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A Disney Engagement Straight from the Storybook

Engaged in NC? So is this Mountain Couple, who had a Magical Proposal aboard Disney Cruise Line

By Emma Claire Henderson

Did you think your boyfriend would be able to pull off a surprise proposal? Yeah, neither did I, until my fiancé planned the perfect proposal that combined our love for Disney and our love for each other aboard the “most magical place at sea”. While we may have gotten engaged on the water, we soon returned home and were overwhelmed by all the important decisions we had to make as a couple newly engaged in NC.

Kameron and I met in Rosman, North Carolina when I was a freshman in high school. After playing love interests in our high school play, it wasn’t long before we knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. 

As we entered our college experiences at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State, the question became when and where? We had talked about marriage and even looked at rings, but as the planner in our relationship, I knew that there was no way that Kameron was going to be able to surprise me with a proposal. Looking back at it now, I’m glad that I was wrong.

Just when I thought Disney couldn’t get any more magical, Kameron threw in a proposal! Keep scrolling to find out how we combined fairytale magic with a proposal and how we felt returning to NC as an engaged couple. Read all the way to the end to find out how Heart of NC Weddings can help you out when planning your own day!

Engaged in NC: A Surprise Proposal fit for a Princess

What I didn’t know, when we boarded a Disney Cruise in May of 2019, was that Kameron had purchased my engagement ring in November of the year before and to my surprise, had planned on proposing to me during that trip.  

May 26 was a Sunday, the plan was to spend the day at sea as we traveled to Jamaica, but Kameron and I had decided to treat ourselves and attend a fancy brunch at a restaurant onboard, Palo. 

Now, we aren’t typically the type of people to spend a bunch of money on a date. Usually, we would have just curled up on the couch with take-out and a movie, but today was a special occasion, even though I had no idea how special it was actually going to be.

After leaving our amazing brunch date, I had tunnel vision for the stateroom, ready to take off my fancy dress, which was required in the semi-formal restaurant. We ran into my parents in the atrium, and my mom was eager to take some photos of the two of us. 

It took some convincing to slow me down to take a couple of pictures. I wasn’t crazy about taking an obsessive amount of photos anyway, but, by the persuading of Kameron and my mom, I obliged. 

Our photo background was beautiful, a mosaic pieced together to depict Cinderella’s carriage. You would think that by now, I would have noticed the little signs that a proposal was coming, but when Kameron got down on one knee in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Cuba and asked me to be his forever, I was shocked. 

Completely stunned, I remember looking down at the man who I had loved for so long on one knee in front of me, and while I had clearly not given him an answer (poor guy), he looked at me again and said, “Emma, are you going to marry me or what?”

I laughed before answering, “Um, yeah!”, and as cheesy as it all seemed, it was perfect, because it was the depiction of us. 

The coolest thing was–especially if you’re a Disney nerd like me, was that after I said yes, Pluto ran up to Kameron and gave him a high-five. I mean, who can say that they were high-fived by Pluto after getting engaged?

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Engaged in NC! Now What?

Since we were out of the country, we chose to wait to tell everyone about our engagement until we arrived back in our hometown of Brevard, North Carolina a week later, which gave us six whole days to enjoy the newness of being engaged in NC. 

 After we disembarked and left the magical week behind, going back home to North Carolina was a whirlwind of emotions. Suddenly we were faced with all these questions about a venue, and catering, and wedding florals. We knew we wanted a long engagement, but we also didn’t want to wait to make the big decisions about our perfect day. 

However, none of the stress of those thoughts matched the pandemic related questions we soon faced as 2020 changed our world. As everything changed, we were left with our heads in our hands trying to determine what the world was going to be like on our big day. 

If you’re anything like me, a bride living through COVID-19, you’re probably overwhelmed with tons of questions. You may be wondering who to call or what to do, and you may just need a little help along the way! If so, let Heart of NC Weddings help you out. Heart of NC Weddings can:

  • Provide you with a HUGE list of local NC wedding vendors. From NC wedding venues to catering, to finding your perfect dress, Heart of NC Weddings has all the information you’ll need to pick the perfect team for your big day.
  • Remind you that there are other brides out there going through the exact same thing! With a blog full of tips and tricks, you can be assured you’ll know exactly how to plan your dream wedding.
  • Help you plan a COVID-19 wedding! In a world where everything changes, tips, and tricks on how to manage the pandemic during your big day is a lifesaver.
  • Tell you about all the NC Wedding Showcases and Events so you can meet different vendors and tour venues yourself!

If you’re lucky, you may just find your perfect wedding venue on Heart of NC Weddings like we did! We chose Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure for our September wedding. Check out the beautiful venue here!

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Photos by Mustard Seed Photography at Black Balsam Knob in Pisgah National Forest.

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