He Asked... I Said Yes! {Football Field Proposal}

It was August 27, 2010 and Jared had called me around lunchtime to say he was going to bring me lunch at work. He typically doesn't have to go in on Fridays, so he was free. I'd been telling him for months that he needed to stop in one day to see my office and so that I could show him around. Well, today was the day!

I gave my boss a head's up that he was coming in around 1 with lunch. My boss suggested I show him around since things were slow that Friday afternoon. Jared gets there with Chipotle (amazing!) and we chat and eat for awhile. Everything seems normal to me!

We finish lunch and get ready to head out. My boss pops his head in and tosses Jared a football that had been on his desk all week. "Take this down on the field with you and get some rep's in if you want. It's a game-used football!" he had said. My boss knew that Jared was a huge fan, so I figured he was trying to make this really cool for him.

I was excited! I thought I was showing Jared around and just making his day! I showed him the locker room, the weight room and then we headed out onto the field on that BEAUTIFUL afternoon.
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football field proposal
We were laughing, taking pictures and tossing the ball around-- again, I thought I was just MAKING his day by getting him onto the field.
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football field proposal
Then, I realized this WAS technically still my lunch break and thought we should probably head back. I didn't want to abuse the privilege.
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football field proposal
Jared kept saying things like "Oh, your boss is cool he doesn't mind." And "Let's just toss a few more times at midfield." He had originally thought he'd propose on the 50yd line, but was starting to panic. He didn't want to give anything away-- but he'd already cleared it with my boss, security, the field maintenance people etc. We had all the time in the world; I just didn't know that.
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Luckily, he said my name and I stopped walking, turned around and saw him on one knee. You can tell from the picture I was totally caught off guard! Usually Jared can't keep a secret because he's so excited! I thought for sure I'd see this day coming! He asked me to marry him and of course I said YES!!!! Possibly right after a, "Are you serious?! Is that real!?"
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I had to get a good look at that rock!! ;)
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Still holding the football...
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football field proposal
Touchdown celebration!! (And me still holding the dang football!)
We took this picture on my cell phone to send to friends and family with the news! It's about this time I was reallly regretting that I'd woken up super late that morning and threw my gross hair into a bun. Please excuse that disgusting part of all the pictures!
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First picture as an engaged couple!! I was so excited! And (even though I looked awful) I was so happy Jared thought to have one of my coworkers sneak around and get all the pictures of the actual proposal. He knows how much I love pictures and I'm SO grateful for all of these!
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football field proposal
Yep, he's mine! :)
We finally made it back into my office and everyone was there to congratulate us. My boss and Jared had apparently been emailing back and forth about this for a few weeks, planning all the details! My boss also gave me the rest of the day off which was so nice! We'd had plans to go to the Cincinnati Reds game next door, so this way we had time to go out for a celebratory dinner beforehand!

The day and night couldn't have been more perfect. The Reds beat the Cubs and there was a great fireworks show afterwards.


Oh, yeah! And we got to keep the game-used football so we decided to sign it that night after we got home. It now sits on our mantle :)

Hope you enjoyed the story! I never get tired of seeing the pictures and telling the story.
Stay tuned for another Wedding Wednesday next week!!

34 comments

  1. Oh my goodnesss... that's SO FRICKING CUTE!!! I love that he worked with your boss to plan the perfect proposal! And I love that you got to keep the football! And that you signed it! And that it's on your mantle! AHHH!! It's all so cute. And that ring. SO PRETTY! :)

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  2. Ah! What a great story! Talk about my dream proposal right there! haha I love that he planned it all in advance with your boss and had someone take pictures! He's such a cutie! You definitely have a keeper! What a cool souvenir you get to keep too!

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  3. Aw, that is super sweet. I love how he even cleared it with your boss!

    Amanda

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  4. So so so sweet! :) I loved it! How romantic and fun! Your ring looks a lot like mine!

    xo

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  5. So happy I stopped by your blog! I am loving it!! You and your hubby are so cute! Thanks for all your sweet comments over at my blog :) now following you!

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  6. What a precious story! Thanks for sharing:-)

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  7. Oh My Goodness! First of all, love the proposal. On the football field?! Holy YES. Your ring is gorgeous. & a baseball game to boot?! I love it.

    Now hold on. What is with Paul Brown Stadium?! Because the Bengals are my team. Holy cow. I think I'm the only fan in Indiana but I LOVE My Bengals. Now I have to go search your blog & find out where you work & how you got on the field!

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  8. What a sweet proposal story!!!

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  9. I LOVE your proposal story!! What a sneaky (in a good way!) guy! Haha what a nice surprise and how sweet of your boss and coworker to help your man make your proposal SO special!! :)

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  10. OMG how am I just reading this!? This is ADORABLE!!!!!

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  11. Oh my goodness, Erin! I can't believe all this time I haven't read this story yet! It's so romantic and so beautiful! I love reading love stories, and am definitely tearing up a little bit right now :)

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  12. Just found your blog from your comment on Ruthie's post, and I just HAD to come read your love story (I'm a hopeFULL romantic hehe). It looks like it was a picture perfect day for you, even if your hair was up in a bun ;) I think you look beautiful!

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  13. That is so sweet! Love your story! Last week my now-fiance came and picked me up from work to go have a picnic lunch. I told him I had to be back at a certain time for a meeting, little did I know he was about to ask me to marry him. I was given the rest of the afternoon off as well. Yay so super sweet boys! :)

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  14. ahhh! Thank you for sharing this with me! What an AMAZING proposal! I feel like our finaces would be good friends!!! :)

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  15. Oh you're married! lol! haha new follower :)

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  16. I just read this for the first time and I'm tearing up at my desk. Haha. I love engagement stories!! So sweet and I love the game ball! :)

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  17. I absolutely LOVE your proposal story. So fun and thoughtful!

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  18. As a fellow football lover, that is the BEST!!!

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  19. What a cute story! So perfect! I love cute engagement stories.

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  20. Ah! Guess I answered my own question! This is precious and is almost exactly how my friend, Emily got engaged. That story is on my blog too! :)

    www.elle-pea.blogspot.com

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  21. I know I'm a little late on this one but I just love your blog and love reading your 5 year recaps! I'm such a sucker for love stories... yes, I shamefully admit I shed a tear or two while reading! You guys are so cute.

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  22. This is so super cute! Can't believe I'm just reading it.

    ANd girl, no worries about how you looked, my fiance proposed after I got home from a soccer game and was in sweats.

    Ummmmmmmmmm i didn't know you worked for the bengals, that's so awesome!!!

    xoxo

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  23. Just re-reading this and your dating story again!!! :P You guys are so cute!

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  24. I'm totally behind on stocking your blog- um this is SO adorable :) Love it for yall!

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  25. Hi! I am new to your blog I was roped in by the title including football (and totally creeping, the first thing I noticed was "wedding") and this is the absolute best proposal ever. I am a huge Ravens fan, it's off season so the conference rivalry can hold off until after I beam about this proposal haha, and I have been telling my boyfriend how I won't say yes unless he proposes at M & T stadium (joking of course...kind of). I can't wait to show him this post. Also you are crazy lucky to work at the stadium! I haven't gotten to your wedding yet, but I can't wait!

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    1. Hey Macy! Love that you are a fellow football fan- and I'll pretend you aren't rooting for those dirty birds ;) I hope your bf gives you a football proposal too though hehe.... BTW, I couldn't find a way to respond to you via email, you show up as a no-reply blogger!

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  26. That is so cute! I am glad that I am not the only one with bad hair engagement pictures of the moment. My hair was wild, frizzy and soooo not done! LOL.

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  27. What exactly do you do that gives you access to the stadium/field? I fairly certain whatever it is, makes you my new best friend when I move home.

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