Could I BE anymore excited!? And it’s not just because this past week was the Friends Reunion. This Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend of almost 7 years proposed to me. And obviously, I said yes!! I guess I need to get used to calling him my fiancé. I’m just so ecstatic for this next chapter & cant wait to share all the details with you on the blog.
You Might Like This Reel: The Proposal Video
After making the big announcement to social media, I asked you to send me questions about my relationship & upcoming wedding planning. So, let’s get into some of these questions.
How did you meet?
We are the quintessential tinder success story. We matched in 2014 & just talked on messenger for almost 2 months before meeting in person. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being cat-fished. But can you believe we realized we lived just a few miles away from each other? So, we met up at a local party supply store, where I was buying a birthday sash for my 23rd birthday celebration the following weekend. We wanted to meet before the party so it wasn’t awkward around friends. My friends actually thought we’d known each other longer that night. Truthfully that was only the second time we met. Our chemistry just clicked from the beginning. It will be 7 years together this August.
How did he ask?
Friday evening, we were driving down to the family beach house to spend the weekend with his family like we do every Memorial Day weekend. We were bringing in our luggage as we naturally do. He tells me he needs to use the bathroom real fast & that I can go ahead & bring in the rest of the luggage & that he would meet me back out there in a second. The mistake was telling me he was coming back to the car because my ass waited outside for 10 minutes before finally giving up & coming back inside the house. Some of his family were in the living room watching tv as I was walking in. Todd’s brother in law tells me Todd’s sister needed my opinion on something out back on the porch. I’m thinking, “ok? opinion on what?” I walk inside the closed in porch & she’s not there so I walk more outside in the dark. I open the porch door & turn slightly & see a path of rose petals, candles & photos of us handing on the deck railing. Some of you saw the video, but I was so so surprised! I almost fell to the ground. And I see Todd standing at the end of the path with a light up sign saying marry me. It was overwhelming & it all happened so quickly. I’m glad I have the video to look back on. Watch the proposal video right here!
Did you know he was going to propose?
I knew he was planning on asking me this year but I didn’t know when. On Christmas morning, he actually pre-proposed in a sense, to me saying this was our year & it will be happening. We actually went ring shopping / looking, back in February. So, we definitely were having lots of conversations about it.
Is the ring everything you dreamed about?
Everything & more. I knew the style I wanted for years. But the big surprise was when his grandmother told us she wanted me to have her engagement ring. I love the sentimental value added to it & both his grandparents hold a special place in my heart. We took the diamond out & had it placed on a new setting. I’ve always wanted a rose gold band & a solitaire setting. So, it’s beyond perfect. I can’t stop looking at it.
Any ideas on a wedding date / plans?
I have a few ideas in mind but nothing I want to share quite yet until things are more set in stone. Honestly, we are just taking this time to celebrate the engagement & relax. The wedding planning can kind of wait for now. But you know me, I prefer simple. So, I’ll be watching tons of videos on minimalistic weddings & find inspiration there. I think there’s always this pressure as soon as the question of marriage is popped & I’m learning to just breath & take things slow. But I don’t see it as a super long engagement. No more than a year or so. I’d love to hear your stories & advice on the process.
Were your nails done for the proposal?
Actually no, but you know what? I’m completely ok with it because I was so surprised & didn’t even see it coming. We both knew if people told me to get my nails done I would have been more suspicious. I did get them done a few days later though.
What’s your advice for a lasting relationship?
I could write 18 pages FRONT & BACK on this topic (I hope you got that reference). But I’d say my advice is have patience, understanding & love always. Life can get really hard & my relationship isn’t perfect. We’ve been through a lot but the biggest take away that keeps our bond strong is the friendship we have for one another. He is my best friend & my rock. And I am his. We met when we were 22 years old & we’ve grown a lot together. We are not the same people we were in the beginning but we have grown together instead a part. And if we can get through global pandemic together we can get through anything. 👌🏻
How did you know he was the one?
I feel like I should save this for the vows right? 😉 When we first started talking our connection was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. It was like I’d known him my entire life. Talking to him & being around him was just natural. I knew early on he was going to be a huge part of my life. I can’t picture my life with him not in it. You can call it fate or soulmates if you believe in that type of thing. Before he came into my life I didn’t think that type of love was possible. With him it’s crystal clear. From the moment I met him in the parking lot of Party City, I knew we were meant for each other.
Let me know what type of wedding series style posts you’d like to see. Again, I am so excited to be sharing such a milestone with you all & the journey ahead!