Engagement Stories - Mar 2012
Areli Enríquez and Alan Josserand
Areli and Alan went to see the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh on New Year’s Eve. What a night full of glamour! Opera, classic music… They began walking through the crowds in downtown Raleigh to await the New Year’s Eve celebration countdown. It was getting very crowded and Areli wanted to go all the way up to the Capitol to see all the fireworks happening down the street. When she and Alan reached the middle steps of the Capitol, it was the perfect setting. The crowd around them seemed to vanish as the New Year’s Eve fireworks started and continued. Alan got on one knee and asked Areli to marry him. There were fireworks all around their silhhouttes, creating a beautiful scene. When Areli said “yes,” people began clapping and there were even tears from some of the ladies in the crowd. Areli says “What a sweet moment! I did not expect a night like that at all! We’re so happy!”
Photo by BlueGarden Photography
Jacqueline Roemmele and JP Watters
Jacqueline and Jay were on a scuba diving vacation in Honduras. Jacqueline says the day started as one of most horrible she’d ever experienced. She and Jay woke early and went on a hike through the jungle. It was 95 degrees and humid and when they returned, they jumped in the pool to cool off. Suddenly, they saw a man walk out through the trees next door, just 10 yards away, and shoot a gun into the air three times -- POW POW POW. The man was obviously a native and had a very menacing look. Another vacation home had been vandalized the day before, so Jacqueline and Jay were sure they were in serious danger! They were a mile into the jungle on a dirt road and felt very vulnerable.
Jay threw himself in front Jacqueline and told her to run into the house. Jay followed her and suddenly five more shots rang out just outside the bedroom window. Jacqueline says by this point, she was hysterical and truly thought they were going to be killed. Minutes later, the property manager bounded up the stairs to tell the couple to relax and then explained. The man shooting was the local police and added that the situation was under control and there was no need to be afraid.
About an hour after they recovered from the shooting scare, Jacqueline noticed there were a few large bees on the screen of the guest bedroom. Jacqueline, who is allergic (to the point of having an EpiPen on hand), was very nervous about the bees. She called Jay who investigated, and determined that the bees were inside the house and that there was a huge swarm of them outside the house! The property manager quickly moved the couple out of their house and into another one for the remainder of their trip. Jacqueline and Jay were upset, but agreed, packed and moved to their new property. The new house was right on the beach, with a dock in front and a scuba shop the next street over.
They settled in the new house and then jumped in the car for an adventure. They arranged for equipment and tanks and set out to dive the reef near the house and to put the awful day behind them.
At sunset, Jacqueline was sitting on the dock in her wet suit, waiting to gear up to get in the water. Suddenly Jay stripped off the top of his wet suit. Jacqueline, irritated, said, “What are you doing? It’s getting dark, we have to get in the water!” Jay mumbled something about his bathing suit being “all jacked up”, and then suddenly to her shock, he was on one knee, with a beautiful diamond ring in his hand. Jay proposed and Jacqueline says it was incredibly beautiful and romantic. She will never forget Jay’s eyes and the sweet way he asked her, choking back tears and telling her from the moment they had met, knowing this day would come. Jacqueline says, ‘The ring is breathtaking - so we’re ENGAGED!”
Tell Us Your Story
Getting engaged is one of the most memorable moments in your life. Everyone's engagement story is unique and one to tell for a lifetime. The Wedded Bliss would like to hear your engagement story and perhaps include it in a future issue. Whether he proposed with poetry in a hot air balloon at sunset or slipped the ring on the dog's collar and had the dog greet you at the door, we want to hear your unique engagement story.