Wedding Wednesday: The Proposal- An Engagement story with Four{!!} Surprises, a Granite Stone Ring Pop, Tequila shots, and lots o’ ugly crying!

This is the first installment in a weekly series leading up to our one year anniversary about our wedding, the planning, and all the events apart of the wedding fun! You can read the Wedding Wednesday overview here


Surprise lakeside proposal in front of family!

The plan for what ended up being our engagement day was actually all my idea…

Or so I thought.

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

John and I were spending the day celebrating our four year dating anniversary! He had been asking for a few weeks what I wanted to do to celebrate and I had originally suggested that we should spend some time together out on the boat, maybe walk along Park Avenue for some lunch, and just have a relaxing day on the water. Our first real one-on-one time together was actually on that same boat so I thought it would be a proper anniversary activity- plus March in Florida is always just beautiful! John agreed with my idea and never gave me a single clue that something else would be in the works by continuing to check with me every so often if that plan was still what I wanted to do.

It really was brilliant though- since it was my plan originally, it never occurred to me that that day could be anything but just a really nice time spent together, celebrating four great years.

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
How you know I had no idea anything was going on: I had no sunscreen on, no bra, no make up bag to fix myself with, and hair sloppily pulled back just to protect it from the wind- I was totally unprepared!

We slowly got ready that morning and then headed over to John’s parent’s house to take out the boat!

I should have known then that something was up because John’s dad and mom both walked us out to the dock, which was a little odd but not totally bizarre, but then they stayed there and waved, watching us drive off while his dad said things like, “What a special day! What a special memory!” I thought it was because we were celebrating our anniversary but it should have been my first clue that there was more going on then I realized. But I was totally dense that day I guess ha 🙂

The weather more than lived up to our expectations and we spent time cruising around the Chain of Lakes before tying off the boat to find some lunch!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

While John and I ate lunch and then got back onto the boat to slowly cruise back towards home, there was one of the first surprises of the day happening behind my back!

My family was getting into position to spy on our boat and take pictures of the proposal at the very spot my parents were married at 37 years before 🙂 It still makes me teary-eyed to think about!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
My parents were married in this very park almost exactly 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
My daddy being a look out for our boat while trying to stay hidden

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
The soon-to-be junior groomsmen & flower girl hiding out

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
Keeping an eye out for our boat…

And finally, here we come!!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

I wish I had written down exactly what was said on this boat ride so I could remember all the sweet things John told me but I didn’t because at the time I thought there was no way I wouldn’t be able to recite it all word-for-word even 50 years later 🙁

But thankfully I do still remember the first part pretty clearly! Though that part John probably wants me to forget ha…

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

As we pulled closer to Kraft Azalea Gardens, John started talking about our last four years together, and all we’ve been through. Now, this sounds romantic- and it was!- however the most annoying used car commercial started blaring on the boat radio riiight about that time. So I naturally reached down to turn it off and in doing so, because I wasn’t paying attention to the radio and was trying to pay attention to John, I accidentally turned on the CD player instead! AND I somehow managed to turn up the volume instead of down! Unfortunately, the CD player has had the SAME gangster rap CD stuck in it since John was in high school!! There we are in this sweet moment, trying to talk about how special we are to each other and gangsta rap is BLARING through the boat speakers! It was hilarious 😀

Well, to ME it was hilarious. John’s response was something along the lines of, “okay, you just sit down and I’ll do the radio myself!” while I was cracking up laughing.

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

That’s when John said he was going to get me another drink and reached over to the cooler. At the moment I realized that I had a full drink, I turned to tell him it wasn’t necessary and he was down on one knee!!

I gasped and did what any normal woman does in that situation…

I immediately got down on my knees too!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
Yep, that would be BOTH of us kneeling while John proposed

He spoke about our past and our future and the main line I remember is him saying that we may not be able to get married where my parents were married, but we could get engaged there 🙂

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
The pup was watching us too 🙂

I was bawling and immediately screamed out a thousand YES’s while also trying to hug and kiss him all at once! Poor guy had a rush of Brittany comin’ straight at him!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

After I could compose myself enough to stand up again, John pointed over to the shoreline where I saw my family all watching and waving!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

My surprise #2, my family got to see the whole thing!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
I was SHOCKED!
Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
And sooo many tears…

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

We drove the boat over to the dock and picked my parents, sister, niece, and nephew- who came with their own cooler of champagne to cheers! {My brother in law David was already up in Colorado at his new job but he was being texted updates throughout the day. He was still missed though!}

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
I was shaking, I was in shock!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Realizing in our celebration that the 3 & a half year old had taken over the wheel! {Don’t worry, the boat wasn’t on ha}

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
Cheers!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
If that’s not perfect multi-tasking then I don’t know what is!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

So, you are probably wondering more about the ring {I would be!} but the truth is that my future husband proposed to me with a Granite Ring Pop…

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

and you are probably asking yourselves why?! And that is a very valid question to have ha.

There are two different things that I told John throughout our many, many years together when it came to what kind of ring I wanted from him:

The first started very shortly after we started dating. We would talk about getting engaged or married and I would tell him, “I don’t care about the ring, it could be a Ring Pop for all I care, I just want to be with you forever!” So it became a bit of a joke between us, this Ring Pop commentary. Now, of course I wanted a real ring {and I was very specific about exactly what I wanted that ring to look like haha} but it was way more important to me that he knew it was just about us being together than it was about any one piece of jewelry.

The second part of the story came when we were doing a massive kitchen renovation in our home. The reno was over the budget and over the timeline and everything was taking so much out of us- as renovations typically do! When it came time to choose our counter top and we really wanted to go for the granite we had our heart set on, we both knew it would mean a longer time until an engagement ring would be a possibility. I told John that again, I didn’t NEED a ring {well, not right away ha}, and he could always just use the granite as the ‘stone’ if he wanted to 😉 I didn’t know that when he met the counter top fabricator for measurement of our kitchen cabinets, he had them cut a piece of our granite into the shape of a diamond- even though it wouldn’t get used for years later 🙂

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

So my husband-to-be took me at my word and proposed with a Granite Stone Ring Pop- just like I had always asked him for 🙂

{And, to be honest, my wildest dreams couldn’t have possibly written a better story for the ring than that!}

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
Austin steering us towards John’s parents house

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

After cheersing a million and one times, we made it to John’s parent’s house where surprise #3 was waiting for us- John’s family was there to celebrate with us too!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
The nieces had made flower crowns and bouquets for our arrival!
Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
Our genuine response! “Our commitment phobe guy finally proposed!”
Our engagement story
Make up has been ALL cried off at this point ha, but I’m still wearing the granite ring proudly!

Eddie passed out champagne glasses and we gathered together for toasts and more cheers!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

After a few minutes the chaos had died down a little bit and my sister’s best friend Leslee and her husband Nick showed up to join in the celebration too! She is like another sister to me and I’m so glad they were able to make just in time for John to make a toast!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!
Happy family!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

It was about this time that my face betrayed my thoughts as I was confused on why John was bringing up our jeweler being a great liar during his toast…

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
“Why in the world is he talking about Victoria Jewelers right now..”

But then he said that he actually DID have my dream ring and he wanted to ask me again so that all our family could be apart of it!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
My mom and I are obviously NOT calm reactors in emotional situations hahaha
A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!
Yep, I was hysterical ha #uglycrier

So John got down on one knee and in front of our whole family, asked me to be his wife.

It’s the best question I could possibly be asked, by the best guy I could possibly dream of asking it.

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

And it was a more composed, but still crying!!, Yes! 1000 times, yes!!

Surprise lakeside proposal in front of family!

Proposal where my parents were married 37 years before!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!
A {slightly fuzzy} shot of the REAL ring

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!

I told John that I couldn’t handle any more surprises or I might not survive it ha!

He said there was just one more, but that it was just to go out to dinner for my favorite- Mexican- to celebrate! That was a small surprise that I could actually handle 🙂

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!
Time to open more bubbly! We’re getting married people!!! Ahhhh 😀

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!
My guys 🙂
A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!
My mommas and my sisters- luckiest girl in the world!
A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!
No one can remember why we were starting to crack up here, but I think it’s even better that way- it’s a secret memory that only the picture knows 🙂

A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

Surprise lakeside proposal on our 4 year dating anniversary where my parent's were married 37 years before!
With my daddy out to celebrate with a Mexican feast!

It was time for some sister-sister tequila shots! I AM GETTING MARRIED!!!!

Four big surprises, sunburned shoulders, margarita cheers, sooo many ugly tears shed, and a lifetime to reminisce about the day we decided on forever together!

Sapphire engagement ring

And John blew it out of the park and exceeded every expectation or dream I could possibly have had about our engagement, from my TWO dream rings to the most romantic proposal!

But, I meant what I said from the very beginning- all that matters is that I just want to be with John, forever 🙂

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Next week’s Wedding Wednesday is my 1950’s Housewife Bridal Shower and Fiesta-Themed Bachelorette Party Weekend! 


A 4-Surprise engagement with a Granite Ring Pop, tequila shots, and a proposal in the same spot of my parent's anniversary 37 years before!

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