Christine Swanick & Patrick Waldron
In Chrissy’s own words:
Our engagement story
Well is starts with our second date 1 year and 10 months earlier. Pat and his friends have a tradition of going to McGillins in Philly every Sunday to watch the Eagles play. I very quickly became part of that tradition since I am an Eagles fan as well. Sundays during football season were and still are a highlight of our relationship. One Sunday on October 14 2012, we got ready to go to McGillins, as was the usual. On the PATCO I had mentioned for the millionth time that I wished my birthday wasn’t the following week, on a Sunday that was a BYE week. I wanted to celebrate turning 25 doing what I loved; being at McGillins with Pat and our friends watching football. We sit at the same table each time and have the same waitress each week.
Pat and I walked in and he led me upstairs telling me “the group must be upstairs for some reason”. I never gave it a second thought. We walked into the room on the second floor to hear “SURPRISE!” After a few seconds of adjusting my eyes (I did not have my glasses on and couldn’t see) I saw all our friends and family standing in front of me. It was a surprise birthday party! I was shocked and so excited. He had listened to me! So the party begins. During halftime of the Eagles (we could not interrupt the game), the game turns off and a slideshow begins playing on the projector. Pat announces he has a present for me. And there in front of me I see pictures of us over the years and I hear a recording of Pat playing guitar and singing my all-time favorite song, “My Favorite” by Gabe Dixon Band.
Keep in mind, I quietly watching this, thinking “How sweet” and “I’ve been begging him to sing this song for me for so long and he never would.” And I’ve still got no clue what’s coming. At the end of the video, Pat turns to me and says “I have one more surprise”, gets down on one knee in front of everyone and asks “Will you marry me?” I was completely shocked! I had so many emotions going at once. I was smiling, shaking, crying. I just kept nodding my head unable to speak.