Central park is one of the best places for a wedding proposal! We’ve featured a few really great ones from the New York City gem and this one just adds to our beautiful collection of creative proposals.
How we met: We attended different high schools. Wesley came to a football game at my school with one of his friends who was dating one of my friends. Wesley sat behind me at the game and did not say one word to me! He went home that night and told his mom that he “had sat behind the prettiest girl in Fayetteville”. She asked him who he had sat behind and he told her that she would not know me. As it turned out, Wesley’s mom and my dad had been neighbors during their childhood! Our families had known each other for years, but we had never met. After the football game, my friend asked me if I was interested in the guy that sat behind me. I agreed to meet him. Wesley and I call our first encounter “love at first sight”.
How he asked: For months, I told Wesley that I wanted a ring by May 2014. I may or may not have told him that if I did not recieve a ring by that time, I would not get a ring at all. He was graduating in May and I would graduate the following December. It was time for a commitment before we began to plan our lives together. I also wanted to have a candlelight ceremony with my sorority sisters. But those are minor details.
In March, I went with two friends to NYC on spring break. One Sunday, we had reservations at Serendipity for an early lunch and then we shopped for a few hours. That afternoon, we made our way to Central Park. Several people asked if we wanted a carriage ride around the park. I was interested in their offers as we had been walking around for a few hours. My friends kept walking and so I followed. As we entered the park, Kristen said that we should go to Bow Bridge to take a few pictures. My other friend, Taylor, immediately agreed and said that she had also heard about the bridge and we just had to see it for ourselves. I was just tired of walking and could not have cared less where we went at that point! I wanted to stop at a food vendor for a snack and they said we should keep walking. I was annoyed at this point, but I followed them. We finally arrived at the bridge and to my delight there was a vendor on one end of the bridge. Kristen asked for my shopping bags saying that she wanted to look at my swim suit again. I thought it was strange, but I handed her my bags and headed straight for the snack stand. She quickly grabbed my arm and suggested that we go over the bridge. I’m pretty sure that I rolled my eyes at her. I just wanted those really yummy candied nuts and honestly did not care about the bridge. As I scanned the people on the bridge, I saw the back of a bright orange head.
I turned to look at my two friends who smiled and nodded for me to walk forward. I walked over to Wesley in a haze. I knew exactly what was happening and I could not believe it! I had been waiting for this day (even demanding it) for months and it was finally here! I lost the ability to articulate words. After Wesley put the ring on, he stood up and hugged me. He pulled me back and said, “Will you?” In the excitement, I have forgotten to say yes! A crowd was standing around us and they began to cheer. I turned to my friends. Taylor was in tears and Kristen was beaming! The secret photographer introduced herself and we had a one hour engagement shoot. I could not have planned a more perfect proposal!
Photos by Pennace Photography
Here’s another one of our favorite proposals in central park.