6) Our Story

Over the Fourth of July weekend Shawn (my boyfriend of seven months) invited me to go up with his family to the cabin, located in Cascade, Idaho. On the morning of the Fourth of July, Shawn casually asked me if I would like to go for a drive and a hike. I agreed, but I couldn’t help to wonder why we were leaving everyone else behind. We drove up near Goldfork Hotsprings and we started walking down towards the river. We ended our hike at this beautiful river setting complete with a rushing waterfall.

Shawn handed me a book, that was wrapped with beautiful silver ribbon and asked me to read it. The book was a collection of letters Shawn had written to his future wife (me!), letters to me after we had met and a chapter entitled "our story". After I read the part he asked me to read, I gave him a big hug as I tried to hold back tears.

He then got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. He opened the little black box that revealed a lovely princess cut diamond ring, and attempted to put it on my hand. I was shaking so much he couldn’t even get the ring on my finger. He put the ring on half-way, and I had to finish putting it on. We spent time just enjoying the moment together, sitting by the waterfall. We then started hiking back towards the car. I told him that I should call my parents. He had a goofy smile on his face and I guessed that he knew something I didn’t know. When we arrived back to the cabin, my parents were outside the campfire with Shawn’s entire family. Shawn had asked for their permission two weeks prior while I was out of town and asked them to drive up the morning of the fourth. We had lunch together with both of our families and that night we sat with each-other under the beautiful mountain sky and watched the Cascade firework show from across the lake, it was a perfect day!

Jennifer Bokenkamp

Meridian, ID


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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