Jacob proposed to me on Christmas night in 2016. Marriage was something we spoke about and I knew that a proposal would be coming soon, but he caught me off guard that night. We usually go home to Miami for the holidays, but for this year we both decided to stay up in Tampa where we were living at the time. This was the first time we were far away from family on Christmas, so I figured Jacob and I would just go to a nice dinner at an elegant restaurant or go look at some Christmas lights somewhere around town. Jacob never told me where he made the reservations, he just told me he was taking care of it. So, when we walked up to the Tampa Riverwalk, I just thought we'd be eating at a waterfront restaurant. He then told me that he forgot to place the parking ticket on his car so I just sat on a bench waiting for him, and that's when I was greeted by one of our friends, who is now my wedding planner, holding a notebook which he made for me filled with all the characteristics he loves about me. I always thought that when Jacob would propose to me, it would be low scale, with just the two of us, somewhere private and secluded. Something simple, but sweet. I would've have ever thought that my closest friends would be there, with love songs serenading me in the background, followed by a table filled with presents. My friends formed an aisle that led out to the boardwalk, and there were strangers all around us listening in to hear my answer. The boardwalk had candles on the floor, and the candles led to Jacob on one knee. I was truly surprised, I felt like I was in a scene straight out of a romantic comedy, and I loved it. The whole night was just magical, and it's a story that I will share with our kids one day.
For the Groom: Walk us through the behind the scenes of creating this special day.
In the three years that I've spent with Florenn, I knew that she was the soulmate I longed for. Going through with it and creating that special proposal day was a dream come true. It took a lot of planning with the help of our wonderful friends and family who gave us so much support and encouragement. Honestly, I'm really looking forward to that moment at the altar when we look at each other and become one.