Simple, elegant and romantic.. our August 2019 wedding.
I have been lurking for almost a year now and been going back and forth on whether to start my own thread...
Well here it goes!
My fiancé M and I have been together for 3 and a bit years, we got engaged last December and have started full on planning mode since March.
How We Met
Our story of how we met isn't necessarily the classiest of situations, my friend and M's friend were 'friends with benefits' and on a night out my friend met M in a very intoxicated state and told him all about her crazy friend and how she wanted him to message me because she thought we'd go well together (clearly she has a sixth sense for these things, even when drunk.)
She proceeded to give M my name and number, and a few days later he plucked up the courage to send me a message on Facebook. After a couple of weeks we arranged to meet and the rest is history. We've been inseparable since.
See what I mean, not your standard cute scenario?!
M and I had spoken about marriage from quite early on in our relationship and we both knew it was something we wanted. I assumed that M was going to be the typical man and make me wait at least 5+ years, this didn't particularly bother me as I am only young and not in a rush. We arranged in May 2016 to go to New York just after Christmas and over new year. Obviously I was so excited to go but didn't think at any point before we went that he'd propose.
When we got to the airport we both got the dreaded pat down.. what did they think I was smuggling in my waistband?! Clearly I had indulged a bit more than I thought I had over Christmas!
At this point I did notice M looked petrified, I thought he was just weirdly scared of the stocky man patting him down. After he proposed, he said he was terrified as he had the ring in his hand luggage and thought they were going to take it out in front of me. Bless him!
Anyway, back to the proposal, on our second day (the 28th) we decided to visit Central Park and the zoo in the morning and then carry on with our other sight-seeing in the afternoon. M seemed a little quiet on our walk to the park but I put that down to tiredness, its a talent of mine to miss the obvious apparently. After our walk around the park we went into the zoo and I can honestly say I absolutely loved it there! I think it was due to my love for animals but I was honestly so happy walking around and unwittingly commented about how romantic it was to M. I think it was part awe of actually being in New York and how fabulous it all looked in winter.
M decided that this was the place he wanted to propose, apparently he could tell it was special for me. We were stood next to the sea lions, who doesn't want a sea lion at their proposal?! And M got something out of his pocket and then turned to me, cue romantic speech that brought me to tears and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I was blubbing for about 5 minutes before I could manage to get a yes out.
It was honestly the best way he could have proposed, I've always been quite private and don't like attention but I think the proposal was 100% right for me. I've never had anything big or special like that just for me, I'm not saying that in a 'woe to be me' way.We spent the next few days in a happy loved up bubble exploring the Big Apple and I did FaceTime my family and M's while we were there. My family were ecstatic but didn't seem shocked and M's family were definitely shocked and it took them a few weeks to even say congratulations. They just didn't expect it. M told me that he had gone and spoken to my mum (I don't speak to my dad) and asked her permission to propose. It really meant a lot to me, that he made that effort.