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Will you marry me? My story.

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#1 CassBob09

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    Posted 26 January 2009 - 12:43 AM

    So, I met my bride to be about 3 years before I proposed. I was attending a friends birthday dinner at the Macaronni Grill :) I was walking from the parking lot to the restaurant and saw this girl walking towards the door as well. I thought, "wow, she's hot" haha. Romantic huh? I tried to walk faster so I could get in front of her to hold the door open as she walked it but an old guy got between us and she went in first I hoped that she would be in the same bday group but figured there was no way. Lucky me she was a friend of the bday girl and I made sure to sit as close as I could. Not being the type to flat out hit on someone, I did my best to be charmming and witty...I must have done something right because we hit it off and we began an amazing friendship that led into an amazing relationship. We fell learned about each other, from each other and had many great times together.

    Well, about 1 year after meeting I was sitting in front of my computer and began writing what I wanted to say to her when the day came to propose...I knew I wanted her as my wife. I've always wanted to take her to Italy and propose on a hillside overlooking the water. I wanted to tell her how we began at a chain Italian restaurant and now, in at the real thing, I wanted her to marry me. I had everything planned in my head and I wanted it to be a dream come true....

    Fast forward one more year and we were aproaching our 2 year anniversary. I wanted to go to Italy in March and propose the same date we met but, I was unfortunately having some monetary problems and couldn't afford the trip to Italy so I was a little bummed. I wasn't going to let that stop me. Sometime around August 08 we booked a trip to Riviera Maya and were going to stay at the Grand Palladium. I thought, "if I can't do it in March, I'll do it in October" (though we met in March, we began our "official dating" in October...lots of anniversaries to remember haha). I had kept some notes of what the ring she had wanted and I snuck off to jeweler and got an education on diamonds. It took me several trips but I found the right diamond and setting and told them to put it together. 2 days before we left for our vacation I picked up the ring and was just about ready...I had a few more things up my sleave but I'll get to that.

    We arrive at the Palladium and I casually walked the place until I found the gazeebo and knew that's where I wanted to propose. We spent a few days relaxing and then the 21st of October approached. My heart was pounding the entire day. The hours flew by and I began down the home stretch. I told Cassidy to get ready for dinner and I'd be back in a bit. I headed out to the gazeebo and set up a table w/ 2 chairs. I ordered a bottle of champaign w/ strawberrys in the glasses. Pink flowers were scattered over the table and I had the ring in my pocket. I went back to get Cass.

    We walked toward the gazebo and she wasn't sure what was going on. I said "hope u dont mind dinner by the ocean". I've done several suprises like this before in our relationship, so she had know idea what was going on. I sat her down and she gave me a card she had gotten. I read it, though vaguely remember what it said because I was so nervous but, tried not to show it. I brought out a gift I had made for her...this was my big "lead in" to the question.

    I had prepared a leather bound book. It's really a photo album but, I made it into "The Story of Us". I had hand drawn several pictures that represented main events throughout our relationship. The first page had a sign of the restaurant where we met and led into a picnic setting which was our first date. I drew several of our favorite outings and activities we've had together and told her this was the road we've taken and times we've shared as we fell in love. I drew a picture of our first pet and our first home together. The final picture was the beach w/ a palm tree and told her our adventure has brought us here, to the riviera maya on our anniversary. She read thru the book again and looked over the pictures. There was tears in both our eyes. We clinked glasses and had a drink. I told her I had one more page to add to our book...I told her that we'll continually add pages and photos to this book as its incomplete. I pulled a page out of my back pocket that was folded up and handed it to her...she unfolded it and saw a drawing of a diamond ring. As she was looking at it I got down on my knee, under the gazebo, overlooking the ocean. She kept looking at the picture unsure what to think and finally looked at me on my knee. I told her how much I loved her and that I always will. I told her I want to share the rest of my life with her and I told her I want to marry her. She was in shock...she was absolutely suprised...and she said yes!

    I love Cassidy with all my heart and I'm excited about the day that we return to the Riviera Maya in about 8 months to get married :)

    #2 CassBob09

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      Posted 26 January 2009 - 01:16 AM

      The gazebo where I proposed:

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      #3 Helen_S81

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        Posted 26 January 2009 - 10:07 AM

        What a wonderfully romantic guy you are! Congratulations on your engagement!

        #4 ACDCDCAC

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        Posted 26 January 2009 - 10:13 AM

        wow ive got chills! i love to hear these stories from the guys point fo view.

        cassidy sounds like a very lucky lady! congrats on the yes!

        #5 TATrisha


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        Posted 26 January 2009 - 05:21 PM

        Okay, one of the best stories I've read yet! that is so romantic and SO awesome! that book is going to be treasured forever!!!


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        #6 TammyB

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          Posted 26 January 2009 - 05:41 PM

          First congrats and what a great story.. Second... I'm I the only one that wants to see the drawings you did? :-)

          #7 Emily&Matt

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            Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:46 PM

            Awwww...that was so sweet!

            #8 Kat81

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              Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:00 PM

              Very sweet. I want to see the drawing as well lol

              #9 Betsy


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                Posted 27 January 2009 - 04:53 PM

                Adorable! What a beautiful story - and congrats on your engagement!

                #10 *Kerin28*

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                  Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:04 PM

                  uuuummm yea!! Where are those drawings?!? Thats such an adorable story! She is so lucky! Pleeeeease show us pictures!!

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