Anushka & Danny Proposal Story

The start of 2020...

As you all know, Danny, my partner in crime and travel buddy had been dating for 4 years by the year 2020! We had a big trip planned for Italy in May of 2020. And then bam, Covid hit. After canceling our Italy trip and going to lockdown here in the U.S., all our travels plans for the year changed. While I had a feeling a proposal was coming this year, I was unsure of everything given the turn of events…

Our new normal...

During May of 2021, I finished up my Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and continued to work from home along with Danny. With the change of the world, we had adjusted to our new day to day life here in Tampa. Soon, towards the beginning of June, things began opening up here in Florida. Grateful for the return for some normalcy, we safely learned to navigate our way through this new way of life.

A special dinner...

Planning for one of our first dinner out of the house and at a restaurant, Danny told me he had planned a surprise. I knew it was coming…the day I had been waiting for…my proposal! It was a rainy afternoon, but I knew whatever he had planned would be a special. We got ready and head out for what I thought would be a dinner…

Something is happening...

Instead of heading to a restaurant, we ended up at the Grand Hyatt Tampa BayΒ near the water. Now, I was a little confused, expecting to head to a nice restaurant Danny said lets wait and grab drinks at the bar of the hotel. Not sure of what was going on, I went along assuming we were waiting to eat somewhere in the hotel.

The start of the proposal...

After 10 or 15 minutes, Danny grabs my hand and starts talking about how we first met. My heart skipped a couple beats. I’ll leave the details of the love felt words he said to me between us but I knew he was so grateful that we had found each other and ready to take that next step in our lives.

Danny walked me through the hotel to the side with the ballroom. Down the aisle leading to the ballroom were flowers and candles along the side leading to our travel pictures of us. A violinist was playing an Ed Sheeran song and there was a photographer grabbing pictures of us.Β 

Apollo brings the ring!

We walked down to the end and stood there for a couple minutes. I asked what he was waiting for and joked if he had all of a sudden got cold feet. Danny said he was just waiting for his best man to come deliver something. Thinking we were waiting for his best friend Shalen to come to us…I was shocked to see his other friend bring our dog Apollo with a sign and something around his collar. Apollo walked down towards us with a sign that said “Mommy will you marry Daddy” and the ring around his neck.

Once Apollo came to us Danny got down and one knee and asked! Here I lost it! Such an emotional year and hard couple months lead to this beautiful moment between us. And of course I said yes. I was so grateful we had the photographer to capture these moments and for Apollo to be such a part of our special moment. But the surprises weren’t over yet.

A couple more surprises...

A few minutes later, all our friends came running out from the stairs! Friends and family I hadn’t seen in months since Covid happened. This was such a nice addition to our moment, having close friends be a part of our special day and it made it more special seeing as we hadn’t seen everyone in such a long time.

We ended the night going to dinner (finally, seeing as I thought we were going to dinner initially). Catching up with old friends and celebrating our engagement made it an unforgettable dinner. Thinking that was the end of the night…Danny still had one more surprise! After dinner, we headed outside by the water, and parked right there was a yacht! Ending the night on the yacht with our friends, music and drinks was the perfect way to conclude our eventful night!

Anushka and Danny at Grand Hyatt Tampa for their propsal
Anushka and Danny at the Grand Hyatt Tampa for their proposal
Anushka and Danny at the Grand Hyatt Tampa for their proposal
Anushka & Danny at the Grand Hyatt Tampa for their proposal
Anushka and Danny at the Grand Hyatt Tampa for their proposal
Anushka & Danny at the Grand Hyatt Tampa for their proposal

Now that's what I call an unforgettable proposal! Grateful and soon #aislegowiththomas!

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