I can’t believe I’m writing this blog post right now, it still feels like a dream that I’m engaged! On Saturday August 1, 2020, my boyfriend of 6 years asked me to marry him! I never expected to get engaged during a global pandemic, but here we are! I wanted to share our engagement story because I always want to have this to look back on and remember the happiest moment of my life so far.
I want to preface this by saying I was 90% sure I knew Ahmed was going to ask me to marry him on this day. I even texted my mom and friends that I had a feeling he was going to propose. I still wasn’t 100% sure of course, but it’s very unusual for Ahmed to plan a romantic picnic at sunset, so I thought something had to be up. He planned the whole thing and took us to a park that we both had never been to before. It was right by the lake and he kept saying how it was too crowded and how he picked this place because google said it was “secluded.” This added to my suspicion of a proposal.
We ate our picnic, I had some kale salad (typical healthy grandma meal) and Ahmed had made himself some turkey sandwiches. We sat by the lake on the grass and listened to the new Taylor Swift album, which by the way is amazing and I recommend you go and listen to it right now if you haven’t already. We tossed around a frisbee and just hung out for a while before Ahmed suggested that we go for a walk. There was a pathway around the park that was by the water, and at this point I was just wondering when he was going to ask me LOL.
We came to a really nice spot by the lake and stood there looking at the water. Then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I actually didn’t say yes right away…. I put on the ring and then realized I never said anything. He must have been freaking out lol. I quickly realized I actually hadn’t answered him yet and then said yes 10000 times. Even though I wasn’t completely surprised, it was still the most magical moment. I don’t think anything can compare to the happiness that I felt in that moment.
Planning a wedding during COVID is going to be really difficult because I have family that lives all over the world that I want at my wedding, which would require them to fly here. Canada has a 14 day quarantine period right now if you’re coming from another country, and I don’t know how long that will last for. I’m hoping they will develop a vaccine in early 2021 but it’s just so hard to know for sure. Right now we really want to get married summer 2021, but I’m so scared to book anything! Any advice for planning a wedding during COVID??
It’s so crazy to think that I’m going to read this blog post one day and it will bring me back to the unreal life that we’re all currently living. It feels like an alternate reality some days. I’m so thankful for this blessing of getting to marry my best friend and spend the rest of my life loving him. I have wanted to marry him for as long as I can remember now, probably since I was 18 or 19 years old when we first started dating. I always knew that he was the one, and we’ve actually been talking about marriage for almost our entire relationship. We always knew that we were perfectly matched for each other in so many ways.
I can’t wait to start planning our wedding and celebrate with all of our friends and family when we get the chance to see them again. It’s hard living in another province than all of your family, especially when major life events like this happen and you can’t just drive to their house to tell them the news. One day I know that we’ll live closer to them again, but right now we have no idea when that will happen.
One of the things I’m most excited about for marriage is having kids. I can’t wait to be a mom. Ahmed and I love our life together so much, and we often think about how much different it will be once we have kids. I know everything will change and we’ll have to be ready for that change, but I can’t wait. I love thinking about the future and thinking about taking our kids to soccer practice and making them pancakes in the morning. There are so many things to look forward to and I can’t wait to spend every moment of it with Ahmed.