When Kyle proposed…

In January of 2008, we went on a cruise from Miami to Key West and Cozumel with 6 of our friends.  This was our first (and only, so far) cruise and Kyle’s first time flying on a plane.  Little did I know the reason Kyle actually agreed to go on a cruise was because he was planning to propose to me after dating for almost 8 years.  Back in the fall, our friend Nich asked a bunch of us if we’d be interested in going on a cruise.  Of course I wanted to go, but I didn’t think Kyle would have any interest in going. 

Kyle had everything planned out.  He had taken a half day from work to go look at rings without anyone except one co-worker knowing.  A family memeber works (or owns) a jewelry store and she recommended it to Kyle.  Over the previous few months, we had talked about rings and looked online a little, but nothing further than that.  A week later, Kyle picked up the ring from the store, asked my parents permission, and got the ring insured under his parent’s insurance (without his mom knowing.)  Kyle knew when he was going to propose.  He was going to somehow get me to take a walk around the ship after the formal dinner and propose to me then. 

Kyle kept this a secret from everyone he had to.  Nobody we went on the cruise knew.  The majority of our families did not know.  Kyle hid the ring in the battery compartment of his digital camera and put it in his carry-on.  The box was in his suitcase.  Once we arrived in Miami, we went to the Bayside Shopping Center and to Bubba Gump’s for dinner.  Without anyone noticing, Kyle slipped the ring out of his camera and into his pocket.  The following day, we boarded the Carnival Fascination cruise ship.  As we were going through security, Kyle beeped and security had to look at his things.  Still, nobody knew he was carrying an engagement ring.

The following day, we docked in Key West.  As soon as we docked, Kyle, Nich, Desiree and I hit the beach.  We all called home while on the beach.  I called my mom at work and she was asking about the cruise and when the formal night was.  She knew Kyle’s plan.  The formal night was that night.  Later in the morning, we met up with Aaron and Lenny to go on the Taste of Key West tour.  Kyle had left the ring in the safe while we were on the beach.  When we went back to change into our sneakers before the tour, Kyle slipped the ring in his camera case, then asked me to put the case in my bag.  I WAS HOLDING THE RING!!!! And I still had no idea.  When we got back to the ship, I was going through my bag, grabbed what I thought was my camera case and opened it.  Kyle freaked out and told me that it was his.  I didn’t think anything of it, even though he is usually very calm and laid back.

Later that night, the 8 of us got dressed up and headed out to the Captain’s cocktail hour.   We took some formal pictures and headed to dinner.  After dinner, we took some jumping pictures and walked around as a group a bit.  The guys eventually decided they wanted to go to the casino and the girls wanted to go to a show.  Luckily for Kyle, I didn’t want to do either and he suggested that we go for a walk.  I agreed.  Still to this day I’m not sure how I agreed so easily to that.  Anyway, we walked around the ship and headed up to the miniature golf course.  Right by it, there was an area you could look out at sea.  It was so pretty.  It was around 11-11:30pm….we were in the middle of the Caribbean Sea headed towards Mexico.  The only thing we were able to see was the stars in the sky.  We were talking about how pretty it was and Kyle started to say cute things.  My arm was rested on the railing with my hand slightly covering my mouth.  Somehow I don’t realize it, but Kyle gets down on one knee, pulls out the ring and asks “Will you marry me?” Most girls would immediately say “yes,” but I said “Are you kidding????” He nervously says “No, look down.”  So I look down and now I see him on one knee, with ring in hand.  Immediately I start crying and eventually I say “of course I will.”  We kiss and then we sit down because now of course I have a million questions.  I’ve brought up the topic of getting engaged on numerous occassions, but wasn’t sure Kyle ever would in the near future.  He completely caught me by surprise and I love that he was able to. 

One of my favorite parts of our engagement story is how I didn’t see him on one knee or the ring when he proposed….and I asked if he was kidding. 

Another one of my favorite parts was that after all the questioning and finding out that none of our friends knew  and only my parents and his dad knew, we got to tell our friends.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to tell them right away, but as soon as we got to our rooms and I heard Jenn Gunn talking, I knew I wanted to tell.  I started pounding on her door, all excited.  When Jenn opened the door, I started saying “guess what” repeatedly.  She was like “ummm…you got engaged.” I was like “YEP” and showed her my hand and she started screaming.  This brought Desiree out of her room to see what happened….as well as a few other people we didn’t even know! Desiree told everyone who came out (because they heard screaming) that we got engaged. 

Obviously the best part of the story is that we were getting married!!

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One Response to “When Kyle proposed…”

  1. jessica says:

    hello! you two are adorable. this is a very cute blog and i look forward to reading all your stories! :o )

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