Eli & Melissa

Disney holds an exceptionally special place in our hearts as we live here in Orange County and we make it a weekly ritual to visit Disneyland.  But it has always been my dream to one day visit Walt Disney World. We were finally able to go in April for the first time to celebrate my birthday. So to kick off our vacation we had reservations for one of the most romantic restaurants on property; the California Grill at the top of the Contemporary Resort overlooking Magic Kingdom. We chose a late reservation in order to watch Magic Kingdom’s firework show Wishes from the hotel’s rooftop first before dinner. As we are watching the firework show, Eli begins to talk to me about our lives, our future and reassuring me of the love I’ve always known these last 6 years we have been together.  But as the firework finale beings, he turns me around and is on one knee asking me to marry him! I was a complete mess, shaking, crying and yelling “YES!” over and over again.  As I look around I see he had a photographer waiting in the background to capture ours once in a lifetime moment. Everything was perfect, the music, the fireworks and him.

Turns out that the whole restaurant was in on it and they reserved a special table for us to sit against the floor to ceiling windows with views of Cinderella’s Castle. Topped with mickey confetti, our “Happily Ever After” buttons and glasses of champagne to celebrate.

I’m incredibly close with my mom and dad and so, of course, I had to call them to say what had just happened but they already knew! (I guess they have been waiting for this call all day!) Eli had asked my parents’ permission beforehand and that meant the absolute world to me that he had done that.

I’m not going to pretend I wasn’t like every other little girl out there always secretly planning how they expect their proposals to be, but this was better than anything I could have ever dreamed of and I can’t wait for our very own Happily Ever After.

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