March 22, 2018. It was the perfect day. We were visiting Sevilla, Spain for the first time and after breakfast set out to explore the city. Having never been to Spain, we didn’t really know what to expect and to be honest, we didn’t do much research. Our gracious Airbnb host supplied us with a tourism map of the city with major landmarks and attractions marked — but even exploring the city with map in-hand, we found ourselves overwhelmed by Seville’s charm.
“That’s gorgeous, that has to be the Palacio De… Oh, nope. That’s just another apartment building.”
Eventually, we made our way to the Plaza de Espana. The plaza in the Maria Luisa Park is a mixture of 1920s Art Deco and “mock Mudejar”, and Neo-Mudéjar styles. It’s a half circle of buildings framing the Vincente Traver fountain. Along the edge of the buildings is a moat, with four bridges providing access over the water, representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain.
Lining the building are the tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. These benches provide the ideal seat to soak up the sunshine, chalk artists, and mellow bustle of the plaza. After recharging for a moment, Clayton suggested that we set up the GoPro on the tripod to take a selfie. The ideal camera to capture the wide-angle needed for the vast set-up of the plaza buildings.
Knowing that this was the first time we had used the tripod on this trip, I paused for a second wondering what he was up to. But after a few photos he turned the camera off. We then asked a passerby to take a quick photo on our nice DSLR. Again, nothing.
Clayton then suggested that we try one more on the GoPro but do something fun, like jump. So, I jumped. And Clayton got on one knee. The first words out of his mouth were, “Emily, I have known for a long time that you are the one I want to spend my life with…” After that, my brain was trying to catch up and register what was happening. At one point, I totally thought that I had said yes but Clayton asked, “So it is a ‘yes’ then?” and after confirming my answer he asked if he could put the ring on. In this moment, I looked down to realize that I was oddly holding both of my hands out. “It goes on this one, right?!”
After the proposal, we hugged and let the moment settle on us. The Plaza, the most romantic place ever, naturally had horse-drawn carriages available for a ride through the city. We hopped on and relished in happiness as Clayton recapped the past couple days. Upon recapping the conversation where he had asked my dad for his blessing, I was in tears. It was all so real and so romantic. We made our way to the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in the world, and ducked in for a quick little elopement.
Kidding. We found a cafe out front shaded by the towering building and ordered a bottle of champagne to celebrate.