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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, showing that big surprises can come in little packages.

My fiancé was so patient with me as he got closer to proposing! He searched for the perfect ring and was forced to order it through a tacori dealer in another state. He was in a business trip when the package arrived and I was none the wiser. I signed for the box, addressed may I add to my fiancé from some random person (my fiancé explicitly told them not to have the brand anywhere in the packaging) and took it back to our apartment which was in varying states of packing as I would be moving into our new home that weekend while he was away. Well he retuned home and discovered that the package had been delivered to the apartment. He asked me very casually if he had received any boxes and I said….nope. I was completely convinced he had not received anything!!! In the excitement and chaos of moving I completely forgot. Well he spend the next day in a downright panic since the fed ex company had said it was delivered and the apartment said I had signed for it. Which I denied completely!!! It wasn’t until later the next day that I vaguely remembered a package! I told him where I thought it might be and I was correct. His fear vanished but he was left with the fact that I probably had a good idea what and why he was panicking so much, to the point of thinking about filing a police report! And he was right I did have an inkling! But all that went away when a month and a half went by! Thanksgiving day rolled around and my dad was visiting us for the holidays. My fiancé surprised us all by asking me to marry him right before thanksgiving dinner which is not something he would normally do since he is not a fan of being the center of attention. Poor guy hung in there even thought I almost lost my own ring for him!!! Gotta love him and I of course said YES!

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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 GENEVIEVE’S ENTRY. What do Tommy John surgery, a lap dance, karaoke and cancer all have in common? For an unsuspecting couple, it meant the difference between fulfilling fate and never having met.


A NCAA division 1 baseball pitcher on scholarship to Siena College in upstate NY, Craig Chaput, born and raised in Ottawa, was on top of the world. Topping the list for MLB drafting, his impressive stats and passion for his sport was leading him to the big leagues.  That was until fate intervened and set him on a new course – one that would no longer involve pitching.

 On the mound, crowd roaring, scouts glaring, Craig made a signature fastball which ended up being his last. With a quick “pop”, he tore the ligaments in his elbow. His agent called him that day, asking simply “Tommy Johns?”, and he reluctantly replied “yes”. With that, the agent said “It was nice working with you” and hung up the phone.

With his baseball dream abolished, he moved back to Ottawa and back to reality. His relationship with his out of country fiancé ended shortly thereafter and he fell into a depression. His friends urged him to move on and start living again and one summer night after spending the day in the sun at HOPE Beach Volleyball tournament, the course of his life changed forever.

I had just ended a 3 year relationship a few months prior, but had mustered up the courage to forge ahead and start anew by buying a house in Pembroke, Ontario and start over. That night, my friend Lexx invited me out to Ottawa for her bachelorette party. Having not been out clubbing since the break-up, we went to town, got tattoos and went out for the night.

As fate would have it, Craig and myself wound up being at the same bar. He and his brothers participated that evening in all the “dare cards” we had circulating and it just so happened that I pulled the “Get a lap dance from a guy” card. Without hesitation, Craig gave me his best Magic Mike impersonation and went full out. His sense of humour and lack of inhibition led me to give him my number.

Just over a year later, and we now live together in Ottawa and are planning our future. If it were not for the circumstances that led transpired in both our lives, we would have never connected and found one another.

In early May, I found out that I have thyroid cancer. At 26 years old, and with a mother who passed away at 39 years old, it has been a tough pill to swallow. Without the unconditional love and unwavering support that Craig has provided me since day one of finding out, I would not have been able to be this strong.

Prior to my thyroidectomy surgery on August 12th, 2013, we decided to plan a final party for our close friends and family in my honor. Little did I know, the night would be one that I would not soon forget. With a passion for singing and a favourite karaoke joint we shared, we set up a karaoke party on August 2nd. When we reached the pub, Craig took the microphone and played our song – Crash into me, Dave Matthews – over the speakers. He began to share my story to the crowd and our friends and family about my upcoming surgery and how it may be the last time that I sang for quite some time. He expressed how much I meant to him and that he was not going anywhere…forever. On bended knee, he asked me to be his wife to which I replied with a resounding “OBVIOUSLY!”

I had my thyroidectomy on August 12th and it went well. After a week in the hospital, I have returned home to heal and to plan our wedding. The best news of all is that my vocal chords were intact, and I will get to sing again.

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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 cyndi’s entry, a story of true love in canada’s far north. 

 

I live in Ottawa Ontario, we had been planning our summer trip to Whitehorse Yukon for close to a year. We had a friend up there who was getting married on the Saturday. On the Monday, there was a trip planned to rent a 13 person voyager canoe, we were sitting in the middle. he was shuffling through his bag as we were paddling along the Yukon river, eagles flying around us. he pulled out this beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. I had no idea because we had talked recently about it and knew it wouldnt happen for a while… most amazing moment ever!!!!!

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BunchesDirect is currently can 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 Denise’s entry. This is the story of a big proposal in the “big apple”.

 

For months before our engagement my now fiance Kevin had been saying he had a “plan.” I would ask if he had a ring, and when he replied “no” I would tell him he didn’t have a plan, he had a “pluh.” I was getting pretty impatient, and he was certainly feeling the pressure.

Over Easter weekend we had a trip to New York planned. Well, I had planned the entire trip because he isn’t much of a planner. On Friday we went to take a bike ride through Central Park, but the bike rental place was closed. We decided to walk. We saw the boat pond, the Alice in Wonderland statue, and Bethesda Fountain. As we walked down the mall some street performers were playing “La Vie en Rose,” and we were having a wonderful vacation.

At Columbus Circle we stopped to have gelato at Grom bedore heading for a ride on the carousel. After walking through Strawberry Fields I asked Kevin if we should go up by the Castle or just head back to the fountain before lunch at the Boathouse.

He somehow led me back to Bethesda Fountain, the whole time making it seem like my idea, so I really had no clue. We were sitting on the side of the fountain when he said, “You know how I keep saying I have a plan.” It didn’t register right away, but he then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I couldn’t believe it! I cried, he smiled, I cried some more, and we had an amazing trip.

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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 CATHERINE’S ENTRY, A STORY wHICH AFFIRMS THAT LOVE, INDEED, DOES CONQUER ALL OBSTACLES.

I first met my fiance online while deployed to Afghanistan.  I had just had my heart broken by a man to whom I’d been dating for years.  I was completely devastated, and I vowed to never love again.  We met on Facebook through a mutual friend.  He always had a kind, funny or sarcastic word that lifted my spirits even in the most difficult times.  We became instant friends.  We’d message each other while I sat huddled in a bunker during rocket attacks.  He listened to my concerns about my Soldiers traveling through dangerous parts of the country and on me each time I traveled through dangerous battlespace.  After I returned from Afghanistan, we met in person in Antigua where we began to fall for each other.  Several months later, we decided to forge a serious relationship.  He moved from Belgium to the States to take a year of law school, and to spend time with me.  For Christmas, he bought me the Complete Works of Shakespeare because of our shared love for Shakespeare.  On Christmas Eve, while we were reading Romeo and Juliet together, as I read these words:


“Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,
By one that I’ll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite;
And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.”

He dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife.  He is my prince and the love of my life.  He rescued me from a life of loneliness, and gave me a place in his heart.

I will love him always!

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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 Mickey’s entry. he’s a photographer, and worked to set up this picture-perfect proposal.

 

Mickey Shannon Engagement

I recently proposed to my girlfriend and she said yes!  We wanted to share the story of the proposal, as many have asked us about it as we have been telling people about our engagement. I’m a photographer, so I had to make sure to get a stunning photo of our proposal! I had my remote trigger ready for this event as I wanted to take a shot of my proposing out under the stars! I proposed at Teter Rock out on the Flint Hills near Cassoday, Kansas. This spot was memorable for us. The second time we ever hung out was during a blizzard in February at Teter Rock. That time we spent at least 6 hours shooting photos, talking and becoming friends! She very quickly became my best friend, and on the night of July 26th, 2013 we became officially engaged!

Over the years, I had decided that I had always wanted to propose in Italy at a place called Via dell’Amore in Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean Sea. Having only dated for a shorter period of time, however, meant that a Europe trip wasn’t happening in time for this engagement! As I was thinking of something special to come up with, I remembered the story of the Via dell’Amore. Cinque Terre is a rugged area on the Mediterranean Sea that consists of five beautiful villages. Between two villages is the Via dell’Amore (the Pathway of Love) where in the past, the guys and girls of these two villages would get together to propose or marry. Up until this trail was made, contact outside the villages was rare because of their remoteness and ruggedness of the region. One of the traditions of the Via
dell’Amore is the “Love locks”. A couple will take a padlock and lock it together, then throw the key off the cliff into the Mediterranean Sea, meant to symbolize the locking of their love together. So I bought two locks and had them engraved with our initials. One lock to seal at Teter Rock, a special place for us, and one lock to take to Italy someday and lock at Cinque Terre, as traveling is something we both want to do a lot of!

So last Friday, the weather was showing clear skies and wonderful temperatures for the middle of summer. I picked her up and we grabbed some dinner, along with candles, blankets and such for what she thought was a date night under the stars to watch a meteor shower. When we got to Teter Rock, the last light of the sunset had just faded and the stars were bright and shining! I knew the moon was supposed to come up around 11, which would illuminate the scene, but would dim the stars. So I set the camera up to shoot a scene with the Milky Way in the background that I would layer onto the proposal scene to create the photo this story is attached to. I snapped a few exposures, all the while she’s asking me to come eat with her instead of messing with my camera. She didn’t quite realize I was getting it ready to photograph her proposal.

So after getting the camera ready, I came to sit and eat with her. She was a little cold so we got her wrapped up in the blanket and finished off our food. At this point, a few coyotes decided to howl in the distance. While I know the coyotes out there are more afraid of us than we are of them, that didn’t help her desire to hightail it to the car and camp out to watch the stars in the comfort of safety. I wasn’t sure what to do at this point. I knew I needed to propose, but I didn’t want to do it while she was freaking out.

I considered waiting for another time, but realized it might be a while before I got her out here again. After sitting in the car warming up a bit (and honking the horn and blaring the radio to scare off the coyotes) I talked her into taking the photo. She had calmed down and seemed fine at this point, so I went back out to get the camera settings changed for the new moonlit sky. I had her come out to model the settings, with her totally expecting to get a nice photo of us together. The settings were right. She was happy and not freaking out about coyotes. It was time! The moment had arrived! I walked over to our little romantic candlelit picnic area, and we took a photo together. After taking the photo, I told her “Oh, I want to get one more photo”. She looked at me, and at this point, I dropped to one knee and asked her to be my wife. I’ve never seen so much happiness before, as she was literally shaking and grinning from ear to ear. She said YES! I was also clicking away with my remote, grabbing the proposal scene as I wanted it! Under a nighttime full of stars at a special location!

After we enjoyed the moment for a few minutes, I gave her the locks and explained the story. She already knew of Cinque Terre and the Via dell’Amore as I had told her I wanted to visit it someday. Before we left Teter Rock, we left one of the two locks there, with the promise to lock the other one in Italy someday and throw the key off the cliffs into the sea below.