our engagement story
I’m a planner and I was kinda upset with him because on the Friday afternoon of our 5 year anniversary weekend, he “booked” a hotel in St. Pete. I kept saying “let’s save our hotel points for a trip that we plan out!” He kept insisting that we should be spontaneous and we would enjoy it but making sure he played it off like it was totally a last minute decision. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Saturday, the morning of our actual anniversary we explored the beautiful little town of St. Pete until about 3pm. We had just sat down for lunch when Erik goes “oh you need to be ready by 5:25pm because we have a 5 course meal tonight.”
I had nothing to wear to a “five course meal.” I kept telling him how sorry I was that I didn’t pack appropriately and felt so bad that I didn’t plan for a nice dinner.
5:25pm rolls around and I’m so flustered. At this point, I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m wearing free people ripped jeans & a tee to a “nice restaurant.” We leave the hotel to walk to this “dinner” Erik planned but we didn’t make it 20 steps past the hotel as we turned and headed up a ramp to the Marina dock. I was so confused as our Captain came up to us and spoke directly to Erik about our sailboat that we had for the evening.
Already in tears, I was so beyond appreciative that Erik remembered one of my bucket list items: “To sail in the ocean.” I’ve never been on a sailboat bigger than a 3 seater so I was completely overwhelmed with happiness as we walked up to our 44 ft boat, ‘Amazing Grace.’
We got settled on the front of the boat after we pulled away from the Marina. Erik had just headed down to get the champagne that we had brought and I remember thinking how incredible this gesture was, and I was a little upset that he wasn’t going to propose tonight, as I scrolled through our Spotify playlist of songs we’ve loved together over the years. I was so ready for our next chapter.
I looked up from picking a song, and there Erik was, kneeling right in front of me.