Helllooo! I’m off in New York City today, but I’ve still got something to share with you all.
Since I started blogging after I got married, none of my lovey pre-wedding stories have been told! But since it’s Marriage-focused March, I thought it would be appropriate to give some more details about my relationship this month. Plus, we got engaged two years ago in March, so it’s rather fitting.
And who doesn’t love a good love story, right? 😉 I’ll start with my favorite: our engagement story.
We started dating in January 2010. After only a few months of knowing and dating him, I was pretty much set on marrying this man. (This is how it happens for women, people). We had gone on a few great trips together, been through a long summer apart, and I’d met his family (in another state) twice. Went on a road trip without killing each other. You know. Seeeerrrious.
Like I said, I knew I wanted to marry him. We’d talked about it plenty before, but our actual engagement was a total surprise.
To set it all up (and trust me, he did a LOT of set up), he started giving me notes about 10 days before the proposal date. He hid notes in my room and my car that said “I love you because _____.” They said nice things like because I was beautiful, organized, smart, etc.
At the beginning of each day, he’d tell me where to find the love note. And they were all really cleverly hidden too. The one that said I was organized was hidden under my giant desk calendar. He’s a smart cookie.
So, he had gotten this tent the Christmas before and was “dying to use it.” He really wanted to go on a camping trip this specific weekend in March. I thought it was kind of odd, but I never thought anything of it.
Until it snowed a foot the day before our camping trip in the mountains. I specifically remember dreading going camping because, well, we would probably be freezing. We still went but actually barely made it up to the camping spot. The spot is literally up the side of a mountain and it’s not a campground or anything.
This spot is actually where my husband did a program in college, so he knew the location beforehand. We camped right next to this HUGE boulder, which you can see in the right of this photo. Little did I know how handy that boulder would come in later…
Here’s us, presumably freezing our faces off the night before the proposal. I love looking at this picture because I HAD NO IDEA.
I honestly don’t remember it being that cold, but when you live in Colorado that long, nothing is cold anymore I guess. The next day we got up and started making breakfast next to our boulder. By the way, he can start a fire like nobody’s business. This was top priority on my list of must-haves for a husband. 😉
For breakfast, we made scrambled eggs by boiling them in a plastic baggie. It’s a trick that the hubs learned from one of his camping buddies so you don’t have to use a stove. Both of us were pretty skeptical about the whole thing. From what I remember, they did turn out like rubber.
After breakfast, he nonchalantly asks me if I “want today’s love note” (from the love note series before). I was like, “yeah, sure!” all thinking it would be another cute piece of paper note like the rest. Well, then he asked me get on top of the boulder. And that’s kind of when I knew.
Then he began with, “Today’s love note is not actually a note at all.” And then I REALLY knew it was happening. But in a way that was like no-way-is-this-happening-but-wait-it-really-is-happening kind of way.
He said his whole spiel, which summed up all the reasons he loved me from the previous love notes, and told me while all those qualities would make me a great wife.
And then he bent down on one knee.
And then I started crying like hysterically and covering my mouth, all crazy-surprised.
And then he asked me to marry him.
The absolute best part of our engagement, besides that it was total surprise, was this:
Yeah, that’s actually the view from the boulder. A-MAZ-ING or what? I was totally blown away. The location was just amazing because the view is breathtaking, we were totally 100% alone (and trust me, nobody needed to see how hysterical I was), and it literally felt like we were on top of the world in more than one way.
And if that wasn’t the best thing ever, the hubs had also secretly gotten me out of work that day, booked us dinner at The Melting Pot, and booked a night at a fancy Victorian hotel.
Here’s us later that morning all ready for our night out.
It’s funny, because we went from being really grungy campers to all fancy and just engaged . Our engagement was really the best of both worlds – a little outdoorsy and classy all at the same time. To say it was one of the best days of my life is an understatement! I can’t believe how lucky I got – this man and this neat of a proposal. And the memories that I get to cherish for a lifetime. 🙂
This story is definitely one of my favorite pieces of our love story as a whole. It’s something I get so much joy out of sharing. I hope you enjoyed it!
Questions for You:
- Spill your engagement story! Or share your dream proposal?
- Have you ever camped in the snow? Would you ever if you haven’t before?