Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Proposal in the Park

I am trying not to become one of those people - you know, the ones that won't stop talking about their engagement at the slightest prompting. But seriously, ours was so wonderful, so special and so us. Just like you will not see his face on this website anytime soon, the moment was decidedly private; but very meaningful, and it took place within a beautiful New York City landmark. I promised to write it all down for y'all so here goes! 
Previously written about here and hereGramercy Park is a beautiful 2-acre park which can only be accessed by a select few key-holders who are either: 
  • a resident of the apartments surrounding the park; or 
  • a guest of the adjacent Gramercy Park Hotel.
Bloody selfish I tell you..


Anyhoo, last Saturday after going our separate ways in the morning to run errands, I was given strict instructions to meet my love in the vicinity of the Gramercy Park Hotel. I presumed the surprise involved some form of dining at Maialino so I was pretty darn excited (that carbonara is insane).

When I arrived in front of the hotel, instead of taking me right into the restaurant, he leads me across the street to the park, together with the hotel doorman who proceeds to unlock the park gates to let us in. All I could think of was: HOW DID HE HOOK THIS UP?!! It took a lot to refrain from squealing until the doorman was well out of earshot! 

Anyway, S explains that he got wind of an awesome deal for a room at the hotel via his new fancy pants credit card, which he booked for a fellow Australian co-worker who was visiting with his girlfriend. Since the couple weren't scheduled to arrive till later in the evening, S told me he checked in on behalf of them so that we could take advantage of the park for a short while. 
J Crew sequin jacket, AG Stevie Polka Dot denim (sim and sim), COS cashmere, Kenneth Jay Lane necklace (sim), Target booties
I was THRILLED! Having only peered through the gates on previous visits, I can't deny how cool I felt being on the right side of the park. We walked around, (it's so small it took all but a few minutes to do so) gawked at the fattest squirrels I have ever seen and took these requisite outfit photos. 

We then picked a quiet bench to sit and hold hands. It was by coincidence I chose to sit in front of this one:



We are pretty lovey-dovey with each other on the regular so this moment, while sweet, was not unlike any other we've had in the past. Getting into the park was awesome enough so never once did I suspect anything else was on the cards. It was at this point that S took my hand and placed in it, a pendant necklace.

I opened the key pendant to reveal those choice four words (i.e. the ones with the initials WYMM?) and in shock and/or adrenaline rush, burst out laughing! I took a second to calm down, answered "YES", then flung my arms around him and cried the happiest of tears!



We promptly woke up our families on the other side of the world before texting and calling our nearest and dearest to tell them the wonderful news. It was then that S decides to tell me that there was no such "co-worker from Australia" and that we were spending the weekend at the hotel! Sucker much? 

The icing on the cake - we didn't skip out on Maialino and celebrated our engagement over champagne and carbonara. Plus we didn't have to pretend to be guests of the hotel on our many subsequent visits to the park that weekend. 

17 comments:

  1. oh melty hearts...how wonderful and sweet! Sadly, I would probably have completely missed the romantic point of the WYMM necklace, because I am terrible at word games. sigh. you guys are adorable- congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you!! Though to your credit, he did write WYMM in full! I would have missed it too :)

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  2. How wonderful, my darling! I am so very pleased for you! This is a wonderful story and thank you so much for sharing your special moment with us.

    Much love,
    Nalini.
    xx

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    1. Ok let's promise to never keep our blogs a secret!!
      Thank you honey!!! xoxo

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  3. Congrats Usha, the best part now is organising that special day. x

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    1. best part lol? I kid - it will be a BLAST! Thank you again!

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  4. Congratulations! I love your story!!! While you will not always have the key to get into the park, the key your fiancée gave you is soooo much better! I love that you can always have the special reminder with the letters WYMM to look at forever!

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    1. Thank you Pamela and I TOTALLY AGREE. The key didn't make sense at the beginning. Who am I kidding, EVERYTHING didn't make sense at the beginning but there was a HUGE plan and it all came together wonderfully. More than a week later and my head is still in the clouds :)

      ps - he wrote WYMM? in full!

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  5. Amazing! Amazing! story! Can you tell me in person again? Over a cocktail please! I promise I won't hate those who share at the slightest prompting!!! Hahahhaa

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    1. We still need to have those cocktails!!

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  6. Congratulations - such fabulous news! I'm Alicia's Mum: you might not remember, but we had a lovely Christmas one year with you and Sam. All the very best wishes for the future. I've loved having a look at your blog (Alicia told me about it).
    Love, Dianne and Paul
    xx

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    1. Oh so nice you dropped by Mrs Moody!! I thought of you this Christmas and hope all is well on the North Shore. Thank you for your lovely wishes xoxo

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  7. so cute!!! congrats to you both :)

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  8. I'm so late commenting to this post, but just want to say congrats again and what a great story!

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  9. Congratulations! Your proposal took my breathe away. Love a classic Manhattan proposal story and it doesn't get anymore old school New York than Gramercy Park. Well done!!!

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