how we met – anthony
It was the perfect night, September 30, 2012. I had traveled 400 miles from Los Angeles to San Jose for a Portuguese festival. While there, I caught the eye of a beautiful girl. I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame. There were hundreds of people there, yet our eyes locked multiple times. I finally got the nerve to ask her to dance a song and she said yes… One song turned into the whole night! Ever since then, we’ve been inseparable and it’s been long distance traveling to see each other almost every weekend.
As our relationship grew through the years, Sarah and I would both hint every so often about proposing… If you know Sarah, you know she’s super organized and a perfectionist. She always goes after what she wants and puts her best foot forward. I knew I had to go ‘all out.’ I tried making mental notes on the best way to propose to her. I knew she would want a video.
how they asked – anthony
For 4 months, I thought of different ways to put it together, not to mention, hide the ring from her. I finally had everything set and was ready to head up north to see her, until the world started testing me. It seemed as if anything that could’ve gone off track did, from my car breaking down on the way to airport, an extremely delayed flight, to her entering into the park from the opposite direction planned! I was so nervous, but the second I saw her walk up the path, all the stress and problems went away. I knew she was the one from the beginning and now I was moments from proposing to the love of my life. Toward the end of the video, I walked up behind her, got on one knee, and asked her to by my wife. Even through all this craziness, I knew I wanted to marry this girl and nothing was going to stop me, even if I had to propose everyday for the rest of my life… I’m lucky I just had to do it one time!
how they asked – sarah
I honestly don’t know where to begin when I think about this incredible man that I am lucky enough to now call my fiancé. I’m still completely speechless and overwhelmed with joy. He put so much thought and effort into his proposal and I am forever grateful!
Anthony told me he was flying into see me Friday evening around 8, and it had dawned on me that it was our 3 and a half year anniversary that day. We never really celebrate months, so I said we should go out to dinner and drinks to celebrate. Little did I know he had been planning this proposal for over 4 months, and there was something else in store. He told me to put on a nice dress and that he would plan the entire evening…
I got a call from him at 7 saying he surprised me and was already here in Elk Grove, at our park. The park where we first got together, where we first said I love you, and where we open our anniversary gifts… Anthony has always been romantic, and so I wasn’t too surprised with this gesture until I got there, saw the bridge lined in rose petals, pink balloons, and an iPad and headphones with a little note that said ‘press play.’ My heart was already beating out of my chest!
Then I saw Anthony in the video, as handsome as ever, telling me that he had a surprise for me that he had been planning… that he was proposing… that he had brought me here because he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. The entire video was so magical and heartwarming. He knows me better than anyone and it clearly shows. Toward the end of the video, it shows him asking my father for his blessing, and at that moment I was overflowing with happy tears. How many people get to say that not only was their proposal filmed, but that such a precious moment as that is was too? He knew I would be crying, and he told me to turn around…
There’s something so magical and powerful in knowing that in a moment or two, your life is about to change in the most perfect way. Anthony gave me that moment and so much more. He knew I was going to be the happiest puddle of tears and wanted me to cherish it in every way, including forever… I turned around, and there he was, supporting me like he always has been since the first moment I met him. He told me about how we overcame this scary thing called distance, about how if there’s anything these past years had shown him, it was that he wanted to spend forever with me.
I was absolutely speechless. He got down on one knee and popped the question, and I was so overwhelmed with emotion all I could do was nod my head and fall into his arms. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man to repay him for this beautiful gift he gave me.