Real Engagement: Erin & Josh

In a time where perfectly planned engagements are the norm, my spur-of-the-moment engagement can get lost in the fuss. We hadn’t been together long, only a few months. But being his  girlfriend seemed like such a small word for the big feelings we had. It was a normal day. Nothing special. We went to the mall and he took me into a jewelry store and asked me what I would want. And I told him. I tried the ring on. And he bought it. Right there in front of me.

I knew he had it. He knew I knew. And we both knew we wanted to have this magical moment- something grand to match how we felt.

On our way to his cousin’s house to hang out we stopped to get a bottle of wine. And, right there in his car in the parking lot outside of the package store he turned on ‘Friday I’m in Love’ from our by The Cure (our favorite band) and asked me to marry him. He didn’t get down on one knee. There wasn’t a flash-mob or anything fancy. There was only me and him. I wouldn’t want it to have happened any other way.

That was almost nine years ago. We’ve been together since. We’ll be celebrating our three year wedding anniversary on the 25th of April. We had a long engagement; six years of life creeped in. But, even now, I remember everything from that day. Crying and laughing when he put the ring on my finger and running into the package store through the rain to get our celebratory bottle of wine (that ended up having bits of cork floating in it from a corkscrew mishap). I still have the empty bottle with the drowned cork in my kitchen.

When life is hard I remember those little moments. Two kids in their early twenties drunk on love, cork-flavored wine, and the idea of a bright future.

As told by Erin N.