“ Proposal Story ” by pennypretty
The FI currently lives in Virginia and I live on Long Island. We've been long distance for most of our relationship but we make it work. Here's our proposal story.
I flew down to Virginia Friday night for the weekend. Jason picked me up and we had some dinner out but nothing special. Came home and Jason wanted to watch the Princess Bride. (Which in hindsight should have been a huge give away since he
doesn't often volunteer to watch movies he'd rather play a game or go out and do something.) But I love the Princess Bride, in fact I can recite it word for word (I'm not proud), so it's not like I was going to say
no to watching it.
He started the movie and said he needed to re-wrap his knee (he has a softball
injury so this wasn't really odd). The copy of the movie he had though was awful, the sound was a good 3-seconds off and I was about to go find Jason and refuse to continue watching it but I figured I'd just wait for him to get back.
So cue to me, sitting in the living room watching the beginning of the movie well into the part where the kid is asking his grandpa if "This is a kissing book?", and somewhere along the scene this photo of us popped up (->). We took it in
Canada when we were there on Spring Break junior year. It's probably one of the only photos we have of the two of us on the day we got together (3/11/06).
At first I thought that he had been streaming the movie from his computer and his screen saver had turned on but then the song "Say Hey" started playing and that's kind of our song I
guess. The first time I came down to Virginia to visit after Jason moved here we were stuck in traffic from Norfolk to Newport News (big shocker!) and the song came on the radio and we started singing it to each other. This turned into us txting lyrics
to each other every once in awhile and it just developed from there.
Anyway...this photo montage started up of us throughout the years and he popped out of the bedroom wearing a suit and singing along a little to the song and that's when I knew I was done for. After we finished watching the little photo show he
took a knee and asked me to marry him.
It was adorable. I'm still laughing (giddily) about it.
So those of you who are wondering, no I didn't cry. I was too busy laughing. But for those of you who know me really really really well, you'll know that when I'm excited or terrified I laugh. (It's kind of amusing
to sit next to me on a roller coaster, I spend the whole time giggling like a school girl.)
The ring is perfect (ArtCarved Kayla) and has Nanny's diamond in it which Jason secretly got from Mom and Dad back in February! Apparently the weekend of his grandfather's funeral, after we drove to my house and we sent his three cousins off on the train, I had to
get to work (gotta love that second job!) and Jason and I said goodbye so he could start back down to VA he didn't actually go anywhere!
The sneaky little devil drove off at the same time and then doubled back after I was on my way to the store so he could ask my parent's permission. According to Jason my Dad had Nanny's ring in his pocket because he "thought he might be asking
for it". My Dad is almost as sneaky as Jason is!
A little additional backstory here: My grandmother's engagement ring was split between my mother and my aunt. My mom got the diamond and my aunt got the setting. My aunt has been proudly wearing the setting for years
but my mother was waiting to reset the diamond until this year. In fact my mom has been really excited about getting that diamond into a new setting since her engagement ring has a chip in it and although I can't see the damage it bothers her and
she doesn't wear it.
When my sister got engaged Mom thought I was so upset that Julibean (three years my younger) got engaged before I did. She knew that Jason and I were waiting till we were both financially stable enough which could be
surmised as we were waiting for Jason to have a full time job instead of a contract position that could expire at any time.
So cue to my mother and my grandmother worried that I was so upset that Julibean and Chris got engaged first. In reality, I don't take much personally. I was super happy for my sister, and Chris makes her happy and
to me that's all that's important. If she is happy I am happy and I don't care if she got engaged first. But since my mother is someone who takes a lot personally, she thought I was upset.
Mom and Nanny both agreed (at the same time allegedly) that I should get Nanny's diamond so it was one less thing we had to worry about. I knew exactly how much this diamond meant to my mother. She was literally
waiting for years until she lost some weight and got healthy again with skinny little fingers to get the diamond set into a new ring, so I knew it was sort of a prize at the end for her. The fact that she still wanted me to have it just makes me want to
cry. And the fact that Poppy bought this diamond for Nanny is also really important to me given how close we were. He spent his entire GI Bill on Nanny's ring after the War. So special.more »
“ A lil' of Me & a lil' of him.... ” by JennyReyes092510
I grew up in Boston, MA and I'm the youngest of three girls. My family is originally from the Dominican Republic so I have an
appreciation of both my American and Dominican culture. My family means the world to me and I absolutely adore my nieces and nephews. I'm looking forward to sharing our special day with all my loved ones.
Charles is originally from Newport News Virginia. Although he is not a New Englander at heart things quickly changed when he met the love of his
life, ME. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Health Care Management. He loves playing football and spending time with his 8-year old daughter, Makayla. Charles is a family man who always puts family first. He too is looking forward to sharing
our special day with loved ones.
“ new page ” by caramelkiss
Kysii was born in Atlanta, GA and moved to Newport News VA at a very young age. He currently has 3 brothers, Rahsaan, Ade,
and Ripley Jr, and 2 sisters, LaTonya Bryant and Ayesha Brooks. He finished his high school in Newport News where he was involved in school politics as the Class president for several years and also was active in the schools band from junior
high through College. He moved to Atlanta and finished Morehouse College with a Business Administration degree and concentration in Finance.
For over 15 years, Kysii has worked in Information Technology mostly doing software and
hardware support. Most people that know him say he has a passion for technology and computers. He loves being a resource to his family and friends and is very often called upon for information, advice, opinion, or a listening ear.
Kysii owns a marketing/graphics/webdesign company, Wholeteam Enterprises, who was also instrumental in putting on an annual music event, The Midatlantic Music Conference who has run their event for over 8 years.
He has 1
daughter, Imani, who is currently 8 years old and she is active in dance and art.
Kysii's interests and hobbies, are based around music, watching movies, watching sports, cooking, and computers.
Kysii would like to one day share a
business with Angela and create generational wealth for their future family and close friends.
Angela was born in Aberdeen Mississippi and spent most of her childhood there before locating to Columbus, Mississippi where she finished her high
school years. She attended Mississippi State for some of her college years and earned her Bachelors Degree at Strayer University in Atlanta. more »
Angela is the oldest of 2 sisters, Marlana and Cassandra and 3 brothers, Jonathan,
Timothy, and Jason who look up to her as a mother figure, for which she assisted her hard working mother, Florence in raising.
She spent most of her adult life between Rochester, NY and Cobb County Georgia.
She has 2 sons,
Devyn who is currently 15 years old and Kyle who is 10 years old. Both of her sons are active in the church where she attends, Destiny World in Austell, GA.
She currently resides in Ball Ground, GA a city in northern Cherokee
County. She works as a marketing coordinator for the Zep Corporation, where she shares her colorful insight for the retail division.
Angela is surrounded by her loving immediate family who reside in Cobb and Douglas
counties. They look to her as a nucleus amongst the siblings and her family is often enteraining socially several weekends of the month. She is very family oriented and thus She is very popular amongst her nieces and nephews. Several months of the
year she will host niece and nephew night, where 10 or more kids will fill her house with delightful glee!
Angela's hobbies are shopping, reading, family time, exercising, watching movies, sleeping, listening to music, and supporting
Oprah's endeavors! Amongst her favorite tv shows are most Crime Scene investigation shows, investigative reporting shows, The Housewives of Atlanta, and she's developing into a pretty good Football and Basketball fan's
She is spiritually grounded, believing that God is the head of her life and that she will unite with Kysii in forming a spirit led Household that will guide
everyone into living their fullest potential and destiny.
“ :::**The Wedding Proposal**::: ” by PLD
Date: November 22, 2008
Location: Newport News City Center
Jesse surprised me by telling me we were going to try a new restaurant. Instead, he took me to the fountains and read me a sweet poem he had written me. Then voila, he got down on one knee and proposed! Although the pictures are blurry, we are
so grateful a friend was hiding in the background and snapped some pictures of us :)