To kick off the series, I thought I would tell you about our engagement. We got engaged on June 23, 1998. We had been dating for 7 years. We were leaving in less than a week, me to move to Virginia and live with my brother and get a real job (I had just graduated from college), and Shaun to move to Philadelphia to start a Masters program. I thought he may ask me before we left, but the closer it got, the more I thought maybe not. We planned a date for a weeknight (I think it was a Wednesday) because my dad gave us a gift certificate to go to Tavern on the Green (a restaurant at a country club in my hometown). My dad said he and my mom couldn't use it before it expired so Shaun and I should use it. This was the only reason to explain to me why Shaun would be taking me to such an expensive restaurant (we were a bit cash poor in those days). He had asked both of my parents for permission earlier in the week.
This is where we got engaged:
The whole evening is kind of a blur to me. I know we went to dinner. I know there was only one other couple in the restaurant. I know the waiter brought over a dozen long stemmed roses and Shaun got down on his knee. I know he said the sweetest words to me and I wish I could remember them all but I can't. I know I couldn't see the ring through my tears. I know it was one of the happiest moments of my life. I know the older couple that was across the restaurant looked at us as if to say "that was us 40 years ago". I know I had the biggest smile on my face all night long and could barely contain my excitement. I couldn't wait to call all of our family and friends to share the news!
We got back to my parents house and my mom snapped this photo And this one because I made her
My mom wanted to have a little celebration for us before we left so a few nights later we had a few friends over and drank some champagne.
Two of my favorite people (one on each side). Shaun and Randi.
This is how I looked in almost every picture for about a week after we got engaged. I was really happy to have that ring on!