"I have found the one whom my soul loves." -Song of Solomon 3:4
Since I was a little girl I've always dreamed about finding my Prince Charming that God created JUST FOR ME. I've also dreamed about the proposal from my prince and always wondered if I would cry? Jump for joy? Take FOREVER to say Y-E-S? Jump into his arms? Have a secret photographer? Those of you who know me "in real life" know that I am EXTREMELY family-oriented and that my family is my rock and my whole world. Well...Andy turned my dreams into reality on Tuesday October 9, 2012.
Andy and I both had planned our vacation weeks at the same time so we spent the WHOLE week having fun little adventures and day trips! Little did I know that one of our day trips would be so HUGE! We had planned on going to the beach that day for our anniversary and do some shopping and I knew that he had a special dinner date reservation. I didn't think about it being THE day because it was our anniversary, and Andy always goes all out for our monthly anniversaries :) well, lets recap to what he KNEW I wanted before he proposed...
1. He had to MAKE SURE I had my nails freshly manicured! I mean who wants a NEW SHINEY rock on their un-manicured finger? NOT this Cinderella!
2. I wanted a 'secret photographer'. Thanks to Pinterest for giving me that idea and reminding me that THE moment is so very special and that I wanted to capture it to its extreme including the exact location, etc.
*The Friday before THE day, Andy gave me some good ol' moo-lah to get my nails done as a PRIZE for graduating 'Crossfit 101' which is a hard core workout class :) Also we had our friends Brittany and Kent's engagement party to attend and he wanted to make sure I looked good. Sweet man!
*The Monday night before, Andy bought me another prize (I just love prizes!). It was a little black dress I had been 'eyeing' from Eagle Eye Outfitters. A one shoulder black Miss Me Couture dress :) he said it was a new outfit for our surprise dinner date!...I still had NO clue about the proposal!
Ok, back to THE day :)
We left Dothan in the morning to head to Destin for some shopping, but not before stopping by Dunkin' Donuts for a sprinkle donut first :) Once in Destin, we did a little shopping, got some new Crossfit kicks! We just enjoyed time with each other and had a light lunch. We then met up with my brother and sister in law for some shopping. They planned on going to eat at Cafe' 30a for a date night. We arrived on the beaches of 30A, parted ways with them, got dressed and all dolled up for dinner. Andy said we had time to kill at our 'secret' dinner spot and suggested we take a walk on the beach and watch the sunset. We walked and talked and Andy asked if I was enjoying my day and of course I was! He said he wanted to make it BETTER. Hand in hand he then got down on one knee, told me some things about how much he loved me and wanted to care for me. He said he was REALLY wanting to make me his wife and then after about 3 minutes of NOT hearing what he said because he pulled out my gorgeous new BLING, I finally said YES! As soon as I said YES, I noticed 2 secret photographers in the background :) my brother and sister in law were hiding at a beach house waiting for us! My LOVE is great at taking notes!!
I was SO shocked and SO excited!! I didn't cry, which I really only cry when I'm upset or hurt. I'm not a happy crier, just FULL of smiles. After the initial shock of everything, Rebecca went and grabbed a box full of PROPS for picture taking! I was so excited! Turns out, Andy had told Momma a MONTH before, so she had plenty of time to make all the props for the occasion, and with Rebecca's help! Andy had also asked my dad over lunch one day! They kept that from me! After taking pics for an hour we parted ways with Kyle and Rebecca yet again for dinner. I still had no clue as to where we were going. Once we hit the interstate Andy told me that we were eating dinner at his aunt and uncles restaurant in Crestview called The Wild Olive. We walked in and were congratulated by his aunt and uncle and they sat us in the back. When we turned the corner there was my mommy, brother, sister in law, and Andy's grandmother!!!! I was so shocked and SO very excited to spend the evening of our proposal with FAMILY!! apparently Kyle and Rebecca were beside us at a red light and it almost ruined the surprise that they would be joining us, but I was too busy making phone calls, facebooking, and instagraming to notice!
If you know my momma then you know that she LOVES a party and loves to decorate!!! She had the little back section of the restaurant decorated for the future Mr. and Mrs.!
I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful man and a more wonderful proposal! God has truly blessed me and for that I am forever thankful! Andy and I have set a date :) We will become Mr. And Mrs. on October 26, 2013!
Enjoy the pics from our wonderful day!
Sorry that they aren't in order!!