The last 4 years together have been incredible, but 2017 was a year we will always remember. We traveled to more places together than ever before, our videography business had a successful year, we bought our first house together …well, it’s actually a bus, and Will decided to finish the year off with a marriage proposal! True to form, Will made a video to recap of all of our adventures over the last 4 years leading up to the proposal.
I also wrote about the proposal day from my perspective on the plane ride home from Belize. I decided our blog was the perfect place to share the story since it is a little lengthy. If you enjoy reading you can check it out below.
THE PROPOSAL STORY
We woke-up to a very threatening weather forecast for the day. At 10am as we checked out of our incredible Airbnb and relocated to a dingy hotel of the main strip of Caye Caulker, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. But according to accuweather we only had until 2pm to enjoy this weather. We decided to take full advantage of our last full day of island living so we rented a double seated kayak from a local shop. Shortly after paddling out into the turquoise water we arrived at the split where we had to make a decision; go left, where there was clearly civilization and what I was certain was KOKO King, or go right into the unknown.
In our usual adventurous spirits, we went right. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a pretty torturous journey with nothing much to see but pretty shallow waters littered with plastic, and sandy beaches that you couldn’t walk around in because the sand was actually plush mud. We paddled for an hour hoping we could get around the entire Island, but the end kept getting farther and farther away. Our arms were exhausted from paddling and eventually we surrender and turned back for the rope swing and tree jump we saw an hour ago. On the way back to pass the time and to get our minds off of how physically drained we were from paddling Will suggested that we sing 99 bottles of beer on the wall. We sang the entire song down to zero and it actually helped pass the time and even made us laugh a few times! When we finished singing we were almost to the rope swing. Once we got there we climbed up a sketchy tree that a huge iguana was hanging out on, and jumped out into the ocean. As we swam in the refreshing water I kinda forgot that we just paddled for almost 2 hours for no reason.
We only had an hour left with or rental so we paddled over to what I thought was KoKo King. Turns out it was! I was super hyped on it but for some reason Will kept insisting that we leave and try to find a more secluded area on the island. By the time we left we only had about 20 minutes left with the kayak. The sky looked dark and ominous and I told will we better head back. He was super bummed about not finding a secluded beach area to capture this one shot he really wanted to film of us. I really couldn’t figure out why he was being so dramatic about it but luckily he listened to me. As soon as we returned our rental it started pouring rain. I mean pouring!
We took shelter in a little pizza and gelato shop at the Split. Which was perfect because I assumed the reason why Will was so upset about the kayak adventure was because he was HANGRY. The little restaurant was perfect for waiting out the storm. The pizza was homemade and delicious. We both ordered veggie slices and then I had the pistachio gelato and Will had the hazelnut. The rain slowed down a little so we decided it was a good time to run to our new hotel and officially check in. After checking in to room 17 (that’s Wills lucky number) …we were a little disappointed. The photos online definitely portrayed a much nicer hotel room. The rain had kinda slowed down so we decided it we should take advantage and go film some b-roll and get coconuts to drink. Plus, we were looking for any excuse to not hangout in our hotel room.
After about 30 minutes it started raining again so we went back to our yellow hotel. We hung out in our room for a few minutes and waited out the rain. Will suggested that we should go rent bikes because there were still a few shots he wanted to get before the day was over. I hesitated, because I knew it was going to rain again, but he was really adamant about it and I didn’t want to rain on his parade (anymore than the rain was already doing) so we went and rented bikes.
The night before we found this awesome little area on the back side of the island where you could watch the sunset. Not many people knew about it because you had to hike through some trails to get there. We went there because Will said that would be a good spot to film the last shots he wanted to get.
We had a really nice bike ride over there, the sun was shining, we saw a flock of beautiful pink birds and it even looked like there was going to be a sunset. But, as soon as we pushed our kickstand down at the spot it started raining. We hurried and got one shot we wanted and then it started pouring! I told Will we better hurry up and head back so his camera gear didn’t get wet but he said that he still really wanted to get a shot of us dancing in the water. It looked like the rain might pass so we waited it out under the umbrella of some trees nearby. Once the rain slowed down we went back to our spot and we were greeted by these terrible biting gnats that show up in swarms like locus from time to time on the island. If you watched the video you can see us rubbing them off of us during the proposal! (We laugh about this part now.)
We jumped in the water and we playfully danced like idiots for a minute and then I was like “okay, I gotta get away from these bugs.” And Willl said. “Wait, one more time.” I wanted to make sure he got the shot he wanted so I went back to dance with him. As we were dancing he spun me around and when I turned back around he was down on one knee. Only, I thought he was tryin to do a silly jumping dance move so I went down to meet him but then he didn’t come back up. Confused I said “What are you doing?” And then he had a nervous speech prepared. He said that he loved me and how he’s loved adventuring with me over the last 4 years, even through the rain and asked me if I would marry him. I was smiling and laughing so hard and kinda still in shock because I was totally surprised. I obviously said yes and then I told him that I loved him but I had to move because I was getting destroyed by bugs. Ironically, when we got out of the water the bugs disappeared from the spot so we had a chance to take a few photos.
I guess all day Will was searching for the perfect spot and hoped he would find it on our kayak adventure, then we got rained out, then the spot we went to the night before that was perfect and bug free all of a sudden was infested with bugs, and we got rained out again, but he didn’t give up. It was as if all the elements were against us and that is a great metaphor for our relationship. Because we are no stranger to obstacles, and together we always overcome them hand-in-hand and come out dancing in the end. The proposals day was a perfectly imperfect adventure – just like our love.