Hello everyone and welcome to my weekly ROMANCE SPOTLIGHT! Jami from Young Wife's Guide is here to share her engaement story with us. I hope you will take a minute to read it and be sure to stop by her blog and say hi! Take it away Jami!
In August 2008 when I was 18 years old and my boyfriend was 20 we both moved 8 hours away from our family to attend college. I was starting as a freshman and he was transferring in as a junior. I lived in the dorms on campus and he lived in an apartment on campus.
We had talked about marriage already. We had started talking about the ring and we settled on the idea that I would pick out 5 different rings that I loved and he would make the final decision to surprise me. Well after shopping around I ended up deciding on the one ring I loved.
So I knew what ring I was getting, that we planned on getting married the next summer, and that he was probably itching to propose. I just didn't know when this would happen and my boyfriend played that up as much as he could.
We were at Disneyland one night (we had a season pass) and my boyfriend surprised me with a reservation at The Blue Bayou, and adorably romantic (and expensive!!) restaurant inside the Pirate's of the Caribbean ride. I had always wanted to go here and just knew that this meant I was getting engaged that night!
I started planning right away that after he proposed we would go buy the mickey and minnie wedding hats and get a picture taken there...only he didn't propose. Dinner came and went. We finished dinner and the first thing he asks me if if I thought it was going to happen tonight.
He was trying to throw me off the trail! He purposefully wanted me to think he was proposing just so he could surprise me more! Well it worked.
Fast forward a month and we had a Friday off of school. So we loaded up my car and hit the road for 8 hours to visit our family for the first time since moving away to college. It was a special weekend since we hadn't seen our family in so long.
On Saturday of that weekend we decided to go to the River to play frisbee which we had done so many times before. I was NOT expecting a proposal here. We get there and my boyfriend tries to talk me into going on a walk just the two of us down by the river.
I'm a bit irritated with him at this moment. Why would I go on a walk with just you when we are here to spend time with family?? (I don't know why I didn't see it coming).
So his family encourages us that it's fine, they are going to warm up so we should go for a quick walk. We head off down a beautiful trail next to the river and halfway down my boyfriend grabs my hand, spins me around and is on one knee.
I took one look at him and said "You're joking". Remember, he had tricked me before! I really thought he was just messing with me again. But no, this time he pulls out a ring and asked "Will you marry me?"
Of course I said yes, I cried, we sat by the river for a few minutes so happy to be engaged and then walked back to his family waiting there with sparkling cider and yummy treats to celebrate.
By the river where he proposed.
We got engaged October 17, 2008 and exactly 7 months later on May 17, 2009 we were married. I was 19 and he was 21. It was the best decision of our lives and we are so happy to get to spend these young years together!
On Our Wedding Day
Thanks Jami! Loved it!
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