Sarah and Enrique
How We Met
Enrique and I met through a mutual friend that set us up on a blind date two years ago. Our first date was at a tiny restaurant where the guests were basically seated on top of each other. I was hesitant and not sure what to expect as I’d never been on a blind date before. He immediately got up when he saw me as if he knew who I was. I sat down and we ordered our food and began to talk about our lives. The atmosphere was loud and crammed when I walked in, but after half hour had gone by I had forgotten about everyone around us. We spoke for almost two hours. People came and left but we remained there, talking about everything from our past to what we want in the future. It sounds so cliche, but it felt like I’d known him for years. Like he was my best friend I haven’t seen in months.
We eventually realized how late it was and left the restaurant. He walked me to my car, gave me a hug, opened the car door and asked if we could do this again. We exchanged numbers and went on a few other dates until we made things official. Over the past two years we’ve grown together. He became part of my children’s and family’s lives. He’s helped me in ways I’ve never imagined. We both came out of relationships jaded, not wanting to ever end up where we once were. We were upfront about our expectations and our skeletons which made every bump easier to deal with. These couple years haven’t been easy, but he’s held my hand every step of the way and we’ve conquered every obstacle. Having to deal with stressful situations and making such life changing decisions so early in our relationship surely meant he was either in this for the long haul or he was getting ready to run for his life. Either way, I was thankful for him and all that he has done.
How He Asked
He was usually the one to bring up marriage and I usually dismissed it. I wanted to get married, but I knew it may take a while since both of our past relationships didn’t end well. We planned our family trip for months, he was always so eager and I couldn’t understand why. It was our first family trip together with my two daughters, my siblings and their significant others, my parents, my aunt and my grandmother. My sister came up with the idea for us to do a family photoshoot since she and her boyfriend love taking photos. We planned our outfits, got our nails done together, and everything else in between. Then we took the 24-hour long drive down to Anna Maria Island, FL and the only expectation I had was to relax and beach bum for the entire week ahead.
On Monday August 21, I woke up, had breakfast and began to get ready for our family photoshoot. As usual, everyone got ready before me and I was the last person in the house. My sister decided they would all walk to the beach and find a cool spot to take the pictures while I got dressed. Being the person that is ALWAYS late, this wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. I finished getting dressed as Enrique waited patiently for me.
As we walked to the beach my sister-in-law asked me to go back and grab a bottle of milk for my niece. I was more than happy to go back since I had forgotten my sunglasses and sunblock anyway. We finally made it to the beach and everyone is just standing around waiting. My sister asked me to take a selfie of us so I turned around and took about 5 pictures (because I’m horrible at selfies & couldn’t see anything behind me with the glaring sun). When I turned around everyone was standing with these huge smiles and letters saying “Marry Me”.
I thought it was all a joke as Enrique walked toward me. My youngest daughter brought over a box and as he opened it he said “your family said you would know what this means”.
It was a ring made with a mango leaf which is associated with marriage and fertility in the Hindu tradition. Now I was SURE this was a joke. I looked around at everyone so excited and couldn’t grasp what was actually taking place. My sister moved an umbrella that was stuck in the sand to reveal a beautiful heart shape in the sand.
It was outlined with rose petals, there was a bottle of Dom Perignon, flowers, pictures of Enrique and I, and a full blown path for us to walk down. As we walked over into the huge heart, my eldest daughter darted over with another box.
As he got on his knees reality hit me! He was REALLY asking me to marry him. I immediately started to cry tears of joy and happiness. This day was without a doubt absolute perfection in every way.
I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to spend the rest of my life with and I am truly blessed to have such a supportive family. It was the perfect proposal. Being surrounded by the people I love the most…. and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with my Fiancé.