After getting home from a 3 month adventure in Europe, I had no idea I was about to (FINALLY) start the next major chapter in my life. While in Spain, Kevin and I talked a lot about the next steps in our relationship, what to expect after graduating, and what we wanted to accomplish in our lives. I consistently bugged him about getting engaged. We had been dating for 5 years, and at this point I had decided that we were going to be stuck in this weird, consistently dating, phase of our lives and we were never actually going to move on. (Maybe I was being a little dramatic, but I was just tired of waiting. I always knew I wanted to spend my life with him!) Little did I know, he already had our next step planned out and set in motion.
3 days after we arrived home, Kevin and I had a date planned to go to the cutest little french restaurant called Toulouse in Knox-Henderson. Our favorite trip when we were abroad was Paris (of course!) and he wanted so badly to eat french food again. He also told me that he wanted to go to this bar someone recommended to him because he didn’t want to loose the “adventure and fun” we had abroad. This was slightly out of character for him, but I decided not to question it and just go with it! (I had the slightest idea that he might propose during this date, but I tried really hard not to read into things). Neither of us were hungry at dinner (both not realizing the other was nervous for the exact same reason) so we enjoyed a glass of wine and some escargot. Everything seemed completely normal at dinner. Normal conversation, calm atmosphere and we even talked about getting engaged one day. He was completely calm and normal, minus the fact that he checked his watch every minute! We decided to skip the entre and go ahead and head on to our next destination.
We arrived at this gorgeous hotel on the south of downtown Dallas, called the Nylo. It’s historic building compliments it’s modern, contemporary and artistic inside. We walked into a cozy lobby and headed towards the elevators and up towards the roof top bar. Once at the top, Kevin led me through the inside and straight towards the terrace doors. The view was incredible. You could see all of Downtown Dallas, and the lights of the lit up buildings were bouncing off the clouds in the sky. He guided me past the pool and cabanas, and right to a fire pit. Once we reached it, he took our stuff and set it on the nearest bench and his hand began to shake. He turned around and looked right at me, and took my hands into his.
“Evan, you know that I love you right?”
“Well of course, you tell me all the time. I’m so lucky to hear that so often from you.”
“No, I mean I REALLY love you, and I wouldn’t be the man I am today without you”
It was that moment I fully realized what was going on. Kevin told me later that he knew when I realized what was going on because my eyes got really wide and I stopped breathing. He tried to take his hand away (to get the ring) and I wouldn’t let go of it. When I did give it up, he reached into his pocket, pulled out the box, and got down on one knee. The whole world went still and I immediately started to cry. He got up from his knee, closed the box shut in fear of the ring flying out, and hugged me. I don’t think I stopped crying for a good 10 minutes. At this point I could hear the clicks of a camera, and knew that Kevin had heard me when I said I really wanted the moment to be documented.
“Do you want to see the ring?” was the next thing Kevin said to me once I calmed down a little bit. I hadn’t even realized the ring did not go on my finger at this point! And once I really got a good look at the ring, I was astounded. It was absolutely everything I had wanted. He knew what I wanted and what would look best, way before I even did.
Once we took a few photos and talked to the photographer, Kevin had a cabana set up with champagne, four dozen of my favorite color roses (light pink and white), blankets and pictures of us. It was a perfect way to be able to take in the moment and enjoy what was happening.
“This isn’t all for tonight. I have another surprise for you.”
After about an hour, he took be back to his house where all my friends and family were waiting to celebrate with us, hear the story and drink really good champagne. Friends from all over came in just to be with us, which meant more to me than anything. The night was over before I even knew it. It was by far the most magical, spectacular night of my entire life. The only thing that can top that night? My future wedding!! However I can not wait to enjoy the next months of being engaged to my now fiance and future hubby!!