July 28, 2017, was my 30th birthday. My, then boyfriend, Scott, decided that this was the day... the day he was going to ask me to be his wife.
He had planned a large BBQ with our family and our friends, and I knew that everyone was coming, but obviously, really only figured they were coming because it was my birthday. Once everyone got there, there was a unanimous decision that I needed to open my birthday presents, with WAY more enthusiasm than I ever would have anticipated. I begin opening presents, and start with a birthday card. My mother yells from the crowd of people, \"READ IT OUT LOUD!\" which I found funny, because it was very reminiscent of my childhood, opening gifts at a birthday party. I then read every birthday card out loud, almost patronizingly, as I thought this was silly, but still appeasing my mother.
At the end of the gift opening, I go to stand up, and Scott tells me, \"Wait... I have one more gift for you, but it\'s in my truck, so give me a second.\" He runs outside, and then returns with, yet another, birthday card. I begin to open the card, and he says \"Read it out loud!\"
I open the card, and begin reading it out loud, still jokingly patronizing, as I thought he was just jabbing me based on all my other birthday cards. The birthday card he gave me is the one you see in the picture. As I get to the bottom of the card, and I read the last line... I realize, all at once, what\'s happening... my voice catches in my throat, and I can barely squeak out \"PLEASE SAY YES\" before I immediately burst into tears... like that kind of ugly cry you save for \"The Notebook\" or \"Marley and Me\"...
I look up, and Scott is on one knee, in front of our ENTIRE screaming family and all our friends, and says \"WILL YOU MARRY ME?\" Yes, I\'m still bawling... No, I can\'t speak... so I just nod through my tears and whisper \"yes\"... it was all I could muster, I\'m bawling my eyes out, after all. I jump out of my chair, and squeeze him with everything in me, and in that moment, my boyfriend became my fiance! The ring was EXACTLY what I never knew I always dreamed of, with it\'s vibrant blue stone, and detailed amazing band in white gold... it was perfect!
I later found out, that he had gone to Yates, and Ashton was the person that helped him design the ring. I got to meet Ashton, in person, when we went to pick out HIS wedding ring, and I couldn\'t have asked for anyone better to truly CARE about how his proposal turned out, and be just as elated for us as we were for ourselves.
We are now blissfully married, and I will never forget my 30th birthday, for the rest of my life... it is now, not just my birthday, but the anniversary of the day that I took the road to being my best friend\'s wife.
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