Today’s bride blogger post is a little different! We’re talking proposal stories with two of the grooms-to-be: what inspired their proposals and if everything went as planned. Michelle’s fiance Dustin planned a picnic in the park with a twist, and Karla’s fiance Matthew orchestrated quite a proposal in the Big Apple!
Tell us about you! What do you do for work and fun?
Dustin: I currently work as a registered nurse in the Trauma ICU at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. However, Michelle and I will be moving to Charleston, South Carolina shortly after out wedding as I will be starting graduate school in Nurse Anesthesia there this summer. When not at work I enjoy spending time with Michelle, watching sports, and being active outdoors.
Matthew: I work as a Bartender at a restaurant in DeForest. For fun I care for our two dogs, explore new restaurants around Madison, go to the movies, karaoke, gaming, and watching football.
When did you know your fiance was “the one”?
Dustin: I don’t think there was an exact moment when I knew Michelle was “the one”, but I definitely knew very early on in our relationship. I remember telling one of my best friends that I was going to marry her someday, and I don’t think we had been dating for more than about a month at that time. I never understood the old saying of “when you know, you know”, until I met Michelle.
Matthew: On our 2nd date after our first kiss on her front step.
Did you and your fiance ring shop together? Both said No!
Did your finace know you were shopping? Did they know you were going to propose soon?
Dustin: We did not go ring shopping together, and my fiance had no idea that I had been ring shopping or that I would soon be proposing. I proposed literally 2 or 3 days after I purchased the ring. It was a custom design and they got it done just in time!
What inspired you as you planned your proposal? Walk us through your process of deciding how you were going to ask.
Dustin: I wanted to propose in a way that was heart-felt and special, yet also somewhat simple and private so that we could enjoy the moment, just the two of us. I found a book titled “What I love about you” which was filled with statements where I had to fill in the blanks regarding what I love about Michelle. I spent about 2 or 3 weeks slowly filling in all the blanks, because I wanted each and every one to be significant and from the heart. The last page read “I am so lucky that I _____”, and I filled in the blank with “get to spend forever with you”. Once I got the book done I planned a picnic at one of our previous date sites, Devil’s Lake. Devil’s Lake was also where Michelle’s dad proposed to her mom which I thought might make it an extra special spot to pop the question. While enjoying our picnic I gave her the book and once she got to that last page I took out the ring and got down on one knee. It was an awesome moment for both of us.
Matthew: My inspiration started with the trip we were planning to NYC for her birthday. I knew if I could get her friends involved it would make the experience more memorable and as a bonus they could be there to document it. Initially I was going to take her and her friends to the upper deck of the boat we were on for a lunch cruise around the Statue of Liberty and propose as we were taking photos, but we were in the middle of lunch on the lower deck so I felt the timing was a bit awkward.
Did everything go as planned?
Dustin: Pretty much, yes. The only slight hiccup was that I knew once she got to the last page of the book (page 50), I would be asking her to marry me. However, on page 47 or 48 we had a couple strangers come walking right by our picnic and I just didn’t want to propose in front of these two people that neither of us knew. Luckily, I was able to stall Michelle for a few seconds until the strangers had passed. Overall, I thought it was a huge success.
Matthew: No! Her friends bought tickets for the wrong cruise so we had to negotiate to get them on the right one. Then when it was time to go to the upper deck as we were going around the Statue of Liberty we were still in the middle of eating downstairs so I opted to wait. After the meal there was a DJ trying to get people out on the dance floor, so I took her out for a dance spun her around, then while everyone was watching I spun around and dropped to one knee. I didn’t have to say a word, but she said yes. It turned out great!
What aspect of wedding planning did you enjoy most/are your most looking foward to?
Dustin: I really enjoyed the food tasting that we did with our caterer, and also the cake tasting at the bakery…. what’s not to like about that right? Michelle has definitely been doing the vast majority of the planning which I am grateful for. She has been doing a fantastic job and I have all the confidence in the world in her ability to plan the perfect day for us. My main job has just been to say “yes, dear” :)
Matthew: Planning the honeymoon and ring shopping.
What advice to have to anyone currently planning a proposal?
Dustin: First and foremost, be sure you know what kind of ring she wants… you definitely don’t want to mess that up! Also, put in the time and make it special for her. It doesn’t have to be some overly extravagant event, it just has to be from the heart. Even if you’re not the romantic type, just suck it up for one day because she deserves it!
Matthew: Don’t set the bar too high.
Anything you want to add?
Dustin: Just that I believe Michelle is an absolutely amazing woman with a wonderful soul, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.
Matthew: She helped me write this using more than one-word answers.