On Nov. 2nd 2012 I took the plunge!
I always knew someday I would marry Lindsy but I wasn’t in a rush because I wasn’t too thrilled about the expense and stress of it all. After seeing my sister marry and then her brother I finally decided now was the time. We had been looking forward to a trip to Mexico in November for several months so I wanted to do it before our vacation.
Since buying a ring pop and running off to elope wasn’t an option I knew it had to be something special. I remembered Lindsy saying a song we really liked (John Legend – Stay with You) would one day be played at her wedding so I decided I was going to do something with the song. I elected to make a picture book of our relationship with the lyrics of the song on each page. On the last page I used a pic I took of our chihuahua Riley and the black ring box with the caption, “Will you stay with me?”
Lindsy’s wonderful aunt Kristi owns a jewelry store (Tony’s Master Jewlers) and was able to help me find the perfect ring. I had to take a Friday off of work to run up to Olympia so I could select the ring undetected. Kristi ordered the ring I wanted and she even engraved “Stay With You” on the inside. I elected to propose on a random Friday night because I didn’t want her to be suspicious. I selected Nov. 2 because my sister and brother-in-law were coming to visit and I wanted them to help me out.
My master plan was to have them light some candles and spread some rose petals while Lindsy and I were dining at our favorite restaurant (a Cena). It all went off without a hitch! When we got to our place I presented her with the book and then got down on one knee after she flipped to the last page. It took her longer than I had expected but she finally said yes. She was in shock I suppose.
We elected to get married in McMinnville, OR on 8.16.13. Shortly after our engagement I left my job in Portland of 5 years and moved to Olympia Washington. Lindsy was offered a great opportunity so we decided to make the leap. 2013 will be an exciting year. Now I will have to buy a fishing license in both Oregon and Washington. Thanks to all of those have supported and helped with the transition.