So I’m a little behind blogging. I’ve been a little busy, getting engaged! Oops:)
SO here’s the story. 100% unedited, ready for you to read. It’s a good one, super sappy, but super perfect. I’m going to tell my side of the story, and then Randy is actually going to type up his side of the story in a cute he said/she said. We’re thinking of moving my blog to a platform where we can both post regularly, so let me know what you think about that!
Ok, here we go:)
I swear this was us about ten minutes ago. Just reenacting one of our favorite art pieces (American Gothic) while performing in Fiddler on the Roof. Circa 2011.
She says: Randy and I had been seriously talking about getting married for a few weeks now. We’d been praying, going to the temple, spending time together and apart to figure out if it was right. And we both came to the conclusion that we were crazy about each other, and wanted to get married. It was the right decision. We went and looked at engagement rings and I pointed out several that I liked, and told Randy to make the final decision and surprise me. I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting, for him to propose. I knew he’d gone and talked to my dad, but I wasn’t sure if he had the ring, or when he was going to pop the question. I would bug him about it every day, whining and wondering when it was going to happen. He was stubborn and wouldn’t tell me a thing! Which is good because i would’ve been upset if he’d spoiled the surprise. Randy told me he was going to do grand gestures and crazy dates for the next few weeks so I would never knew when it was actually coming.
So Monday, February 2nd, my roommate and best friend Rachel texted me and asked if we could go get cheesecake in Salt Lake that night. We had both had a rough weekend, and she said she wanted to go have a girls night out. Randy had told me a few days earlier he was working Monday night, so I said of course! I came home after class and got all dolled up for our night out. We drove to Salt Lake and jammed to our favorite tunes. I was a little suspicious at first, but Randy was texting me from work, and Rachel had been in no rush to leave, and I figured if Randy was proposing he’d want me at a spot at a certain time.
We went and got our cheesecake, it was delightful.
We wandered around City Creek, again removing my suspicion that Randy was proposing, because I was sure he would have a specific plan with a specific time we needed to be there.
We took some pictures, and then Rach asked if we could go to the Capitol building and take more pictures to document our date-night. Of course, I agreed.
We got to the Capitol and I was telling Rachel all about Randy and I’s Senior Prom there, pointing to places where we danced, etc. We started walking up the huge staircase at the very front of the building. There are huge pillars near the front door, and we decided to go up there to take pictures.
Then, Randy walked out front behind the pillars in a suit, with flowers. Rachel disappeared to who knows where! I was in shock, and I think I stammered out “Um….what are you doing here?” Then. It hit me. This was it. He was proposing here. Tonight. Right now.
The city was lit up behind us, you could see the temple and it was so perfect. Randy grabbed my hands, and said some sweet things about how much he loved me, how he had loved me when we had danced there at prom.
Then he got down on his knee, he was so nervous!
Then he asked me to marry him.
And I said yes.
I’ve had lots of wonderful and happy days in my life. But the day that I agreed to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, my high school sweetheart, my returned missionary, and the ultimate love of my life, will go down as one of my very best days. I can’t wait to marry him on May 30th!
He says: When I got home from my mission, it became very real that I wanted to marry Maddy. We had to start praying and being very serious about the question, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I ever had any doubts that it was the perfect choice. She’s my best friend and I don’t have any interest in searching for someone else. Why would I try to find a replacement for a perfect fit? She’s everything to me.
So I started talking to Maddy’s friends and figuring out how I wanted to ask her to marry me. I also talked to her father to receive his blessing. It was SO scary, but he gave me his blessing and then it was up to me to ask her. Rachel and I made plans to get her into Salt Lake City so I could ask her. I was really worried that I wasn’t going to be able to surprise her because we had talked so much about marriage and we had already made plans to get married. To keep the secret, we decided to tell Maddy that I was working on Monday night and have Rachel take Maddy to Salt Lake.
While Rachel was taking Maddy out to have a good time, I was preparing myself at the Capitol building. It was the place that Maddy and I had prom and one of our most romantic dates we’d gone on. It was the perfect place. I got my suit and some flowers and went to the Capitol and waited. I was pacing around and preparing what kind of things I wanted to say when I asked her to marry me.
I ended up waiting for about 2 hours. I started to get really anxious and nervous. Then Rachel texted me and told me that Maddy would be there in about a minute. I stood behind one of the pillars at the top of the main staircase and waited to hear her voice. I felt pretty confident and prepared. Then I heard her and stepped out to see her. She was dressed up nice with Rachel and looked so beautiful……and my hands started to shake uncontrollably. I forgot all the things I wanted to say to her. I just kinda spit out all the things that I was feeling and then got down on my knee, and asked her to marry me. She gave me a cute smile and said yes.
It was the best night. It took more to prepare than anyone had ever told me it would be. It was scarier than anyone had ever told me, but it was also more exciting and happy than anyone had ever told me. I still can’t stop smiling. I walk around school with a stupid smile on my face and a little hop in my step. I’m so excited and I’ve never been so happy.