• Our Engagement Story

    August 2, 2009

    December 8, 2006


    To celebrate our 3-year anniversary, Mal and I planned a trip to New York City. Neither of us had ever visited during the holidays, so our plan was to see the big Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, do some holiday shopping, and enjoy a mini getaway together.

    After a long bus ride down to NYC, we checked into our hotel and discussed what we should do first. We hadn’t eaten since breakfast, so lunch was the first stop on our agenda. Little did I know what Mal had up his sleeve– literally!


    Mal and I walked down to Rockefeller Center and found a cute, little wine bar, right near the big Christmas tree, to have lunch.

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    It was a freezing cold day, so I ordered a glass of Pinot Noir to warm up. (This photo still cracks me up! Check out the size of my wine glass! Holy moly! 😆 )


    For lunch, I ordered the fig salad and Mal ordered the steak salad. Both meals were delicious from what I remember! 😉

    After finishing our meals, Mal suggested that we order dessert and coffee too. When dessert arrived, he gave me a wrapped box, which, at the time, I thought was a new pair of gloves. (I had suggested them as an anniversary present a couple of weeks earlier. 😉 ) So, I unwrapped the box, sifted through the tissue paper, and saw a smaller ring-sized box inside. I thought it was a little weird, but I did not expect an engagement ring to be inside. We had barely even talked about them!

    When I opened the box, I was surprised to find absolutely nothing inside. What?! At this point, Mal got down on one knee, said a bunch of wonderfully romantic things, and popped the question. It was one of those moments you play out in your head that you’re going to say the perfect thing and act the perfect way, but I just sat there and stared in disbelief at him! Mal later told me that I had the blankest look on my face and he thought I was going to say no! Of course, I said yes, and few minutes later, I started crying– tears of happiness.


    We left the restaurant and wandered around the city for a few hours as a newly engaged couple. It was a very romantic afternoon to say the least! 😀




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    { 23 comments… read them below or add one }

    allison @ livingoneday August 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    this is so adorable!! i love it 🙂


    Christina @ Bon Appetit Beantown August 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    So cute!


    Leah @ L4L August 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    So did he have the ring?!


    Rosie August 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    LOVE the engagement/shower/wedding repeat posts. I have only been following for a year so I love being able to re-visit your past. Thank you!


    Emily @ The Happy Home August 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    that sounds absolutely, perfectly romantic!!


    tanyasDAilyProductReviews August 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    cute post


    Maria August 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Adorable! I’m so glad you’re reposting these stories!


    Laura August 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    This story just gave me goosebumps 🙂 you are such a beautiful couple.


    Lisa August 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    What a great story!! I got teared up just reading it. I bet it was the most romantic day walking around NY newly engaged!


    Jamie August 8, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    OMG Tina!!! I LOVE CHRISTMAS! More than that, I love the tree in Rockefeller Center – I cry during the TV special every year and I watch it over and over. Your proposal is EXACTLY what I’ve always dreamed mine would be! (Except that I’m from Missouri and it’s completely unrealistic!) Tell Mal GREAT JOB on the planning! On my goodness, I would have MELTED! I think I’m going to call up the BF and tell him this story… 😉


    Chicago Cuisine Critique August 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Such a cute story! And..during my favorite time of year. 🙂


    Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Such a cute story! I’m smiling ear to ear right now.


    Christina August 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

    What a cute story! And a great couple to boot 🙂


    Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! April 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I love this story!


    Caitlin July 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Perfect day 🙂 so simple yet so romantic!


    Christie July 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

    happy, happy, happiness. that is all 🙂


    Shannon July 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    What a sweet story:) Mal looks absolutely relieved and so excited you said yes. Thanks for sharing.


    Kalee July 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    This is such a sweet story!! Ya’ll are so cute together and such a sweet couple to follow. 🙂


    @GNC_Kelly July 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Wow Tina, you two are soooo friggin cute! Loved reading your story


    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food January 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog forever but just checked out your engagement story today! I loved it and it reminded me of the day my fiance and I got engaged last year…the whole day was so romantic and nothing can ever beat the feeling of that first afternoon being engaged!


    Chelsea July 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    AWWW…My husband and I also got engaged in New York City right around Christmas time! Such a sweet surprise in a wonderful city.


    Katie D. July 12, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I asked my husband if he was serious when he proposed. He is SUCH a joker, that I sort of thought it was a prank or something.


    Lauren July 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    So sweet! What a beautiful place to get engaged! 🙂 You guys look like babies in these pictures!


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