May 4, 2013 was a very special day for many reasons. Jake and I both graduated from Oklahoma State University, and it was also the day Jake asked me to be his wife. In honor of our 4th anniversary of my hubby proposing, I thought it would be fun to share our proposal story.
Jake and I had been dating since my sophomore year of college and we were finally about to graduate. For months we had been talking about getting engaged soon. I was in a sorority (Zeta Tau Alpha) in college and kept hinting to Jake that I wanted to have a candlelight ceremony (a way sorority girls announce their engagement to their sisters). I also expressed that I wanted to have my family around to celebrate after we got engaged. My hubby said he didn’t know if the candlelight would happen or not, but he had the perfect day in mind. I hate surprises, so I kept trying to get him to give me hints. He would not crack though!
I kept daydreaming that he would be proposing soon and even created a Pinterest board with the style of ring I wanted. I really thought he would propose on either the anniversary of the day we met (March 27, 2010), on graduation day, or during our upcoming Hawaiian vacation. The day we met went by with no proposal, so I kept thinking it could be any day. Weeks went by and still no proposal. Graduation was coming up, so I had my suspicions it might be then. I asked my mom if I should get my nails done because I was trying to see if she would ruin the surprise. She said it would be nice to, but didn’t make me convinced I needed to get them done. So I didn’t get them done, thinking that if I did get them done, I would jinx it and that wouldn’t end up being the day he proposed.
Graduation day was cold and rainy. My hubby picked me up before the ceremony so we could graduate together. I was suspicious he was going to propose right before the ceremony. But the ceremony went on and no proposal. At this point I was a little down, since I made my mind up it was not going to happen that day.
After graduation was over, we were planning on meeting up with our families at Theta Pond to take pictures. If you have never been to OSU, it’s a really pretty pond in the center of campus. On the way to Theta Pond, we passed through a pretty garden. I was a little down that he hadn’t proposed, so I wasn’t very talkative. Jake began talking about how he couldn’t believe we just graduated and how we have made so many memories at OSU. I agreed, but didn’t say much. He finally got my attention when I noticed he was starting to get choked up. He began talking about the next chapter of our lives. He then went on to say “we might as well make one more memory at OSU”. He got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately began crying and of course said yes. It was the perfect moment and was very symbolic. I didn’t get my candlelight, but May 4th was one of the best days of my life for many reasons.
Now we are about to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary in June! You can view our wedding feature here.
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