Sara & Robby’s Engagement Story!

We just received this engagement story from Sara. It’s so sweet, we wanted to share the whole thing. Please enjoy! And feel free to share YOUR engagement story by emailing me at natasha@theweddinglens.com.

“I first met Robby through mutual friends at an Italian Restaurant in Morrisville, we instantly felt sparks but were casual friends at first, which did not last long before we both knew we were kindred spirits and we immediately started spending a lot of time together. We had been dating about a month when Labor Day weekend approached and Robby asked me to come with him to Florida for the holiday to meet his family. I instantly felt different. I could actually feel my life changing, it was incredible.

Robby is not an overwhelmingly romantic or showy person, but he always says what he means and you can tell he means what he says, so our engagement was even more incredible! Christmas time was quickly approaching and we had decided we would spend it in Florida with his family. This would be my very first Christmas away from my own family, so it was an adjustment but I was still really looking forward to it.

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My favorite day of the year is Christmas Eve and in my Italian family, this is our big celebration day when all of the gifts are opened and everyone stays up late. Robby had mentioned that to honor my family’s tradition he and I would exchange our gifts on Christmas Eve and I happily agreed!

A few days before we left for Florida we were visiting my Mom and I saw she and Robby speaking in low voices out front of our house while he was helping her with packages, my detective senses were working overtime and I was anxious at what this could be about. Later that night I grilled my Mom for any information, but she just said they were talking about a gift he had gotten me and if it was the right one. I mentioned something about an engagement and she quietly told me that I should just relax and have a great time in Florida and that I shouldn’t worry about all of that, she said there would be plenty of time for talk about marriage down the road. I took her advice to heart and just appreciated our first Christmas together, and we left for Florida in the car the day before Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve, we had dinner over at Robby’s Grandparents home and opened gifts. His two younger siblings (twins) (18yearsold) left in a quick hurry after they tore through their gifts like a whirlwind and sped off for home. I thought this to be odd, and when I asked Robby’s Mom why they had left so soon, she wouldn’t really answer me. We went home about an hour later with Robby’s parents.

When we got in the car, a cell phone started ringing and Robby’s step dad answered and said only “The Chicken is in the coop” and hung up. Realizing I had only known this family a few months, I decided that they just might be a little “different” and I shook it off as nothing. Repeatedly on the way home Robby’s Mom was pointing out to me what seemed like really trivial non-sensual things like “Look Sara there are people at Walgreen’s!” or, “look, a yellow car!” again, I shook it off laughing.

The sun was just about setting when we began to pull into the drive and again, the cell phone was ringing, this time the greeting to the mysterious caller was “The Chicken IS IN the pot” no sooner did the car stop that Robby was running for the house and he was quickly out of sight.

Once inside with Robby’s parents in tow, Robby’s step dad suggested we open up the bottle of my native Long Island Bordeaux I had brought and I instantly agreed! I was having a strange night!!!

It was about 15 minutes later that Robby appeared and said: “Hey you want to walk down to the dock, get some air for a minute” I thought this was a great idea, so wine glass in hand in hand we descended down the lawn to the dock where we had previously done all of that fishing and jet skiing, I was happy to be back here. As we got closer and the sun dipped lower I saw something in the distance out on the pier, closer inspection revealed candles, lots of candles lining the entire path up the dock, I squinted my brow and looked closer to find rose petals strewn everywhere! They were even lapping up at the shore!

I was breathless and by the time I could turn to Robby he was down on one knee, box open twinkling in the evening sun. I think I said yes AS he was asking the question! I was crying and laughing at the same time, I got down and pulled him up to me and felt him waving his right arm in the air, I said “what’s going on?” and he said in a very loud voice: “there are supposed to be fire…” and as he said it, I heard rustling in the bushes behind us and then one after the next, fireworks flew through the evening sky, the whole family was in on the entire production from beginning to end and the twins had set off for home early so they could carefully orchestrate Robby’s plans. The rose petals were hand picked by the twins from their grandmothers rose garden!!!!

It was the most memorable unbelievable day of my life, and only one thing was missing. My parents weren’t there! When we went back into the house I immediately dialed my Moms number to find her already laughing and giddy on the other end, He DID talk to my Mom that night outside the house, even showed her the ring!!!! They were all in on it!!!”

Congratulations!

Andrea & Aaron’s Engagement Story!

Want to share YOUR engagement story? Email me! Natasha@theweddinglens.com! Here’s Andrea & Aaron’s story — which happened on July 4, 2008 in Hayward, WI on Lake Lac Courte Oreilles… and after 7 years of dating!

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“The overall weekend included a 1 hour and 50 minute trip up Interstate 35 and East into Grantsburg and across the MN border into WI thru Spooner and ending at Stone Hill Resort in Hayward, WI. Aaron, Tiki [their dog] and I left on Thursday evening and stayed until Saturday early evening….

Our Day~ Friday afternoon we spent the morning hanging out on the beach soaking up the sun! It must have been about 1pm or so and we all packed up and headed out for an afternoon cruising around the lake on the pontoon…. We ended up spending the entire afternoon out on the lake and I had started to turn a nice bright shade of red (a common nickname that I find Aaron calling me during the summer is “La Langosta” it means lobster). Anyway, I think we docked the pontoon back at the house somewhere between 4:30 & 5:30pm… and then….

Aaron suggested (wait no…) Aaron insisted that we go for a boat ride in the “Booger”.
 
Some of you might be asking yourself (or me) what is the “Booger”??
 
It’s this little dirty old green fishing boat. Not something that ANDREA wants to take out on a deep lake for a little joy ride- NOT AT ALL. You may also know that I am VERY scared… we’re talking VERY phobic of water… especially deep, dark, lake water!!!
I am not a good swimmer (well let’s just call me a NONswimmer) SO… I was very reluctant in getting in and taking a little boat ride with Aaron in the Booger- but like I said he insisted upon it and he even grabbed Tiki to take along for the ride. I figured that I better go for 2 reasons:
1. Tiki was going, so I better go- she might jump out (then what!?) she can swim- I can’t- end of story!
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2. I didn’t want to hear about me not going and being “chicken and not trusting Aaron” for the rest of the weekend… so there I was left with no choice- I VERY carefully stepped into the boat, while holding my breath- I grabbed Tiki to put her in my lap and to hang onto her for dear life
 
How It Happened~ So as we took off from the dock (going WAY TOO fast) I didn’t move a muscle… and wouldn’t let Tiki do so either. Of course I kept on telling Aaron to “slow down” and “NO sharp turns” (I was in the front of the boat that was like 50 feet up in the air!) that’s what it felt like anyway… (I don’t think you understand how afraid of the water I am) anyway- Aaron was laughing at me the whole way out. The conversation went like so:
Aaron asks: “How far out do you want to go?”
 
I say: “I don’t care, we can go back right now!”
– at this point Aaron stops the boat & cuts the motor off.
and as the water settles around us –
Aaron says: “Why don’t you check Tiki’s collar first.”
 
Me (confused & wondering) I check her collar and what do I SEE!?! a beautiful ring glistening in the early evening sun!
 
– Tears are forming at this point –
I say (tearfully): “Aaron……”
– With Aaron leaning forward, elbows on his knees hands together –
-Aaron asks me to Marry him!-
(I of course said) “Aaron… ABSOLUTELY!!!””
 
And now, of course, they are to be married in February in Cabo San Lucas! Congratulations!

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