Monday, July 14, 2014

The Proposal

In case you missed my post on Saturday, I shared some kind of sort of SUPER exciting news....

John and I are engaged!

If you're anything like I am, you love a good proposal story. Seriously, most little girls dream of their wedding day. I dreamed of the day I got engaged. I can tell you that truthfully, this surpassed all my fairytale hopes and dreams. 

For the majority of my life, I insisted that one day, my fiance would propose to me at Disney World in front of Cinderella's Castle. However, when I dreamed of that photographer-documented, fireworks-filled proposal, I didn't really ever consider who the mystery man proposing would be. Until I fell in love with John. And I realized that proposal would not even kind of be "us." Now, I won't lie: I still dream of going to Disney World with him, because I adore the place. However, I slowly let go of my original proposal fantasy and started a new dream: somehow becoming engaged to my best friend.

Luckily, John likes the idea of forever with me too. Enough to research diamond specs, buy a ring, and talk to my parents about marriage before our weekend getaway to Harbor Island. 

Because I have a special place in my heart for proposal stories, I can guarantee mine will be painfully detailed and a bit long-winded... Just a warning! Now, let's start on Friday morning, when John and I left for Harbor Island. Harbor Island is about twenty minutes away from the charming coastal town of Beaufort, SC. It's a small, private barrier island, and it was the perfect place to escape reality for a couple of days. 

My mom insisted on getting a picture of us before we left... Our last picture as boyfriend and girlfriend!

Once we arrived, we decided to check out the beach. Very normal, because it's a beach trip. I brought John's super awesome camera out with us, which worked well into John's plan. This is, once again, very normal, because a. I'm a blogger, and b. I'm my mother's daughter, and that woman takes pictures of everything (hence the picture of us taking my luggage out to John's car). John insisted on bringing the big cooler with us. A little less normal. Especially since we had a smaller cooler, and this was our walk out to the beach: 

It was a loooong walk across these pretty dunes...

Past this soft sand, which John had to carry the cooler across...

 And down the beach a suspiciously long time... (Our last picture before he proposed!) 

Like I said, things got a little fishy. I knew normal John hates walking like that for no purpose, and he seemed to be on the hunt for a certain location. I later realized he was. He had looked at the satellite view of Harbor Island on Google Maps, noticed a big sandbar, and made that his spot. He then researched the high and low tide schedules, because in high tide, it would have been impossible for us to get to the sandbar without getting wet. (John knows me well enough to know there's no way I'm getting my clothes gross!) 

Here's a picture of "our spot" we took the next day from the top of a lighthouse! See that little sandbar in the center of the picture? That's where John popped the question! 

Once John saw his destination, he suggested we park our cooler and go check it out. I was game, since I saw some pretty pelicans and herons hanging out on the sandbar (and also because, hello, I thought my boyfriend was about to propose to me!). We waded across some shallow water to the island, looked around, and then John asked me if I knew how long we'd been dating. I kind of smiled and told him the rough estimate (two years and a few months), and he told me the exact answer (two years, three months, and fifteen days, for those of you who care). After that, he said a bunch of sweet things that he'd memorized but also written down on a notecard in his back pocket, in case he got too nervous. At some point while he held my hands, spoke to me, and looked at me while doing his adorable I'm-laughing-so-I-don't-tear-up thing, I started crying. I wish I could be a pretty-crier, but I'm definitely more of a Kim Kardashian in the tears department

Honestly, this surprised me since I'd braced myself, and I never saw myself crying in that moment. However, with just the two of us on the sandbar, the moment was so incredibly intimate and precious, and I just could not believe this was real life. Before I knew it, John was down on one knee, pulling a box from his pocket, and asking me to marry him. After bending down to give him a kiss, I managed to say yes before he put the prettiest ring I have ever seen in my life on my finger. 

First of many ring pictures I took that weekend.... Sorry! 

I tried to stop crying, but it took a while... I think I finally stopped when we got back to our cooler and I realized we hadn't even taken any pictures together yet! 

Our first picture as an engaged couple!

 I love my fiance (and I love calling him that!). 

 We celebrated together with a special bottle of champagne John brought, which explained his insistence on bringing that particular cooler with us.

How lucky am I?!

So sweet. 

I about melted when I saw this.

It started sprinkling, so we sipped on our bubbly while walking to our condo (after a couple of "Cheers!").  I'm so glad John and I chose to spend a few hours soaking in the excitement with just the two of us; it gave us time to celebrate and time for me to ask a billion questions, like "What did my parents say? What did your parents say?" and exclaim how beautiful my ring was, over and over again. It also gave us time to get ready for dinner; we were both pretty yucky after our long and humid walk on the beach.

After a fabulous dinner at Old Bull Tavern in Beaufort, where the entire staff was incredibly helpful in making our evening special, we sat on a swing by the water and called and texted all of our closest family and friends.

I love this picture. So much happiness!

Once we got back, we took a deep breath, and posted the news on social media... It was out there for the world! I absolutely adored getting excited, supportive messages from my sweet friends, like Christine
When I read this snap, I broke out into a smile. Can't even believe I get to be Mrs. Whitten! 

We ended the night cuddling and eating Ben and Jerry's Half Baked ice cream. If that isn't a fairytale ending, I don't know what is. 
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  1. Chelsea!!! I am so happy for you!! I love a great proposal!! Your ring is gorgeous (my dream ring too!)!! And he proposed at the beach. Such a sweet moment for both of you! I feel like such a creep for commenting right after you posted but I was waiting to read the story! ha. Can't wait to read all about the wedding planning! :)

  2. Just love y'alls story! His planning is so sweet and it seemed to go off without a hitch. Ending with dessert makes the night that much better :)

  3. Congratulations! This is too sweet! Your ring is beautiful!!!

  4. Absolutely love this, sweet Chelsea! I had a huge smile on my face the whole time reading this. Can't wait for y'alls future together! God has some great plans in store for y'all! (P.s....mildly embarrassed by that snapchat picture....but so happy for you that I don't even mind it!) Love you sweet girl!

  5. Chelsea! This is so adorable. I am so happy for both of you! I know you must be so excited to not only be engaged to your best friend but to start all of the wedding plans and continue on your fairytale! I wish you all the best, TLAM!

  6. Ahh! Such a cute story! I love all of your commentary about him hating walking with no purpose, etc. And hello gorgeous ring! Congrats, future Mrs. Whitten!

  7. Congratulations Chelsea! What an amazing proposal story- I loved reading it :) I wish you all a wonderful, amazing life together. And your ring is stunning!

  8. YAYYYY!!! Congratulations!! You guys are adorable and the story is so sweet! Your ring is gorgeous too :)

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  9. Would you judge me if I told you I was tearing up a little bit? This is so freaking adorable. CONGRATS!!!

  10. Ah! What a beautiful proposal story! John really did good - researching the perfect spot, checking out the tides, bringing champs along, and of course, picking out the most beautiful ring! Girl, I'm so stinkin happy for you i could just pop! So have ya'll had a chance to talk wedding details at all in the midst of all your newly engaged bliss? :)

  11. Such a sweet proposal story! I myself am an ugly crier so I understand wanting to keep the tears in. I can't wait to read more.

  12. Congratulations!!!!!!!! Such a great story, I love well planned proposals! I used to go to Harbor Island with a friend of mine and it's such a great spot. Can't wait to hear all about the wedding plans.


  14. Ah there is SO much I love about this post.

    1) Congrats, again pretty girl!!!
    2) I'm totally a sucker for proposal stories too, and this was not too detailed at all. I loved it!
    3) Your ring is gorgeous.
    4) I love how y'all are matching your luggage in the first picture.

  15. Congratulations!! I'm an ugly crier too!! LOL!

  16. Congratulations!!! Your proposal story is so sweet, it melted my heart :) and the ring is absolutely beautiful! I love it how John did all of the research and found the absolutely perfect spot for the proposal.



  18. This is the sweetest thing! I love proposal stories and this one made me cry. Ugh so so so sweet! and the champagne?!? He thought of the details and I think thats what gets me!

    Love Always,