My fiancé Brennen and I met in college. Our first date was basically a blind date, but it was the best and most anticipated date of my life! We had such a great time and didn't want the night to end. Neither one of us was looking for a relationship at the time, but before we knew it, we were both falling head over heels. As time went by, we started realizing that we wanted a future together. We began poking in and out of jewelry stores to see if there was anything that really caught our eyes.
Two years from the month of our first date, Brennen and my family were getting ready to leave for Las Vegas to spend Thanksgiving with extended family. He had never been on a plane or been that far from home so this was already an exciting trip! He seemed very giddy and nervous, but I assumed he was just nervous about the flight and meeting my crazy family. We got up at around 4 a.m. that morning to get to the airport for our early flight out of Memphis. The Las Vegas airport is huge, so landing, getting our luggage and getting out was a trip in and of itself.
That same day, we decided to tour Hoover Dam. We walked, did the tours, watched the movie and walked some more. We then spent the rest of the evening with family. By the time we had finally gotten to our hotel rooms, we were all exhausted. It was about 10:30pm when we headed to the strip to sightsee. My parents were in such a hurry to see the Bellagio fountains and the Paris Casino's Eiffel Tower even though they had seen both things before. My sister and I would stop to take a picture and then run to catch up with my parents, which was exhausting for two already-tired girls. My sister's feet were hurting so badly that my parents eventually decided to stay back with her and rest for a while. They kept trying to persuade Brennen and me to walk to the Paris Casino without them, so we did.
The Paris Casino is right across the strip from the Bellagio, and we were excited to see the fountains from the top of the Eiffel Tower. We went in, got our tickets, stopped for a picture and got on the all-glass elevator for the ride up. Brennen didn't like being able to see all the way up, so he just looked down at the floor and mumbled over and over again about how nervous he was being up there. I laughed at him and told him it would be fun. When we finally got to see out, the view of the fountains was absolutely breath taking. I was running around trying to take pictures of everything. Brennen kept asking me to come with him, so I put a hold on the picture-taking and followed him to the other side of the tower. He leaned in, kissed my forehead and told me he loved me. I told him I loved him too but that I was concerned about why he was looking at me that way. Before I realized what was going on, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him. Everything around us became a blur except for that gorgeous diamond ring he was offering me. Of course I said yes, and we hugged, laughed and cried.
A couple of bystanders came up to congratulate us and to take some pictures. We were in the perfect spot to watch the next Bellagio fountain show, which was set to Faith Hill's "The Kiss. " The song couldn't have been more appropriate! On the way down, we stopped back by the picture place and had them take another one with me sporting my new "bling. " They cropped the picture and zoomed in so that you could only see the ring on my hand, which was pressed against his chest. The cropped picture is now in a frame that says "Paris, Las Vegas " with the date on it so that we'll never forget that amazing night.
We couldn't wait to get down and see my family, who was watching the fountain shows from the ground. My parents had known all along because Brennen met with them and had asked for their permission. My sister still had no idea. We finally found them and announced the news! It was about 2:30 a.m. in Memphis by this time, but I called all my friends at home and told them that I had hit it big in Las Vegas. All the details of the day made sense afterward. Brennen was so nervous about his backpack at the airport because my ring was in it. We had to go sightseeing on our first night because it was supposed to rain the rest of the week. Brennen wore his coat when it wasn't cold in order to carry the ring. My parents were in such a hurry to get down the Strip because they were afraid the elevator would stop running to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Brennen was so nervous on the way up the elevator because he was about to pop the question.
The proposal was totally unexpected but absolutely perfect, just like my ring! We had seen the ring in a jewelry store, and I had fallen in love with it. We were just browsing though and the store was going out of business, so I thought nothing of it and forgot about it. He did not, however. He made it back to that store without me knowing, but the ring had already been sold. He had finally tracked another one down and had driven to another state to get it, while I thought he was having dinner at his grandmother's. He bought it that night and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him a few weeks later.