It was a Friday night and Marisa took a train from Florence to Rome, where I had lived for about 7 months already. We had already talked about marriage. She was actually the one who purchased her ring! Yep, she wanted what she wanted. And because of a mix-up at the jeweler, she ended up bringing it with her on the train that night. I had visited Florence a few weeks before with the intent of taking the ring home and making plans from there. Anyway, she knew it would happen this weekend but didn’t know at what point.
She arrived by train and I think there were train problems which led to her arriving later than expected. She wasn’t on the first train that I expected her to be on.
She got in late and we put her bags in a locker and headed downtown.
When we got to the Trevi Fountain, I asked two American tourists to take a picture of us. I then let them in on the secret. I told them I was going to propose and for them to take as many pictures as possible. They were thrilled to witness and help.
I did the one knee thing and a more or less prepared speech (when we returned to a friend’s apartment later that evening where Marisa would be sleeping while in Rome, I had a card with the proposal speech already written down).
It was an exciting night. I didn’t want to remove the pictures of me proposing from our albums so here is one that I took that same night.
The most amazing part of this True story was that she did not want a diamond ring. She chose a gold band for the engagement, engraved with the date and her first name, and then added a gold band for the wedding which was engraved with our last name plus the wedding date. She decided to forgo the diamond in hopes of getting a couch/furniture earlier on in our marriage. That’s my wife! I love her. This Fall we will celebrate 10 years of marriage.
P.S.-It took about five years but she finally got her furniture.