- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2011
I have been dating my now FI for about 18 months. We have a very weird relationship (we have lived together from day one). From the beginning I knew he was the one. We have always felt so comfortable with one another, so when we started shopping for rings back in January, it just felt right. Soon after we started shopping, we started a Money Management course from Dave Ramsey (Financial Peace University–or FPU). It was incredible. We learned all about how to save money and spend money. My FI, Mr. Ford, was convinced that we needed to save up for the perfect ring and started creating tons of spreadsheets. He also had me convinced that it wouldn’t be until late summer when he bought it, and he wouldn’t propose until after that. I was bummed. Then came the tornadoes. I live in Alabama where tornadoes ravaged much of our state. My family (and my FI’s family) were very lucky to escape any damage. We wanted to do something to help, so what better way to help than to attend a benefit concert of one of my favorite country music artists. Taylor Swift held a benefit concert in Nashville on the weekend of May 21st. Mr. Ford surprised me with tickets, and we hit the road. We attended the concert and loved every second (at least I did!). The next day, on our way home, we stopped by the Green Hills Mall in Brentwood, TN to have our MacBook looked at by the Apple Store geniuses. While walking around the mall we saw a Tiffany & Co. store and Mr. Ford suggested we step inside “for a closer look.” What can I say, the man knows me. I was giddy as we walked past huge cases of sparkling diamonds. We walked up to the counter and the man behind it started handing me rings costing tens of thousands of dollars. I was sure I was living every little girl’s dream!! As the salesman was pulling out rings and Mr. Ford was regretting walking into the store, I was telling the man what I’d always wanted in a ring. The salesman stopped and said, “I’ve got just the ring for you.” He couldn’t have been more right. He pulled out the most beautiful ring I’d ever seen. I looked at Mr. Ford and said, “That’s it.” He smiled and asked the salesman to write down everything about the ring and we left. But only for a minute. Thirty minutes later we walked back in the store and purchased the ring. He then took me to a steakhouse where he proposed over Filet. It could not have been more perfect. I know it’s not typical, but neither are we. We have set a date for December 10th of this year. Sometimes I allow myself to get overwhelmed with this huge event, but all I have to do is look down to my ring finger and remember the reason I am doing this: after this headache is over, I get to live the rest of my life with the most perfect man on the planet!!