A year ago... (and a winner)

Monday, May 7, 2012

You know what's crazy? A year ago today, Grahm proposed. Best decision of his life... Okay, okay. Mine too.

My sister and my friend, Katie, took me on a faux shopping spree. Really, they were distracting me. (Easily done at the mall.) By the middle of the afternoon, they took me to where Grahm and I had our first date... aka where the first clue was. I still have no idea how they convinced me to go into the restaurant, cause we weren't planning on eating. Thank goodness (for them), I'm more gullible than a fat kid chowing down on some sugar-free cotton candy.
They took me all over Oklahoma City on a scavenger hunt. Each spot was significant to our dating history. Grahm wrote sweet little poems to go with each clue. It was precious, really.
We went to:
        1) Chellions: a sketchy Mexican restaurant where we had our first date
        2) the OKC airport: because for the first five months, we were long distance
        3) In the Raw: my favorite sushi restaurant where Grahm asked me to be his girlfriend
        4) The Commons: my old apartment where many memories were shared
        5) Creekside House: where Grahm first first said, "I love you"

Several (agonizing) minutes later, I finally arrived at the final stop. It was in the middle of my neighborhood, a beautiful area surrounded by trees and a trail upon which we had frequently walked. 

Katie and Sam dropped me off (in the new clothes they had secretly packed for me). I slowly made her way down the trail. The pathway was lit with several tiki torches and tea lights, the perfect ambiance. Grahm was smiling and waiting for me. I was bawling the entire time. He could hear me sobbing as I made the long walk toward him (not easy when you're an emotional wreck/wearing heels).




After saying sweet things, he got on a knee and asked me to be his wife, Mrs. Roach.

I tried to convince him to take my last name before I answered the big question. Kidding. Obviously, I said yes. (I mean, how many people can draw a hideous bug next to their John Hancock?) A few kisses, tears, and loving words later... Grahm's roommates and one of my friends jumped out from behind the trees. They had been taking pictures the entire time! 
 

Victory!

It was perfect. Absolutely, positively.

33 comments:

Miki @ Becoming What I Always Was said...

That is such a sweet story! I love it! Those pictures need to be cherished!

Miki @ Becoming What I Always Was said...

Oh... I am also pretty bitter I didn't win the scentsy.. just sayin :)

Carlie said...

My hubs proposed with a similar scavenger hunt but used balloons. I loved the memory lane aspect of it!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

awww what a perfect proposal! I love that last picture of you two walking away to start your lives together; so sweet!

Emily said...

That is the sweetest proposal story I've ever heard :)

Karla said...

Holding back tears!! How romantic!! Having these pictures is amazing!

Lauren said...

so sweet! what a precious proposal!

Laura & Adam said...

Cute!

Rorie said...

This is so amazing and so romantic!!!

Vanessa said...

Jena that is too sweet! Such a romantic story it bought a tear to my eye! Hope my (EVENTUAL!) proposal will be even half as romantic :-)

V x
www.what-vanessa-does.blogspot.com

Shauna said...

What an adorable proposal story! Happy engaged anniversary!

Mary Rachel said...

That was definitely a happy day. :-)

Tanya said...

Such a cute story!! I love engagement stories :)

Lauren said...

Hooray for sweet engagement stories! I love it :)

Robin said...

This is one of the sweetest stories I have every heard! It's so great he had people taking pictures, they're so beautiful!

Lauren said...

What an adorable story- glad you decided to share! Who doesn't love a good engagement story to brighten their day?

Haley W. said...

That is quite possibly the SWEETEST proposal ever. You're a lucky lady!! Congrats! :)

Lauren said...

You guys are so cute! That is so sweet! I love engagement stories! :) I love how he had someone else take pictures for you guys!

xo

lori said...

such a sweet proposal! ya'll are precious. and congrats :)

Liz Brown said...

Aw. How could you help crying??? He did AMAZING planning all that out. I really doubt you've ever had any second thoughts about the guy. :D

lo @ crazy ever after said...

I've been a bad blog friend. Sorry I haven't been by lately. Loved this story. Your engagement story is......well it's gosh darn amazing. So precious. Presh. Presh-us.

Kaitlyn said...

So, so sweet! Love those pictures, so special!

Jill @ ACharmedLife said...

i absolutely adore this proposal story :) SO SWEET! thank you for sharing it- you totally just brightened my tuesday!! XO

Sara said...

You two are so precious! And that has got to be one of the sweetest proposals I've ever heard ;) xoxox

Erin said...

I LOVE this story-- I hadn't heard/read it yet! SO much thought put into it, and I love love love when guys arrange photographers to be there and capture it all!! :)

Holly said...

What an incredibly sweet story!! And a wonderful way to remember how he proposed :)

Krista said...

such a sweet proposal and such wonderful pictures you get to have from that special moment!

Allison said...

Aw what an adorable proposal! Yay love. :)

Janna Bogert said...

Awww...How romantic!! I love scavenger hunts, too!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

That's super romantic!!!

Katie said...

this is adorable and so sweet!!

Second Hand Rose said...

Oh wow this is adorable, so much thought went into it! You're a lucky Mrs Roach! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

Rachel said...

Wow, what a great proposal! Your man definitely put a lot of thought and effort into it!