Getting engaged on the top of a volcano at sunrise sounds like the most romantic engagement story you could imagine! However, I learned that sometimes things do not go according to the groom's plans!
When my future husband suggested that we venture up to Mount Haleakala to watch the sunrise during our trip to Maui, I had no clue that he planned on proposing to me! We woke up at 2:30 am to make the windy drive up to the top of the mountain in time for the 6:30 am sunrise. There were many other people there cuddled in blankets, all waiting for the sun to rise. To our dismay, with a group of people yapping loudly behind us, this made for a not-so-private, and not-so-peaceful atmosphere. Justin felt that it wasn't a good time to ask me.
At that point, I was freezing and wanted to go back to the car to grab some breakfast and watch the rest of the sunrise with the heater on. After eating some breakfast, Justin asked if I wanted to go back outside to watch the rest of the sunrise. But of course, I was still cold and was grumbling about going back outside. I finally agreed, so we grabbed a blanket and made our way out again. When Justin finally got me out of the car and away from people, a man started yelling loudly from his van. He was being such a jerk and yelling at the top of his lungs, "Don't step on the plants!" and "Do you speak English!" to anyone who was stepping off the roadway. This went on for a few minutes. Poor Justin thought that the mood was ruined and almost gave up.
After the man finally stopped yelling, Justin and I cuddled together under the blanket and watched the rest of the sunrise. He thought this was the perfect time to propose. He whispered in my ear, "I want to have adventures like this with you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?" I was so surprised! I had no idea he had been planning a proposal in Maui, and I was so impressed by his choice of the proposal setting. It was so romantic!
Although the proposal did not go as smoothly as Justin had envisioned, I love our story because it is memorable and imperfect. We are a goofy, funny couple so it only makes sense to have a funny story to tell about our engagement.