We left off yesterday in 2009, which is the year we got engaged. If you’re keeping track of our ages, it made me 19 and Alexander had just turned 20. I know it sounds young (and it was) but we were really confident in our relationship. Here’s how it all went down:
A few days before our second anniversary Alexander got it into his head that it was time to propose (I’m sure it had nothing to do with me always saying that I wanted to get married) and at the time he was working for my mom at her window shop. Our anniversary was just a few days away and he knew he needed to get my father’s blessing, but had no idea how he would be able to do it. The day before our anniversary, my mom asked him to drive to my dad’s office and pick up a part for her. Little did she know it gave Alexander the perfect opportunity to talk to my dad. Once he got there my dad gave him a tour of the office (which I’m sure seemed like a million years long), then he finally got up the courage to ask to speak with him about something. My dad took him outside and they had the talk. Thankfully my dad gave his blessing and Alexander bought the ring the next day, our anniversary.
That night we had plans to go to dinner and spend some time together. After I got off of work, I went to a friends house and we talked on and on about how he’d better propose. Looking back it seems crazy – we were so young! I went home and got ready, then Alexander picked me up.
We ended up at my family’s favorite Italian restaurant, had a nice long dinner and spent quite a while talking. It’s amazing how calm he was this whole time, with the ring in his pocket. After dinner we went to the causeway near our houses, a place we had visited a lot when we had first started dating and would just sit and talk and stare out at the water. It was a really beautiful spring night, so we walked along the water then stopped just to watch for a little while. He kept fiddling around in his pockets, and breathing weirdly, so I had a feeling he may propose, but I tried to get it out of my mind.
Finally he said “I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you for a while”. I turned around and he dropped to both knees (so sweet, he was so nervous). I responded with “Are you kidding?!” and most of what happened next was a blur. There was lots of smiling and hugging then we spent at least an hour sitting on the beach dreaming of our future together.
It wasn’t a huge production, there was no one around and no video or photos of the event. It was simple, beautiful, and totally Alexander’s style. About a month after he proposed, my parents threw us a beautiful engagement party. The photo above is with our dads at the party (Alexander’s far left & mine right). We were engaged for 2 1/2 years before we got married and if you come back tomorrow, I’ll be sharing all the details of the wedding!