Sep 02, 2012


Will you marry me?

A couple quick backstories before getting into the details of the proposal. FI had bought me a necklace from a local jeweler back in our hometown one year for Valentine's Day. I gave it to him to take back up there to get fixed because a piece was coming loose. Also, FI and I had talked about getting married a lot and he had even "proposed" a bunch of times using the twist tie off the bread bag, a friend's cocktail ring, anything really except the real thing! lol. and every time I told him, you know I want to but we aren't actually engaged until you have a real ring that I can wear on my finger forever. Ok so now the story......

We hadn't seen each other for a week, him up north with his family and me downstate with mine. We both drove home in a blizzard and it was terrible. I was trying to talk him out of driving in it and just to come back the following day. He kept insisting on coming home that night anyway and kept assuring me he'd be safe. I got home just shortly before him and all I was focused on was settling back into being home. Unloading the cars, unpacking, etc. He came in, plugged in the Christmas lights and lit a fire - I thought nothing of this because it was our usual routine.

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So FI was telling me that the jeweler needed a couple weeks to get the necklace fixed. I was pretty sad because it was my favorite necklace and I wore it all the time. FI anticipated this reaction and said "but I got you something else." Of course I perked up (not thinking it was a ring). He then came over to me, grabbed my hand and led me over by the tree. While he's doing this I'm thinking "oooo maybe a bracelet or some cute earrings. Did he hide it under the tree already?" Completely not even thinking of a proposal even though we had talked about it a ton. He honestly couldn't have picked a better time to surprise me with a proposal. So he already had my hand in his and he asked me to close my eyes (I was getting excited but he asks me to close my eyes for surprises a lot, so still I wasn't catching on). When he told me to open my eyes he was down on one knee with the ring box open, still holding my hand so I had no idea his position changed. Will you marry me photo 2

"Ashley, will you marry me?" Me:"Are you serious? (I was in shock because I thought he was joking again at first)" FI: "Yes Ashley, (a quick glance at the ring in hand) will you marry me?" Me:"YES!!!"

I don't remember when he put the ring on my finger, if it was right away or after we hugged and kissed.Will you marry me photo 3

I remember him standing in front of me and I kept hugging him tight then pushing him back enough to look at him and looking at him with a puzzled, shocked and amazind look my face, kissing him and then hugging him again.

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I just didn't even know what to do. I was so happy to finally be really engaged! I of course cried a little too. Then, lol, I made him re-enact the proposal so I could take pictures!! HAHA. I have no idea why I requested this and he thought I was crazy but happily obliged. After about an hour of cuddling, hugging, kissing and taking pictures we started making all of the phone calls. We were simultaneously calling people, swapping our phones back and forth, it was comical. And I learned everything about the events leading up to the proposal. He had asked my dad for my hand in marriage months earlier and my dad was anxiously waiting for him to do it. FI didn't want to charge my ring though, so he was saving for a specific ring. Then he wasn't able to pay for it by the time he wanted it. His birthday is Dec 2 and he wanted to propose for his birthday - he said "What better birthday gift than you agreeing to marry me?" AWWWWWW. So anyway, when he couldn't get that ring in time he decided he didn't want to wait much longer and picked out a different ring. He did this the day he went up north so his entire family saw my ring and knew he was going to propose. And I guess he was trying to figure out when and how he was going to do it that whole time. He told me afterward that when he got home and saw me he decided he didn't want to wait and he wanted to just propose that night. It was spontaneous and perfect. Just us. Nothing orchestrated or elaborate. But still very romantic with the Christmas lights, crackling fire, and the fact that we hadn't seen each other in a week. Plus I was surprised!! So, this entire time I had not even paid attention to the ring!! It wasn't until my aunt asked me about the ring when I called to tell her we were engaged. "I was like, oh my gosh I don't even know! I haven't even looked at it!" So then I looked at it for the first time while describing it to her and I was very happy. 

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(4) Comments

What a great proposal, and beautiful ring!

Beautiful ring! What a great proposal!

Gorgeous ring!! ANd super sweet!!

Such a sweet proposal and gorgeous bling.