Last time we ran our 14 Days of Valentine’s Day, my wife Megan shared our engagement story!
But this time, I’m sharing my version of things!
I wasn’t really in a position to go out and drop three grand on an engagement ring. Over the summer, while visiting Megan’s mom, she gave me her mother’s engagement ring. It was special because her mom had passed away when she was a teenager, so the ring had a lot of sentimental significance as well as being a quiet way of endorsing my intentions to propose, which I hadn’t said anything about, but people around us could see where we were heading before we did.
When it came to actually proposing, I wasn’t entirely sure what to do. Though our dating relationship was relatively short, we dated a year and three days on the day we got engaged, I had a history of some pretty decent gifts and romantic gestures in that time. I wanted to do something kind of grand, something that we could remember for the rest of our lives.
It was December when I finally made the decision that the time was right. We were planning a party for December 30th, it was housewarming/not-New Year’s Eve party. Our apartment at the time was two floors, and the second floor had a loft. My plan was to ask Megan from the loft to marry me while the party was going on. I can’t remember if it was the day before, or during the day of the party, Megan (not knowing about the ring I’d had for months now) said something like “You better propose during this party.” Well now my plans were shot.
Now it was time for quick thinking. We needed something from the store for the party and I had needed a way to present the ring, as there wasn’t a box, nor did I have one to put it in. I went to the store to get supplies, and while I was there, grabbed a single long stemmed purple rose to put the ring in. When I got back to the house, Megan was cleaning the kitchen, doing dishes or something. I took her hand, and had her sit on the end of our bed. I got down on one knee, told her how much she meant to me and gave her the rose with the ring in the bud. That was it, nothing terribly fancy or extravagant, but I was still nervous as hell. I’m pretty sure we both shed a few tears of happiness. Afterwards we called our parents to let them know, and then it was back to work, we had things to get done before guests arrived and we could share the good news with them all.
THANKS FOR READING OUR ENGAGEMENT STORIES FOR 2015’S EDITION OF 14 DAYS OF VALENTINE’S DAY!