My partner and I have been in a relationship since we were 17 (about 5-6 years depending on how you look at it). We have had a really rough road thus far with unsupportive families and coming to terms with our own sexuality despite conservative upbringings. We had given each other promise rings in high school but beyond that the idea seemed so out of reach with the cost and the uncertainty if any of our family would even come or not. The last few months of being together we had been doing really well in our relationship and I knew we had finally matured to a point that tying the knot was within the realm of possibility. So I took it upon myself to search out the perfect ring. I knew she was picky, wanting a ring that was fit for a Queen and me having a budget of a pauper. In all seriousness, the search had gone on for about 2 years as I love window shopping and always have been looking for the right one. Despite all the struggle, the day finally came!
I bought the ring at Kay's with a credit card I qualified for well before the college loans hit. I knew Kays was gay friendly with Portia & Ellen Degeneres being their poster couple so I felt really comfortable going in and discussing my relationship with the jewlers. The lady who worked with me was phenomenal, understanding that this ring HAD to be around $100/ month payment for me but look like it was much more than that and together we found the perfect one.
Being a lady myself, I knew the perfect proposal would be the one I wanted for me. So, I bought 2 dozen roses and went the baseball field Jamie and I used to sneak out to in the middle of the night when our parents prevented us from seeing each other back in high school. It was December 28th, 2012 in Maine with fresh snow and the full moon. When we gave each other our promise rings in 2008, it was under the constellation Orion in February so I felt this was appropriate. I always call Jamie "My Beautiful Rose" so I set up an aisle stamped out in the snow lined with roses & tea candles ending in a heart of candles. I had told her we were to go star gazing that night since it was the 13th full moon of the year and worth looking at. I got some Dunkin' hot chocolate and drove us out to the field & had her wait in the car until all the candles were lit.
I opened the door for her and led her out to the path. We walked slowly down the aisle together & looked up at the moon until we got to the heart at the end. I told her how much I loved her and the whole speech and knelt down and pulled out the ring. She burst into tears as soon as I knelt down and said yes!! We kissed, and hugged, and said lovely things to each other, crying all the while. Then as the clouds began rolling in, we slow danced to our own song under the full moon and held on to that moment for as long as we could stand the cold.
It was absolutely perfect, and I'm so lucky to have my beautiful rose say she will be mine forever.