- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
Well… it happened. On December 26, 2013. I had suspicions my SO might propose around the holidays (and had previously posted about my concerns of a holiday proposal) and I was right – and I couldn’t be more excited. Since we started dating, I told my SO that I’m a private person and would prefer a private proposal. He’s fantastic and very outgoing, so I could see him wanting to put it on a jumbotron at a game or in front of a crowd, but I gave him fair warning that I would say no and he’d have to try again.
Christmas came and went without present or proposal. We had done a huge amount of traveling in and out of state and by the time Christmas night came, we were both just excited to go to bed. I woke up early the next morning to put in a half day of work (from home), after which we ate lunch and watched Elf (a gift he gave me for our first Christmas together…. for our second Christmas he bought a ring holder, hint hint) We had plans to go to the winter zoo display and I suggested we start to get ready but he said we should have a drink. I protested – I wanted to get to the zoo. Despite my warnings, I thought he was going to propose at the zoo, surrounded by twinkle lights and I wanted to hurry up and get there.
He asked again to just have a drink and again I said no. After a little back and forth, I agreed that we could have ONE cocktail before we went out for the evening. I went to the fridge and when I opened the door, the ring was there on display. SO came over and got down on one knee and said a million wonderful things and we both cried. I said “Yes” and that was that!
I couldn’t ask for a better proposal. Although I was expecting it to happen, I was completely taken by surprise when it happend. My SO is a chef, and some of the greatest ways we’ve connected have been in the kitchen, so the fact that it happened at home, in the kitchen, was incredibly personal. On top of that, our first date was at a baseball game… and we were meeting for the first time. I insisted on getting us drinks in one of the later innings so I could sneak away and tell my friends the date was going well and he wasn’t a serial killer (without pulling my phone out on our date) but he thought I was trying to ditch him and was surprised when I came back. It’s now our little joke that great things happen when I leave to get us a drink.
I feel so blessed to have had the at-home proposal I’d always dreamed of. Our wedding is planned for next June; while it feels like a long engagement, we’re having a chance to really enjoy the planning and our time as fiances!
P.S. Look how good he did!