On January 1, 2012, only a few minutes after the proverbial count down, my soon to be future husband and all of my friends took me outside to take pictures. I was the only person in the whole park that had no idea we were not actually out there to take pictures, though pictures were taken for a very different reason.
I hate secrets, I hate not being in the know and I hate not being able to control and anticipate just about everything. So, as all of my friends and family can attest to, keeping a secret from me is no small endeavor. Corey made this surprise possible by tricking me into thinking he was going to propose on Christmas of this year. When it didn’t happen, I was very disappointed, but let go of the idea of being proposed to thinking to myself, and telling all of my friends who secretly knew the whole time, that I was happy with waiting and hoping for it to happen within the year. On New Years Eve 2011, we went out to dinner with all of my best friends in Lowertown St. Paul, I can honestly say that I had no idea what was about to happen. However, the excitement in the air was palpable because everyone else knew what was about to happen.
Across the street from the restaurant we were eating dinner at was beautifully lit Mears Park. Ironically enough, it also happened to be snowing. I love the snow and the winter time, and the huge falling snowflakes and the sparkling lights of the park could not have made the night any more romantic. It was fate that we were there that night with all of our best friends and the snow was falling so perfectly.
Just as I was getting ready to pose for pictures, I turned to Corey and suddenly he gets down on one knee in the snow and looks up at me. It is one of those moments when you know exactly what is happening, but the shock doesn’t allow you to process. All I could think or say or do when I saw the ring in his hand was “what is that?!” He smiled at me the way he does and says, “Lindsay, would you spend the rest of 2012 and every year after that with me?” From that moment on the entire night was a blur. I remember screaming for joy with all of my friends who finally could share their secret with me. I remember clapping and congratulations from everyone. I remember the happiest night of my life, but most of all I remember the tears and happiness in my fiancés eyes.
It was without a doubt, the greatest night of my life. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect moment to remember for the rest of my life, and I never even saw it coming.