It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular dates of the year for a proposal, so we wanted to share something special with you today. For every wedding and engagement session, we ask our couples their love story and how they proposed! Today, we are sharing some of our favorite stories to get you in the spirit. We are starting with a proposal that is so near and dear to our hearts. Why? We were THERE!!!
Joey proposed to me on April 22, 2017, the day after my 25th birthday. He planned a trip to Disney for my birthday and then added that we’d be having dinner at Be Our Guest, a restaurant created after my favorite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. We spent the day at the parks, changed our clothes, and got ready for dinner! We had an amazing meal, talked, laughed, and just enjoyed being with each other. When it came time for dessert, I asked to try some of “the grey stuff”.
The waiter brought out a cute dessert plate with a candle in it and also brought out a dessert tray. Joey sang me happy birthday and it was the sweetest thing. The waiter then said he had brought out something special from the kitchen and put a plate down in front of me that read “Will you marry me”? I immediately turned and saw Joey kneeling down with the ring in front of him. Despite all of the yelling and cheering from the other people in the ballroom, I only saw him. It was a total and complete surprise proposal. I couldn’t believe all of the work that Joey put into making it happen.
Two summers ago, I begged and begged Nick to go to Europe with me for a few weeks. He was like “I don’t know, we will see”. My best friend and I planned a trip to go, but in the end, she couldn’t make it. Of course, Nick stepped up to the plate and said, “Okay, let’s book this thing and go!” So we spent two weeks walking around Europe – basically a new city every day. When we got to France, we spent the morning with our tour group going to see all the beautiful sights of Paris – Notre Dame, the gardens, and the Eiffel Tower.
We went to the second story of the Eiffel Tower. Nick told me he had to get something off of the bus after we came down. I was so annoyed, hungry, and HOT (OMG it is so hot in Europe in the summertime!!!). Let’s just get back on the bus and get some yummy French food, you know? Nick got off the bus and started rambling on about me trusting him. I thought to myself, “If I didn’t trust you, I wouldn’t have flown all the way to Europe with you!” Then, before I knew it, he was down on one knee with the ring box open asking me to marry him in front of the Eiffel Tower and all the people sitting on the lawn having a picnic. It. Was. Perfect! I was also too dehydrated to cry.
We were discussing moving into a house since we have 2 dogs and lived in a condo downtown. After we found the perfect house, we were on a spending freeze during the closing process to make sure nothing would cause a red flag during our funding process. During that time, I had made a joke to Dan that now he’d have to wait until after our house was finalized unless he had some secret cash laying around to buy a ring.
Little did I know, he had already made prior arrangements and designed a ring. It was ready to be picked up on the day of our closing as soon as all our paperwork was signed. He had even been sending pictures back and forth to my mom to make sure he found the perfect ring. We finally got the keys and were so excited to head to our new house. Then, Dan told me he had to go in to “work” to help them solve a problem.
After impatiently waiting for him to get back, we finally headed to our house with one of our friends to enjoy our new home. Dan sent me to grab something from the car and when I came back in, he was down on one knee with the most beautiful RING POP! Our friend was recording the whole thing. I assumed they were just having a joke proposal since we knew we didn’t have money to be spending after we’d just bought the new house. After asking if he was serious about 20 times, he called over our dog Tito who had a beautiful diamond engagement ring tied around his neck. It turns out he WAS serious!
My Nana makes stockings for everyone in my family when they’re born or when they marry into the family. It’s frequently a wedding gift when someone marries into the family and it’s a really sweet tradition. Every year it’s hung on the mantle, and every year from my Nana we all get the same things in our stockings- a new toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer from bath and body works, and some scotch tape. One year, I asked my mom if I could have my stocking at my house and she told me I couldn’t have it until I was settled into a home and married so that I wouldn’t lose it, and she never let me have it! My own stocking!
On Christmas morning, we were opening presents with his family. Chris pulled out my Nana stocking after everything else was opened. Inside was a new toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works, scotch tape, and a ring box. It was the sweetest thing anyone had ever done for me. My mom of course knew about the proposal because she gave him the stocking a few days before. Calling her afterwards and pretending that nothing happened was super fun. I told her that I got a really nice food processor for Christmas and she tried so hard not to spill the beans!
We were at a Halloween convention in St. Louis and we went to City Museum. He took me to my favorite section, the caverns, and we crawled through a dark tunnel. He dropped a ring pop along the way and I saw it and said “someone left their trash in here.” He had me grab it anyways. When I got out of the tunnel he went into his speech, got down on one knee, and proposed! Then he turned on his head lamp so I could see the ring better. It was very hard keeping it a surprise.
Only three people knew it was going to happen and even then, they didn’t know when or how. The goal was to make it a complete surprise, so he couldn’t tell anyone. He knew where he wanted to do it, but left the exact time up to when it felt right. Mike spent half the night chasing me around the convention, so it was hard to nail down a plan for the proposal! He waited, saw his opportunity, and took it.