Friday, June 5, 2015

Our Wedding: The Engagement Story

My Engagement Ring

Easter weekend 2015, Chris convinced me to let CJ stay the night at his mom's house so that we could celebrate our 5th anniversary on April 21st. The plan was to drop off the kids and head in to the city for dinner and some time at the casino.

The day came and things were going exactly as planned. We packed up the car, headed to his mom's house, dropped the kids off, and headed in to the city. We went to dinner at an Italian restuarant we had never been to. A saxophone player set the mood and I was surprised with a flower delivery from a sweet girl that Chris works with.

After dinner, we headed over to the casino. We each took out $40 and played the penny slots for about an hour. I broke even and Chris ended up winning around $100, so we decided to leave.

"Should we just head home?" I asked.

"Yeah. We could head home...or we could head up to our room," Chris responded as he pulled a room key out of his pocket and smirked at me. I was so surprised.

The entire walk to the casino hotel, I remember asking if he was serious and then going in to panic mode because I had no clothes, makeup, hygiene products- nothing! He told me not to worry and began explaining how everything I needed was upstairs. I was overwhelmed and confused.

We got to our hotel room and Chris opened the door. Our song (which will also be our wedding song) was playing, the lights were dimmed, and there were rose petals covering the floor. All of my favourite snacks as well as my favourite champagne were displayed on a table. Chris hugged me and simply said "Happy anniversary, babe."

I was so overwhelmed that I cried for at least 30 minutes. We sat on the bed, cracked the bottle of champagne, and Chris began to explain how he had made this happen without me knowing anything (I'll get to this later).

Our hotel room was insanely hot and I needed to compose myself after crying, so I suggested we go outside. Chris then suggested that we take a walk down by the Detroit river, which we used to do all the time when we began dating. Chris actually asked me to be his girlfriend there.

We got down to the riverfront and walked for 10 minutes. The fresh air felt great. I finally composed myself, so we stopped across from the GM Building and talked.

I remember standing there for about 30 seconds and saying how amazing it was that Chris had managed to pull this surprise off. I then remember Chris telling me how I deserved it and he was glad to see me happy. He told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Of course, I told him I felt the same way.

He told me to close my eyes at that point, so I did. When I opened my eyes he was down on one knee with an open ring box. He asked me to marry him.

I'm not even sure that I said yes for an entire 5 minutes after he stood up and hugged me. I just began to cry. I was so surprised, confused, happy, and overwhelmed that I didn't even know how to respond.

It took some time to comprehend what had just happened, but I did say yes!

After taking some time to compose myself again, we headed back up to our hotel room. This is where he began to explain to me how he managed to pull this whole thing off.

It all began Easter weekend when he had his mom convince me to leave the baby for a night. After that, he found a ring. The ring was my biggest confusion- I work on our budget 3 times every month and hadn't noticed any money missing or spent. It turns out that he had purchased the ring during a 0 down promotional event and asked them not to send any of the paperwork to our house. He kept the ring in his desk at work.

The night before we went out, he had my best friend Becky ask me to out for sushi. We usually go once a week, so I didn't think anything of it. While I was out, he packed me a bag of things I wouldn't notice were missing.

When the day came, he managed to grab the rest of my essentials while I was getting the kids in the car. He grabbed my hair and makeup products as well as clothes and hygiene products and snuck a bag into the car. To this day, I still have no idea how I missed that.

After he explained his crazy plan and we called our friends and family, we laid in bed, snacked, and watched our favourite movie.

The night was absolutely perfect and I will never forget it.

I definitely picked a good one.

We snapped this as soon as we got back to the hotel.
Red eyes from crying millions of happy tears!
It's everything I ever imagined. 

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