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By: Falen Bonsett and Paul (Meatsauce) Lambert | Posted: 02/18/2014
Editor's Note: Altar-bound couple Falen Bonsett and Paul (Meatsauce) Lambert are both local radio morning show personalities. On either's show the topic of their relationship is far from off-limits, but seeing as Meatsauce's show (KFAN's The Power Trip) is primarily guys talking sports and Falen's (KDWB's The Dave Ryan Show) skews to the female demographic, depending on which you listen to, you're really only getting half the story. We thought we'd let them tell you the rest . . . he said/ she said style.
The Engagement Story: Falen's Version
I tell people I knew I was going to marry Paul after our first date. That didn't and hasn't changed. I also knew we'd probably get engaged pretty fast, and we did right before our one-year anniversary.
At some point I told Paul to please never propose to me on a holiday or anniversary. Haha, so he did it the day before our anniversary. I knew it was going to happen because Paul CAN'T keep secrets. He even gave me my Christmas gift a month early.
Here's how bad he is at keeping secrets: I will ask something simple like, "Where are you?" He could easily say he's at work or whatever, but instead, he'll say, "It's a secret. I can't tell you." During the ring-buying process I would ask to use his iPad, and he'd tell me he had to delete some "secret e-mails" first. He also told me we had BIG plans the night before our anniversary. He was in a wedding on our actual anniversary, but I was certain it was going to happen.
On July 19, he took me to my favorite place and we ate like kings (and by that, I mean we ate more than any two people ever should—something we do on the regular). He wouldn't tell me where we were going next, but as we came up on the Stone Arch Bridge, I knew that's where he was going to do it. We went there on our first date and I assumed there would be some grandiose thing set up.
We parked, and I saw him reaching in the back, so I hopped out so he could grab what I assumed was the ring. I was my delightful self as always asking how far we had to go because it was hot. We took one step on the bridge, and Paul told me to look at the sunset. Again, being charming, I pointed out that there wasn't a sunset.
He yelled my name so loud he scared the crap out of me, and before I knew it he was on one knee. I quickly said yes and told him to get up. I did not want everyone around to see what was going on (my nightmare is a public proposal). It was probably the world's fastest proposal, and it wasn't what I was expecting (I think I imagined a Kim/Kanye type of proposal). However, it was perfect for us, and the ring was perfect too!
The Engagment Story: Meastauce's Version
In trying to figure out the best time to propose to Falen, I thought I’d do it when we went on vacation, but we had nothing on the books. And with her telling me in passing 'don’t propose to me on a holiday or my birthday,' my brain and I started to come up with a plan . . . our anniversary.
We had a wedding up north to go on our actual anniverstary, so that was out of the picture. Regardless, I reached out to Paul Allen about acquiring a ring and he sent me to the right place.
With Continental Diamond being right downstairs from where Falen and I worked, I had to be pretty stealthy to not be seen by our coworkers. That was the easy part. The tough part was getting the best ring. That said, they took great care of me and I was all set with that.
Since we had the wedding on our actual anniversary, I decided I'd propose the day before. I told Falen we'd go to dinner on the July 19 for our anniversary since we'd be out of town on the July 20. I called Blue Point, made the reservations, and came up with the actual proposal plan.
I decided I'd take her to the Stone Arch Bridge because, a I mentioned previously, we went there on our first date.
The day before, I was so neverous and worried about everything: the weather, that she’d be tired after dinner and want to go home. Well, the day came and it was going smoothly. That is until, on our way to the restaurant, her friend Abby called her and their conversation basically ended with “I think he's proposing to you.”
In my head I’m screaming, "SHUT UP, ABBY!!", even though she didn’t know that was my plan. We went to dinner and the nerves set in. I was so nervous I ordered a lobster roll, which I thought it was a sushi roll but turned out to be a sandwich. When the food came, instead of complaining and showing my nerves I inhaled the sandwich . . . and it was time.
We got in the car and lucky for me I don’t think she knew where we were going. We drove around looking for a parking spot at the Stone Arch Bridge and found one. She got out I reached in the back seat and it was on. I had the ring in my back pocket and was being careful not to walk in front of her so she would see it. As we got to the bridge, she asked how far are we going to walk.
I said, “Until we see the sunset.”
My knees were getting weak and palms on fire.
“There is no sunset." she said.
“Yes, there is it's right over there," I said.
That was what I needed. She turned around to look. I felt like I was going to pass out.
"FALEN," She turned around and I said, “Will you marry me?”
She said, "Yes, but get up, people are watching."
I admit I have a great life and that was the best moment of it. The most beautiful woman in the world said she would be my wife! She’s my best friend.
Read about how they met . . .
Carly is manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C. See her engagement story.
Vanessa is creative director and co-founder at Bow & Arrow Magazine. See her engagement story.
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