It finally happened guys, eight years in the making. This past Sunday, Josh got down on one knee and proposed to me. But let us back up a little bit. Several months ago, Josh suggested that this year we ought to not spend money on each others' presents for our birthdays, (his in late April, mine is early May) but rather do a "staycation" in Koreatown. So a few months ago, we booked a room at The LINE Hotel for two nights and made last minute plans to visit LACMA that Sunday.
Our hotel room was on the 9th floor, overlooking the Hollywood Hills, and several minutes after exploring our surroundings, we got a knock on the door. The lady who helped answer Josh's questions about parking sent up white wine for us, and it was delicious. I thought because perhaps Josh mentioned to her it was our birthdays, but he wouldn't let me read the card! He was paranoid that she'd spill the beans about the proposal plans, but the card was short and sweet, just wishing us an amazing stay at the hotel. That night we ate dinner at Escala (a Columbian/Korean fusion joint, their tamales were da bomb) and then walked back to our hotel's restaurant, Commissary for dessert (the sticky date pudding was also da bomb).
The next day, after having a hearty but healthy breakfast at Larchmont Bungalow, we made it to LACMA. I must have been really full, because the second we parked I was beginning to feel a tad sleepy. As we walked through the first exhibit, I really wanted to nap. I didn't know why Josh kept telling me to power through it, usually he's more understanding and would let me rest in the car. I began to wake up when we went through the exhibitions that I was actually interested in and inspired by.
So I bet this is the part you're the most invested in reading. After some time, Josh tells me that he really wants to check out this fountain on the premises. We got lost trying to find it and actually stumbled upon the La Brea Tar Pits, but we eventually found this fountain. I noticed a box of Milk Jar Cookies on the ground with my name on the tag. Josh goes, "Won't you look at that, why don't you open it?" So I untied the string, threw it over my head (landed on my hat), and was so mesmerized by the cookies inside that I didn't even read the lovely card that clearly spelt "Will you marry me?" I then noticed in the corner of my eye (mind you I was still really excited about these cookies, they are the best ever) that Josh goes down on one knee. He starts mumbling a speech about how he'd want to grow old with me, and I immediately tell him to hush up because of course I will marry him. It was all such a blur and was very reminiscent of when he first asked me to be his girlfriend in the dorms, back then he said "I kind of like you." It'd be cute if he referenced that this time around and told me he "kind of" wanted to marry me. Our friends who photographed the ordeal (Elfren was hiding in the bushes, Ric was above on the balcony) witnessed that Josh and I didn't show any signs of affection afterwards. But that's not too surprising if you know me, because I am a huge anti-PDA gal.
We walked to the last part of LACMA that I wanted to see, the Levitated Mass sculpture (which has its own documentary on Netflix I recommend you watching), and that's when it all sunk in, my friends. The kindest, most thoughtful, most caring person I know, wants little ol' me to grow old with him. It was there that we squeezed each other tight and shared a kiss.
The ring is as gorgeous as it is classic and bright. Rose gold, with a morganite stone that will turn more pink in time, and what I call baby-diamonds on the band. Josh listened to my pre-engagement pleas and proposed to me with an engagement heirloom velvet box from The Mrs. Box. After he ate a majority of what I thought were my cookies, we dressed up fancy for supper. He had saved the sweetest surprise for last: an announcement dinner with our immediate families and closest friends at Plan Check Kitchen and Bar. Now I can't wait to celebrate our marriage with all the people I love, just got to spend the next year planning it. If you have any wedding planning tools/links you think I'd need or like, please share with me, I'm a newbie.