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My Holiday Engagement: What Happened and What’s Next

December 28, 2017 20 Comments

This holiday season has been the best one ever, because I am officially engaged!! The past couple of days have been extremely hectic, and I have had so many sweet friends calling and wanting to talk to me about the engagement, so I figured a blog post would be perfect! Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how it all went down on “My Holiday Engagement: What Happened and What’s Next.”

 

On Christmas Eve, one of my biggest dreams came true: the love of my life asked me to be his wife! Our engagement story is probably one that you haven’t heard. There was no fancy dinner or big event, just us two, in the kitchen getting ready for our Christmas Eve dinner. It is quite possibly the most perfect, unexpected proposal ever!

First, let me give you a little history on my fiancé and I. Chris and I met three years ago at a tailgate party. He was the very first person I spoke to, since he was in the parking lot as I asked where I could park. We talked that day and exchanged information, but I didn’t think too much of it. We met up the next day casually to watch a football game, and that night he asked me out on an official date. The date happened a few nights later, and we have been inseparable since! I felt the itch of an engagement coming, but didn’t expect it would come on the heels of an accident.

 

The Proposal

Chris just brought home his BELOVED Ciroc Mango vodka, as well as a few other libations for the holiday weekend. He placed the bottles on top of the fridge. I told him that placing the bottles there is probably not the best idea, and that he should consider moving them to the pantry. However, he kept them there. Ladies, you are probably cringing with me at this point. As we are cooking and preparing for my family to arrive for dinner, the bottle falls off of the fridge, shatters all over the kitchen floor and the vodka is all over the floor! There was glass and vodka everywhere. The petty in me wanted to say “see what I said?” but I decided to keep calm and help him as much as I can. Of course, he insisted that I not help because of the glass, but I helped with drying up the liquor as much as I could.

After all of the mess was cleaned up, I resumed cooking. Out of the blue, Chris says “Hey, I think I have glass in my hand.” He held his hand out, as he walked towards me and said “come take a look.” I immediately go into girlfriend mode, telling him I would get my tweezers out so that I could take a closer look. As I examine his hand, he then says “well, actually” and swings around the other hand with the ring box.

Y’all, I was so shocked. I always thought I would immediately cry when getting proposed to, but I was almost at a loss for words. He got me good!! He then said “I was hoping that you wouldn’t mind wearing this glass on your hand instead.” He goes on to officially ask me to be his wife, and of course I said yes!! After a hug and quick cry, I realized that I had to get back on my hosting duties as my family would soon be arriving. Of course, in my excitement some of my cooking didn’t go quite as planned, but I didn’t care one bit. After all, he makes the best gumbo! We waited until my family and friends arrived to share the news, and it was just a beautiful time with the family that I will never forget! The proposal was what Chris always wanted, a moment for just us two to experience and enjoy together. Unfortunately, his Ciroc bottle accidentally fell and wasted, but the accident gave him the clever idea to turn it into a moment that I will forever cherish.

 

 

What’s Next

With 2018 just a few days away, I know that it’s time to switch gears quickly from the high of our engagement and start planning the wedding. I know that we want to get married in the Fall of 2018, so we have started the process of thinking of dates, budgets and all the other fun stuff that comes with wedding planning. My heart is pretty much set for a destination wedding, but I am keeping an open mind. For all my married/engaged readers, what was one thing you did that was super useful to you while you planned your wedding? I welcome and would absolutely LOVE all of your recommendations. Comment below, let’s chat!

With Love, Melanie

20 Comments

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    Shawntae

    December 28, 2017

    Great proposal and great blog!

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      cocoagirl08

      December 28, 2017

      Shawntae,

      Thank you so much for reading the blog! You are the best photographer in Dallas, and we both love you dearly. Xo!

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    Bella

    December 28, 2017

    OMG Melanie! This is so sweet!! I’m so happy for you guys and that’s so creative how he turned a bad into a really good thing! I would have been just as shocked lol. I can’t wait to see your wedding preparations. It’s such an exciting time 🙂

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      cocoagirl08

      December 28, 2017

      Hi Bella,

      Thank you so much for reading my blog! Yes, he’s a smart guy to turn that messy moment into the best moment ever. I’m praying for smooth preparations, lol. Thanks again chica, and have a wonderful New Year!!! Xo!

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    Tawanna

    December 28, 2017

    Heres a few destination wedding ideas. Have fun planning.
    https://www.theknot.com/destination-weddings

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      cocoagirl08

      December 28, 2017

      Tawanna,

      You are the best! Thank you for leading me to some useful tips. I appreciate you reading my blog soooo much! I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Besos!!

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    Mrs Kervin

    December 28, 2017

    Hi Mel

    Well the thing that was useful for me when planning my wedding was keeping my own personal book to jot down ideas and plans/ budget (My wedding planner). Also, I kept my mind somewhat at ease by keeping my wedding party simple and the people that helped me plan was my fiance, my bestfriend, and myself. The less, the better! This moment is about You and Chris so enjoy your planning so that your moment will shine through uniquely.
    Again Congratulations!

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      cocoagirl08

      December 28, 2017

      Andrea,

      Thanks for checking out my blog. I loooooved your wedding! You had great food and music, and me and my mom still talk about it till this day! I will definitely heed to your advice, thanks.

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    Porsha Edmun

    December 28, 2017

    Awww Mel! Such a beautiful blog/story ❤️ ! I just love love! So cute! Good job Chris !

    So happy for you guys !!!

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    LaAndra

    December 28, 2017

    First of all Congratulations again to you and Chris! This is a very exciting and overwhelming time! My pieces of advice are 1) Pre- Marital Counseling; I truly believe that every marriage should start with a solid spiritual foundation and a “Oneness” mindset 2) Let the wedding ideas, planning and budget be about you and Chris. This is both of you guys’ exciting moment and journey! 3) Remember that your wedding day is only 1 day out of the rest of your lives together. Don’t get so caught up in planning the wedding that you fail to plan for the marriage and life together 4) We didn’t have a destination wedding but my best friend is having a destination wedding that we’re attending in about a week and we’ve also gone on a cruise wedding of a close friend and in both situations they had travel agents/wedding coordinators to assist with all of the guests’ arrangements and they will also assist with the wedding website, travel info and updates, and help you think of everything that needs to be on your to-do list for the wedding from A to Z! This will help eliminate the stress of so many friends and family reaching out to you personally regarding travel arrangements, payment deadlines, itinerary, etc. I believe that this is an absolute must for a destination wedding if you are expecting friends and family to attend and participate 5) Have fun and date each other often in the midst of all of the organizing so that you don’t neglect the relationship for the sake of planning the wedding. Enjoy the process you two! 😉😍

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      cocoagirl08

      December 28, 2017

      LaAndra,

      This is excellent advice, thank you! Luckily, we have already completed a premarital counseling program, but I definitely want to revisit some of our lessons and make sure we keep the focus on the marriage, not the wedding. Your tips are excellent and will be heeded. Thank you so much!!

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    Liz

    December 28, 2017

    Congrats!! Such sweet photos.

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      cocoagirl08

      December 28, 2017

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks for checking out my blog. Have a Happy New Year!!

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    Ashli

    December 28, 2017

    OMG!!!!!!! Now that is a proposal!!!! I’m so excited for you both!! Just remember that no matter how lavish or creative or simple you want the big day to be, It’s all about the two of you. Everything else is just icing. I see so many brides in my chair and I always remind them never to forget that it’s all about the two. DONT LET THE DAY, GET IN THE WAY. Each newly wed wife that comes back always says the same thing. That all the little details they stressed over, they couldn’t remember day of, and could care less!!! But having family and friends be witnesses to true love in promise form was the best and only thing they remember! Congrats you two!!!!

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      cocoagirl08

      December 29, 2017

      Ashli,

      Thank you so much for reading my blog. You are so right! I am trying to remind myself now that no matter how things go, it will be good because we have each other. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!! Xo!

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    Britney

    December 29, 2017

    I’m so happy to see a prospal that was so personable. We get caught up in this huge proposals and we forget that in the end it’s all about you and the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Congrats and I pray you both have a beautiful journey together!

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      cocoagirl08

      December 29, 2017

      Britney,

      You are so right! I feel like the common thing now is to have a big crowd, with cameras everywhere! I’ve even seen people do a Facebook Live or Instagram Live of the proposal of their friend, not even considering they may want to wait to announce. I loved that this moment was just between the two of us, and at an unexpected time. Thank you for your warm wishes, and have a Happy New Year!

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    Amy

    December 29, 2017

    Congratulations! My fiancé also proposed to me on Christmas, but that was three years ago! Time will seriously fly by as you plan your big day. Best of luck to you, and my best piece of advise is don’t let others control your vision. It’s YOUR big day. Not your mom’s or mother-in-law. Just have fun with it and do you!

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    Chelsia Renee

    January 9, 2018

    This was sooooo stinking cute!!! I laughed & smiled the whole way through. I’m so happy for you Mel. I look forward to this beautiful wedding & even more this beautiful union that will be SEALED 😉💕😘

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      cocoagirl08

      January 9, 2018

      Chelsia,

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m so happy you enjoyed this, and I look forward to seeing you tie the knot as well this year. Much continued success with all that you’re doing, xo!

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