‘Tis the season to get engaged! Valentine’s Day, the day of love, is probably the unwed single woman’s favorite holiday! I have certainly shared in the excitement and secret hope of a Valentine’s Day proposal. To kick off the season of love, I thought I would share my engagement story. Over the next few weeks, I have a few ideas up my sleeve to help those looking to pop the question in Austin this Valentine’s Day! But, first, my personal proposal and all the juicy details!
Like most women (and event planners), I had done the dirty work (ring shopping) for Bryan, and continued to drop hints for months from emails to text messages. My friends were well-equipped with the ring details, just in case! I wasn’t afraid to voice my opinion about the most important piece of jewelry of my life. We even visited multiple jewelry stores in Austin and online. My sweet fiancé, Bryan, isn't a follower and far from traditional, so a Valentine’s Day proposal was never in my future. The excitement of an engagement is out of this world, especially for a wedding-lover like myself. The moment is something you dream about, and I couldn't wait until it was my turn.
We met on a blind date in March 2011 – my first and last blind date! After nearly two years of dating, Bryan decided it was time to seal the deal (I’d been ready for about a year). He planned a trip to ask my Dad for permission during a business trip to Oklahoma - a request I made clear from the beginning. To my benefit, my Dad genuinely loves Bryan - it's true you marry a man like your father. With my Dad’s permission, Bryan’s planning began. He waited nearly nine months!
My Dad recently joked that he thought Bryan might have changed his mind. In normal Bryan fashion, he was waiting until he was ready - which I appreciate. He gathered the notes and many suggestions I had given him, and created a custom engagement ring. Bryan refused to buy a ring online. He wanted to touch it, see it, feel it and take it home - wise thoughts.
We had a trip planned to Napa to celebrate our anniversary in March. We love Napa! Of course, the thought crossed my mind that this could be it and my turn was here. As the trip neared, Bryan started planning his proposal; taking suggestions from friends and family on how, when and where he should pop the big question in Napa. A few days before the trip, Bryan picked up the ring from the jeweler and toted it around in his pocket for safe keeping—still unsure how he would propose. The evening before our trip, Bryan found the perfect opportunity. Taking me completely off-guard, he dropped to one knee in the kitchen while I was doing dishes! Stunned and surprised (both of us), the moment was unplanned and perfect!
Even for an event planner, when all things in life are well planned, I wanted my engagement to be a surprise. And, Bryan certainly took me by surprise! If you are planning an engagement, my best advice is make it personal and special. Perfection is not in the proposal, it is in the journey to come! Getting engaged? I would love to help you dream up a fabulous surprise! Let's start planning! Stay tuned, more details on all things engagement related - rings, sizing, the 4c's, budget!