Our engagement!

Posted in All the details at 1:09 am by Nora

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August 6, 2005 - It was the best day of my life!! Julio, being the sweetest, most romantic man planned a surprise weekend and a surprise proposal. My parents were in town to visit for Cardinals games and to hang out with us and they didn’t know anything was going on until Friday night. Julio picked them up from the hotel and had about 45 minutes to ask their permission to ask me to marry him and to let them in on his plan. He dropped them off at my work where we met to go to the Cardinals game. He told me he couldn’t come with us to the game because he had to do a shift at one of the free chiropractic clinics (found out later that they don’t have Friday night shifts, but it was all part of the plan!) 

So, my parents and I went to the game and on Saturday went to the Arch. Again, Julio had “plans”  and wanted me to spend time with my parents. So, we had a great afternoon and planned to meet up with Julio for dinner. He called two or three times to see what time we were getting back and could we do dinner earlier. We were planning to go to Cunnetto’s and had told some of our friends. Julio wanted us there earlier than planned, so my mom took a record fast shower at the hotel and got ready to go to dinner.

We headed to our apartment and I walked in the bedroom to put my stuff away and much to my surprise, found Julio’s parents and brothers there! I was like, what are you doing here? They said for my birthday, which was a few days before. I thought, how fun! Then we were all in the living room and Julio grabbed my hand and pulled me to him in front of everyone. It was all quiet and he said, “Baby,” and I started bawling. That’s all he had to say and the way he said it, I knew what was coming next. I had no idea he had been planning all of this and was so surprised! He said, “Baby, these three and a half years have been the best years of my life. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Nora Elizabeth Conroy, will you marry me?” He was on his knee and I of course said yes!!! I was crying and hugging him. My parents and his family were all watching and taking pictures. It was amazing.

We all went out to Macaroni Grill for dinner and then Julio and his family had drinks, snacks and champagne ready to go in coolers at the apartment. Julio told all of our friends the plan so they all came over after dinner to celebrate. It was so much fun!!! It was so perfect to be able to have a celebration with our friends and family that night. Our parents had a great time meeting everyone and our friends made it so much fun!

Julio planned the whole surprise weekend! He couldn’t come to the Cardinals game because he was with his parents and he didn’t come to the Arch on Saturday because he was getting everything ready for that night. He got the ring the previous weekend when he got out of his weekend class early. He told me he was still in class but actually got out early and went with Crown to pick out my ring.

He is so amazingly good and always pulls off exciting surprises!!! It was a perfect engagement!


  1. Danaly Larriviere said,

    February 8, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    I am so excited for you both! Nora you are in such good hands - you are truly marrying one of the sweetest man I know. Although I use to smack my cousin Julito around when we were little it was all love….right Julio :)
    Julio is a very smart boy so I know that he chose the perfect companion to spend the rest of his life with. I regret the fact that I will not be able to share such a special day due to another commitment. However, I will be there in spirit with a sangria on my hand, cheering you guys on as you become hubbie and wifie.

    I wish you all the HAPPINESS, LOVE, HEALTH, AND PEACE in the world!!!



  2. Ann said,

    February 8, 2006 at 2:22 pm


    Nora, I have been waiting for this since our old days riding around durham chasing boys. I have to say, after miles and miles of road, you definitely found a winner. Julio, I know I have only met you once, but I can tell you are going to be an amazing husband for Nora. She deserves the best and I am positive she found it. If you love her even half as much as she loves you, you guys will have a great life together.

    I can’t wait to come celebrate with you!! It will be so much fun!

    Now, put your registry up so I can buy you a crockpot already!!!

    Ann :-)

  3. Allison said,

    February 8, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    I’m getting so excited for y’all and the wedding, I know it’s going to be a blast and couldn’t be more happy for any other couple… (Well, Colleen and Corey are up there with y’all. ;) ) Love you guys see you soon!!! ~me

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