Y’all. I’M ENGAGED!!!
A month ago today, my love dropped to one knee and popped the question. But his scheming began much earlier than that. Like a good 10 weeks or so. After we got engaged, Daniel spilled the beans on how he planned the entire proposal.
The first thing he did was a little detective work. Daniel and I routinely spoke about marriage, but hardly ever about a proposal or wedding. One of those times was during our first visit to Savannah. We were there for his birthday weekend and to run in the Savannah Rock n’ Roll Series half marathon. It was many firsts for us: my first half, our first half together, our first visit together to one of my favorite cities, his first birthday as a couple, our first weekend trip together – an all around special weekend. While strolling through the idyllic streets of historic downtown Savannah, we spotted a jewelry store and popped inside. Daniel LOVES his watches, so I didn’t think much of it. But then he casually asks what sort of rings I like. We were 9 months into our relationship and although I knew he was the man I was meant to spend the rest of my life with, I was in no hurry for forever. I briefly described my dream ring (that particular store didn’t carry anything like it), and we were back on our way to exploring Savannah.
Some time after that exchange, I pinned my dream ring onto a Pinterest board for safe keeping. Between that point and early January, Daniel made his move. My favorite part of our entire proposal story is knowing the poor man had to create not only a Pinterest account, but also an Etsy account to acquire my DREAM ring. But that was only the first obstacle. He still needed my ring size and the designer was fresh out of the gemstones needed to create the ring. So while Daniel waited for her to restock, he slyly discovered my ring size when I tried on some fashion rings at Madewell’s shop in Ponce City Market. I tried on a ring, put it back and he took note of the size. Simple as that! (Sidenote: I should go buy that darn ring to thank Madewell for its help in getting me engaged. LOL)
Once Daniel got word the gemstones were restocked and the designer could proceed with creating a ring, he placed his order and cleverly used his parents’ home as the shipping address. Yet the biggest obstacle still remained. He long had a plan to propose to me at the finish line of the Publix Half Marathon. Daniel’s passion is running, and the year before he completed the full marathon at the same event. Asking me to become his wife during a race was his perfect idea of a proposal. In fact, I once jokingly told some girlfriends that I bet Daniel proposes at a race when the time is right for him (I’m a prophet!). I still don’t know exactly how he did it, convincing me to sign up for another half during the dead cold of winter, knowing good and well how tough a course this iconic Atlanta race is… but I did. Anything for him.
And that was it. Every piece had fallen into place. But there was yet another “hitch” before the big day! Daniel was suffering from IT band issues in the weeks leading up to the race. He took it easy on training, but in the end, it wasn’t enough. At mile 4, he made the wise decision to call it quits and walk back to the start/finish line to wait in the cold on me to finish the race (he’s MUCH faster than me, so he started well ahead of me and had to wait quit some time). That entire morning, the entire race, and even for awhile after finishing and meeting up with him and his friend John, I had NO clue of what was in store.
My body was aching. I was cold and shivering. I was ready to go home and rest a bit before meeting a client for a consult at my home office that afternoon (in hindsight that wasn’t the smartest move, scheduling that meeting after a half marathon). I briefly noticed a shift in behavior between Daniel and John. John was on his phone, which isn’t unusual (wink wink John), but it seemed pointed in our direction. Daniel grabbed me, pulled me in for a hug, and asked me if I wanted to run another race. Obviously my reaction was a very visceral “Eff no, are you out of your mind??!” I’m sorry Daniel, for I do not know the things I say when I am sore and hungry. He smiled and said, “Would you like to run the race of life with me?” And then he was suddenly on one knee. My brain was trying to comprehend why he said something so cheesy, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was perfection. It was so him.
My life literally changed in that moment. Even my body shed its aches and pain out of sheer joy. Being so utterly surprised by his proposal made it that much sweeter. And that pretty pink rock didn’t hurt.
Thankfully for us (and you), Daniel arranged to have his best friend John capture the entire thing in both pictures and video. He even snuck in a hilarious snapchat as “the last man standing” among his good friends.
This past month has included some of the best moments of our entire relationship. I love being engaged to Daniel, but I know it pales in comparison to being his wife. We’ve already celebrated so many milestones: traveling, buying a house, taking in our stray cat, running races. Our wedding will be the next milestone and I’m excited to share this time with my own brides, as a bride-to-be.
On the Marta ride home from the race, Daniel and I decided to keep the big news secret for at least a week as we told close friends and family in person. We also decided to refrain from any wedding planning for an entire month, so we could focus on simply being engaged.
We’ve hit the one-month mark and planning is OFFICIALLY underway! So stay tuned! Not only will I be sharing some of our wedding plans in real time, I’ll also share some advice for all my fellow brides from both the wedding professional and real bride perspectives!