Last week my boyfriend (now fiance!) left his week long stag in Montreal. I spent the weekend building a blanket fort based off of one of our favourite shows, Community, to surprise him. The night before he was to arrive home I was sitting inside said fort, and it occurred to me this would be a great way to propose to him.
Our wedding is planned for October, and we told our parents we had decided to get married in January, but we had yet to get officially engaged. My boyfriend was getting more and more stressed due to what he perceived to be the pressure of creating “the perfect” proposal. I realized that I was letting him do it because I wanted the story, something cool to tell my friends. It occurred to me that I was putting other people’s reactions and opinions ahead of my love’s well being. So I decided I would take matters into my own hands. We’re an atypical couple anyway, we tend to do things backwards, so I figured we should have an engagement as unique as our relationship.
I turned the blanket fort into a scavenger hunt, complete with instructions and pictures copied from the “Pillows and Blankets” Episode of Community, where they built a giant blanket fort called New Fluffytown. I had several steps, with the last step leading to an enclave under a desk, where I had written a letter explaining that I was sorry I had let him get stressed about such a simple 4 word question, especially a question that in my eyes had only one answer. It then told him to open the box behind it, which contained his ring (handmade ebony wood ring, same as mine), and a card that asked him to marry me.
It was Mother’s Day, so I was having dinner at my family’s house when he arrived home. I got live-feed reaction texts from him as he reached each step. By the end of it my family was as anxious for his reaction as I was!
This is what he saw as he came home:
Welcome home board and instructions
The narration from the beginning of the “Pillows and Blankets” Episode of Community, with my cousin and I’s names instead of Troy and Abed.
His reaction texts as he reached different steps of the scavenger hunt:
First step: I had laid out pj’s and beer in the fort
Last step, he’s reading my letter that tells him to open the box.
He opened the box with a card asking him to marry me and his wedding ring.
Here is my fiance’s version of how it all went down, from our wedding page:
“Hi, this is Vinod… I think its about time I add a message to our wedding page and also to our loved ones on Facebook.
Title: Its Official Official.
Let me explain. I just got back from a 6 day bachelor party in Montreal that was for myself and my best friend Ped. It was a great trip however, the most amazing part for me was a realization. Before this trip I have not been away from Lacey for more than the business hours during the day & on this trip all I could think of was “why didn’t I get her a room where we were staying??”. The realization: Apparently I don’t need space from my love for even a second. What I truly enjoy is getting even closer & closer to her, which happens to be what happens with us every second that passes.
So, I get home last night after 6 days. Excited to just hop into bed and wait for Lacey to get home from Mothers Day dinner at Aunty Naomies. I open the door to what I can only describe as New FluffyTown. The 2nd largest & most extravagant blanket slash pillow fort built in the world next to the one built in Greendale Community College
in 2012. (From one of our favourite shows, Community, see link) I thought to myself, how the hell does this women understand me so well!!
I spent the next two hours following an adventure maze that led me to a plush living room with 2 of my favorite beers and my most comfortable PJ’s laid out for me. After enjoying the bevy’s in my flannels I followed the instructions that took me through other rooms that left me speechless and finally to the last room.
The last room. A letter, a box, a question and a ring. I don’t know how many men have been swept off their feet so let me tell you my brothers. There is no better feeling in the world. Especially when the proposal is coming from someone who already has your heart and still feels she has the need to ask for it.
I said yes, I got down on one knee when she got home & she said yes. The engagement is now official official
(finally with 5 months till our wedding)…. We’re a little backwards, it’s the only way we roll.
Stay tuned for a little dinner, live music and dancing to celebrate. Nothing fancy, we’re going to pick one of our favorite restaurants in Vancouver.
Love you Lacey!!!!! My love bug.”
And here’s a preview of the Community episode that inspired this: