Sunday, May 11, 2008

#289: the ling-bay.

so. here's the how. kind of from the very beginning.

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we had been dating for a rather tumultuous six months (translation: yours truly refused to be exclusive). towards the end of the six months, we signed up to run a half-marathon. the day after the race, along with sore legs, i realized i also had all these pent up mushy feelings for him. so i let him know...that i was down to get serious and give us a try.

two years later, after moving together to a new city and living in sin for a year, we signed up for a triathlon as motivation to get buff and keep us in shape. the plan totally didn't work. but we decided not to drop out, even if it meant failing during the first leg of the race. since we didn't care about the time and simply hoped to come out alive at the end, he convinced me that we should run the course together.

so we did. he could've easily burned me but he chose to be my backbone. i suffered and cursed a million times but we biked and ran together...trekked through and crossed the finish line hand in hand. after our friends congratulated us, we headed to our transition areas to gather our things (including my tiny wetsuit that almost suffocated me during the swim). he suggested that we go to the lake for a quick dip since the sun had gotten pretty hot by then. i said ok.

bf: "come into the water with me. it feels great."

after dipping my toe in: "nah. it's too cold."

bf: "um, are you sure?...come on. no? but don't you want to cool off? yeah? no? hm, ok." splashes water around to 'cool off'. comes out of the water and hugs me. "isn't this great?"

me: "sure."

bf: "so...we've done a half marathon...and you've put up with me for two years...and now we've completed our first triathlon together..."

me: "yeah..."

bf: "...do you think...you could marry me?"

me: "we should definitely discuss that at some point..."

bf: "...no...i'm being serious..."

me: "what?"

bf: now on bended knee. "will you marry me...?"

me: "whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?"

by then, i was covering my face and then uncovering my face and then covering my face and then wiping my eyes and then sticking out my hand and saying "are you serious" about a million times. he had to prompt me to give him an answer as i'd apparently forgotten to say anything other than "are you serious".

so i said yes. yes to forever with him.




round brilliant center, flanked by two rose-cut diamonds. the setting is a beautiful rose gold.

29 comments:

Golightly said...

awww. so sweet. and your ring is absolutely gorgeous. I love rose gold. congrats!!

Robyn said...

Great story, beautiful bling!! Have you seen the surprise proposal Jessica Claire is featuring on her photography blog right now (www.jessicaclaire.net)? She turned the pix into a slide show and it is so touching. You would probably love it. YOu need to wait a second for the slideshow to load but it is great (make sure your sound is turned on). Very sweet.
Oh, and ROSE GOLD? Come on, how amazing is that? Just beautiful!!! Lucky girl (and very lucky guy!)

122LOVESME said...

Love the story! And love the ring! Congratulations, can't wait to see all the planning and your wedding!

Molly said...

Ahhh!!!! What a wonderful, wonderful story. I'm so happy for you! The ring is gorgeous, hunnie. Congratulations again :)

erica said...

such a sweet proposal! and of course, that ring is fabulous. rose gold and rose-cut diamonds, love it!

congratulations! i can't wait to see how the real planning goes.

Teana said...

awww how adorable! thanks for sharing the proposal and the ring...hot damn that's gorgeous! i'm really loving the rose gold lately. hmm, i may have to bring that up to the bf sometime.

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Bree said...

That is so wonderful!I have been lurking for since last October and I love your blog! I had a 10,000 wedding in SF(actually $9,700 for 150 people to be exact) and I really enjoyed reading this and thought to myself how awesome it would be when you got engaged. Sure enough I'm married and still visit you site so now that the "real" planning is going on it's going to be very exciting:)
COngrats!

Kate said...

OMG girl, that ring is fabulous! Such a romantic proposal! I'm so happy for you!

Dubsta said...

aww!!

just a heads up, my response was also 'are you serious?' FH is still bitter about that and hasn't (probably will never) let it go :)

love the bling!

aruna b. said...

awwwweee congratulations...that is such a SWEET story!

yaiAnn said...

Congratulations!!! Did this by any chance happen at Wildflower?

Ms. Lovers Knot said...

The ring is gorgeous. What a perfect way to propose. Can't wait to see what you come up with during the planning process.

Veronica said...

Love the story and the ring!!! I also needed to be prompted for answer. I didn't even know what he said. All I saw was the ring and was totally stunned...lol. So happy for you!

miss purple said...

That is such a great story. Just think - every step of that triathlon he was probably rehearsing what he'd say to you and thinking about how much he loved you. Talk about motivation to finish the race! Congrats again. The bling is lovely and so unique.

amber said...

so romantic! Rose gold is my ultimate, hands-down favorite, congrats to you both!

ami @ elizabeth anne designs said...

awwww! this is so fantastic! what a great guy you've got. and a great ring too!

Carlene said...

WTH!!?! How wonderful! :) Congratulations to you and your man! Im getting teary eyed!

Anonymous said...

what an adorable story!! congratulations!

People St.Clair said...

Congrats! What a wonderful story.

cdm said...

You are so cheesy- I love it! your ring is so beautiful- rose gold is so lush. Congratulations-

cdm said...

P.S.- time to change you profile!

Chelsea said...

That is so sweet.

Melissa's Greetings said...

congratulations! your ring is so pretty :)

Roxanne @ Southern Wedding Style said...

The story is absolutely charming. I am sure this is something you will be able to tell your children and their children while keeping the shine in your eyes. Congratulations and the best of luck in the years to come.

myteemingee said...

YAYAYAYAYYY!!! i've been following your blog for a couple months now, checking in every once in a while to see what good ideas you have in store for us readers/planners... i'm SOOO effing happy for you! finally the months (years?) of your own wedding research will be put to personal use. Congratulations!!

k. said...

so late on the train - but CONGRATS!

HUZZAH!!!!

MJ said...

Yay! I share your excitement and utter disbelief! I am also newly engaged, with NO discussion of marriage beforehand and a "what? are you serious? are you kidding?" proposal response. If I'm looking at your post correctly, we might have gotten engaged on the same day?! (May 3rd). I just discovered your blog and can't wait to see what you post on here...I've been addicted to Snippet & Ink for months now, too, so this will be added to my daily blog faves!

Brittan said...

haha i think you and i are the same person. i have been on a mission today to read your blog posts from the veeeeerrrry beginning to the end... i might have to finish tomorrow. you see, i am in a relationship BUT not even engaged yet. yet i am kinda budgeting a wedding. it seems really weird when i am not engaged. i feel as if you understand! and i love the way you write because it is so natural. like a convo.
but your reaction seems to be the exact same reaction that i would have. "are you serious?!" hahaha i laughed and almost teared up when reading it because i felt like i could relate [in an odd way].
i am excited to keep reading! i have just a year+ of your blog posts to go. *excited*