We’re receiving some fantastic submissions from couples wanting to share their marriage proposal stories, and we’re happy to oblige! This week we’re featuring Brian and Jennifer’s Christmas marriage proposal, which is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit all over again and hopefully inspire some of you for your own proposals. Enjoy!
Please introduce yourself
My name is Brian F. Bleuher and my fiance is Jennifer Bossin and we live in San Francisco, CA.
Where did the idea of your proposal come from?
I was looking to put together a Christmas wedding proposal that was more than just a ring in a box under the tree and came up with the idea of having it at a Christmas tree lot. I selected one in the city at the Marina Middle School which I knew to have a really nice staff of guys visiting the U.S. on an exchange program from South Africa.
What planning went into making the proposal such a huge success?
I set up the evening a month in advance by telling Jen that my good friend Kara had a friend at the tree lot that could get us a deal on a tree. After waiting til the last minute for the ring to be completed, and facing the fact that some of my supporting cast would be leaving in a few days to visit their families for the holidays, I finally got my opportunity on Dec 11 to pull off the proposal.
I took some time off of work during the day and went to the tree lot to tell them about my plan but at first the owner was a little put off because I hadn’t given him more time to prepare. After a little bit of pleading and, because his staff overheard my story and couldn’t wait to help out, he gave me the OK. I purchased a tree immediately and had him set it aside for me. Next, I contacted Jen to tell her we would be getting a tree that night and that I also wanted to take her out to dinner beforehand. She was totally excited.
That evening while Jen was showering I prepared a bag for my friend Kara to pick up after Jen and I left the house. It included lights for the tree and my homemade ornaments which were photos of Jen and I that represented our 4 years together as well as one of her father who had recently passed away.