BOTW: Marlene Martinez

Marlene Matinez

We had been dating for almost four years after meeting as servers at a restaurant. We were really good friends that spent a lot of time together on crazy adventures and were in denial about wanting to be anything more than friends (even though everyone else saw it). When I left to Mexico with my family for a week, I was unable to communicate with him and that is when we realized we wanted to be more than that. We missed each other. He asked me to be his girlfriend the day I got back. It has made our relationship so much stronger because we were already like best friends.

 On June 10, 2016 we were attending my cousin’s wedding that night, which meant my family would surround me. Luis, my fiancé, had taken the time to ask my father for my hand in marriage, which was so significant for me. I loved the fact that he followed that tradition for me. Since secrets are hard to keep in my big family, my older sister and mom found out about his plans to propose. However, that made it even more special because it meant that my sister was able to record the whole thing and give him advice.

We spent that night slow dancing at the wedding and I still remember Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” playing while we sang to each other. We swayed back and forth to the song and laughed because we messed up the lyrics and I have a less-than-perfect singing voice. That is one of the many things that I love about him, he can always make me laugh and feel so comfortable around him. I still remember all the sweet things he was whispering as we danced and how perfect it felt having him hold me so close. He makes me feel so special because I get to see the sweet and romantic side of him that he is too shy to show anyone else. That song still gives me goose bumps. It just reminds me of that special night. It reminds me that we are going to get our own wedding night. It was a significant night because we were there to witness the beginning of a marriage and it would also turn out to be our own engagement night. When we all got back to my apartment, he asked if we could take one more picture outside. I turned around to put my stuff down and when I turned back, he was down on one knee. My siblings were squealing as I stood there in disbelief. They were taking pictures and recording. He literally had to ask me three times because I was so shocked and just kept repeating “really?” I just could not believe it was finally the moment I had been dreaming about since I was a little girl. So many emotions rushed over me and I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so big in my life. Once I finally managed to say yes, he put the ring on my finger and hugged me tighter than he ever had as he told me how much he loved me. I was finally going to be able to spend the rest of my life with the man of my dreams. He has been my biggest supporter, the one to make me laugh, take care of me, and make me believe in myself. I can’t wait to marry him.