Chris and I have been together for a really long time. Like a really long time. Like, so long that when we started dating I still had braces and just started college. A running joke throughout our relationship has been my persistent wine induced proposals. After a glass or two of wine, I became notorious for proposing to Chris (this goes way back, I probably first proposed when I was 18). At the time of my “first proposal” Chris laughed and told me that I wasn’t allowed to propose, he had to do it. So, I of course took that as an invitation to continue to propose. Fast forward about 9 years and I started to get the feeling that Chris was actually going to propose (insert nervous anxiety here).
The day of our engagement started like most other days, other than the fact that it was New Year’s Day. We woke up late, went to one of our local coffee shops for bagels and coffee. I spent lots of time at the verizon store and got a new iPhone, Chris got a haircut, and we relaxed and watched Netflix. Because we both had the day off, we planned a night full of Italian food and seeing Sisters downtown. We headed to dinner and had a great time talking about all the things Chris wanted to achieve in 2016. This included lots of house projects, starting blogging again and more. When we wrapped up dinner I thought to myself… (okay well.. dinner is done, looks like it’s not happening tonight!). I am pretty sure that I was a little relieved because I was overthink everything.
We had some time before the movie started, so we headed to Uncommon Grounds to pickup hot chocolates before walking to the theater. It was when we were sitting at Uncommon that I got a little feisty (thanks, red wine at dinner) and asked him to ask me what I wanted to do in 2016. I started rambling off a lot of the same house projects he mentioned, blogging again, workout goals, etc. at the end I said “and I am pretty sure we should get married this year… Chris Makenzie, will you marry me?” he laughed and said “funny you should say that, I was about to ask you the same thing” and pulls out a box from his pocket. After the fact, he told me that he had had the ring for weeks and was waiting for me to propose first.
After he proposed, we decided to keep our plans and headed to the movie. After the movie, we called my parents and headed home. We didn’t tell anyone else until the next day. I love our story and seriously couldn’t have planned something more “us” if I tried. We decided that we wanted to plan a wedding for 2016, so we really buckled down and booked everything pretty quickly. At this point, we are less than five months away from our day and I couldn’t be happier.