After almost a whole month off from blogging I’m so excited to be back…and in case you didn’t see it on social media…I AM ENGAGED!!!
On Saturday, August 22nd, Josh proposed simply and beautifully on Martha’s Vineyard overlooking the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah.
I knew he had the ring, but he had told me repeatedly he would be proposing in the month of September. I mean, I knew it was a possibility he’d ask while on vacation, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I was trying to keep my expectations in line . When he pulled out that little box my response was, “Shut up…no!” Of course in a good way though.
It was truly the perfect setting. There were some other tourist there but since it was closer to dinner time it wasn’t crowded and the proposal still felt private.
I was absolutely thrilled and holy moly the ring is absolutely beautiful.
The only negative I could possibly think of is that my hair got messed up because it was so windy but, let’s be real, who the heck cares! Considering we’ve been dating for almost five years, he certainly knows what I look like with and without makeup/hair done and not done .
After the proposal we made some calls to family members and then met the rest of Josh’s family visiting Martha’s Vineyard with us at the Beach Plum Inn. We celebrated with some pink bubbly and I think I had a certain glow all night long.
I find myself constantly staring at my left hand. I can’t believe this whole process has actually begun…and I’m getting married!!! When I arrived home there was a package waiting for me on Tuesday morning from my mom and sister. My very first bride-to-be gifts!
The package included The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner/Organizer, a Bride to Be Book/Journal, The Knot Book of Wedding Lists (which is already helping me to gain an understanding of where to start and what needs to happen first), a cute Kate Spade dish for my ring, and The Everything Groom Book (for Josh).
Josh and I also bought a ring holder while on Martha’s Vineyard so now I have one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom.
Before I go, I figured I’d share a tiny bit of our overall trip to Martha’s Vineyard …
When we arrived Friday afternoon we decided on lunch at one of our go-to spots, primarily for the view, The Seafood Shanty in Edgartown.
Friday night we went to the Oak Bluffs Annual Fireworks which were incredible. We brought a “picnic” sort of dinner which included all kinds of spreads, meats, cheeses, bread and, of course, wine.
Saturday morning we went for a hike/walk at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary.
Saturday night, of course, was the proposal. We saved three of the corks from our dinner that night and took a postcard from the inn. I’m hoping to have this picture, the postcard, and the corks put in a shadow box eventually.
Sunday afternoon we went to the beach. The water is ALWAYS too cold for me in these northern states so I simply enjoyed the sun while it was out…and stared at my ring.
Truthfully, I wasn’t feeling great Sunday night. I’m not sure why…maybe all the wine from celebrating on Saturday night finally got to me. Either way, there was a beautiful dinner of clam chowder, clams/muscles, and lobster.
Finally, Monday morning included some wandering around Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, and lunch at another go-to spot for us, The Lookout in Oak Bluffs. Again, you can’t beat the view.
We also stopped for some ice cream and I was beyond excited to see the flavor of the day was peppermint stick! I couldn’t resist!!! I got peppermint stick and triple chocolate and it was the perfect sendoff.
I had to take one last picture from the ferry as we were leaving.
And there you have it! I should be back and blogging fairly regularly. I will have so much to share during this process. Perhaps I’ll stop in tomorrow for a Five Things Friday post. We’ll see how organized I can get. If not, you can expect a weekend Coffee Talk post at some point.