Friday, May 7, 2010

Two Years...and one very big moment

For two years, I've smiled every time I've seen Huyen...
For two years, I've felt like the luckiest person in the world...
For two years, Huyen has made me laugh like nobody else ever has...
For two years, Huyen has made me feel special every time we're together...
For two years, I've cherished every moment we've spent with one another...
For two years, we've had countless adventures...
For two years, I've believed in fate...
For two years, Huyen's been my best friend...

For all of those reasons, watch till the end of this video:

video

Here's the engagement story:

For our two year anniversary I took Huyen away to Quan Lan island near Halong Bay. The two of us spent three days together on this isolated island enjoying the peace and solitude and just being together. On the day of our anniversary, we checked into a bungalow on the beach and spent the whole day lounging around with about a half kilometer of white sandy beach to ourselves. After hiding the ring box in a pair of socks all day -- which Huyen had pulled out of my bag at some point but didn't realize was in there -- I decided the time was right.

The tide was coming in and although the sun hadn't set yet, the scene felt perfect. I told Huyen I wanted to shoot a video for the blog and asked her to go stand a little far from the camera. I had previously decided that I wanted to share the moment with everyone but I didn't want everyone to be able to hear what I said; I wanted to keep that between us. Once the camera was rolling, I joined Huyen and we started to make a video about our anniversary (which I edited out of the clip for time sake). After talking for a minute, I gathered my nerves and said my speech....the rest is history.

Three notes on this video:
1. Huyen is actually really tall. However, I was standing on a slight hill which makes me look like a giant.
2. If you didn't notice, we weren't sure at first which finger to put the ring on. Whoops. You don't get to have two takes in these situations.
3. I decided I wanted to share this video on my blog since so many of you have followed our journey together for so long and have been so extremely supportive...

We hope many of you can join us at our wedding! Circle your calendars on December 19th!

34 comments:

Huyen said...

Oh... you make me cry and smile at the same time because I am sooo... happy, Ben. That was really BIG surprise for me and I will never forget. You make me feel like I am the luckiest girl in the world. Thanks again for the GREAT moment. XOXOXO

Anonymous said...

so nice couple, wishes you happy for ever and enjoy your life in Vietnam, a very peaceful country. Huyen, you are lucky lady, come on with your husband Ahoy.

Mẹ Cong said...

So joyful and sweet journey

soon to fly again mom said...

Looking forward to the big day and having you both come to the good ole USA very soon!

Jessica said...

Once again, congratulations! That video made me a tear a little! Miss you guys a lot!

Hannah said...

I am so happy for you two! Huyen, I can't wait to welcome you to the family officially!

Thanh from Germany said...

Congratulation Ben and Huyen!

The happy father said...

I am so happy for both of you and I will make sure my back is fine because nothing is going to stop me from being at the Wedding.

Kathy, Zev & Lilah said...

We are so happy for you two!!

Huyen, we cannot wait to have you come to the United States and meet you!!

Congrats again!!

Huyen said...

Thanks for all the sweet words from every one. I am really excited to go to The States to meet every one. I am also really happy and apreciate the warmth of welcome from The Augusts. Loves!

Jeremy said...

I got a little choked up...

Laura said...

congratulations, ben and huyen!! i obviously don't actually know either of you, but i feel like i do after two years of reading this blog. i have loved watching your relationship from the very start. it has become so clear that you're made for one another, and i'm so excited for the two of you and the rest of your lives together!! i'm sure it's difficult with your families on opposite sides of the world, but the love you share makes it all worth it. my heartfelt congratulations to the both of you!

Marcus said...

What to say? Happy together Ben and Huyen!

Anonymous said...

That was Awesome. Congratulation to both of you.

Anonymous said...

happy tears! following this blog for awhile now and so very happy for you :)

Joy said...

Wow that's amazing! Congratulations!!!!!!

Ryan said...

Congratulations Ben and Huyen!

Aunt Donna said...

Mazel Tov & much love to the rhyming couple of Ben & Huyen. We can't wait to meet you, Huyen, & welcome you into our family. The blog video was wonderful, Ben.
Love, Donna & Barry

lvu said...

Congrats Ben and Huyen. I am jealous :)

Benjamin said...

Thank you everyone for the very kind words. Huyen and I can feel everyone's love and support from around the world whether it be our families or strangers who we've never met.

To state the obvious, this is a really big blog so I'm gonna leave it up for a couple of days.

Thanks again!...and circle your calendars!

Hien said...

Ben and Huyen, again congratulations!! I am so glad that I could say it in person. That made my trip up North more special. I am so happy for you and proud of you too. Nice match!!Happy forever Huyen and Ben!!!

Name: Songer said...

Ben and Huyen, I couldn't be happier for you. You two are a very lucky couple! Rushana and I will be there in December!

rebyn said...

Congratulation, mates! Totally love this post :X

Hang said...

Your love story is like a fairy tale in real life. Even though I was told about the story before, it's still special feeling when watching the clip. I admire your love and wish you and Huyen will be happy forever! Will be at your wedding in December!

**Maria ** said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Huyen & Ben! I'm so excited for you...so incredibly happy. So many things I want to say to you...but I'll send it in a separate letter.

Love,

Maria

abby said...

Ben and Huyen- David and I couldn't be happier for the two of you. The pictures in the slide show are amazing you both look so happy and show what amazing adventures you too have had together. We look forward to meeting Huyen and hearing about your wonderful adventures to come! Best of luck! Abby and David

Adam said...

Congrats, just watched this with my entire family, we are very happy for you guys and can't wait to meet you Huyen. How close is Vietnam to Tahiti???? Congrats again, the Lippman's.

Netts in London said...

Huyen and Ben! That is such a great news indeed! Congratulations to both of you! Wishing the two of you all the happiness together forever and many many more of great adventures in the future! Wish I can be there to celebrate your inspirational love story :-) (maybe it's a good thing that I can't play the video, otherwise I'm sure I'd be sobbing uncontrollably :p)

Brad said...

That video puts my to shame!! I knew I should have hired you for mine....Congrats to the happy couple! Can't wait to celebrate many times over.

KAT said...

Oh, Congratulations, Ben and Huyen... It's so sweet!!!

Jess and Joe said...

Congratulations!! I've never posted before, but I've been avidly reading your blog for a while and, being a sappy romantic, I teared up a little at your video. Many, many good wishes to you and Huyen!

Anonymous from Canada said...

Congratulations to both of You. Thanks for the lovely blog and can not wait until pass Dec/19 to see your wedding pics & blog

cpak001 said...

what a belated congrats, but CONGRATS!! i had read it on my phone so couldn't comment before. wish you the best!!! btw, ben, i'm going to Oz! very last minute trip (go figure after all that attempted planning, i just up and buy tix within a couple of hours of deliberating). hanoi is still on my list!

Nguyen Tra My said...

Congratulation! I'm so really happy and I can't wait to your wedding's day. Clip is so sweet and it made me want tear.Happy to the both of you!