Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We’re Engaged!

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I have a prior engagement to announce: We’re engaged! I am so excited to share this belated news with all of you! I had been waiting and wondering for some time when this was going to happen.

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You see, I one day accidentally snooped on Bob’s facebook for the first time. He left it up and I saw a facebook message with my best friend and him. I immediately clicked on it without thinking and read the very detailed and sweet description of how Bob was going to propose. Bare in mind I read this message dated back from May in December, but I felt guilty. I asked my male co workers and everyone said “Don't tell him you know, it will crush him.” I’m just not a secret from my boyfriend fiancé type of girl and had to tell him what I’d done. He was honestly perfect about it, and while he was upset he was happy I told him. He showed even more how much of the dream man I want to marry he is.

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I had been wondering when it was going to happen and knew his Christmas bonus would be a major role player. He had lead me to believe it wouldn’t be for a couple more months so I believed him.

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Every year on New Years Eve we go out to a nice dinner and this year he was the one who did our dinner planning. We had planned it the night before New Years because my friends would be coming down early on New Years Eve.

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I had asked my girl friends at work if they thought it would happen and they told me I had over thought this through and through and to let it happen. So I did. This was ultimately the best advice I could be given.

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I got home from work and Bob patiently sat through several episodes of Gossip Girl on demand before I got ready all too quickly for our dinner. I asked him if I should bring my brand new DLSR camera and he told me that it wasn’t necessary. I then decided our engagement was not going to be happening that night. image

Several nights before our engagement I heard Taylor Swift “Tim McGraw” while we were driving in the car and this song has always reminded me of Bob and I. Our summer whirlwind romance had started and halted some 8 years ago and I had written him a letter at that summer’s end. I asked him if he still had that letter and he said he’d kept it and it was at our place.

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That night when I was getting ready Bob had taken out the letter I wrote him as a young naive and eager girl in 2004 and let me read it. When we left for dinner he told me that since I’d written him that letter he knew I was the one.

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We stopped outside the restaurant we were to eat at, in the infamous Drake Hotel in Chicago. Bob pointed to a beautifully lit up Gazebo and suggested we check it out before our dinner reservation. As we began walking I became nervous and realized what I thought was about to happen. I anxiously told him that I thought we would be late to our dinner reservation. He assured me it was okay and to the gazebo we walked.

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When we arrived in the gazebo I took both his hands, which he later informed me made him nervous because he had the ring in one of his palms. He got down on one knee and asked me the question I had been hoping would be asked since I was 18. He asked me to be his wife. I was so shocked and elated, but that wasn’t everything.

He pointed towards the bushes and said our dear friend Laurie who is an amazing photographer was hiding their taking out photos. Laurie waved and pointed to another bush and said her husband, Craig, was also there. Craig waved with a tripod in hand and came out of the brush. They had captured the entire engagement and took more photos of us afterwards.

The shock began to ware off after about 5 minutes and I began to sob out of pure joy and happiness, for what had just happened and for our sweet friends who had shared it with us. I hope you enjoy the photos, I’m so happy to be the future Mrs.B!

9 comments:

  1. Congratulations!! I have always wondered when you guys would get engaged! Have fun planning!!

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  2. Ahh!! Congratulations :D It sounds so sweet and under that gazebo...so pretty!

    I love that you have got your engagement captured!

    Gemma x

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  3. YAY!!! This is the cutest story ever and I love that you have great pictures of the entire event. Your ring is beautiful and I'm so happy for both of you. Many congrats.

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  4. I'm a new reader! Congratulations on your engagement! Such a sweet story!

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  5. EEEK!!!!! so excited for you sweetie...your ring is gorgeous and the story is adorable!!! you're going to have SO much fun wedding planning ;)

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  6. Katie!!!

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! Big Congratulations to YOU! I have been trying to comment for a while, but for some reason, blogger was giving me issues and I couldn't comment on some blogs.

    SO...Happy for you! I know you've been looking forward to this for a long time. Have you set a date?

    God Bless...
    Heidi (hi-d)

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  7. oh my gosh congrats so freakin happy for you!

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