The Knot is hosting an engagement story contest on its website. It’s sponsored by Kleinfeld Paper and the winner of the contest will will a $ 10,000 wedding day package including the bride’s dress and wedding stationery by the sponsor.
Here is one of my favorite stories submitted so far.
“Last year, I set up a behind the scenes tour at the Houston Zoo as a fun activity for my boyfriend and I to do. It was such a wonderful experience, it came as no surprise that he was interested in doing it again this year. He had me call my contact at the zoo and set up a day.
We arrived at the zoo bright and early for our tour time. We were met in the parking lot by the zoo keeper that would be escorting us. Our first stop on the tour was the elephants. The elephants are our favorite animal to visit. We began the tour by giving the baby elephant, Baylor, a bath. We both scrubbed him and rinsed him off, and had a great time doing it! The zoo keeper that escorted us had my camera the whole time, snapping photos. We moved down to the next stall, where the mother elephant was. As she turned around, I noticed some writing on her side. To my surprise, the elephant had “Jules, will you marry me?” written on her side in chalk. I was completely shocked! As I turned around, Ben was on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes, and he put the ring on my finger, and his hat on my head and kissed me. I couldn’t have been more thrilled
But the surprises didn’t stop there. We got back in the golf cart that was taking us around the zoo. I was in the process of taking a picture of my ring and sending it to my family to let them know it happened. Ben said “What are you doing?” and I replied with “Texting everyone!” and he said “Who are you texting?” and I replied with “My family!” and he said “Babe, I don’t think you have to. Look!” I looked up and we were pulling up to an area where all my family and close friends were to share in the celebration! Little did I know, they had all known about this for months and had been keeping it from me! I couldn’t believe I had no idea. I am not an easy person to surprise. Having all our family and friends from in town and out of town there to celebrate with us was exactly what I would have wanted.
We all took pictures and celebrated for a bit at the zoo before we had another surprise. Everyone was invited to a celebratory luncheon at one of my favorite restaurants, Canopy.
It was a magical day. I couldn’t believe how much thought, planning and effort went in to the entire event. Needless to say, I am one lucky lady and cannot wait to marry the man of my dreams.”
There are over 60 pages of entries and visitors to the site can rate their favorite entries. To read some stories and vote on your favorites, visit “My Proposal Story.”