From Jill (in the yellow dress): Tricia and I fell in love online, then long-distance, then from a much shorter long-distance, then—finally—together. I can’t wait for us to fall even deeper in love as a married couple, then as grandmothers (we have 11 children between us!), then as retirees, and then as world-travelers. A girl can dream, right?
I surprised Tricia with a ring and a proposal over her birthday weekend. The first surprise consisted of flying her daughter in to celebrate her birthday. I had also planned a brunch with our closest friends, who were all aware of the true purpose of the birthday festivities.
As we gathered around the table, lingering over mimosas, I gave Tricia a gift in the cutest owl-shaped bag (Owl always love you!). Somehow, the fact that each of our friends and some of our kids were filming the birthday gift-giving didn’t alert Tricia to my intentions. I think she finally caught on some time during my heartfelt (if ill-rehearsed) proposal.
After she put on her ring (filled with diamonds from my grandmother’s wedding ring) and cried on my shoulder, I finally asked if that meant she was giving me a “yes.”
I was initially unsure whether we would have a formal wedding or not, but we are now in the throes of planning one because, as Tricia wisely noted, so many couples who came before us were denied that opportunity. We asked my oldest daughter, Song, to take these engagement photographs as part of the wedding planning. Several of our children were also with us on the shoot. They made faces, danced around, and otherwise tried to keep us laughing and distracted from the hot Texas day.
We truly enjoyed the photo shoot, which took place steps from our wedding venue. Thanks to all the lovely couples who have shared their photos here and inspired us to share too.
(As mentioned, we laughed a lot during our photo shoot, but the final photo we’re sharing caused us to laugh during the photo review process: it looks like a stock photo of Tricia counseling Jill about buying life insurance!)
Photos courtesy of Song Images.