On a trip to Florida, Amelia convinced Anneta there wouldn’t be a proposal, but there was. Now, they’re planning a wedding on their 10-year anniversary together.
Tell us about the planning process for the proposal.
We deﬁnitely talked a lot about taking the next step in our relationship. But taking the next step came with a lot of unknowns for Anneta. She wanted to be the one to propose, so it was important she did it when she was really ready for it. So she sat me down a couple of weeks before our trip to Florida and let me know that she didn’t want me to expect a proposal while we were there. She explained that she thought I would be expecting it, and she didn’t want me to be disappointed. And when I say she committed to that story, she committed.
When she took me up to the viewing deck of our hotel that night, I was NOT expecting it. But as we watched the sunset, I could tell she started getting nervous and I realized that she was going to propose right there. She got down on one knee, told me she loved me (and more that I don’t remember because I was in a state of shock), and asked me. I, of course, said yes. It was perfect.
What does your engagement mean to you both? Has anything changed?
Amelia: For me, it shows that we are even more committed to each other. I think for both of us, it makes our life seem even more real. It makes me excited for everything that comes next, whatever our future holds.
Anneta: For me, it gives me a feeling of safety. That we will be taking on life together, it’s nice to know there will be someone next to me to support me in life when times are good and bad. Understanding what I am going through because she will be there with me.
Photography by Chettara Hunter