Here is Gretchen’s story:
“First, I would like to start by saying that I love, love, love telling our engagement story and every time I think back to that day it makes me smile. To preface our engagement, let me tell you that Eric and I were dating for six years before he popped the question. With that said, I was incredibly surprised because when you date for that long, you never think it will happen.
Our story begins with the two of us planning to go to one of our favorite places. Georgetown, Washington DC. It was our six year anniversary and we weren’t buying each other gifts or doing the extravagant things, just spending quality time together. I was so excited to visit museums and do the touristy shopping stuff, that it didn’t faze me when Eric said that he had a surprise for me. I just thought that he found a new place for us to visit in town. Little did I know that he had much more up his sleeve? We arrived in Georgetown fairly early in the day, which gave us plenty of time to take a walk from our hotel to Eric’s surprise venue.
Eric had a map directing us to Dumbarton Oaks, a garden hidden in the middle of Georgetown. I was so impressed with his foresight and thoughtfulness, that I could hardly imagine him adding more to the day. We received a map to guide us through the Victorian gardens, which were absolutely lovely. We made sure to take lots of pictures to document our day. Eric was extremely calm and collected, never missing a beat. I know a lot of girls who say that their guys were sweating bullets and acting strange, but not Eric.
Finally, after taking our time, looking at art, flowers, stone pools and fountains, we made our way down “lover’s lane” (and yes, it really was lover’s lane). The path we were on opened up to a beautiful Grecian pool with stadium seating, surrounded by a bamboo forest. We were all alone, no one to disturb us. Eric asked if I wanted to have a seat and take break. While we were sitting there he started digging in his backpack, and I was sure that he was going to give me a card.
This is seconds before Eric proposed, reaching into his bag for the ring.
I was about to get upset because we had both decided that we were not doing the mushy stuff this year. This is where our conversation starts”
Eric: “I love you.”
Me: “I know. I love you too.”
Eric: “No. I really love you and I can’t wait for us to get married someday.”
Me: “Yeah, I know. I really love you too and I agree.”
Then, before I knew it he was on his knee, proposing and that’s where I blank out.
I’m pretty sure I said yes because we’re married now and the rest is history.