whence we got engaged

by lizzie & isaiah on March 17, 2011 · 35 comments

Two years ago today was the first time we were both flying home. After a long journey of him in Las Vegas, me in Texas, me in Chicago, him in Las Vegas, him in Chicago and me in Texas, we were finally going on our first trip together.

I helped pick out my ring. I knew it was coming at some point.

He had been so smiley on the plane that I was suspicious. Almost right out of the gates in O’Hare Airport in Chicago there is a walkway that is all windows on both sides. The light comes in beautifully. We could see our city for the first time in more than a year together.

I wasn’t interested in the view. I was bookin’ it to the baggage claim because I mean business in the airport. No time to lollygag, chop chop.

Isaiah dropped to his knee and pulled my hand back. It took a second for me to get out of, “LET’S GO!” mode. We had two connecting flights that day. We had been traveling for more than eight hours for a flight that takes two.

“Marry me.”

“What!? Yes.”

I snatched the ring from its case, slipped it on my finger and pulled him up off of his knees before people started staring. The proposal, in total, lasted about 20 seconds. It was perfect.

Image: Oly Ruiz, Metrophoto

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Christy March 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

Awww! I love proposal stories! :) Cute.cute.cute.

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Ariella March 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

Awe! I love it! Congrats!

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

Thanks ladies!

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nikki March 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

Hahahaha that is a great engagement story. You really do mean business in the airport!

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

Exactly! It was perfect though…I don’t like a big stink…and my personal engagement-story-hell would be people grouped around us clapping so he did a brilliant job. :)

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Alyssa March 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

I loves it! Short, sweet and perfect. :-)

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thanks, Alyssa ;)

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Christie O. {Hindsight Bride} March 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

That is so sweet. And I love that picture!

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Thanks! It’s from Metrophoto and it’s not of us. Just a photo of a shoe in O’Hare Airport…ha…but he’s massively talented, you should check out his work. We didn’t catch any of it on camera…at all…woops.

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Gloria March 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

awww he got down on one knee! too adorable!

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Thanks! I’m not real traditional, but it was really sweet to see him doing it all old-school style, you know? :)

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Ms. Bunny March 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Super cute story. I like engagements that happen in the middle of life and aren’t set up or scripted. Swoon.

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Ha! Thanks, I’m glad he didn’t plan a whole bed of roses type of thing, I would’ve felt REALLY awkward…I hate feeling like life is a stage, you know? Thanks, Bunny, you’re sweet. :) Tell me YOUR proposal story, I’m dying to know.

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Ms. Bunny March 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I had an ex who covered my bed in roses as a surprise. It was sweet and romantic but kind of weird because he wasn’t around when I found it and when I found it it was time for me to go to bed. I felt silly sleeping in the roses so I had to pick them all off — in front of my roommate. Awkward.

If you want to read our proposal story, it’s on the blog here: http://bunniesnbeagles.blogspot.com/2009/11/yes.html

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Sarah March 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

So sweet. I love this!

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thanks, Sarah!

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Holley March 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm

such a cute story. I love it!! Surprise stories make me happy. <3 I loved that you were like, ok, got that over with, and moved on after the proposal before a scene was caused. Cute.
Also, the shoes in that picture make me happy.

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Aww…thanks, Holley!

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Kristy March 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Hee! You sound like me at the airport. (I also would’ve hated a mass crowd noticing.) Besides, plenty of time to revel in the car on the way home, after baggage claim. ;)

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lizzie & isaiah March 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Ha! Exactly! I freaked out for the majority of our Chicago trip…that ring was seen by e’rybody.

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Jo March 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm

AWWW!

I’m a go-er too. And we picked out our rings too. But it was still a surprise. This makes me awww.

Someday, I will get you both a beer.

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lizzie & isaiah March 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

You KNOW I’ll go for that, lady. I loved being there to pick out the ring, he was awesome for inviting me with!

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Lena March 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

What a perfect proposal. John always teases me that he’ll try to propose to me bright and early in the morning and I’ll just fall back asleep!

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lizzie & isaiah March 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

haha! I definitely get that. I think that would be a cute story though :)

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postcards and pretties March 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

So flippin’ cute! Love engagement stories!

ps- I love the fact that you used “bookin’ it” lol

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Brandi {not your average ordinary} March 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I’m all teary eyed. How wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this story.

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bianca of terri planty March 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm

you are a great story teller. and better yet the story is TRUE. super sweet stuff.

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Josie March 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

From what I know of you two (from reading your blog) your proposal sounds perfectly you. Just lovely.

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The Thirty-Something Bride March 18, 2011 at 8:51 am

K, I totally hate proposal stories because everyone tries to make them sound so sweet and romantic and all that bullshit. It’s just not my thing.
This story? Short and to the point. Done deal.

And you and I would make fabulous travel companions. I can work an airport like nobody’s business.

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lizzie & isaiah March 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

for sure! i usually hate proposal stories too because it doesn’t feel like the movies. you feel filled with love and hope and optimism and “YES” but it’s not like people make them out to sound, you know? i don’t think. and damn, i would’ve DIED if he had made a big, public deal out of it and involved a bunch of people and all that…it was short and sweet and over in less than a minute, then we could freak out in the taxi ride home :)

you know it, i don’t dilly dally when i travel at ALL.

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meghan March 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I also love this story. Done and done.

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lizzie & isaiah March 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

thanks guys! everyone’s so sweet and supportive!

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Alicia@CharityWedding March 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Haha I love it! Kyle proposed in public also and some of my first thoughts were also “Get up, people are looking at us!” It didn’t help that people were screaming and clapping either.

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