Edgar & Jennifer
Edgar & Jennifer
Edgar and I are known to be a silly couple, always joking with one another, poking fun, and outrageous laughter. He is my best friend and I am his. It only makes sense that our proposal story would be as silly as we are. It was Friday before we were setting out on a 10-day road trip to celebrate my birthday through parts of the U.S. Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, and the western end of Texas). Edgar was at work, discussing his coworker's plans to propose to his girlfriend over the weekend. Edgar expressed that he'd wanted to propose to me for a long time, but wasn't sure when would be a good time.
Eventually, he decided that the road trip was the perfect time to do it. The plan was this: while we're on the open road with beautiful views around us, he would wait until we pulled over to enjoy the scenery, play one of my favorite songs that made me think of us ("Rather Be" by Clean Bandit), and drop to one knee.
And so, with only a few hours left to get a ring before the day was over, he took the rest of the day off of work. He knew that I loved Mark Schneider designs and that I'd occasionally browse the website, so he called the Dave Schneider location in Long Beach, CA. He pulled up an old e-mail file he was saving, titled "Ring Sizes." There was only one size listed in this e-mail: it was an 8. He was informed by the clerk on the phone that the average ring size is 6.5, but Edgar said the ring had to be PERFECT, and that it HAD to be a size 8. The employees were wonderful and resized the amethyst Escape ring from size 6.5 to 8 in no time. Little did Edgar know, that was HIS ring size, and I actually turned out to be a 6.5!
For the first three days of the road trip, Edgar kept the ring in his pocket at all times, waiting for the perfect moment. While we were driving through the western end of Texas, we stopped to take pictures at beautiful salt flats with water mirroring the sky. However, we ended up doing a lot of hopping and running to avoid fire ants.
Our next stop was the absolutely breathtaking view off the highway going through the Guadalupe Mountains in Texas. We pulled over to take in the scenery. I was looking over the vast valley and the impressive peaks of the mountan range, when suddenly Edgar began playing a song from his phone: "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit. Initially (and in hindsight, hilariously) I thought it was rude and told Edgar to quit disturbing the "wildlife" (there were a few birds nearby). He asked me to wait a moment, because "it's perfect for this moment."
I had absolutely no clue what he was talking about. Next thing I knew, he was on one knee, asking me to marry him. He had taken the ring box out of his pocket and opened it: the beautiful, purple gem shone in the sun. But the ring was dislodged from its nook, since we had just been running a few moments ago. Still dumbfounded, I immediately attempted to fix the ring's position in the box - without answering the question! Once I had picked it up in my hand, I finally realized what was happening. And of course, I said yes! Then we both began fumbling to put the ring on my finger, clumsy as we are.
He said, "By the way, the ring won't fit. I accidentally got it in my own size." We both just began laughing and hugging.
I love our proposal story because it just fits us and who we are together. We joke about anything and everything. We accept and love each other with all our imperfections. Edgar picked the amethyst Escape ring for a number of reasons, including my love for asymmetrical designs and his love for modern, clean designs. But my favorite reason is this: the name itself. In our future together, we intend to travel the world. The fact that he proposed while we were traveling made it all the more amazing and fitting. "Escape" is the perfect name for the perfect ring.