Sara and Nathan

how they asked

I am a wedding planner by trade – I own a planning company in Asheville, NC. During a break in my client wedding season, Nate and I planned a quick getaway to Disneyworld (one of my favorite places) to relax and enjoy some time together.

Call it a planner’s sixth sense, but I had a sneaking suspicion he might propose on the trip. My parents were acting very strangely, and he kept asking questions like, “What is your favorite place at Disney?” But, by day 2, he still hadn’t popped the question.

Over dinner in Epcot Italy, I finally just decided to ask him, “This may sound crazy, but are you going to propose to me on this trip?” He looked shocked.

“Babe, no. Why would you think that?”

I listed a dozen reasons or so and he responded, “Gosh, now that you mention it, it would’ve been a great idea. But I’m sorry. I just didn’t think of it.”

I was crushed. After dinner, as we strolled through the different countries, I texted my sister to tell her I had misread the signs and would not be getting engaged after all.

As we approached Epcot Japan, the sun was setting and Nate suggested that we should have our photo made. Still decidedly blue, I casually handed my phone off to a stranger in a Captain America T-shirt and asked him to take our photo. We got into position and Nate stopped. He wanted to put his sunglasses away. He bent down to put them in his backpack and pulled out a ring box.

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I heard the gasps of a hundred strangers.

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“Will you marry me?” He asked.

I nodded and cried and he slipped the ring on my finger. “Is that a yes?” He asked.

“Yes!” I said. And huge round of applause broke out all around us.

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For someone who had totally sniffed out a proposal, I literally couldn’t have been more shocked.

We basked in the moment for what felt like hours.

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And when we turned to walk away, Captain America placed my phone back in my hand.

“Congratulations,” he said.

We would learn later that he had documented our entire engagement in 36 perfect frames.

Nate leaned over as we walked into our new life together and whispered, “I’m so glad you asked. It gave me the opportunity to surprise you.”

As it turns out, even planners need to be surprised once in a while.