- 3 years ago
- Wedding: April 2015
Hi Bees! I’M FINALLY FORMALLY ENGAGED! Woohoo!
On Wednesday evening, my guy and I were catching up on Big Brother (looool) when we decided to go pickup some takeout for dinner. On our way out, he said he had forgotten his wallet, so he rushed back in before I could tell him I had my purse. He was back out in no time, so I thought nothing of it. We walked down the street and chatted normally. He has the BEST poker face because I had no clue that it was THE night.
So we picked up food and came back home. I sat on the couch and was telling him a story when he cut me off and pointed directly in front of me to a book on the coffee table. I look at the crafty little perfect bound book with my name in gold embossed letters on the cover and immediately burst into tears. My first impression was, “Where did this come from? This wasn’t on the coffee table before?!” I was just double checking to make sure that I wasn’t totally oblivious, just a little.
He told me that he knew I had been waiting for this, and that I’ve been held in suspense worried that he would propose in an ultra public way from the tidbits of info that I’ve heard through the grapevine. He explained that because I asked him for a super lowkey at home proposal, he still wanted to do something special, so he asked our friends and family to share memories of us from our almost decade long relationship so he could make them all a part of our engagement story. He contacted so many people from our lives! He collected memories from my undergrad roommates, friends who we hung out with in early parts of our relationship, our siblings, parents, best friends, childhood friends, and so on.
He told me to read through the book outloud, which I did in between sobs (I was so overwhelmed)! So many of our friends shared memories of us that I had either forgotten, or doubted anyone would remember. Reading through the book and looking at how my now FI illustrated these memories made me feel so loved by so many people who are deeply special to us. At the same time, I was blown away by my guy’s sheer talent and creativity. I’ve never felt so special in my life!
The book features a few pages of prose from my lovely that made my heart absolutely melt, and at the second last page, he asked me to marry him. I’ve included a picture of the last page (I DID say yes). By the time I finished crying, all I could manage was, “So I can wear my ring all the time now, right?!” You can all judge me on my priorities 😛
I know our families and many of our friends have been waiting for this for a looooooong time, so I feel very blessed to have had them contribute to our lovely book that will now remain a keepsake in our family. My FI and I have since discussed that while we don’t feel any different or feel the “new level of commitment” that other people talk about, it does feel very special and very grown up to be formally engaged. I’m already being grilled about the WEDDING (ohhhh the pressure!), but I’m content to just enjoy being engaged for a while before we start racing towards the court house. Yay!