I was freezing. We had just finished an incredible Valentine’s Day dinner and were running through the streets of Chicago trying to find a little jazz bar that my extremely good looking boyfriend insisted on visiting for an after dinner drink. Much to the relief of my high-heeled toes, we found this cozy little place, warm with piano music and dim lights and the tiniest dance floor.
My handsome date asked me to dance (of course, he was an amazing dancer) and the air filled with a perfect rendition of Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” We danced, my glass or two of wine making me feel almost as warm and relaxed as the man spinning me around the floor. As the music slowed to a stop and the amazing voice at the piano quieted, my mind began to spin.
Not from the dance moves but from my view…
my view of my dance partner, on one knee, a diamond catching the candle light in the room.
The dance floor was packed, hadn’t we bumped into a couple or two? I’m sure of it. When I think back to that moment I don’t remember another person in that perfect place. I also have no idea what my now-husband said while his mouth moved between Jessica and Will you marry me? I’m sure it was fantastic but the music was too loud and apparently I can’t read lips and to punish me, my husband, to this day, will not repeat his engagement speech.
I was not worried about the middle anyway, the beginning and end were all that I needed to hear.
He picked me up and spun me around, cheesy romance movie style, and when my feet touched the ground the room filled again, a dance floor of onlookers clapping and awww‘ing at our lovestruck display.
We made plans to return to Chicago every Valentine’s Day from then on, to our little place where my perfect Valentine claimed me for the rest of our lives. Looking back it seems funny that we thought life would never get in the way and we would be free to run off to Chicago every year in February.
Ignorance is bliss I guess.
So is the rest of your life with your Valentine.
Was there ever a Valentine’s Day before this one? I can’t remember a single one.
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Tina @ Life Without Pink says
You are such a beautiful writer and what a magical moment! Thanks so much for linking up! #projectmarriage
Was so excited to link up, I love telling the story and reading it again gave me butterflies. Thanks for doing this!
Love this story and such a cute picture!
Mama Apples says
Thanks, he didn't do too bad, huh 🙂 ?
That is sweet. I think I said "okay" when my husband asked me to marry him. It was an excited okay, I think.
I am totally not surprised 🙂 did you hug him or hold his hand after??
The Flying Chalupa says
Awww! I love stories like this. And your husband can dance too? I'm jealous.
Your smile says it all in this picture.
He can totally dance, he is that guy that husbands ask to dance with their
wives so they don't have to. Too bad I'm the only wife on the planet who
does not like dancing much.
d, the undomestic ho says
Aww.. that's such a beautiful story. 🙂
So sweet 🙂
Roller Coaster says
Thanks for visiting me from Mama Kat's! What a perfect Valentine's Day! Love that story. And I love your blog. I'm a new follower and can't wait to read more. 🙂
Thanks so much for the follow, this was my first week trying Mama Kat's
prompts and it was great to meet so many new bloggers.
Ahhh! This is such a great story! I'm all whimpery and melty inside. I love to see husbands and wives still openly in awe of each other!! And yep ignorance is most definitly bliss. I wouldn't mind hanging out in Ignorance every once and awhile!! Thanx for sharing!!
If I could find that Ignorance I would definitely hang out there once in a
while and maybe take a nap!
Megan (Best of Fates says
So. Freaking. Adorable.
Allison Fields says
Awww. What a sweet memory to treasure!
That's so sweet, and the little bit at the end? About always thinking there'd be time for a romantic little get away? Brought it down to the beautiful reality that is making a family with someone you love.
Thanks so much, I think that while you were commenting I was tweeting the fact that you are my most recent favorite blog find. Your writing is fantastic which makes your comments that much more appreciated!
Sarah Halstead says
Aww! That is seriously so sweet. Love it!
Thanks Sarah, I am still working on our post, hopefully I can get it done by the next Wordfull Wednesday.
Sarah Halstead says
Aw, chills! Lovely!
Taming Insanity says
The Green Mill, yes?
And I think that's the most perfect engagement story I've ever read.
No, Jilly's but now I want to go back and try out the Green Mill.
Nicole @MTDLBlog says
This is SO sweet! I have goosebumps….literally. You wrote this so well that I felt I was right there with you! And yes, young love and ignorant bliss is the BEST. 😉
Aw, what a great proposal! You both look so adorable together!! How sweet 🙂
I am totally wowed and ppreraed to take the next step now.
Awww how sweet and romantic..
So sweet! I got engaged on Valentine's Day weekend (it wasn't actually Valentine's day) too…6 years ago. Happy almost engagement anniversary 🙂
Almost 7 years for us… happy almost anniversary to you too. When is your wedding anniversary?
What a beautiful couple! Beautiful story! 🙂
Chrysti H says
What a sweet, sweet memory! 🙂
Stopping by from Mama Kat's! http://misschrysti.blogspot.com
Jessica .. I don't think there's a better Valentine's Day story that can top yours ! xxoo Cindy
p.s. I love reading your blogs !