To vote, scroll to the bottom of this post. Lance & Julie:
Their Story: Lance and I met back in middle school and he will be the first one to tell you how big of a crush I had on him back then (warning: he exaggerates). It wasn't until our sophomore year of high school until we finally went out on our first date. I asked him to our annual TWIRP dance (the girls ask the guys) and he said yes! We had a great time and finally started dating later that fall. We graduated high school, went to rival colleges (he to NC State and I to UNC), have been working in separate cities and have stayed together throughout. It is going to be so exciting to finally live in the same place as a married couple!!
Their Engagement: Lance proposed over Memorial Day weekend. We we were supposed to be going to the lake with his family for the holiday weekend, but his work schedule "suddenly" changed and he was no longer able to go. I was sad he couldn't make it, but I wasn't going to miss out on a fun-filled weekend at the lake! I got up early, drove to his parents house and when I arrived they told me plans had changed. Lance had left a note for me which said he had been thinking of how we would propose for a long time and that he didnt' think he could truly surprise me without me having a hunch as to what was going on.
A close friend of ours was my driver (and he even dressed up like a limo driver!) for the day and he even had a basket of snacks and a cooler full of drinks for me just like a normal limo. Lance's sister also came along for the day to keep me calm, hand me tissues, and hold my hand when needed! The first clue led us back to high school, where it all began. My cousin and her 5-yr old were waiting for me with my next card that clued us to go get our nails done. The card said "Can you imagine getting engaged and having your nails looking ugly and damaged? Me either!" After getting our nails done, the next clue card indicated we were going back to some of the best years of our life - college! We end up stopping at a restaurant and Lance had arranged for my college roommates to be there to surprise me. Funny story - my roommates got a flat tire on the way to lunch and were afraid they were going to be late. Luckily a very kind policeman stopped to help, they explained the situation and he drove them to the restaurant to meet me! They surprised me even futher when they told me they would be spending the rest of the day with me.
My next clue card sent me to my favorite cupcake shop - Gigi's (a must try)! We enjoyed our cupcakes and I was then given my next clue. It said our next spot would be the place we would start our future life together and that a special gift would be waiting. I knew we were going to Charlotte, NC where Lance currently lives. We end up stopping at a nearby park and my best friend was there waiting for me with a box of chocolate covered strawberries and a big hug! I was so happy to see her! She gave me my next clue which told me to go shopping for a new dress and shoes to wear for the proposal. After buying the new dress and shoes, we made our way back to Lance's apartment to get ready. He had snacks and champagne waiting for us all. After getting ready, I was given my next card which lead me to dinner with my Mom at one of Lance and I's favorite restaurants. We had a wonderful dinner and a had a great time catching up on the amazing day I had. My driver came back to pick me up and gave me my next card that finally lead us to the lake. We get to the lake and a close friend of ours is waiting for me with my final clue. He was going to take me to my final destination and I was to be blindfolded as Lance wanted this final spot to be a surprise. We take off and ride for about 15-20 minutes before the boat finally stops and my blindfold is finally removed. To my surprise, Lance was on the boat on and had been driving the whole time. He was down on one knee and proposed right in the middle of the lake! After the proposal, we went back to the lake house where all our family and friends were waiting to celebrate. It was the best day of my life! :)
Their Story: We met in San Francisco, in August of 2010, while working at the Hyatt in Embarcadero. Giancarlo was the restaurant manager, and Karima had just finished school and was in a management training program. Everyone kept suggesting that we meet, because we were both born and raised in Miami, but we didn't pay much attention to our friends! During her management training program, Giancarlo was responsible for teaching her everything she needed to know about the restaurants! We quickly realized we had lots more in common than our hometown! Before long, we were spending time together "extracurricularly". The sparks flew quickly, and by the wintertime, we were already starting to meet each other's families. Turns out our parents back home live about a mile away from each other, and we have lots of mutual friends! Somehow, though, it took us moving all the way across country to meet in California! We lived in San Francisco about a year together, before Giancarlo was promoted & transferred to Chicago. Karima followed him there, and we lived in Chicago for about a year, before deciding to do something totally and radically different and change jobs, companies, and location. So we decided to move to Hawaii to work for the Four Seasons Hotel!!
Kyle & Brittney:
Their Engagement: Last year on Canada Day long weekend Kyle decided to surprise me with a trip to the mountains, we went with friends however he said that he had a great surprise for me and we went alone for a drive. We ended up at a heliport and I was so excited to be going on my first helicopter ride. When we were up in the air he told me that he had another surprise, he told me we were going to get to land in the mountains! It was a fantastic surprise. We then landed in the mountains and got to explore the mountain tops. We ended up finding a fantastic frozen lake with an Island that happened to be the only area that was free of snow. It was then that I turned around and saw Kyle down on one knee asking me to marry him, and of course I said yes.
Severin & MJ:
Their Engagement: We were celebrating out 8 year anniversary in February 2013 and Severin planned a trip to Santa Barbara for us to celebrate. We went to Santa Barbara because Severin grandparents lived there and he spent many weekends and summers growing up there, so Santa Barbara is a very special place for him. We got up to Santa Barbara the day of our anniversary. We checked in to our hotel and then went out for lunch. We spent the rest of the day going to places Severin had been to growing up and reminiscing about our relationship. We went to city hall and up to the tower to overlook Santa Barbara and the ocean. It was beautiful! We then headed to Butterfly Beach (Severin's favorite beach in Santa Barbara) to watch the sunset. I was having a great time and the day could not be more perfect. The beach was empty that day so it was just the two of us enjoying the sunset. Right as the sun was coming down, Severin got up, faced me and started telling me how much he loved me....thats when it hit me! This was the moment! I got so excited I began to cry and I could not believe it was happening! He asked me to marry him and I say yes a thousand times. It was perfect! We were both so excited and overwhelmed with emotions. Our engagement had been a long time coming and that day was just perfect! After he proposed we took a lot of pictures and took in the moment together. Once the sun went down we got up to head to dinner, where Severin had made special reservations at one of his favorite places he used to visit with his dad and grandma. After dinner I immediately called my parents to tell them the news. When they answered they said, "we were waiting for you to call...". It turns out Severin had asked for their permission back in December and told them about his plan to take me to Santa Barbara, so they knew all along and were anxiously waiting for the call. That made it all the more special for me to know that they were so happy and so excited to celebrate this special moment with us.
Sasha & Megan:
Their Engagement: We took a trip up north to Sasha's Granny's home in Barrington Rhode island. Granny's is a special place because Sasha's parents as well as his sister were married there. We woke up the following morning after we arrived to the pouring rain. Our big plans of laying on the dock and enjoying the June weather were out. We decided to go into town for lunch. As we were getting ready to leave, Sasha asked me if I could help him because Granny asked him that morning to move pots from the end of the dock and he had forgotten. Obviously I was not thrilled about the idea of running down the dock in the pouring rain but after a few minutes of resisting he finally talked me into it. We put our rain jackets on and made our way out the very long dock, once we got to the end, Sasha turned around and told me " Clearly there are no pots down here." He then got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him.
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