DRESS: Red Dress Boutique
I’m back! I haven’t posted any blog posts in the past few weeks because something MAJOR happened. I’m ENGAGED! I wanted to take the past few weeks to enjoy the engagement, move back into my apartment in Philly, and try to furiously research wedding venues. I just wanted to get a date picked so I didn’t have to stress about that later on. So now that a venue is set, I finally have the time to share mine and Joe’s engagement story. And let me preface it by saying, my “I said yes moment” was even more magical than I could have dreamed of…even during a quarantine!
Since Joe is currently a surgical resident, there is no such thing as working from home during the pandemic. But since I’m working from home for the foreseeable future, my dad picked me up and drove me down to North Carolina. I assumed I’d only be gone a week or two, but that turned into 10 weeks! I had no idea that the last time I saw Joe I wouldn’t seem him again for over 2 months.
Luckily, Joe had a week vacation coming up during the week of Memorial Day. So Joe drove 8 hours down to North Carolina. Little did I know he had a beautiful engagement planned.
How He Asked
Over Memorial Day Weekend, Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach entered into Phase 2 which meant restaurants could open at 50% capacity. Of course hearing that, my parents made dinner plans for us to go to one of the restaurants on the water on Memorial Day. Earlier that afternoon, Joe planned for us to get dropped off at Wrightsville Beach to shoot some pictures for my blog and have some time to sit and relax while the sunset. Very clever of him to make sure I had my hair and makeup done and was dressed up since he hired an AMAZING photographer, Courtney, to capture our special moment.
Not going to lie, I slightly blacked out during the actually proposal. Joe took my hand and said all these sweet things before dropping down on one knee and asking me to marry him. It was the easiest “yes” I’ve ever had to say. And I totally shed some tears!
After we had a few moments alone, Joe introduced me to Courtney who drove all the way down from Raleigh to take our pictures. For those of you who don’t know North Carolina that well, it’s roughly 2 hours from Wrightsville. So we both were incredibly grateful!
We spent the next hour taking pictures all along the beach and it was so fun. Courtney made us feel so comfortable and I am thrilled with how the pictures all came out. Now when I think back on it all, I’m so happy the weather did a 180 by the time the sunset. When I woke up that morning it was gross and cloudy out and 100% looked like it was going to rain. But the gross weather went away just in time for the sun to make an appearance for the sunset. We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for this special moment!
Sharing the Special Moment with my Parents
Since the parking was still weird in Wrightsville during Phase 2, my parents dropped us off at the beach. I assumed they would have driven back home since they only live 10 minutes away. Since they knew what was happening though, they ended up driving around Wrightsville until it was time for them to meet up with us. I’m really glad I got to share this special moment with them.
And last but not least the engagement ring! Joe outdid himself. For months I would send him pictures and videos on Instagram showing him exactly what I wanted. An oval diamond surrounded by a tiny diamond halo, set in a diamond covered platinum band. And he got exactly that!
On to Wedding Planning
I can’t wait to dive into all the other aspects of planning a wedding. I’ll be sure to bring you along on my wedding planning journey. All tips and advice are welcomed! Also, if you have any great wedding blogs to follow please share them below in the comments.