It’s time for our weekly installment of the “Best of” Engagement Stories from our contest. These stories made all of the girls in the office “ooh” and “aah” and definitely brought a smile to all of our faces! Check out the slide show submitted with one of the stories–it will definitely start your weekend off right. And don’t forget–if you haven’t yet, make sure you enter your unique, romantic or extreme engagement story for a chance to with a $500 Wedding Paper Divas gift certificate! Entries will be accepted until February 22. And now, on with the show…
Love on the Bow Bridge
I spent four months designing the perfect ring for my girlfriend, Tanaz. I then asked her parents for their blessing, and planned lunch reservations on the other side of New York City from where we lived for my birthday. As we walked through Central Park to get to the restaurant, it was a brisk 26 degrees outside and very sunny. I took her to the relatively famous, but secluded, Bow Bridge. As soon as we were alone, I told Tanaz how much I love her and all the reasons I want to spend the rest of my life with her. Then I got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, looked into her eyes and asked, “Tanaz, will you marry me?” She replied with a quick “Yes!” and I slid the ring on her finger.
Without telling Tanaz, I hired two photographers to follow our every move. They took pictures of us walking in the park, talking and laughing, and they even shot photos of me proposing to Tanaz from both sides of the bridge (see video, below). Once I told her about the photographers, we had them take a few extra fun shots as well. Tanaz and I are looking forward to our future together, making new memories and sharing them with all our family and friends. ~Gustad M.
An Ardent Art Display
I had planned to go to the Georgia Museum of Art to see an exhibit of exotic and artistic rings with my best friends Milly and Alanna. We got to the museum and began wandering around the displays, admiring the unique assortment of rings. As we neared the end of the exhibit, Milly called my attention to one final ring on display. I admired its beauty and brilliance, and thought to myself, “This is the best one here!”
I wanted to know more about this phenomenal artist, so I looked at the artist information card. It listed the artist as T.L. Johnson—the same initials and last name as my boyfriend, Tino! I eagerly read on to the next line, which had that day’s date followed by the name of this exquisite piece: The Johnson Engagement Ring.
At that moment, it all became clear. Tino came in from around the corner, looking handsome as ever. He removed the ring from the display, got down on one knee, professed his love for me and asked me to be his wife. I said yes!
My next thought was to try to call my mom and share the good news with her, but the call was dropped. Frustrated, I tried to call again, but before I could complete the call my mother appeared in the museum holding a vase full of roses. Tino had arranged everything! It was perfect. ~Zoe M.
The Sweetest Ending
I met Rich seven and a half years ago while working with him at the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in Natick, Massachusetts. We were both home on summer break from college, and our mutual love for ice cream made us instant friends. As that summer came to an end, we realized that our friendship was turning into something more. Despite going off to separate colleges, we began what would turn into four years of long distance dating. Later, while in graduate school in Amherst, Massachusetts, we moved in together.
This past August, we both finished grad school and moved to Boston. We went out one night to celebrate our seven year anniversary. After dinner, Rich suggested Ben & Jerry’s for dessert, and naturally I couldn’t resist. It just so happened that the closest Scoop Shop to the restaurant was the one where we met. It was a busy Saturday night, and as I stood in line reading the flavors up on the wall, something caught my eye.
Right in between “Imagine Whirled Peace” and “Mint Chocolate Chunk” was a new flavor I had never seen—“Marry Me Jennie.” I looked at Rich in disbelief and asked him if it was a joke. He replied by pulling a beautiful diamond ring out of his pocket and asking if I would marry him. I was so shocked I could barely speak! By this point, the flavor had been on the wall for an hour, and other customers and staff had been waiting around in the store for our arrival. As I said “Yes!” everyone burst into applause. We are now planning our wedding, and we’re so excited to have Ben & Jerry make us an ice cream wedding cake. I can’t imagine a sweeter ending! ~Jennie I.
A Timeless Love
I was spending Thanksgiving with my boyfriend, Andrew, and his family in Missouri on his grandparents’ farm. We somehow started talking about time capsules, and Andrew said that he remembered that he buried a time capsule there when he was seven years old. He said he had lots of childhood memorabilia, toys and pictures in it, and I couldn’t wait to see what was important to him as a child.
We grabbed a pair of shovels and climbed to the top of a hill. We came across the tree that he had buried it by, counted out a number of steps and started digging. We eventually dug up an old coffee can time capsule, and sat down together to open it. Andrew pulled out something that was carefully wrapped in old, yellowing newspaper.
He started unwrapping it, and said, “Wait a minute, this doesn’t look so old…” Before I realized what was happening, he was holding a ring box in his hand. He told me how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and I’ll never forget the way his voice was cracked with emotion as he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said, “YES!!!” and nearly tackled him. Then he ran behind a tree and came back with some champagne and glasses that he had stashed there earlier in the day. We spent the first few moments of our engagement enjoying champagne and watching the sun set together. ~Megan H.
A Seaside Surprise
My parents invited me and my beautiful fiancée, Whitney, to spend the weekend in Rockport, Texas, where they own a condo. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to escape the cold January weather, and I knew this would be the perfect chance to ask Whitney to be my wife.
One night during our stay, sunset was approaching and I asked Whitney if she wanted to walk to the end of the pier to check out the view. As we walked, she noticed a bottle with a message inside of it lying on the beach. She asked me to get it for her, and when I returned she was overwhelmingly excited that we had found a real message in a bottle!
She wanted to read it immediately, but I told her to wait until we reached the end of the pier. She started looking inside the bottle and noticed that the message was in my handwriting, so she started running out to the end of the pier so she could read it sooner. She finally read the note, and I got down on one knee to offer her a beautiful diamond ring and ask her if she would be my wife. We will never forget that day along the beach, and I will love her for the rest of my life. ~Kyle H.