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6th April
written by Steph

Yes, we realize these are traditionally wedding bands, but we exchanged them in honor of our engagement

Yes, we realize these are wedding bands for most, but not for us!

Who: Steph & Tony

What: Got engaged

When: April 2nd, 2009

Where: Racquetball Court #1, at the Downtown YMCA (Seriously.)

Why: Because we love each other! (Awwww)

Lots of people have asked if it was surprise, and while in a way it was, it also wasn't.  I've always thought it was weird when people said they never saw the proposal coming, because it's a pretty big step, and it seems to me like spending the rest of your lives together would be something you'd want to talk about and make sure you're on the same page, but to each her own.  I certainly didn't expect to be proposed to on a racquetball court, but it's nice to find the romance in every day life (plus, not many people have that story, I'm betting).  It would have been nice if Tony had managed to work in a little Pride and Prejudice into his proposal ("You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you..."), but I'm not really complaining! 😉

We thought long and hard about the right way for us to symbolize this step forward and ultimately decided that we wanted to wear matching bands during our engagement, which we will customize/engrave when we actually get married.  For now we still don't have a date or any specifics set.  We're just going to take some time to enjoy this special time and revel in being engaged!


By the lake at Centennial Park

By the lake at Centennial Park


  1. 04/06/2009

    Congrats and best wishes to you both!

  2. 04/06/2009

    Awww <3
    That’s some great news!
    Congratulations to you both, and my best wishes! 😀 I love your rings idea – plus, you look totally cute together on that pretty picture!
    My guy proposed to me in an everyday-life-moment, too, and in a way it made it even more romantic and surprising! After all, it’s not really the “how” that matters, but the “what”.

  3. Lu

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog and loving it. What a beautiful story & couple 🙂

  4. 04/06/2009

    Congratulations to both of you! So sweet of an engagement!

  5. 04/06/2009

    Yay! Congratulations, you two! What a lovely idea about the rings. I love your photo.. you both look so happy. I’m so happy for you, Steph! (And Tony, too, of course.) 😀

  6. 04/07/2009

    Congratulations and all the best to both of you!

  7. Eva

    Congrats!! Y’all are so cute. 🙂 I’m glad that Tony’s wearing a ring too; I find it slightly odd that women wear engagement rings and not men, lol.

  8. Congrats! I’ve always thought that guys should wear engagement rings too, since marriage is a partnership and everything like that. I love your idea of engraving the rings, very cool!

  9. 04/07/2009

    @ Kim, Eva: Exactly! I always wondered why only the women signify that they are off the market, it seems somehow disingenuous on the part of the men. Although, one of my co-workers said men do wear a ring, and pointed to his stomach while saying he gained 50 pounds once engaged, which effectively took him off the market. Ha!
    @ Everyone else: Thanks so much! We’re thrilled!

  10. 04/07/2009

    Congratulations! That’s a really cute story and an adorable picture. = )

  11. 04/07/2009

    Yay! I’m so excited for you both. Congratulations!

  12. congrats! i love your rings–a unique and interesting idea. best of luck with all the planning and your future together!!!!

  13. 04/08/2009

    Congratulations!! It would be great to have a bit of P&P in the engagement but maybe you could work that in for the wedding vows??

  14. 04/08/2009

    Wow! Congratulations on this! I like the bands and think that they are a very unique way to symbolize the engagement.

  15. 04/08/2009

    Oh my gosh! Congratulations! How wonderful–and you both look so cute and happy! Yea! 🙂

  16. 04/09/2009

    Congratulations and best wishes on your engagement!

  17. Mary & Ken

    Hi Tony and Steph….yes it’s us up north relatives….remember us??? chess games with Ken? You know Steph, i could send some good photos of Tony when he was very young! and congratulations on your engagement…Hope you have a great marriage ….. We are both retired as of today, so you may see us in Tennessee some day…

    Mary and Ken O.

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