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.
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.
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