I knew from the moment I met Chris that he was the one. However, I did not want to come off as the crazy in a rush to get married girlfriend, so the topic of marriage didn't come up for a while. It happened to be that during the time period in which Chris and I have been together, all of my friends got engaged. I felt like every week or two we were celebrating another engagement. As the last one standing, it started to bother a little. But then again, I had to realize that Chris and I had not been together nearly as long as everyone else.
Around Christmas, during our first big trip together with Chris family, the topic of moving in came up. Chris told me on Christmas Eve that one day I would be his wife and he couldn't wait to marry me! Within the following months to come, we'd talk about locations and rings, I'd show him what I'd like, places I'd like to get married, colors, you name it! Time continued to pass and yet no ring, no engagement, no nothing. I decided to let the topic go because the more we discussed it, the more I wanted it and the less I got it.
In March, Chris surprised me with a graduation gift of a week long romantic vacation to Aruba. EVERYONE thought, this is it! He is finally going to pop the question. I made sure I had a new outfits, and nails perfectly painted in a very bridal off white, I was ready to say yes! Moments passed, and days went on and still nothing happened.
One night Chris took me out to a romantic dinner (this is it! so I thought!) after dinner he wanted to walk along the beach and just sit and enjoy each others company. He began giving me a speech about bridges and how steps in life are all about them. In order to have a strong foundation and a bridge that will last forever you need to be careful about the building blocks and steps that you take to ensure that you have a foundation that will last forever. I remember every single word he said, my eyes became watery and I thought to myself this is the moment I've been waiting my whole life for.
At that moment, Chris looked at me and asked if I was ready to go back to the room. As you can imagine, my heart sank to the floor! After the trip, I decided to officially disconnect from the wedding talk, I wanted nothing to do with it going as far as deleting my Pinterest board.
Months passed and still nothing would happen.
Fast forward to June, Chris had a serious conversation with me about getting engaged. Another friend of mine was getting engaged that weekend, and hiding the face of disappointment from my best friend was hard to cover. He told me that he wanted to make sure I had the perfect ring, and that it was done in the most perfect location. According to Chris he was planning on proposing in Hawaii while we were there visiting in July.
After being disappointed in Aruba, I didn't want to pay much mind to it knowing that it might not happen again. Little did I know it was going to happen sooner than I thought. That whole week, Chris made sure I went and got my eye brows done (he said they looked very manly), and made sure that my nails were painted perfectly by having his sister convince me to make an appointment for the two of us to get our nails done together since she has an event coming up that weekend.
For several weeks, Chris had been bugging me to go out on the boat, unfortunately the weather had not permitted it to happen. However, that weekend he said rain or shine we were going out!
I was a little hesitant on it knowing that bad weather on the water did not make for the best time. Friday rolled around and Chris told me he had to work on Saturday all day long, so I decided to go stay at my brothers house in the Keys. Sunday we were suppose to go out on the boat anyway so, in my head it all worked out.
Sunday, June 11, 2017 rolled around. I received a text message at about 7 am that morning from my friend with pictures of her ring and her engagement. Of course I was happy for her, but I was also slightly annoyed about the fact that yet ANOTHER engagement I had to celebrate.
Aside from my annoyance with the engagement, my family had been acting strange. I changed into about 4 different bathing suits before my sister in law and mother were pleased with my outfit choice (weird because we were just going out on the boat, I thought), they also "forgot" to buy me coffee and breakfast. I tried to brush it off as Chris came to pick me up.
I asked if he had bought me fruit for the boat, since that's really the only thing that I like to eat while we are out on the water, and he said he had forgotten too. The last place that I wanted to be was out on the water that day, but I decided that I shouldn't let a weird morning get in the way of the first beautiful day out on the water in a long time.
As we began loading the boat there were other weird things that I noticed, Chris's professional camera was on board, and his mom kept calling to check up on him. Chris simply said that his mom wanted to make sure we were okay, and that we never have nice pictures of us out on the water so he wanted to take some.
Again, my gut was telling me it was weird but I went along with the story anyway. Once we got to the sandbar, Chris jumped off the boat and anchored down, I helped on board with the back anchor, and just sat and watched Chris in the water.
The next thing I know Chris yells out from the side of the boat "BABE! It's your lucky day, I found a floating watermelon." The last thing I wanted to eat was a watermelon that had been floating "randomly" in the water. But he continued to insist that he wanted to cut into it.
He jumped into the boat and stood at the front just holding the melon going on and on about the joy of a watermelon, and how much I loved melons yet would not eat that one.
Next thing I knew, he was down on one knee and on the watermelon it said "Will you marry me?" I was floored, I did not expect such an amazing and detailed surprise from him. Then all of sudden it clicked, the camera, go pros, his mom calling, my family acting weird.
As I am crying and enjoying the moment I noticed another boat in the distance, it was my family watching from a far. Chris has not only planned a beautiful engagement, but had also planned an engagement party on the sandbar with our closest family and friends.
It was the best day of my life and I finally had the opportunity to say YES to the man of my dreams!
Congrats on your engagement Cristina!