- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2017 - Triangle, Virginia
My fiancé asked me to marry him on our three-and-a-half year anniversary. He managed to completely surprise me, despite having the ring for 2 years (we wanted to wait for our parents’ blessing and to save some, first), and despite having talked about many options, both engagement- and wedding-related.
Background: I have known Mr. Storm for just about a decade. He has seen me through so much…the unexpected death of my previous fiancé from a prior engagement, and a few bad rebound relationships after that. We wanted to make sure we would work out, and were both in it for the long haul. I knew he’d make a great partner, and once we got around to it, a fantastic husband and father.
It started like any other day. We invited two friends along and went out for a walk like we usually do. This walk was to the end of a pier of sorts at a local marsh/marina. Normally, I take photos of things like sunsets and wildlife and whatnot..I was a bit oblivious. I felt like something might happen, but shrugged it off. So while I was doing that, our friends very subtly side-stepped away, and when I turned around, Scot was on one knee. The poor guy was so nervous, I’m amazed he remembered the speech he memorized! I had to ask if he was serious (“wait, what?”), hand over my purse/water, and lean against the railing as he spoke:
Just about 9 years ago I met you for the first time. I knew from that moment on, my fate was sealed. I knew even then, at my young, inexperienced age, that you were the one I wanted to be with. I had to wait patiently for my turn and 6 years later, we were both in a position to finally give this relationship a try. These past 3 and a half years have been like a dream for me, one that I don’t want to wake up from. One that I cherish each and every day. It’s a dream I’d like to continue for the rest of my life. Would you do me the incredible honor of marring me?”
I just nodded and squeaked out a “Yes!”, as my throat was not cooperating too much. We walked back, and had a low-key dinner with our friends at a local restaurant (pizza and wine).
We got back super-late, so we told our parents and his sister the day after (his family screamed with joy!), then friends and family. Now it’s Facebook and Weddingbee official!
For those interested in ring details, it is a 1.16ct tanzanite, in an original antique 8-prong 14k white gold setting. To my eye, the prongs enhance it and make it look like a beautiful flower. He wanted tanzanite, as it’s his birthstone, and it is also “very fitting for me” in many ways. I wanted a recycled setting, so when I went looking 2 1/2 years ago, I found this shop from his home state of Massachusetts (he moved down to the DC area to be with me after 6 months). I wanted something that was budget-friendly, hopefully from his home state, and unique. The fact that it has a hand-engraved leaf design on it is a bonus (we LOVE nature, hiking, the mountains, Lord of The Rings…leaves are our thing!).
Without further ado…here’s the first round of photos! We wanted to keep it low-key. Official/pro ones to follow!!