be home in time for dinner. Again, I thought nothing of it. He then called around 4:30 to say that he was still taking care of some things at the office, but that one of the contractors called and said one of us needed to meet him to sign some papers to move forward with a few more renovations that were starting at the beginning of the week. I agreed to meet the contractor at our new house at 6pm to sign the papers since Adam had been tied up all day. I pulled up to the house and noticed no other cars were outside. I was confused and wondered if Adam had told me the wrong time to meet the contractor. Still, I thought absolutely nothing of it. I walked in the house and it appeared no one was there. All the lights were off and no noise of construction was coming from anywhere. I did, however, here very soft music coming from upstairs. As I made my way up, I could hear it was coming from the master bedroom. As I got closer, I realized it was “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones. (A song Adam knows as one of my favorites). I opened the bedroom door, and there was Adam, down on one knee, surrounded by rose petals, candles, and pictures of the two of us. He expressed his love for me and mentioned how special it has been for us to begin building a home together, and that he hopes I will take on an even more important project with him and agree to build a life together, as a family. (His words were so much more beautiful that I can even articulate on here). He then asked me to marry him, and of course I said YES! He told me he had one more surprise waiting on our back patio. I followed him out and totally lost it when I saw my dad and his family waiting with dinner and wine on our completely finished deck. We all ate, drank, and celebrated just as the sun was setting. It was so touching to me that he had our families fly in from out of town to be a part of our moment. It made everything even more special. I have never felt so loved and can’t wait to share the rest of my life with my best friend.
Here is a picture of my ring. It far exceeded my expectations. The center stone is 5 carats (wow, wow, wow!), with two .5 carat side stones. The side stones were taken from my mom’s engagement ring when she and my dad first married. She passed away in a tragic car accident less than 10 years ago. Knowing what a huge part of my life she was, my fiance knew he wanted to somehow incorporate a piece of her. My dad and him worked together in deciding exactly how it would come together. This ring is so sentimental to me. I can’t imagine anything more perfect!
(PS- I will post more pictures SANS toilet! HAHA! All the posts have cracked me up. Like I said, I have been so wrapped up in the excitement of it all I didn’t even notice the background! Please excuse our very unfinished bathroom!)