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February 5th

For many people, today is simply the Superbowl. For me, it is much more than that. 5 years ago today, Chase decided that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me (crazy!) and propose.


Chase has always been a creative guy and his proposal DEFINITELY demonstrated his knack for all things thoughtful and adorable.

February 5, 2007 was a random Tuesday that Chase declared a “Date Day.” You see, Chase graduated a semester early and spent the Spring of my senior year waiting tables at a fine dining restaurant in Williamsburg (The Trellis…home of the Death By Chocolate Cake).

This stuff is SERIOUS chocolate. Multiple layers of chocolate goodness.

The day started with Chase picking me up at my dorm room at 9AM and escorting me to the parlour which he had transformed into a “Bistro.” You see, Chase and I had a tradition of going out to breakfast at the Blue Talon Bistro (a little French restaurant that we could walk to very easily) twice a week and ordering croissants and hot tea.  However,  in January of 2007,  the restaurant caught on fire and was destroyed (happily, they rebuilt it!). These breakfasts were such a happy memory of our dating relationship that Chase recreated it with a sign, plates that were identical to Blue Talon, and croissants with AMAZING apricot jam.

(This picture was taken post-engagement, but it shows the adorableness of the bistro. SO cute.)

At this point I did not think anything was up, I just thought he was being cute. After breakfast he said we were going on a memory drive to revisit all of our “dates” around Williamsburg.

We visited the tree that we had surreptitiously carved our names into on our first Valentine’s Day together.

We visited Jamestown Beach, where we had gone on picnics and beach days.

(Ok, sorry for the CHEESY picture, but this one actually is from the day of the proposal).

He took me to special spots around Colonial Williamsburg, as well.

For lunch, he took me to the Cheese Shop, which was the place of our first “dinner date.” At this point I was a smidgen suspicious because Chase was acting a little flighty and kept checking his watch.

After lunch, I told Chase that I wanted to stop at the chocolate shop next door to get a GIANT snowcap. (Hey, I had priorities).

He agreed and then mentioned that we could go to the Kimball Theater (the artsy movie theater in Colonial Williamsburg) to eat my treat. It was next door to the candy shop and also the site of our very first “Chase paid for me” date.

I was totally NOT feeling this suggestion because the theater does not really open until the afternoon. However, Chase kept saying that the doors were open and no one would care. I finally caved and went inside with him and sat down in the giant theater.

After about 2 minutes the curtains opened (yes, the theater had red velvet curtains—LOVE) and a movie started to play. And not just any movie.  It was You’ve Got Mail, which was “our” movie.  It was the very first movie we watched together after meeting freshman year and we seriously watched it at least bi-weekly throughout college.

The movie did not begin at the start—it was set to a certain spot—the point in the movie where the discussion goes like this:

 JOE 		Sometimes I wonder...


	They stop walking, they look at each other.

 JOE 		If I hadn't been Foxbooks and you hadn't
		been The Shop Around the Corner and we'd
		just met --

 KATHLEEN 		Don't.

 JOE 		I would have asked for your phone number
		and I wouldn't have been able to wait 24
		hours before calling and asking, "How
		about coffee, drinks, dinner, a movie,
		for as long as we both shall live?"

 KATHLEEN 			(almost a swoon)

 JOE 		And then we would never have been at war.


 JOE 		The only fight we'd ever have is what
		video to rent on Saturday night.

 KATHLEEN 		Who fights about that?

 JOE 		Some people.  Not us.

 KATHLEEN 		We would never.

	A long beat.

 JOE 		If only...

At this point I am only midway through eating my amazing snowcap, so I do what any 5-year-old would do and stuffed the rest of it in my mouth because I had a feeling something MAJOR was about to happen.

Right as I finished chewing, Chase popped up and said we were on to the next stop—I was SO confused.  All of a sudden I felt kind of silly for thinking he was going to propose so I played it all cool.

We headed across the street to the Wren Building (the oldest college building in America and the chapel where we went to many mandatory classical guitar concerts for Chase’s music class).

We went up to the balcony (which was our favorite spot) and Chase started saying all of these romantic things and he handed me our letter journal.  Instead of sending “love letters” throughout our relationship, we would write them in the journal and trade it back and forth.  He had me open the journal and he left notes on various pages…the last one was this:

Chase then asked if I would marry him in that very place in 5 months because he and my mom had already reserved the Wren Chapel.  Sneaky, Sneaky.

In case, y’all are wondering, I said “YES!”

And then we celebrated!

I would be totally lying if I said “And then we lived happily ever after” because we all know life is no fairy tale.  We have definitely had our ups and downs, but I would totally say “Yes!” again.  That’s what matters, right?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

27 responses »

  1. I loved reading your engagement story! Enjoy your special day!! 🙂

  2. I love the proposal story! Your proposal anniversary = my bday! So fun! 🙂

  3. What an AMAZING story! 🙂 It made my heart just melt! …..I love how you added that life is no fairy tale, you’re totally right. Loving someone enough to love them through the ups and downs is the true miracle though. Enjoy your day of looking back on your journey! 🙂

  4. Oh wow what an amazing, fabulous, touching story! SO many adjectives that fit this so well 🙂

  5. what a guy!!! That was seriously the cutest engagement story I have ever heard!

  6. I love engagement stories and this one is SO cute! Nice job Chase! And congrats to both of you!

  7. OMG OMG OMG You guys should seriously make your proposal into a movie..this is straight up a fairy tale! Have a great day guys 🙂

  8. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    I love your engagement story!!! It’s so cute and wonderful! Chase did a pretty great job. You are one lucky girl! 😀

  9. I love this so much, thank you for sharing! What a sweet and romantic (and creative!) man you got for yourself 🙂

  10. I cannot believe we both wrote engagement (okay engagement or anniversary) posts on the same day – what are the odds!! Cutest story EVER!!! Louis wont even watch chick flicks with me (except the S&TC movie… which ie ADORED!!!) Love your story!!! xoxo

  11. That’s an amazing proposal story! Happy proposal-versary!

  12. What an AMAZING story! I literally had tears come to my eyes. Congratulations!! Chase is quite ther romantic!

  13. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    AW! February 5th is Will & my dating anniversary!

    Thank you for sharing your story with us– I love reading about proposals 😀 By way– I love that you made sure to pick up your snow cap haha

  14. I’m do happy HE picked YOU!


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