It’s only fitting that my first post for Spoilers! be my engagement story!
The Fiance (I’m so happy I can finally call him that!) and I have been friends for over ten years now. We met online via a 3D chat room (with avatars and the like). A mutual acquaintance introduced us, and we were quickly best friends after that. A boy from a small town in Ireland and a girl from a small town in Alabama of the USA: who would have thought that we would end up together?
Several years ago, Alec visited my family and I in Alabama. It surprisingly didn’t take much to convince both of our parents to allow him to visit me Alabama for a few weeks. We packed as much as we could into his brief three week visit, and we both cried when he had to leave. As soon as his plane touched down back in Ireland, we started planning his next visit.
The Fiance (then best friend/boyfriend) had visited Alabama a total of three times before we got engaged. The first time was for three weeks; the second time was for two months, and the last time was for one month. The last time he visited, we had finally decided to give a long distance relationship a chance. I’m so glad we did.
I finally managed to save enough money (and got a killer deal on my flights) to visit him in Ireland in February 2017. We were both excited to have me meet his family in person and spend some much needed time together. We had been in a long distance relationship for over two years, but it felt so much longer than that. It’d been about a year and a half since we’d seen each other.
We planned to see the sights, eat good food, see his family, and go on date nights to spend as much time together as possible. I told him there were a few things I really wanted to do: the Dublin Zoo, a real date night, a movie on the couch kind of night, and of course, a CASTLE!
We both knew he would propose on this trip, but I had no idea what he had planned. I told him to surprise me, but I had no idea what was in store for me. Both of us are low-key, pretty introverted people. I had figured it’d be a low-key proposal, and I was perfectly happy with that. Alec had other plans though… His grandmother messaged me and told me she was excited to be taking us to Bunratty Castle! I got very excited of course after not being able to take a proper tour of Ross Castle (pictures above) because of construction. Alec said we’d tour the castle then go for dinner with his grandparents. Sounded like a great plan to me!
After a bit of a lengthy car ride, we got to the castle and its grounds. Saying the castle is beautiful would be an understatement. If you ever find yourself in Ireland, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park needs to be on your to do list. I had an amazing time taking pictures, exploring the grounds and cottages, enjoying the animals, and experiencing a real castle. Of course, Alec and his grandmother had a surprise. They told me we were going to have dinner in the castle! With a medieval show! Complete with people in costumes, singing, story telling, and music! I was so excited; I couldn’t wait until it was time to go in.
After getting inside, having honey mead and listening to the harpist and violinist, Alec and I were approached by one of the ladies in costume. She told us we would be Earl and Lady of the castle for the night, and we’d be crowned before going down to the dining hall. I was extremely nervous about doing anything in front of a room of strangers but Alec’s grandmother gave me a hug and told me to have fun with it. She was the one who had arranged it of course. 😉
After a brief introduction about the castle and its grounds, the woman in costume took our hands and brought us on the little stage in the middle of the room and crowned us Earl and Lady. I think we were both pretty nervous! We were the first to enter the dining hall, and Alec had a throne. I sat beside him and his grandparents sat with us at our long table. The butler, who would be our waiter for the night, came over and filled us in on what our roles would be. Thankfully Alec had the hard parts! I didn’t have to do much but sit there and laugh.
The food was delicious, the waiters and waitresses were hilarious, attentive and insanely talented singers and musicians. The night was absolutely amazing. His grandmother even told me this was were she and Alec’s grandfather came on their honeymoon, and they were also crowned Earl and Lady of the castle. That probably should have gave me a hint about where the night was going but I thought Alec would propose to me when we were alone… and I was right.
After the activities and dinner concluded, we were directed down to the ground floor for tea and coffee. They had a nice bag pipe player playing after everyone came down. It was relaxing and a great end to a great night… but I didn’t know it was about to be a life-changing, great night.
Alec asked me if I wanted to head outside to get a few pictures of the castle lit up before everyone floods back outside. I said of course. I knew it’d be beautiful. We got outside after dodging several people and walked around to the side to see the magnificence of this old castle. We were alone with the castle.
I snapped a couple of pictures after admiring it and turned around to see Alec down on one knee with a ring box in his hand! Short story even shorter… I said yes.
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- We Had a Wedding!
- We Went to Disney!
- Two Year Anniversary: a Letter to My Spouse
- We Bought a House During the Pandemic!
I love to hear engagement stories! Little or big! Please share your story with me in the comments!
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