Dax reminisces, “As I was looking at rings and talking to salespeople, I would catch myself daydreaming of ideas on how to propose to her. How do I tell the most amazing person in the world that I want to spend the rest of my life with her? We both love to laugh so do I make it fun and a little silly? Should I get a big group of our friends & family together and surprise her in front of them? Or maybe a trip somewhere outdoors and romantic like on our trip to West Texas? One thing was certain, I wanted it to be a moment that was genuine, heartfelt, and a memory we would both cherish in our own ways.
After a lot of searching, I finally found the ring (thanks Lee Michaels!), and my proposal ideas started to get much clearer. I knew that I wanted it to be a special moment for the two of us with just a friend or two there to help us capture it. Downtown San Antonio and Southtown are places we loved to explore while dating (and today as well), so I now had an idea of the location to propose and all that was missing was the date. The holidays were coming up and all I could think about was how I didn’t want even a minute of 2020 to pass without Yumi knowing how much I truly love her and that, if she would have me, I would be blessed to spend the rest of my life with her. And that sealed it…I would propose exactly at midnight on New Year’s Eve somewhere downtown under a fireworks-filled night sky and hope for a resounding yes.
Now that I had the plan, it was time to figure out how to make it happen! Thankfully, our amazing friends, Diana (our officiant) and Andrew stepped in with a huge assist on this and helped me figure out a way to execute the whole thing. They invited us to a small NYE party at their friend’s home in Southtown which would put us exactly where we needed to be that night. Andrew even scouted out a fantastic little spot at a bridge over the San Antonio River near Blue Star that had an awesome view of the fireworks at the Tower of the Americas. I was a bundle of nervous energy all day and just too excited about the moment. About 20 minutes till midnight, we finally convinced Yumi to go check out the spot that Andrew was telling us about for fireworks viewing…she still had no idea! We hustled out the door and started walking down the river. An app was counting down to midnight for us and people were starting to come out to their balconies to watch the fireworks. As the clock struck 12:00 am, I turned to Yumi and gave her the greatest hug I’ve ever given in my life and I started to tell her everything that she has meant to me. Fireworks blasted around us, people were cheering like crazy but for me, the world just slowed down and melted away as I looked into her eyes. I got down on one knee and asked her to be my wife. With a huge yes and even bigger kiss, we sealed the deal. I slipped the ring on her finger and soaked in every second of the moments afterward as we looked up and watched the fireworks together.”