It's hard to separate the relationship that David and I have from others; I want to believe that everyone's as happy as the two of us have been fortunate enough to be. He's constantly surprising me by doing things that I certainly have not come to expect of him, so I feel like I'll never get bored with his personality.
David has never been the type for organized planning, but regardless of this fact, it is a quality that I love him for. With this said, I was completely astonished when he began arranging a trip to Orlando for the summer. Being on the opposite side of the country, this was a huge deal. My instincts always told me that it would be a huge ordeal when he would propose, but I never suspected that it would be this colossal.
Our first full day there was at Discovery Cove, which is a dolphin interaction park. I was so energized and smiley that David couldn't even look at me without flashing a smile. When we arrived, I was in heaven! The gardens were lush, and it wasn't crowded at all. We were scheduled for a 9:45 am dolphin interaction, which I was a little turned off by because I knew I'd need more time after breakfast to relax before getting into the water. However, I eagerly agreed to the time and entered the park.
Once it was time to get in the water I almost screamed because I was so ecstatic. We were with about thirty other people in the water, along with other dolphins. Our dolphin's name was Dixie and she was so sweet. We kissed her, rode on her back, and when it was time for her to go, she even waved "bye" to us with her tail. I was so sad to have to leave, but I began to trek out of the water. I was almost out of the lagoon when one of the trainers told me that one of our pictures didn't turn out and the photographers would need to retake them with David and me. The only thing I was thinking at this point was that I had a great opportunity to buy more time to spend with Dixie without everyone else in the lagoon, but soon the picture was taken and it was now finally time to leave.
The trainer then asked me, "Dixie has been working hard and I wanted to know if you would like to play with her and her toy?" I'm pretty sure my face said it all because soon she told me to direct Dixie over to another trainer on the other side of the lagoon; before I knew it, Dixie was swimming back to me with a white toy in her mouth. As she surfaced, I noticed writing on her toy: "Will you marry me Jennifer?" I then began to cry. David came behind me and repeated what I had just read, and I turned towards him holding my hand over my mouth and nodded "yes." He was so calm that whole morning that I didn't suspect anything other than a beautiful day doing something I had dreamed of my entire life. This was amazing, but it wasn't over yet.
Although the moment seemed perfect to me, there was no ring. David walked me over to a private beach and there it was - a beautiful princess cut engagement ring in a treasure box with flowers. As David pulled the ring out, the crying started again. He told me how important I have been to him the past few years, and how I made things possible for him that he never dreamed of. I was overwhelmed at this point, but there was still more.
The staff walked us over to a leafy wall and opened a hidden door, inside was a private cabana with roses, truffles, champagne, custom flutes and picture frames of all the beautiful pictures that the photographers had just taken. This was truly the most heartfelt and spectacular moment I could ever have imagined.