Thursday, September 13, 2018

Our Engagement Story

September 2nd will always be a special day... the day that I said YES to spending the rest of my life with the love of my life.  


Patrick and I met in high school. He's a year younger than me... yes, I guess that makes me a cougar, hahaha! Anyways, we always knew of each other because I cheered and became friends with his older sister, but we never really spoke or hung out. That was until my 11th grade year, his 10th grade year, we had a class together where we sat about 10 feet away from each other. We started getting to know each other, but at this point I had an on/off boyfriend. Long story short, it took about 6 months and a breakup for me to give Patrick the time of day! Then another 6 months for me to claim him as my boyfriend. Fast forward, we went to college together at USC, moved back home to North Myrtle Beach for a year, and then moved to Charlotte together where we still live now. That puts us at 8 and a half years together and I guess you could call us high school sweethearts! 

Since we have been together for so long, of course at this point we knew we wanted to spend forever together, so we have been talking about marriage for awhile. We both wanted to make sure that we were stable in our jobs and financial situation before we started planning a wedding and hopefully a family. We've both been ready for awhile, but hey good things come to those who wait. I can't tell you how many times over the past several years that we got asked "when are y'all getting engaged". Honestly, I had no clue when he was going to do it, but I knew it was on his mind. I thought that it was maybe going to be sometime next year.....I was wrong and I'm so glad I was! 


I have always told Patrick that whenever we got engaged I wanted both of our families to be there, I wanted it photographed so we could capture such a special moment and I wanted him to make sure my nails were done. Well he checked every box! 

Patrick and I babysat my nephew Knox the weekend prior. Once my sister and brother in law got back they mentioned that they wanted to take us out to dinner at Dressler's the next weekend to thank us for keeping him. This is nothing out of the ordinary, because us four always do things together, and Dressler's is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlotte. So I didn't think anything of it. Fast forward a week, on Friday we left Charlotte to go to the USC game in Columbia. On Saturday, we tailgated with some friends and went to the game. Everything normal as can be. Sunday morning we drove back to Charlotte and went to our apartment pool that afternoon until we had to start getting ready to meet what I thought was just my sister and brother in law for dinner. My sister called me earlier that day to see what I was going to wear to dinner and said that she never gets to dress up anymore so she was going to wear a cute dress. I didn't think anything of that comment either because she's a new mom and hadn't had a chance to wear her nice clothes in awhile, so I decided to wear a cute dress along with her (so glad I did)! She also is the one who helped Patrick with getting my nails done. So moving on until right before dinner, my sister called around 5:45 and said they were getting in the uber and to call her once we got there. So Patrick and I got in our uber and headed to the restaurant.  Once we got there, he immediately started walking through the restaurant towards the back saying he was seeing if they were there. I started to follow him but then turned around because I figured I would call my sister to see where they were instead of wondering around the restaurant. This is when Patrick starting acting weird, but I still didn't really think anything of it. When I called my sister he said he was going to check with the hostess to see if they were there yet. My sister didn't answer but she texted me and said "we are in the back". At this point I was confused because Patrick had just walked back there and said he didn't see them. But the hostess told us that they had to check and make sure there were menus on the table and starting walking us towards the back until we got to the point where all the normal tables stopped and came to a huge closed door. They opened the doors and both of our familes were standing there in the room that they had decorated super cute with balloons, flowers and all kind of engagement details. Once I saw everyone and saw Patrick's dad hand him the ring, I immediately burst into tears because I knew what was about to happen. He said the sweetest things for about 3 minutes and then there he was down on one knee and asked me the question I have always wanted to hear from him. It couldn't have been any sweeter! Those 3 minutes were so surreal and honestly better than I could have ever imagined. Thankfully we got it on video so we can always go back and reminisce. I had waited for this day for so long and it couldn't have been more perfect. Literally, as you can tell from the pictures I was so shocked and so emotional...but a good emotional.  

My whole family kept this secret from me for about 6 weeks! I know it was especially hard for my mom, sister, his sister and his mom because we all talk pretty much everyday! They did so well and I am so thankful for all their hard work in helping Patrick make it the perfect day! I cannot wait to share my wedding planning journey with y'all along with all the tips I find along the way! Keep scrolling for more of the decoration pictures from that night! They were adorable!

Huge thanks to Deeana for capturing the best moments! 

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