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A proposed to S on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Yes, it was Halloween. Yes, S was wearing devil horns.
But, the costume isn't relevant to the story.
Unbeknownst to S, this had been in the works for quite some time. A visited jewelry stores, sought advice and assistance from friends, and settled on a beautiful, custom-designed sapphire and diamond ring. A even called S parents.
Elaborate plans to propose on stage at the Drag Show S's school put son, or to stage an elaborate,Glee-type proposal using students, were quickly eliminated.
A recruited the graphic design talents of one of her students, (S had hired the student to create the poster for the Drag Show), and they hatched a plan.
On Halloween, S and A had tickets to go see the band, fun., at the State Theater. On their way to the theater, A got a call from the student and asked S to check her email (thank goodness for smart phones) so that she could look at the drag show poster proof.
S checked her email, opened the file, and instead of a poster featuring drag queens and the school logo, she found the image above. In A's handwriting, it said, "I'll be your Watson If you'll be my Holmes. S, will you marry me?"
The background is the wallpaper from the 221B Baker Street apartment featured in the BBC series, Sherlock. Yes, S is a geek(and Holmes is her last name). Yes, A loves her all the more for it.
Turning to see A getting down on one knee and presenting her with a ring box, S's response was, "What are you doing? Are you crazy? What? Of course I'll marry you!"
They met up with friends, they enjoyed their evening, and the concert was a lot of fun. (ha!).
And then, a week later, the voters of Maine supported the referendum for marriage equality. Thank you, voters of Maine, for supporting love and justice.
My FI and I had been talking about weddings and rings for months and months, but she didn't know that I already had a ring for her. There is this place in the UP of Michigan called Tequamenon Falls (beautiful), and I had never been, so she decided to take me away for the weekend. I had a book of pictures and quotes made on Shutterfly of our history together. My plan was that we were going to take a row boat out to the falls, and I would propse to her there. The entire trip up she kept saying she didn't want to go out into the water, so I knew that we needed to come up with a new plan.
She is a huge beer fan, and there is a brewery at the base of the falls, so we decided to go there for dinner. When I had walked in, I forgot my cell phone and had to go back out to the car (totally on accident). When I got back out there, I decided that I would give her the book, and I already had the ring in my purse. I came back in and said that I had made her something, I am pretty crafty, so she didn't think much about it. So, she looked through the book and got a little teary, she looks at me, and I have the ring open for her to see.
I was a wreck, and couldn't say a word. Finally I said "you didn't answer", to which she replied "you didn't ask anything" (I had in my mind)
The UP is very isolated, and there was a tiny gas station on the way back to the hotel, we stopped and got a bottle of Boone's farm, and celebrated like the high class bitches we are!
Hope everything went well! Here is our story:
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The morning of 8/25/13 didn't start out too well for Tor. He was already irritated about having to spend the whole day, beginning at 7am, doing inventory at his store. So it didn't help matters much that Tor woke up late! I still remember him rushing out of bed, brushing his teeth, throwing on some clothes and running out of his apartment. Luckily for me, he had time to tell me one thing:
"I'll be home around 11 for lunch babe, see you then. Love ya!" Little did Tor know that his lunch hour was exactly what I wanted to know.
Just as he left, I wondered if he realized that today would be the day his life changed forever.
As soon as I heard his car leave, I hopped into action. I ran to my car and picked up the rings I hid in my trunk, just in case. A quick trip to the store to pick up some rose petals and candles, then another hour to set them up (as shown in the picture). I set up the perfect song to surprise him when he came home. Then came the hard part, waiting.
I thought he would never get home! I still remember pacing and feeling nervous, excited, anxious, scared and happy all at once. The whole time I kept thinking to myself, after this day, everything would change.
Then I heard him opening the door. Here goes...
Tor walks in the door, sweating and still irritated. He sees the candles and his mood instantly changes. He hears the song "Whenever, Wherever, Whatever" by Maxwell and follows the trail of rose petals to see me waiting in the bedroom.
"What's all this babe?" He asks.
I kiss him and say "I don't know if you remember, but two years ago today, we met for the first time. And my life has never been the same."
No reaction. He has no idea what I'm about to do!
So I try again. "We've had a lot of good times, and some bad. But we've always had each other. And the journey will only get better."
Still no reaction! Time to be absolutely clear...
I get down on one knee. At that point he realizes what I'm doing and he starts crying. I grab the engagement ring hidden under the pillow and hand him the box.
"Open it, it's for you," I say.
He opens it, and starts crying even more!
I take it out and slip it on his finger (it has to be his pinky, because it doesn't fit!). Then the words...
"Tormain Stanley Harrison Jr., will you marry me?"
"YES!!!" he screamed.
The rest is history...