Our Engagement Story
if you haven’t already read about my boyfriend asking my divorced parents to meet him at chili’s so he could tell them he was going to marry me…do that first.
it was tuesday july 15, 2008 and when i got home from work. my roommate kim basically said “hi. gotta go. see you later.” and rushed out the door. it was sort of strange because we would usually chat and drink wine together but she was out of there.
ravery called and said he wanted to treat me to a ‘big city burrito’ since it was buy one get one half off day every tuesday. this lady never turns down a potato burrito. he was also very specific that i must not take a shower or ‘get ready’ and he would be over in 15. that was weird. i mean, when someone tells me not to do something i instantly get the urge to do it, even if it’s showering (which i hate).
we grabbed our burritos and took them to city park, the same park where he un-suavely asked for my number about a year earlier.
i get about halfway through my burrito when he asks me to set it on the bench and stand up. i give him the side-eye because he knows how much i love my potato burrito but i oblige.
before i know it, he’s down on one knee and asking me to be his wife and partner for life (and other ooshy-gooshy things that i keep between us because while i’m an over-sharer, i also know the sweet goods to hold close).
a few things about this picture…
1) he took me to get my nails done a few days before ‘just because.’ he’s sweet and does things like that even to this day so i had no idea
2) yes, he’s wearing an engagement ring too. if i’m going to show off ‘i’m taken and super excited to get hitched,’ why shouldn’t he get to do the same? (i’m working on separate post of this). we had browsed at rings for him and i bought him one.
view from the gorgeous proposal site:
we took A LOT of pictures with me saying “quick! take my picture drinking my drink for the first time as fiancée!” “quick! take a picture, this is our first shadow picture as fiancées!” and he did because he loves me.
he did a superb job keeping in line with my wishes of a proposal that wasn’t in front of people, something casually and not over the top.
and then i remember my
boyfriend fiancé was ryan avery and his life motto is to “dream big” which in turn means he does BIG.
that was when he asked me if he could blindfold me (not kinkily) and drive my brand new car my dad just got me literally 4 days earlier (i know. i’m lucky. my car was totaled a few months before and my dad said “i want to help you get a safe, reliable car because on a social worker salary you will probably never get one.” that is true).
i want to tell you i instantly threw him the keys and said “let’s rule the world baby!” but instead i tried to convince him it would be just as fun if he told me where to go and i drove since he wasn’t covered by my insurance. i swear i can have a good time.
i eventually let him (sorry dad) and we rolled up to the fanciest hotel in ft. collins and this is the room i walked into:
i think i knew i would be a blogger even 6 years ago because i also took pictures like this to capture it all:
he had enlisted the help of my roommate, kim (remember who jetted out the door) to gather all of my hair stuff, make-up (okay, that’s just mascara and eyeliner) and personal belongings that i would need for an overnight sleepover (pay no attention to this parents reading). she was SO excited for us that she literally had to leave town because she was afraid she would spill the beans to me. haaa. i love that.
we watched the sunset from the top floor, i was finally allowed to take a shower and then he asked to drive my car again because he had even more things planned because he’s ryan avery.
he had a table reserved for us at our favorite martini bar (okay, he had legally only been 21 for 2 months at this point so maybe ‘favorite’ is an overstatement):
two things about this picture:
1) please note my awesome flip-phone in the corner
2) he totally spelled my name wrong and forgot the “a” in chelsea. haaaaaaa
it was the perfect mix of simplicity and intimate for me but he also got to show off his sweetness with a night full of surprises, which he loves!
and he said “we can! i called and got your shift covered. let’s go to estes park!”
so we did.
we visited where he went to camp as a young lad, which is what eventually lead him to leave his home state of texas and come to school in colorado.
it makes me feel all swoon-y towards him after reliving our engagement story so thanks for letting me share!
1) let’s hear it…your engagement story!
2) how generous are you letting people drive your car?
3) did you go to camp as a kid?