Strawberry Fields: Our Dreamy New York City Engagement

In July of last year, Mr. Wallaby and I decided to plan a getaway for New Year’s. Since New Orleans, we hadn’t traveled out-of-state together, and we wanted to take a mini-cation to somewhere romantic. We brainstormed potential (domestic) travel destinations and settled on NYC, knowing that the Christmas decorations would still be up over New Year’s, and there would be no shortage of energy and excitement that time of year. Also, flights were pretty cheap since we were booking in July. Score!

Flash forward to last December. We arrived in New York without a hitch. Mr. Wallaby and I followed the ambitious itinerary I had planned to a T. We picked up some macarons at Lauduree and had breakfast at Tiffany’s; we took in some exhibitions at the MoMA and the Met; and we did our fair share of people watching all over Manhattan. To celebrate New Year’s Eve, we got tickets to a penthouse party at a swanky hotel in Hell’s Kitchen. We put on our finest and for a night got to pretend that we were posh city-goers having a night on the town. (At least, we thought we were pretty cool!)

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Freezing our tails off at the Top of the Rock…yet 100% happy and in love / Personal photo

The next morning, New Year’s day, we bundled up and ventured outside. Our hotel was a block from Central Park West, and after grabbing some coffee and pastries from Zabar’s, we started our trek across Central Park. At the recommendation of some friends, we were planning to attend a gospel service at Brooklyn Tabernacle, so I was in a bit of a hurry to get to the subway station to catch the train to Brooklyn. Mr. Wallaby was being resistant, and he seemed a little moody—I thought maybe he hadn’t eaten enough pastries for breakfast. He announced that he wanted to see Strawberry Fields, and like two tourists with no sense of direction, we began wandering around Central Park searching for Strawberry Fields. Mr. W occasionally listens to the Beatles, and someone once gave him a Beatles T-shirt as a gift, but I was slightly surprised that he was so adamant about getting to Strawberry Fields.

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A sunny, crisp morning in Central Park / Personal picture

Once we arrived at the iconic “Imagine” mosaic, we were swarmed by tourists. (Really? At 9 AM on New Year’s day?) Mr. W was disappointed that the area was so crowded, so he pulled me aside and sat down next to me on a big boulder behind the privacy of some trees. After a couple minutes of small talk, he began reflecting on our relationship and telling me about everything he loves about me. The words were coming out a mile a minute, and just as I figured out what he was doing, he got down on one knee and proposed. I said YES! But poor Mr. W was so nervous that he doesn’t remember a word that either of us said. We kissed, and then we heard clapping from nearby…a small crowd of tourists passing by had noticed what was going on and stopped to watch! One of them gratuitously borrowed our camera and took some photos of Mr. W re-enacting the proposal, and gave us her best wishes for a happy marriage.

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Mr. W proposing in Central Park—swoooon / Personal picture

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Right after Mr. W “engaged” me. Sorry for the ghostly complexions—it was January, after all! / Personal photo

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Sheer joy / Personal picture

The rest of the day was a blur. We walked around Central Park for a long time, basking in happiness and enjoying the time together alone. Eventually we called our families and told them the great news. By evening we were famished and worn out from a long emotional day, but we wanted to go somewhere special for dinner to celebrate the occasion. Through some Yelp searching but more from sheer randomness and luck, we found a restaurant just two blocks from our hotel that had opened a week before. We shared our first meal as fiance and fiancee at Caffe Storico. It might have been the excitement of the day, but let me tell you, I have never had a better Italian meal!

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Caffe Storico / Photo via nyhistory.org

Did your engagement take place in another city? Did you tell your families right away, or did you spend some time alone before sharing the news?

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Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 10:05 am

    We got engaged four wheeling out at an ATV park. He got us “stuck” in a big mud puddle. After a few attempts of trying to get us “unstuck” he got off the four wheeler and told me that we would have to get off so they could pull the four wheeler out. Once he got me up, he got down on one knee in the water and proposed.

    :) We are a little redneck but it was totally us and I loved it.

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    jennyDtobe 222 posts, Helper bee @ 10:09 am

    Great story :) We were engaged on Virginia Beach and a passerby also had us reenact our engagement so we have pictures of it!

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    glasgowbound 2642 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:17 am

    We got engaged in NYC as well!! He took me to Fort Tyron park to the heather garden – my name is Heather and he is from Scotland so it was perfect :)

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    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:37 am

    As a HUGE HUGE HUGE Beatles fan, I am incredibly jealous of his choice of proposal sites! Of course I love how Mr. O proposed but that is just amazing! :) Love the story – and love that you have photos from a kind tourist!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:49 am

    i love that there was a little audience – those pics are great!

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    mswallaby 2061 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:25 am

    @krislynn_sd: That’s so sweet!!! I love that story!
    @jennyDtobe: I’ve heard Virginia Beach is beautiful, I’ll have to go there sometime. It’s nice to get some engagement photos, I look at ours every once in awhile when I’m feeling nostalgic ;)
    @Glasgowbound: Awwww
    @Miss Otter: I love the Beatles too! Our recessional might be “Here Comes the Sun”! And we have a lot of Beatles songs on the playlist. I’ll blog about our playlist soon :)
    @Miss Gray Wolf: Thanks! It was odd but kind of sweet. Definitely better than a huge crowd, Mr. W was so nervous that I think the applause was well deserved.

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:31 am

    Zabars has great stuff! I miss living right down the street. ;(

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:01 pm

    aww That’s so sweet!

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 12:36 pm

    Awww, that’s so cute! Love that the random tourists took pictures for you. So sweet.

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    ginnwitt 213 posts, Helper bee @ 12:46 pm

    It really is a cute story…My FI propsed when we were at a motorcycle rally in Lake George, on a cliff at one of our stops halfway through the week..

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:49 pm

    What a great story!

    We got engaged on a trip to Boston. Our hotel had a great view of the Back Bay and he proposed in our room overlooking the view. We took the night to enjoy our engagement and the next day started calling family and friends.

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    MsMagtoMrsK 52 posts, Worker bee @ 2:08 pm

    I got engaged in NYC just before Christmas. The best part was our aimless wandering through Central Park after the proposal! Glad the Weather was so nice for you too!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 3:14 pm

    I always dreamed of an NYC proposal. Adorable story and lucky you for having some passerby take a photo!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:53 pm

    What a perfect engagement story! The photos are so precious, you are just glowing!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:15 pm

    Lovely story! Congrats and welcome Miss Wallaby!

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    mswallaby 2061 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:43 am

    @Mrs. Bracelet: Lucky you for living so close to Zabars!! I’ve been loving their chocolate babka bread since I was a little girl.
    @ginnwitt: Aww that’s so sweet!! I love Lake George, my family used to vacation there every summer.
    @Ms_Maple: Wowww that sounds beautiful, I hope you got some pictures to remember that moment (and the view!)
    @MsMagtoMrsK: NYC engagement twins!! ;) Central Park is definitely a romantic place, especially in the winter.
    @ChicagoDreamer: @Mrs. Pony: @Miss Sword: Thanks guys! :)

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:06 pm

    Awwww, I love engagement stories! Yours is such a classic and romantic one too. We did get engaged in the middle of a Philadelphia park so I guess it counts as out-of-town. We relished keeping the news to ourselves for awhile.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:09 am

    AWWWW So cute! What a romantic place to get married!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:09 am

    Whoops, I meant engaged!

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