With our one year anniversary right around the corner, it only seemed right to talk about our engagement. July 9, 2014, was one of the most amazing days of my life… but let’s rewind this back one year. The summer of 2013, I had planned a trip with my parents to visit the Virgin Islands for the first time. Glenn and I had just started dating but this trip was already planned and booked with my mom and dad so the three of us were off to the Caribbean for a week. One day while we were in the islands, we took a ferry ride over to the British Island of Jost Van Dyke and spent the day at the beach on White Bay where the famous bar, The Soggy Dollar resides. When I tell you that it was the most beautiful place I had ever seen, it sounds like an understatement. Jost Van Dyke is absolutely breathtaking. Seriously people, google it! So now we fast forward ahead one year. We had been so blown away by the beauty of the islands the summer before that we planned a trip back over to the Virgin Islands but this time instead of staying on St Thomas we were going to be staying on St John and going with the whole family (Mom, Dad, Kelci, Jose, Tony, Cece, Gaelan, and Aubrey).
At this point Glenn already had the ring, asked my father permission to marry me (loved this) and planned on asking me in front of the whole family on our trip. He let my sister in on his plan as well just in case there were any strange fiascos on the trip over (luckily there were none). Once we made it to St John (you fly into St Thomas and then take a short ferry to St John) we decided that the next day (our first full day) we would spend over on Jost Van Dyke. Glenn already knowing that Jost was my absolute favorite place ever was set on asking me there.
The morning we were getting ready to head out for the day my mom approached Glenn asking him if he had anything he wanted to put into the house safe that was bolted down in their closet. He told her that no, he was good (not having known that at this point my mom knew he brought the ring on the trip as well). What I learned, later on, was after their conversation my mom ran out to find my dad to excitedly tell him that she was pretty sure that today was the day. We all took off at this point ready for some sun, tropical drinks, the softest sand, and Mic, our bartender friend that ran the bar at The Soggy Dollar that we had met the summer before (and can you believe he remembered us).
I guess Glenn and Kelci secretly spoke at some point that morning because she was on alert all day ready to grab a camera and catch the moment. Somehow (un-be knowest to Glenn) I never notest this small box bulging from the side of his swim shorts. Drinks were flowing and we were all over the place. These two were getting drinks at the bar, these two were in the gift shop, this one is ordering food, those three were out in the water… Scattered. So I guess waiting for that perfect moment with everyone close by is not the easiest task with this family. At one point I joined Glenn out in the water. My mom, Cece and Aubrey were near us and Glenn started slowly steering us away for some ‘private’ time. We started talking about life, love, the future and you know..stuff.. (gotta keep some things personal) when he suddenly pulls this box out of his pocket. He opens this box to reveal this beautiful ring inside and proceded to ask me to marry him. He likes to give me a hard time that I paused here but really I was in shock and kept picturing the ring getting dropped into the waves. Yes!! Now let’s get it on my finger before we lose it to the sea haha!
I was so beyond excited and I spun around and threw my left hand up ring facing outwards and yelled out, “We’re getting married!”. Who ever was in the water started bouncing over to us and quickly as they could, Kelci was screaming for a camera and I vaguely remember Jose pouring his beer over Glenn’s head (that hat became the ‘beach’ hat after that haha). We all walked ashore and Tony took some cute pictures of us with Glenn pretending to ask me again while I was just being silly. I ran up to the bar to let Mic up on the great news and he poured the whole family a round of fireball shots and even let me and Glenn behind the bar for some pictures and to spread to great news to everyone that was there. It really was a surreal moment.
I’ll never forget that day and this summer will be two years since we have been on the island of Jos Van Dyke and I am definitely getting the itch to go back!