Seven months after they met, Richard surprised Peony by making
breakfast while she slept (“she’s had a life
long love affair with waffles and pancakes,” he says). Then he presented her with a journal he’d made that chronicled their romance, which came with a surprise ending: a secret compartment holding an engagement ring. “When he asked, I was so overwhelmed that I said yes before he could take the ring out of the
book!” recalls Peony.