July 21, 2016; A much anticipated day in the life of Kari and Norman (my future fiancé.)
We’d anxiously been waiting for this day to arrive. It was finally the day we would fly to Cancun, check-in to our all-inclusive resort, drink endless margaritas, watch the sunset on the beach and celebrate our one year anniversary weekend. The beach, a margarita, and the love of my life…I already felt like the luckiest girl in the world, but little did I know, Norman had secretly planned more than I could have ever expected.
Once we arrived in Cancun, we were in awe of the gorgeous ocean view from our room at the Hyatt Zilara Resort, so we decided to head straight to the beach and find some drinks. To my surprise, Norman had reserved a romantic dinner on the beach later that evening, so we had a few drinks by the pool before it was time to get ready for dinner. As usual, I had over packed for the trip so I had plenty of outfits to choose from, but the real problem was going to be how to control my frizzy hair in the humidity. Surprisingly, I didn’t think twice about it, I was just happy to be in Cancun with my best friend.
We were seated under a beautiful linen draped canopy, a table for two with the chairs set facing the most amazing beach sunset I had ever seen. As my first reaction, I looked at Norman and said “OMG, this feels like we are on one of those picture perfect dates that would be planned on The Bachelorette.” As our servers poured two glasses of wine and began the 5-course dinner, we couldn’t help but reminisce on the past year, especially since most of our first dates were spent on the beach in Corpus Christi, TX. The setting was truly perfect. As we continued to talk about how much we’d fallen in love over the past year, a resort employee approached the table asking if we would like to have our picture taken (and anyone who knows me, knows I love pictures.) So obviously, I didn’t think twice about it and we happily turned to the photographer. She directed us for the first three shots and next thing you know, Norman is down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. I could try to put my reaction into words, but I’ll just have to let the pictures speak for themselves. (see below) I was completely speechless, before I said YES! I don’t know if I’ll ever forget the pure joy I felt in this moment. I knew early on that Norman was the one for me and making it official turned out to be the BEST day of my life.
It was hard to focus on dinner with this shiny new bling sparkling on my left hand. I was so happy. We finished our dinner, took plenty of pictures (aka lots of ring selfies), and toasted our engagement with two shots of tequila brought out by the kind servers. You always wonder what this moment will be like and I never wanted it to end.
Once back in our ocean view room, we spent the rest of our night sharing the news with our family and friends on FaceTime. Our moms cried, our dads wished us the best, and our sisters, brothers, grandparents, best friends all had the sweetest reactions. It was really a special moment to get to talk to our closest loved ones; moments that I will never forget. I’m so happy we took the time to call everyone, because since we were out of the country and had limited access to Wi-Fi, it turns out that everyone had anxiously been waiting for the exciting news. We can’t thank them enough for all of their love and support, it means the world to us.
I can easily say that the rest of our trip was everything we imagined it to be. We spent our days relaxing in the cabanas by the pool, watching the sunrise from the hammock on our balcony, snorkeling while on a catamaran cruise to the island of Isla Mujeres, touring the town in a golf cart, sampling tequila, and swimming in the calm beautiful blue waters. The last days went by way too fast, but when it came time to head home, we were just as excited to be home to announce the good news and celebrate.
Everyday since our trip has been such a blessing. I am overwhelmingly excited to be able to start planning a wedding with the love of my life, but it all feels like it is already happening way too fast. I’m so thankful for each day and so grateful to have these proposal memories to look back on. Our trip to Cancun will always have a very special place in my heart.