Some marriage proposal stories are so amazing that you can literally feel the love a couple has for each other as you read through it. When the man is the one writing the beautiful proposal story, it makes reading it that much better. That being said, here is one of my favorite “How I Asked” stories yet…
As a professional mechanic, I have gotten used to pretty girls batting their eyes at me in hopes of coercing me into performing free car repairs. Heidi was a different story. In fact the first time I met her, she completely shut me down. After being introduced through mutual friends, I mustered up the courage to try and talk to her. She, in turn, did everything she could to let me know how uninterested she was. Ironically, not too long after that, the little orange “Check Engine” light on her dashboard illuminated. For me, it was a little beacon of hope.
I ended up spending 6 hours working on her car one Saturday afternoon. She sat there watching me work the entire time. No one had ever done that before. We made some awkward small talk, enjoyed some music, and often endured in silence. I remember those as 6 of the happiest hours of my life. When she finally left I told myself, “I’m gonna marry that girl.”
My original proposal ideas varied: from an ancient message washing up on the beach in a glass bottle, to a helicopter trip up to a mountain peak. I finally chose something that I better felt fit us as a couple. Something simple.
The proposal took place on the evening of April 29th at the top of Prefumo Canyon Road, a winding stretch in the hills between San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach, California. It was a perfect evening, the wind was calm, and the fog was nestled against the hillside below. The rolling green hills gave way to the broad expanse of the ocean. It was the very same place I had taken her when I first asked her to consider a dating me. I brought her up there under the guise of enjoying a picnic dinner and some quiet time together. Little did she know that there was so much more planned! I brought a picnic basket filled with her favorite snacks (salami and cheese, chocolate covered strawberries, and crackers). After setting up the picnic blanket, we sat down and I encouraged her to explore the contents of the picnic basket. I pulled out a square red Kevin Main Jewelry box I had hidden inside, and gave it to her to open.
At this point she had a very bewildered look on her face. The box was too large to be a ring box, but it was small enough to be intriguing. Inside was a ring sizing tool (a key chain with little plastic rings in each size). I told her that I was going to be starting the process of getting her a ring, and wanted to make sure that I knew the right size. She was still a bit confused, but began to sort through the different sizes to find hers (a 5.5). To her dismay, there was no size 5.5 ring on the key chain! I pretended to be a bit confused before reaching deeper into the basket and pulling out a much smaller red Kevin Main Jewelry box. I got down on one knee, untied the bow on top of the box and said “Why don’t you try this one on?” I then opened the box and showed her the sapphire and diamond ring I had spent months designing. I said,”Heidi Arlene Smith, John 15 verse 13 says ‘Greater love has no one than this: that a man would lay down his life for his friend.’ You’re my best friend. I know I am a pain in the butt sometimes, but if you will let me, I promise to lay down my life for you every day, for the rest of my life. I love you, will you marry me?” Heidi was in shock for a moment, and then with tears sliding down her cheeks, and a look of suprised joy on her face she said, “Is it real?”.
A few soft words, hugs, and kisses later, I looked down at her and asked, “You did say yes, right?”
Photos by Rachel Larson