How he asked: Brent’s dad is a high school teacher, and we were traveling to Italy with a few of his students (along with Brent’s mom, aunt, and uncle!). Leading up to Italy, a lot of my friends/family were asking if I thought Brent would propose, but since we had talked about waiting to get engaged until he was moved to the Midwest, I knew it wouldn’t happen in Italy. So much so, I said to Brent the day before we left,
“It’s not like I don’t think you’re proposing, I know you aren’t. I know you don’t have a ring, and I know you didn’t talk to my dad yet. I mean, I would say ‘yes,’ but still, I know it’s not happening. We will be in Italy, and that’s beautiful enough, so don’t stress about people asking about proposing and such!”
Clearly, it must have killed Brent to not say a word, and act like everything was normal!
When we got to Italy, we spent a few days traveling through Verona and Venice, and our next stop was Florence. When we got to Florence, we had a few walking tours, and had spent most of the day on our feet! I was exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel, but Brent was persistent about going on a walk that night! I was so tired, it took a lot of convincing! Even after he told me about the beautiful sunset, I was still not interested! ;) After changing my shoes, Brent finally convinced me to go on an evening walk, and explore the city a bit. I said to him as we were leaving, “I must love you a bunch to go on this walk with you right now…” Clearly, I was being a little (okay, a lot) sassy!
We went for a walk and ended up in this park that was absolutely stunning. I said to Brent, “I feel like we are in the movies!” and started to take some pictures. Clearly, my tired mood had shifted a bit. After ending up under this beautiful arch monument, Brent asked me if I would be surprised if he had something for me. I was in total shock, and apparently just kept saying, “wait…what? Is this really happening right now? Tell me…is this happening right now?” I was totally surprised! Of course, the happy tears started flowing right away….
Brent pulled out two letters from his pocket that he wanted me to read. I was in a total blur, I hardly read them! Ha! They were filled with such romantic words, and it was perfect for the two of us. Since we are long distance, we had exchanged several love letters before, but these were the ultimate love letters! The last letter had included a penny that I had given him, when we first started talking, for his birthday. It was a penny he was supposed to put in the bank, so we could save the interest to visit one another ;) He explained that he will no longer need the penny anymore, since he quit his job, and was moving to the Midwest. After that news, he started to laugh and explain that “yes, I did talk to your dad…and yes, your family does know…and Liz (my best friend) knows….” He was referring to when I told him I knew he didn’t talk to my dad or family, so I knew we wouldn’t be getting engaged in Italy!
And then bam! He was on one knee, and asking if I would marry him! Of course, I said yes right away!
Perfect barn wedding
Dramatic place setting, in black gold and white. Love it.
How we met: Maurice & I met at a bar in Melbourne. He was running a successful night in the CBD, and my friend worked for him at the door. One night they needed somebody to fill in so I went with her, met him, our friendship blossomed from there.
How he asked: I am a teacher and Maurice had heard me talking about a few teachers from my school who I developed a close relationship with. He tracked them down through Facebook and tee’d up a time to meet with them. He asked the principal two weeks before he proposed if it was ok if he could ask me to marry him at school.
Fast forward two weeks, Maurice organised with 5 teachers and my sister to each hold up cue cards he wrote and the proposal began.