- 9 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
We’ve been engaged for almost a year, but I just started on the ‘bee and I wanted to share our story!
We were on vacation in Washington D.C., a city we felt matched both of our interests perfectly: politics and history for him, museums and culture for me. He had planned a special day for my 25th birthday. We woke up extra early to catch the sun rise over the Tidal Basin complete with Krispy Kreme and coffee. Food is important to us both, and that is true whether it be glazed doughnuts or filet mignon. After the sunrise, we had a lovely brunch at the Tabard Inn Hotel. We then visited the Woodley Park Zoo, which was the perfect thing to do on a sunny day. For lunch we had a picnic at the Jefferson Memorial and then he took us to a couples massage at a day spa, an incredible indulgence after a day of walking and sight-seeing.
After that, we got dressed at our incredible hotel (The Embassy Circle Guest House) and he had a taxi take us to dinner. I figured we were in for something special, but I wasn’t prepared for the amazing tasting menu at Marcel’s, a French-Belgian restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue. It was an incredibly romantic meal, and the food was to die for. Following dinner, a town car took us to the Willard Hotel, where a horse and carriage awaited us. It wasn’t until he walked up to the carriage that I realized it was for us! The carriage took us all around the Mall, which was gorgeous at night with all the lighting. We finally stopped in front of the Capitol. He helped me up onto the lawn in front of the Capitol and took out his i-touch. He played the most wonderful slide show of pictures of us from the past 6 and a half years of friendship and dating set to one of our songs. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife and presented my great grandmothers engagement ring (which we later had re-set–it was too big and too fragile to be resized!). Through tears I said yes!
He is always planning surprises, and had also coordinated with some friends to be taking pictures of the whole proposal which was another special element of the night. I will always cherish that we have pictures of the proposal. Afterward, we sat at the foot of the Capitol and called our friends and family to tell them the good news. When we finally returned to the hotel, he had a bottle of Moet chilling so that we could have our first toast as an engaged couple. I truly could not have asked for a more amazing birthday, let alone a proposal! This was March 16 of last year–now just a few months to go until the wedding 🙂