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The story of how William proposed.

The first thing people ask when you get engaged is: “Did you have any idea it was coming?”

William and I had been dating for a couple years and talked a lot about the future, but I didn’t imagine we’d become engaged until the following year. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that William was “the one,” but I was never one of those tick-tock kind of girls, tapping the face of my watch and waiting for a ring. I knew he’d propose when the time was right … I just didn’t realize that it was right then.

We were spending the weekend down in Laguna. It’s an amazing retreat from all the craziness that goes along with city living, so we tend to keep our weekends there pretty casual (think: sandy feet; cozy, oversized sweaters; and minimal makeup). Before leaving L.A., William told me that we were invited to a business dinner on Saturday night for his stepdad’s work and I should bring something nice to wear. (My soon-to-be fiancé had the good sense to know that I’d want to be appropriately dressed for such a momentous occasion.) Looking back now, of course, there were signs (like how a ten-minute errand to “drop off” something at his friend’s house mysteriously turned into a two-hour production), but on that October afternoon I had no clue what was about to happen.

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