I met my fiance, Edwin, in my first year of University. We began dating a month later and contuined dating on and off for the next 4 years. In our last year of University we went to New Orleans for Spring Break. Edwin found a Master’s program that he like there and much to my dismay moved 1,300 miles away a few months after graduation. I didn’t know what was going to happen with us until Edwin phoned me up two months later and asked me to move down with him. A year later I did. In June 2004, Edwin was accepted to Medical School in New Orleans and we began to plan our future together.
Now to understand my proposal, I have to take you back to our first year of University. One night before we started dating, Edwin and I stayed up till 3am just talking. We then decided to go out to see if we could find some food. We eventually ended up on a wooded trail that followed a river. Looking back it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do with someone you had only met a month ago. We eventually ended up in a clearing off the trail beside the river. It was a very romantic spot with the full moon reflecting of the river and I thought that he was going to kiss me there for the first time. But he didn’t. We started dating soon after that and I began to joke with him about how he had "chickened out" that night. However he replied that he didn’t even remember going on that walk and continued to deny it for the next 6 years.
A few weeks after Edwin was accepted to Medical School, we went home for vacation. One night we went out to dinner with my bestfriend to celebrate her new job. After dinner, Edwin and I went for a walk. We ended up on the same trail from that night in college and Edwin turned to me and said, "This seems familiar to me." I replied that this was the trail that I had been trying to remind him about for the last few years. As we continued walking through the dark, we neared "our" spot. I noticed some light in the woods and we decided to check it out. The closer we got the more scared I became because it looked like some sort of weird ritualistic site out of a horror movie. I didn’t want to get any closer but Edwin practically had to drag me. There was a path that was flanked by candles leading to a clearing surrounded by more candles.
In the center of the clearing there was a fallen tree covered by a white sheet which also covered the ground. The sheet was covered in rose petals. At that point Edwin turned to me and said that this was all for me. I still had no idea what was going on even when he asked me to sit down. To this day I still don’t remember what he said except for the ending. He told me that he had been lying to me all these years and that he did remember this trail and that he was supposed to kiss me that night. He did chicken out and he had regretted it ever since. He then told me that he wanted to make it up to me by asking me to kiss him for the first time as his fiancee. There was a lot of crying (on my part) and when I came to my senses I said Yes. Edwin then stood up and said, "Alright, show’s over….everyone out". Then my best friend and two of our other friends emerged from the bushes. It turns out that they had set up the whole thing while we were out at dinner and had been hiding in the bushes for 2 hours.
Not even in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined a proposal so meaningful….so heartfelt…so perfect and I will treasure these memories for the rest of my life.
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New Orleans, LA