I actually didn’t know I was going to propose UNTIL I saw on Facebook that The Lights Fest was coming to Dallas Fort Worth. The post immediately caught my eyes, and before I knew it I was reading reviews and watching videos of the event – amidst all other thoughts going through my head, the loudest of them all was, “This is a sign. I HAVE to propose here.”
I actually didn’t go ring shopping or ask for her parents’ approval until AFTER I bought the tickets to The Lights Fest. – Fast forward to the day of the event, I made sure we had the perfect spot to see the lanterns go up. We got there around noon and we were the first to mark our spot! We got there before any of the food trucks, and before they even finished setting up the torches. I hid the ring in my camera bag and had told her about my idea to “take a picture of her holding the lantern from behind looking up.” She took the bait. We watched the venue fill up as people made their way in and I was nervous the entire time we waited. We talked about everything, and even brought up the possibility of couples getting engaged here! She had made the statement that the man should be well dressed for a proposal, adding to my nerves as I was wearing joggers and a t-shirt. When it came time for us to write “what lights us” on our lantern, Anna had written “I drove 1,718 miles to be with the man sitting next to me, and I plan on marrying him someday. XOXO I love you.” Paranoia set in and I thought, “does she know?,” which of course she didn’t. When it came time to light the lantern, my impatience caused the first lantern to fail misrebly. We were instructed to both hold the lantern on either side for two minutes to let the air fill it up, but after a minute, I let her hold it by herself and went behind her to “take the picture.” I got down on one knee, pulled the ring out and told her to turn around real quick – but she was too busy telling me that the lantern looked like it was catching on fire. Good thing no one noticed I was on my knees! The second time around, we waited the whole two minutes for the lantern to be ready and when she let the lantern go perfectly and turned around, she found me on one knee, ready to make her the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life with.
-Ian, Dallas Fort Worth