Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Engagement Story

Back in June, John decided that he wanted to marry me (of course-- he didn't tell me). He bought me tickets to the Steelers/Colts game in Pittsburgh for my birthday in August, and the game was planned for the weekend of November 8th. Apparently, John had a major plan, and had previously decided that he would propose while we were there.

The following was all a major shock for me. Of course I knew we were going to get married and we had discussed it, but I did not think that it was going to happen now-- or in Pittsburgh. John was super sneaky and planned everything without me knowing a thing. I thought that this would be the perfect time to propose, but I didn't think he had the money to buy a ring. He misled me greatly by telling me that it would be at least another year before he could afford a ring!

{To those that are confused, I'm from Pittsburgh and I love Pittsburgh}

He booked a room for two nights in one of the fanciest hotels in Pittsburgh, the Omni William Penn. John made me pose in front of the hotel (love my pose) to document the trip.

John let me pick where I wanted to eat dinner, and the answer was Sesame Inn, no question. It's my absolute favorite Chinese restaurant in Pittsburgh and it's located right in Station Square. We walked around, bought a bunch of steelers gear (for me) and ate, and ate, and ate-- as you can see below.

John was cool as a cucumber, which convinced me even more that he wasn't going to propose. He was acting normally, drinking the local beer, and eating like a boy with a huge appetite. Not to mention the fact that he took a nap before we went out to dinner. Seriously, the boy was hours from proposing and slept like nothing was happening.

After dinner, John mentioned that we should go up the incline to Mount Washington. I was more than happy to because it provides a gorgeous view of the city and my prom pictures were taken there back in high school. My camera sucks, so the picture quality isn't great, but this is what we saw when we got to the top.

If you look closely, you can see the Steelers stadium in this picture, and if you look to the left, you'll see the exact balcony that John proposed to me on.

Anyways, we walked over to the balcony, took pictures, talked about how beautiful it was and then John said, "Okay, are you ready to go?" (he was trying to throw me off). The next thing I knew, I turned around to grab him and he was pulling something out of his pocket. Seconds later, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I started freaking out, cried for about 1.25 seconds and then kept asking him if he was serious. I think I asked about 10 times before snatching the ring from him. The second thing out of my mouth was, "did you ask my dad?" He did, apparently dad was in on the entire thing for months.

It was so incredibly special and beautiful. After the proposal, we called our families and then looked at each other and said, "now what?" haha.

After celebrating via cell phone, John told me the speech that he meant to say as he was down on one knee, but that he was too nervous to get out. Either that or he was distracted by me yelling, "you are kidding" over and over again.

Here's a picture of us riding the incline down, only minutes after getting engaged.

It's almost impossible to get a good picture of the ring, but here it is! I'm in love! He designed it himself and I cannot stop staring at it. I look like the most conceited person in the world right now, because I stop whatever I'm doing once every five minutes to admire the sparkle.

After dinner, we went out for some champagne in station square. Doesn't he look excited! Seriously, we haven't stopped smiling for days.

When we finally got back to our hotel room, my parents had a bottle of champagne waiting for us in the hotel room. We spent the next 12 hours sleeping, and looking over at each other calling each other fiance every few minutes.

On Sunday, we woke up, and went to the Steelers game. It was absolutely incredible, despite the loss. John did not agree to be in any of the following pictures because he did not want to be seen with Steelers gear on. I was more than happy to pose for a few pictures.

I met Steely McBeam!

The atmosphere in Pittsburgh is unlike anything else during a Steelers game. It was incredible to see/hear all the fans. People go all out, unlike anything I have ever seen.

Our seats were way up there in the 527 section!

All in all, the weekend and proposal were absolutely perfect. We hit one minor snag on Monday when we tried to get home. John's car was dead. We tried to jump it, but couldn't get it started and were stranded in the parking garage for 3 hours waiting for a tow truck that could get down to the bottom level of the garage. I cried, but then I looked at my ring and all was well again in the world.

The rest of the day was a bit of a pain in the ass, we ended up having to have his car towed to the dealer, looked at, and finally fixed up.

I like to think that it was a test of our upcoming marriage, and we passed with only minor bickering. =]

Hey, at least it will be a good story to tell the grand kids.


A.D. said...

Awww...what a great story! I LOVE the ring. It is beautiful. He did such a great job!
The day after Eric proposed to me, I went to get a manicure because I knew everyone would be looking at my hand :)!!!!

Kim said...

Congrats! That's super exciting...the ring is gorgeous!

Darth Mama said...

"I look like the most conceited person in the world right now, because I stop whatever I'm doing once every five minutes to admire the sparkle"

This doesn't go away. At least it hasn't for me.

Wifer said...

Oh what a beautiful story. I can't wait to plan your wedding with you:-)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Such a great story! Congrats again!

Ashley said...

Thanks everyone! I'm soooo happy

Brook said...

Congrats! Great engagement story. Well done, boyfriend/fiance.

University of Iowa Meg said...

Hooray!!! Very cute :) I love the ring! I know it's hard to get pictures coz the light and all that just doesn't do it justice- I've tried with my diamond earrings!

Mona said...

A wonderful and memorable day for you! Congratulations once again!!

Shanna said...

What a gorgeous ring, he did a great job.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I love that story. I found your blog through a friend's and love reading. I also want you to know that if you have any questions about planning a wedding, don't hesitate to ask. It's what I do...everyday!

Kate said...

What a great story! I love all the photos :)

Me in Memphis said...

Beautiful ring!

Me in Memphis said...

Beautiful ring!