Disclaimer–I’m not a blogger so this may or may not be a fun read. I’ll allow you to be the judge. My wonderful fiancé (still getting used to that) Noelle, has asked that I, Dino Boy as you all seem to know me by, make the first post for her upcoming series “Wedding Wednesdays” and explain the process of and my side of the story on our engagement.
Little to Noelle’s knowledge I had been planning the engagement for around a month before I finally popped the question. I knew back in November that I wanted to ask Noelle to marry me, the next phase was just finding the right jeweler to help design the ring of her dreams.
In late December I was able to meet with a jeweler who had done quite a bit of work for my family. The hardest part through all it was having to 1. Lie to Noelle about where I was going and 2. Keep everything a secret. Luckily, this was also around Christmas, Noelle’s birthday, and my sister having a wedding so everyone was very distracted.
A few weeks later, the ring was complete and I had the wonderful task of trying to hide the ring in our apartment and keep my mouth shut. When you’re planning on getting engaged, it seems like all of the sudden everyone around you is doing the same thing
After receiving permission from her father it was even harder for me to keep my mouth shut, especially since I had the green light on everything. Noelle and I had planned an “us” weekend a few weeks ahead of time and I knew I would be the weekend that I would pop the question.
We had originally planned a wine tasting weekend which was perfect in my book. Naturally, I began planning and invited my cousin, who is one of our close friends as well as Noelle’s sister. Noelle, through me for a loop when a few weeks before she started asking if I wanted to just go to the city or do something a little more low key (she claims to have no idea I was planning this, I was certain she was testing me).
After some convincing and reassuring we were back on track for the wine tasting weekend. We rented a limo and after a few back and forths and settled on going to Livermore for an afternoon of wine tasting.
We packed a picnic lunch, I hid the ring in my pocket (which I was certain everyone could see) and we set off in the limo, picking up my cousin and Noelle’s sister and brother in law. The first winery we went to was Concannon winery which is right down the road from where I grew up.
Concannon has a big victorian house on their property which has been one of the landmarks for anyone driving down Tesla road in Livermore. It used to be run down and pretty ugly looking but they have since remodeled the outside and it looks amazing. When we pulled up I knew that would be the place that I would ask. It was a beautiful setting which was set off a little bit from the winery itself providing some seclusion.
After some wine tasting, followed by a nice picnic lunch and some more wine I, along with my cousin (who was the only person who knew what I was planning on doing) convinced everyone that we should go take a look at the house.
Noelle was a little reluctant but everyone eventually agreed to go take a look. I went up on the porch, Noelle followed, and my cousin went around the corner to “look at the back of the house” with Noelle’s sister. Naturally, Noelle walked right off the porch and followed them around the corner too.
We all rather awkwardly walked around the house as I brainstormed how I was going to be able to get her back up on the porch. When we got back around I said, “come on, Noelle, lets go get a picture on the front porch for the scrapbook”
Noelle, naturally said, “Let’s just get one at the next winery, I left my camera in the limo.” Thankfully, my cousin had filled in Noelle’s sister and they all convinced her to get up on the porch and take a picture.
We snapped a few shots, then I looked at her, gave her a kiss, and said I need to ask you a question. I got down on one knee, and went through my little speech. I then opened the ring box and asked her to marry me.
She immediately kissed me, at which point I said, “You still need to say yes!” She promptly said yes and I asked if she liked the ring. Her response “I don’t know! I haven’t even looked at it!”
I put it on her finger and got the thumbs up that I did good. We took a quick little stroll around the winery together, went back to the limo and had some champagne before preceding the next winery where we relived the moment for the rest of the afternoon.
It was one of the happiest and greatest moments of my life. I just keep thinking to myself, if the engagement was so awesome, I can only imagine how great the wedding will be!
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