2019 - Third Annual Proposal Day Contest WINNERS are
Julie and Ian & Danielle and Matthew
They each won at $100 I Do! Gift Certificate!
Danielle & Matthew's Proposal Story - Our proposal story is definitely something different than most people. My fiancé and I are high school sweethearts, we met in 10th grade honors algebra II and since then we have been together. We bought our first house and rescued our first dog, life could not get any better. Then we got news that our best boy in the world (our dog, Handsome) did not have the best kidneys in the world. We got the news that he had kidney disease and he was rapidly reclining. We only had him for a year and a half (he was only 5 years old), I always dreamed of having our dog in out engagements photos and even at our wedding. Sadly, we knew what we had to do since his value of life was going down and we did not want him to suffer anymore. We decided on a date to put our sweet boy to rest and out of his pain. The weekend before we had both of our families over for a dinner for them to say bye to Handsome and then the moment happened. Here comes my fiancé (Matthew) and Handsome down the stairs, Handsome is in a tux suit and Matthew has a matching shirt on. He gets down on one knee and says “I know you dreamed of Handsome at our wedding and I know that will not be the case but at least he can be a part of the engagement”, I of course said YES! I was balling my eyes out being able to have our families there and also our first dog together.
Picture to the left - Danielle, Matthew and Handsome
Picture below - Danielle & Matthew's new rescue puppy, her
name is Bettina, which means beautiful in Italian, but they
just call her "B."
Julie & Ian's Proposal Story - December 23, 2018 | Glenside, Pennsylvania
It was a normal Sunday. Julie and Ian went to church together in the morning, did some last-minute Christmas shopping, ate some tacos, and came back to Julie's house to watch the Eagles game.
Ian mentioned to Julie earlier in the week that he had bought tickets for them to see the Christmas light show at Longwood Gardens. Julie had been asking to "do all the Christmasy things" so she was glad to hear they had these plans for Sunday evening. Their timed ticket was for a 5:00pm entrance into the gardens.
Ian wanted to leave at 3:00pm. He didn't have the tickets on him. He was planning on getting them from his brother, Zach, on the way to Longwood Gardens. Now, there is nothing "on the way" about where Zach lives, so Julie casually advised, "Maybe next time you get these tickets the day before," and then dropped it. She's good like that.
At 2:50pm, Ian is trying to figure out what to wear. He picked out a blue dress shirt that was sitting in the back of the closet for months and says he's wearing that with khakis. He convinces Julie that he should look nice if they want to take a nice photo together. Julie now feels completely under-dressed in her jeans. Ian hurries her along in picking out a dress. "Put that on like the house is on fire. We leave in 10 minutes!"
In the car now, Ian is rushing them up the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Julie is talking and loses track of where they are, especially now that they have passed all reasonable exits to go to Zach's house.
They get off the Turnpike at the Route 1 exit, head south toward Northeast Philadelphia. Julie is completely baffled about where they are going. They turn onto a side street. "It's somewhere around here." Julie is not familiar with where they are at all. Then Ian pulled the car into the parking lot of the North Philadelphia Jet Center.
"Are we going on a PLANE?" Julie is starting to suspect something at this point.
Ian walks her in, sits her down, walks back outside to the car, and then returns with a GoPro camera in hand; he's taking a video. Behind him is his sister, Heidi, who also has her 3-week old baby, Bethany, with her. Heidi has a camera.
Now Julie is totally confused. She thinks he could be proposing. But where? HERE? She believes in herself too much to think that he could be pulling this off without her knowing. So she pauses on these thoughts to see what unfolds.
They are greeted by a man who says he is their pilot. Ian and Julie are escorted outside and taken to a helicopter!
Heidi (and Bethany) stay on the ground and wave goodbye as the helicopter takes off. The pilot says, "Now we are off to take our tour of the Philly area by helicopter." Julie is not exactly sure what direction the flight is headed, but it is still light out, the sun will be setting shortly, and it's all beautiful from above.
A few minutes into the tour, the pilot begins circling a certain location. He says, "Look out the left side. You might be familiar with this area." Julie is sitting on the left side. She glances out of her window. "I don't know where... wait... is that... my parents' house?" The circular driveway is what stood out most to her. And then focusing in, she notices that her mom, dad, and brother, Benjie, are standing out on the driveway, waving their arms. Julie turns to Ian. "How do my parents know we are up here?"
This is truly when the gig was up. Julie knew Ian had something more than just a "Christmas date" in mind for this helicopter ride. It was obvious that the pilot had a particular route he was taking them on. "We still have more to see," Ian said as they continued on to their next stop.
Ian pulled out his phone with something typed out on it. He asked Julie to recall their third date, which was to Longwood Gardens, when he gave Julie a card with a list of adjectives in it, words that described things he liked about her. He began reading from his phone the exact same list of adjectives that he wrote in that card and ended it with, "Now you can add another word to that list.... engaged." Ian asked Julie to be his wife.
The helicopter was now circling the grass field in Glenside. In 5500 lights hooked up to a generator was spelled out "Will You Marry Me" with a red heart in the middle. The sky was starting to get dark at this point, so the message was clear to read. It was unmistakable what it said and that it was for them. Ian's dad, mom, Granny, brother Erich, niece Mary, sister-in-law Becca, and nephew Rafael were down on the field below.
Ian reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out a beautiful engagement ring. He had picked it out himself and it was perfect! He asked Julie for her hand. He already began slipping the ring onto her finger when she said, "And... YES!"
2018 - Second Annual Proposal Day Contest WINNERS are
BRIDGET and VICTORIA
They each won at $100 I Do! Gift Certificate!
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