Our engagement was very emotional and I could not have imagined it any better.
However let me preface our story by saying that it is hard to surprise me because I usually already have a hunch of what is going to happen.
With our engagement though he mastered to plan it in such a way that I would have never guessed it because there were so many diversions. It was the perfect emotional engagement I had always dreamt of.
I had all kinds of “fake plans” that day like dinner with a friend or breakfast with my flat mate, which was “cancelled” 2 days earlier. On top of that, I basically planned what we were doing that day – or so I thought.
We took out the old VW Bus and drove to the lake we jumped in late October last year. We were so happy we found snow and I took pictures by the lake. Timo kept checking the time, which I thought, was strange but did not think much of it. We walked around the lake, talked, laughed, took more pictures. We were the only ones there.
Back in the car, I took off my shoes and socks and tried to dry them because everything was so soaked from the snow and pretty cold.
The emotional engagement
We drove to our favorite field where we like to watch movies in the bus or picnic in the summer and I knew we only had a couple of hours before I had “plans” with a friend. I sat barefoot in the bus when Timo said he wanted to show me something outside. For a millisecond, I thought he might propose but then thought he would never do that knowing I have plans with a friend, which is exactly why he put that diversion there. I put my shoes, coat and hat back on and we slipped outside into the cold. He said he did something he wanted to show me. We walked to one of the trees and he showed me how he had engraved our letters in the tree you know as they used to do back in the day. I smiled and when I turned around to say something to him, I found him on his knees. I shouted “What! Now?!” because I was so surprised. I also wish I could remember all the things that he said but I cannot. All I know is that my heart was beating so fast and I started crying in the middle of his speech. I cried so hard because this was it. This was the moment I had been waiting for, for so long. Then he asked me to marry him and pulled out this stunning vintage ring that I immediately fell in love with and it fit perfectly. I jumped up on him and we both cried. He also said that I have no plans for the rest of the day and that he is taking me out for dinner.
And dinner it was! I had wanted to go to this particular restaurant for the longest time and there we were, eating a four course tasting menu accompanied by delicious South African wine being over the moon in our own little bubble. He told me all about his masterplan and who was all in on it. It took a village, everyone! He was such a genius planner.
I could not stop smiling the whole night when there was yet another surprise. During dinner, he said that he had organized for both our family to gather for coffee and cake the next day to celebrate our engagement. I could have not have asked for more. It was everything I always wanted and more.
I had wanted to get married ever since I was a little girl. I love weddings, I love planning them, I love going to them and I watch wedding videos as a past time. However, as you all know my life turned out a little different than I thought. I had visions and ideas in my head about an engagement but the way Timo planned it exceeded all my expectations. It was personal, emotional, romantic, and intimate and the fact that he included both our families made everything just perfect!
So this is our story. I am trying to savor every second of this engagement season. It truly is a “magical” time as they say.
If you want to know more details, I will be answering some questions over on Instagram today.