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Engaged in front of Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center on my birthday!

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Sorry this is the long version :)


My fiance and I traveled to NYC to celebrate my birthday. We had a nice 3 day 2 night trip with my birthday falling on the Saturday. Little did I know, that weekend was much more important than I thought!


It wasn't all romantic and fun though... I got the 24 hour flu 10 hours before we had to leave for the airport. I was the most miserable travel day I have ever experienced and my poor fiance had to take care of me (including disguising that I was getting sick on the train to the airport, on the plane, in the cab from the airport to the hotel, you get the picture :)


After the 14 hours of misery we were settled into the W hotel Times Square. I would suggest that anyone who heads to NYC to stay there. Very contemporary and fun! Plus the sea food restaurant was amazing (yes I actually craved sea food even after my horrible experience the day before!).


We spent my birthday traveling all over Manhattan starting with Canal Street. We bought some fun Christmas gifts for our moms and ourselves. Next, we took the subway up to Central Park for lunch at the Trump Tower and a little window shopping (Tiffany's and FAO Schwartz). Then, we took a fun carriage ride around the park, walked through the rest of the park that we didn't see on the carriage, and visited the Central Park Zoo. We stopped by Rockefeller Center on the way back to the hotel and noticed the giant line for ice skating. We decided to stop back after dinner.


We cleaned up and headed to an amazing dinner at our hotel. After dinner, we got all bundled up and headed back to Rockefeller Center. By now it had started to snow. We noticed a spot right in front of the ice skating rink where you could get a professional photo taken with the tree in the background. So we decided that's what we'd do when we were done skating. We had an hour and a half to get through the line and done skating before the photographers quit, so in the line we went. It only took an hour and 15 minutes to get through the line so it was a quick 15 minutes on the ice. Neither of us fell so that was amazing! Nate had never been on skates and the last time I was on ice was 14 years ago!


We raced to get our skates off an into line. We were the last ones in line! We got to the spot and the photographer took the first picture. Nate asked her if she could take another and as he finished asking he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said "of course I will marry you!". The photographer continued to take photos so we have these moments saved forever.


That wasn't the end of the weekend either! The next day we hit up the museum of Natural History and the Empire State Building. It was a jam packed and exciting weekend! I don't think I mentioned that he carried the ring around all day long because he had no clue when he was going to propose.


Now every Christmas when I see the the Rockefeller Tree on NBC I will remember the amazing weekend I had there where my life was changed forever.

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Hello there AJ and Nate


I loved reading your engagement story online. I'm actually a British journalist working at a magazine called WOMAN. I'm looking for romantic Christmas stories like yours and I wondered if you'd be be interested in sharing your story with us.

WOMAN is a long-standing publication in the UK with an excellent reputation for the sensitive and intelligent treatment of our real life stories. We could read the piece back to you before publication and offer you a fee for your time and trouble.

Do let me know what you think.

Kind regards,


Commissioning Editor



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Congrats I am so happy for you! I got engaged in the center of the Rockefeller Ice Rink!!! Just the most romantic place and time of year!

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