Taylor Smith, pictured with baby Hazel and fiancee Michelle Arnold, did not know he was colorblind until he failed a test on Facebook.
A color blind man is using a special glasses to see his friend blue eyes for the first time after getting down on one knee to propose. Taylor Smith, 31, first realized he was colorblind in his mid-twenties, when he failed an online test.
The restaurateur, who has been with his partner Michelle Arnold, 33, as of 2016, decided that the time was ripe to propose after their daughter Hazel was born, last December.
Smith, of Loveland, Colo., dreamed of a proposal for the Arnold with a gem to her eyes, but he was yet to see the true color of her eyes.
The father-of-enlisted the help of a jeweler Timothy White of Darvier Jewelry Design Studio in Fort Collins to help him with the task.
The jeweler ordered a shipment of EnChroma glasses, that make it possible for people who are color-blind, seeing in technicolor. The ring is made with a blue sapphire to match Arnold’s eyes, but Smith waited until the day he proposed to wearing the revealing glasses for the first time.
“It was so beautiful to see that her eyes for the first time. They were so beautiful, like the ocean,” he said. “I could see that her face flush when I went on one knee, which I had never been able to see before. It was a great experience,” said Smith, who popped the question to Michelle in June 2017, but has only just made the video public.
Jeweler Timothy White said he dropped the glasses to make Smith moment extra magical.
“Taylor wanted an engagement ring with a stone that matched his girlfriend’s eyes, so I picked up a sapphire bought for him and EnChroma glasses so he could propose and the experience of the color of her eyes and the sapphire at once,” he said. “It was very special.”
Arnold was delighted when Smith asked to marry her.
“I honestly had no idea,” she said. “All of a sudden he asked me if he could ask me a question and I said ‘go ahead’, then he got down on one knee…it was overwhelming.”
The couple plan to marry in Sept. 2019, a day that is full of colour thanks to the Smith’s new glasses.
“I didn’t realize that I was colorblind until about five years ago,” he said. “Growing up I would have small disagreements about the color of things, but I never put two and two together. “I have problems with a red and a green. People tell me that they loved my green pants, and I would be like ‘what are you talking about’? I was scrolling Facebook a few years ago and there was a test to determine if you are color blind. I did it and I failed miserably.”
“That was a hard thing to accept,” he said. “There is a realization that you just don’t see things like everyone else. I wear my glasses all the time now, they have really improved my life.”
“He is like a small child when he wears the glasses sometimes,” Arnold said. “He will go ‘Oh wow’ when we see a red barn, because that would be brown for him. I am very happy that the rest of my life with Taylor.”