A Unexpected Surprise | Our Proposal Story

Our proposal story - Dimes and Donuts

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since Cameron and I got engaged already! Time really does fly when you’re having fun (it’s a proposal story post, I can add some cheese). Though we haven’t done much of anything planning wise, Cameron especially, I figured this would be the perfect time to share our proposal story here with you all.

I’ll start with a little background information about us and an accelerated version of our history. We met during our first semester of college after graduating high school. At the time, we went to the same small community college and apparently had many mutual friends since middle school but had yet to ever meet each other. One night I went out with some friends and by chance we ended up at a club I usually didn’t go to. Cameron happened to be at the same club so our mutual friends introduced us to each other. Fast forward a couple weeks, we met again, and one night I received a friend request on Facebook. Four years later here we are!

Me and Cameron in NYC - Dimes and Donuts

Cameron’s family, his mother especially, are all Disney obsessed. Cameron’s first Disney trip was in the womb and just about every single year afterwards. I never got to go visit Disney as a chid but always loved all things Disney. In 2012, I took my first trip to Walt Disney World with Cameron and his family. I cried tears of joy and had one of the best times of my entire life, as soon as I arrived I knew I’d be back again and again.

We had discussed wanting to take another Disney trip, maybe a family trip or maybe a trip for just the two of us. In November of 2013, Cameron’s mother began having some issues with her health which were found to be caused by a brain tumor a couple months later. With the diagnosis of a cancerous brain tumor we all focused our energy towards her well being and spending time with her. We had discussed that in the event of her passing we would make light of the situation and do things that would have made her happy.

Cameron’s mother lost her battle with cancer in January 2014. It was decided that she wanted us plan a trip to Disney World for the two of us after her passing. So we did just that.

Film Scan from 2012

May 25, 2014, we had just landed in Orlando, Florida. Though we were tired from traveling and had been up since about 3 am, we could not wait to get to our resort, race to the Magic Kingdom, and begin our week of fun!

We had two days planned at the Magic Kingdom during our stay, the day we arrived and later on in the week. We are huge planners and had our schedule with fast passes, dining reservations, etc down but had a bit of time to spare when we first arrived at the park. We hadn’t been to the Magic Kingdom since Storybook Circus had opened and I had been talking about meeting Minnie Magnifique at Pete’s Silly Sideshow since the second we booked the trip. (Never grow up!) So of course since we had some time to spare before our first fast pass time, I raced from the park entrance to the back towards Storybook Circus. Cameron had seemed nervous all day, taking quite a few bathroom trips (I’ll mention this again later), and seemed extra nervous since we had arrived at the park but I didn’t think anything of it.

While waiting in line to meet Minnie Magnifique we had discussed that I would go first so I could take a photo with her by myself. I got up to the front and walked up to Minnie, got a huge hug and began to turn around expecting to have my photo taken but what I was met with was Cameron on one knee!

Our Proposal Story - DimesandDonuts.com

Our  Proposal Story - DimesandDonuts.com

Our  Proposal Story - DimesandDonuts.com

Minnie also had me take a whole new round of photos with her!

I was so overwhelmed with emotions – as you can see in the photos haha! Even though close friends had been teasing that they had a feeling it was going to happen on this trip, I really wasn’t expecting to be proposed to! I love that we have photos because the whole moment is kind of a blur in my head since it all seemed to happen so quickly. Everyone behind us on line to meet the characters began cheering, clapping, and just overall bursting from happiness. I don’t believe I even ever gave Cameron an answer; just shockingly grabbed the ring, put it on, and then kissed him – a yes of sorts.

They allowed us to take a bunch more photos before leaving, both on my iPhone and the Disney PhotoPass photographers camera. They don’t have the best lighting inside but I have a billion awesome photos that I can treasure forever and I beyond grateful for that. Cameron had called ahead and planned the entire thing. I had unknowingly shaken up the plan by wanting to run to meet Minnie Magnifique first thing. Cameron’s bathroom trips had been to sneakily unpack the ring after traveling and to check for it to still be in his pocket. Thankfully Disney is super accommodating.

Our  Proposal Story - DimesandDonuts.com-2

The whole rest of the day was one to remember, other park guests who had witnessed the proposal were congratulating us throughout the day, my cheeks hurt from smiling, and I could not take my eyes off of my newly bling’ed out hand! I’m smiling just writing this post, thinking of our trip, and of all of our Disney trips to come.

118 days till the next one!
Hope you guys enjoyed our proposal story, thank you for reading.


  • http://coocooforcoco.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Awwww what a sweet story – getting engaged at the most magical place on Earth!!!


    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Colleen!! It definitely was magical! :)

  • Claire

    That is so cute!! I haven’t got the chance to visit Disneyland yet..
    Your face was glowing when you were hugging Minnie! and your nail arts. Guess you had lots of fun. <3 em!

    Love, Claire

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much Claire! It’s was loads of fun! I hope you get to visit Disney one day!

  • http://www.morningappleblog.com Morgan Apfel

    OMG that is hands down the best engagement story I’ve ever seen. Love it!!!!

    x. Morgan / http://www.morningappleblog.com

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Aw, thank you so much Morgan! :)

  • http://www.pinkonthecheek.com/ Lauren

    Seriously I feel like you are the East Coast version of me! I got engaged at Disneyland!!! Yeah – I was totally and completely surprised.

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Really!!? That’s so awesome!!

  • http://yourbeautyscript.com/ Josune

    Hi! Your story is really touching, I am sorry about your fiancés mothers passing, but I think what you guys did is beautifull! Myself am a huuuge fan of anything Disney (yes, we never grow up!) and went to disney land Paris 2 years ago, I hope I get to go to the one in Japan soon wich they say is amazing! :P it is really cute he proposed to you in front of Minnie and that everyone joined in with the emotion, your story is so
    Ps : the ring is beautiful!! ;)

    x Josune, Your Beauty Script ❤


    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you much for your kind words, Josune!! I am beyond jealous that you have been to Disneyland Paris! It is one of my dreams to visit, maybe for our honeymoon ;)

  • http://www.laurajaneatelier.com Laura Jane Atelier

    Awe this story is so magical! Congrats



    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Laura!

  • http://poshclassymom.com Sheree

    Awww so cute!! I’m sure it was an extra magical place for you now :)

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Sheree! It really is! :)

  • Tailored and true

    This is such a sweet story I just love it! And you two are such a cute couple! Happy Memorial Day!!


    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Aw, thank you so much Caitlin! That means a lot.

  • Carly

    Such a cute story! That photo of your ring in front of the Disney castle is so perfect. Every little girls dream….
    Dresses & Denim

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much Carly! :)

  • Yulia

    What a nice story, I really enjoyed reading it!:) Your boyfriend is so romantic. After my husband proposed, I also got an impression that everything went so quickly. I guess it’s always like that when caught by surprise:)


    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      I suppose that is true! Thank you Yulia! :)

  • http://www.violetroots.com Monika

    What a beautiful story! I’m super happy for the two of you and i’m sure his mother would be overjoyed with how the proposal happened!


    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much Monika! I’m sure she would be, I like to think she played a part in it :)

  • Zahra Suleman

    Aw congratulations!! Such a lovely proposal story :)


    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Zahra!

  • Nina

    How sweet is your story. Thanks for sharing. Wish you happiness. xx


    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much Nina!

  • jen avery

    Congrats, what a cute story!

    Style by Avery

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Jen!!

  • sweetsimpleday

    Love the story!! Such a beautiful proposal!!
    I really can tell how overwhelmed u were from the photos!! Happy moments. Thanks for sharing Christine!! Xoxo


    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much Joanne! :)

  • K.

    Aww this was such a touching story. And I can tell you were totally surprised because your face said it all girl lol. Beautiful. And don’t worry about planning anything. Do it at your own pace.

    Kia / House of KTS (formerly known as Pure & Complex)

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much K! I know right, lol! Thanks for the kind words, most people try to rush me into things.

  • http://eightshores.com/ Sharon @ eight shores

    this is such a happy post! this might be a year late – but congratulations! :) it’s such a beautiful proposal too. so happy for you xx

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much for your kind words Sharon!! :)

  • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

    Right!? :) Thank you Sybil!

  • Bohemian Wanderlust

    Thats such a sweet and lovely story! How magical! :) xx

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you! :)

  • Logan Cantrell

    AHH How exciting! This is so precious! I love your faces in all of the pics! BTW your nails are adorable! Congratulations! I can’t wait to follow your wedding planning journey!

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much Logan! It was a good thing I got my nails done ha!

  • http://www.theeverydaygrace.com Kristen

    This is so sweet! Congrats!!

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thanks Kristen!!

  • http://www.allthecute.com/ Amber | All the Cute

    What a lovely and special story… how fitting and truly thinking of love and family that the proposal took place at Disney World… I adore the photo of you with your Minnie Mouse nails!! And Minnie’s “face” (er, uh… gestures) when he was down on one knee. So darling!!

    All the Cute
    Latest Post: Little Red Dress

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you so much for your sweet words Amber! :)

  • Caroline Moses

    OMG that is the cutest story I’ve ever heard!!! (P.S. I also love your shorts!!)

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Caroline! They’re from J.Crew!

  • Valerie Hansen

    Awe this is so adorable and heart warming..your pictures are darling!

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Valerie! :)

  • Charlene Bullinger Asay

    I love hearing other people’s proposal stories. So sweet!

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Me too! Thanks Charlene! :)

  • http://goodjobmomma.blogspot.com Erica Jenkins

    This is an beautiful story! and how great are those pictures! The surprise on your face is priceless!!

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Haha yes and a little crazy! Thank you Erica!

  • http://www.wishesandreality.com/ Heidi D.

    Such a sweet story! Wishing you many years of happiness!

    Wishes & Reality

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Heidi! :)

  • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

    Thank you so much Kym! :)

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    This is such a beautiful story Christine!! Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you :). What the perfect place to be proposed to at, so romantic and magical!! :)

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you for your sweet words Harriet! :)

  • http://www.tender-roots.com/ Yelle

    i am such a sucker for a good proposal story (no wonder i am in the event/wedding business). super sweet story!!!

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Yelle! I am too and I’m not even in the wedding business :)

  • Debi Robarts

    Oh my gosh I love this! Your story sounds a lot like mine. :) I have been a HUGE Disney fan all my life but never went til 2012. Now I’m obsessed; I’ve gone to Disneyland 7 times now. Not WDW yet but hopefully soon. This past weekend my boyfriend and I went to DL to celebrate the 60th anniversary – and he proposed! I was shocked, happy, excited, amazed. It’s the best place to get engaged! Congrats!!

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you Debi! That’s too funny, congratulations to you as well! :)

  • http://www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com/ Abby

    Awww, thank you for sharing this story. I just got engaged early this year and these stories always make me melt :) Gorgeous ring!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      Thank you and me too! I loving hearing proposal stories. Congratulations to you as well, Abby!

  • http://www.allthatshines.net/ Phoebe Marshall

    That is such a beautiful and sweet story. And the photos are amazing – you look so truly happy and shocked at the same time! Thank you for sharing :)

    • http://DimesandDonuts.com Christine

      You’re too sweet, thank you for your kind words Phoebe! :)