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HelenJuly 5th, 2014
The Lucerne Inn
June 22...The night before my parents flew back from America, Jake attempted to have the talk with my dad, which turned into a 2-hour life talk. I had no idea because I thought he just wanted to let my parents know how he felt about me. Dad, of course, was clueless because it’s not quite the Chinese culture.
A couple of weeks before my birthday (July 11), Jake started acting all secretive. All I knew was that he had asked some of my good friends to send him something and that he had planned a road trip. I kept thinking why is my 22nd birthday so special??
I would be lying if I wasn’t suspicious of a proposal at all, but Jake masked every single suspicion with different gifts. Early in the morning, Jake showed me the video he had put together of my close friends wishing me a happy birthday. Then right before we left for the road trip, he surprised me with a Canon DSLR camera. With a nice camera in hand, I definitely wasn’t expecting a diamond ring to go on my finger that day.
Go ahead and read Jake's story for his account of the day and come back for my reaction to the proposal...
I almost dropped my camera when I, through the little viewfinder, saw Jake pulling out the ring. Thank goodness I had the camera around my neck. At that moment, I was speechless and didn't know what to do. It all felt like a dream but I knew I had to say something. I put the camera down, looked at Jake, and said, "I'm going to take your picture anyway!"
We can’t wait to celebrate with you all in July!
Goombay's, a Lighthouse & Surprising Tides
Helen said that she had never seen a lighthouse so I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to propose. I planned a birthday trip to the Outer Banks and gave her a brand new camera to keep her distracted from my nervousness the entire day.
The first stop on the trip was the Wright Brothers monument near the sand dunes. It was a good opportunity for Helen to test out the camera and get used to it. Of course, things never really go as planned, and the weather was not cooperating. There was a storm coming in so I had to push up the trip to the light house. We stopped to grab lunch, at Goombay's, where we enjoyed some gator and a Goombay Splash. We make it to the lighthouse right as it started to rain and apparently it was not the right kind of light house. It was near the ocean, in a wooded area, and... it was brown. Helen was not impressed but it did not stop her from taking pictures while I was trying to rush to the lighthouse before it closed due to weather. Of course when we finally got to the entrance, they were blocking off the entrance. Helen did not know why I was so upset that it was closed... it was a brown lighthouse. We walked around the area and looked at the gift shop and museum by the water. I noticed a boardwalk though the foliage down to the water. By this time, I was very eager to propose so we made our way down the path. On the way we stopped to take pictures of the deer and then the little bunny next to the trail. Needing her attention for the big moment, I told her to take my picture at the end of the pier, not the bunny's. She agreed and took my picture while I stood there frozen with big nervous smile. I almost blew my chance, so I had to ask her to take my picture again. As she put the camera up to her face, I got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked the question. She said YES! and after 10 minutes of tears and hugs in the drizzling rain, we looked out at the beautiful scenery of the Atlantic. We walked to the end of the pier, only to find out that it was called Surprising Tides.
~ Jake (sorry for the book)