Antoine and Marissa

Engagement Proposal Ideas in Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

How We Met and how They Asked

Antoine and I met in middle school and started dating in high school our senior year in 2014. We went to prom together not knowing we’d be together forever. After high school, we continued dating and our relationship got stronger and stronger over the past 5 years. My birthday was approaching on Thursday, July 18, 2019 and in the beginning of July, Antoine told me he had plans for us for my birthday. Those plans included a getaway weekend to Gatlinburg TN. That Monday before my birthday, i went to the mall to get a birthday outfit and he snuck to my parents house to get their blessings to marry me and of course they said YES! Thursday comes, and we arrived in TN. Once we checked into our hotel he told me to get dressed because we’d be going to the aquarium. We get to the aquarium walking around holding hands just enjoying each others company. We went to the show that the aquarium was having with a diver swimming in the water with the fish. One of the workers had a microphone and asked were there any volunteers to join the show and Antoine raised his hands. I was confused because Antoine is shy so I didn’t understand why he wanted to volunteer. We stood in front of the tank and the man with the microphone tells us to close our eyes. We closed our eyes and 5 seconds later he told us to open them. We open our eyes and the diver had a sign that says “out of all the fish in the sea you’re the one for me” then she flipped the sign over and it said “Marissa, will you marry me”. I cried tears of joy I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know I’d be walking out of that aquarium as a fiancée. The proposal was amazing and he put a lot of thought to it! I’m so thankful for him, our parents, and his sister! They kept this a secret from me and the rest of the family for a week. Now we get to spend forever together!

Antoine and Marissa's Engagement in Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Proposal Ideas Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

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