What I love to affectionately call “the Non-Proposal” came while we were on Holiday in Myrtle Beach (a favourite Destination for us) over Easter 2012
We had decided to go for a late afternoon walk on the beach… when we came upon a couple having their Wedding Photos taken by a photographer (just the 2 of them and the Photographer). I think it was pretty obvious they had eloped.
Mr TTR said… “That looks like fun”
I said, “Really?, Seriously?”
He said, “Ya you should look into that for our next visit here”
PHOTO – Myrtle Beach late in the day. Not taken tho the day of our Engagement, lol, as I didn’t have a camera with me… but this is pretty much THE SPOT.
That was it, he was dead serious. No ring, no down on one knee (not that I would have expected that at our age). Just “we should do that next time we are here”
We had talked Marriage before… and traded Life Plans. So he knew it was something I was hoping to do before the end of 2012. He had agreed, and let me know that when the time was right, he’d ask / make it clear he was ready to move forward / take that step (I thought that meant when he had the ring in hand)
In reality, he was looking for a locale as it turns out.
We always knew as Encores we’d run off somewheres to marry on Vacation (I envisioned somewhere warmer*) but he wanted somewhere that was more US / familiar (and MB certainly was one of those places, having built up lots of great memories over our 6+ dating years)
He needed me to look into what the Legal Requirments were to Marry in MB, but he already had a plan in mind as I soon discovered as we talked some more…
He wanted to marry at Christmas (preferably Xmas Eve), just the 2 of us saying our vows. No friends, no family. He wanted to do it barefoot, and on the beach if possible (well at least photos on the beach). And he wanted to follow it up with Christmas Day, and then us jetting off to somewheres even warmer to Honeymoon.
Sounded good to me.
** In reality, things changed, in a good way. Fate would have it so we managed to get a whole 5 weeks off from our jobs (vs less than 2 weeks). So altho we went to MB for Christmas, we were able to go somewhere much warmer to marry… the Florida Keys. Which sat fine with both of us, cause The Keys truly are one of OUR SPOTS on the planet… having not really ever gone there with anyone else etc. And it was one of our first vacations together when we were dating, and still one of our best ever.
Not to leave MB out in the cold tho, it is where I picked up several items for our Wedding when we were there over Christmas… including his Wedding Attire, my Wedding Jewellery, and what we fondly call OUR Wedding Ring (# 3 in my set, the one we share / shared at the Wedding Ceremony)
Plus MB will forever be speial to us cause that is where we made it all official, with the sweet Non-Proposal.