Kara and Nathan

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How We Met

We are high school and college sweethearts. We met junior year of high school in art class. Nathan is an artist and architect and I would offer him snacks in return for his help with my art projects.

How They Asked

We went to Punta Cana on vacation with my family in March 2018. It was the week of my 23rd birthday and the first time we had been on vacation as a family in several years. We arrived in Punta Cana on March 24th, my actual birthday and Nathan had hidden the engagement ring in his suit case. The diamond is my grandmother’s, over 75 years old and in almost perfect condition. My mother had a ring made that she wore daily on her hand with the diamond. When he asked my mom for permission to marry me, he went to the jewler with my mom and had a cubic zirconia diamond put in my mon’s ring because he knew I would question my mother’s naked ring finger and suspect something was up. Nathan didn’t want my birthday and our engagement anniversary to share the same date, so he waited until March 26 when the weather was absolutely perfect on the island. We spent the day at the pool, then by the beach, and took an afternoon nap together. After the nap and before dinner, Nathan had this grand plan to take me on a walk down the beach right at sunset and get down on one knee. However, I had no idea this was his plan of course and refuses to get sandy again before our nice family dinner. Therefore, we went off to dinner and my mother, who knew the proposal was coming at some point on this vacation, seemed confused during dinner as we were still not engaged yet. After dinner, Nathan wanted to go back to the hotel room to change his clothes, but he really just needed to get the engagement ring as he couldn’t go another sleepless night without asking the question. Being the stubborn person I am, I was refusing to go all the way back to our hotel room on the other side of the resort as the restaurant we wanted to go to for some drinks was right across the way. He somehow convinced me to walk the extra mile back to the hotel room, grabbed the ring, and slipped it into his pocket. We left the room off to the restaurant for our drinks and he took my hand and started dragging me down to the beach. I said “the bar is in the other direction what are you doing?”. At this point Nathan just remained silent until our feet touched the sand because I kept changing his proposal plans all day. Once we finally felt the sand between our toes, Nathan got down on one knee and started crying out of happiness and asked me to be his wife. We have now been engaged for almost 3 years. We were supposed to get married this past June, June 20, 2020, and due to COVID, then postponed to September, but had to postpone a third time to next year in 2021. I can’t wait for him to be my husband.