HowHeAsked Platinum Proposal: Megan and Chase
Chase and I met back in 2010 through a mutual friend. At the time, there was a slightly awkward age gap between us, considering I was 14 and he was 17. I remember exchanging very few words with Chase that night, but that was also the first night I met his sister (and soon-to-be mine!), Ashlyn. She and I were about the same age and that night was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the two of us. Soon we were hanging out, having sleepovers, and doing plain ol’ girly stuff.
During this time, I guess you could say I had a love-hate relationship with Chase. I merely viewed him as my close friend’s annoying older brother who would tease me and I’d spit comebacks at. If you’d told us back then that we’d be in love and planning a wedding someday, we both would’ve thought you were crazy!
But of course, the real joke was on us—because fast-forward five years to when I was 19 and he was 22, and we were hopelessly falling for each other. We started to realize we had way more in common than we thought, especially our sense of humor, love of singing and hatred of carrots. I remember the first night I started falling for Chase, we were driving back to Vegas from St. George after a day of snowboarding. I’m terrible at snowboarding (and pretty much every other sport out there), and instead of hitting the slopes and doing cool tricks with all our friends, Chase stuck with me the whole day—whether I was slowly making my way down the bunny hill, or warming up in the lodge with some hot chocolate.
Anyway, at some point in the drive, he thought everyone in the car was asleep. I was silently admiring the stars in the sky when “The Girl” by City and Colour came on and he started singing along. I remember feeling my heart get all pitter-pattery and I just knew that his voice was the voice I wanted to sing with for the rest of my life. After getting back into town that night, I couldn’t help but tell my best friend Nataly the feelings I developed for Chase. Little did I know, Chase talked to Nataly about his feelings for me just two weeks before.
Now the hard part: telling Ashlyn I’d fallen for her brother. I was extremely nervous about it. What if she didn’t approve? What if it ruined our friendship? To my surprise and relief, she was supportive and said, “Duh! I always knew that was going to happen!” Apparently all our friends knew we’d end up together before we did and when we announced we’d started dating, they all said, “About time!”
How He Asked
We planned to celebrate our second anniversary by going out to dinner and ending the night by seeing one of our favorite bands, UsTheDuo, in concert. It was a Friday and I went to work. What seemed like a perfectly normal, average day ended up being the day that changed the rest of my life forever.
A couple of hours into my shift, my coworker pulled me aside and told me I had a delivery. She handed me a half-dozen red roses. Each one had a note tied to the stem with a reason why Chase loves me. I remember feeling so flustered and giddy, thinking they were Chase’s anniversary gift to me. After texting Chase and thanking him for his romantic gesture, I went on with the rest of my workday and couldn’t wait to go home and gush to my parents about the sweet gift. However, to my surprise, there were more roses waiting for me at home. Chase’s sister Ashlyn made the delivery to my work, while Chase delivered another half-dozen roses to my house.
At this point, I still had no idea a proposal was in the works and began getting ready for our date that night. When Chase picked me up, he looked as handsome as ever and was holding a full dozen red roses in his hand, all with little notes attached to the stems just like the ones I’d received earlier that day. I still didn’t think anything of it, especially since Chase is this romantic and cheesy all the time.
After getting in the car, Chase assigned the responsibility of the GPS over to me and I began giving him instructions on how to get to the restaurant. Everything was going smoothly until he made the wrong turn at the exit. Annoyed, I told him he was going the wrong way, but he insisted he knew where he was going and to just trust him. In a matter of minutes, we were driving up the Red Rock mountains and it started to dawn on me what was happening.
I didn’t want to start crying and freaking out yet, in case it wasn’t what I thought it was, because that would just be awkward for both of us. So I tried to act as chill as possible, and Chase was trying to do the same by making small talk as we drove up the mountain. The sun was setting, and I remember taking in the mountains against the pink and purple sky, silently praying that this really was a proposal. We began seeing signs for Bonnie Springs and memories immediately started flooding back. I realized where we were going.
To backtrack a bit, the first night Chase and I began officially dating (after he asked permission from my parents, of course!), we met up with some friends to go stargazing at Bonnie Springs. The whole night turned into a joke because a. we couldn’t see any stars, b. we almost got attacked by a donkey multiple times, and c. we were starving and nobody brought food (which is out of character for our friend group!). So stargazing was a fail and we ended up going out for sushi, but that spot remained significant to us: We’d always talk about the funny things that happened that night.
So here we were, two years later, driving back to the same spot. At this point, I was 98 percent sure it was happening, but still didn’t want to get my hopes up. About 20 seconds later, we pulled up to the same exact spot where we attempted to go stargazing, and the first thing I saw was all our friends and family there waiting for us.
Now I was 100 percent sure it was happening and a whole wave of emotions came over me. I couldn’t even get out of the car. When I finally composed myself, I heard our song (“Lemonade” by Jeremy Passion) start playing and Chase pulled me in for a dance.
For those few minutes, it was just me, him, and my false eyelashes flapping in the wind. It was like time stopped. At the end of the song, Chase got down on one knee and said something along the lines of promising to take care of me and make me happy for the rest of our lives. (To be honest, I don’t remember much because I was just trying not to pass out, and also because we had to take a few laughing breaks since I have a reaaaally ugly crying face.) He then finally asked the question, “Jessica Megan Mac, will you marry me?”
In a matter of seconds, I had a shiny ring on my finger and glass of champagne in my hand. It was so special to have all our friends and family there to celebrate such a special moment with us. Later on, Chase explained the significance behind the roses he gave me earlier that day: 24 roses total, one rose for each month we’d spent together. And to top off the night, UsTheDuo congratulated us on our engagement during their show and we had a 15-second conversation with them (it was amazing!). We are so excited to be husband and wife and ugly cry together, forever.
My fiancé chose platinum due to its better quality and durability over other metals. He did a lot of research and concluded that platinum was the best.
Photography Credit: Ashlyn Darang