Wow. Ryan and I cannot get over all of the wonderful well-wishes we have received over these past few days. We truly feel so, so blessed…and the support and phone calls from family and friends have made us feel so special. I am so incredibly excited and grateful to be engaged to such a wonderful man.
It’s funny, I thought taking these past few days to ourselves before “announcing” our engagement to Facebook (and the blogworld) would allow me time to gather my thoughts and figure out a coherent way to express what I’m feeling. But oh my word, that is so not the case!
I am still just as stunned as I was on Saturday afternoon! With each phone call made, my excitement to marry Ryan only grows. And I don’t see it ever stopping!
I’ve also found that I can’t stop looking at my ring.
This may or may not be a problem.
My eyes keep drifting towards the sparkles when my hands are on the steering wheel of my car. I’d even go as far as calling it a road hazard. I’m not typically a “materialistic” girl, but this baby sure does continue to catch my eye (and for good reason!). I must say, Ryan did an incredible job
Anywho, this post is about showcasing how the proposal went down. After it happened, Ryan and I made sure to take lots of pictures so that we could share with friends/family and have the moment to remember for the rest of our lives. (So most of the pictures you’ll see were taken waaaaay after the fact).
I know I’ve mentioned before that Ryan and I have family and close friends all over the country (and globe… for that matter!), so this post is mostly for them. (I apologize ahead of time for the cheesiness factor, but we were just so excited after the proposal that we had to make sure to capture it all). I know for a fact that my momma has been dying be to see these pictures. Heck, she’s pretty much dying to see me in general, as I haven’t had more than 8 hours with her at a time since last Christmas – Christmas 2010!
We’re both crossing our fingers and toes that Ryan and I can make it down to South Florida sometime this spring to visit her. We were originally planning on driving down to Florida next Friday to spend a week with them, but everything is all up in the air now that I have my new job (a job in which I started TODAY, by the way!).
Anywho, now it’s time for the good stuff – the details!!!!!!!!
Saturday afternoon, I brought up the idea of going on a walk to Freedom Park, a beautiful park within walking distance of our apartment. During the spring/summer/fall, Ryan and I take strolls to the park just about every weekend. It’s kind of “our” thing. So of course, Ryan agreed! The weather was perfect for it, after all.
Little did I know that Ryan had something up his sleeve, and I unknowingly did my best to make him work for it. Basically, Ryan planned to leave the house without a jacket as it was a pretty nice day and in between temperatures. About a hundred yards away from our apartment, he turns back and tells me, “Wait here, I’m going to run back and grab a jacket.”
Apparently, this was all a part of his plan to prepare for the proposal, but the thought of an extra layer was enticing, as it was a little bit on the windy side. So I joined him and grabbed a vest to layer over my long-sleeved tee-shirt… and together we made our way to the Park and continued our walk with Happy.
On our way back to the apartment, Ryan was thinking of ways he could get me out of the house, and fortunately for him, I mentioned that I needed to run to Target for some last minute NYE things. He played it so cool… I literally had no idea what was in store.
Ryan took this opportunity and went to work setting up his proposal.
What came next… came as a complete and total surprise.
I was floored, people. Blindsided. 100%.
As I walked up to the apartment door after returning from the store, Ryan beat me to turning the handle from the other side and greeted me with a great big hug in the doorway. After he let go, I turned my head and saw this…
A trail of rose petals leading throughout the apartment.
Tears started immediately welling up in my eyes, because that was the moment I realized what was happening. And yet, I couldn’t actually believe it was happening.
I was literally so stunned by everything that was taking place that I dropped my purse at the front door and didn’t pick it up again until hours later.
Ryan took my hand and led me along the trail of petals. He had lit candles and set up vases along the way, and told me to look inside the vases as we came upon them.
The first vase contained a tube of black paint…not something I was expecting to find.
The second vase contained two paint brushes. Huh.
All of the crying melted my brain cells into mush, so at this point, I was not really able to put any pieces together.
A few steps later, leaning against the bedroom door, was a small blank canvas. Ryan told me to pick it up as we continued into the bedroom.
The petal trail led to a second canvas, a larger one, flipped over facing the wall.
Ryan led me over next to it, took my hands in his, and said the most meaningful words I will remember forever. He then got down on one knee and flipped the canvas to reveal his proposal. As he took my hand, he asked me to marry him, and opened the ring box.
Of course, through the tears, I said yes!!
He slid the ring on my finger… and I just about died. The ring is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
Lost in the moment, Ryan reminded me that I still had yet to paint my “answer” on the first (blank) canvas.
Things were finally making sense
I’m laughing at myself in this above picture because I realized I didn’t leave room for an exclamation point!!!!!!! I told Ryan we needed another canvas dedicated to only exclamation points.
At this point, Ryan added his initials to the canvas he had painted earlier. You know, to make it “official.”
I love that Ryan planned for us to create a keepsake to remember the moment forever. Both of us are sentimental, and now we have these guys to hang as a memory later on down the road.
He seriously is *such* a creative guy (case in point: the personalized edition of the Guess Who? board game he created for me for Valentines Day one year. Yep. Ryan is pretty much hands down amazing).
Sidenote: Ryan choose to propose to me on the 31st of December because it was three years earlier, on December 31st, 2008… when I first told Ryan that I loved him. That’s a big word for me, so it took me some time.
After carefully painting my answer (because let me tell you, my hand was SHAKING like no other!) we stepped outside on our porch to see the ring in better lighting… and to take pictures, of course! (Feel free to skip a lot of these… they’re pretty redundant and mostly so my mom can see them!).
My mom had given Ryan her “approval” forever ago… she is seriously one of his biggest fans. I’ve known pretty much from our first date that Ryan was the one for me, so both my mom and I had zero idea of when things were going to move to the “next step.” Needless to say, she was floored!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (If you want to read the story of how Ryan and I first started dating, check out this post ).
It took us a good day and a half to make sure we contacted everyone before we publically announced it via social media. We both come from blended families, so there were a ton of phone calls to be made!
After telling our immediate family, we headed back outside for another photo-shoot! This time, with the canvases 🙂
Well hot damn. That was a lot of pictures!
Following all of this picture taking, Ryan and I got ready to celebrate the biggest day of our entire lives thus far, New Years Eve-style! But this post is already waaaaaaay too long to begin with, so I’ll save that for another time
Hopefully the photos I posted yesterday now make a bit more sense. Happy New Year!