So my very exciting news is that….
Mark and I got engaged!!!!!
It happened last Monday (July 29) but I didn’t want to share it with the world on my blog until I had a chance to call family members and friends and let them know personally. We also waited to update our Facebook statuses until we could personally connect with those closest to us (which we of course still missed a few accidentally)!
I am very excited about the whole thing, but also very surprised! Since, during my many conversations with people announcing our engagement, I got the same three main questions, I thought I would answer them here for you guys.
1) How did it happen?
It was wonderful. I got home from Costa Rica on Sunday evening (very late) and Mark had told me to keep Monday evening open so we could have a date. For some reason, as soon as he said that, my mind thought “Maybe he’s going to propose?” But I’ve had that thought a few times before, so I pushed it away as me being unrealistic.
Monday evening came, and Mark took me to The Melting Pot, which is a fondue restaurant in town. The table was set with rose petals, and we were in a very private room in the back.
Now some people may have suspected something here- but not me. I served for many years throughout University, and saw my fair share of proposals happen at restaurants. As such, it was never the way I wanted to be proposed to, which Mark knew. I thought Mark was just being very romantic to celebrate that I was at home.
We both enjoyed the amazing food- we had 4 courses, one of cheese fondue, salads, a wine fondue (AMAZING), and then had a chocolate peanut butter fondue course. I thought I might explode from so much food, but it was definitely worth it.
After dinner, we quickly went home to change out of our dressy clothes, and into warmer clothes, so we could go for a walk in a park and watch the sunset. I was looking forward to a walk, to help digest all the food I had just eaten, so again, I didn’t think anything of it.
When we arrived at the park, it was stunningly beautiful. You could see the entire downtown of Edmonton, the setting sun, the river valley, as well as there was a lightning storm happening on the opposite side of the horizon as the setting sun. I cursed myself for leaving my camera in the car, because it was so beautiful. I soon forgot all about my camera though
Mark and I wandered around the park for a bit, and he kept on sighing really heavily, and was giving me huge grins. I started to get a little suspicious, but he said he was sighing because he was so full, and smiling at me because he was so happy I was home. Again, I figured I was just being hopeful and nothing was actually going to happen.
Mark brought up the topic of his UK visa (we’ve been having some issues with his visa, and I had applied for my own visa earlier that day), and that’s when my mind definitely decided no proposal was happening, because why else would he be bringing this up?
As we chatted about the visa, we made our way over to a park bench, and although Mark started sitting with me, soon he was standing up. He was saying really sweet, loving things, and suddenly I just knew that it was going to happen.
But yet, when he pulled out the ring and got down on one knee, my heart stopped for a moment. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. He could obviously tell I was about to leap in his arms immediately, before he could get a single word out, so he told me to wait and let him find the words.
As my eyes watered, he said even more loving things, and then asked if I would be his wife. My answer was to fling myself into his arms with a response of “Of Course!”
Soon, I had the ring on (it fit!) and couldn’t stop smiling at him!!
2) What does the ring look like?
I love, love, love my ring! Mark has always done a great job picking out jewelery for me , and he completely nailed the ring. It’s a round diamond, with white gold setting and I absolutely love it.
He had called my friend, Cara, to help him pick out the ring. But she said even though she went with him, he knew what he wanted and he was the one who picked out the ring he ultimately went with. I know some people want to pick out their own ring- but I am not one of those people. I loved that he had a ring picked out for when he actually proposed. (Also- major kudos to Cara, because even though she knew it was happening, I never suspected a thing).
3) When’s the wedding?
We have no idea! We’ve already had so many people ask us if we plan on having our wedding in Europe while there, our if we’ll wait until my secondment is done, or if we’ll come back in the middle to have our wedding, or even if we’ll have a destination wedding somewhere else.
For now, we have no plans. We just want to enjoy being engaged for a little while. Neither of us care about most of the details you have to worry about when it comes to planning a wedding, so I’m not sure how exactly it will look when we eventually do start planning.
I’m so happy about the entire thing! I keep on thinking about Mark on one knee, and I tear up. And whenever I’m typing or driving, or doing anything that I can see my left hand, I kind of stop and look at my engagement ring. I don’t think it’s really sunk in that I’m ENGAGED!
Thanks for sharing the adventure with me <3