If there's anything we love more than spending hours pouring over gorgeous real wedding photos and beautiful dresses, it's shedding a happy tear or two over adorable proposal stories. In an instant, the man of your dreams goes from "boyfriend" to fiancé. With all of the adrenaline and emotions taking over you at this moment, it's understandable that you'd want to share the story with the world. That's why on National Proposal Day, we're sharing one bride's epic ski proposal story. This swoon-worthy engagement story — told from both the bride-to-be and her groom-to-be's point of view — will make you believe in true love, if you don't already.
John's point of view:
"It all started with my New Year's resolution to do something new each month. I had told Rachel I wanted to try snowboarding (normally I always ski) for March, so we started planning a ski trip in early January. Little did she know the actual "new thing" I'd set out to do that month was propose. We asked a good group of mutual friends from all over Texas to join us on our spring break vacation, and I'll admit that I enticed some to take the very long drive by telling them my plans to propose.
We were on the slopes all day, and right before the resort closed, we decided we would meet before the lift closed for a "group picture" at the top of the mountain. I'd say the key to this proposal was letting Rach plan most of it. She picked the lodge, the mountain for the picture, etc. She loves to figure out surprises, so this was my only saving grace. We smiled and posed for the picture. I turned to face Rach as our friends backed away:
Me: 'Hey, you know I don't care that I can't surprise you right?'
Rach: 'Oh no...' (She literally said that)
Me: 'You know I just care about loving you for the rest of your life and mine?'
"She started to smile then. I asked her to marry me; she said 'YES!' and heard the shouts and cheers from our friends. I wasn't nervous at all — surprisingly. It was the easiest thing to ask. We took some pictures, and I went down the mountain for the best ski of my life."
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Rachel's point of view:
"Let me start by saying that I am rather stubborn and a big fan of planning ahead, so I usually do not like surprises. Therefore, I knew in advance that John was going to have to be very sneaky in order to pull this off. I had a feeling that John was planning on popping the question on a ski trip that we were planning, but he was not giving away any clues! I had to force myself not to snoop, but still found myself analyzing all of our conversations in the months leading up to the trip, trying to find out more of the plan. Somehow, when it came time for the trip to start, I had already convinced myself that I was overthinking everything and that he probably wouldn't be proposing this weekend. Then, one of my dear friends showed up at the cabin we had booked the first night of the trip and instead of thinking, 'okay awesome! Now I know he's going to propose, I thought, 'Oh, so this must be why he was acting a little sneaky! He was inviting her as the surprise!'
The next day was spent falling on my butt while unsuccessfully trying to remember how to snowboard. Because our group was comprised of different levels of skiers and snowboarders, we went separate ways down the mountain — but vowed that we would meet at the top for a group picture before the lift closed for the day. Exhausted, bruised, and partially frozen, we all headed to the peak for the photo op. I was still analyzing my snowboarding strategy at the end of the day and the potential for a proposal was nowhere near the forefront of my mind.
We gathered together with our small group of friends at the edge of the peak and flashed our friend who was taking the pictures a grin. She then started to walk a little further away with the ruse that she was looking for someone to take a picture of the whole group. Our friends backed away from the peak, but I hardly noticed because John had turned to me and had the biggest, most adorable smile on his face. He said something about surprises, and I remember my thoughts turning into 'OMG! Right now?! AHHHH!' He got down on one knee, asked me to marry him, and without hesitating I said yes!
PS: even more kudos to John because he had several letters from friends that were not present at the proposal to give to me when we returned to our cabin!"
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