I'm not going to lie the proposal wasn't this huge surprise. He popped the question on January 15, 2011, we had found out about 6 weeks prior that instead of moving to Florida and starting our lives together again Luke would be deploying, plus we had already started the research and planning phase. He flew me out to North Carolina to visit him for his birthday and before he left. I have to say Luke did a great job trying to plan a cute way to pop the question, but unfortunately I missed the memo to not ruin things!
It was a really pretty day and he took me down to New Bern, his favorite town he had found in NC, it reminded him of home. We use to always go to coffee shops when we both lived in Corvallis so the first plan was to tape my ring onto my coffee cup, too bad they didn't have a public restroom so there was no way for him to attach the ring without me seeing.
Onto Plan B! We ended up leaving the coffee shop and walking along the lake, it was pretty warm for January and all the ducks were out. Usually I insist on putting my hand in Luke's pocket when we're taking walks and usually Luke tells me (jokingly) to get my own pocket! Well Luke put the ring in his pocket for me to find when I would go to put my hand in his pocket. This was probably one the and only time I didn't put my hand in his pocket! After about a 2 hour walk the path ended and we had to turn around, he finally just pulled out the ring and asked the big question! After saying yes he proceeded to tell me how I ruined both Plans A and B! Oops!
Although it didn't go according to his plan it was still perfect! =)