I always found it fascinating and strange when people went into an engagement already knowing it was going to happen. I knew that when Chris would propose (if ever), that I would want it to be a COMPLETE surprise. I find it to be one of the most personal and intimate moments in an entire relationship. So it goes without saying, it happened, and it was a surprise I did NOT expect.
Chris and I have been going away for my birthday weekend for years, and this year I found a cabin that I really wanted to check out. We had been doing upstairs renovations (which we did all ourselves), so I suggested a vacation from all of it. He agreed on the location and my only request was to go to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Now, for people that know me, they know I’m into cemeteries, witch culture, holistic well being and over all mythical things, so this request wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
Prior to heading out, Chris really wanted to give me my birthday gift early, because he wanted me to wear it for photos. Again, I didn’t think anything of it, considering a month prior, we had spoken about not being ready to get engaged and or have a wedding with all the house renovations we had been doing. So he gave me my gift and while I got ready, went outside and took some super cool photos! Looking back now, I get why he was so calm and patient with me getting ready, as he’s usually super ancey.
I found some really cool spots I wanted to stop at to take photos of, and we did, but they weren’t right for product shots of Meagan Meli’s Meet The Maker feature, so we headed to a different location. Chris had actually taken over my camera at this point, and I was art directing the photography. After he took photos of all the pins and we were happy with all the shots, he asked me if I had anything else I needed product shots of. I said yes, and walked to the car to get my wallet. While walking back, Chris showed me my camera and asked me how I liked this ‘really cool’ photo he had just taken.
Now, for camera owners, seeing a photo like this in a tiny screen, it’s just a photo...I saw green, I saw brown, I saw a tiny white dot. So me being oblivious, Chris kept zooming, and zooming, and ZOOMING in, until I looked at him, told him to stop and had a MASSIVE panic attack. Yes, you read that right. I had a panic attack, couldn’t breath, and was hysterically crying. Of course this would be my reaction.
Chris asked me if I had my inhaler, while I was hyperventilating, and then as he was smiling/laughing, because again, of course this is what would happen, asked if it was a yes. I muttered words out and said YES of course. Duh. This photo was taken RIGHT after the panic attack and proposal happened. You could tell I was crying, but this smile is priceless.
The Dream Ring!
Despite my massive panic attack, the whole thing was a beautiful surprise. The perfect location, the perfect timing, the perfect ring! Yes, let’s all talk about the ring. Chris and I have been together for 6 years, and within those 6 years, I had mentioned, shown and embedded Catbird and an opal in his mind. I kid you not, this ring is not only on my IG favorites, but it has been my dream wedding ring since it first came out. For those that know me, know that the moon is my guide in life. To have a ring with not only an opal, but the crescent moons, pretty much epitomizes me.
Chris did get the wrong size, but no worries….we just ended up exchanging it for my actual size and it’s even more perfect than the original one that he had proposed to me with. We have already looked at bands that go with the ring and Sofia Zakia truly does create magical pieces. I am in between a couple of options, but we’ll be heading to Catbird Lennox at some point to choose it in person.
One of my favorite parts about this story is actually the fact that a month prior, Chris’s whole family had mentioned us getting engaged, and we were talking about the perfect ring, all the while, he had already PURCHASED my dream ring. He had kept this a secret from everyone, which was my only wish from him. He did go through my phone to get my dad’s number in Portugal to get his approval, which was really sneaky of him as to how he went about it. He offered to download Samsung Pay, because I kept pushing it off, and while he did that, he retrieved the digits. He called the number, in hopes my dad would answer, and he did. Chris got his approval and here we are!
We’re scouting venues, looking at the perfect invitation creators, and seeing if the date we want, is available. It’s really stressful and overwhelming, especially with my anxiety. I would have loved to just elope, and allow an intimate moment between the both of us, stay between the both of us, but alas, Chris wants a wedding and we are meeting in the middle.
The plan is a small wedding, we are at 100, but I want to decrease that to 75. A barn location is preferred, but we are becoming more open to other options, as the venue we love is way over our budget. Lastly, our original decor might have to change depending on the venue, but we shall see. I don’t want to give too many details.
Despite all the wedding stuff, renovations are still alive. Project, new bathroom coming in 2019!
I hope you liked reading our story. I get asked all the time how it happened, and realistically, thought this was the perfect way to look back on it.
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