Today’s Tales From The Veil is a fun proposal from Jordan to Alison! Originally from Chicago, Alison relocated to Los Angeles after years in a long distance relationship with Jordan. They met through a mutual friend, Jordan’s high school pal and Alison’s sorority sister. The couple enjoys going to new restaurants, traveling around the world (recent favorites include Argentina and Italy!), and getting together with friends. Alison and Jordan will have a Jewish wedding and have just begun the planning process.
The day before New Year’s Eve (so is that New Year’s Eve Eve?) meant an early start to the weekend for both Jordan and me. We figured we’d be home around the same time since we were both done with work at 2:00 or 3:00 that afternoon, but little did I know, he’d been home since noon planning the best engagement ever!
During a usual commute full of stop-and-go L.A. traffic, Jordan called me to find out how far I was from home, but I was on the other line and I didn’t pick up! Oops. I found out later that for 45 minutes, Jordan was sitting on the couch by our window watching for my car to pull into the garage.
I finally turned my key in the door, which probably made Jordan’s heart start to race, and I walked in the apartment, tired from the day and excited about New Year’s weekend. Right in front me, lining the hallway into our place, were rose petals up and down the entry way and 70 photos of us methodically placed in order from the time we first starting dating up until now. Romantic music filled the room. I knew what this was! It was finally happening! I couldn’t wait to find out what would come next! But, where was Jordan? I called his name, but he didn’t answer. Either I had a burglar who was very fond of me, or Jordan was keeping quiet in another part of the apartment.
I kept walking and finally found him sitting nervously on the couch. I think we were both just a bundle of nerves. It’s funny because we both knew this was part of our big, ya know, “life plan.” And we had talked about it so much, we knew it would be happening sooner or later. But on a day when I totally didn’t expect it, with a scene that was right out of a movie, the nerves took over and the adrenaline rush kicked in. That “oh my goodness, this once in a lifetime event is about to happen to me RIGHT. NOW. Must savor it all! Must remember everything!”
But of course, that never happens. It’s all so impossible to remember everything.
Jordan went on to say some really nice things. Add me to the list of girls who don’t remember a word out of the boyfriend’s mouth when he proposes. But the whole scene with Jordan down on one knee and my world turning upside down — in a good way! — in a matter of minutes completely messed with my memory retention.
Of course, I said yes! According to Jordan, he didn’t remember hearing it, so he had to confirm the positive answer a few minutes later. And if the decked out apartment and beautiful, perfect, and sparkly diamond ring weren’t enough, Jordan also had a cookie cake and Champagne on the dining table ready for us to enjoy.
We enjoyed the moment, toasting and laughing at each other and becoming used to our new titles of co-fiance. After about an hour, we started with the phone calls and broke the news to all of our excited friends and family. It was all just so… sweet.
Just in time for dinner, we headed out to one of L.A.’s best steak houses to celebrate. The celebrating continued throughout the weekend with a fabulous New Year’s Eve one night and welcoming all of our closest friends over for a toast another night. It was really the best weekend ever and I know that this year is going to be such a fun adventure. I am looking forward to planning a wedding with Jordan and experiencing the day surrounded by all of our friends and family in my hometown of Chicago. It’s already been so special; I’m excited to find out what else is in store!
I later found out that Jordan caught my entrance on video! The computer was facing the entry way and the web cam, which was pointed in my direction recorded my reaction to seeing the roses and photos lining the hall. Short of having Ashton Kutcher come out of the walls, I had my own personal episode of Punk’d except it was no joke at all! And the ring on my finger is there to prove it!