While our love story goes further back in time, the proposal story took roots just over a year ago on a summer day in London/Paris.
I am all for spontaneity and on that particular day I decided to surprise Navya with a day trip to Paris from London. Announcing my plan to do so only at the train station (yes, you can actually take a train to go abroad!) I caught her completely off guard. Her emotions were a vivid mix of excitement, at the wonderful surprise, and anxiety caused by the thought that I might take this surprise a bit too far and pop the question without her being ready yet. The day ended with a beautiful dinner and one thought – “Propose only when you are both absolutely sure”.
Fast-forwarding the yearlong long-distance relationship and the emotional roller-coaster ride that it was, we were both finally together at Wharton and couldn’t be happier.
With our wedding on the cards, it started to feel like the right time to propose to her. Crowd-sourcing for ideas, proposing on the campus appeared to be the ideal way to do it as we were in the true sense an MBA couple. I roped in a couple of friends to execute yet another surprise for her and involved Kembrel in the plan too.
On the morning of the proposal I wore the same clothes from that day a year ago and tricked her into wearing the same dress too. At noon, a few of her classmates brought her outside the MBA café and once she realized what was about to happen she had that similar excitement on her face minus the anxiety. As I got down on one knee and fished out the ring from my pocket, she spoke her first word that afternoon – a “Yes!”
Same two people in the same clothes. Different day at a different location. Same Result: Love Wins!