And just like that…everything changed! I now have the honor of planning my future with my best friend. Photos of the proposal are below.
I wish I could say I knew the proposal was going to happen when it did, but I did not. I was shocked to say the least. J did a wonderful job orchestrating a surprise proposal and including all of the people who are important to us.
Mid-December we had a holiday gift exchange dinner with dear friends of ours who are also engaged. We enjoyed dinner at Over the Moon Cafe, discussed holiday plans with each of our families, and exchanged holiday tree ornaments. Our friends also invited us to their second engagement party (an all black attire themed party) on January 20th. Apparently there were many friends who missed their first engagement party and they wanted to create a space for all to celebrate the future Mr. and Mrs.. J and I agreed to attend. Dinner wrapped up with lots of laughter and relationship stories and we bid each other a Happy Holidays.
J is the best gift-giver. Any time we exchange gifts I can count on gifts I actually want or need. My man listens. But this Christmas his gift was interesting. He purchased for me a black dress for our friends’ engagement party. Yeah, what the heck? Right? I have several black dresses. I certainly did not need a new one for their party. But I tried it on and it looked great. We took the dress to the tailor to be taken in a bit before the party. I was out of town for a speaking engagement the two days leading up to the party so J picked up the dress and we hoped the adjustments were problem-free. They were – THANK GOODNESS!
I returned home from my speaking engagement and needed to get to the salon for hair and nails before their party. Unfortunately waiting until the last minute meant no openings. No problem, I thought. I’ll wear my hair in an easy bun. But J was able to contact my former stylist and schedule me a next day appointment. See why I love this man?
Fast forward to Saturday, January 20th. We knew we had a long day ahead so I brought my black dress and shoes with me and made sure my make-up would last all-day. J and I spent most of the day together attending a meeting and strategizing how I could squeeze in a nail salon appointment before our friends’ engagement party. We actually scheduled and had to cancel two nail appointments. Our day had a mind of its own and everything was running longer than expected. We made it to my hair appointment. We attempted to rush into the nail salon around 5:30PM but they would not see me because it was too close to closing. I wasn’t bothered but J seemed really concerned and annoyed. I was happy I at least didn’t have to worry about my hair and my nails would just have to wait until the next day. Little did I know my man had a plan much larger than I could have ever imagined.
We went to J’s house to get dressed for the engagement party. Yes, we were running late for a 6PM party but at least we were dressed for the occasion. We drove to Point Ruston. J played a song he had sent me about a dozen times over the last week or so. [Listen here.] I didn’t think much of it. I thought he had fallen in love with a song and wanted to share it with me over and over and over again. I was down. I do love him that much.
J parked in the garage at Point Ruston. I was a bit annoyed he parked all the way on the third floor of the garage instead of trying to park closer to the event. It didn’t take long before I learned why. J and I exited his car and walked toward the garage exit. He sort of tugged me toward this random setup with flower petals and candles. He asked, “Boo, what’s that?” We were running late and I wanted to get to the engagement party so I pulled him toward the exit and said, “I don’t know but it doesn’t have anything to do with us.” He led me over in that direction anyway.
The “setup” was a red carpet, rose petals, candles, and a picture on an easel at the end of the red carpet. I did not know what to make of it. J walked me down the red carpet. Then music started playing and it was THAT song. He unveiled the easel and the picture was of us. J stood behind me and embraced me as we took in our picture. He turned me around toward him, got on one knee, listed off several reasons why he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and proposed. I was in such shock I did not hear much of what he said. I simply said YES at what must have been the right time. Honestly, all I wanted to do from that moment on was hold and hug and kiss my FIANCÉ. The moment was absolutely magical and I could not be happier he chose me. We were quickly joined by a few of J’s collaborators who were hiding in cars like the paparazzi. Thank you Victoria, Marcus, Kayla, and Mr. and Mrs. Sweet.
Every single detail was planned by my amazing man. The black dress, my hair appointment, the third floor of the parking garage, the date [January 20th], our photographer, THAT song, etc. There was no real second engagement party for our friends. That whole conversation at our December dinner with friends was part of J’s planning. In fact, our family awaited and [surprise] we hosted OUR engagement party shortly after the proposal. For more than a month J worked so hard to plan the perfect day and perfect proposal. Turns out, dozens of people knew about it and they did an excellent job keeping me out of the loop. This is one of those rare occasions when I love the people in my life tons more even though they sort of lied to me for weeks! THANKS Y’ALL! I’m one blessed girl!
So yeah, just like that, I’m engaged and soon-to-be #NewlyNobles!! [insert very large smile & full heart] My ring is gorgeous and EVERYTHING I could dream of. 💍 My man is the real MVP.
J is the love of my life. My heartbeat. My best friend. My go-to Bible story teller. My present and my future. I love him with my whole heart and I am beyond excited to spend my life with him.