5.22.2014

WE'RE ENGAGED! / Sharing our proposal story and the engagement outfit

Hi!  Sharing some very special and happy news today...  Shane and I are engaged!  I am so ecstatic to share our proposal story on this blog because Shane incorporated my blog (which is practically my baby) into his big surprise plan and that alone already means so much to me.  Unfortunately it wasn't as easy as 1, 2, 3 for Shane as he prepared months in advance for the big day and he had to overcome several bumps along the way but I will let him share those stories since I get the pleasure of sharing his successful proposal =D.

Before I share the story, this is the outfit I wore on the day of the proposal.  Shane told to wear something "blog worthy" so that he can take my pictures for the blog and my red flag should have gone up for that because he rarely offers to take my pictures!  It's a good thing I listened to him because if it were up to me I probably would have hung out with him in jeans and a sweatshirt since I was just getting over a nasty cold/flu and those pictures surely would not have been blog worthy.
ruffled collar ps1 tiny bag
BCBGeneration dress (old; similar here and same style in a gorgy blue) /
Talbots necklace / Talbots belt (this one is a beautiful alternative) /
Talbots gladiator wedges (similar options under $65 herehere, and under $30 here) /
Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Crossbody (if you're in US, save a few dollars and get it tax-free here)

Shane actually intended to ask the Sunday after my sister and I got back from Italy (I guess distance does make the heart grow fonder, haha) but as I mentioned I got hit with one of the worse cold/flu I've ever experienced so I was bedridden that whole weekend.  As I was starting to feel better I set up brunch plans with our former colleague for April 13th since we flaked on him the week before because I wasn't feeling well.  When I told Shane our plans he told me to schedule it for a late lunch because he had a surprise for me that day.
ruffle sleeveless open neck dress khaki tan brown
Fast forward to April 13th and Shane takes us to the San Francisco Botanical Garden where we set up a little picnic with sandwiches that he picked up from Little Lucca.  At this point of the day I started to have an inkling that he was going to propose and that was because of his surprise comment from the week before (he rarely conjures up surprises), his willingness to take my blog pics, and hints that my mom had been dropping (oh mom...).  Now we've always talked about getting married and I knew that we eventually would but we've never actually gone ring shopping or anything of that sorts so it was up in the air when it would happen and if it would actually happen then.
little lucca italian deli sandwich south san francisco california
By the end of half of my sandwich my hands are covered in garlic sauce and jalepeno pesto and in no condition for a ring so I scatter to the restroom to wash them.  I get back to the blanket to find that Shane has wrapped up the other half of my sandwich (he is always so thoughtful) and is ready to explore the garden (or so I thought).  We sit on the blanket for a little bit longer and nothing happens so I tell Shane that I totally thought he was going to propose today and why I thought that.  Well he must've expected me to say such a thing because he totally played it off!  There was no pause between my thoughts and his response and his response rolled off his tongue and was completely natural.  He had me convinced me that he was not going to be proposing.
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We both laughed at my instinct and happily strolled around exploring the garden without a care in the world.  Then we came upon the historic Santa Maria de Ovila monastery stones in the Library Terrace and decided to sit and observe our surroundings.  This location of the garden was reminiscent of the ancient ruins of Rome and Ostia Antica and being there brought us back to our time in Italy in November.  While we were sitting around Shane grabbed my camera and walked across the open area to take some pics of me.  He's been taking random shots of me throughout the time we've been in the gardens so this was nothing of the ordinary.  While he was across the way he told me that he wanted some full body shots and asked me to grab his camera from his backpack.  I have a 85mm lens on my crop frame dslr so it was totally believable and to be honest I was expecting to grab his camera because I remember thinking to myself "but the quality won't be as good as my camera!"  Well seeing as how this post is dedicated to our proposal you all know what I pulled out of that backpack...
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happy expression engagement engage reaction story
... And it sure wasn't his camera!  Shane captured those shots (I was wondering why the heck he was taking pictures of me grabbing his camera) moments before he came over to get the box from me, get on one knee, and pop the question.  To say that I was shocked would be an understatement - I think I was in so much disbelief that Shane had to ask me if "that is a yes".  Well of course it is!

The excitement over this new chapter of our lives together was so overwhelming that we ended up leaving shortly after our engagement because there was no way that we would be able to fully appreciate the beauty of the garden with such happy news to share with those we love and with each other.  In fact one of my dear friend made me realize that Shane and I didn't even take an engagement selfie of this milestone in our relationship.  Pictorial evidence or not, I will always remember and cherish this moment for the rest of my life.  I can't wait to see what the future brings for us!

(And as if I needed another reason to love blogging.  This would have been a totally different story if it weren't for this blog.  Thank you so kindly for letting me share our story and for keeping me going throughout the past year and a half!)

9 comments:

  1. What a precious story Jenny, congratulations to you and Shane!

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    1. Love you Shar!!! Thank you a million times again and again <3

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  2. Huge congratulations to you both! I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness!

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    1. The biggest hugs to you Aimee! Shane and I thank you for your well wishes and congratulatory note and I thank you for, in a special way, being part of this new chapter for us. Hope all has been well Aimee <3

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  3. Congratulations to you and Shane on your engagement!!! I wish you both many years of happiness together and always look forward to you beautiful photos...

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    1. Thank you so much Debra from Shane and I, we really appreciate your congratulatory note and well wishes. And I am always grateful for your kind words but must give credit to the photographers (momma, sis, and Shane says thanks!) for the pics. Hope the speedy length worked out for you =D

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  4. Congratulations Jen! What a beautiful story! Wishing you both lots of happinesses and love! :D

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    1. Thank you so very much Kailyn for your well wishes. Shane and I are thankful for your time and even more grateful that in a way you (as a blog supporter and friend) were a part of the proposal <3

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  5. Belatedly, CONGRATULATIONS! How lovely that he used the blog as a reason and as part of the proposal :) I love that. And Little Lucca lunch, that's a fantastic local lunch choice <3

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