July 19 2009: An early morning engagement

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I have been asked by many people for the story our engagement, so here we go πŸ™‚

I had bought the ring here in Canada after doing some exhaustive research to find exactly the right one. My intention was to keep it with me throughout our trip to Europe and wait for just the right moment to ask the big question. During the evening of the 18th (Nasi’s wedding), I got the feeling that this would be a great place to propose, with many of Desi’s friends around. As the evening was winding down, I told Desi to call over Nasi because there was something that I wanted to give to Desi and I wanted her to see it. πŸ™‚

Shortly after Nasi arrived at our table, the DJ announced that Nasi will have to go and throw the flower bouquet, not giving me enough time to say what I wanted to, so I waited. After this, the reception quickly drew to a close without giving me another chance to propose. Not exactly what I had planned for, and now Desi knew that I was planning something (and knew what it was – it could only be one thing) so later that evening we had a nice romantic talk and I proposed to her in the home she grew up in somewhere between 1-2am on the 19th. The answer was a resounding “yes” and we celebrated with a glass of rose wine we bought at Balchik Palace. I called a few people to let them know the good news just before we fell asleep, and Desi did the same. It was a wonderful end to a wonderful day, in so many ways. Definitely one of the most memorable days in my life so far, and I’m very proud to call Desi my fiancΓ©. πŸ™‚

To say it was one of the happiest moments of my life would be an understatement. To travel across Europe with Desi as my fiancΓ© brought that happiest up even farther. I also really appreciate all of the congratulations and support that everyone has given us, it is truly remarkable. A really big thank-you to everyone!

So after a nice restful sleep, we started our day. We visited Desi’s grandmother’s grave in the morning, which was a very sombre moment. She had passed on earlier this year, so Desi, her aunt and I all went to pay our respects. Afterwards, we brought Desi’s grandfather to her aunt’s place for lunch and we had some great conversations and laughs over a great meal. Desi’s family is very warm and welcoming, I enjoyed every minute we spent with them!

Also worth showing here is one of Desi’s paintings that her aunt has in her kitchen. This is probably my favourite painting that Desi has made, and I will be making a copy for us to have here in Canada:

Desi’s aunt was kind enough to drive us to the bus station to help us arrange our travel from Varna to Bucharest, from where we could use our Eurail train passes. After that, Desi and I walked around town for a while and had a delicious dinner at a salad place called “Godzilla”, we ordered a salad and a pizza and shared them both. On our way home, Desi showed me a small area of town that had some small amusement park rides, and we decided to try the bumper cars. I hadn’t been on bumper cars in many years, and the experience brought out some childhood thrills that I loved. Another great end to a great day πŸ™‚

Oh, and here a few pics from the 18th that didn’t have to do directly with the wedding, but I thought would be interesting to share none-the-less:


  1. Desi
    August 20th, 2009 | 8:06 am

    I love you too sweetheart!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Diane Enns
    August 20th, 2009 | 10:51 pm

    Wow I am going to be a mother in law and Walter a father in law…we could not be more proud.

    What a charming marriage proposal, so thrilled that you said yes Desi. Your ring is stunning and completely beautiful as you are.

    Great painting Desi…I also love your signature!!!

    Love Mom and Walter

  3. Desi
    August 21st, 2009 | 8:58 am

    Hi Diane and Walter,

    If I was there when seeing what you wrote, I would have given you the biggest hugs ever. I could not be happier to be in a family where I feel so welcomed. Your kind words mean a lot to me and also your support is always very appreciated. I am extremely happy to have found Donny because he is very special and is more than a dream come true! Thank you for always making me feel so special as well.

    Love you and see you soon!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Alyson
    September 8th, 2009 | 8:51 am

    Congratulations guys!!! A moment you will remember always. And there will be many more “best days of your lives” to come πŸ™‚

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