If you haven’t heard: Dave and I are engaged!!! We are incredibly excited and enjoying being “affianced”. We’ve done absolutely no planning thus far, but are thinking we will probably set a date for sometime next year.
Dave officially proposed on Saturday, March 3rd. The night before I had a girls night out with my friends Katinka, Ana and Miriam in Kreuzberg. We went out for dinner and cocktails and by the time I arrived back home Dave was already asleep. The next morning he awoke before me to make breakfast. I woke up to a delicious plate of eggs, sausage and toast and a steaming cup of coffee. We had a lazy, relaxing Saturday morning before heading out into the city. The weather on Saturday was the sunniest and warmest it’s been in Berlin for months! Though it only hit a high of about 50° that day- it felt wonderful in the sun. We took the metro up to one of my favorite area’s of Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, and walked through the street market and park before heading down to the Tiergarten. Tiergarten is my absolute favorite place in Berlin. It’s the big central park of the city and has wonderful walking trails, grassy fields, gardens and memorials. We started at the English Garden and then meandered over toward the Rose Garden (where Dave had been hinting we visit all day). Unfortunately when we arrived it turns out it was undergoing renovations and is closed until April 1st. Dave wanted to propose within the garden because we’d visited it the week we arrived in Berlin and recently I told him I thought it was the most beautiful place in the city (what a listener!). As you can see from the photo below- it really is a lovely spot.
After discovering that garden was closed we continued our walk through the park. Dave had been acting a little odd all day and I could tell he was getting a little more anxious at this point. We kept walking and talk though eventually cutting through a big, empty, open field. As we neared a large tree he let out a big sigh and I asked what he was thinking about. He took my hands, led me to the tree and said he’d been thinking about how much he loved me and how much he’d love if I would marry him. He pulled out the most beautiful ring, got down on one knee and asked me if I’d marry him. I have to admit that had kind of guessed it was coming- when you know each other as well as we do (it’s been 5 1/2 years) it’s kind of hard to surprise one another! Still I was absolutely overwhelmed, but managed an enthusiastic YES!!! Happily we jumped on the bus and headed to Schleusenkrug (our favorite open air beer garden) for a celebratory drink! We continued the celebration at home with chilled champagne and appetizers before heading out to a nice dinner in our neighborhood (and calling to share the exciting news with our families!).
We’ve had a been a pretty spectacular past few weeks- I got my visa, Dave finished finals (passing them all!), he went on an awesome week-long ski trip to Austria with friends, WE GOT ENGAGED!, we celebrated Dave’s 27th on Monday and next week we’re headed to Ireland for a week-long tour (including the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!). I’d say we’re extremely blessed and wonderfully lucky…and this is just the beginning! We can’t wait to see what comes next!
***The slideshow has pictures from the actual day and then a few from today. I was on such a high when the actual proposal happened I couldn’t even remember exactly where we were in the garden- so we went back to find “our” tree today and I snapped a few extra shots for memory’s sake.