Tuesday, June 14, 2005

When He Asked Me to Marry Him

Every girl has her own fantasy of the perfect marriage proposal. When that moment came for me, I would've never guess it would be...at the mall? That moment could not have been more perfect--a moment I will always remember and I was never happier to say "YES!!".

My long-time sweetheart of three years, Johnny, who had just returned from browsing the mall this evening, picked me up for dinner after my long day of work and classes. He asked if we could return to the mall prior to dinner to pick up a photo he had framed that was ready for pick-up.

Once in the mall, we made our way to pick up the "framed photo" and as we walked past a jewelry store, he made a quick detour into the place saying, "Wait, let's stop here quickly. I want to show you something really weird I saw when I was in here earlier looking for a watch." (He always does this). As we approached, the M.J. Christensen representative, Heather, was cleaning the display case. She glanced in our direction and cheerfully said, "I'll be out of your way in just a second".

When Heather finished, she stepped aside and then Johnny pointed to a dazzling ring displayed inside the showcase. A single princess cut diamond solitaire mounted on a beveled platinum band. Simple but elegant. I remember innocently thinking, that is exactly how I pictured my engagement ring to be. The label in front of the setting read, "NEW: Daly Princess Cut Diamond" to which I responded in amazement, "Hey--that's spelled just like my name!"

Johnny echoed, "I know. Isn't that weird?!?" I thought it was only a simple coincidence that setting had the same name as mine. (Daly is more common as a last name so I didn't think much of it; there is a Carson Daly, John Daly, Daly City (CA)).

Just then Heather piped in, "Yep, that's our new Daly Princess Cut Diamond" pronouncing the name as "Dolly". I was taken aback when she pronounced it like my name. (Most people pronounce "Daly" like "daily" or like "dilly-dally".

So there was Clue #1: Not only was this setting spelled the same as my name, it was also pronounced the same way as I pronounce my name. But I genuinely thought it was a coincidence.

Oblivious to the impending event, I asked Heather how the setting was named and she explained that it was the perfect princess cut and there are only a few of those stones in the world. I bought here explanation without scrutiny and justified to her that the guy who perfected that cut must have named it after himself.

Heather then suggested I sit down to try the ring on and handed the solitaire setting to me. I hesitantly took a seat knowing we still had errands to run before dinner but slipped on the ring.

Clue #2: It was a perfect fit.

I still had not caught on although I was bewildered that the ring was my size but, once again, I simply thought it was just another coincidence. Size 6 is a very common size, I told myself.

Johnny, was still standing (his usual cue that we are not staying long so he's not going to get comfortable) asked Heather the typical questions a casual buyer usually would; cut, clarity, carat, etc. After answering a few of his questions, Heather couldn't give him the details of the ring so she finally offered to show us the EGL certificate as she moved away from the counter saying, "Why don't you guys just wait here and I will go get it."

Before she could slip into the back of the store, Johnny asked, "Just curious, how much is the ring?"

Heather (occupied as she had just walked away) called back to us, "The price is under the box if you guys want to look."

I honestly didn't even want to know the price of this gorgeous ring but, since I was closer to the box than Johnny, cautiously picked it up to view the price tag.

I automatically read from the bottom of the box without thought to what I was actually reading, "Daly, Will you marry me? Love, John." <-----Clue #3. A blatant clue but the message I had just read did not even register!

Instead I was thinking--'aha! another coincidence' (given the ring of the name was Daly) when I noticed the names Daly and John (never mind the message in between the names). I declared observantly, "Hey, hon--the names are just like ours!!" as I turned to look up at Johnny.

That was when I saw that his eyes were watering and he appeared to be trembling. I did a double-take looking at the message on the box and then back at him. At that moment, when the meaning of the message finally sank into my thick skull, I realized---OH MY GOD, HE IS PROPOSING TO ME!!! The both of them (Johnny and Heather) had me so fooled!!

I immediately burst into tears as Johnny got down on his knees and asked the question again. Through my shock and tears of joy, I dumbfoundedly stammered a "yes" in response to his inquiry--"I take that (my tears of joy) as a 'yes'?" as we hugged and cried. I remember thinking to myself during the times I fantasized about when he would ask me to marry him--I will not cry when the question is popped like all of the lucky women before me. Well...never say never because I cried tears of joy.

The place fell silent as strangers around us realized what had just happened. Cheers and congratulatory affirmations followed as they joined in the celebration of our good news.

Meanwhile, the cunning Heather was shooting away with a camera she snuck out--capturing the moment of revelation. She admitted she was so nervous for us, her hands were shaking where they were hidden underneath the display case!

There I was with the only man I had dreamt of spending the rest of my life with, the perfect ring, the perfect proposal. Weeks of research and numerous rehearsals, my scheming sweetheart proposed in the most perfect way beyond my wildest imaginations!

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Thereafter, we went to eat at King's Fish House in the Green Valley District where the hostess was so moved by our good news that she tearily announced our engagement to the staff. One by one, they came to congratulate us. Our evening was graced by delicious food, congratulations, and more food and drinks on the house. The manager even printed a personalized menu with a congratulatory message for us to keep.

I don't remember much besides that. I was still in a daze; we both were. All I know is I am the happiest girl alive and proud to be the future Mrs. J.T.C.

I love you, sweetie, and have never been so absolute in my conviction when I said, "YES!!".

~.~.~.~.~March 23rd~.~.~.~

The perfect ring couldn't be more perfect for my birthday!

And I just love my band for our wedding day.

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IK said...

Congrats..I'm happy that your happy!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It's about time I see you really happy Daly! Hope you have a grand time planning your wedding.

Love, Souk

Anonymous said...

Daly, I'm so happy for you both...CONGRATULATIONS!!! Of course, I'll be there... I wouldn't miss it!

miss you,
eliza =)

Linda K said...

Oh my God, Daly! I think I feel as shocked as you. And so very happy for you. What a beautiful story.

Anonymous said...

Daly & Johnny,

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and really shocked. Wishing all the happiness and joy in the world for both of you.

So when’s the wedding?


Rosa C.

Jessica said...

Wow! I couldn't help but get teary-eyed. Congratulations, Daly, and way to go Johnny! :)

Mike & Monique Leicester said...

Johnny, you old romantic you.
Just like your dad!!!
Congratulations to you both and all the very best for the future.

Mike & Monique

Jules C. said...

Dalyyy!!! (hugz) congratulations! *mwah!* Though I don't know your "sweetie", it seems that he's as wonderful as the beautiful proposal story...i wish to see you both soon-er now i guess. when is the next special date? ;~)

Hello Daly said...

Dear Fine-Feathered Friends,

Thank you for the congratulatory messages. We appreciate it very much! We've set the date for April 29, 2006 to have the ceremony and reception right here in Las Vegas (there is a counter on the homepage which will link you to our wedding site). Hope to see your faces there to share in our special day!

Johnny & Daly

Mary said...

I'm so happy for you!!!!! I can't believe I missed the e-mail... I was just going through my inbox and deleting mail when I ran into this. Of course Dale and I will make it to you April wedding! Just say when and we're there - I'm soooo happy for you! Your story was very romantic!