Before the Proposal:
For quite some time, I had known that Kat was the love of my life. On June 30th, 2023, I couldn't contain my excitement any longer and shared my intention to marry Kat with my parents. This momentous announcement came after we celebrated our 2-year anniversary with a romantic trip to the Wisconsin Dells on June 12th. To make it even more special, I had my parents create a heart-shaped display of flowers and candles to surprise Kat when we returned home. While my dad thought I proposed in that moment, my mom believed I would share my plans with them before popping the question. So, when I finally did reveal my proposal plans, their excitement was immeasurable!
A couple of weeks later, I embarked on another significant step by driving over to Kat's parents' house to ask for their blessing and permission to marry Kat. I brought along a bouquet of red roses, knowing Kat's mother, Gina, adored them. To my joy and relief, both of them were brimming with profound emotion and affection, and they wholeheartedly approved, providing their blessing for our marriage.
The Day of the Proposal:
I had something truly extraordinary in mind for the proposal – a secret surprise that would involve both of our families. The stage was set at my parents' pier by the tranquil lake, a place we both cherished for watching sunsets together. The pier itself was adorned with roses in red, yellow, and pink, cleverly slotted between the planks to create the illusion of floating flowers on the water.
An hour before our planned arrival, both of our families gathered at my parents' house, ensuring that everyone was comfortably settled and ready to capture the moment. We were especially grateful to Kat's brother-in-law, Gian, who had been discreetly assigned the responsibility of capturing every moment through his lens.
Earlier in the day, a delightful twist occurred when Kat invited her sister, Camille, to join our game night, which cleverly served as the cover for my secret proposal. Camille, who was already in on the plan, seized this opportunity to ensure that Kat looked absolutely stunning for this momentous occasion. My goal was to ensure Kat didn't end up in sweatpants or casual summer attire on such a significant day.
As we approached my parents' house, I asked Kat to close her eyes, igniting her curiosity and wonder. Trusting me completely, she agreed to the surprise.
Hand in hand, Kat and I walked slowly toward the backyard and eventually the pier. Unbeknownst to Kat, our families followed us in silence, cameras at the ready, poised to capture every precious moment.
As we reached the backyard, the entire family stood there, their excitement palpable in the hushed atmosphere. In a soft, whispered tone, I conveyed heartfelt words of love and the depth of my feelings to Kat. Little did she know, Gian was positioned on a nearby pier, skillfully capturing every fleeting moment.
We reached the end of the pier, where I encouraged Kat to open her eyes. Kat turned her head and was stunned to see our families standing nearby. Positioned before her, I dropped to one knee, professing my love and devotion. Her eyes widened in awe as she absorbed the magnitude of the moment, and with bated breath, I asked, "Will you marry me?" A pause, a beat of our hearts, and then the most beautiful word: YES.
Our kiss sealed the promise, and our families erupted into cheers. My dad even added an unexpected blast with an air horn. I slipped a beautiful diamond ring onto Kat's finger, and together, we took countless photographs, celebrating with our loved ones throughout the night. We danced, sang karaoke, played pool, and shared laughter, making it a celebration we would never forget.
And so, our journey to forever began on that picturesque pier, surrounded by love, family, and a lifetime of beautiful memories.
We can't wait to share our special day with you, and we hope you'll be there to witness the start of our happily ever after!