Most of all, I remember.... I pretty much knew that Mark was "the one" the second we started hanging out. I'd always had a big fat crush on him all of high school - which was publicly known, embarrassing - but I just knew early on we'd end up together even if it took us 10 years to realize. Mark is respected and loved by everyone that knows him so it was impossible not to feel the same way. Trust is a big thing with me, I always say that I'd trust Mark in a room with 100 women, and I mean it! Plus he's not bad to look at either :)
We had a trip planned to NYC to visit my best friend and her then boyfriend, now husband. A few weeks before the trip I had a feeling he was planning something. I'm a total control freak and had him look me in the eye and promise he wouldn't propose in NYC - I wanted it to be in a place where my family could be there to celebrate with us! What girl tries to control her engagement? Me! (Sorry, Mark). With a straight face he made the promise (should I be worried?) so the surprise wouldn't be ruined but he already had the whole thing planned.
On the second night of the trip, we were going to Brooklyn. I have a terrible fear of heights but somehow agreed to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (total tourists) and we grabbed a drink in a little cafe. Mark was rushing the waiter--which was completely out of character-- and was insisting we went to walk down in the park by the water. I obliged as long as I had my beverage! Once we were down by the water overlooking Manhattan, I turned around and Mark was down on one knee! Then, finally, we met up with his cousin (an amazing photographer who captured the evening for us,) and his cousin's girlfriend, who were totally in on it.
Mark led us over to a park where my parents and friends were waiting for us as a surprise! We gorged at a delicious dinner and celebrated that night. How Mark managed to plan an engagement and get my parents to NYC as part of the surprise remains a mystery.
One of my favorite memories from our wedding is when Mark played on the drums on stage at our reception! This was a total surprise (to both him and me) and SO fun. It was great to see all of our friends and family truly in awe of his skills and I was fangirling!! A lot of my friends from college had no idea he was so talented. Plus it legitimized that awesome drum set groom's cake. When we walked into the reception space after the ceremony and saw the beautiful transformation of Brazos Hall, we couldn't wait for our friends and family to see it. We were ready to relax and have a great time!
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