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.
I got chills from reading all about it. Sounds a lot like how Seamus was acting the day he proposed to me. I couldn’t wait to tell Seamus’ mom last night because we’ve been sharing a lot of wedding planning moments and she loved hearing about all of the boys. I wish we could share a celebratory drink with you as well but we’ll have to make those plans whenever you are back this way. The ring is gorgeous!
Ahhhh Melissa!!! I wish we could be there to share a drink with you too! And to wedding talk for days! I can’t wait to celebrate your big day this summer ♥♥♥ Miss you and love you both!!!
I’d have to agree with Melissa on this one…I definitely got the chills too. So happy to hear an old friend is doing as well as you’re doing:) Thanks for sharing your beautiful story my dear. I hope the future for you two is bliss. God Bless! Slainte! Enjoy Ireland….if you get a chance, please please, please stop by GALWAY! 🙂
Thanks Kelly!!! I don’t know if we’re going to be able to hit Galway on this trip, but maybe…I’ll definitely let you know!!
Dave, what a listener.
That’s great news. I hope we get to catch up this summer but I’m already looking forward to next summer.
Daverian’s travels is my new favorite blog.
Adrain! Such a great story! Reading this made me miss you so much! I’m sorry that we haven’t been in touch since college – but I love reading about your adventures abroad. I’m so happy for the two of you, you were such a great couple back at UPS and I’m sure you’re even better now 🙂 Next time you come to California I’m making it a priority to come see you! Congrats!!! Lauren G
Thanks Lauren! I miss you too! I love looking at your pictures and keeping up with your life via facebook. We had so much fun in college, especially senior year at 2214…ah the good old days:) I would love to see you next time we make it to CA…I’ll let you know when that might be! Hope all is great with you pretty lady.
Could not be more happy for the two of you! I am so overjoyed and hearing this news has already spread the the VC and your entire Northeastern family loves you! Such a great day for you both and I’m so glad it’s official.
Thanks Mike!!! I’m pretty overjoyed as well and so glad you helped spread the news around the V.C. Wish I could be there to celebrate with everyone…drinks and subs from Wollys? Hope all is fantastic in Boston and maybe I’ll be able to drop by for a visit this summer…will let you know! Lots of Love- Adrian
Congratulations Adrian! I can’t wait to meet Dave, and I am so happy that all is going well for you!Congrats on passing finals Dave! I know how stressful that can be! And Adrian for getting your visa! (I know that must have been a big stress!) And I am jealous that you get to go to Ireland! You talk about it so casually! Going to Wisconsin is a big deal for us! (I will try my hardest to make it to your wedding if invited though…whether I have to find a babysitter or not!) Have a GREAT trip for me! Love ya! Juli
Thanks for the congrats Juli! We’re super excited and will definitely keep you up-to-date on wedding plans:) Hope all is fantastic in WA!!
I’m such a sap, I starting crying when I read this. I’m so so happy and excited and I can’t wait! I miss you both – come back to me so I can see the ring in person! I love you! 🙂
You’re a dork, but a super sweet one! I can’t wait either- excited for youto start doing my bidding little miss maid of honor! 🙂 Love you!
Loved reading this and hearing your news! HUGE Congratulations! TEFL reunion???
Lots of love,
Thanks Sarah!!! We’re super excited:) Would love a TEFL reunion soon…speaking of TEFL and teaching HOW IS BRAZIL?!?!?! Are you loving it?! I’ve looked at some of your pictures and they look amazing- can’t wait to hear and see more♥