Hey ya’ll! I am so excited to finally be able to say that Miles and I are engaged! We have been so overwhelmed with all of the love from our friends and family, and thought it would be fun to share our proposal story with all of you. There are so many parts to the story that I didn’t even uncover or realize until the next day! If you want to hear how Miles proposed, then keep on scrolling.
First and foremost, we had been planning on going to an IU game in Bloomington for a few weeks. Since Miles lives on base in Tennessee, Bloomington is the perfect halfway point for both of us to meet. We were planning on tailgating before the game with my family and some family friends, then going to the game. After the game, we talked about getting dinner, and then all of us would make the 3 hour drive home that night.
For the past few weeks, he’s been saying that we would get engaged either around the first of the year, or in March, so I wasn’t expecting anything to happen in September. The night before, he even told me he still needed to get the ring, and that he would probably do it when we go on spring break in San Diego. Needless to say, I wasn’t suspecting it at all, because everyone was acting so nonchalant.
The night before the game, he texted me and asked if my parents and I would go over to his parents’ house to get him a shirt for the game. I didn’t think anything of it, as I knew he probably didn’t bring a ton of his IU stuff down to the military base with him. When we got there, his mom gave us the shirt, and we all decided to hang out for a bit. Little did I know, there was an exchange of the ring going on. While I was upstairs with his mom looking for more IU stuff to bring, his dad was handing off the ring to my mom. Miles had ordered the ring about a week prior to this, expecting it to come in 2-3 weeks later. However, once he learned that the ring came in early, he decided about 24 hours before we got engaged that he would be proposing the next day.
When we arrive to the game, we met up with Miles and my best friend Emily who goes to IU. It was so hot that day, and if you know me well, you know I do TERRIBLE in heat. I was getting super irritated, and just wanted air conditioning. We went to the game until halftime, and then continued to tailgate for a little bit when I finally decided that I wanted to leave. So, Miles, Emily, my parents and I left and parked our cars at Emily’s apartment.
When we got there, Emily and Miles decided on a restaurant together (as they both went/go to IU) We get into a Uber, and Emily automatically tells the driver that we want to go to the restaurant. Miles cut her off and said, “No, we’re going to Sample Gates.” If you don’t know, Sample Gates is the area where a lot of people who go to IU get engaged, so I was starting to get suspicious. At the same time, I was also super mad, because like I said before, I wanted air conditioning ASAP. But I went along with it, because I figured something was happening.
As we get out of the Uber and start walking, Miles starts telling me all of the classes he had in each building, but I’m still focused on somehow convincing everyone we needed to get to the restaurant. I was pretty much about to pass out at any given moment, so a tour around campus was not on the top of my to-do list at this moment. My mom was in the background talking to her friend on the phone, (which I later found out was Miles’ dad!) saying that we needed to keep walking and meet her at a certain point. I was seriously getting more and more angry as time went on, but I was still trying to stay calm. Eventually, we made our way back to the Sample Gates, and my parents and Emily walked ahead of us. He then grabbed my hands, and started off by saying “I know you’re probably really mad at me for making you walk all over in the heat.” LOL YES. He said a few cute things, then dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I, screamed yes.
Although I was surprised at how and when he did it, the proposal wasn’t the biggest surprise for me. As soon as I said yes, everyone was cheering and he told me to look next to me for the next surprise. I looked to my right, and his mom, dad and sister were standing right there recording the whole thing! I’m not kidding when I say I jumped back about four feet when I saw them. I was so surprised! His dad then told us that not only were we going to be hanging out tonight, but that he got Miles and I a hotel room so we could spend the night in Bloomington that night. Long distance couples can relate with this when I say that this was my favorite surprise, because it meant that I got to spend more time with him. We had such a fun night calling each other “fiance” and telling friends and family that we are engaged.
So that’s the story! At least the big details of it. It was such a fun day that I wish I could relive again! I can’t wait to share planning details with all of you throughout the next year and a half! What are some wedding planning tips you have? Let me know in the comments below!