Laura and James
How We Met
James and I have “known” each other since we were young, we attended the same church, and years later the thing that brought us back together was a church event and my best friend!
How He Asked
We are so excited to share about when James asked me to marry him and when I said yes! James is still the one that knows all the details so he’s the one telling the story. I’ve known for a few months now that I wanted Laura to be by my side for the rest of my life. I was going to ask for Laura’s dad’s permission Memorial Day weekend while Laura was at a Bachelorette Party, but she ended up not going because she was not feeling well. And then I had a growth develop on the side of my face, so the asking was delayed until June. Trying to get her Dad alone was not easy as he is very social and loves talking and being with people. I was finally able to have the conversation with him while Laura and her mom ran out to grab Chinese for dinner. Only had a small amount of time but I made the most of it. I knew that her parents loved me, but I still felt that it was necessary to ask for their blessing. He was thrilled to be getting rid of his daughter (just kidding – he was happy for the both of us and our lives ahead). At this point I knew I had to start planning the actual timing of the big proposal. Back before Laura and I started dating, her dad (for whatever reason) had already invited me to their Mexico vacation in the summer. I had the thought in my head that this would be the perfect timing of everything, but I wanted to make sure with her mom that I would not be imposing on their vacation. She had no reservations and in fact, helped me tremendously in decoying Laura from even knowing what was going on. She would say things like ͞Don’t you think he’d talk to your father first?͟ and ͞He wouldn’t do it in Mexico.͟ She had also convinced Laura that we could have a date night while we were in Mexico, just the two of us. It was the perfect decoy. While Donna & Richie were keeping Laura clueless, I was planning with the resort in Mexico. Over two months of planning and coordination went into things and we still didn’t have anything finalized by the time we got to Mexico. The plan was to get everything ironed out once I got there and could speak with the event coordinator in person. On Monday, I had to sneak away from the pool to get over to the building where I’d be asking the biggest question of my life to date. I told Laura that I just had to get my Diet Dr. Pepper from the fridge back in the room, which would buy me enough time to quickly meet. Once I caught up with the event coordinator, we discussed all the details of what would be taking place. We’d show up and I’d ask to go up to the rooftop to take pictures. I’d be proposing on the top of one of the exclusive towers with the city of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas in the background. The scenery was beautiful and I was getting so excited for what would take place a few days later.
Well, the day of the proposal came (Thursday) and it decided that it would pour down rain. Laura was getting ready, and I was praying that the rain would stop. 6 pm came, and it was still pouring down rain. I was a nervous wreck because all my planning had gone out the window. The event coordinator had sent me an email to not worry and that she had everything under control. We were finally able to get over the Tower and I asked if we could go up to the rooftop to watch the storm.
We were then presented with an offer to get a complimentary 10 shot photo shoot since another couple had cancelled. This was perfect and I’m pretty sure that Laura still had no idea. We were just excited to get photos taken (or at least she was). We went up to the rooftop where we were greeted by the photographer (which had been arranged to be there to capture the moment). We positioned underneath a pergola which had a closed roof so we were protected from the rain. The photographer was doing her thing and adjusting the camera to the light. That was my cue.
At that point, I turned to Laura and told her I wanted to talk to her. I told her how much I love her and cared for her. That I couldn’t imagine my life without her. And I was so grateful that God had brought us together. I’m sure there were other words said, but I honestly can’t remember. I was just in the moment and it’s all really a blur. I reach for the ring in my pocket and went down on my knee and said one of the best things I’ve ever said. “Laura Lynn Rinehimer…Will You Marry Me?!”
I’m pretty sure Laura had no idea I was proposing until I was pretty close to getting on my knee. She of course said yes! But thing that I loved the most, is I’m pretty sure she didn’t even look at the ring. She was focused on me. On us. And all that had just taken place. Once she saw the ring she did love it. She said it was better than she could ever imagine.
The photographer and staff all cheered (I think), the birds all chirped (again…I think…I mean they were pretty excited too), and out came the beautiful bouquet of five dozen white roses. We were on cloud 9. I then surprised Laura with the fact that we had a mini photo shoot planned and dinner at the best restaurant on the resort. From there, it’s been a whirlwind. Telling our families and our friends. Starting to plan for a wedding. And all the other details that are involved. Thank you all so much for all the kind words, the excitement, and the welcoming into each other’s family that has already taken place. We are so blessed to have incredible family and friends. We are so blessed to have each other.