Tara and Blake
How We Met
We had first met at our retail job, Tilly’s back in 2013, and have been in love since.
How He Asked
I was invited to go on a cruise with my now fiancé, Blake and his parents, which was my first time on a cruise as well as my first time out of the country. October 3rd, 2016. It was our anniversary and Blake told me that he set up a little photo-shoot for my anniversary gift on the ship for us at 6:15 and I loved that idea. All day we had talked about how different we are as a couple then how we were at the beginning of our relationship, and how much we love one another. I had no idea what to wear (obviously because the 6 dresses I brought weren’t good enough) so I picked Blake’s favorite dress, one he even picked out for me in the store a while back! I began getting kind of nervous as the time came around to get our pictures taken because I don’t do so well with attention on me, plus my face turns red all of the time, so I thought it would be a disaster because I was getting way too nervous. Blake’s parents decided to come with us, which helped make me less nervous.
So we headed to the top deck of the ship and began taking pictures. It was much windier than I had expected, so my dress began flying up every second it could, so I really began to get nervous. The photographer made me stand a few feet behind Blake and snapped a few photos, and then made him stand behind me to snap some more.
I had seen photos taken like this before, so I didn’t think anything of it at the time. The photographer then told me to turn around because we were going to move to a different spot.. but then I look around to find him, and then I see that the man of my dreams is down on one knee, teary eyed, with eyes full of joy and asked, “Will you marry me?” I was completely taken off guard and hopped back because I was in shock and it felt like I was having a heart attack but I think I did a pretty good job at keeping my cool.
Our photographer caught every emotion on both of our faces throughout the whole thing. And I obviously said YES!
After asked “What!” and “Are you serious!?” a few times, followed by, “Do my parents know?” And then we spent the next 30 minutes or so taking more pictures, (beautiful ones might I add) smiling and crying and giggling and talking about it all. It was everything that I could have ever wished an engagement to be and more, and the feelings that flooded through my soul when I saw my perfect man down on one knee were so intense and I was so overwhelmed with butterflies and tears and smiles that I couldn’t believe what was happening. This moment was the best, most magical, exhilarating moment of my life and I wish that I could re live it over and over again all of the time. I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend and I do not think I could be happier with the person I am going to become one with, or the family I am going to finally belong to.