It all began the morning of December 15, 2014. I was getting ready and had already picked out what I was to wear that day, which happened to be my favorite outfit I brought on the trip. Talk about the best essential any girl could have. This classic Tobi trench I saved particularly for NYC was everything I imagined, and I am so excited it was captured in such a special moment. I pulled one of my favorite accessories from my closet and layered this dramatic ASOS bow around a boyfriend pin-striped button down c/o of Old Navy. I wanted to throw some color into the mix, so I opted for these fabulous Forever 21 flats that were perfect for walking around the city and staying fashionable as well.
Will had planned for us to go ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center that day. He told me it would be best to get there the last 30 minutes of our session because people said "you tend to get tired ice-skating for an hour and a half," and "it is easier to get off the ice at the end." Of course, I agreed and thought the was the best plan. Psh, little did I know...
A secret photographer was in place. With ten minutes left to go in the session, he proceeded to tell me that they will make an announcement saying the session is over and ask us to exit the ice. BUT, we wouldn't. He told me that he bought a "special package" that allowed us to skate by ourselves around the rink a couple of times and get a photo in front of the Rockefeller Tree. My first initial thoughts were "that is so exciting," and "what if I fall?!" I was ecstatic, however there were so many people around the rink and tree sight-seeing that naturally I got a little nervous. But, I soon came to found out, I was not the only nervous one...
People started to exit the ice. I was still in awe at the fact we had a minute of the rink to ourselves. We went around about once when all of a sudden music started to play. All I could hear Will say as he was pulling me to the middle for the "photo" was "oh, look! Our song is playing!" (For the record, it is "Angel Eyes" by Jeff Healey.) The secret photographer acted like she was one who worked for the rink, so confused as anything, I just turned and smiled for the photo. But then, he took my hands and turned me towards him. As he said the sweetest words, my heart was just bursting. I knew it was finally the moment. The moment I had been waiting for my whole life. Next thing I knew, he was down on one knee.
His hand went straight to his jacket pocket, and as fast he could pull out the ring, I was already slipping off my glove. Looking back, neither of us cannot exactly remember what he said, or even if I said the word, "YES!" I think I was in such a state of bliss, I just muttered, "Uh-huh, Uh-huh!!!" (with a lot of head-nodding)
To see all the thought and effort Will put into this proposal blew my mind. He did Christmas in New York all out, and I am so thankful to God for blessing me with a wonderful man. He is the most humbled, selfless, talented, sweet, and loving man I have ever met. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him and couldn't ask for anything more perfect.
Right after, we had a photo session with our photographer, Ash Fox, who was absolutely incredible as you will see below. We went on to be congratulated at Kate Spade Madison Ave., where some champagne was popped! Will had already made reservations at a delicious Italian restaurant for dinner before heading off to The Phantom of the Opera. The musical was absolutely amazing and a perfect ending to a special day.
Shelby Jewel Tucker
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