- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
Hi Bees! I’m so excited to finally post this. I’m engaged!!!
My (now) fiancé and I decided to take a mini vacation to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. I suspected the proposal might happen then, as he kept insisting we make our hotel choice more romantic, and several times, I walked in on him having quickly hushed conversations with friends.
We spent the first day/night exploring Assateague Island (home to the wild ponies) and just generally enjoying each other’s company. Then the next morning, as we were deciding what to do for the day, he was very quiet and slightly short-tempered. I stepped out on to the deck to give him space, thinking he just didn’t have enough coffee, lol. But soon he came out and offered me his hand, saying he wanted to take a walk. He was holding a gift bag, which of course got my hopes up. 🙂
He led me to the end of the 50-foot pier at the back of our hotel, asked me to sit on the bench with him. We enjoyed the silence of the bay and the warm morning sun for a few minutes, then he started telling me how much he loved me and why (I’m keeping that part private). He handed me a wrapped gift from the bag. It was a collection of 60s love songs, a genre we talked about having played at our wedding. Then he said a bunch of other wonderful things and handed me a mug with a bunch of stuff in it. I turned the mug around, saw “Will you marry me,” and gasped.
By that point, he had dropped to one knee in front of me, and I started crying. That made him cry, and we were both crying and laughing as he asked me to marry him and I said yes. We just laughed and cried and kissed and hugged for a few minutes. Then he goes, “Oh, the ring!” We’d completely forgot to do the whole ring thing! So eventually, we got the ring on, kissed/hugged a bunch more, and raced off to tell the first person we saw–the woman at the hotel front desk. We then went back to Assateague to fly a kite, got our pictures taken by nice strangers on the beach, enjoyed a sunset cruise around the islands, and ate way too much food at a nice restaurant.
I’m an extremely private person who HATES being the center of attention (not sure how I’ll handle being a bride!), so the proposal was just perfect!
Okay, I know what you’re waiting–or scanning–for: the ring! Here’s the story: The diamond is 1.96 carats and a family heirloom that was reset in a hand-carved platinum band. I prefer dainty rings, so it’s not what I would have picked if we were buying it ourselves, but I’m so honored he and his family deem me worthy of something so precious.
Pictures! The ring (of course), pictures of the pier where he proposed. I’ll also post some pictures of our sunset cruise and the gifts he gave me. We’re going to enjoy this engagement week, then it’s time to start planning a wedding!