Speaking of popping the question, getting engaged is a special time in any relationship. It marks the beginning of a commitment by two people to love each other and yadda yadda. The point is that the marriage proposal is a moment in every girl’s life that she has been dreaming about since day one. Here’s a beautiful “secret” video that captured the engagement of Chris and Ashley.
Disguised as a tourist, Andrew from Stereo Waltz Films captured the video on a FlipHD. Then, the newly engaged couple took the camera with them for the rest of their day in the city!
Can you give us the story behind your proposal?
Chris – Ashley and I share a journal in which we write little love notes and letters to each other. We go back and forth with journal entries and this time I was in possession of the journal. I made the decision a couple of weeks before going to Manhattan that I would use my newest journal entry to set up the proposal. Since I was going to be proposing on top of the Empire State Building and I have huge fear of heights, I thought it would be poignant in my journal entry to talk about fears. Not only fearing heights but fearing to allow someone to be in your life forever and how I have no fears with God and her on my side. Really cheesy stuff, I know. Once she finished reading it, I did the deed and lucky for me she said yes.
Did you know he was going to propose to you?
Ashley – When Chris and I planned our trip to New York over the summer, I had hopes that he would propose to me there. The New York trip was my college graduation gift so what could be more perfect than being proposed to? Although I had hopes, I never looked at the trip as my possibility for engagement. Chris and I both love the city so that excitement was enough for me to look forward to. The couple of weeks before we went, certain events would come up that basically shattered any hope I had of Chris proposing. It was very important to me and Chris that he would talk to my parents before he proposed and so a conversation I had with my mom before we left discouraged me because it sounded like Chris had yet to ask for my hand in marriage. All in all, I had no idea he was going to propose, especially on top of the Empire State Building (since he is terrified of heights).
How did you feel? Were you nervous?
Ashley – There were so many mixed emotions when I realized he was proposing. At first, I had to ask him a few times if he was serious because I really didn’t think he was actually proposing. My overall feeling, and you can definitely see it in the video, is of pure joy. I couldn’t stop smiling and keep asking Chris if this was all for real.
Chris – Yes and no. At various times during the day I was nervous. I was never really nervous about asking her. I was more so nervous about somehow losing the ring. When your carrying that ring around before proposing its like keeping a loaded gun. Every so often I would check my bag to make sure it was still there, in fear of some evil gremlin having come in to steal it. Of course I was a little nervous once we got in the ESB (Empire State Building) because I was so freaked out about heights.
Who did you tell first?
Chris – I texted my mother once we got to ground floor of ESB saying “She said yes!!!” She then text me back “Of course she said yes, I’m happy 4 u.” I love my mom.
Ashley – The first person I told was my younger sister, who was behind the whole operation. She knew of the plan to propose a month before it happened so it was extremely hard for her not to let the cat out of the bag. I sent text messages to friends and family because I was speechless the whole day.
How did the rest of your day go?
Ashley – The Empire State Building was the first thing we did when we got to New York so we had literally the rest of the day to spend in the city. Naturally, I wanted to just go home and share the story with my friends and family but it was good to be able to spend the first day of being engaged alone in the city together.
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