When we got engaged, my FI and I had been together for just over a year. We never really discussed marriage at all before we got engaged so I didn't really think about it when he told me he had planned a big night in the city and wanted me to dress up. Everyone had said "maybe he's going to propose" but I would just laugh and say "yeah, right. Don't think so"...
The night we got engaged, I had gotten ready at my aunt's house and he was going to pick me up there after work (little did I know, he had gotten off work hours beforehand). We went for a nice dinner at the Casino where the concert he was taking me to was being held. It was a concert for STARS Air Ambulance and his mom's best friend was one of the performers. During the concert, FI was frequently stepping out to smoke and when his mom's best friend announced that he had asked her to play a love song and begun to play it, he was MIA (smoking outside! Haha). She started choking up and looked my way to apologize to my FI but he wasn't there and everyone in the audience laughed when he came back in.
After that, we were supposed to play some slots at the Casino but FI just wanted to go back to the hotel, so we did. He gave me the room key and took out his phone. I asked what he was doing and he said he wanted to take a picture of me in my dress (odd because I had a long jacket covering my dress... he was actually video taping me). When I went in, there were white rose petals on the ground, leading to the bedroom and in the bedroom there was a blanket in the shape of a heart with flower petals spelling out "will you marry me?" (he stopped the video at this point because he said he was afraid I was going to say no). I, of course, did not read the writing in petals until after because I was just focused on the fact that there was a little box with a beautiful ring in the middle of the bed. I grabbed the box with the ring, ran to FI, and hugged him (crying, of course.... I'm a crier! Lol). FI then said "so is that a yes?", I let out an "uh huh" and FI sighed a massive sigh of relief. We spent the rest of the night with our phones off, playing a sweet/romantic game provided by the hotel and drinking champagne.
It was perfect for us... best part was the ring fit perfect and was absolutely suited to me! FI picked the ring all on his own and had no clue about my ring size. He didn't want to tell anyone close to me about his plans to propose because my friends and family are terrible at keeping secrets!
So, my FI and I have known each other for 4 years. Our story is definitely different - I was studying to be a nun, he was studying to be a priest, both in the same religious order. Two years ago, for various reasons, there were 5 of us in formation that left our order at the same time. FI and I started talking after we both left, because it's a difficult transition. It was all very friendly and fraternal - until I realized pretty quickly that I wanted to get to know him. We talked every day for almost a year - we became very close friends and there was definitely mutual attraction, but the distance was problematic. Finally, we decided to take a chance - we owed it to ourselves. Best gamble I ever took! He is amazing! Long distance relationships aren't easy, but we've made it work. We travel to visit each other every 2 months or so, and he met my family when he was here last December. He actually met my family at the hospital - we lost my grandma that same week, and he was amazing through the whole thing. We were already talking about our future together at that point, and had decided to use one of my grandma's rings as an heirloom. He asked my dad for his blessing and permission in March, but the time still wasn't right and I had not met his family yet. Basically, I knew it was coming at some point, just not when.
We went to St. Louis on May 2nd for his sister's final profession as a nun, and I finally got to met his mom and both sisters. The next day we did some sightseeing with his family. We went to the St. Louis Cathedral and he decided we should go to the Arch, even though we were short on time. His aunt had mentioned needing souvenirs, so I thought perhaps we were going there for that purpose. We dropped them off and parked. As we're walking, I asked him where we were to meet them, and he said that they would call when they were done and suggested that we walk around the park while we wait. We talked about issues he's having with school/work and his anxiety, and how much we rely on each other for everything. He stopped me on the trail, took my hand and said "But I have to know something, I have to know you want this as much as I do." Then he knelt and said "because I want this more than anything." He then pulled out the ring and said "Do you want to marry me?" To which I replied, of course I do! More than anything in the world! And he asked me again, "So you will?!? Will you marry me?" And I said yes, and kissed him like crazy!
Then I see his mom, aunt, and sister who weren't shopping for souvenirs at all - they were waiting with cameras.
I said something later about him asking me twice, and he said, Oh, yeah, I guess I did, didn't I? I think I thought I didn't ask right! I told him he asked perfectly. The whole thing was sweet and nervous, kind of awkward and totally wonderful, just like him.
My FI and I have been together for just over 5 yrs (it was 5 in June) and he and I had discussed marriage and looked at rings previously, but I had no idea when it would come. Honestly, it felt like it never would!
He took me to York, Maine (a place we both spent summers in during childhood and realized we both loved when we met 5 years ago, so it's very special to us) for my birthday August 11th and asked if I wanted to walk the Marginal Way. The Marginal Way is a coastal beach walk that extends from York, ME to Ogunquit and is right on the ocean, so you can see the waves splash up against the rocks. There are little benches along the way. I suggested we sit down and started trying to take pictures. He pointed to the side and said "look over there!" and when I turned back he was on one knee! I was so surprised. I said YES OF COURSE and asked if he'd put the ring on my finger - he was so nervous his hands were shaking. It was so sweet how nervous he got since we've been together for so long and he knew how much I wanted to get married - I thought for sure he'd know I'd say yes. Despite his asking my parents permission days earlier, no one tipped me off so I never saw it coming. We're so excited to be getting married!