Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Proposal Story

So as most of you already know I got engaged exactly 14 days ago!!! Yay!!!  And I'm finally getting around to telling the story.  But don't worry...this story was well worth the wait.

And before I give you the actual proposal story I'm going to have to give you a few background details.  

Erik and I had been talking about marriage for a while.  We had been ring shopping and I had picked out the perfect one at Wilson's in Provo.  So of course I kept bugging him about when my ring would be done and asking how soon he was going to propose.  I kept dropping very subtle hints about how I would like to be proposed having "Will you marry me?"put onto the side of the Goodyear Blimp while it flies over Angel stadium.  Erik would joke about doing it in some very cliche war at Bridal Veil Falls or outside the Provo Temple.  

Graduation time came and my parents were in town.  I had a feeling Erik had snuck over to their hotel to ask for permission to marry me.  One night Erik calls and tells me that he had been to Wilson's that day and that because of all the ring/diamond research he had done he was basically going to make all of my dreams come true...yeah that got me pretty excited.    

Then I headed home to CA for 2 1/2 weeks.  One day Erik and I had a text conversation that went something like this:
E: Hey don't plan anything for May 13th.
K: come?
E: Because I'm proposing.
K: Oh my gosh!!  You can't tell me that!!   
E: Haha.  I'm just kidding.  I'll probably have done it before then.  We're going to a concert.
K: Oh cool.  Who are we seeing?
E: Ron Pope.
K: Who's that?
E: The guy that sings "A Drop in the Ocean".
(On a side note...we had heard that song a couple of weeks before and I had basically been playing it nonstop since then.)
K: Oh yeah! Sweet!

The whole time I was home Erik kept telling me that he had been talking to the guys at Wilson's and my ring wouldn't be done for a couple more weeks.  Right before I got back to Utah I said something to Erik about getting engaged before the 13th and he said, "Oh yeah...about that.  I've got something planned that won't be happening for a while."  So I assumed we wouldn't be getting engaged for another month or so.  

On Thursday the 12th Erik and I went out to lunch at Zupas (my favorite) with my sister Rachel and Erik got a voicemail from Shane at Wilson's.  It said something like, "Hey man just wanted to let you know that the ring won't be done until next week."  

The next night was the concert.  Erik came over a couple of hours before and we decided to grab dinner at Guru's (my other favorite Provo restaurant).  Erik wasn't actually hungry so he just ate sweet potato fries while I paid for my own dinner (I promise that's relevant...and I'll never let him forget it).  Dinner was yummy of course...and I'm sure Erik would be mad if I left out this little detail...Jimmer totally walked in while we were eating!  I pretty sure he was a good luck charm for the evening.

After dinner we headed up to SLC for the concert.  While we were driving we started talking about when Erik was going to propose and he said he was nervous and hoped that I would like what he decided to do.  I assured him that I would be happy with whatever he did.  

We got to the concert at Kilby Court.  It's this super cool, hipster place in SLC.  It's basically a house that they've transformed into a concert venue. The stage is in the garage.  And it only holds about 150 people so it's super intimate.  We got to stand right in front of the stage.

The entrance to Kilby Court.
The super sweet lights and metal paneling behind the stage.  

The door covered in stickers of all the bands who have played there.  

The concert was awesome!  Three other guys performed before Ron and they were all amazing!! 

I feel awful that I can't remember this guy's name...but he was so good!  And he's from Australia! 

This is Ari Herstand.  He's super talented and looped all of his music.  He beatboxed,  sang, played the guitar, and the keyboard.  

Oh and did I mention he also played the trumpet?  And has the most awesome hair ever?  What a rockstar.  

This is Zach Berkman who also had an amazing voice.  

Then Ron come on and he was also amazing!!  I had only heard a few of his songs and I didn't realize just how good he was. 

He has some mad guitar skills.  

I was really hoping he would play "A Drop in the Ocean"...but when the concert was almost over he still hadn't played it, so I was getting kind of bummed :(

But then Ron sat down at the piano and said, "I had a special request tonight.  My friend Erik wanted me to play this song for Kaitlyn."  My jaw totally dropped.  I looked at Erik and was like, "Are you kidding me?  How did you do this?"  He just smiled of course.  Then Ron played "A Drop in the Ocean" and the whole time I was thinking..."Oh. my. gosh.  Is he going to propose tonight?"  But I convinced myself that Erik had just been really romantic and requested a song for me...because the ring wasn't even done!

And then it happened.  Ron finished the song and looked over at us and said, "And now Erik just needs a minute."

I turned around and Erik pulled the ring out of his pocket and got down one knee and said those five, magic little words, "Kaitlyn, will you marry me?"

 And of course I said yes!!!

And then everyone started cheering and taking pictures of us and the whole band came down and gave us hugs and said congratulations.  

It was the most perfect moment.  And I was just in total shock.  I don't think I even took in how perfect it was until a few days later.  

Then Ron sang a song called "You're the Reason I Come Home" and dedicated it to us.  It was just him and the guitar and it was totally gorgeous.  

That was the last song of the night and then Ron came down and congratulated us.  He was like, "Thank goodness she said yes!  I was so nervous!"  

And of course we had to get a picture with him:

Unfortunately we forgot to get a picture of just the two of us after the proposal...I'm pretty sure I wasn't really thinking straight at the time.

I found out later that Erik had gone on Ron's website after he found out about the concert.  He clicked on the "contact me" link and emailed Ron just to ask if "A Drop in the Ocean" was on the set list for that night.  Erik said he totally didn't expect to get a response but 30 seconds later Ron emailed him back saying they play that song at every show.  Erik responded saying he was excited for the show and that his girlfriend loved that song.  He told Ron that he was planning on proposing soon and wanted the concert to be a part of it.  Ron messaged back asking if Erik wanted to propose at the concert.  So Erik told him that would be amazing and the two of them planned the whole thing out.  Pretty sweet, huh?   

I really could not have asked for a more perfect, romantic proposal.  Or for a more wonderful man.  Erik is everything I've ever wanted and I am so excited to spend eternity with him.  He's completely perfect for me, and I'm realizing that more and more everyday.  He treats me like a princess.  He loves his family and is a wonderful returned missionary who is completely dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I'm so grateful he came into my life.

And please don't mind our shiny was super hot at the concert.  

We'll be sealed for time and all eternity in the Newport Beach Temple on October 15, 2011.  We're planning on having a reception that night in CA and then an open house in Utah sometime after that.

Oh and I almost do you like my bling?

p.s. So remember how Erik played me a message on his phone the day before he proposed that said my ring wouldn't be done for another week?  Yeah...he totally asked Shane to do that.  He'd had my ring for a couple of weeks by that time.  And remember how we went to my two favorite restaurants right before he proposed?  He had that planned out too.  Do you also remember how I paid for myself both times? Erik did that on purpose so nothing would seem out of the ordinary (I promise he does pay for my food a lot of the time...but neither of us have a lot of money so I usually insist on paying for myself unless it's date night).  Did you also notice we were both in super casual clothes at the concert?  I was pretty bummed I wasn't more dressed up for the proposal, but Erik knew telling me to dress up would give the whole thing away.  Oh, and did you notice that Erik completely told me he was proposing that night just so I would never suspect anything?  He really had all his bases covered.  And when we got back to my apartment that night all of my best friends were there to congratulate me!  Erik totally asked them all to be there. And Brillante even got sparkling cider to celebrate.  What a perfect night.  


Beth Grimmett said...

That's an adorable story Kaitlyn! He sure knows how to sweep a girl off her feet. I'm excited for you and LOVE following your "wedding stuff" board on Pinterest! LOL

Kari McCallon said...

So I hadn't heard the news that you were engaged... but I totally knew it was coming soon. :) CONGRATULATIONS!! That's an awesome story! So happy for you!!

Ryan said...

Hey, tell Erik that I take back what I said, he wins for sure. That is awesome

Anne Cropper said...

I'm so glad you posted this! I love your ring! Erik was so sneaky! I'm so impressed he was able to cover all his bases so you would have no idea. Congratulations!!

Sharde said...

how.freakin.adorable! im sooo jealous girl! ive been waiting on my ring for basically forever. im convinced its like never going to happen now. so then i will actually be surprised when it does. the man tells me he wants to have a baby in a couple years but hasn't popped the question. lol. oh well.. but I'm super happy for you, thats amazing! and its wonderful how erik was so thoughtful!

Allison Barker said...

that is sooo cute Kaitlyn!! I am so happy for you guys!

Anna Gleave said...

this is so perfect! i love it. you'll be a lovely bride!