Dear friends and family,
Adam and I are ecstatic to report that we are getting married. The past three years we’ve spent together have been amazing and we are so looking forward to our future together.
Many of you have asked for our proposal story, so I’ll use this week’s blog as an opportunity to share it with all of you.
We arrived at our favorite restaurant, Pasta Palazzo, where Adam had convinced the restaurant to close a half hour early for our “private event.” Adam and I share a love for the gnocchi and chocolate mousse cake at this restaurant, so we were excited to see this sign on the chalkboard outside:
We sat down and then got a special delivery of flowers. The waiters at the restaurant were just as excited about this whole thing as we were, and they enjoyed taking pictures of us and sharing in our special moment.
We ordered our food, and then Adam pulled out a wrapped box. I opened the box and found a photo book similar to the ones that Adam and I make to document our travels and our yearly adventures.
The first half of the photo book showed Adam’s favorite pictures of the two of us from the last three years — I loved reminiscing about our fun memories together through these photos.
Adam had written some notes about our relationship and how much he cares for me, and how he wants to spend the future with me. The next page was then a photo of Adam, on one knee, holding a ring and a sign that says “Will you marry me?” Then Adam came over to me and got down on one knee and presented me with the real live ring. I said yes and was so excited.
And then Adam told me to finish reading the book.
The rest of the book contained photos of our family and close friends holding signs with phrases like “Best wishes! You’re getting hitched!” and “Take him as your husband” and “Welcome to the family.” My friends and family members even made sure to include references to the Beatles, the Wizard of Oz, and Seinfeld. Do they know me or do they know me?
And apparently these friends have been keeping this book a secret for a long time. In an e-mail chain where Adam coordinated one of the photos with my high school best friends, one of my friends wrote:
“PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT LET LIA FIND OUT. She is a super sneaky little lady, so we gotta be very skilled at keeping this from her. Hide your emails, texts, computers, phones whenever she is around!”
To all of my journalism teachers from throughout the years who taught me to be investigative and inquisitive — mischief managed. :)
Here’s us holding the book:
Oh, what’s that? You want to actually READ the book Adam created? Alright, I guess I can share the link:
When I finished reading the book, Adam insisted that I call my parents from the restaurant. “Can’t I call them from the apartment?” I asked. “No, you need to call them now, I really want to hear their reaction.”
So I called my parents on the home phone, and my mom answered. She was so excited to hear the news and wanted to hear all about it. She asked that I call her later in the night to tell her more details. She asked me to hand the phone to Adam so she could congratulate him.
Little did I know that she was around the block the whole time — and sneakily, my dad set up the home phone to forward to his cell phone.
Ten minutes later, into the restaurant walked my parents, my brother and sister-in-law, and Adam’s brother and sister-in-law. We had a great time celebrating together and sharing our favorite chocolate mousse cake with them.
Thank you to Adam for an extremely thoughtful and meaningful proposal; thank you to my friends and family for your participation; and thank you to everyone for all of your love and support.