Remember Denise from Prequels? She took the time to talk with Dan and I each for about 10 minutes to find out our engagement story. We thought it might be a fun way for you guys to see a little taste of what she offers! Typically she spends around 60-90 minutes with each person before she writes a love story so we can’t imagine how cool that would be!
Here is our engagement story as told byÂ Prequels.
“It was Christmas Eve, and Bethany was tired after a day of cleaning and sittingÂ around watching movies in Danâ€™s apartment while he was off at work. When he gotÂ home, she was ready to get in the car and drive the two hours from WilmingtonÂ to Raleigh, where theyâ€™d be spending Christmas with their families. Instead, DanÂ suggested they swing by the beach first, so he could surf and she could sit and watchÂ him.
It wasnâ€™t an absurd suggestion because thatâ€™s something theyâ€™d done hundreds ofÂ times before. But it was cold, and Bethany wanted to get on the road. â€œIt would meanÂ a lot to me,â€ Dan insisted. When they got to the parking lot, Bethany helped himÂ into his wetsuit. When she picked up the hood, she spotted a ring box. She knew theÂ proposal was imminent but she kept quiet, not wanting to spoil whatever surpriseÂ Dan had prepared.
In fact, Bethany had known for a little while that a proposal was in the works.Â After Dan asked her father for permission, her father immediately broke the newsÂ to Bethany, much to her motherâ€™s dismay. â€œBut I was happy he told me,â€ Bethany
said. What she didnâ€™t know was the trouble Dan was going through to create theÂ perfect ring. The two had browsed some wedding magazines together at their localÂ Borderâ€™s, so Dan thought he had a sense of what she liked. And yet he couldnâ€™t findÂ anything that seemed right, so he bought a diamond, and then searched for a jewelerÂ who could set it to the perfect band. â€œIt actually took a really long time, and I wasÂ really nervous I wouldnâ€™t get it by Christmas,â€ Dan said. He knew how much BethanyÂ loved Christmas, so he wanted to propose right around then.
Dan was relieved when the jeweler called him on Christmas Eve to say the ring wasÂ ready. He wanted to propose straight away, and he wanted to do it at the beach.Â â€œBethany and I really enjoy kayaking, and I love to surf, weâ€™re both very coastal
people,â€ he said. Theyâ€™d met while leading trips along the coast. Happy that heâ€™dÂ persuaded Bethany to stop by the beach under the pretenses that he needed to surfÂ before going to Raleigh, Dan was still really anxious during the ten-minute drive. â€œIÂ was nervous. I donâ€™t know why. Itâ€™s a huge deal, regardless of how sure you are thatÂ sheâ€™ll say yes,â€ Dan confessed.
When they got to the sand, Dan got on his knee and asked Bethany to marry him.Â She didnâ€™t say â€œyesâ€ straight away. Instead, she asked him if he was sure. â€œIâ€™d beenÂ nagging him some about proposing, so I guess I wanted to make sure he was doingÂ this because he really wanted to,â€ Bethany said. After Dan assured her that he wasÂ certain he wanted to marry her, she said, â€œYes.â€
â€œIt was an awesome feeling, after all the stress leading up to it,â€ Dan said. To processÂ all his feelings and decompress, Dan headed into the water to surf. Bethany ran toÂ the pier, and took pictures of her fiancÃ©.”