Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement
Your Engagement - Something that is fantasized about from quite a young age. Whether you are the proposer or the proposee, it is one of the most wonderful things to happen to you in your whole life; knowing that there is someone out there who loves you enough to want to spend the rest of their lives with you.
I can say that when that moment arrived for me, it not only lived up to my childhood fantasies, but exceeded them! Just thinking about it now, I still get this overwhelmingly happy feeling inside.
Mike and I have been together for 6 1/2 years and have known each other for almost 8 years. We knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and have, for the past few years, been planning out our future together. When you are together for that long, naturally you get the question about when you are getting married. It’s not that we didn’t want to get married, but we honestly didn’t feel like there was any rush. We were content with where we were in life and figured it would happen when it happened.
It was with this notion (or at least so I thought), that we entered December and our exciting vacation! It was the longest vacation we had ever taken together and our first time in 3 years since we had been to our favorite city in Florida, St. Augustine.
After our awesome 5 night cruise, we drove from Fort Lauderdale up to St. Augustine. For our anniversary in September, Mike surprised me with the reservation for a bed and breakfast for this trip (We normally stay in a cheaper but relatively nice Days Inn on the outskirts of the historic district). It was our first time in a bed and breakfast and it was just fantastic!
We had a wonderful time over the next couple days even with the wet and chilly weather; watching the Regatta of Lights, checking out the new tap room, and wandering St. George Street. On Monday, we planned to hit some of our favorite spots, including the Fountain of Youth, Whetstone Chocolate Tour and San Sebastian Winery before going on our favorite holiday light trolley tour.
Mike mentioned wanting to have a fancy dinner that night, but our bed and breakfast restaurant was full for the evening. I had said we didn’t need to do anything fancy and we could go to our favorite cheesesteak shop down the street and watch football. He seemed ok with this idea, but still wanted to dress up. This was odd to me because Mike usually would choose dressing down to dressing up, but I just went with it because dressing up is fun.
After changing, we left to walk down St. George Street towards where we would meet the trolley. We were running a bit early and so I asked to stop in some stores we saw. I remember Mike obliging but seeming somewhat impatient about it, which was out of character. He seemed to really want to head to the trolly early, so I just kept going.
(After knowing why he seemed so impatient, I felt horrible for dragging it out as I did)
When we got to the end of the street, we walked passed the City Gates and he stopped. It had gotten dark at this point and I wasn’t sure what he was looking at. He gave me a hug and started talking about what a good time he was having. Other things were said, some I remember and some I don’t as the haze of what was happening took over, but at the end, he said that we were in our favorite city in the world and he had a question for me. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and….
You know how in movies and videos, the girls hands immediately go to their face in shock? I claim that it is an involuntary reaction because I never thought I would do it, but I did.
The next minute or so is a blur - pretty much it involved hugging and kissing, getting a ring put on my finger and wiping tears from my eyes.
What is my favorite part of the whole moment? It was just us. There was no one else around the gates when he proposed. The wedding will be the show for everyone else - but that moment is just for us.
We went on our trolley ride after, which was also a bit of a blur because we were both just to giddy, and then we walked back towards our hotel, got a couple pictures and changed out of our nice clothes and had a cheesesteak. The next day, we walked around and took a few more shots of St. Augustine with the ring and got a nice selfie at the gates.
It was not a flashy proposal, it was simple and genuine and after all the daydreaming I’ve ever done about that moment, I could have predicted a more perfect moment with my best friend.
So what comes next? Heck if I know! I’m still basking in the glory of the moment! Does that stop a million and one people asking about what our plans are? Of course not! But more on that next week…