“If you’re reading this, generous stranger(s), we just want you to know how moved we were”

by Prince Of Petworth March 14, 2016 at 11:05 am 48 Comments

tabard inn
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

“Dear PoPville,

I proposed to my girlfriend Friday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. It’s our favorite spot for special occasions and didn’t disappoint Friday, out on the patio with perfect weather, candlelight, ambiance, and delicious food and drink. We were having a wonderful time even before the proposal, which prompted even more smiling, laughing, hugging, etc. Just when things couldn’t get any more awesome, we learned that one of our fellow patrons had asked to pay our bill for us. My girlfriend’s – (whoops! fianceé’s) – parents have not been supportive of us (I’m a woman) and my own parents passed away before we met, so we’ve been kind of missing that whole feeling of someone ‘breaking out the bubbly’ to say congratulations. The table asked to remain anonymous and in our stunned state, we’re not sure we really conveyed to the staff how thankful and appreciative we were for the thoughtful and amazing gesture.

If you’re reading this, generous stranger(s), we just want you to know how moved we were by you wanting to share in the happiness of our decision to spend the rest of our lives together. Thank you for making us feel special. Your gesture meant so much more to us than you probably knew. Thank you!”

  • Anon

    What is this stuff coming out of my eyes!!

    • Hill Denizen

      For real! Getting all misty over here! I would contact the restaurant and see if maybe they can get a note to the patrons

    • Mamasan

      I don’t know, but it’s contagious…I’ve got it, too!

    • Survivor77


  • Congratulations on your engagement!

  • WHO is cutting onions in here?.. WHO! Show yourselves!

  • aktodc

    How awesome!! I will give a plug for having your event at the Tabard Inn. We had our wedding there in January and we couldn’t have asked for a better location, staff, and food.


    • Colhi

      +1 – I had my wedding there around 12 years ago and it was wonderful. The staff was great and the venue was perfect.

  • This warms my heart, and congrats on your impending nuptials!

  • Kukki Bakemono

    I tell people I have a love/hate relationship with this city. This is most definitely one of the extreme “love” times of that relationship. Congratulations on the engagement!

  • Shan

    So heart-warming. Congratulations!

  • Spanner

    What a wonderful story to hear on a Monday! Congratulations on your engagement!!

  • TBD

    Thanks for sharing your happiness with us, OP, I needed a smile this morning. Congratulations!!!!!

  • CoHi

    This made my Monday. Congratulations on your engagement, and may you have many more celebrations together!

  • That rocks, huge smile from this.

    • (also a bit of irony for those of us who recall the Tabard Inn wedding planner vs Bridezilla post from a few years ago)

  • Chinatown

    Congrats on the engagement! Nice to know that folks still do good things for each other around here.

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    Congrats!! I hope your fiancee’s parents come around. It really does hurt when loved ones are not supportive of who you are/who you love.

  • brookland mom

    What a lovely story! Congrats!!!

  • Cam

    Tears in my eyes, too! A huge congratulations on the engagement and a huge thank you to the strangers who made the day just a little more special. It means a lot to hear stories of good people doing good things, as the media tends to focus on bad people doing bad things.

  • KT

    What a great, uplifting story for a Monday. Congrats!

  • shaw

    Congratulations! I hope you find some way down the line to pay this forward to another lucky couple :)

  • anon

    Very sweet story – congratulations to you!

  • phl2dc


  • LittleBluePenguin

    Aw! Congrats!

  • AnotherBdaleResident

    That’s beautiful. Congrats to you both!!!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Lovely story. Best wishes!

  • CVR

    Congratulations! What a great story you will always have. Lovely to hear of your generous strangers!

  • Anon

    Aww too sweet! Love this.

  • ET

    Congratulations on getting married!

  • Los

    What a great story to brighten up an otherwise gray Monday.

  • nightborn

    Mazel tov ladies! To a long and happy life together!

    Love Tabard Inn.

  • Ally

    Congrats to you both!!! And Kudos to the patrons at Tabard.

  • K

    oh, how lovely! thanks for bringing more sunshine into the world!

  • JCo

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your fianceé. Thanks for sharing this great story, and props to the stranger for such a lovely gesture. The world could use more of their kindness.

    I just did the whole wedding planning thing last year by myself without parents, so I sympathize with your “breaking out the bubbly” sentiments. Let me know if you ever need any recommendations on vendors, whether you’re doing it big or staying low-key! My colleagues and I have had a wide range of wedding experiences between us.

    Best of luck with planning and starting your exciting next chapter together!

  • This. Is. Awesome.

  • real maria

    Oh my goodness, tears of happiness! Congratulations on your engagement! what a great story for a monday.

  • Brightwoodian

    Awww! Congratulations and what a great story!

  • reality

    The parents may not be accepting, but they’re in an accepting, and loving, city! Congrats!

  • Molly

    OP + fiancee, hope you know that you’ve got hundreds of strangers breaking out the proverbial bubbly for you. Congratulations!!

  • danielle


  • OP

    Thanks everyone!


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