Proposal Location: Empire State Building, New York,
NY, United States
Wedding Location: Sacramento,
CA, United States
Little did she know, that wasn't the only present.
We took a bus up to NYC on the morning of Friday, June 25 from Union Station in DC and arrived in SoHo in the early afternoon. After walking through SoHo, past Ground Zero and the Financial District (including Wall Street, Federal Hall and the famous charging bull statue), we went to our hotel in Jersey City, NJ to clean up before our first night together in Manhattan (Yes, I was able to watch the Spain-Chile World Cup match...VILLA!).
Ou- r first stop back in the city was the Empire State Building. Advanced purchase tickets allowed us to get farther ahead in the line, but a certain item felt like a thousand pound weight in my backpack (especially inducing anxiety through the security line). When we got outside on the 86th floor Observatory (with its usual crowd of people), I suggested that we walk around to the Central Park side.
When she saw the view, Jessica said, "It's just like (the view from) the Eiffel Tower." Making the quick connection in my head about certain activities that are often said to occur atop the Eiffel Tower, I decided to make my move.
I took the ring box out of my backpack, leaned in and said, "I love you." Followed by a kiss and my whispering in Jessica's ear, "Will you marry me?" and opening the box, so she could see the ring.
She was so surprised that she almost forgot to say, "Yes." We walked through Times Square to a restaurant near the Westside Theatre, where we enjoyed glasses of Prosecco and a pizza before going to the play "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" (a play by Nora Ephron, director/writer of "Sleepless in Seattle"). Our waiter was the only one to know about our engagement until we called our parents after the play. My parents had a bottle of wine sent to our room for when we returned to Jersey City that night.