"FOR THE GIRL WHO WAITED..."
So, my spider senses had been tingling around the time of my proposal. Collin used to book shows/tour in a band and hadn't done either in a long time but out of no where, he decided to book a show. He said it was his "Goodbye Show" because he moved to Nashville but neither of us had lived in Augusta, our hometown, in years so it seemed a little weird... Michael (Amelia's fiancee) knew, but Amelia and I had no idea: me because I was the proposee and Amelia because she is a terrible secret keeper (as am I). Here is a little bit about that day. Collin + I were in town for the show, so of course the majority of our time was spent with our favorite people: Amelia + Michael. We started out the day with coffee and planning for our future trip to Universal Studios (which later actually happened and can be seen here.)
We wandered around grabbed coffee, made our way to a favorite restaurant and here is the really ironic part: the pearl had fallen out of Amelia's engagement ring, so we ended up in a jewelry shop to get it repaired (Collin already had my ring) so we're walking around looking at engagement rings and then we bought ourselves these beautiful ring pops, which we modeled, unknowingly. This is some Alanis Morrisette type irony.
We went record shopping after this, but for the length of the post lets fast forward to the good part! Collin plays an entire set (a lot of the songs about me, our break up 7 years ago, etc. but the songs tug at my heart strings and are incredibly sweet.) Then he ends the set with our song: Spitalfield - I Love the Way She Says L.A. Towards the middle of the song, the room full of friends+family started shifting and by the end of the song, I realized there was a little circle with only Collin and I inside. I wish I could say I knew what was going on at this point, but I honestly didn't... I just thought he was being sweet. He got to "our part" in the song which is a line that says "and now you've got me thinking, and I really think it's true, the sun shines sometimes just for you" (he wrote it to me in a note in college to ask me on our first date, such a hopeless romantic) and he ended the song early, flipped over his guitar and in lime green duck tape on the back were the words "Manda, will you marry me?" (he'd done this to me at a show years ago as a joke, more irony) and out of his pocket came a TARDIS shaped ring box and inside it said "For the girl who waited..." (it took us 7 years of missed romance mishaps to get back together, so it was appropriate. In addition, Hello Amy Pond reference) and had my beautiful 40s estate ring! I. D-I-E-D.
I couldn't be happier about the people that were there to share this with us, how lucky we are that room full of amazing people captured this for us in photos and on video and for my incredibly sweet and thoughtful fiancee who organized an entire show and thought up every detail; I couldn't have dreamed up something better.
Amelia and I were so excited to share these stories with y'all, we felt it appropriate since Amelia's wedding is coming up in March and mine in September. Amelia will be sharing her amazing Wizarding World of Harry Potter proposal in our next post. Say hello to the start of wedding spam! We promise we won't overdo it!
Or, dream proposals, anyone? We'd love to hear!