She sat in her car in the parking lot of the restaurant, refusing to go inside. It would be the first time that she met Rex in person. They had met and chatted online for a couple of months already, but taking the step to meet a man she had only spoke to on the internet was huge for Stephanie. She had never dated online; much less taken an online relationship to this step. After already being forty minutes late toiling away in her car, she received a text message from Rex that said, “Hey, I’m the guy at the bar in the gold MC Hammer pants.” With that, Stephanie bursted into laughter, and went inside to have some hammer-time with this new man who made her feel completely at ease. They closed down the restaurant that night, and quickly made plans for the following week.
The weeks progressed into months, and both Stephanie and Rex were falling for one another. Stephanie made a huge step in her life to quit her 8-year-long job with Disney where she worked as Disney’s Princess Tiana, and to follow her heart in both a personal and professional capacity. She moved out of her parents house for the first time in her life, and into the arms of her boyfriend… all while deciding to fully dive into her dreams of becoming and actor. She was hesitant, of course, but Rex had made sure to let Steph know that he was there for her. He was her support, and she was his. They were partners now, and they would continue to be each other’s safety nets. It was Easter morning when Stephanie was woken up by Rex. Rex was more excited than usual, and had his camera out to record the morning activities. After telling Steph how much he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, Rex told Stephanie that there was an Easter egg hunt set up for her in the living room, and that she needed to find the golden egg. Stephanie JUST KNEW that the golden egg held a diamond. She searched frantically for the ring. Laughing and giggling with Rex the entire time. All the while Rex is yelling, “You have to find the golden egg, it is the most special one!” Stephanie looked down at her precious pup and thinks that this is it!!! Their family begins today!! She finds the golden egg, opens the plastic sides with excitement… and there it was… a beautiful, sparkling… Alf pin.
Stephanie keeps an excited face, and actually laughs at the moment that just unfolded. Rex is elated!! He loves the Alf pin and thinks that Steph will be stoked about it too… he’s completely oblivious to what had been going through Steph’s head. (And she didn’t tell him about it until a year and half later… at which time he BURST into laughter!)
The real proposal happened in the Dominican Republic. Rex procured a night at a gorgeous resort complete with the couple having their own bungalow and private pool. They ate at a delicious restaurant that was so beautiful it moved Stephanie to tears… or maybe that was just the tequila shots talking… but nonetheless… she felt that everything in her life was perfect right in that moment. After a wonderful meal, they headed back to their bungalow where upon their entrance the lights were dimmed. Candles were lit across every inch of the space while the song ‘I Choose You’ played softly in the background.
My whole heart…Will be yours forever… This is a beautiful start… To a lifelong love letter… Tell the world that we finally got it all right… I choose… You… I will become yours and you will become mine… I choose… You…. I choose…..You
Don’t ask her what Rex said to her that night because her none of her senses were working at that point, but either way, she said yes… and now they will walk together for the rest of their lives, constantly being one another’s safety net.