From the monthly archives: March 2012

My girlfriend and I have been together for just under 3 years. She has always thought marriage was the last thing on my mind and I was someone who wanted to wait a long time before we made that commitment. Whenever she would mention marriage I would just brush it off.  

A little over 4 months ago I came to Denney Jewelers with a sketch of an engagement ring I designed. I’ve always been interested in art, drawing, and painting, etc. ever since I was little. So, the idea of designing my own ring really interested me.  I also liked the idea of my girlfriend having a one of a kind ring that no one else would have. For about a month now my girlfriend and I had made plans to take a trip to Chicago (her favorite city) with her aunt and uncle to go shopping. Just 4 days before the trip I told Samantha I changed my mind and wanted to go to St. Louis over the weekend with my family since I hadn’t had time to see or spend time with them lately. She became very, very upset that I had decided this last minute and would not be spending the weekend with her when we had planned this for so long. I told her I would make it up to her somehow but she couldn’t see how that would be possible. 

Saturday morning (3/3/2012) she left for Chicago with her aunt and uncle, after they left I stopped by to pick up the engagement ring (that had just been completed) and drove up to Chicago by myself. I went to the restaurant they made dinner reservations at (Shaw’s Crab House) and hid upstairs in the boardroom. When the 3 of them arrived the maitre d’ took them up to the room and opened the door. Samantha walked in and was shocked overjoyed to see me, but even with this surprise she thought I was only up there to join them for dinner…until I got down on one knee and proposed. I told her I would make it up to her!  She said YES and we went back downstairs and enjoyed a lovely steak and seafood dinner and a bottle of champagne.

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