- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2017
My fiance, Jake, and I are both so happy for this to fianally be happening!
He proposed two weeks ago on Friday, September 16th. We have been together for almost four and a half years. Before we had even been together a full year, we both knew we wanted to marry each other. Education and finances have held us back, but we are finally both graduating from college this December! We had already discussed wanting to get married after we graduated, so I expected a proposal sometime this year. But I did not know anything else, like when, where, how, if he had the ring, what did the ring look like, had he asked my dad, had he told his family? I made the decision last year in September of 2015 to not talk to him about rings, proposals, or getting engaged. I wanted to give him time and space to develop his own ideas. Every time he took me out on a date, I wonderered if it could be the day, but I tried not to get my hopes up each time because it kept not happening. Well one day he planned to take me to an aboretum. I do not want to go into detail, but there were certain circumstances that led me to believe that he could not propose the day of our garden date.
I love wearing dressing up every day even just for class, so of course when he takes me out on dates, I take the opportunity to wear my best dresses, wedges, and do my hair and makeup. This date was no different. I wore a new dress I had just bought at a thrift store, my cutest shoes, and my roommate did my hair for me, as she usually does when I go out. He dressed nicely too, which I appreciated. He looks great in anything, but I really love it when he dresses up. So we went to the aboretum, and it was beautiful! Some things apparently were not in bloom, but I still loved being there. There were gorgeous peacocks roaming around and cute little squirrels and rabbits everywhere. We walked hand in hand as we looked at all of the trees, flowers, and even herbs. I thought it would make a great place for him to propose, but, as I said before, I did not believe that it could happen under the circumstances. We stopped by a beautiful waterfall, and he pulled out a piece of paper. He said, “I wrote you a poem.” He has written me several poems over the course of our relationship, so I still did not expect a thing. My heart just overflowed with love for him as I thought to myself, “This is such a great date! He is the sweetest!” He asked if he had ever read a poem out loud to me, and I told him no, but go for it. He began to read me a very sweet and romantic poem. I was so incredibly happy. But then he got to a certain part in the poem where he said something about having talked to my dad… My jaw dropped. It was at that moment that I knew he was going to propose to me! Since we first got together, the country song “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton has always been our song. So the ending line to his poem was, “You know I want you to be the honeysuckle to my honey bee, so…” Then het got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked, “Will you marry me?” At some point I had started crying. I said yes and immediately went to kiss him and hug him. I could not believe it! I was crying so much from the surprise and happiness. He was holding me, then he pointed and told me to say hi to his sister. I looked over and saw his sister, who is a photographer, hiding in the bushes with her camera. Still in shock, I waved a lame-looking and confused “hi” in her direction. His sister then proceeded to do a mini photoshoot with us.
It was such a special day, and my fiance put a lot of thought and effort into making it an extremely memorable day for me! I am so grateful to God for putting Jake in my life, for blessing our relationship, and for allowing everything to work out so that we could get engaged.
When he started reading the poem…
When he said the part about my dad…
When he asked!
When I was crying like a baby about it…
And here are a couple from the mini photoshoot.
Ruth Marie Photography