Today we are introducing a new series on Precious Nuptials Blog – it’s called True Love Tuesdays. Each Tuesday we will be featuring a true love story, whether it be about how a couple met, how they got engaged, or some other romantic story.
To kick off this segment, I thought that I would share my husband Brian’s and my story. So here we go!
Brian and I met back in 2004 at Laguna Beach in CA when mutual friends had put on a beach bbq. I recruited him to come build a sandcastle with me, and I was immeditely attracted to him – I could tell that he was smart, mature, and yet had a funny goofiness about him. At the time he designed jets for a company in Adelanto and I was a Graphic Designer, so I thought that he was way out of my league – he designed jets, while all I could do was design business cards :D, I never thought he would be interested in me.
We became good friends and then eventually best friends. It wasn’t until three years later that we confessed that we had feelings for each other (even though my parents and friends of ours pointed out numerous times that we should get together!). But then after one blissful month of dating, Brian got offered a job contracted with NASA and relocated to Houston for the job. Normally I wouldn’t even consider a long-distance relationship, but after our solid 3-year friendship, I knew he was worth it.
After two years of only seeing each other once or twice a month, Brian proposed. But it wasn’t your ordinary proposal. It was one that he needed help with, because he wouldn’t have been able to do it on his own.
A friend of ours’ boss had been in a car accident, and my friend called me up saying that his boss had two massage gift packages that he now couldn’t use because he was going through back rehabilitation due to the accident. He asked if I wanted one of them for free, so of course I said yes. I excitedly called Brian and told him about the free massage I was about to get.
My friend picked me up and off we went to get massages. I had never had a professional massage and had been wanting one for years. I was expecting to go to some small little massage place, but we ended up at The Montage at Laguna Beach!! As we pulled up, I commented to Evan that this was right near where Brian and I had met, but I had no idea what was about to happen next…
We had gotten there about 15 minutes late for our appointment, so when we got to the Spa, I asked the receptionist if there were more openings that day, and if we could push back our appointment so we could have the full one-hour service, instead of just the 45 remaining minutes due to our lateness. “What name is the reservation under?” The hostess asked.
“Evan Winter.” I said. Evan had a strange expression on his face, but at the time I dismissed it. She nodded and said that she could change our appointment and then said that I could go in and explore, and my friend went off to check out another part of the hotel.
That afternoon I came out of the spa all rejuvinated and relaxed after an amazing massage. I came out into the hall in my white robe, and there was Brian – all dressed up in a tie, waiting for me to come out. I was totally surprised. I immediately hugged him and knew that he must have come to propose. But he didn’t right there. He whisked me off to a wine and cheese tasting, and then at night we went to Laguna Culinary Arts school for a fantastic couples cooking class.
Finally that night we went to the beach where we met – we were the only ones on the beach, and a light from the hotel above was illuminating the sand, and that’s where he presented me with a ring that he had designed for me and proposed. It was beautiful and so romantic, and of course I said yes!
Side note: Back to Evan’s strange expression at the Spa. This was all planned by Brian, there was no free massage package from Evan’s boss, so of course there was no reservation under Evan Winter. So when I told the hostess that we were booked under the name Evan Winter, he knew that there would be no reservations for us, and that I would become suspicious. The huge coincidence is that there was ANOTHER Evan Winter booked in for a massage that day! Of course, the other Evan’s appointment was put back to it’s original time – but isn’t that amazing?
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