Every girl looks forward to the day she will meet “the one.” She then dreams of the day he will ask her to marry him. On April 27th, 2013 this dream became my reality when my boyfriend, Judd, asked for my hand in marriage. We had been talking about getting engaged for a while now but I never really believed it would happen. Low and behold he surprised me that spring day in my parents formal living room. (With my loyal golden retriever Connor by his side.) We had driven back to my hometown after work Friday night to spend the weekend with my parents, attend a Rush concert and celebrate my brother’s birthday. We planned to keep it a low keep and just spend time visiting families and a few close friends. I had no idea what was about to happen.
After graduating college together and entering the work world as young successful professionals, I decided to propose to Shannon on April 27, 2013. All the closest people to me knew that I planned to propose. The moment occurred at the soon-to-be bride’s parent’s house. Family is very important to us so this was the perfect setting for such an important event. Connor, Shannon’s golden retriever accompanied me in the moments leading up to the event. Shannon said yes and I carefully placed the engagement ring I had been hiding for a week over my bride-to-be’s finger. We now look forward to celebrating our future together with a wedding planned for November of 2014.
On Saturday the 27th, I was very slow to get ready. I spent the morning lounging around the house with my dog. Judd was trying to motivate me to get up and get dressed so we could do lunch with Judd’s grandmother and brother. I got ready around noon when I noticed Judd standing in the formal living room at the front of the house. He told me to come in the room. I walked into the room-thinking he was only going to show me something outside. Instead, Judd took my hands in his and started to say how long we’ve been together and how amazing the past 2 and a half years have been. Suddenly it hit me what he was doing-he was proposing! I started to freak out. When I freak out, I talk a lot and become repetitive. I started to shake and cry hysterically as he reached in his pocket for the ring box. I don’t even recall him getting on his knee-apparently he was on his knee for only a second. He was about to ask the golden question when suddenly I blurted out yes. I jumped the gun on him asking. I was overly excited and ecstatic this was happening. He got the question out and opened the box, took the ring out and struggled to get it over my knuckles. Finally after a few minutes of laughing and struggling, the ring was on. I threw my arms around him and hugged him as tight as I possibly could. The entire time he was asking my parents watched. My dad took pictures of us from the time he asked the question to my mom admiring the new piece on my ring finger. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way-he proposed at my parents house, in my hometown and on my brother’s birthday. What an amazing day! :)
One of the images my father caught of Judd proposing. This is right around the time shock settled in!