I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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Just Us | Our Proposal Story

My job is to tell the love stories of wonderful people. And I love my job. However, here’s a twist: I’m going to tell our love story today instead. Today marks five years since me and Paul’s first date.

I know, I know…it’s kind of dumb to celebrate that. I would agree with you but today also marks four years since he proposed to me. Here’s another twist for you (it’s really not a twist, just a fun fact about us): Paul proposed to me at the same place we went to on our first date and we’ve gone back there every year on the same day. And here’s one more twist/fun fact: I bought my wedding dress three years ago on this day – I wanted to keep this day pretty special every year. :) After that, since we couldn’t go on another “first date” again or get engaged again or buy another wedding dress, we’ve just been going back and enjoying our time together.

Where is this magical place you might ask?? To most people, it’s the farthest thing from magical (unless you’re a child and love animals or just someone who loves an obnoxious amount of strollers and crowds) but to me, it will always be a little extra special; the lovely Como Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul. I don’t really know how to describe it, but every place that we went to on our first date just holds a special place in my heart – even the specific Subway we went to for food for our picnic. Maybe it’s the hopeless romantic in me. Either way, I love today, I love Como Zoo, I love Subway, I love picnics, and I love butterflies (Paul took me through the butterfly garden and I’ll be cheesy for a moment, I got butterflies constantly throughout our first date and of course, when he proposed) all because of this day.

Anyways, I won’t go into detail about our first date or proposal because I know it can get somewhat boring for some people. I’ll just say that we were friends before our date, then we went on our date, then I fell in love with him that night. On the day he proposed, I’ll be honest, I was not enjoying our date in the beginning. He was not very fun to be around (apparently a guy about to ask his girlfriend to marry him can make a guy nervous??) until he gave me my card…(I only am showing you the cover and one other page – don’t mind my scanner’s horrible quality)

His photos in the book cracked me up!

Not the most flattering photo but when you’re getting proposed to your brain isn’t thinking about anything else but the word “YES!”

I was pretty happy. :)

And then 2 years and some months later, on October 15th, 2011, this happened:

Our lovely photo was taken by Meg Cooper Photography – love this photo so much.

And then we bought a house:

And then we bought our puppy/child:

And now we’re just continuing to live the dream together. :)

Cheers to us, Paul – love you and our life together more than anything.

  1. mom says:

    Great story :)

  2. Nikki- this is so adorable, thank you for sharing! What a special day to celebrate! Have fun at the zoo!