The Fijan Surprise

March 15, 2012

in beach, Fiji, love, proposal, vacation, wedding

The trip changed before it even started.

We originally booked with another couple, but Brendan and I arrived in Fiji alone. A few days before our trip, our friend told us he and his wife had to stay behind because of work circumstances out of his control. All the things we’d been planning as a foursome would now be done as just two.  We were bummed our friends were stuck at home, but Brendan and I knew we’d still have a good time as just us. We’ve done most of our traveling that way.

We crammed our first full day with breakfast, a massage on the beach and a trip into the tourist hub of Port Denarau. After lunch, Brendan and I decided to do something I’ve been wanting to do since I came to this part of the world — parasail. We booked an afternoon trip on the fly and got a ride to the beachfront of the Sofitel. The sun scorched my shoulders as we climbed onto our boat, my heart doing the samba as I realized I’d be airborne in a few minutes.

A funny thing happened as we slowly rose over the turquoise water with our chutes. Complete calm washed over me. I was a bird, looking at land, sky and sea. The wind tugged us this way and that. I saw the mountains and the smaller islands, tried to search the shore for our own resort. Brendan was sweating. I said, “We’re OK.” Everything felt right. We were soaring.

We took advantage of the Sofitel’s pool and volleyball net before heading back to our own resort. I’d told Brendan I wanted to take a walk on the beach earlier in the day and we decided to do it before dinner, rumored to be a Fijan barbecue with music. The sky was about 20 minutes away from its spectacular sign-off, when it painted bright smears of fuchsia and peach across its darkening canvas. All was still clear and light and sparkling as we strolled the shoreline.

I turned to look at what had become my favorite view, the one of the rippled sand leading up to the treeline where the sun had saluted us the night before. Brendan said, “Turn around, I need to ask you something.”

I turned and saw Brendan on his knee in the sand with an orange box as he said the words, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

I am a woman of many words, and the words I managed at this sight, the one a girl waits forever to witness, were “Are you joking?”

We had just talked about getting married that afternoon. He had mentioned something about proposing on our trip to Hawaii in July and I’d actually bought it. I didn’t even think he had a ring. But there sat the box in his hand. I still didn’t believe it.

He opened it and showed me the most perfect ring I could have imagined for myself. It was exactly what I had wanted even though we’d never really discussed it — classic and elegant and just right for my hand.

We were under the same sky in which we had soared just hours earlier. The sun still blazed above me as bright blue eyes searched my face. The diamond twinkled like the first star to appear in the night.

I said yes.

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  1. Amy

    Ah!! Congrats, Lauren! I admit, as soon as you mentioned the other couple bailed, I was suspicious as if that was all part of his plan and that he planned to propose while you were on your trip. 🙂 Beautiful ring, too! I love that your response was, “Are you joking?” I totally laughed when my now hubby proposed, mainly due to nerves, but he still reminds me of that to this day!

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    1. Lauren Post author

      Aww, I know, they are so nervous having to do the asking and then we laugh at them, haha. It’s just so incredible even if you expect it. I was told that one half of the couple did know a proposal was possible before they couldn’t come.

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    1. Lauren Post author

      Beth, I remember reading about your proposal — it’s an awesome story. I am glad you got your happily ever after.

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    1. Lauren Post author

      Yay, thank you dear! How is the south treating you? Seems like you’re up to some good stuff. Come back and visit!

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  2. Rebecca

    Congrats!! ‘Tis the season, eh? Seems like every single blog I read, (total exaggeration, but there has been an explosion in all topics I read lately) everyone is getting married.

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    1. Lauren Post author

      No, you’re right, I’ve been thinking the same thing! First Heather, then Adam from Sitdowndisco and now me! Things come in threes….

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  3. Niki DUgan

    Congrats!!! sounds like an amazing day
    are you sure the trip was supposed to be a foursome or was that part of the ruse? 🙂

    It’s an exciting time. enjoy it.

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    1. Lauren Post author

      Thanks so much Niki! It definitely was supposed to be four. It would have been cool if our friends were there for a special moment, but we got to celebrate with them when we came back 🙂

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  4. Heatherq

    Congrats to both of you! What a beautiful place to get engaged, especially after a wonderful day! 🙂 And I can’t help but smile that we both responded in a similar way initially O:-) Just what every man wants to hear — “are you joking/serious?!” Looking forward to hearing more in the months to come!

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