Tuesday night was a night that changed our lives forever! Most of you all know that I recently gave Emily an engagement ring, but most of you don't know the story. So here it is.
After my parents planned to give me the ring, I decided it would be respectful to contact Emily's parents and tell them my plans. I spoke with her mom and told her I was giving Emily a ring, told her what it was for, and where it was coming from. After that conversation, I felt confident in my decision to give Emily this ring. We had the love and support from our friends and family and it was time for me to show her my commitment.
I decided Tuesday 6 July was the day. It was a random, spontaneous day and she wouldn't have suspected anything. I had been thinking for months about what I wanted to do, how I wanted to do it, and what I wanted to say. So I chose something that wasn't too out of character for me. Something simple and sweet.
Then I called the flower shop down the road and asked if they had sunflowers in stock (in Southern FL, they sell out immediately) and as luck would have it, they had some left! They are Em's favorite flower so I got a small bouquet and brought it home. I whipped up some raw veggie and cheese kabobs along with some sliced strawberries, wine, and beer and packed a cooler and waited impatiently for her to get home! When I saw her getting out of her car, my heart was pounding in my chest and I was extremely nervous (which if any of you really know me, I don't get nervous about much).
When Emily got home, I told her I had a surprise for her. She was surprised with the flowers (which she loved) and I told her we'd be going to the beach for a picnic. When she asked why (which I knew she would), I told her we were having a picnic since we didn't get to celebrate the 4th of July since we were in airports and on planes all day. And of course she believed it.
The weather at the beach could not have been more perfect. It was a beautiful evening despite being hazy and overcast, but at least the hot sun wasn't beating down on us. The water was calm, the breeze was cool and there weren't many people at the beach. So we ate the kabobs and strawberries and drank our alcohol, just relaxing at the beach. We were talking about what we did at work that day and then I said "You know what else I did at work today? I wrote you a letter." She proceeded to call me a dork but read it anyway.
I then told her I had something else for her. She grinned and was in disbelief that I had one more thing to give her. I pulled the ring box out of my pocket and gave it to her. She said "What is it?" I told her to open it (which she had a hard time figuring out the antique ring box) but when she got it open, she took out the ring and asked again "what is it?"
My heart sank. She was crying and I thought I had ruined everything! I knelt on the sand by her and hugged her, asking her if the tears were good or bad tears. Turns out, they were happy tears. She looked at the ring again and I told her I loved her and asked her if she'd marry me someday, somewhere, somehow. She laughed through her tears and said yes!
So that's the story! We sincerely apologize that we didn't/couldn't call everyone to tell them the same exact story. We basically only had time to talk to immediate family and after we put it on FB, the phone calls started pouring in! It has been overwhelming and we've been busy the past few days! Using the Internet is truly the best way to spread news fast!
For those of you who have asked or are wondering, no, we do not have any current "wedding" plans for numerous reasons.
1. We cannot legally get married in our state, or approximately 44 other states for that matter.
2. We do not have the savings/money for any ceremony just yet.
3. We are fine with having a long "engagement" and whenever we do decide to start making plans, we will let everyone know. It would be more of a commitment ceremony than anything.
Emily, your "yes" has made me the happiest woman in the world. I will love you forever.