Scott and I met at work and had been dating for about two years before we became engaged. During that time, we planned a vacation to Grand Cayman and fell in love with the island. The beautiful beaches and the fantastic SCUBA diving quickly made it become our favorite vacation spot. This past February we returned to the Island to get our SCUBA diving certification.
The entire week were there, the weather was beautiful and we a wonderful time diving and spending time together away from our hectic jobs in Chicago. The day before we had to fly back home, which happened to be Valentine’s Day, we planned a diving trip to a place called Stingray City. This is a shallow dive site where you can feed and pet stingrays. The last time we were there, it was such an incredible experience that we arranged to have our dive video taped by our dive crew.
As expected, the dive was great! We got to feed at least 10 stingrays and got close up with a green moray eel. Towards the end of the dive, Scott motioned for me to come over to him and he began writing a message to me on his underwater writing slate. When he turned the slate around the message read "Will you Marry Me?" I was so happy that I immediately began to cry, which quickly found out is very difficult to do underwater! Scott then took an engagement ring out from under his wetsuit and put it on my finger. He swam over to a large coral head where he pulled out a bottle of champagne that he had hidden in the sand!
When we surfaced from our dive, the crew was cheering for us as Scott opened the bottle of champagne and sprayed me with it while I was climbing back onto the boat. The crew was in on the entire plan!
On the boat ride back, we celebrated and shared champagne with the other divers. The best part is that this whole event was captured on video tape! I feel like I am watching a romance movie every time I see the video. It was the most exciting and romantic experience of my life. We are getting married on June 19, 2004.