Will You Marry Me? An Unusual Engagement

Will You Marry Me? An Unusual EngagementMy then-boyfriend was taking me to Mexico for the first time. To make sure I had a fantastic impression, he got us each our own rooms at a lovely resort a block from the beach in Playa del Carmen.  Though I wasn’t supposed to know it, he was just too excited to actually keep the secret. He was going to propose.

On our last day there, he had the whole day planned. It was his birthday after all.

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Not the Cenotes. Our camera was stolen shortly after our engagement, so our photos are limited to the couple we uploaded to Facebook before it was taken.

We started the morning at the Cenotes. They were these gorgeous freshwater pools. There was a little cliff we could jump off of and there were gorgeous fish everywhere and it was all perfect.

Until he bought fish food.

The moment that food hit the water, every fish in the place was in our faces. When they started nibbling on my legs and feet, I laughed. And I swallowed the water. The one thing they tell you never to do in Mexico is drink the water.

Will You Marry Me? An Unusual Engagement Story - The Busy LifeWithin 30 minutes, I’m not feeling well. He had done all this research and found us this great little seafood place. I didn’t even want to look at seafood. He took me to see the beautiful pyramids. I had to stop every few minutes to sit because I was feeling so bad.

We had to take an hour-long bus ride back to our hotel. Then he dropped me off at my room and told me to take a nap. He’d pick me up in two hours for our evening plans.

The nap did little to help. I could barely drag myself out of bed to get into the shower. When he knocked at the door, my hair was still wet and I wasn’t dressed. I pulled may dress over my head and answered the door, looking like death warmed over, I’m sure.

I told him I didn’t think I could go out. He said, “That’s okay. But could you put on your shoes?”

The heat hit me as soon as I exited the door. My stomach rolled. Then he put on a blindfold. He led me down the hall and to the stairs. I got only a few steps down before I had to stop. I took deep breaths across from a beautiful waterfall and the ground-lit pool and the crickets playing in the well-cut grass and thought, “YOU’VE GOT TO PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!”

I gathered myself, he put the blindfold back on, and we made it to the bottom of the stairs before I started shouting, “I can’t! I can’t!” He ran to the bathroom, got a trashcan, and I vomited.

Then I ran back up stairs to brush my teeth and throw a bit of make-up on. I reached the bottom of the stairs once more, but he’s no where in sight. I called and called, keeping my eyes down as I walked along the little stone path.

When he finally heard me, he tried to put the blindfold back on, but I said, “Why don’t I just close my eyes?” He led me farther up the stone path and when told me to open my eyes, the sight took my breath away.

Will You Marry Me? An Unusual Engagement Story - The Busy LifeWill You Marry Me? An Unusual Engagement Story - The Busy LifeThere was a little outdoor room with gauzy curtains swaying in the ocean breeze. Inside, flower petals and candles covered the floor. On the bed were shells and more candles in the shape of a heart. In the center, in biggest shell, sat the ring.

He handed me a dozen roses and told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Then he asked, “Will you marry me?”

I said yes almost before he could finish.

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We have an unusual engagement story and I love it! What’s your engagement story? Or your most romantic moment? Was it funny or sweet? Was it planned or spur of the moment? I can’t wait to hear!

Megan Gonzalez

By | 2016-10-19T04:39:37+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Relationships, Travel|42 Comments

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  1. Tabitha October 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    It’s beautiful and romantic! I find the stories that are imperfect are the ones that are the best.

    Ours too, was far from perfect, but it was magical and beautiful.

    We had been together for six months, and he knew I was hoping he would propose before I left on my Guatemala Mission trip. A week before I left, we went up to his parents’ place to celebrate our six months and an early Valentine’s Day. He is from the town where my family cottage was; a cottage that was turned into my Grandparents’ home when I was ten. We had spent most of our summers there as kids and it was my favourite place in the world (which made it even better when I met Scott and found out he was from there).

    The first day after we arrived, he prepared a beautiful breakfast for me, with two roses and heart shaped pancakes, and then said he planned a surprise dinner out, where I had to get dressed super fancy. It ended up being at this beautiful, 5 star restaurant in town. When we got back to his parents’, he had a beautiful array of chocolates, stuffies and a Valentine’s movie for us to watch on my bed. But, I was devastated. I had expected him to propose that night, and nothing had happened. All the signs had been pointing to it, but nothing. I tried to hide my disappointment.

    The next morning, as soon as I got up, Scott told me he and his mom had to run to the bank and Walmart to grab something quickly, and they’d be back shortly. They usually wouldn’t leave the moment I got up, but I tried to shrug it off. Four hours later they finally came back. I was so freaked out I cleaned her kitchen, showered, cleaned the bathroom, just to not panic. When they got back, his mom couldn’t look me in the eye, and he barely spoke to me. We had his father’s birthday dinner that night, and when we got in the car, Scott asked me to go to the beach, because we needed to have a talk.

    I remember panicking the whole way down, wondering what could be going on. I didn’t think he was jerk enough to break up with me like that, but I just felt horrible. When we got to the beach he asked if we could walk while we talked. Everything was covered in snow and ice, and it was -15 Celsius out.

    When we started walking, he wouldn’t touch me, and normally he couldn’t go five minutes without holding my hand. He stayed a minimum of two feet away, and started with “So, we’ve had some problems and issues lately…”

    I can’t say I heard much else of what he said, I started becoming convinced something bad was going to happen. He stopped us at my favourite part of the harbour; a part I had told him reminded me of all the best moments of my childhood and said “marriage takes a lot of work, and is really hard”. All I could think was that he was about to tell me he couldn’t see himself marrying me anymore, and that this was going to ruin my favourite spot. I couldn’t look at him, I was trying SO HARD to fight the tears.

    He goes “Would you please just look at me?” and when I did, he was on one knee holding out the ring. When he said “Will you marry me?” I actually burst out crying and said “I don’t understand!”

    Apparently, he thought he was just being subtle to throw me off the trail; he never imagined he would make me feel like he was breaking up with me! It’s a silly, awkward little story, but it’s ours, and I love it 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez October 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      That is an awesome story! I’m sorry you went through all that frustration, but it sounds like it turned out great in the end 😊

  2. Jessica September 27, 2015 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Awww, this was so cute! my husband proposed to me a week after he came back from his 2 year mission in Brazil –we were 22 –it was not the most romantic proposal because of the weather and his plans fell through, but he proposed to me at in his room at his moms house…he laid out roses and tried his best to make it romantic. We got married a month after I graduated from college.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      That is such a sweet story Jessica! I know all about plans falling through, but it’s the love behind the question that makes all the difference! And it sounds like he did make it romantic 🙂 How wonderful for you guys!

  3. Liz Jo September 25, 2015 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! Even if you did get really sick. Kyle asked me to marry him on Easter, well 4 am easter morning ( he asked me to be his girlfriend the easter before). I don’t want to write a bajillion character comment on your page, but it was really nice even if it was just in our beds at 4am

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      That’s so sweet that he asked you to marry him one year after he asked you to be his girlfriend. I’d love to hear your story Liz Jo, even if it does take a bajillion characters 😉

  4. Rachel G September 25, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Oh man, I’m so sorry you were so sick on your engagement day–but he sure worked hard to make the day special, with those candles and everything! You guys certainly have a unique engagement story.
    Our engagement story: He came to Malaysia to meet my family for the first time–we already had an engagement party scheduled for the last weekend of his trip, but we weren’t technically engaged yet–On his 2nd full day in Malaysia, we went out to breakfast, or, actually my parents dropped us off for breakfast alone and took the rest of my siblings to McDonald’s. I still remember all my little siblings faces as they waved to us through the window–they totally knew what was going on. After breakfast, I told Angel he had to try walking on pointy rocks barefoot at the local acupressure path. There were stray cats and stray dogs at the park, totally normal for this region. After murdering our feet, we sat down on a bench and he asked for my phone so he could call his parents–I don’t know what he said because I hadn’t yet taken any Spanish classes. Then he got down on one knee and proposed at the park–and we walked all the way back to my house together, where my family was waiting impatiently and with cameras. haha!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      That is such a sweet story Rachel! Thank you so much for sharing. I love that you remember the cats and dogs and pointy rocks. It’s amazing what sticks out in important moments like that! And I just loved how your family was involved 🙂 That makes it all the sweeter. I can just imagine all your little siblings’ faces 😀

  5. Shannon September 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry you didn’t feel well but that is a great proposal story! Congratulations 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you Shannon! It was no fun being sick at the time, but he was so sweet, I didn’t mind too much.

  6. Jenny September 25, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    This made for such a fun story!
    I actually recently got engaged so I’ve been enjoying reading all things related to being engaged and weddings.
    I loved reading your engagement story 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Congratulations Jenny! That’s so wonderful! Even though we’ve been married for two years now, I’ve still got my wedding Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/megdgonzalez/something-blue/. It’s got links to a ton of great sites if you’re in the mood to browse. Best of luck on all your planning! It was such a fun (and occasionally stressful) time 😀

  7. Shamira West September 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    This was beautiful! I loved it! Congrats!!

  8. Jennie Goutet September 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I’m laughing and tearing up. Good grief! You poor thing! 🙂

    I’m glad you got your happy ending though.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Jennie! Our whole dating relationship was a crazy, but wonderful ride. It’s a really fitting story for our fun/sweet relationship.

  9. Lindsay September 25, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    This has to be the best thing I’ve read all day, minus your accounting of the puking. How awful that must have been but what a story to tell people. How incredibly sweet and thoughtful of him. He’s a keeper. Beautiful ring, too. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing and linking up with Krysten and I.


    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you Lindsay! I’m so glad you loved the story. Being sick was no fun then, but now it’s totally worth it because we love telling our story. He’s definitely a keeper. And thanks for letting me be a part of your link-up!

  10. Shann September 25, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    That was such a great story! Even though it’s terrible that you got sick, it’s something you’ll both always remember.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you Shann. We love our story! Even though it was no fun being sick, it was so sweet (and I was so excited) I couldn’t even be too bothered by that 🙂

  11. Niamh September 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Aw, that’s actually a very sweet engagement story – and one to laugh over in years to come 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      We definitely enjoy laughing at it Niamh. Thank you! 🙂

  12. Charlotte September 25, 2015 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Oh, my goodness….. What an incredibly sweet engagement story (and good for you for holding it together to make it through!). I feel as though it makes the story all the sweeter. And that setting! How incredibly romantic of him to pull this off. KUDOS! 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Charlotte! It was so romantic and sweet! Holding it together was not easy, and clearly I didn’t do a great job, but we were so excited to become engaged we weren’t going to let anything stand in our way!

  13. Claire September 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Love shines through even the most awful experience. But it ended well 🙂 Congratulations 🙂 I love love love the photos!


    • Megan Gonzalez September 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you Claire! It ended wonderfully. And congrats on your Liebster!

  14. Christie September 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    How sweet! Congrats. And what a beautiful story. He did such a great job with the proposal set up!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks Christie! I was really impressed and touched by the set up. He knows that I love red roses–I was obsessed with Beauty and the Beast growing up–and they were everywhere. And he designed the ring to incorporate sapphires, my birthstone.

  15. Madelaine September 25, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    What a great engagement story a testament to “through sickness or in health”. Love it!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      It really was Madelaine! Instead of going out to the fancy restaurant and club he’d researched and reserved, he sat next to me and stroked my hair. It was the perfect end to the day. And it let me know that he really would care for me no matter what.

  16. Nichole @CuppaGeek September 25, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Such a sweet story! Love it! You two are so adorable.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nichole! He’s super sweet and can be very romantic when he puts his mind to it! I love him bunches 😀

  17. Laura September 25, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness! Talk about the silver lining on a terrible day! At least it will be a memorable story for your kids 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      It is definitely a memorable story Laura! We didn’t get to go out afterwards because I still wasn’t feeling well. So he brought a chart to my room and explained the properties of my diamond to me. He’s a materials engineer, so to design the perfect ring, he learned everything he could about diamonds. I didn’t understand much of it, but it was adorable watching him explain.

  18. Yaya September 25, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Loved the setting with the heart and flowers. I would have instantly started crying right then

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      I am a big crier too Yaya! I don’t think I did during the engagement–too afraid it would make me feel sick again–but I bawled during the ceremony! I was so happy we were finally going to be married, I couldn’t stop crying!

  19. Alexandra @ My Urban Family September 25, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

    I love unique stories like this! It’s too bad you weren’t feeling better, but then the story wouldn’t be so unique!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alexandra! It did feel too bad at the time, but we absolutely love our story now 🙂

  20. Danielle September 25, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

    That was very sweet. It started out rough, but I’m sure that proposal made you feel a bit better.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      It did… for a few minutes. But shortly after he proposed I started not feeling well again. He took me back up to my room and sat with me until three in the morning. He didn’t even get dinner, which is a HUGE thing for him. It was the sweetest thing.

  21. Rachel September 25, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    What a rough day!! But sounds like it ended fabulously 🙂 Congrats!!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 9:00 am - Reply

      It was Rachel, but it was a perfect ending too. We joke now that it’s a good think I got sick, otherwise our story would be too sweet lol.

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