@KaitPar1: No, we didn’t have a beach wedding. However, we did have a beach honeymoon! 😀
As for the proposal, DH pretty much pursued me relentlessly, and he told me very early on in the relationship that I was the one for him. He told me many times that he was going to propose to me, but I made him wait for me to catch up with him in terms of my readiness to become engaged, and I wouldn’t “allow” him to move forward with buying the ring and proposing to me until after I told him that I was sure I was ready to say yes.
After I gave him the green light to proceed, I told him that I really wanted my proposal to be a complete surprise in terms of when, where, and how he would propose. However, I did tell him that I wanted it to be special, and memorable, and public. (I had already gone with him to select the ring, since he did not want to do that without knowing exactly what I wanted.)
He surprised me by taking me out to dinner the night before we were scheduled to go on a vacation together. (For the record, we had separate rooms on the vacation. Because of our faith, we didn’t do anything but kiss each other before we were married.) When we arrived at the restaurant, he pulled a large, beautiful gift bag out of the trunk of his car. It was so pretty!! He carried it with him into the restaurant, and, just as our dinner arrived, he asked me if I wanted to open my “vacation” present.
Inside was a gorgeous card, with incredible wording that included the line that I am the love of his life. (Swoon! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Under the card was a wrapped box. I opened the gift to discover a delicate, balsa wood box with a tag that said something like “A one-of-a-kind, timeless memory has been created especially for you by someone who loves you,” or something like that. Then I opened the box, and inside was a gorgeous, clear, heart-shaped bottle with a parchment scroll, tied with a ribbon, rolled up inside. Suspended from the bottle’s cork, inside the bottle, was a small key — representing the key to his heart. In the bottom of the bottle were pink silk rose petals, representing the fact that I love pink roses. I unrolled the parchment scroll, and began to read.
I read the beautiful words of my then-SO, expressing his love for me and telling me what our relationship means to him. He included an analogy about his having cast his heart on the sea in search of finding love again. (Awww!) As I finished reading his written proposal, he got down on both knees in front of me in the restaurant and held out the ring. He said, “And, if the answer is “Yes,” you get to have this!”
Of course, always a stickler for details, I replied, “But, you can’t just ask me in writing ! You have to ask me out loud !” Ha ha. DH rolled his eyes, smiled broadly, and repeated the words of his actual written proposal, and, of course, I said, “YES!!!”
Sorry for the mini threadjack to tell you this story! 🙂