A Castle For The Princess

A Castle For The Princess

I (Carmen) was on CatholicMatch for about three years without much luck. I had met some fabulous gentlemen, but nothing other than friendships came into fruition. Then, on February 14, 2008, I got an email from a Jason. Instantly, when I pulled up his profile, I knew I was in trouble. He was cute. The thing that really drew my attention, however, was the introduction to his profile. He admitted that he was a nerd. Only someone with tons of confidence could say that. Also, it was what I wanted as well; I myself am a nerd. After talking with my mother about him, I paid for a subscription so I could converse with him.

All the messaging and phone calls got old after a few weeks. WE HAD TO MEET!!! So, with my parents in tow, I went down to Key West to meet him Easter weekend. It was when he walked through the door, and we hugged for the first time that I knew this was it.

The next twenty months were jam-packed with all manner of experiences for us; I got my first job, graduated grad school, moved into my first apartment, he moved up here and got a better job.

Then, on December 19, 2009, what I thought was a day trip to St. Augustine turned out to be the proposal!!! He proposed to me on the upper battlements of the Castillo de San Marco ("My princess deserves a castle for this moment" he told me) over looking one of my favorite spots on Earth.

Our Wedding will be on December 18, 2010.
~Carmen Espinosa (soon to be Oakes)


  1. This story is sooo sweet and the proposal sounds perfect! I'm so happy for both of you, congratulations!

  2. Amy-56598 February 15, 2010

    Wow!! God Bless you! May you have a wonderful engagement and life together!

  3. How romantic to get engaged at the Castillo! St. Augustine is simply breathtaking and the Castillo is so romantic. God bless you both!

  4. Lianna-1046399 February 8, 2014

    What an awesome proposal!

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