Thank you Larry from Spencer Photography for sharing this darling and unforgettable surprise proposal!
Surprise proposal stories are filling my inbox and I have to say, "bring them on!" Every story has their own unique flare and the love stories are precious. What's even more precious is the fact these couples are willing to share with all of you, the readers, to inspire your future proposals. I think that is pretty darn cool to me!
Here's Nancy and Raymond's love story...
Ray wanted to do something epic with his proposal to Nancy. He contacted First Energy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns, to see if he could make his marriage proposal there. To his surprise, they granted his wish. And, for the very first time in the history of the stadium, they were going to allow it to happen ON FIELD!
Q: Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
A: We first met on a rainy weekday night. I came to her apartment to pick her up and whood her as I brought an umbrella to protect her hair from the rain. We got to the Tuscan Italian restaurant, and we knew we had something because it took us 45 minutes before we even opened the menu. The server must of came over 5 times to ask if we were ready to order. Honest conversation would become the building block for our relationship and it started on night one.
Q: What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique?
A: I think what makes are relationship unique is our honesty. We have always been open with each other and never "beat around the bush" with each other. What/whenever we have a thought or opinion we speak about it and there is no guessing, well except when she had no idea about popping the question. Some settle aspects as well as we both motivate each other, financially pushing each other to work hard and save money for our future. We also love trying new places to eat with each other and going out with friends and family.
Q: How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship? (these may often be the same moment, but aren’t always)
A: I don't think there is a moment or certain time where you know someone is the one. That is like saying I love this person for one particular reason. There were many moments and reasons why I love this woman and think she is the one. The main thing is you have to live your life like you normally do and when you start to realize that going out of your way to make this person happy makes you happy, then they are the one. Enjoying hanging out with my current friends with her and enjoying hanging out with her Italian family is when I knew she was the one.
Q: Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
A: I currently live in Charlotte NC, but coming from Cleveland and being a die hard Cleveland sports fan I wanted us to have a special moment in the city I love. So first I reached out to Larry Spencer, who is a photographer, and told him I wanted to propose outside the Cleveland Browns Stadium. He was thrilled and excited about the shoot as was I. I then looked up Cleveland Browns Stadium event coordinators just with a thought to ask if maybe, just maybe I would be able to get in the stadium to pop the question. I emailed them and Christina emailed me back thrilled to help. She went out of her way to convince her management to allow me to come in and propose on the field. I was so excited I literally couldn't sleep in anticipation and the anxiety of keeping this from her. I told Nancy that we were going to Cleveland for dinner and were going to take Christmas pictures so dress up. I then told her I wanted to stop at the team shop at the stadium to pick up a hoodie since we would be in downtown.
As we approached the stadium I took her to the security entrance I had arrange with Christina. Nancy was like, "this doesn't look right." I quickly told her that to "Hey, play along. My dad told me if I come this way and ask for this lady Christina and tell her we have season tickets she'll give us a tour..." Christina played it off perfectly. Acted like she was just leaving, but she could quickly give us a tour. She showed us the hall ways, the VIP bar by the tunnel and then we walked out of the tunnel just like the players on Sunday, such an epic moment, but nothing for what was about to come.
We walked down to the end zone, Christina still selling the tour like a champ. Then finally I ask Christina to take a pic of us in front of our season ticket seats and as we were posing, "STOP STOP, hold on..." I bent down hand on my side picking my jacket pocket pulling out the ring and then looking up to a beautiful, absolutely shell shock face asking... well you know what I asked. She was absolutely surprised and was holding back her tears. Larry was snapping away and Christina ended up taking us back to the bar where she gave us a complementary bottle of Champagne. It was a perfect touch to a perfect moment.
Q: We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!
A: The ring was not that hard for me. We went about 6 months back and looked at rings together. She found one that we both fell in love with and the rest was just saving my monies for it. It does look really great on her and even now, sitting right by me while I write this, she is looking at it with the sweet blush smile on her face.
Q: Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?
A: Absolutely not!! Well not me at least. I'm just ready for the day to come and am excited to enjoy this special day with all my friends and family. We are waiting for 2019 for the wedding so we have plenty of time to plan, which is nice, and we know we want to have the ceremony and reception in one place close to hotels as we will be having a lot of out of towners joining us.
Reception Venue: First Energy Stadium
Happy Wedding Planning!