Homerun Engagement Story
The proposal is the most nerve racking and stressful time in a man’s life. This is when he decides he is going to ask a women to be his wife and spend the rest of there lives together. On the flip side, it is the most exciting time. I believe the ring search is the most nerve racking part. You are purchasing a piece of jewerly that will be forever on your wife’s hand. You want this to represent your love for her and your commitment to her. You want it to reflect her style and you want it to be something that she is proud to wear. In short… its a BIG decision!
My search started with local jewerly establishments. I wanted them to present me with what they had to offer. I made each store educate me on the “ins and outs” of the diamond, the cuts, the clarity, the color, the bands, the difference in gold etc. I gathered all the info, including the suptle hints that Nicole dropped on me (the walks into jewerly stores, the emails and pictures) and decided where I wanted to go and what I wanted to get. After spending nearly 2 hours on my first visit and another 3 hours on my second visit, I finally decided on the bling I wanted. All there was left to do was ask…..
I did what is traditionally done, went to Nicole’s parents to ask for there blessing to take there daughters hand in marriage, which they happily gave me. There was no real plan for the proposal. I wanted it to be a suprise and a special moment that only the 2 of us would share. Did I have some ideas on how and when to propose? Yes. Were those plans executed? No. After a few weeks of holding, hiding and carrying this ring with me; waiting or trying to set up for the perfect moment, I decided to ask her when the moment felt right.
ATTEMPT #1: We spent 4th of July weekend in Lake George in a beautiful mansion on the lake! “The plan” was to go to the fireworks and during the grand finale pop the question. Well, Nicole decided that she wanted to stay at the mansion instead of going to the fireworks, so we did. STRIKE 1!
ATTEMPT #2: The following weekend “the plan” was to go to dinner at the Barnsider in Albany, drive up to Saratoga and walk around town enjoying the beautiful summer night, holding hands by the moon kissed river (which we did!) then go back home, have a romantic glass of wine around a nice warm fire and at some point pop the question. Well, Nicole decided that she was tired and wanted to go to bed, so we did. STRIKE 2!
ATTEMPT #3: Before falling asleep, I decided that I had enough swinging and missing. So I brought the ring to bed, held onto it for dear life all night like the diamond fairy was coming to take it, tossed and turned before finally falling asleep. We awoke the next day to a beautiful July morning. As we were laying there I leaned over, whispered into her ear “I love you” and other sweet sayings, I reached around her with the opened box, whispered into her ear “Will you marry me”? as I placed the ring on her finger. She looked at me like it was a dream, stunned and speechless for a moment then asked me “Are you kidding me”? I chuckled and replied “No”. She looked at me with her beautiful eyes, her beautiful smile and with a few tears of joy rolling down her face she said “YES”!…….HOMERUN!