We decided pretty early into our dating relationship that we wanted to get married at the Brick Church in Mooresville. When Sam's parents visited us in May, they asked to see the church. After walking around Mooresville, Sam's mom mentioned that some places book up quickly and mentioned that we may want to look into that. The next week, I called Limestone Bay and they only had two dates left in 2014. Sam and I decided to go ahead and book the venues even though we weren't "officially" engaged. That same week Sam ordered my engagement ring, and we had to wait 11 agonizing weeks for it to arrive. (I have the fingers of a small child, so it had to be custom made.)
Our one year anniversary was quickly approaching, and Sam seemed very irritated that the ring hadn't arrived yet. I thought our anniversary would be the perfect time to propose, but Sam had me convinced that it wouldn't happen then. Sam gave me flowers and on the counter next to the flowers, there was a medium sized white box. Sam told me it was a gift for me, but I couldn't open it until after dinner. We had already decided that we weren't exchanging gifts, so I assumed that it was chocolates (I gave him beer). That evening we had an amazing anniversary dinner at Cotton Row Restaurant in downtown Huntsville. Since it was our anniversary, they sat us in the wine cellar, which was very romantic!
When we got home from dinner, Sam told me I could open my present. Inside the box was a very sweet note. Attached to the note was a long green ribbon, which was buried in the jelly beans, and at the end of the ribbon was my engagement ring! I started laughing uncontrollably because Sam actually managed to surprise me (I don't like surprises because I have very awkward reactions!). Sam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was still awkardly laughing, so I forgot to give him my answer! Sam asked if that was a yes, and I finally stopped laughing long enough to say, "YES!"
**The story behind the jelly beans: When we were first dating, we were driving in the car on our way to a camping trip, and I was feeding him different flavor combinations of jelly beans. Sam told me later that was the moment he fell in love with me.