- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Us, along with a few close friends, planned a weekend in Austin for a friend’s birthday (Myles). With this plan, came a suggestion from Chris for us all to go see this great place called Mount Bonnell. Little did I know he had a whole other plan for this trip! The day came when we got in the car & made our way to Austin for some birthday fun. When we arrived at our hotel, some major challenges arose (rude hotel manager, room mix-ups, & even had our lives threatened). Needless to say we left that place as fast as we could & were saved by my future father-in-law; he got us a room in a very nice & non-threatening hotel. Once at the hotel, our other friends arrived & we were told by Chris to go in and get dressed so we could leave for Mount Bonnell while he & another friend went to buy some drinks. I was so flustered because I was pressed for time to get myself together, I completely missed the most obvious signs (Chris leaving to buy drinks when our friends brought a cooler full… He was actually picking my ring up!) After about 30 minutes, they came back & I’m pretty sure they didn’t have any drinks in hand; but like I said earlier, I was more worried about looking cute for the photo-shoot I was going to put Chris through once we got where we were going!
We left & made our way to Mount Bonnell. This place blew me & everyone else away! Its nestled deep in the hills of Austin, lined with gorgeous homes, and beautiful views of the city. There were several people there & like the girl I am, I quickly started requesting for pictures to be taken! After about 10 minutes admiring the beauty, a lady with a nice camera and a bouquet of hot pink flowers introduced herself to us & I could feel the butterflies in my stomach because I was so shocked! Chris looked at me and told me that because we weren’t going to have time for a lot on Valentine’s Day, his gift to me was to have professional pictures taken. If anyone knows me, they know I’m picture obsessed & I always whine about how Chris and I have very few good pictures together. I immediately started crying because it was the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me. After pulling myself together, we started the photography session.
About 20 minutes into taking pictures, she brought us to a gorgeous location overlooking the river and had us pose for a few pictures on the edge of cliff. Moments later, she pulled a box from her jacket & said “Why don’t we add this to the picture?”. Chris took the box from her, got down on one knee and proposed. It was perfect & I cried like a baby for a really long time. He tricked me into thinking this was just a Valentine’s Gift, but it was really so much more than that! He also managed to sneak past me 8 champagne glasses & champagne in Myles’ backpack.
With all this excitement, I wasn’t able to call anyone until after we got back to the car because I had left my cell in there! But he let me know that he asked my parents permission a few days before so they knew this was going to happen; which has always been very important to me. And once more, to add to the cry fest, he got my ring engraved with a Latin saying “Alis Grave Nil 5/06” which means “Life is not heavy for those who have wings”; the date is when my aunt passed away from breast cancer; she was like a second mom to me and he knows how important she was & still is. He got every last detail of a perfect engagement so right & I will never forget February 12, 2011.
About the Ring:
He found the perfect center stone (Princess cut) on February 2 & the perfect setting a day later, but the setting only accomodated a round stone… With a couple of phone calls & emails, they (from James Allen) told him that they would customize the setting but it would not be ready until February 11. They had the ring completed that day & flew it to Austin from NYC for it’s arrival on February 12. Not only am I the only one in the world with this beautiful ring, Chris went through a lot of trouble to get me exactly what he thought was perfect for me. Love him for all of it!