2) Our Proposal Story Kristen Epley & Michael Wooten

My girlfriend Kristen was down for a couple of days in Livermore Ca where I lived, as she lived in Roseville Ca. She thought that she was going back home on Thursday, but I had other plans. My family and her family convinced her that it would be better if she stayed for another day so that she wouldnt be as tired when she drove back home. The next day, Friday May 21st, my parents suggested that the two of us should go do something to spend some time together. Kristen thought that this was a good idea and asked me what I thought we should do. With this the plan was underway and after some thinking and talking between us we decided to drive to Santa Cruz and go to dinner at Crows Nest. Now Crows Nest was not just any restaurant to us. Kristen and I have a list of things that we want to do together. On this list are things such as go to Disneyland, go camping, and go to Crows Nest (by ourselves). We had been there once with a number of other people for our graduation party and had tried a couple of times to go by ourselves, but never succeeded. So it was no surprise to her that I wanted to go there.


She loved the idea, as it would take care of one of the things on our list, but because she was planning on leaving the day before she hadnt brought with her any dressy clothes. So with no hesitation I told her I was taking her to the mall to get her some. So we went to the mall, went back to my house, got ready, and we were off to Santa Cruz (which is about an hour from my house). You see we had met in Santa Cruz, as that is where we both went to college, so it is a very special city to us. That is all Kristen thought we were doing for the evening. Just going to Santa Cruz for the fun of it and going to dinner at Crows Nest to take care of something we had wanted to do for a long time. But she was in for a big surprise.


You see there was something else special about Crows Nest, it was where her parents went on their first date, and now it was going to be something special to us. We got there went right in to eat and got our food right away. You see I had spoken with the manager of the restaurant earlier that week and on a night that they dont usually do reservations we had them, because the Manager knew that we had somewhere else to be shortly. At 6:30pm we needed to be somewhere, so we had reservations at 5:30pm, but we got stuck in traffic on the way! The amazing thing was, this somewhat expensive restaurant was so great and although we got there at almost 6:00pm, they took us right in. Not only did they take us right in, but our waitress ordered our food quickly and the chef cooked it right away, skipping others that had ordered before us (sorry other people who were there that night).


We had an amazing dinner, the food is so great there, and when we finished Kristen thought that we were going to just find something to do in Santa Cruz or go back to my home, she didnt suspect anything. But as I said earlier she was in for a big surprise. When we walked out of the restaurant, sitting right to the left of the door, was a huge carriage with Clydesdale horses. Kristen was shocked and climbed into the carriage somewhat speechless. You see a carriage ride was one of the things I took her on for our 1year anniversary while we were dating. When she climbed into the carriage she got the first of four gifts that I had never given her before. My nickname for her is Princess and so on the seat of the carriage, on a small pillow that my grandmother and I made (the pillow was a beautiful teal fabric that matches Kristens room), was a princess tiara. I had bought it about three weeks earlier at a Bridal Shop, as it was one that is used as a veil in a wedding. The carriage ride was about 45 minutes long and took us through the Victorian houses of Santa Cruz and then down the West Cliff, right along the beach. It stopped by the Lighthouse where it dropped us off at a flight of stairs.


We walked down the stairs, which led to a beach called Its Beach, where my next couple of gifts to her would be. The beach has three coves at it and as we walked around one of the coves she looked to the right and there she saw a 4 foot by 4 foot by 4 foot tall wooden castle that I had made. You see another thing to go along with the princess theme is that I always would say to her Kristen, someday I will build you a castle, in the past I was half joking, but now I was completely serious. The castle had towers and multiple parts to it, and was painted grey and lime green. Lime green is Kristens favorite color.


Next I gave her the third gift that I had never given to her before, which was a dozen sterling roses, her favorite flower, which is somewhat hard to come by. I wanted to give these to her for the first time on a very special occasion, and that is exactly what I did.


I then told her that I wanted to give her these three gifts that I had never given her before, the tiara, the castle, and the flowers, but that there was one more I wanted to give to her. With that I got down on my knee, on a beach in Santa Cruz, and asked her to be my wife. She said YES!!!


But the story doesnt end there one of my many friends who helped me with all of this brought out a portable sound system (he came behind us while we were hugging so she wouldnt know) and he played on it our song, only hope by Switchfoot. I then asked her to dance (we go dancing a great deal), and we danced for the first time as an engaged couple on the beach in the city that we met.


After a little while of talking to each other and my many friends that helped set this up; we went back to my house. We spoke with my parents for a while, took some pictures, and I then convinced Kristen that we should try to get some sleep as it was getting late. Little did she know that the surprises were not over yet!


The next morning I woke her up at 4am and told her that I was taking her somewhere. As I said earlier Kristen and I have a list of things we want to do together, and one of those things is go to Disneyland. And that is exactly what we did. I told her that we were going to spend our first day of being engaged in Disneyland and that our plane left in two hours. We flew down there and in LA, there was one more surprise. Kristens best friend, who she doesnt get to see very often lives in Irvine, and when Kristen and I got off the plane, guess who our ride to the park was? It was her best friend Hannah. The day was amazing and that night we flew to Sacramento where her parents picked us up from the airport and we stayed at their house.


The two day proposal was amazing! Not because of the money that I spent on things, but because every single thing that happened meant something to us even before that night. The restaurant was on our list and was where her parents went on their first date, the carriage ride we had done on our 1 year anniversary, the tiara and crown had connections to things I said, the city was where we met, the beach was where we had gone often, the flowers I had never given to her before, the song was our song, and Disneyland was a place on our list. It all meant something and it now means even more!


Proposal Story By:

Michael Wooten 

Lincoln, CA


The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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