What’s better than getting a burrito bowl at Chipotle? Perhaps getting a burrito bowl and an engagement ring at the fast-casual chain. That’s what Sacramento local Natalie Neach got on July 21 when her longtime boyfriend, Chris Piwinski, surprised her with a proposal.
According to The Sacramento Bee, the high school sweethearts have a history of eating at the Elk Grove Chipotle in CA. “Anyone who knows us knows we love Chipotle,” said Piwinski, adding that when they first starting dating, he would beg his mom for $20 to take her to their favorite eatery. “Basically, Chipotle has been the foundation of our relationship for the past 12 years. We’ve had date nights, fights, breakups, get-back-togethers, homecoming, Valentine’s … we still eat there at least once a week.”
So, when it came time to pop the question, he ultimately decided this spot was special. Piwinski told the publication that he bought a ring back in January, but spent months trying to decide the best way to go about it. Finally, in May, he contacted the chain’s public relations team to set up the surprise, which came complete with balloons and a cake with a fondant burrito on top.
Photo: True Love Photo
On the day of the proposal, Piwinski took Neach to many of their favorite places, including their local coffee shop and the wineries in Clarksburg, CA, before ending the day with a dinner date. Little did Neach know, the excited employees were in on the plan. After ordering their food, the couple sat a secretly reserved table and Ed Sheeran’s “Kiss Me” began to play.
Then, with shaky hands, Piwinski set his burrito down and handed Neach a poem he had written for her: “Here we sit at the one and only Chipotle. Thank you baby for an amazing day. I consider myself the luckiest guy. How I deserve you, I don’t know why. No more waiting, no wonder, no fears. I’ve dreamt of this moment for almost 12 years. So now you know what today was for: my promise to love you forever and more.”
BRB, grabbing a tissue…
Photo: True Love Photo
After reading the poem, Piwinski got down on one knee and brought out the ring. She obviously said yes.
The final surprise was that family and friends had been looking in from a nearby pizza joint. They joined the couple afterwards for a catered party to celebrate the engagement.
“I was not suspecting it at all,” Neach said.
Forget guac. This is extra. See more photos, captured by True Love Photo, from Chipotle engagement day below.