February 9, 2012
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Mary 2
A Marriage Proposal for Mary Aboard the Queen Mary 2
Let me set the stage. Guerry & I had been dating for over 5 years and had discussed marriage on several occasions, but had not set the date. We just had not made it a priority! Well, Guerry decided to take matters into his own hands and make it happen. First, Guerry bought the rings in December 2006 knowing we had this once-in-a-life-time cruise planned for April 2007. Then, he needed a plan to get the ring on the ship without me or nosey customs agents’ knowledge. That would blow his surprise. Finally, where and how does he make this special? His options were either on the high seas in the Caribbean or on top of the Empire State Building in NYC, at the end of the cruise. Here’s what happened:
We set sail on our magical voyage April 2, 2007 from Fort Lauderdale to Bonaire, Grenada, and St. Kitts returning to NYC on April 9th.
Little did I know that on Sunday April 8th,my fantasy was about to begin. The Masquerade Ball was this evening’s premier event; it was also the last formal night aboard the ship. We had dinner with our usual group then headed to the Grand Ball Room. The room was packed. As we entered, there was a professional dance couple performing that reminded me of Dancing with the Stars. As we found a table and ordered drinks, I heard my name announced by the Cruise Director. She was asking me to join her on the dance floor. (I’m thinking, she can’t be paging me, I can’t dance like that!) She called my name a second time. Guerry then encouraged me to go see what she wanted. So I nervously headed out onto the dance floor. She greeted me and inquired if I was traveling with anyone special? I replied, “Yes”. She continued with the inquisition by asking whom I was traveling with? I told her “Guerry”, she promptly invited him to join us. As he approached, she handed the microphone to him. Guerry took my hand, turned and introduced us to the audience, which were approximately 1200 strong. He began to tell “our story”. Guerry informs everyone who we are and where we are from. He then explains, we have loved each other for a very long time and have always had a tradition of signing our cards to each other with the phrase “Love for a lifetime”. He goes on to say that he has come here tonight to take care of some business. Guerry reveals that he has a ring in his pocket. The crowd in unison sighs “awwww”. Guerry explains that he wanted to make this special and was trying to decide when and where to propose. He was torn between proposing aboard the QM2 or at the top of the Empire State Building, since we love NYC. Guerry announced that we were having such a wonderful time aboard the QM2 that the location was no longer in question. He had decided to propose “TONIGHT”! With all eyes on us, you could feel the crowd’s anticipation swell. Next thing I knew, Guerry was down on one knee with the ring he had hidden in his jacket. The lights were dimmed and as Guerry opens the jewelry box a small light shines on the ring, prompting another “awwww” from the packed ballroom. Then he looks up at me and asks me to make him the happiest man in the world and would I marry him? As you can imagine, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I was overcome with emotion but was able to nod, “YES” to Guerry. He jumps up and exclaims, “She said YES!!” Immediately everyone irrupted into applause, the orchestra began to play as Guerry slipped the ring on my finger. Cameras were flashing all around the ballroom as if we were on Hollywood’s red carpet. We were presented with a bottle of champagne and had our first dance as an engaged couple. I truly felt like a princess………maybe even a Queen!
Little did I know until later, that each afternoon while I was napping Guerry would slip out and meet with the Cruise Director to plan every aspect of the evening. By the way, he had hidden the ring in the toe of his shoe. I was totally blown away as I didn’t know he had purchased a ring. We were like celebrities after that. No matter where we went on board the ship, people would come up and ask if we were “the couple” that got engaged at the Masquerade Ball. Luckily, one of the couples we had met on the excursion in Grenada was there and realized something special was about to happen so they recorded it. We were thrilled!
We have shared our story with family and friends and they all said it had to be the most romantic proposal, ever!
Guerry and I were married in August in a small family wedding in Edmond.
The contest closes on 12 February and our readers can vote for Mary and Guerry here: http://naifehfinejewelry.com/mary-moore
Thank you both for sharing your story, good luck from all of us!