BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!
We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s Amanda s.’ entry, of a hot summer day and a cool proposal on the beach.
My fiancé proposed to me on a beautiful, sunny day during a walk along the Tacoma waterfront. Eric and I had met online only 6 months before the proposal, but he already knew exactly what I would want. On June 4, 2013, he picked me up at the Light Rail station after work. We stopped at his house to take care of his dog and then we headed to the waterfront. It was the hottest day of the year to that point. I had on a spaghetti strapped dress, and was still warm. So, I couldn’t understand why he insisted on bringing his coat. I must have asked him 10 times if he really wanted to carry it—it was so hot! He insisted that it was just easier to take it and we were on our way. We walked, hand in hand, on the path that winds its way along the waterfront. We stopped to watch someone parasailing and to admire the view of the mountains in the distance. We stopped for a few moments on various benches, but then, we would walk again, only to stop at the next empty bench. I didn’t understand why we kept stopping, but he had a plan!
He knew that I did not want a public proposal. So, on that busy afternoon, he waited until we found a secluded bench where we were not going to be noticed, surrounded, or cheered for. We found our secluded bench and sat and talked and stared at the water. Then, he took a deep breath and reached into his pocket. He had written his proposal out because he didn’t want to forget anything. His hand was shaking as he read the most beautiful proposal to me. I always thought I would cry when a man got down on one knee and asked me “the question”, but I was so overjoyed and so happy, but I just smiled. He knelt down and pulled a ring box from his coat pocket. “Amanda Shutters, will you marry me?” he asked, hands still shaking. I think I said “Of course!” Though, I’m not really sure what I said. I was too excited to think and quickly put the ring on my left hand. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. He wanted me to be able to share the news with my friends and family, who all lived on the east coast, so he purposely proposed in the early afternoon. We sat on the bench a while, hand in hand, while I stared at the diamond on my finger. “Mrs. Lattin,” I said. I couldn’t wait.
Eventually, I was able to call my parents, best friend, brother and grandparents. I sent a few picture messages of the ring to others letting them figure it out. We stayed on the bench, not wanting the moment to end, until we both could feel our skin burning in the hot sun. We ended our walk with a “selfy” picture of the two of us beaming on “our” bench.