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GUYS. I AM ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!
Chris proposed on Christmas morning, and I still have not come down from this cloud I’m on!! I seriously have no idea how to even begin this post, because I think I’m still a little in shock, so I guess I’ll just start writing. And I’ll keep writing as long as possible, because I absolutely LOVE seeing the sparkle in my ring as I type!!
First a little backstory: I think there’s a bit of an idea that getting engaged is such a huge surprise. And while it’s definitely true that I had no idea when he was going to propose, I knew it was going to be soon. I knew on our second date that he was the one for me, and that someday we’d be getting married. Chris said that he knew I was the one before we even met in person, which is about the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard <3 I remember hiking Bear Fence Mountain and sitting beside him looking out over the Valley and thinking “this man is going to be my husband”.
We’ve talked a lot about our future, and I’ve known for a while that getting engaged wasn’t long off. When you know, you know! There’s no point in waiting around ;) I have always wanted to get married in October, and so we began making plans. And by we, I mean me ;) Chris just lets me take the reins with all the wedding planning.
Even before getting engaged, I basically had the entire wedding planned out. From the dress I think I want (I haven’t tried a wedding dress on EVER – except for my mom’s!), to the flowers, the photographer, the invitations, the bridesmaids dresses, everything. I’m sure Chris thought I was crazy, but I kept saying “are you suuuuuuuure you don’t mind me planning everything already?” and he’d say “do whatever you want babe” hahaha.
So now for the proposal… For weeks, Chris had been telling me about my “big present”. It was a large box wrapped in snowflake wrapping paper, and he had me so confused! He’d tell me to guess what was inside, and the more I guessed, the more confused I got. I had absolutely no clue what was in it. On Christmas Eve Eve, he told me that he had decided to get me one more present (aka, he finally got the ring ;). He said that it was going to be a funny present, and I had to wait until the end of opening gifts to see what was inside. He had told me several times “I don’t want you to be disappointed if you don’t get a ring for Christmas”, and I really truly was not expecting to get one!
So Christmas morning comes, and as we drive from his family’s Christmas morning to my house for mine, I am desperately trying to guess what this mysterious snowflake present is! Everyone knew what was in it except for me! And they all said I would absolutely love it! Meanwhile, as I’m trying to guess my “big present”, I’m turning over the ‘last-minute present’ in my hands, having no idea my engagement ring was inside!
We start to open gifts, and he mercifully lets me open the snowflake present fairly early on! Thank goodness for that, because I was almost hyperventilating from being so excited to open my big mystery present! Inside the snowflake box was a brand new green Carhartt coat that I absolutely LOVE! He knows me so well, and it’s so perfect. So I knew then that that was my big present, and I was already so thankful and happy! He was so so smart to distract me with this present, because I wasn’t even thinking about the other gifts!
Everyone else opens their gifts, and there’s still one red package left for me. Chris got up to get his camera because “it’s a funny gift and everyone would be laughing”. Even at this point, I had NO clue, like not even an inkling. After all, he had told me many times that I shouldn’t be expecting a ring for Christmas! I really was thinking that he had wrapped something a billion times, or put duct tape around the box, and then after all the hard work of tearing it open, there’d be a stick of gum inside or something ;) He sat down with his camera, and I noticed that Kate was setting up her phone on a box to video me too. Then I noticed mom trying to be sneaky and holding her phone at an angle that I knew was videoing me too ;) I see you, mom! At the time, I thought it was odd, but I figured “oh! He said it’d be funny, so they all want to catch it”. Yes. Still completely oblivious.
I start to tear off the paper, and inside the first box was another box… and inside that box was another box. Inside that box was a bag, and inside that bag was ANOTHER box! There was another bag inside that box, and then a much smaller box inside that. I remember looking at that small box and thinking “okay……… this is the shape of a ring box. But he said no ring, so don’t get excited” ;) I unwrapped the box, and I saw a small blue velvet ring box. I immediately thought “THIS IS A RING” and then I thought “they’re probably just earrings” and then I thought “no, he would never do that, that’s way too mean!” and by that point my shaky fingers were opening that blue velvet box to the most beautiful rings I have ever seen.
I then proceeded to say “is this mine??”as if there was another girl in the room who was going to be proposed to that day, hahaha! I was doing okay for the first 10 seconds, and then I absolutely lost it and started bawling. I couldn’t believe that the day I had been so anxiously waiting for was finally here!! I looked up at Chris, and I’ll never forget the look he had on his face, and I’ve never felt more loved in my whole life. After a long and very weepy hug, he asked me to marry him, and I said YES! He slipped the ring on my finger, and I started crying all over again from how amazing it was. Then I realized I was engaged and I cried even more! It was a very emotional day for me ;)
Meanwhile, I would also like to mention that Oliver was sleeping beside Chris on the couch all morning, and he didn’t move an inch during this whole thing. He was chilling without a care in the world, while I was getting ENGAGED right in front of him, hahaha.
After that, I was pretty useless to the world for the rest of the day. We played some games, and even though I lost, I did not care one bit. I have a ring on my finger, nothing can bother me now! Haha! Jenny and Thomas came over after their own Christmas, and Kate told Jenny to “ask Emily what her favorite Christmas present was”, and I put my hand up to show her the ring, and she was so excited!
So that’s the story! I still just cannot believe that I’m engaged. I’m getting married!!!!!! My best friend and I get to spend the rest of our lives together. Even though I’ve planned a lot in my head, it feels SO different to actually have to do these things now. I can’t wait to get started! I am so so glad that he proposed with my family all around me. It couldn’t have been any more special or perfect <3
Here is a video I put together from the proposal. I am so so thankful to have this to look back on, so I can always remember this incredible moment.
Me and my FIANCÉ!!!!!!!!!! <3
And of course I had to do a little photoshoot with my new ring… I’m not kidding when I say that I’m obsessed with it. It is the most perfect ring I can imagine! Of all the rings I’ve photographed, this is definitely my favorite ;)
It’ll probably be a looooooong time before I quit staring at this beauty. It makes getting real work done very difficult ;)
Now it’s time to start PLANNING A WEDDING!!! Ahhhhhh!!!