My twenty-seventh birthday will go down in history.
All I asked for was a duck.
Instead, my boyfriend gave me the gift of knowing that I get to kiss him everyday for the rest of our lives. I get to marry my best friend.
I have smiled the biggest, glowy, cheese ball smile for the last two days. Let me tell you all about it.
Christina’s story: Talk about a surprise. Sweet Tim knew that I would not be suspicious of a romantic night out if it was for my birthday. He took me out for my favorite dinner and even let me order the dang lobster dinner. He pacified me as I talked about the newest Kardashian and laughed at me when I burned all my taste buds off. He was so cool, calm and collected I never gave any thought to this being anything more than a birthday dinner. Tim knows me, he knows that I don’t do terribly well with surprises and I pretty much despise being in the limelight. This was not the place.
Tim had a plan, a cute duck with a ring around its neck. Who knew ducks would be so hard to come by this time of year. So then he considered Asti and quickly decided a vet X-ray would not be a very romantic proposal. Plan B was a lovely fire and a bottle of wine. Then it poured. St. Louis was under flash flood warning and even though he tried to convince me that “he could totally make a fire with swamp wood”. I just stood over him drinking my wine and commenting on all the projects we need to tackle this weekend. While staring DIY in the eye he decided we needed to take the party inside.
This is where my obliviousness comes into play. Tim begged me to let him make a fire. We could curl up by the fireplace and finish our wine and stare into each others eyes or something. I should have seen where it was going…instead I convinced him that he would be all dirty and it probably wouldn’t even start and I mean it is summer so we really shouldn’t be heating our house. Oblivious. Instead I drag him onto our couch and beg him for presents, because that’s just the kind of gal I am.
This is where I tell you how awesome T is for getting me the phone case I wanted. He is awesome. Playing it so cool. I am still hopelessly clueless re-charging my phone. Then he starts teasing me. “Asti, mama has another gift huh?” he says. “Should we give her the other gift, I’m not sure she will like this one” he says. “Wanna watch some TV?” he says. Fast forward to me on hands and knees begging for another present, keeping my fingers crossed for that little chirping snugglebun.
In strolls Timothy. Hands behind his back. “Put your hands out” is all he says. I listen intently for chirping, got nothing….then I fear the worst….he got me worms. After a small panic attack, I refuse and he simply says, “then just turn around”. I always do as I am told. When I turned back around that little ninja had taken a knee. Right about here my mind goes blank. I can’t remember a thing. I am told I made a funny hand gesture that led T to believe I was saying “no”.
He had a spiel, but apparently I jumped in his arms so fast that all he got out was “Christina Renee, you are the love” and tackled. Then there were lots of kisses and smiles and “oh myyyy gosh”s. Then it happened, then he told me the story. This ring, this beautiful ring, was the ring that Tim’s grandpa gave his grandma after returning from WWII. When Tim and I met, we had some major bonding over the love we had for our grandparents so I know how important and special this is to him. I have never had anything so precious to me in my life, a little treasure. Cue the tears. Yes, there was lots and lots of ugly crying. The kind that chokes your airway off and snot bubbles become a real possibility. Why does this guy want to marry me again? I’m stumped.
After a good thirty minutes of tears and kissing, I composed myself for this gem. Pure happiness.
Tim’s story: I asked, she said yes. Thank goodness.
Now the real fun begins! Any tips? Advice? Please don’t tell Tim to run.
I could not be any happier for you two! You are absolutely perfect for each other, and I am so happy that we will get to hang out with the two of you together for the rest of our lives! I’m officially getting my “Pin” on, as I have a LOT of planning to do for the bride-to-be! Love you guys and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! <3
Awwwww thank you!!!! I can’t wait, I seriously can’t wait haha!
You two love birds are going to tie the knot, yay! Ahh, such an exiting birthday indeed! Such a bummer all his plans fell through BUT what really mattered was that it happened!!! My heart grew a little bigger hearing about your gem, how perfect!!
Better show that sucka off at Haven!
Oh you better believe it hahaha!!! I am so excited that you are coming 🙂
Eeeek!! (not sure how to shriek in written form) Yaaaaay! First of all Happy Birthday, sorry I’m late and secondly Congratulations!! So freaking excited for you! Absolutely loved reading your story of how it happened. Tim is such a romantic! So happy or you both!
Hahahaha when I was writing the post I was like, “how do I type out a squeal” hahahaha
Thanks so much!!!!
AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Such a beautiful story!!! Love love love the ring!!! (happy belated birthday too!) So exciting!!
Congrats!!! It rarely turns out the way they planned it (my hubs planned on proposing at rock city but chickened out) but that’s what makes it your story 🙂 so excited for y’all! What an awesome birthday surprise.
As for advice?? Run. Ahahaha jk. Make it your day. We both aren’t comfortable in the limelight so we chose an early afternoon wedding to keep the reception from being too long. Then we partied with our friends after.
Hahaha…it’s funny because my whole life I have always thought the best proposal stories were the ones at home, when you look a mess, and he still love you enough to spend his life with ya! So I guess I got my dream proposal 🙂
That is good advice as we have already had some uncomfortable run ins! We just have to remember it’s OUR day…
Ahhhh! So exciting and I know exactly how you feel, we became members of Engagementville too (on Saturday.) Your ring is beautiful and has such a special meaning. Have a wonderful rest of your lives together. <3
OHHHHHH CONGRATS!!!!! YAYYYYY….we are like engagement twins that were born two days apart haha!
Congrats! I almost guessed it the other night but didn’t wanna be “that person”
Hahaha I figured people that actually knew us would be suspicious when I didn’t put a FB status or picture up of what we did!!! Thanks boo 🙂
Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you guys, and maybe a little nervous for Tim. Just Kidding. Your ring is beautiful!!! Love you guys!!
Hahaha…I must of asked him ten times, “are you SURE” and “you know I am crazy” but he said yes 🙂
Advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff. If it’s not going to matter materially 1 month after you are hitched, let it go. It’s not worth it. Some people will disappoint you, some people will act like they are 3 years old, some people will surprise you in the most wonderful way; these are not always the people you expect! Take an evening every week to VETO any and ALL wedding crap. Seriously. You’ll need a break! Keep in mind that you are marrying each other. If the apocalypse happens and you still end up married…it’s all good!
LOVE the story, love the ring (I too have a ring which contains diamonds from my husband’s great grandmother’s ring) HAVE FUn!!
Thank Tara!!! I love all that advice….I am going to try REALLY hard not to be overwhelmed with planning haha. Say a prayer for me haha.
Isn’t it the most special feeling in the world knowing that not only your boyfriend/finace/husband trusts you that much but his family does too! I have seriously never loved anything more than I love this ring because of how much it means to them…well except Tim. I love him the most 🙂
Congrats but you should’ve let Tim finished his proposal, I’m sure he spent a good amount of time on it. Anyway, I’m excited and can’t wait!
I could’t help myself! Seriously, it was primal instinct!!!! I did let him tell me a cliff note version haha
Holy Schnikes! Now this was an engagement I was waiting to hear about. Congrats to the both of you. I couldn’t be happier for you girl! You are going to be such a purdy bride!
Awwwwww THANKS Kouch!!!!
Congrats! Husband and I got married 9 years ago and my sister just got married June 1st – the evolution in weddings from then to now is crazy (good). I feel like now people are so much more comfortable doing their own thing, whatever that may be. And depending on the size of your wedding reception and time of year, the most gorgeous place I have been to a wedding for is Olivia (http://www.olivaonthehill.com/). My sister’s wedding was at the Mad Art gallery in Soulard and had a really great, laid back and fun vibe (jail cell photos!). My advice – pick a theme or make a mood board or vision board or something because with Pinterest it is really easy to get carried away and have a lot of disjointed ideas — you want everything to be cohesive. I can’t wait to see all the details as they emerge. Congratulations again! Cheers – CT
Ohhhhh thanks so much for the ideas!!! I know we are definitely not a traditional couple so the venue is not gonna be anything typical….I have heard of the Mad Art Gallery and I will def be checking out Olivia!!!!
I agree I have been to some weddings that were all over the place. Pintrest has evolutionized wedding planning that is for sure hahaa!!! Thanks again
FINALLY!!! Oops I mean CONGRATS!!!!! Remember your birthday wishes post where I said Tim probably already had everything ready to go? I think that was likely the case 😉 YAY!!! I am soooo excited for you!!! Extra hugs and love for you guys today!
And Tim, you sneaky little handsome devil you… it’s the luckiest day of your life that Christina said yes!! Especially since you asked her before I could! 😉
Awwwwww THANK YOU!!!!!! We are soooo excited 🙂
And I think I am the lucky one, I couldn’t hide my crazy and he still wants to marry me!!!! It’s a miracle 🙂
Are you sure he isn’t pocketing some cash from your parents? hahaha. Kidding. You’re the best! OF COURSE he adores you!
It wouldn’t surprise me one bit!!! My dad has been so terrified Tim would find out I can’t do laundry and run for the hills 🙂
Holy crap it just occurred to me… wedding planning posts!!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! yay!
Hahaha you’re funny….and I. Can’t. Wait.
Congratulations! Planning a wedding is so much fun. My only advice is to remember that, its supposed to be fun, not hard and stressfull. If something feels completely overwhelming and stressing you out terribly it might not be worth it. Lean on your MOH and don’t be afraid to ask for help! Can’t wait to see how it all progresses 🙂
Awwwww thank you!!!! I am hoping I am a laid back bride hahaha we shall see 🙂
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! How exciting! Have you set a date?
We have! We called both our parents and they both asked right away so we figured that needed to be the first thing we did 🙂
As of today it is October 4, 2014. As in 10+4=14 or “10-4 good buddy”…I am sure I will come up with at least ten other jokes about it befour then (bu dun cha). Thanks so much and I can’t wait to finally meet you at Haven!!!
Just totally cried for a good 10 mins, how exciting. I am so happy for the two of you. You were created for one another. I will NOT be missing this wedding…Much love!!!
Awwwwww THANK YOU!!!!! I think we lived our whole lives to meet each other…it’s such a weird feeling to truly feel like you were “meant” for someone 🙂
Awww yayyyyy! What a great proposal storyyy – and a beautiful ring! I cannot wait to follow your wedding planning. =) CONGRATS!
I might suggest signing up for weddingwire.com. It was my crutch during our wedding planning. =)
Ohhhh THANK YOU!!!! I know there are like fifty billion wedding sites and I don’t even know where to start hahaha 🙂
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So so so excited for you!!!! Congratulations!!
THANKS!!!!! We are bouncing off the walls excited 🙂
Congratulations and Tim I’m very proud of you, that’s a beautiful ring! Time to celebrate a blog meet up??????
YES!!! What are you doing tomorrow 🙂
I am having a little gathering at Roxane’s in Clayton around 6….I would love it if you can make it!!!!
Oh what a wonderful surprise, congratulations… I got married last year, there is so much inspiration on the net- wedding chicks is a nice website and one fab day is a nice Irish wedding website if you would like to check those out. I have a limited few photographs of our wedding day on my pinterest page, we got married in a castle which I visited as a child when it was abandoned. It is now a lovely hotel though 🙂
Ohhhh awesome! Thanks so much for the websites and I can’t wait to see your photos 🙂
So excited for you Christina! Can’t wait to see you (& that gorgeous ring) tomorrow to celebrate! Woo Woo! Let the wedding planning begin…
Yayyyyy can’t wait for tomorrow!!!
Wait…. So no duck? Hmmn well, congrats anyway 😉 You guys are too cute! I’m so thrilled for you both; the ring is ahhh mazing 🙂
Oh I am getting a duck….believe you me! What is funny is that FOUR different people said they were going to get me a duck but couldn’t find one!!! Well I am on a mission now 🙂
Thanks so much!!!!
Awe, CONGRATS. This is one of the most exciting times in your life! My advice is don’t ever forget how happy you feel right now. 🙂 You’re so lucky to have Pinterest to assist in the wedding planning, oh how I wish it was around a few years ago to help me with mine! The ring is beautiful and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that it is sentimental!
THANK YOU!!!! I wish I could bottle this feeling up and keep it forever, I am beyond cloud nine hahaha. Yes, Pinterest is going to get a workout the next few months hahahaha
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Congrats!! What an adorable story and show stoppin’ ring!!! You go girl!!
Awwwwww thank you!!!! Can’t wait to finally meet you at Haven 🙂
eeeeeeee, congratulations to you both!!!!!!! that ring is gorgeous, love that it is a family heirloom. enjoy this exciting time, happy planning!
Thank you soooo much! We are hoping for a longer engagement to really soak it all up 🙂
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Congrats on your engagement!!!!!!! small world but I got engaged on June 15th! I went back to your blog to see how the house reno is coming along and noticed the great news!!! So happy for you!!!
Awwwww CONGRATS Simone 🙂
Can’t wait to see your wedding plans!!!
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