We’re engaged! I’m thrilled to share this exciting time in my/our lives!
Throughout our relationship, I’ve referred to him on the blog as “boyfriend.” Well, he got a title upgrade and he is now fiancé! BUT he’s given me permission and it’s about time he was formally recognized by name on my blog and moving forward. Everyone, meet my dreamy fiancé Will!
Now that we’re making this thing really official, here’s the story about how we met and how he proposed.
We Met on a Really Awkward Blind Date
Not only was it a blind date but it was a group date. My co-worker was dating Will’s brother and had hung out with Will a couple of times. She thought we would get along so she organized a get-together with two other work friends and their plus ones. The eight of us met at Dave & Buster’s for dinner and games. It was completely awkward and we barely talked to each other. He didn’t even get my number!
As awkward as it was, it went ok enough that we went on another double-date with my co-worker and Will’s brother a few weeks later. That led to our first solo date (another reason why we love the restaurant Tomo) and another and another as we got to know each other and became a little less awkward.
We took our first trip together (to Dallas for the UT-OU game) two months later and our first international trip together (to Costa Rica) about five months after that. We both love adventure travel, so it was fitting that he would pop the question while we were in Egypt.
The Proposal on a Boat!
Three days before we left for our Egypt trip, my parents were in town for my dad’s work and we all had lunch together. After lunch, Will was strangely adamant about riding alone with my dad back to our house, so I had a feeling he would pop the question on our trip.
Four days into our trip, we boarded a liveaboard for seven days of diving around the Red Sea. Two days in, we stopped at Brothers Islands for the night and after our third and final dive of the day, we were showered and waiting for dinner. The trip to get off the boat and see the lighthouse on the island had been canceled, so I suggested we go to the top deck of the boat to take some photos of the lighthouse and sunset. Will agreed and went back to our room to grab his camera (and the ring).
We were on the deck taking photos of the lighthouse for about 15 to 30 seconds when he came over and said, “I’ve been waiting a long time to do this…” He bent the knee and pulled out the ring. He took my right hand and asked “Will you marry me?” and I, calmly on the outside but freaking out on the inside, took away my right hand and gave him my left hand. 😀 I think I said something along the lines of, “BABY! WHAT?!!! BABY! IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? YES!” No chill.
Is He The One?
There was so much adrenaline running through me during the proposal, but I wasn’t as emotional as I thought I would be (I save all those tears for watching This Is Us :D). I’ve known for a while that Will was the one and we’ve talked about spending the rest of our lives together. The official ask was a formal confirmation that we were going to do this thing!
When it comes to “the one,” they say “when you know, you know.” I didn’t know (or wouldn’t admit) if he was the one for a long time (as you might have concluded in many Captivations posts), but I knew there was something different about him and our relationship from the beginning. He steadied my life and I never had to guess if he wanted to be here. Being with him was easy, and our interests, desires, and personalities fit perfectly together. His quiet strength and kind heart showed me who he was, and he made me love kale. (Have you tried his kale salad recipe?) All of that is still true today, and I wouldn’t want to eat good food, go on adventures, and celebrate life with anyone else!
Here Comes the Wedding
We’re getting married! Y’all. You know I love party planning, so this is the best time of my life. 😀 I get a little overwhelmed when I think about all the decisions to make, but I’m also really excited about wedding and honeymoon planning. We’re planning on a fall 2019 wedding in Austin. We considered a tiny destination wedding to keep costs and stress low, but we really want to celebrate with our family and friends. A few decisions down, many more to go!
I need all the tips and recommendations I can get, so please send them over! Which are your favorite Austin vendors? Should we hire a videographer? What should we put on the registry? I’d love to hear your advice, so please comment below.