Happy Friday friends! Today marks the one week anniversary of our engagement and to celebrate I have convinced Isaac to write a guest post with our engagement story. I thought it would be a awesome to have Isaac share his perspective and I’m really glad I did because reading his post makes me have a permanent grin on my face. The words below are totally his, except the few comments I added, which are italicized. 🙂
My name is Isaac and I am one third of the Eating Bird Food Family. You may remember me from famous posts like Pizza Every Night, Taking Up Cooking Space with Brew Kettles and Missing in Action the Summer of 2009. <–He’s a jokester.
I am here today to retell the story of Brittany and her engagement to me. As most of you know our relationship began many moons ago during our college years at George Mason University. We got to know each other through some mutual friends and cemented our friendship when we both worked at Dominos Pizza. It was not long before sparks were flying and we began our relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend. However, it would be a long…LONG…time before I finally asked Brittany to marry me.
This past summer I was hanging out with a dear friend of mine who sat me down and said, “Seriously, when are you going to go ahead and do what we all know you are going to do and get married?” I made some silly joke, attempting to play it off like I had for many years retelling the quote my dad had ingrained in my brother and I – “You can either get married twice before your thirty or once after.” Now, in my mind I knew that was not the case with Brittany but it was kind of funny the first 150 times and it bought me a little bit of time. He shook his head and said, “You’re ridiculous.” I assured him I had a plan and was going to be getting everything together by November or December.
True to my word, I went to the jewelry store less than half a block away from our house. The store is called Studio K and is owned by the Kamborian family. It just so happens that an earlier generation of the Kamborian family made my parents wedding rings as well. On November 15, 2011 with a stone in hand and an idea in my mind I went and spoke to one of their master jewelers and together we designed a ring around the diamond that I thought was both elegant and slightly antique.
The next 6 weeks were quite hard. I had numerous ideas of how I wanted to propose, but I am notorious for giving people their birthday or holiday gifts before it is time. My original idea was to wait for the first snow and take Brittany and Olive on a walk to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where they have a beautiful water fountain accented by lights and cascading water falls that follow down a set of stairs to a wonderful sculpture garden. Sounds nice, right? Unfortunately, over those six weeks we had an average temperature of 60° and there was no chance of snow in sight.
Skip forward to Friday December 30, 2011… I had decided in the wake of the spring-like December we were experiencing in Virginia I better move on to Plan B.
When Brittany and I were first visited Richmond together during the honeymoon of our relationship, we visited Maymont Park (a private estate that was donated to the City of Richmond and turned into a park in the 1920s) and spent a number of hours curled up together in one over-sized tree getting to know each other better. Friday morning I asked Brittany if we could go to the park since it was going to be one of the last nice days of the year. She liked the idea and around 4 o’clock we traveled with the sun setting to enjoy a little stroll around the park.
When we arrived I suggested we find the tree that we sat in that day 7 years ago and perhaps take some pictures. We walked past the petting zoo, rounded the bend by the grey fox and traveled up the hill to the tree of young love (kidding…kind of).
We took a few pictures. (Of course, I was wearing workout gear for the special moment.)
There we climbed the branch and hung out for a while chatting about what we needed to get done before our New Year’s eve party. All the while, I am nervously fumbling the ring around in my pocket wondering when the right moment would arrive for me to “pop the question.” I will admit, I was a bit nervous despite the fact I already knew the answer. Looking up into the tree I honestly can’t remember what was even being said because I was simultaneously going through what I was going to say to her when that “moment” arrived. The sun was setting (which means closing time at the park) and I knew I needed to get it out or I would be kicking myself the rest of the night. I ask Brittany about some branch way up in the tree so she wont see me reach into the interior pocket of my jacket and pull out the ring. “Phew” I say to myself, “It’s out…okay…you really have to do it now” Then, of course, I procrastinate. I spend the next five minutes talking to Brittany who is sitting on a raised branch with me standing on the ground looking up at her. I have the ring balled up in my hand behind her back. We kiss…I pause…look her in the eye…and ask…”Will you do me a little tiny favor, maybe, by chance before the new year? ” I’m thinking in my head that it didn’t come out quite as eloquently as I anticipated but I had the ball rolling. She looks me in the eye suspectingly and says “hmm, sure. What do you need?” Heart pumping, feeling a bit like a 13 year old boy I respond. “Will you marry me?”
I think everyone knows how the rest of the story goes but I wanted to share the story from my perspective. It’s really unbelievable how nervous a guy can get, even around his best friend in the world when he is asking the her to marry him. I mean, I knew she was going to say yes and there has never been a doubt in my mind that we were a perfect fit. But, there I was reduced to the nerves of a 13 year old boy at the middle school dance asking the girl on the other side of the dance floor to a slow dance.
The past few days have been awesome, thanks for all the congratulations and support!! Knowing that I am going to spend the rest of my life with my best friend has truly made me the happiest person in the world. Brittany is pretty excited as well…
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