Just six short weeks after we met, my boyfriend, Brian, gave me a diamond promise ring. To him it symbolized our life long committment to each other. Needless to say I was very happy. We spent the next two years together in total bliss. Throughout this time marriage was discussed, but Brian quickly discounted any talk of it. For him, a piece of paper was not a true sign of committment. He felt there was no reason at all for us ever to be married, we both knew in our hearts that we belonged together. I really wanted to get married. One day, I found a vintage wedding dress, handmade with glass beads that just happened to fit me perfect. I bought it, and hid it at my parents house. I figured someday, he might change his mind, and then I’d be ready! Lucky for me that day came just after our second year together. Brian had the same auto insurance carrier since he was fifteen years old. He paid him in person every month. One day, while paying, the agent asked if Brian and I were still together. Of course, Brian responded. With that answer, the agent proceeded to give Brian an interesting quote. Since Brian was a male, under 25, and unmarried his current monthly insurance was $138, but as a married male under 25, his rate would be $48, almost a hundred dollar difference. Brian came home that night, and as we were watching televison, casually announces that we should go ahead and get married. Just like that, no ring, no getting on one knee, no real proposal. Of course, I agreed. We were married a couple of months later, and have been happily married for fifteen years!!