The Coolest Proposal Ever!

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yee-haw! coming at all y’all from dallas, texas! we are here to pre-game christmas with my in-laws before we head off to kansas city, missouri!

i foreshadowed this in one of my posts about antarctica and now i can finally reveal the fun news! while we were in antarctica, our new dutch friends, stephanie and thijs GOT ENGAGED! i am pretty sure you can’t top a proposal in freakin’ antarctica – drop the mic and walk out because damn. i think this is probably the coolest proposal ever!

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the zodiac driver, charlie gets full credit for capturing the moment with snapping photos!

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since neither of them are from america – they speak multiple languages (ha!). stephanie speaks dutch, english and german and thijs speaks dutch, english and spanish. thijs spoke spanish to the expedition leader and asked if there would be an opportunity to do something like this on the trip, which was confirmed.

more about the story: we were all getting ready to leave port lockroy to head back to the ship when suddenly thijs said they wanted to take a few more photos of penguins so they would catch the next zodiac back. little did we know….

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thijs talked to the expedition leader who passed the message onto a zodiac driver, charlie who very casually said he would take both of them back to the ship. instead the zodiac driver found a secluded and sturdy chunk of ice. thijs asked stephanie if she would get out and explore a little more with him.

she said she was a little confused but went along with it. then he dropped to one knee, said something i can only assume to be super romantic in dutch and asked her to be his wife!

back on the boat, i walked back to the lounge area and saw stephanie still in her antarctic gear. she ran up to me and said “i have to tell you something,” to which i replied “ohhh what!?” then she very excitedly said “I’M ENGAGED!” and we jumped up and down and i freaked out and couldn’t stop hugging them!!!!! I LOVE PEOPLE IN LOVE!!! i’m still so excited, if you couldn’t tell!

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funny story that earlier that day at lunch, stephanie and i were talking about how excited we were to visit the souviner shop in port lockroy and how we were going to get crazy all up in there. this conversation turned into how long ryan and i have been married and how we divvy up our finances.

stephanie started teasing thijs about how she really hopes to get married before she’s 30 (she’s 28) because she’s been his girlfriend for 9 years! we started teasing that maybe there would be a cheap ring he could get in the souvenir shop and then propose because antarctica. thijs sat there with the best poker face while we all sat around and joked about a proposal!

mere hours later, the magic happened and with a gorgeous ring because he was so well prepared!

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here they are recounting their story on our ship later that afternoon!

huge congratulations stephanie and thijs! no pressure to invite us to the wedding but if you do, we will so be there! i couldn’t share this story until they returned home from their travels on december 18 to tell their families in person – what a great end to 2015 for these two love birds!


  1. Kate

    December 21, 2015 at 7:58 am

    How exciting to be part of that! Also, how often can you call something the “coolest” and mean that both metaphorically and literally 🙂
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    • chelsea

      December 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

      right you are kate – super cool on so many levels 🙂 it was really fun to celebrate with them afterwards! i also felt honored to keep the photo files on my laptop for them as a backup in case anything happened to their SD card!

  2. Audrey

    December 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Well if this isn’t the coolest thing I don’t know what is. (No pun intended.) What a memorable occasion! I’m so happy for both of them! What a fun couple!
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    • chelsea

      December 22, 2015 at 11:24 am

      riiiiiiight! it’s totally the coolest indeed!!! they really are such a fun and hilarious couple, i am so grateful we got met them!

  3. Amberly

    December 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Ah, I love this story!!!!! How memorable for them!!! 🙂
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    • chelsea

      December 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

      isn’t it so cool!! i feel grateful that we got to be there and celebrate the aftermath with such a fun couple!

  4. Elyse

    December 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

    How adorable! Nothing will compare to that proposal but hopefully they are going to try to top that for their wedding!
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    • chelsea

      December 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

      hah no pressure but hopefully 🙂 they did tell us they will start saving for a wedding but also love traveling so it might be a year or two 🙂

  5. Vivien

    December 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    What great news! Congrats to them. I wondered what kind of news you were foreshadowing in your previous post and concluded that maybe someone announced baby news on your Antarctica trip, but this is just as cool!

    How many people can say they proposed/got proposed to in Antarctica? Not a heck of a whole lot I’m sure!
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    • chelsea

      December 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

      we did have two pregnant ladies on the boat – i was so impressed with them! i couldn’t imagine seasickness AND morning sickness but since most everyone booked this trip way earlier in the year, you make the most out of it! isn’t it so awesome about their proposal, not too many can say it happened in antarctica!!!

  6. chelsea jacobs

    December 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Yay! This is so fun!!
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    • chelsea

      December 31, 2015 at 10:48 am

      riiiight! what a story to tell for the rest of their lives!

  7. Mar

    December 22, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    What an amazing story they’ll have to share with future generations!

    • chelsea

      December 31, 2015 at 10:48 am

      i think so too! so unique, fun and meaningful!

  8. Charlene

    December 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Most definitely the coolest and sweetest proposal ever! Love it!

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