We decided it’s time to hear from the guys about their perspective on proposing. The usual stories are the women’s take on the proposal event. It’s a huge step in a guy’s life to prepare for a proposal. We asked what the guy went through to:
- Select the ring
- Choose the day to propose
- Select how to propose
Ladies, take note. There are some surprising answers.
On January 1, 2014, Adrieonna Shontelle Porter became my wife-to-be in New Orleans, LA. I proposed to her right off Bourbon Street. It was raining and muggy. I pulled her under a hotel entrance and asked her to take pictures with me. One of our friends, traveling with us, started to take pictures. We took one photo, and then I asked her to take one more. I got on my knee and pulled the ring out. I told Adrieonna she means the world to me and asked her to be my wife. She screamed “YES” and started crying! Funny thing is, random drunk people were clapping and falling down in front of us. LOL.
C&C: What made you decide the date that you proposed? How did you select when and where you proposed?
I wanted to do it on Christmas Day, but unforeseen circumstances kind screwed it up. On Christmas Eve, I started planning a trip to Houston for New Year’s Eve, leading up to the big moment when the clock struck midnight. That plan also backfired, so I made plans to spend New Year’s in New Orleans. She was excited to travel and spend New Year’s somewhere other than home.
C&C: When you were searching for her engagement ring, what were the most important factors that you looked for in the ring?
Size! LOL. I wanted an elegant, new-age ring that combined size and beauty. I looked for a certain style based on the ideas she had given me. If I couldn’t find the exact one she wanted, I had the basics she liked. I was blessed to get the exact one she wanted.
C&C: How long did it take you to find the ring?
It was actually the first ring she found at Zales. We were in the store asking questions about re-sizing my championship ring from college football. She saw the ring the engagement ring and thought it was gorgeous. I kept the name in my memory bank and searched for it on zales.com. Then maybe three weeks later, I went back and got it. It was the last one they had, and it was already sized perfectly.
C&C: Did you know where to start searching?
Yes. I knew what she wanted and was blessed to find it.
C&C: Why did you select the ring that you did?
It was fate. The one she wanted, in the perfect size, and the last one they had. Just Fate.
C&C: Did you have people give you advice on what to look for in a ring?
Well, most of my friends who are engaged or married gave me pricing advice. They didn’t give me much advice on what to get.
C&C: How did you feel before you proposed?
I WAS BEYOND SCARED AND NERVOUS! She means the world to me, and I knew she would love it. Just as special as it was for her to receive the proposal, it was just as special for me to do it.
C&C: Please feel free to add any addition information and tips you want to share with other grooms.
I was blessed to have my bride-to-be involved in choosing the ring and location without her truly knowing. She picked out a ring style well before I was ready to do it, but that it easier for me to buy it and be ready to choose a date.
Congrats to the newly engaged couple!!!