- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
Hi everyone! So I am newly engaged (the 23rd!) and cannot sleep on this early Christmas morning so I figured I would give my proposal story. I knew he would ask me eventually as we have been talking about if seriously for 8-9 months. We have been together almost two years. I had no idea how he would propose but I could never have imagined it would be like this! I apologize this is so long. I’ll post a short story at the bottom. Back story, I am from TN but moved out to where he is from in TX a year ago.
I knew Josiah had an event planned for when we were in Tennessee for Christmas. I was hoping and praying it would be a proposal but because he is such a romantic and does things like this I didn’t automatically know he was proposing. I was hoping and praying but I had no idea…. especially that he would do something on this grand of scale…. I had been asking for hints the whole week prior. He had kind of hinted that I would see the kids I used to babysit for but told me I could not text anyone or ask anyone questions about it. I kept true to that and did not ask anyone anything. We did purchase nice outfits to wear (he got a new suit and I got a beautiful new dress, again, not out of the ordinary).
So day of… the kid’s mom Ashley texts me around 10:30 saying she was excited to spend the day together. So then I knew it was that day for the event- not proposal. Ashley picks me up at work and says we are going to have a pamper day. Not unusual as we had done this tons of times before. I got get my hair and make-up done and then we all go get our nails done. I learn that my dress has been burned by the iron but Josiah was bringing me a new one. He found this beautiful red sweater dress and amazing black coat. Ashley gives me a necklace that Josiah had given me when he asked me to date him. It had broken and he had purchased a new chain for it. We then head to Ashley’s work (Wedding 101) to get changed. By this point the kids had hinted to me that we were going to look at lights at Opryland and then to dinner. I had wanted to go there so it wasn’t something I didn’t expect but they made me think that when it wasn’t at all.
Josiah picked me up around 3:30. Ashley told me they were meeting me at 5:00, I wondered why the gap but still not sure. We get in the car and he is asked me, “what do you want to do?” I was so confused at this point, still praying I wouldn’t be disappointed and he says, “I know! Let’s go take selfies at the Parthonen. How do we get there?” He isn’t normally a let us take selfies kind of guy but it sounded like a great idea so I said sure. We drive down West End and then he ends up saying, “No let’s go to Belmont.” I kind of point him in the right direction and then we end up down an alley because he got lost (purposely I learn later). I show him where we can park and we get out in the rain. He gets out first and I noticed a headphone under his shirt. He ignores when I point it out and says, “oh don’t worry about that”. He goes to the back of the car for some reason (later I learn to start the recording). Anyway, we get out of the car and he has an umbrella he has purchased as it was raining. We walk over on campus and he is like, “so tell me about Belmont, tell me about what you said in your tours.” I was so trying to maintain my composure, trying to be okay if we were just having a fun outing at Belmont (my university), etc. I am telling him what I remember (barely anything specific) and pointing it out while continually saying I am cold at the same time. We then start walking towards the main lawn. He gets me in one area and starts telling me how much he loves me, I think I said, I know. How he wants to spend the rest of his life with me, again I said I know. lol. I was such a know it all and still not convinced he was actually doing it. And then he said, “no, for real.” and I said, “for real, for real?” and then he got down on one knee and pulled the ring out of his pocket. It was then that I realized maybe this was really happening!
I was still in shock and then I noticed the photographers and videographer he had hired for the proposal. We then go talk to them and I realize we are doing a photo shoot around campus. I then find out we are going to take some photos around campus. We walk around and find spots, take beautiful photos and then he tells them, “let’s go take photos at the mansion. Y’all go ahead of us I want to make out in a dark alley with her.” We then walk towards the back of the mansion (Belmont used to be a plantation). I remember telling him we were going the wrong way. He said, “no, this is the right way.” He is then saying, “let’s see if we can go inside. Ring the doorbell.” I don’t know why I did because then I am saying, we can’t go in there. Something is going on. I thought a private event was going on. It was, for us! We walk in and the tables are set, I see food and candles. There is a guy playing beautiful music on a guitar. But I didn’t see any guests!
Then he turns me towards the staircase and up at the top is our families. He had flown his family in for the party and mine was already in town. He even tried to get my grandparents there (the live in the north east) but it was too much for them. I break down crying. Then friends (including Ashley and the kids!) come out from the side. Again, more tears. We give hugs all around, then there is food catered from Maggianos. The tables are beautiful with pink flower arrangements and I am shown where to sit. The food (I barely touched it) was delicious. Then Josiah tells me he may have a song for me. I am always asking him to write me songs. He brings me up to the front and gives a speech. He tells everyone how we met, how much I mean to him. Just everything he said was perfect and the sweetest thing. Watching back on the video I wish I would have made more eye contact with people and looked around but I was still just in shock. I said nothing. I couldn’t look at people or I would have cried. He sits down at the piano and starts to play my song. It is beautiful. I just looked ahead, couldn’t look at anyone and listened. Then we go sit back down and have cheesecake. Afterward we really did head to Opryland to actually look at lights. I think it is finally sinking in.
Short Version: I had a pamper day (hair, nails, makeup), he proposed at my old University and had hired photographers and videographer. We took an improptu photo shoot afterward and then walked into the mansion on campus for an engagment party with our family and friends. No idea how he pulled it all off!
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