Countdown to “I Do”: Part Two
Countdown to “I Do”: Part Two
For those of you who missed it, I made a pretty big announcement last week, right here on the blog. I would highly suggest you go check it out (link to part 1) before reading on, because seriously – it’s big stuff!
Now, where were we? Oh yeah! I promised I would share with all of you the story of our actual proposal.
Because who doesn’t love a good proposal story?
Ryan and I have been together for two and a half years. Our relationship is good. It always has been. We fit really well together and the reality is, I knew a proposal would come eventually. We both did. It was one of those things we had been talking about for a while.
It was just a given that some day, we would get married.
What I did not expect, however, was for him to propose to me on his birthday this past May.
That’s right. He completely caught me off guard with his proposal by choosing to do it on the last day I would have expected. I mean, his birthday is supposed to be all about him, right? It certainly wasn’t when I expected him to “get down on one knee” and make me feel special.
Something you should know about both Ryan and I is that we aren’t really the drippy romantic types. That’s just not our style. We’re much more silly and we both have dry senses of humor. You’re more likely to catch us teasing and being sarcastic than whispering a lot of sweet nothings to each other.
So that was kind of how we were interacting with each other that day. I hadn’t picked up on his incessantly talking about wanting to go to the Santa Monica pier at all – I saw no romance in it, I just figured, “Sure, sounds good, let’s go.”
Once we had the pier in sight, he started getting all kinds of excited about riding the Ferris wheel. Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of rides and never have been. I don’t like anything with drops involved. Twists & turns, great! Space Mountain? Any day! Falling down the front of a Ferris wheel… not so much. I’m also pretty stubborn when I set my mind to something, so even though it was his birthday – I repeatedly refused his requests to go on that Ferris wheel with him.
What can I say? I clearly don’t pick up well on romantic hints.
Eventually he gave up, opting for plan B: proposing under the pier.
What’s funny is that I have come to believe this is a pretty common experience. When interviewing wedding couples, I almost always ask couples about their engagement story. And 9 times out of 10, the person being proposed to somehow screws up plan A and the proposer has to do some quick thinking to come up with a solid plan B.
So at least I’m not alone in ruining that initial romantic plan.
Besides, I kind of loved our moment under the pier. And of course, I immediately said, “yes”.
After sharing those private moments together, the first people we told were our immediate families. From there, we told our friend Dina who had helped Ryan with his plan. And finally, we posted the obligatory Facebook announcement.
And now, we are engaged and planning our “I Do’s”!!! No matter how many weddings I have been a part of, there is definitely something very different (and ultimately, way more exciting) about planning my own big day. An experience I absolutely intend to share more of with you in the weeks to come.
So stick around, there are still exciting details to unfold!