Proposing Marriage? Make An Offer She Can’t Refuse

I have a romantic story to tell. Which, I hope, will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling. Waaaay way back in the late summer of 2009, I proposed to my bride to be. Of course, there was always the possibility of a refusal, so I reached deep inside to my Italian heritage. Which means, inspired by Don Corleone from ‘The Godfather,’ I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse😊. In fact, I think I made an offer that no woman could refuse.

I had written a two-page poem for a proposal, but would that be enough? I needed a proper setting and some way to show off my culinary skills. The ring was still hidden in my luggage.

We planned a day trip to Blenheim Palace in Oxford Shire. Unbeknownst to her, but knownst* to me, she had provided me with the perfect setting for the scene. I put together a champagne picnic basket for the trip. Chicken salad sandwiches, Ham and cheese sandwiches, pasta salad, and other assorted goodies. She thought it was lunch, but I had the brimming confidence that within mere hours we would be celebrating our engagement. Her desire for me to experience the natural majesty of Blenheim Palace provided the right setting.


*Ruth and I are rabid fans of anything by Mel Brooks. ‘Knownst’ is from the opening of “Spaceballs” and a major scene from “History of the World” was filmed at Blenheim Place.


After parking, we strolled through the spacious secret gardens. A vast network of dirt paths, replete with statues, fountains, and a stunning variety of trees, flowers, and shrubs. I suggested she sit on a bench for a photo, but instead, I knelt in front of her and recited a lengthy proposal in iambic pentameter. After reciting the last poetic line, I pulled the ring from my pocket and held it in plain view. This was the moment. Would she accept the offer? She extended her hand with spread fingers. Halleluiah! I slipped diamond ring on her finger.


We “met” playing Lord of the Rings Online. Isn’t it fitting that I presented a ring to her in “The Shire?” After all, Oxford Shire was the influence for Tolkien when he created the Shire as a homeland for his Hobbitses.


Later we basked in each other’s glow on the great lawn as we noshed on the contents of the basket and popped open the champagne. After a long walk over bridges and around a small lake we returned to her home and called our moms.

Well Ladies, how did I do?

Tell me about your proposal

Ernesto San Giacomo is the author of “Storm of Divine Light

3 thoughts on “Proposing Marriage? Make An Offer She Can’t Refuse

  1. Oh my! I wondered if this was a new diagnosis? Anyways its funny that I’m stuck on the chicken salad. I’ve seen references to chicken salad in other romance stories (Blue Plate Mayo?) and I guess it’s a thing but I don’t really get it. Maybe the idea of you chopping pickles, egg, and maybe celery or almonds and then cleaning the dishes after or maybe is is nostalgia from another reference in literature. Anyways, my husband and I have the “Lord of the Rings” ringset, so I guess that’s a thing, too. For our proposal, he wrote me a few lines and had the server deliver that at the expensive Steakhouse we visited, Silver Fox in Ft. Worth, Texas and they comped the whole meal – woot! I think your romantic story is just perfect for a marriage proposal, the garden and the “Hobittses” and you know what else? We have lived a lot of life since those pre-vow days so I suspect you may be hiding an Anna Karenina in you today! Go ahead and release!

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