First, a little back story: Our first date was on Valentine's Day way back in 2009. Yes, that means we were dating before we went on our first date, but it worked for us. This date consisted of us walking to the restaurant Flat Branch in downtown Columbia since we lived on campus and neither of us had a car. Even though we had been seeing each other for about two weeks, I remember how nervous I was while we walked and during dinner. And I remember being so touched that Tom brought me flowers :) After dinner that night, we joined some friends to go bowling. All in all, it was a pretty great first date.
|Our first date - 2/14/2009|
Tom came up with the idea to recreate our first date. This time, however, we drove instead of walked and skipped the bowling. The evening began with me coming home to a sweet card and a single long-stem rose. (I made Tom a special Valentine's Day breakfast that morning, so he wasn't expecting anything that night.) We got ready and then headed to Flat Branch for dinner. Because they don't take reservations, we waited about 35 minutes to be seated.
During dinner, I noticed that Tom seemed a little antsy, but he quickly brushed it off. We had fun talking and enjoying the delicious food, and we even sat at the same table we sat at on our first date four years ago :)
After dinner, Tom suggested we walk around Mizzou's campus. I was a little surprised since Tom usually hates walking around "aimlessly" (and it was pretty cold outside), but I happily obliged. I mean, what girl wouldn't want to take a romantic stroll around a beautiful college campus on Valentine's Day?
As we walked, Tom asked me to recap my favorite things that have happened during our time together. We talked about all of our firsts during our first year, becoming long distance our second year, all of our visits during our third year, and moving in together and getting Jibboom during our fourth year. It was so fun to take a look back at our relationship and realize just how much we've experienced together. It really has been a wild ride over the past four years, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world :)
As we talked, we made our way to the quad and over to the Engineering seal. Mizzou tradition states that anyone who walks on the seal will fall in love with and marry an engineer. During college, I made a point to jump on it whenever I walked by because Tom belonged to the College of Engineering. The seal was just a logical part of our walk through our old stomping grounds. Of course, I made it a point to step on the seal when we got there.
Tom kissed me and was quiet for what seemed like a long time. Finally, asked me what my favorite thing about our fifth year was. I told him that not much had happened since we just celebrated our anniversary a few weeks ago. He then said "Well, I think we should get married this year," and before I knew it, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him!
I'm pretty sure I was speechless for a long time, but I eventually burst into tears and nodded yes! I was completely stunned! There were other sweet words from Tom about how much he loves me and how he wants us to keep going forever, but I was just so happy and shocked that we were engaged! Honestly, the whole moment is a little bit of a blur, but it was absolutely perfect.
As we stood there hugging and kissing (and me crying and admiring my GORGEOUS engagement ring), I noticed flashes going off. Tom hired a secret photographer to document our proposal! He seriously thought of everything and could not have done any better. I'm so happy to have photos of this huge moment in our lives, and -- most importantly -- I'm so happy and excited to be marrying my best friend and the love of my life!!!
After the photographers left and I collected myself and we talked for a few minutes (aka just kept saying over and over how happy we were), we both called our parents to tell them the good news. I also called my brother and my best friend Whitney who was in on Tom's plan. Everyone was so excited and happy for us :)
We decided to walk over to Top Ten Wines for a celebratory glass of champagne. While we were there, Tom told me all about planning the proposal and getting my ring. Can you believe that he bought the diamond TWO YEARS ago? He's had the finished ring since July and has been hiding it in our apartment waiting to pop the big question. And -- get this -- he asked my dad's permission back in May before I moved to Missouri! He's just amazing. I felt like I was on a cloud the entire time. And I still do. The proposal, the ring, and --most importantly -- the man are all perfect. I really am the luckiest girl in the world. AND WE'RE GETTING MARRIED!!!
|Yummy Valentine's breakfast I made for Tom|
|My sweet card and rose :)|
|Waiting at the restaurant. Still boyfriend and girlfriend here :)|
All proposal photos taken by Creative Photo.