It's a love story baby just say yes

*disclaimer… if you normally cringe and gag at romantic things, this blog probably isn’t one for you to read. Even if you’ve only met me a handful of times you would have experienced my intense love for romance & because it was my night Mark went all out...don't say I didn't warn you:)

This past October Mark and I were praying one night for God to use us as a couple. We didn’t want to wait to be more mature, married or have kids to be used together by God - we wanted God to use us where we are. He planted the idea in our minds of blogging our love story and as complicated and messed up as it is He asked us to do it. It was such a hard task that God gave us especially for me. However each time I asked God if this was actually something He wanted me to do, He reassured me without a shadow of a doubt. & then when I posted  part 1 it received over three thousand hits. This blog series has accumulated over eight thousand hits so I feel that it’s only right we share the proposal story with you since you’ve been following our story (and lets be real... I have no problem writing it!)

I knew before I left for Africa that I wanted to marry Mark. But it would take time. When I came home from Africa and hung out with Mark I just knew. No, we didn’t need to have a conversation about marriage because nothing more needed to be said. We both loved each other with such an intense and deep love and we were committed. We didn’t need to get to know each other more, figure out if we got along with each others families… all the “logistical” stuff had been taken care of the first three times. 

Mark’s always said he wanted to marry me for the past three years and I even have notes he’s written me to prove that! So he’s been patiently waiting ever since….

After Mark spoke with my parents and ordered the ring (I designed this ring when I was 17 and Mark made my dream a reality...its so much more beautiful then I ever imagined...it's a conflict free diamond and its tension set.. so no claws around the diamond)  Mark set out to plan the perfect proposal for us. Mark knows me better than I know myself (corny- but SO true) but I was still a tad bit worried about getting engaged. You see, I’ve been reading wedding magazines faithfully since the age of ten. I have countless inspiration boards on construction paper when I was little… way before pinterest was ever thought of! I have magazines full of wedding ideas and proposal stories and as sad as I am to admit this I’ve been reading wedding blogs since the beginning of high school.  You only get one proposal… one wedding and after fifteen years of planning I had a few expectations….

I can hundred percent say (or type this) that Mark exceeded every single last expectation. He went above and beyond all the stories I’ve read… it was the most perfect night for both of us and I am so giddy and so full of joy just thinking about it!

Okay okay details!! They are coming!! So Mark and I talked about getting married so I knew a proposal was coming in the near future… however, I had no idea of the exact date. Mark and I only see each other on the weekends and I work every Saturday/Sunday faithfully so I thought I would know when something big would happen… so I thought. I was schedule to work at 5pm on January 19 and I had an apt an hour away in the morning to attend.  When I arrived at home there was a present for me on the table in a silver bag. When I opened it there was a lovely Cinderella carriage trinket. I’ve always imagined getting proposed in a carriage so Mark decided to play up even the small details. We are getting the back license plate engraved with our wedding date on it and I’m sure it will sit on my dresser forever! He is so thoughtful. Inside the carriage there was a usb stick with a video of Mark explaining what to do next. He told me he got me off work for the evening and that he was picking me up at 6:45 and I needed to be ready. In his video he told me “relax and take time enjoying myself.” If you know me at all the LAST thing I would do is RELAX. So the next few moves are so “typical Madeline.”
dinner for two- yes please!

I rushed my mom and Tessa into to the car to find me a perfect engagement outfit. Let’s be real- if Mark got me off work and we talked about getting married today was the day. After trying on fifteen dresses my mom Tessa and I agreed on the perfect outfit. I of course book’d an apt. with the salon to get my nails all ready. By 6pm I was pacing the house. Those forty-five minutes were the longest of my life.

Mark picked me up and had my favourite dinner all ready to go when I got to his place. His parents were out for supper so we had the house to ourselves. After eating chicken fettuccini alfredo (all homemade from scratch- my man can cook!) he made raspberry chocolate pudding for dessert. Our conversation during this time was priceless. We both knew we knew but neither one of us wanted to say anything so our dinner conversation was a lot of smiles and casual conversation. After tea Mark told me we were going out somewhere.

fav meal:)
the awesome homemade dessert
yes, he took the plates and treated me like an absolute princess
a day is never complete without tea!
I hate surprises so I wasn’t pleased that we were heading out into the rain and wind but I knew this was “my night” so I was going to enjoy every minute of it! When I stepped out of the car into a mud puddle I was reserved on what we were doing. Our sleigh ride with no snow turned into a horse drawn carriage! It was raining and windy so for most of the ride we were cold and wet but honestly, I didn’t even notice. My heart was so full of joy the entire time.

what the horse walked through

After travelling around for a while the horse turned down a pathway full of lights in the forest. My heart melts with the detail Mark put into this entire evening. He took boat batteries to get electricity out in the middle of the forest and made seven plywood boards describing our love story.

the first board
As the horse walked through the line I got to read each board starting with “I fell for you in 2008.” My heart melted as I tried to take it all in. Goodness, it was a moment I will never forget. I for sure thought that the last board would say “will you marry me”...except it didn’t…..

After such a beautiful moment I was a little stunned that the horse kept riding and that there was no ring. We finished our ride and our driver told us thanks and good-bye. I asked Mark if we had another destination because I was very confused and he told me to walk to the car and grab my camera to take pictures with the horse. Obviously I was upset walking in the mud but had no idea what was going on!

I came back, we took pictures with the horse and then Mark led me into the cabin filled with rose pedals, a fire place (which was so needed!) and candles. He led me in front of the fire where he got down on one knee said the sweetest thing ever (that I totally forget) and asked me to be his wife and marry him! I remember saying yes not once but eight or nine times while jumping up and down. So perfectJ Pictures could never do any of this justice.

After saying “yes” and freaking out Mark and I took a bunch of pictures and went out to see “his helpers” for the evening. Turns out when our horse arrived at the cabin Britt and Scott where still in it trapped so Mark was quick on his feet to tell me to get my camera.

super happy... can't you tell?

Afterwards we had a mini photo shoot in the forest! 

the male helpers!
the ladies..and Mark:)

After we went back to my place to see not only my family and also Mark’sIt was a moment I will cherish forever as our two families merged together as Mark and I told this story.  My mom had cakes made and lots of snacks and we spent the night overjoyed and excited. I didn’t get to sleep until 4am and Mark told me he got me off work for the Sunday too! What lovely man I will marry...again he thought of everything!!

So that’s the story! If you’re still reading congratulations…that’s a lot to get through and I still feel that could go into so much more detail!

We can't thank all of our helpers that made this night my favourite in the entire world. Thank you so much!!
- Chloe 
-Adam B
-Jeff and Gillian
& our parents.

We are getting married in Elmira on December 28 2013 and couldn’t be more thrilled to start life together.

With love,

the future Mrs. Hockley 


  1. Madeline This is Amazing, You are So blessed Girl..!! Have A wonderful Life....

  2. Haha what a great story. Well done Mark, well done. I also recognize that place where he proposed! Is that in St.jacobs!?

  3. Awesome story..:) You both are so lucky..:):)

  4. nicely done mark


 photo copyright.jpg
envye template.