A Surprise on the Nightstand

Adrian Champlin & Thomas Champlin

Getting engaged to my husband Thomas was one of the greatest experiences of my life, but the work and effort he put into it made it extra special. If he hadn’t spent so much time working out the details, my big moment would not be half as memorable as it turned out. Enough stalling, here’s our engagement story.

Thomas and I have known each other since the 5th grade. We weren’t always close friends, but were always friendly acquaintances with each other. Once we moved to junior high school, we started hanging out lot more since we had several mutual friends. Though it wasn’t a romantic attachment in those days, that’s when the foundation of our relationship was built.

In ninth grade, I moved away with my family to Chicago; away from my friends and family in Des Moines including Thomas. It was a big change, but all my friends and family were really supportive and that made it okay. Over the next six years living in the Chicago suburbs, only two of my close friends would visit me regularly; and Thomas was one of them.

After two years at university, I moved back to finish school at the University of Iowa. Though it was a few hours from Des Moines in Iowa City, Thomas would visit regularly and eventually moved there to be with me more often. One thing led to another, and soon we were dating; and I was so excited! After all, I had secretly liked him for many years, but I didn’t think we would ever move passed being friends.

After 4 months of dating, Thomas took me on a trip to Duluth, MN. It was a really long drive, but Minnesota has a lot of beautiful scenery and we took our time and enjoyed the travel. At the time, I thought we were just taking a regular trip to see Split Rock Lighthouse, the Glensean Mansion, and the famous lift bridge on Lake Superior. Boy was I wrong!

On the second to last morning we were in Canal Park in Duluth, I came out of the shower to get dressed for another day of fun. But when I arrived at the bed, I noticed something on the nightstand; something beautiful and sparkly! I immediately turned to see Thomas down on one knee holding a sparkler, and he said, “You are the light and sparkle of my life, will you marry me”? With butterflies in my stomach, and tears in my eyes, I don’t think a single moment passed before I blurted out “Yes”!

It was a perfect mix of surprise and creativity, and it’s everything I wanted it to be. He had to find a way to get sparklers without me noticing, and he found a company called Wedding Day Sparklers online that was willing to ship them discreetly straight to the hotel so I wouldn’t see them. He also had to shop for the engagement ring at Jared’s and then have them send it to their Duluth store so he could discreetly pick it up as well so I didn’t find it while I was packing.

I know that the way that Thomas proposed isn’t the most traditional, but that is what makes it the most special to me. Besides our wedding day, the day we got engaged will forever be etched in my mind as one of the best days of my life.

Their special dates

Adrian Champlin & Thomas Champlin were happily engaged on 10/04/2014 and celebrate their anniversary on 06/13/2015.

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