So if you have not read on my facebook or related pages, I’m officially Engaged to Nara after 9 years of dating! haha YEAH WOO-HOO at last, I know right? Now people can stop poking us in the sides about how long we have been together 😛 To surprise me he did the most amazing and cute proposal ever with this huge sneaky plan + video AND the execution was filmed as well… Yeah he surprised me pretty good *_* Watch below to see how I got engaged in Korea
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I met Nara our first semester as art students at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, he was 19 and I was 18. He came from Korea to study at RSAD (now called RCAD I guess) because it was well known for its Animation program and he wanted to be a computer animator! I went to Ringling because I (like most Artists) liked to draw, it was my life and I wanted to figure out just what I could do with it.
I remember the first time I saw him, our campus was SMALL and at orientation they pulled him up on stage while some people did a break dance. I thought it was a joke, because these guys are dancing away and suddenly they yank up this Asian guy with long bleached blonde hair who looked surprised and just kinda freezes on stage for a sec. We leaned in to see what would happen, and holy shit… he started doing all these crazy tricks and was the best one!!! I was like (O_____O) wow that blond guy is SO COOL! I never forgot that moment haha.
We eventually met properly weeks later because a friend of his he went to High School with in Russia (small world, and yeah Nara lived a bunch of places!) had gone to Ringling as well and was living in my dorm hall… which was co-ed because we all had single private rooms. One night I had my hall door open with people inside watching a movie when Nara wandered in with his friend and stayed to hang out. He fell fast asleep and I (being the obnoxious person that I am) got some tiny rubber bands and made a bunch of braids in this guys hair…he had come by and just fallen asleep~ Fair game! haha! He woke up a while later and looked pissed while he shook them off grumbling, I thought “ah this guy is so serious… ok he must not like me now” but the next day I heard a knock at my door and he was standing there by himself and wanted to hang out together some more.
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He kept coming every day and we just sat and watched movies together or talked… he was so calm and kind, it was really nice. He seemed to have no romantic interest in me at all though, we hung out every evening for a month or so and everyone thought for sure we had been dating, but nope…..just hanging out. I had been friend zoned! I was not sure how I felt about that though, It was one of those “ah do I like this guy? Does he like me? Why is he always around me? Do I even care if he does not like me?” It was something I kinda argued about in my brain with myself for a few weeks. Finally Christmas came and everyone had to go home for a few weeks, I realized over winter vacation just how much I missed his company and that I actually did REALLY want to know just how he felt…So I confessed and he confessed back! The rest is lots of fluff that I will spare you guys.
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I knew I loved Nara very early on and it kinda surprised me because I usually was very meh deep down in every relationship I stumbled into. I was never very serious, but he was very different and I knew it right away~ We have had our ups and downs for sure after all this time and all the big changes we have gone through in life and as people, but I am glad we stuck it though to adulthood together. That toy is the very first gift he gave me for my Birthday after we had been dating just 3 months, he made me a stuffed Hello Kitty out of anything he could find in his dorm because he did not have a car. HOW SWEET IS THAT??? That’s when I knew I had found a very special guy. It’s here in Korea with me on my special shrine shelf, out of all the Hello Kitty plush I own~ it is the cutest to me. ♥ If you make fun of it I will throw my other stuffed animals at you.
DID I SUSPECT THIS PROPOSAL?
I mean come on we dated for 9 years, right? Well I knew one was coming, I just had no idea when… PLUS our anniversary and valentines day had just passed which I had braced for something to happen, so when not a word was mentioned I totally flushed it out of my brain and thought it would not happen till later on in the year.
I am shocked that I was 100% surprised by this!!! Seriously, No idea. I thought it would be impossible for him to catch me off guard like that! I had been expecting “so you want to sign those papers today?” or maybe a proposal at a restaurant, something simple because we had already talked about it so much… after being together that long you kind of come to an agreement haha. I knew years ago that I wanted to be with him forever, it was all just a matter of time and when the right moment would be due to everything going on with the move to Korea and uprooting.
We went out for dinner before the cupcake place, but he was on his phone the whole time. See? I even took a pic to complain about it later! lol
The day of the event was his birthday party… which was a Sunday even though his birthday was that Saturday… so I was asking him all weekend why anyone would have a party on Sunday!? Why didn’t he want to go out on Saturday? Even on the way over I was teasing him about being so easy-going by having a party at 9pm on a Sunday night. He kept telling me to dress up extra nice, oh paint your nails pretty, wear your hair down etc. and was texting on the phone all day non stop so I thought it was a little odd he was acting like this, but assumed it was for the party and he just wanted us to look nice for photos…it just didn’t click together till the end.
When I arrived (you can see in the video) I was wondering why the two tables of people I knew had not sat together… They said they had too many people so they had to split. It turns out the entire cafe was filled with Nara’s friends, but I had never met them or they stayed hidden so I did not notice them at all. I saw the huge thing covered in pink paper, but someone quickly said it was something the cafe was building so I bought that and just sat down.
I was so distracted by everyone talking and how cute the venue was…when they brought out the tray with the ring box, I remember thinking it looked like my friends work, snapped a photo of it to tweet on twitter, and that’s when I saw the red envelope.
Even then I STILL did not realize, I thought this was some embarrassing thing his friends had planned to do with me for his birthday, because before (as you see in the video) his friend had glued his camera on me and kept asking me to say romantic things about Nara and wish him happy birthday! I thought AGH what are they roping me in to!?
The moment I realized this was a THE PROPOSAL was when I smacked my forehead on the video, but I was having so much fun watching the video that I did not start to cry till a few min in because I was so moved by my friends doing this…at first I was laughing, but then I started thinking “oh wow… this is for ME..for US”. It took a little bit to sink into my brain.
Some people asked (I guess the could not see? Its kinda subtle) why I was not sobbing! I pretty much was fighting not to cry as soon as the room jumped up with the signs. When Nara came out I was grabbing my face to try and stop it and managed *somehow* to stop myself from sobbing uncontrollably and only TEAR TEAR TEAR. I have NO IDEA how I managed to do that… I sob like a baby and cry really easily, so I was telling myself “omg stop… dont… you can’t let it go and have your mascara EVERYPLACE + RIVER OF RUNNY NOSE WITH 5 CAMERAS ON YOU. STOOOOOOP” I almost lost it 3 times in the video. I mean it, I am a sloppy crybaby so its for the best that I didn’t let big fat crybaby Liz out of its cage.
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He was so sneaky with this Cupcake Proposal…. even with all the videos he had to edit and the time spent planning, he did such an amazing job hiding it all from me! He told me he would wake up early every day at like 5am to work on it, called in sick a few days, pretty much spent 2 months on that video gathering and editing it all up while he planned. Valentines Day in Korea had juuuuust passed and technically so had our Anniversary which I had been braced for something~ So when nothing happened I assumed we would be waiting till later in the year or next year even. To do this on the night of HIS party was a clever trick.
Everyone in the video is such a beautiful person, even if we are not so close to the point we know each others deepest secrets and all that~ I can say that that video is hands down filled with some of the NICEST and MOST TALENTED people around. I wish I could gush and just list everyone out, what they do, why they are amazing etc~ but its like 50+ people O_o so just believe me.
at the Sanrio Nerd party in LA 2010
“How to Train Your Dragon” Dreamworks Premier party in LA
Aside from just being amazing in general, everyone brings joy to others by being so talented or kind as well. We are all in the business to make people happy, with our art, acting, photography, or jobs as curators, coordinators, film makers, shop owners, etc~ In turn, that makes US happy. You can see it in everyone’s faces~ beautiful people inside and out who glow and want to make the world a brighter place. People I am so happy I got to meet or share a connection with….and even if we are not best friends, I feel like we are all from that same weird sparkle planet out in outer space and share a connection, you know? I’m pretty sure that planet also had Kittens and Pie.
at the Sanrio Nerd party in LA 2010
Thank you, you pretty people~ for taking the time to make a memory for Nara and I that we will treasure forever.
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Its a bit lonely here by myself with Nara away from my family and friends, so when I feel a little sad that I cant have the celebration dinner with everyone or prance around while people go “OMG lemme see the ring, OMG how does it feel?” I can just look at that video and its all I need to feel loved by Nara and by others ♥
This is the sort of blargh sap personal drabble that I roll my eyes at online, so I am going to try and make this a one post deal ok?? Nara had to answer some questions in an interview about how he came up with the idea~ So I’ll give his Q&A its own post next, but that’s it for sappy-sapness for now.
haha thank you everyone~ and I love you Nara, We have grown into adults together and I think we came out ok. Lets make even more memories and smile forever ♥ Keep those cupcakes coming.
♥ ♥ Article by 7×7 Bay area weddings with an interview ♥ ♥
♥ ♥ Beautiful Model& Photographer Irene Yuen (aka pretty umbrella lady) Blogged about this as well ♥ ♥
♥ ♥ One of my favorite blogs Drop Dead Kawaii does a post about this! ♥ ♥
♥ ♥ Icanhazcheezeburger network’s Weddinator makes a post about it! ♥ ♥
♥ ♥ Some love from the blog Cotton Candy Pirates ♥ ♥
♥ ♥ Fabsugar does a quick spot about us! aw we are stylish and cute? haha nah, just nerdy artists! ♥ ♥