Renata and Brian
How We Met
Brian and I have been lifelong fans of Disneyland. We both grew up with annual passes to the park, and would go often with friends. It’s a surprise we didn’t meet sooner, considering how much time we both spent there. It wasn’t until 2012, on a very lucky Friday the 13th, that the unavoidable finally happened and our Disney adventures finally crossed paths. We were both finally at the same place at the same time: in line to ride the Jungle Cruise attraction. The two friends he was with that day left the park early, but Brian decided to hang around a bit longer and join my friends and I on a few more rides. By the end of the night we had exchanged numbers and already made plans to go out for a movie the next night. Within months we had become that obnoxious Disney couple with matching shirts and Mickey ears, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How He Asked
As a late Christmas gift (or so I thought) our entire family got together for a big trip to Disneyland. It was the first time we had actually gotten the family to Disneyland together as one group, 14 strong. Unbeknownst to me, my entire family was already in on what Brian has planned. We made our way to Disney Grand Californian Hotel first, to start the day with an all you can eat character breakfast at Story Tellers Cafe. I was particularly excited, because my favorite Disney characters, Chip and Dale (Dale being my particular favorite) would be there for photos. So naturally the moment Dale came to greet our table I jumped up to get a picture with him.
I had no idea Brian was holding up the sign, which my sister had hand made and snuck into the restaurant without my notice. After the first photo was snapped my sister came to our side, took the sign from Brian’s hand and placed it in my hand, saying “here, hold this”. I didn’t even question it and took it in my hands. Which leads to my favorite picture, of me cluelessly holding my own proposal sign.
My whole family, and at this point half the restaurant, starting yelling at me to read the sign. I knew something was up, and I was instantly nervous.
The nerves let way into an explosion of happiness. Everything became a blur. We were both shaking. Brian forgot to get down on one knee, he even forgot to ask the question. I just put my hand out and he slipped on the ring. No words were needed in that moment. We made our way into the park, where our first order of business was to get costume bride and groom Mickey ear hats.
We are currently planning our Disney Fairytale Wedding, in the very same hotel that Brian proposed.
On a balcony overlooking the Sorty Tellers Cafe restaurant.