You guys, we’re engaged! If you follow along on basically any social media channel we have, you’ve probably already heard this news, but I wanted to share the full proposal story with you because that’s what friends do! I should also apologize in advance for my really terrible iPhone and Snapchat photos as my only recap, but once you hear the story you’ll understand why.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Jared and I work together. This means we’re basically together nonstop and I would’ve sworn on my life that I would’ve seen a proposal coming from a mile away. Obviously we’ve talked about marriage a lot in our three years of dating, but we’ve always said we weren’t in a hurry. A lot of that had to do with this, but also because running a small business can be financially scary and takes up a huge part of our time. We’ve finally gotten a lot of things ironed out and smooth sailing with old wounds, new job roles, and a thriving business.
Fast forward to this past week, and it was very similar story. We had lots of deadlines, I found out I had a last minute work trip, things needed cleaning, emails needed replied to… but we took time off in the evenings to enjoy the summer with friends, had fun weekend plans, and the rest was life as usual. Then Friday came along, and I knew we had a staycation weekend planned so I wanted to get to the studio early to get things knocked out quickly.
Being the SUPER non-morning person that I am, Jared was surprised to find me awake and ready to get up and at em’ at 6:45am. He told me to just relax and that we had plenty of time to get to the studio. That I should just take the morning easy while he made coffee and eggs. Considering he makes coffee and breakfast 99% of the time while I’m still asleep, this didn’t come as a red flag. Instead I embraced the time to make the most out of “my shows” as I like to call them. AKA – endlessly watching trash Youtube videos and falling down every rabbit hole there is. It’s a very prestigious hobby of mine that I’m not exactly super proud of, ha!
The next thing I know he walks upstairs with a breakfast in bed tray and flowers. He often gets flowers to surprise me with, but never ones that look like they walked off of one of our photo shoots! Very confused, I asked him where he got the flowers to which he replied “oh, I just picked them up.” For those of you that know Jared in real life, he gets a pretty goofy grin in on his face when he thinks he’s getting away with something, and at this point he’s still totally straight faced! Looking back I think it was the nervousness getting to him.
Naturally I replied to his flower comment with “I KNOW FOR A FACT that you didn’t just pick these up! If flower vases like these were readily availably for pick up within a 50 mile radius, I would know about it.” You know, because I always have to take it to that next unnecessary level, haha! He laughed and said “I wanted to do something nice for you.”, and proceeded to tell me he’d be right back with coffee.
While downstairs I looked around the room for a candid camera and then went on to Snapchat my suspicions, lol. Still had ZERO idea that a proposal was coming because, after all, it’s a regular Friday morning when things are due.
He comes back upstairs with coffee and asks me if I need anything else. I reached for the coffee as if I was about to have candy stolen from me, and gently say “no, I’m fine” while still looking around really confused. He walks back downstairs totally nonchalant, so I press on with my Snapchat conspiracy theory, because who wouldn’t?!
Finally he comes back upstairs holding my fur kid, Thomas, and says “Thomas and I have something we want to tell you…” and started explaining how much he loved me. I think you can fill in the rest, but surprisingly he was the one tearing up as I was too busy fist bumping my hands in the air in excitement, haha! Okay, so I didn’t exactly fist bump, but I was very similar to a contestant on The Price Is Right where they’re jittery with excitement to see what they just won.
After that we spent the next hour letting all of our families know, and me sitting in total shock looking at my hand. It was perfectly low-key, just the two of us, on a normal Friday morning. No fancy camera around for capturing everything like we have to do for the blog, no fancy setting, just us in PJ’s doing our usual beloved morning coffee routine. And of course a Sriracha heart ;)
After bringing myself back to reality, we headed to the studio for a typical work day. We came in to find treats, balloons, and a note from our operations manager, Kayla. She also added “you two are the only people I know that get engaged and then go “alright, back to the studio!”, haha.
At this point I realized I had totally left the story unfinished on Snapchat and followed up with this :)
Now I hope you all are reading for some wedding inspiration coming soon! We know for sure we want to do a small destination wedding, and just throw a big party once we get home. Did any of you have a destination wedding or have been in one before? Any advice on do’s/don’ts?! We’d love to hear your thoughts!