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. Lianna-1046399 February 8, 2014 Reply

    What an awesome proposal!

  2. Allen-463032 April 6, 2010 Reply

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

  3. Amy-56598 February 15, 2010 Reply

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

  4. Christina-427819 February 14, 2010 Reply

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

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