11/6/11- date of proposal
So...last night we got the privilege of seeing my brother-in-law, Erik, and my soon-to-be Johnson sister get ENGAGED! So exciting and fun! Erik asked us to be apart of this night and keep it a secret...from everyone. If people know me, this was hard! But I did so good and didn't let it out to family members! What an amazing feat. lol. Anyways, with their permission in telling this, on to the good stuff!!!
Yesterday Kyle and I left at lunch time and headed to Ikea. What fun to have the day and be excited for what was coming. We shopped at Ikea and bought a few things for the house. We also bought a vase and some flowers for the special night....now Rebecca can keep it forever if she wanted and can always look at it and remember that night :) (I'm so sentimental). So then we went to Panera and hung out but decided to leave almost an hour earlier than we were going to just to be EXTRA prepared....we were. But it was good.
We arrived at the Conrad Hotel in downtown Chicago and found the room. All the while Erik and Rebecca were at Shed Aquarium and she had NO IDEA what was awaiting her! The hotel room was huge and beautiful. The balcony was also amazing and very large. Perfect setting.
We lit candles and had the vase with the flowers on the outdoor foot stool thing. There was music playing also. While we were waiting we had to test the camera :)
The beautiful view...
Kyle and I hid when they came and I could hear Rebecca saying, "awe this is amazing. How'd you do this?" ;) Then we crawled across the floor to peak and see the proposal. It was fun. They looked over the ledge at the beauty of Chicago for a few minutes. Then Erik gave Rebecca a present (decoy) of a necklace. Then he managed to get the ring out of his sock without her realizing what was about to happen. He got down on one knee and proposed (other things were said prior but we couldn't hear). Excitement and shock were heard in Rebecca's voice. She said, "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, yes!" You could tell she was truly surprised! With tears in my eyes I just watched their hearts melt with each others. What a wonderful moment. They had some smooches (of course!) and looked at the beautiful view some more. What a perfect night!!
This was before we came out and Kyle was taking pics thru the window...little blurry
Excitement!! I was shaking a little myself with joy (maybe a little bouncing too...hehe)
They went inside so Rebecca could capture the ring in a better light. She loved it
I like the silhouette pics.
We had a couple dances together on the balcony and they just were floating on clouds. What a wonderful night!!!!
I just want to add that I am so so excited for you guys. I admire your relationship and your commitment to Christ. Your relationship reminds me so much of Kyle and mine when we were dating and I am not going to lie, I love it! But I admire Rebecca so much. She is an absolute gem and I'm glad Erik pursued her and cherishes her. I am excited that I can FINALLY make comments about planning a wedding in a serious manner now. But really, you are a wonderful woman, Rebecca, Erik couldn't have picked a better one to spend the rest of his life with. I am excited to have you as a Johnson sister as is the rest of the family :) Love you both!