One of the absolute best days of my life was the night Derek and I got engaged. I loved our wedding and it was such a beautiful and special day, but I can’t explain how much our engagement means to me. There was something so extremely special about us being together, no cell service, just the two of us with no-one else around. It was a beautiful moment between just the two of us that I will cherish forever.
So, most people don’t really know the full story of our engagement because of the fact that we were all alone and I just never really shared. Although most do not know the full story of how we got engaged, pretty much anyone who knows us knows that we got engaged while on a cruise. With our anniversary trip (another cruise) coming up in just a couple months, it has put me in the mood to share our engagement story.
For my 22nd birthday (in December) Derek booked a cruise vacation for us to go on over my spring break in March. Sometime in between December and March he bought a ring. I honestly don’t know if it was his plan all along or if things just worked out the way it did. I knew he had a ring a couple months before we left. I sort of had a feeling he would propose while we were on our trip, but I wasn’t for sure. The day before we left my best friend met me for lunch. She told me not to get my hopes up or anything for a proposal because she had talked to Derek and it for sure was not going to happen while we were on our cruise. So I went on my trip not expecting anything special to happen and just enjoying how special it was that we were able to go on this vacation together.
Fast forward to formal night. I honestly have no idea how he even brought the ring onto the ship without me knowing, let alone slip it into his suit jacket that night haha. We went to dinner and had a great evening. After we finished eating Derek asked if I wanted to take a walk around the deck. We walk around for a few minutes and then Derek took me to the very top deck on the front of the ship. When we got there nobody else was around. It was just the two of us. We stood against the railing just talking about how beautiful the night was. It was about 10:00 at night so it was dark with nothing but the moon light. There was a wonderful, warm breeze and what seemed like a million stars in the sky. It was a perfect clear night.
While standing there, Derek asked me if I thought I could do life with him forever. I obviously told him yes, without a doubt. He then told me to smile because he wanted to take a picture of me. He told me how beautiful I looked and that he wanted a picture of me in this spot. As soon as he took the picture, he then got down on one knee, pulled the ring out of his pocket, and popped the question.
Considering we’re married now, I obviously said yes haha. I slipped the ring on my finger and he kissed me. I didn’t cry like a baby or anything. I mean I had tears in my eyes, but I had a smile that I don’t believe I’ve ever had before. I just couldn’t stop smiling. We came back inside the ship and couldn’t focus on anything because we were just so happy. We still had a whole week ahead of us and it was such an amazing week. We were both so happy and in love the whole time. We were just engaged, service free, worry free, visiting new islands, and having the time of our lives.
Later on Derek had told me how he planned to propose in the spot he did. Earlier that day, before dinner, I had laid down to take a nap before getting ready for the evening. While I napped, he told me he was going to get a snack to hold him over to dinner. As it turns out, getting a snack wasn’t his plan at all. He was walking around the ship trying to find the perfect spot. He told me that he knew the top deck was it. He said that he had decided to take me there after dinner and if no one was there, he would ask me, but if people were there then he was going to plan something else at another time. After he told me this story, it made things even more special. It just shows how everything was meant to be. Not a single person was in sight while we were there and there is no doubt it was meant to be.
I am so thankful for this man and our relationship. I adore the way he loves me.
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