Romantic Engagement Stories
Real Romantic Engagement Stories...
October 23, 2013
Submitted by: Heather McFarlin
San Francisco to Connecticut - Corey and I met by chance one evening as I finished a nursing shift at UCSF in San Francisco. I went to pick up Thai food and there he was eating dinner. We had a conversation that ultimately led to our dating via long distance between Maine and California for 10 months. We then moved together to Connecticut where we have been living since June. Truly we found the love of our lifetimes. Last Sunday he took me to a John Legend concert and the midst of our favorite song he proposed to me! I of course said yes and now we are planning a winter 2013 wedding!! The message here is that dreams do come true :)
October 17, 2013
Submitted by: Angela
Best day of my life - 2010 was the year we got engaged. I was pregnant with our 2nd child, due in Aug. My mother passed away in June and my grandmother passed away the morning I went into the hospital to deliver. Chris knew that I was beyond stressed and sad, but tried to remain healthy so our baby was not harmed. He proposed in the delivery room after our baby was presented to us after the C section. As new parents, you check the fingers and toes, our son had a ring clenched in his fist. We plan on getting married 12/31/2014.
October 9, 2013
Submitted by: Shari
I met the love of my life May 14,2012.We had our first date after working all night.That night he told me he had been watching me for a while at the gym. He told me at that moment he knew he wanted to share some time with me. I laughed and said "Thank You",knowing he wasn't my type.
Fast forward - the date is September 14th,2013. We were going out on the town to celebrate our first date anniversary. I leaned over to check the gas needle, because he never has gas. We drove to the gas station where he told me that if I would marry him he would never be on empty again. I smiled and said "sure". He presented me with an empty box.
We drove to the place where we had our first kiss, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him again. He gave me a bag that had the same name on the box, and then we went to a block party. I wondered, what is wrong with this guy? After the party we drove to the place where we had our first date. HE hopped out the car to come over and open the door. He opened the door and fell to one to one knee. He said"BABE if you'll spend the rest of your life with me it will make me the fullest man alive, and he presented me with the ring.
I said "the third times a charm, I guess". Smile. Here we are planning our wedding! HE WAS MY TYPE AND I DIDNT KNOW IT.. HE'S MY SOUL MATE..
September 23, 2013
Submitted by: Gail Henn
A historical engagement - I was planning to move in with my boyfriend, and purchased a home for us to live in together. We selected and purchased new paint, and set aside a weekend in which to repaint three rooms before the carpet people came to redo the flooring. Saturday evening, after painting all day, my boyfriend excused himself to cook dinner. He set up a small table and chairs on the front porch, one of the features that drew us to the house, along with some appetizers, a bottle of wine, and our dinner.
Afterward, under the light of the full moon, he told me he had some gifts for me...and one by one pulled out small tiles with glass bottles attached to them, eight in all. Each one had a location on it that we had visited, along with a quote or memory pertaining to that location, and inside each bottle a remembrance...some sand from Hawaii, seashells from Key West, mud from a race we ran together on a rainy day...The second to last jar had our new address on it, and an empty bottle for us to fill with memories. The last tile had a box mounted to it, and inside that was a beautiful diamond engagement ring...at which time he nervously got down on one knee and popped the question!
August 5, 2103
Submitted by: Ashley Hackett
Good things come to those who wait - After dating and living together for 5 years, I knew my boyfriend had to be ready eventually to propose! After receiving a big job offer phone call on a Friday, I excitedly came home to my boyfriend and new puppy. When I opened the door what I saw was hundreds of rose petals lined with candles creating a path through our apartment. There was no sign of him or the puppy, simply a note saying follow the rose path. I did what I was told, and made my way along the path from the door, through the kitchen, living room, and finally around the corner to the bedroom where he was standing and waiting. After a very beautiful and meaningful confession of his love he finally popped the big question. There was nothing left to say, but YES!
February 11, 2013
Submitted by: Jessica
HS Sweethearts--True Love - My Fiance` and I have known eachother over 10 years. We met in 9th grade and quickly became a couple. We dated all through HS and shared in so many moments big and small throughout those 4 years that we will never forget. First kiss, prom, lazy summers at the beach, graduation you name it we've been through it together. We took some time during college to explore our own lives but wound up back together after college graduation.
We had been steadily dating since then and shared in our first apt together. After almost 2 years in our apt on Dec 23rd 2012 the big night finally came. I was dropped of from the movies to open my apt door and find the staircase leading up to our apt filled with candles, rose petals and the best part--notes, cards, pictures and momentos from all the years we had been together that he saved. Every step told a story from a different part of our life, leading from the beginning,all the way to the top step with a picture from a recent trip to DR. At the top of the stairs he was down on one knee and and our entire apt was twinkling in white lights and candles. I was a ball of tears and his nerves were evident too but it was so special being in our first apt reliving eveything that made us such a strong couple! It was a very, very special christmas that year.
January 20, 2013
Submitted by: Nikki Guardiano
My Proposal Story - My boyfriend Anthony had invited me up to his medical school for the weekend to attend a formal dinner dance. The day of the dance, he had a "group meeting" to go to and left me in the apartment to wait out the meeting. 10 minutes after he left, I heard a knock at the door. When I went to answer it, it was a friend of his, dressed in a suit and bow tie holding an antique suitcase. The friend came in and put the suitcase down telling me "I have no idea what is in this suit case, but only you can open it".
I opened the suit case to find 1,000 origami paper cranes inside with a note that said "Clue #1". I opened up the waxed sealed note and read the letter inside. It revealed that in some Asian cultures if someone makes you 1,000 origami paper cranes, you are granted a large wish. The letter then went on to tell me the significance of the number 1,000 in many other cultures and its meanings of good health, fortune and happiness. This was my boyfriend's gift to me to start our journey together in life.
The letter went on to read " I am sorry there is no dance but don't worry you still get to wear your dress! You have 25 minutes to get dressed, pack a suitcase and be at location number 2." Clues for location number 2 were provided. I got dressed in my red dress and cape and drove to the school campus for location number 2. It was the spot where we first start dating 6 years ago. Standing there was another one of his friends in a full suit and bow tie. He was holding clue number 2 which describes how my boyfriend had been feeling the first time we had been in this spot together and how he knew he wanted to marry me even back then. The letter then gave clues to spot number 3.
I walked to spot number 3 through our old college campus reliving many of the walks we used to take together. When I got to the next location, there was yet another one of his friends waiting for me with an envelope. The next letter reminisced about one of our first dates together and an inside joke about lemons and limes we still remember to this day. I was then off to the next location, a 30 minute drive outside of the city to a restaurant where we celebrate all of our special occasions.
On the way there, I played a playlist on an iPod I had received in the original suitcase with clue #1. It had special love songs that we had sang together throughout the years of our dating. When I finally got to the restaurant, I was so ready to say yes, I could almost cry....but there were no cars there. I checked the restaurant door and it was locked. I then knocked on the restaurant door thinking that it may just be some type of joke and spoke to the manager. He asked how he could help me and I told him I was expecting to meet someone there and that I had gotten this letter and I thought I was going to be proposed to (Yes, I showed him the letter and was all dressed up at this point!!) The manager looked at me like I was crazy and asked me to please come back when the restaurant opened in an hour!! For the next 10min I sat in my car not sure what to do-- I had the awful thought that maybe he had gotten cold feet.
A few LONG minutes later, a girl pulled up next to me and frantically explained that the friend who was supposed to meet me in this location had gotten the wrong spot and if I followed her, I could go to the final destination--an inn next door. I went to the inn and they told me a room number so I walked through the main garden which was illuminated with christmas lights and a stream running through a snow covered path and went to the furthest room. Upon entering, I found my boyfriend on one knee with 75 roses all around the room because we had dated for 75 months. He was playing the song that had played during our first kiss and had our favorite bottle of wine waiting for us! He proposed and I of course said YES!!
It was not an easy adventure but one that was well worth the ending! I got to relive many of our special moments together and really got the chance to fully commit to him (and consider life without him!!)...it was truly and unforgettable epic experience and one that I will never forget.
January 20, 2013
Submitted by: Corey Marie Gleisberg
Miss - Hello, my name is Corey Gleisberg. I am a 34 year old woman and I have an incredible story I would like to share. I met a man, Mitchell, about two years ago who proposed to me on Christmas eve. You should know that I am in a wheelchair, I have a degenerative auto-immune disease. The first time I met Mitch I was sitting with a table in front of me and he didn't notice the wheelchair before he noticed my smile.
We have struggled, my disease has progressed, as we knew it would when we started dating. Our third date was spent in the emergency room. I fell in love with Mitchell then, when he stayed by my side on that third date. He knew he loved me the moment he saw me, I didn't know that until he proposed. He has not left my side, even now that I have a feeding tube and am even less mobile, he sees my gorgeous spirit beneath my failing body.
Near the end of last year he asked our family friend for advice on how or whether to ask me to marry him. I had been through an anguished divorce that coincided with my diagnosis, so marriage was not a subject I often spoke of. My friend not only suggested he go ahead and ask for my hand, she presented him with her own engagement ring to give me. You see, right now I am completely disabled and I am too young to receive some of the benefits an older person in my situation would receive, I have no family here and Mitchell had been laid off, so a ring was not anything I ever expected.
The day before Christmas eve he took his last paycheck to pay for the sizing and the owners of the jewelry store gave Mitch the ring, they wouldn't take any money and just said Merry Christmas. Of course I knew none of this, and on Christmas eve when Mitchell asked me if he could try to cheer me up from my Christmas blues with just one gift I conceded, I had NO IDEA my world would change so soon.
I closed my eyes and opened my mouth, as instructed...assuming I was getting a homemade caramel candy from our friends...I heard "open your eyes" in a shaky voice. Eyes wide and mouth wider my eyes were greeted with a beautiful ring encased in a navy blue velvet box in the trembling palm of my more beautiful topaz blue eyed partner,on one knee, fretting my response when he asked..."will you marry me"?
I squealed yes and he hopped up and embraced me. I heard the rest of the story from my friend, who gifted us this symbol of our engagement. I lived in Sharon before moving into an apartment that is accessible here, in Somers Connecticut. I would love to come back and have a winter wedding in that area- the northwest corner, the mountains and crystal draped trees are what I miss most about living there.
I hope this story at least inspires you, as it has me, Mitchell and our family friend and even the jewelers have all given me a little more hope to move forward along this journey. Thank you for reading my story.
January 3, 2013
Submitted by: April Hanna
My engagement story - We are an older couple. I have 3 children. He has no children, never been engaged or married. We have been dating long distance for over a year. I was living in PA and he lives in CT. We bought a house that needed to be gutted and redone in CT. We spent three months redoing the house along with my father and his father.
On the day we moved from my condo in PA to our new home in CT he proposes in the kitchen of our new home. It was a new beginning for both of us. And we couldn't be happier.
December 15, 2012
Submiited by: Gina Arnone
Lies to Surprise It's a night I'll never forget. It all began Tuesday before Thanksgiving (I remember because my friend Darren was helping me pick up a table and chairs for my first Thanksgiving in our new house). Darren tells his wife that he won a limo in a raffle for the night of Sat. the 8th. Jenn is always winning stuff, so no surprise there. He mentions they can't use it and don't want it to go to waste, so they're giving it to us. Excited, I tell my boyfriend, Pedro, about it and ask another couple if they're free so we can all go out.
Unfortunately, they're not free so I ask Pedro if he just wants to make it a date night. He agrees and I ask him to plan it. Later, just after Thanksgiving my Uncle offers us his season tickets to the Celtics. He and his two sons are all busy and the man who usually buys them can't go. "A Gift" he says. At first I decline because I'm excited for the date night, but after a little questioning from him (Pedro is a HUGE C's fan and we never pass up tickets) I ask Pedro. He replies that we should never pass on free tickets and that he'll have to change a few things around but it should work. As the day gets closer, he won't tell me anything about the date night, except he adds in that the other couple I originally asked was going to meet us after the game at Faneuil Hall and then we'd go to this new club our friend from college promotes at. All sounds good to me.
I'm excited for our big night out so when Saturday rolls around I ask around to my girlfriends and see if anyone wants to hit the mall for a mani-pedi and some shopping (any excuse to buy a new outfit after all). No one was available so I indulged myself.
Five o'clock came and the limo arrived. We took it into Town to start the night with dinner at Green Street in Cambridge, MA. It's a nice little restaurant that is questionable from the outside but very lovely inside. The food was delicious and the presentation was great! We enjoyed our meals, talking and laughing, and keeping an eye on the time so we could catch the C's. It was almost time for the game so he paid the check and we were on our way. Back into the limo over to the TD Garden. The Celtics game was great (they played the 76s). We've gone many times before and always have a good time. When the game was over we made our way back to the limo and headed over to Faneuil Hall.
When we got there Pedro told me we were going to walk around and wait for our friends (much to my dismay, I would have rather waited in the warmth of whatever bar we were going to). As we're walking he randomly stops. Surrounded by the beauty of the holiday lights and the bustle of a Saturday night in Boston he drops to his knee and asks me to marry him. Overcome with joy and love of course I said yes. He slips the ring on my finger and we hug and kiss, lost in our own little moment. It's then I hear the few people in the distance who caught the whole thing clapping and the constant clicking of a camera. He had hired a photographer to capture the moment! We continued to celebrate in our own little world and then took some posed photos to get a complete keepsake from the night.
It doesn't stop here though. We weren't really meeting the other couple here, they were waiting for us at the nightclub. Back in the limo we go and over to Cure. We say hi to our friend who's promoting - who promptly escorts us past the long line to get in, brings us downstairs and over to our VIP table where not only the other couple is waiting, but all of our friends! I had just seem most of them the night before and no one slipped to say they knew! We drank and danced and celebrated into the wee hours of the morning!
Turns out it was all a rouse! There was no raffle prize for the limo. Pedro had asked my uncle to offer us the tickets since I had previously told him I hated the idea of being proposed to in an arena. He wanted to be sure to throw me off track. Even the other couple that I originally asked to come with us in the limo made up an excuse for why they couldn't come with us. The detail behind every backstory was impressive. Even now, a week after it happened, I'm still connecting the dots on all the lies that were told to ensure I was surprised. Normally I would say lying is never acceptable, but with these lies to surprise I'm now the happiest girl on earth!!
December 10, 2012
Submitted by: Andrea Hernandez
I Didn't Even Get My EyeBrows Done! My fiance & I had been together for almost 5 years. We live together & had begun planning our future together. House, kids, everything except marriage. He's a Marriage-phobe to say the least. But he's EXTREMELY commited to me.
The week before, he casually mentioned goign to brunch that follwing weekend. This is normal behavior. We do this all the time. So there were no red flags. The day of, it's 90+ degrees and humid (we live in NYC). I put on something very casual & loose. He looked at me & said, "Andrea, I'm wearing a new shirt." That was my cue to change. he asked me to wear heels too. I obliged. Before we left the house he aske me if I was going to do my eyebrows. Umm... No. They're fine.
We get to the restaurant. Very fun, very Loud, very trendy. We order our meal. He barely ate his food. I couldn't understand what was wrong. He kept fiddling with his phone. And standing it up against a water glass. He loves to tkae pics. I didn't see naything wrong with this either.
Dessert time! They bought out 2 menu's. I opened mine up & I immediately saw my name. The first page was a love letter from him to me telling me how much he appreciated me & loved me and was so happy that we'd shared so much these past few years. The second page listed all the things he couldn't wait to share with me in our futures. And the last line said, 'But before we can do all this, Andrea Hernandez, I need you to look up so that I can ask you a very important question'.
I lost it at that moment. I looked up to see this man on his knee, crying and holding a box with a ring in it. My favorite love song was playing in the restaurant (You're all I need -Marvin Gaye) and then the place erupted with applause and congratulations. He had planned this with the owner of the resaturant. From where we sat, to the menu to, the music change. Alot of what happened after I looked up is still a blur. But one of the things that I remember still is that I said to him, Oh My God, I didn't even get my eybrows done! And that is how I got engaged to my best friend 7/1/12.
December 8, 2012
Submitted by: Amy
Christmastime Proposal Jason and I met online through a dating website. We instantly "clicked" when we met. We love making each other laugh, watching football, playing with our dog and new kitten, and going to tag sales for a friendly competition of who can get the best deal.
On November 28th, 2012, Jason was home sick with the flu. He called me on my way home from work (little did I know he was gauging how long until I arrived home). He proceeded to talk my ear off while driving home.
Once I arrived home, he greeted me at the door and ushered me to the living room where he had our Christmas tree lit. He pointed to the top of the tree (which had no angel because ours had broken) which had a small wrapped present. He told me to go ahead and open the gift. I was hesitant because it wasn't Christmas. But he insisted. Inside the box was an ornament with two snowmen each with our names and 2012 in the center of the wreath. On the bottom of the ornament was a banner which said, "Will you marry me?". I turned around and Jason was on one knee with my ring. As he was telling me he loved me, there were tears in his eyes. It was so special and romantic. Of course I said YES!!
December 5, 2012
Submitted by: Kristen
Irish Romance. My fiancée Matt and I, from the beginning of our relationship, always said that as soon as he had enough vacation time we were going to go to Ireland together. I have family there and had traveled there two years prior. All I ever talked about was how amazing and beautiful it is there.
A year and a half into our relationship he finally received his extra week of vacation and before it was even official we had a two week trip to Ireland booked! We spent the first week touring the South and planned to spend the second week with my family. About three days into the trip, Matt was not feeling well. He could not really eat much, even though the food is amazing, and always felt nauseous on the bus rides.
On the fourth day he was worse and I started to worry he could not handle anymore bus rides and thinking he had severe motion sickness. That was the day we went to the Cliffs of Mohr, my absolute favorite view in Ireland (Matt knew that). When we got there, he said he had to run back to the bus for his coat because he was cold (he is never cold). He met me at the entrance and we walked up the long trail to the top. We stopped every so often to take pictures. At the top we took a few more and then Matt asked someone we had met on the tour to take a picture for us (something he would NEVER do).
We posed at the top and before the picture was taken he turned me toward him, dropped to one knee and proposed! The man taking our picture knew the plan because Matt had spoken to him that morning and he actually video taped the whole thing. It was absolutely perfect and a moment we will never forget. The nerves were all gone after that and Matt no longer had "motion sickness" the rest of the trip! Ireland was special to me before but now it holds an even bigger space in my heart!
November 29, 2012
Submitted by: Lauren Possee
Impromptu Proposal at the Dog Park. It was a typical Saturday for my now fiance, Rob, and I. We woke up, enjoyed a leisurely brunch at our favorite cafe, then took our dog, a handsome black Lab named Moose, to our local dog park here in Astoria, NY. The dog park sits on the East River, and has a gorgeous view of Manhattan.
Unbeknownst to me, Rob had purchased an engagement ring the day before. He later told me that he was planning on an elaborate proposal at a fancy restaurant, with a speech (even a poem) prepared. However, on our way out the door to the dog park, he ran back inside our apartment to "grab his hat". He also grabbed the ring, on the off chance there was a good moment to pop the question.
Without even knowing it, I fed him the perfect script. While at the dog park, I said to him, "So, I know we're not engaged yet, but do you want to plan our wedding for fun?" So, we took a nice, long walk in Astoria Park, our dog in tow, and discussed the fun details of our... so I thought... fictional wedding. We discussed who would be in our wedding parties, our preference of cupcakes vs. a wedding cake, even possibilities of who would perform the ceremony.
I was just having a goofy Saturday afternoon, I had NO idea he had a ring in his pocket! After about thirty minutes or so of "wedding planning", Rob turns to me and says, "Well, it sounds like you have everything figured out. There's only one thing left to do." Then, he got down on one knee, and pulled out the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen, and said, "Will you marry me?" I have never been more shocked in my life! The moment was so surreal. "Seriously? Wait SERIOUSLY?" I kept repeating. The moment seemed too perfect. Had he started this wedding conversation? No, it was me! "WILL you marry me?" he repeated, since I was too much in shock to answer him. "Yes!"
It was such a dream proposal because it was so true to who we are as a couple. A fancy restaurant, a poem... sounds ideal, but we found a much more romantic setting in our sweats, at the park with our dog, having an organic conversation about our future. We are so excited to start planning our wedding (for real this time!).
November 29, 2012
Submitted by: Amanda Poit
Love Story. Our day started well before sunrise. Brendan took our son and I on a road trip but did not tell us where we were going. We were headed South on the highway and I still had no idea where we were going. He had done this before and took us to The Empire State Building for the day.
We had arrived on the West Side of Manhattan, Brendan knew where he was parking and once we parked we began to walk. At this time the sun just started to come up. We were walking past Robert F Wagner Jr. Park and it was one of those breathtaking moments. The three of us just walked towards it. The sun was rising and in the distance was the Statue of Liberty. I started to take pictures of Brendan and our son as they walked towards this beautiful sight. Once I snapped a few I walked towards them. And then, within seconds Brendan was down on one knee, our son holding out his tiny hand and those five words I've dreamt about were asked," Amanda, will you marry me".
November 28, 2012
Submitted by: Candice Jensen
Coffee and a Ring. It started with coffee. Starbucks coffee. Then we went to the local little lake where we were planning to walk. It was just a couple days past Valentine's Day, and it was pretty cold out. So we are just starting to walk and I'm eyeballing the geese and ducks that are still hanging around when he asks me if we could sit on the bench for a minute.
"Sure", I say. "Why?" "I just want to talk to you for a minute", he tells me. So we sit down and he hands me a package. He had told me he had been waiting for my Valentine's gift to be ready, so I am guessing this must be it. I am smiling as I start to open it. Inside I see a small jewelry box. My heart starts getting a little fluttery as I open the box and see a ring box inside. I look at him. He says "This isn't just an engagement ring, this is a promise ring. It is a promise to you that I will always do the things that need doing to keep our relationship strong. I love you and I never want to lose you over some thing stupid, something that could have been prevented. Will you marry me?" I said YES! I was crying, I never cry, but this wonderful guy has shown me what it means to really truly be loved and respected and treated with respect. That day he was promising me he would keep loving me for exactly who I am and he would keep treating me with love and respect. The engagement ring he gave me? SO awesome and totally me-black diamonds!
November 21, 2012
Submitted by: Sarah
Family Surprise. Brian and I decided last minute to drive two hours to my parents house in Rhode Island to visit with some family friends that were here from the South. My sister, her husband and my niece were all there as well.
After a very nice meal outside on the deck, I start to clear dishes (what else does a good daughter do after being fed?). Brian comes outside along with the members of my family who were indoors at the time and tells me to put the dishes down. I give him a funny look since I was trying to clean up, and he asks me again.
I am still not getting the idea until I go to sit down and Brian says, "no, don't sit down" and then kneels. Needless to say, Brian asks me to marry him in front of my parents, sister and brother-in-law, and close family friends. Of course I said yes!
November 12, 2012
Submitted by: Megan Rooplal
The day my life changed. It was Aug 22,2012 And it was my grandma and grandpa's anniversary. My grandpa recently passed away and my grandma is sick with cancer so i was having a bad day. We were planning a get away the folowing day for my birthday, when ryan asked me to dinner at Grants in West Hartford.
When we got there we had a nice table secluded in the back of the resturant. We enjoyed a very nice romatic dinner. When dessert was brought out the waitress came on my side and put down an extra plate with a nice black box. Ryan grabbed the box and literally pulled me to the edge of the table where he got down on one knee in front of everyone. He then said what to me was the perfect sentence I've ever heard! Of course i said 'yes' and kissed him so hard!! I am now engaged to the best man I've ever met in my whole life - my best friend Ryan Perez.
October 17, 2012
Submitted by: Stephanie Camuto
Perfect Engagment story!!! My family and i decised to go on a dinner,dancing boat cruise on the Hudson in Mannhatten! It was November 20th and a little cold outside. My family and I went to the top deck of the ship and were taking some pictures. I told my then boyfriend it was to cold for me up there and I was going back inside.
He told me not yet he was not ready. So I said "well I am". He then turn to me and said "Stephanie I'm ready" so I said lets go then! He got down on his knee and said "Stephanie I am ready.... to spend the rest of my life with you, Will you Marry Me?" I started to cry and said yes, yes I'll marry you!My whole family was there and a few of my friends it was the most wonderful day of my life!
We were high school sweethearts, and then went our seperate ways. After we were apart for 5 years through losses and other relationships we found our way together again. Now I can't imagine my life without him. He truly is my everything!!!!
September 30, 2012
Submitted by: Edward DeSimone
A second chance at ROMANCE - I am a single divorced dad of 2 and met my fiance on a single parent website and this year while on a Summer vacation to Cape May,NJ. I wanted to propose on a horse drawn carriage ride with my 2 children and my fiances daughter but just my luck it started raining so had to think fast and we ran into St. Mary queen of the sea catholic church and it was there that I decided to get down on one knee and propose and decided to do so in front of the stage of St. Joseph who is the patron saint of families. I found it very fitting being that we had our 3 beautiful children with us...
August 12, 2012
Submitted by: Donna Pintek
Our story is an unusual one. It starts out rather sad. You see, I was married before, to a wonderful man named Mick. Our romance lasted nearly 24 years, until he died suddenly on April 1, 2010, of a heart attack. My world ended that day.
Meanwhile, Andrew, a man I never met, who lived about 100 miles away, was experiencing a similar heartache. Just four days before I lost my husband, he lost his wife. Her name was Donna, just like mine!
Andrew and I first "met" via an online forum for young widows and widowers. Many months passed since the loss of our spouses, and we passed our days in a fog, just going about the motions and getting by. By a fluke chance, Andrew saw one of my posts, and it resonated with him. So, he contacted me, and a friendship began.
Our friendship quickly grew into something more. Within a few weeks we were talking every night on the phone and emailing every day. We met in person about a month after our first introduction online.
We talked of marriage soon after meeting but made our engagement "official" this past May. Andrew took me out for a motorcycle ride, and proposed to me at our favorite restaurant.
July 21, 2012
Submitted by: Britni Elliott
My fiance is currently a contractor in Afghanistan where he has been working since November of 2011. He recently had leave and took me on a romantic vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. I of course was just so happy to be with him that I could have gone anywhere and it wouldn't have mattered!
On our fourth night of tropical fun, he told me to get ready for dinner and that we would be going down to one of the resort restaurants to eat. However when we got to where the restaurants he kept walking and led me to the beach where he surprised me with a private dinner for two! Our table was surrounded by rose petals in the sand and lit candles.
Looking out at the sunset on the ocean we sipped champagne and ate dinner. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better than that he dropped down to one knee and asked me to marry him! After four and a half years of wishing he would pop the question it was DEFINITELY worth the wait!
July 21, 2012
Submitted by: Charlene Fairchild
On Top of the World... - It all started on the F train going from our office in Manhattan to Queens, where I recently had moved into a small apartment in the neighborhood next to his. He was one of my good friends at the office and I was excited to have someone to ride the subway home with every night. Little did I know that those rides home would turn into something so much more. I distinctly remember telling him, “There is someone out there for you, someone that will make you happier than anyone else has.” Life can be funny at times, and it just so happened that I ended up being that person.
Fast forward four years later and those two subway riders find themselves hiking in Queenstown, New Zealand. Ray and I were lucky enough to be able to go on a trip of a life time, and it just so happened we were in New Zealand on my birthday. We saved the hike we were planning for my birthday and started the day bright and early. Along the trail there were plaques that told somewhat of a story. As we entered the trail the first plaque said “This is the path to the future.” And it most definitely was!
We were dying by the time we reached the summit, but oh was it worth it! The view from the top felt like we were on top of the world, almost like we could reach up and touch heaven. Unbeknownst to me, Ray was betting on the fact that the view would be spectacular, because it was where he was planning to propose. It was the most beautiful view I had ever seen.
I had the camera and was taking pictures when I turned around and saw Ray holding something. My heart stopped, I couldn’t believe it. In his hand was my grandmother’s diamond, the ring I had told him about, that I wanted to use for my engagement ring. He had asked my father for permission to marry me and permission to take the ring half way around the world. He asked me to marry him on top of that New Zealand Mountain and I of course said yes! I am so excited to be marrying my best friend.
July 19, 2012
Submitted by: Kimi Davis
So here is our story....
Jordan and I went to Cape May, NJ to spend quality time with my best friend Katie Roy, her man Erich Heinonen, and Natalie and Greg Roy (Kate's parents). The Roy's own a beautiful home looking right at the ocean. We spent time at the beach and ate amazing food all weekend.
The girls went to this jewelry store called Victorious. They showed me this beautiful ring and I fell in love and finally knew what kind of ring I would want when the time came. When we got back home the a/c breaker had blown and it was Jordan to the rescue. Mrs. Roy brought Jordan to Home Depot or Lowes to get a new breaker.
Once the problem was fixed we ate more delicious food, visited Wildwoods boardwalk, drove around looking at the biggest millions of dollars homes, and strolled the beach at 2am. Sunday was my last day with Katie before she started nursing school in VA. So the two of us went to the beach and sat on the rocks just talking, enjoying the company. Jordan comes down "Katie Erich needs you to burn him a cd before you go" Katie mumbles some kind of dissatisfaction and runs up to the house. Jordan tells me Mrs Roy is still getting ready so lets go for a walk.
We walk down the beach and out onto the jetty sit at the end of it so hes holding me from behind and he's asking me how much I love him ( per our usual thing we say to eachother) and I always answer this much and put my fingers close together. Usually he laughs and waits for me to open my arms wide and say just kidding I love you this much.
But this time he was like "really thats it? No." and I hold my ground smirking. " You have to love me more then that" "Nope." "What!" " Just kidding babe your my best friend" "Will you be my bestfriend forever?" "forever, always" "Well then will you marry me?" and as you can imagine i'm gushing in shock and so in love.
We walk back to the house and start celebrating with our friends who have become our family over the yearss. And these people showed me soo much love that weekend. They all knew what was going down. They all had their parts in making it a dream come true just for me and of course Jordan! Mrs. Roy took Jordan to the antique jewelry shop (going to home depot) showed him the ring. Katie kept me occupied and she was so nonchalant about everything. And Erich brought Jordan to the jewelers to buy the exact ring I loved. It was all perfect. ♥
I almost forgot to mention shortly after the proposal a clan of dolphins 6-8 swim by.
July 15, 2012
Submitted by: Emily Perkins
Mrs. Gravell? It's kind of a funny story (as they all start). I first met my fiance in kindergarten except we wouldn't realize it until 20 years later when we met during a night out and an introduction by a mutual friend at Lucky's Lounge at Mohegan Sun (no pun intended, the real name is Lucky's :))
It was Valentine's Day weekend (the 13th) to be exact and my best friend and I went to the Millionaire Matchmaker's Single's Bootcamp at Mohegan Sun that afternoon.
She told us single ladies that if we wanted to meet someone that night would be perfect because it was Valentine's Day weekend but Kid Rock was playing in the arena so any guys that were at that concert with their guy friends were probably single. So my best friend insisted we return to the casino that night. And the rest is history. I met Kenny that night and after talking for about 15 minutes we realized we were in kindergarten together and his next door neighbor growing up was my college roommate and one of my best friends.
July 14, 2012
Submitted by: Lindsay Heyer
It all started the morning of our first date. I woke up to hear my cell phone go off. I had received a picture from Chris. I opened it and saw a beautiful sunrise with the message "Can't wait to see you later". He told me he had gotten up early and waited just to catch the sunrise. I was immediately impressed and all the more excited about my first date with this romantic man. It did not take more than our first kiss for me to know I was going to spend the rest of my life with Chris.
For my birthday, Chris had given me with a trip to Puerto Rico. I was extremely surprised. Chris is in medical school and I am a teacher, so we were really trying to save our money. However, I was extremely excited. I couldn't wait to relax on the beach with the love of my life!
Typically Chris is very grounded and calm. He is my constant strength. Whenever I am upset or worried, I can always turn to Chris to center me. However, the night before we left, Chris seemed very anxious. I asked him if he was okay, but he told me he was just worried about us catching our connecting flight. With that I went to sleep with dreams of crashing waves in my mind.
Beep! Our alarm went off and it was off to the airport. Chris' anxiety seemed at an all-time high. Even as we landed in the beautiful San Juan, he couldn't seem to calm down. When we finally arrived at our hotel, it was gorgeous. Ocean front room, crystal clear water, perfect sand--I was in heaven. Chris and I went out to dinner and then came back early. We were tired from traveling and planned to get up and watch the sunrise.
I had literally zero interest in seeing the sunrise. I was tired! But, I decided to be a trooper since Chris wanted to. We went to bed, and by we, I mean me. Chris tossed and turned all night. I didn't get it! Usually he slept like a rock. I hoped a good day of vacation would help him relax.
The alarm went off, and it was time to head down to the beach. Chris was acting so weird. He seemed tired, but jumpy. I made a few little jokes and he laughed way more than was necessary-I'm not that funny. Something was up, but I just thought he was overtired and silly.
We walked down to the pier overlooking the water. Surprisingly, we had the beach to ourselves. It was still early and sunrise was a good half hour away. It had rained the night before, so Chris put down our towel and I sat down. I looked off to the skyline. When I turned around, Chris was standing in front of me. All it took was one look into his eyes and I knew what was coming.
He started by reminding me that our first date had started with a sunrise. What a perfectly poetic start to our new life together! Needless to say, I said yes. I could not be happier to be marrying the man of my dreams.
July 5, 2012
Submitted by: Nicole Labrozzi
Sunset, dolphins, and a proposal - Seven and a half years is a long time to wait! My now fiancé and I were on what I thought was a quick getaway vacation to our favorite spot in Cape May, New Jersey. We got dressed up to go to dinner and he suggested we go to the beach first to watch the sunset as we usually do. We were strolling along, hand in hand, picking up shells, and just enjoying the scenery.
The sun was starting to go down and the water on the bay was beginning to turn pink with the shades of the sunset. On a very rare occasion we will catch a glimpse of a dolphin out in the bay. This evening they were everywhere, more than I have ever seen at one time. I was standing with my back to his chest with his arms around me as we were just enjoying the peace and serenity of the moment we were in.
The next thing I know he slowly turns me around, takes off his sunglasses, tells me he loves me more than anything and that he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. Finally, he drops to one knee and proposes with the most beautiful ring that I never thought I would receive in a million years. Of course I started crying with tears of joy and said yes. I know it sounds straight out of a book, but it was truly the reality of how he proposed. :)
July 1, 2012
Submitted by: Eva Molinarez
My cake special - My newly Fiance Lee and I, have been together for 2 years. We were Grammer and HIgh School Sweethearts. After 4 years of a love bug crush we seperated and went our own ways. Lee went on and enrolled in the NAvy and I moved on to attend a University. After 13 years we reunited through a mutual friend who said Lee was in town. I immediately contacted him and our romance bloomed from that day.
After a rocky start because of our previous history and our contant bibicking of who was right or wrong, we decided we will move forward and get married. But, our finances were not in place so I told Lee lets just get a tattoo instead of a ring. Nothing happened after that discussion which was May 2011.
After working a 14 hour shift(EMS) and getting home 10 minutes (11:50 pm) before my birthday (June 30, 2012), i could not keep my eyes open so i took a shower and went to bed. Lee, woke me up at 6:15am (FYI i am NOT A MORNING PERSON!!) with a bigg cake box singing happy birthday with my son, nephew and brother. OMG!! i was tooo exhausted and too through, as they singing he opens the cake box and all i seen was my name mispelled! HOW DARE HE!! Its three little letters EVA! So i get so frustrated, number 1 : I have morning breath and evrybodys in my bedroom number 2: my name is mispelled! number 3 im exhausted!..I told them to wait till i brushed my teeth and my brother said helllo eva read the damm cake! It said Will YOU MARRY ME!!! OMG How embarrasing!! lmao! It was a beautiful and hysterical moment! i could not stop laughing! I felt so guilty!!! LOL but i said YES!!!!!
April 30, 2012
Submitted by Karen Brown: Our Happily-Ever-After Begining
Marc is my fiance and our story is an eternal love story. We first laid eyes on one another sitting across the large meeting room table at our work in Seattle, WA about 3 years ago now. Our journey has been all directions up, down, sideways and diagonal. And through all of my past baggage and what was with me then this wonderful man...my perfect match stuck with me and became my best friend, my confidant, my soulmate...our magical true love snuck up on me. Marc breathes life into my heart and my spirit every moment.
About 8 months ago I had to move from Seattle, WA to help with a severe family illness and I myself developed a worsened health condition that took me to NY. Fate and Marc's faith again brought us back together no matter how difficult I may have made it for us...Marc moved to NY to be with me and bless his soul that my health has improved and stabilized with consistent medication and check-ups; I truely believe he is my medicine in so many ways...as I am for him.
About three days after his arrival; we had breakfast our favorite way at a diner sitting at the countertop; always sitting next to one another...when we leisurely strolled back to our apartment and he clasped my hand tight as I started up the stairs and spun me around to see him down one knee asking me to share the rest of our life together as one...to grow old together and make all our wishes come true together. YES! YES! YES!...
I've have been sparkling ever since and so is my gorgeous ring :-) I am in love with him and not to forget his family-who are MY family now too and I am so grateful. We'd love to have our wedding local in CT...outdoors in your garden tent setting next Summer 2013 and capture this glimmer of our story in one enchanted evening at Interlaken.
March 8, 2012
Submitted by Joy Yascone
My Fiancé asked me to marry him on Valentine's day. He sent me roses in the morning to throw me off about my other gift. We had a lovely breakfast together among my beautiful bouquet of red roses in Rye, NY. We had plans that night to go to dinner I had no clue as to where. He took me to Match in Norwalk CT.
We had dinner and a few nice champagne cocktails and it was a lovely dinner. He said after dinner he'd like to take a walk around the streets of Norwalk CT. We were on a bustling downtown street called Washington St. He said as we entered this cozy Tequila bar and lounge "I have another gift for you actually"; I said "OK" with a smile; "let me see it"..
He said "let’s take our seat", The hostess took us to a candle lit booth and he said "close your eyes".. I obliged and he took my hand and put the ring on my finger and said "we're getting married"! The wait staff came just then and asked what would we like, I explained flustered we just got engaged I haven't had a chance to look at the menu. She brought us two glasses of complimentary champagne and the staff all congratulated us as we were leaving.
The funny thing is I knew he didn't know how he was going to do it.. but I'm so glad he did :)
March 3, 2012
Submitted by April Hurd
My fiance and I had been dating for 8 years. I had asked him to wait on getting married until I finished school, and although he would have preferred not to he respected my request and we waited. That is why I was stunned when on 12/23, right before my final semester, my fiance asked me to share our lives together as husband and wife.
He had taken me to go hiking at Gilette Castle, which did not seem strange because that is a past-time we both enjoy and partake in often. We were standing on the terrace overlooking the water when suddenly he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
He reminded me that I was his princess and he had always wanted to whisk me away to a castle and live happily ever after so he figured this was a great way to begin our lives together. Meanwhile, mid proposal it had started to flurry just a little, which only added to the ambiance, especially because I am a winter baby and love snow.
Of course I said yes! Afterwards I found out that not only had Dan asked for my father's permission but also for my son's, who he has raised as his own since Alec was 18mo old. If I had any doubts, which of course I didn't, in that moment I realized that my life would never be fully complete without Dan in my life as my husband. I have since graduated and we have set a date for 12/7/13!