- 3 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
Our proposal story
My Name is Sherika and I am a proud citizen of what I feel to be the greatest little country in the world. The Bahamas is the land that I call home and I am in love with everything Bahamian. This is a fact that my soon to be husband knows all too well. In the Bahamas we boast about our beautiful Sea, Sand and Sun. Listen carefully as I tell you how my wonderful fiancé was able to incorporate each of these elements into the greatest proposal ever.
It all started on Saturday December 1st 2012, my 24th Birthday. A Birthday that I shall never forget!
At around 8:30 am my fiancé took me out for a wonderful breakfast consisting of native Bahamian food. The breakfast was delightful, and the scenery was breath-taking. We had breakfast overlooking the beautiful SEA in a quaint little island village called West End, which happens to be his childhood Hometown. It was shortly after breakfast that I was presented with the first of my many birthday gifts. I opened the box and was thrilled to find a beautiful pair of seashell earrings. We spent some time frolicking the beach before leaving to spend some quality time with each other before the rest of the festivities promised for the day.
For lunch, my now fiancé (who hardly ever steps into a kitchen) told me that he had prepared a special lunch for us. I was nervous, but quite impressed that he stepped out of his comfort zone to prepare me lunch, a quite delicious lunch if I may add. My Prince Charming showed up in a limousine to pick me up for my afternoon picnic. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world :). Our picnic was set up on the beach in the middle of The SAND and we even had a server I felt like the rich and famous. I couldn’t contain myself I burst into tears immediately after seeing how beautiful the setup was. I was overwhelmed with emotion to think that someone thought I was special enough to do all of this for me. My guy wiped away my tears, looked me in the eyes and said, I LOVE YOU!! I melted, and in that moment I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.
We ate and laughed and spent hours wrapped in each other’s company. It was here that I received my second gift. It was a gorgeous sand dollar bracelet. Still at this point I wasn’t able to figure out the symbolism of the two gifts.
At 5:30pm we walked down to our favorite spot, a gazebo on the same beach. As we approached the gazebo, I notice a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the bench and I just smiled, because I knew that they had to belong to me. I looked at him before going to pick up my gift and that is when I heard a beautiful rendition of “When a man loves a woman” being played on the Saxophone. Yes, ALL this for ME!!! When I turned around, my fiancé was kneeling on one knee with a beautiful diamond ring that perfectly captured the sparkle of the now setting SUN. In that moment I didn’t even know who I was. The rush of joy that ran through me took away all my sense of direction. I was in awe…was it the saxophone, the beautiful sunset over my fiancé’s shoulder or him kneeling before me? I think it was a combination of all of these elements wrapped up in one. Once I regained my composure, I shouted out “Of course I will” before he was even able to officially ask me.
Shortly thereafter both of our mother’s emerged from an undisclosed hiding place. This was the icing on the cake, because our mothers are integral parts of each of our lives. He placed the ring onto my finger and we stood hugging and crying for what seemed like forever. The look in his eyes was sincere enough for me to want to marry him right there on the spot.
This proposal was perfect for an “Island gal” such as myself. My fiancé was able to incorporate The Sun, The Sand and the Sea so effortlessly into his proposal. If this is the kind of creativity I have to look forward to for the rest of my life, I say “bring it on!!!”