My name is Hillary Henson and I would like to take this opportunity to tell as many people as possible about how my fiancé proposed to me. It was undoubtedly the single most romantic and happiest day of my life thus far. I’m going to do my best to describe in words how it all happened. However, I realize that only Matt and I truly know the magnitude of how that day felt, but I’ll give it my all!
First of all, let me start by giving a little background on "us". Matt Fitzgerald and I met while I was in college through Matt’s room mate. We immediately hit it off. AS FRIENDS. The years went by, I moved to a new city and so did he. However, we remained close friends. Well, it took us three years to realize that we were perfect for each other and when we finally decided to be more than friends, the sparks flew.
A year later, I arrived in Paris, France to meet Matt for the vacation of our dreams. We’d been apart for nine weeks and I was absolutely ecstatic to just see him, let alone the fact that I was in Paris! So, we rented a car and drove to the country in the south of France to relax and stay at a castle in the Loire River Valley. The drive was filled with breath-taking sights of beautiful castles and landscapes. When we arrived at the castle we were to stay in, we got settled in our room and then went back out in search for a market. We found one and bought supplies to have a picnic the next day. Since I was jet lagged and sleepy we went to bed early.
The next day, we packed our picnic stuff and headed out to the castle grounds in search for the perfect spot. Well, we found one in no time. We picked a small clearing in the middle of a field of wild flowers and soft grass. We laid out a blanket that I’d packed from home and sat down to begin our little lunch. In front of us there was a grove of trees and behind us there was nothing but open field and a barely visible castle. It was truly amazing. The sun was shining brightly and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The only sounds were that of crickets, the breeze rustling the trees, and us! We ate fresh bread, cheese, ham slices, grapes, and drank a bottle of wine.
After we ate, Matt said that his foot was falling asleep and wanted to stand up. He stood up and then grabbed my hands and helped me up. We just hugged and looked around at the breath-taking scenery around us. I was completely oblivious to the fact that my boyfriend and love of my life, was getting ready to propose marriage to me, so I was dumbfounded at what happened next. All of the sudden, the next thing I know Matt is down on one knee and fumbling for something. I, of course, at that point knew what was going on, but I still muttered "What are you doing?!" in a sing-songy voice. He replied, "This is the vacation of dreams and I want to be the guy that makes all of your dreams come true from now and until the day I die. Hillary, will you marry me?" He had the biggest smile on his face and was crying as he said it. I wanted the moment to last forever and wanted to really pay attention to what I was feeling, but I finally said, "Of course I’ll marry you!" I then kissed him and dropped to my knees for a full embrace. He then slid the MOST beautiful engagement ring on my finger. In the bright sun, its brilliance was almost blinding it sparkled so beautifully.
After that we just laid on the blanket and he explained all that he went through to make the proposal happen. After two more nights in "fairy tale land" (the castle), we headed off to the city life in Paris for six more romantic nights together.
Proposal Story By:
St. Louis, Missouri