4) Trying to be Smooth

My whole life I had been smooth. I always was able to be romantic without giving away any clues. That all changed when I met Amber. She had always been able to read me like a book and know when I was up to something. I knew that it would be difficult to find the perfect way to propose to her and show her how much I cared for her while keeping it a surprise. She ruined many ideas I had by suggesting that we go horseback riding; take a vacation at a hot spring; or go ballroom dancing. Once I made my decision on how to propose, I needed to be extra careful to make sure she was not onto my plans.

I told her that when she finished her first semester of Nursing School I would take her out for a celebration dinner. She knows me well enough to know that dinner is more than just dinner, so she pried into what else was going to happen that weekend. She even made us go shopping for a new outfit to wear. I was anxious and surely thought Amber was onto my plans, so I acted quickly by taking a detour into a jewelry store to have her try on some rings. When a woman sees a sparkly object she gets distracted and seems to forget what she was just thinking about. That was my only hope of keeping my plan a surprise.

The next day, I sent her out for a pedicure, allowing me to pack her clothes for dinner and other belongings for the weekend. I thought she would have no idea what was about happen, but I was wrong. The moment she walked into the apartment, Amber had her "you’re up to something" radar on as usual. She walked around and asked "Where is my phone charger?" I didn’t know what to say; I just could not let her know what was happening. I could only say "Don’t worry about it." Amber was very persistent and kept asking where we were going and what I was up to. Eventually she gave up and let me take her to her surprise. When we turned off the highway, the gig was up, or so she thought.

We arrived at a winery that has been very special to us throughout our relationship. First order of business–wine tasting! This was a great way for me to relax and calm the butterflies in my stomach. We got a little chatty and soon lost track of time. I knew the moment was almost at hand and tried to get Amber to get ready for dinner. She didn’t know why we were rushing out and asked to stay just a little longer. That gave me more time to rehearse my speech in my head and become more nervous. We eventually made it back to the room with few minutes to spare before dinner.

I told Amber that we should sit for a minute because we had been running around all day and began my prepared speech. It started without a hitch, but became very difficult when she interrupted me several times with words of agreement and comfort. Unfortunately, this made me lose my train of thought and I started to babble. It turns out that practicing it in front of our cat was much different and proved less challenging. At this point, my heart was pounding through my chest and my voice was starting to crack, so I gave up my rehearsed speech. I placed my finger over Amber’s mouth to quiet her, took to one knee and reached for the ring. Amber was in shock and still doesn’t remember anything but the words, "Will you marry me and be my wife?" and I don’t remember anything but the word "YES!!!" Until today, I still wonder how I pulled the whole thing off and that it was an actual surprise. It was the perfect time with a little wine.


Proposal story by:

David Barnett

Houston, TX


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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