We were set up, although I didn’t know it at the time. Mark’s best friend was dating one of my friends We were at a party one weekend, and they invited him and told him he should talk to me. I didn’t find this out until our third date, but I was suspicious because he kept popping up all night long.
It was a complete surprise. We had a beach trip planned in late April, but Mark asked me to take an extra day off for Memorial Day weekend and wouldn’t tell me why, so I was sure he’d ask me then. As it turns out, it was a fake-out and he asked me on the April trip. He had been scheming for months, and even got my mom in on tricking me. We were finishing up a long day of fishing on Saturday of that weekend, and hadn’t caught anything. We were getting ready to head in for dinner when I hooked something. After fighting it and fighting it, I finally reeled in a huge red drum. It was the biggest fish I’d ever caught, and we were both beside ourselves with excitement. Mark told me to cast in the same area and try to catch another. I felt a tap on my back, and when I turned around, he was on one knee. I have never been so surprised in my life! He’s generally not a sneaky person, so I thought I’d have some clue when he would propose, but he got me!