- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
I thought I’d share a proposal story from a guy’s perspective. It’s a bit long so there’s a TL;DR at the bottom for those of you who don’t care much for detail 🙂
(Disclaimer: this post includes a plug to my blog)
We’d been together for 8 years before I finally took the plunge to propose. We weren’t living together yet because her family’s cultural stance on doing so before marriage was very different to mine, but this wasn’t a problem for us. This cultural stance also extended to going away on holiday, which was a little bit of a problem, but we managed to sneak in a few over the years.
I planned a two week drive through Europe, stopping in the Swiss Alps, Italy and France and told her parents about the whole plan which they signed off on. The proposal was supposed to be a surprise, but her being a clever girl, she’d worked out that it’ll probably happen on this trip and asked me about it beforehand! I ended up making her cry because I was adamant it wasn’t going to happen and told her to stop being silly. Of course, I’d been found out and didn’t want to show it, I had the ring but hadn’t thought of an exact time/location yet. Actually I had no idea how I was going to do it.
Fast forward and a-long-drive-through-the-UK,-train-journey-to-mainland Europe,-car-breaking-down-and-then-springing-an-oil-leak-half-way-through-France-later, we finally make it to our destination: the Jungfrau Region in Switzerland. Once we arrived at the boutique hotel, we received a free upgrade to a junior suite (it overlooked the valley and mountain range and had a balcony to boot) because I’d secretly filled them in on my proposal “plans” beforehand. So far so good. I still didn’t know how or when I was going to propose though.
The next day we wanted to go and experience the star attraction, taking the train up to the top of Jungfrau. The train goes through the mountain and is an experience in itself; you can feel the altitude slowly affecting you on the way up. The final stop was the top of the mountain with a museum, an observatory, a snowy mountain trail and some winter sports going on. But to do so, we needed to get some train tickets. The weather was going to turn against us the next day so this was our only chance to enjoy it.
While queuing up to get the Jungfrau tickets, my attention was grabbed by an angry man in front of me who’d started shouting at the lady behind the counter “What do you mean you’re sold out?! I’m only here for one day, I don’t care how much it costs! FINE, give me a ticket to anywhere!” I strolled up to the desk and calmly asked the same question, received the same answer, walked out to tell my waiting SO about the lack of tickets, and came back to get a 3 day train pass instead. While paying for the 3 day pass, the ticket lady winked at me and said “with this, you get a free Jungfrau pass that you can use today”. I couldn’t believe my luck.
At this point you’re probably thinking “Ha! I know! You’re going to propose at the top of the mountain!” I know she certainly was. I didn’t. I didn’t even have the ring with me – too obvious. We spent the day walking through the snow at the top of the mountain before the weather started to turn from sun and blue skies to hail stones and lightning! It was crazy how quickly the weather had changed. On the way up: sunshine and cows in the meadows going “moo”, and on the way down: thick cloud/fog with thunder/lightning, heavy rain, hail stones and some really miserable looking faces.
We got back to our hotel and the view from the balcony was shrouded by rain clouds. She was in a mood and went for a shower. Thankfully her shower was longer than normal, because while she was in there, the weather changed again! The clouds parted and a beautiful blue sky came through, with sunshine showering the valley and the Jungfrau mountain range, birds chirping, the works. It was an amazing view. As soon as I’d finished being stunned by the speed with which the weather changed, I knew this was my chance. I got the ring out, and started trying to work out the best angle of approach. Literally holding the ring out at different angles to see where I had to hold it to make it sparkle most. The best place happened to be facing the balcony but she would’ve needed to have her back towards it – Finally, I knew how I was going to do it! I put the ring into my pocket and waited for her to finish her shower.
Once she’d come out, she sat on the bed and commented on how beautiful the view was and how unbelievably quickly the weather had changed. I agreed, and said “hey, why don’t you come up over here to get a better view?” She got up and walked up to the balcony, I stood behind her and we looked at the view for a minute or so in complete silence. I then tapped her on her shoulder, she turned around, I pulled the ring out and asked her to marry me. I didn’t get the response I wanted however, she said smilingly “Is this seriously how you’re going to do it?!” I was stunned. After an uncomfortable but short pause she finally broke the silence and said “Get down on one knee!”. Now shaking a little with adrenalin, I got down on one knee, asked her to marry me again but this time she said “Yes”.
My SO doesn’t like grand public displays in front of an audience of strangers and I’m terrible at planning things like that anyway, so I was unbelievably fortunate with how the stars and planets aligned to allow me to propose in such a personal way. SO loved it.
Took SO on a road trip through Europe to secretly propose. Went up to top of a mountain but didn’t do it there, instead was super fortunate to have bad weather turn unexpectedly good and spontaneously proposed on a balcony which faced a valley and mountains.
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