by Melissa Schreiber

FROM TEXTBOOK TO STORYBOOK

Proposal story

How often do we miss out on opportunities that are right under our noses? Sometimes the one thing we’ve been looking for all this time has been right in front of us, or in Benjamin and Candice’s case, in the same classroom. While our heads are stuck in our smartphones (or textbooks!), there’s a whole world happening around us that we may be missing.

Read on for a proposal story that will make you want to pay closer attention to your surroundings.

ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Benjamin and Candice from Manila, Philippines

Benjamin and Candice were law school classmates who had barely exchanged two syllables with each other – Candice at the front of the class, Benjamin at the back – until one day, not long before their graduation; thanks to Walgreens, Facebook and a brother, the two would finally speak. Candice’s younger brother needed a mysterious object that only Walgreens carried. While helping her brother search for ways to bring the product (I’m as curious as you are what that special product was!) to the Philippines, a post of Benjamin in Chicago popped up on Candice’s Facebook newsfeed. She then wrote to Benjamin asking him to bring it back with him, and, as Candice fondly remembers, “the rest, as they say, is history!” It didn’t take long for their law school acquaintance to turn into storybook love.

Upon graduation, the two love-struck lawyers-to-be struggled with the question of whether they should continue dating while the upcoming Bar, which required their sole focus, was looming. Candice then did something straight out of a romantic movie; she gave Benjamin a copy of her graduation picture, with a bible verse written on the back: “God has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).”

The proposal:

Fast-forward years later, Benjamin lead his girlfriend, Candice one Saturday night into a beautiful cabana and handed her that very same graduation picture (now crumpled with time). He looked into her eyes and asked her to be his wife. “It’s time,” he said. The sparkling James Allen pavé halo engagement ring he proposed with was inscribed with ECC 311.

“The person I have learned to so passionately love and care for held my hand and led me inside a beautiful cabana, and with just the two of us there, he looked straight into my eyes, […]and asked me to be his wife, because ‘it’s time.’” – Candice

 

Candice said yes, with tears streaming down her face, while the photographers Benjamin had hired were surreptitiously sneaking shots of the proposal.

engagement

 

After their private engagement moment, Candice was further surprised by all of their friends and family, who joined them to celebrate.

Read the full proposal story in Candice’s words

The ring

halo engagement ring

 

View the ring in 360° HD

Watch the proposal video

What do you think of this cabana proposal story? Let us know and congratulate the couple in the comments below!

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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