We’re Engaged!

I can’t believe it was more than one year ago when my sweet fiancé & best friend got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Time flies!!!! It feels like it was only yesterday. I never got the chance to share our engagement story and with the big day right around the corner I figured now was a good time.

TBH, I go back and forth on whether or not I should share personal stories here. There are a number of reasons I choose to keep my romantic & personal life to myself. I truly cherish my relationship and feel not everything needs to be shared, but then I feel at times I love to share my happiness & excitement here online. It’s a weird thing, anyone out there feel the same?? So after a year of hiding my beautiful engagement ring, I needed to be honest and open about it. Love is such a beautiful thing, but sometimes when you put your personal life out there it gives people an excuse to have an opinion about it. I was so happy after I got engaged that I decided to cherish this special time in my life and live in the real moment vs documenting everything online.

I felt like I was taking it back to the traditional days (ie. you know when people didn’t share their engagement photos 5 minutes after it happens on social media?) and it was kind of nice! I was happy and that’s all that mattered. I tried to capture bits and pieces, but sometimes that takes away from living in reality.

So, I put a poll out on IG & you said “YES” to wanting to hear our #proposalstory:

Reno and I had been on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (we go frequently) … and I had absolutely no clue or hint of there being any sort of “will you marry me?” questions coming my way. Literally, clueless. The morning of May 5th, 2017 Reno and I went to this board shop and I randomly decided to try on this flowy dress. I showed him and he said,
“let’s get it!” … I was beyond confused because this was somewhat out of character for Reno. Well, I wasn’t going to turn down the offer. As the day went on we went to the beach & did our normal FL things and I started to wonder as the day went on because he kept checking the weather, odd thing #1 😆.

He said we had a reservation at the Marriot Harbor Beach Hotel and that was odd thing #2. We never go there for dinner! He anticipated it was a great restaurant. As we were getting ready I still didn’t think anything much of it. We arrived early at the place & sat at the outdoor bar by the pool and Reno ordered his typical Gimlet while we waited for our “table” … literally, he chugged that drink and then said he had to run to the restroom. 10 minutes later, did he fall in the toilet?

All of a sudden a lady approaches me, “Stephanie, your boyfriend is already waiting for you at the dinner table,” My heart literally dropped. I had this weird feeling something is happening. Without really knowing, she walks me through the path to the beach and I honestly felt like I was on the Bachelor TV show. As I approached the sand she left and I see Reno standing in a heart of roses on the beach! The first thing I said was “I feel like I am on the bachelor, what are you doing?” 😂! He brings me out to the center of the heart, gets down on one knee and pops the big question!

Completely surprised I said “YES” of course. Immediately following we had an engagement photoshoot and a beautiful candle lit private dinner on the beach. This moment was beyond my wildest dreams and something I never imagined would happen.

And how gorgeous is the ring? Reno had it custom made and designed it himself. It’s my dream ring!!!! I didn’t even tell him what ring I wanted. I was so impressed!!!!

Thank you all who take the time to visit my little life through my blog. It’s so crazy to think that very soon I will be married. The past 6 months of planning have taken up all of my free time, but I’m so excited and can’t wait for this new journey in my life!

“Love is not only something you feel, it’s something you do.” — anonymous