You guys. This moment was one year ago. I cannot believe it – my heart is still fluttering.
Today marks Eric and I’s Engageaversary! Is that even a word? I don’t know. Who cares! Any reason to celebrate, am I right??
But seriously you guys. Eric did an I N C R E D I B L E job planning this sweet surprise. I literally had no idea that he was going to propose on this trip, let alone propose in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Sure, we had talked about it a few months before. We knew we loved each other more than we ever thought we could love another human. We knew there was no one else we wanted to eat chips and salsa with, or run up to meet every dog in sight with, or spend hours upon hours laughing away at dumb inside jokes with. We knew we’d be getting married sometime in the next couple years, but I thought our engagement would happen towards the end of 2015 to be honest.
Once we announced it, it felt like everyone else knew though – so a big round of applause to family and friends who kept it a secret! That was one of my favorite parts post-engagement actually, hearing from some loved ones gush about how excited they were and couldn’t wait to celebrate with us now that the cat was out of the bag.
We’ve been so fortunate to have a wonderful engagement season of life. From traveling, to the move to Chicago, to starting real jobs, to figuring out this “adult” thing together – all while working to plan a special celebration of our love – has truly been a blessing. It’ll be just over a year and a half by the time we get married, and for us, the long engagement has been 100% the best.
I’ve blogged all about this incredible day and it’s one of my favorite posts ever. Did you know I had a dream the night before that we got engaged?? Crazy. Or that we were sipping champagne, as I gazed up at the Eiffel Tower for the first time ever in complete awe, just moments before? Or that the first guy we asked to take a picture of us didn’t know how to hold a camera straight…and the guy that captured the actual moment was a total rando??
I’d love to share all these details and more with you, because they mark one of the happiest moments of my life – check out the story right here! And if you might be new around here and are wondering what the heck is going on, you can check out our story too.
I get to marry my best friend in just a little over four months and I can’t freakin’ wait. Thankful for today, and the sweet reminder it brings of that blissful day in Paris one year ago.
This Sunday not only marks a special day to celebrate all the amazing mommas around the world (Happy Mother’s Day, mom!) – but it’s also significant to me for a whole other reason. Eric and I celebrate four years of being together on Sunday! I can’t believe how time has flown, these past four years have been the absolute best. I could’ve never imagined love being so wonderful, or finding someone who loves dogs and tortilla chips as much as I do.
Um, something really cool about this actual very Friday?? It’s officially six months from our big day. Eeeek! That makes me so giddy inside.
I figured these exciting milestones were good excuses to finally share the story of how we met and started this shindig four years ago. Reading people’s “stories” is one of my favorite things on other blogs, and I was already writing it up for a wedding website, so it seemed only natural to make sure I shared our story on this little space!
Before I jump into our story though, you’ll notice throughout the post I’m sharing some of my favorite photos from our engagement session with Feather & Twine. Kelsey & Talon (with us below) are unbelievably talented, kind, and such a beautiful example of what being best friends in a marriage looks like. Fun fact: We both got engaged in Paris! We had a total blast chatting and laughing away – Eric and I truly felt as if we had stumbled across some long lost, close friends. If you’re familiar with Austin, you might recognize South Congress or the Mayfield Nature Preserve in our photos. We could not be happier with them…and are counting down until we get to hang out with this couple again!
Okay, now let’s get to talkin’ love…
So the reason Eric and I have chosen to get married just outside Austin, TX is because the roots of our story start right in the middle of this wonderful Texas capital. We lived just three doors down from each other in San Jacinto Dorm on The University of Texas campus – I was a freshman and Eric was a sophomore. Talk about meant to be – he almost chose to move off campus into an apartment for his second year!
We were fortunate enough to have been placed on a dorm floor where a group of about thirty students became very close – some will most definitely be life long friends, and there are even a few in our wedding party! Eric and I first hung out as part of this little UT family, and instantly clicked. Neither of us remember the exact moment we first saw or spoke to one another, but I do remember all the girls thinking he was soooo cute – including me! I wasn’t going into our friendship thinking of anything more than just that though – a friendship.
We started talking and hanging out more and more on our own outside the group – grabbing breakfast before class, taking long walks to explore downtown, attending Sunday church service, etc. Pretty soon everyone was wondering if this was more than just two college kids being pals, but we were pretty content with being the best of friends we had become. This continued all the year.
Come late spring, as finals were approaching and summer was just around the corner, the romantic sparks and obvious connection were no longer deniable to anyone else, or ourselves. We had a conversation about it and ended up opting to just leave things as they were to avoid ruining our friendship…which looking back now, we both agree was so ridiculous haha.
Despite these talks, the easy and natural chemistry between us continued. A couple weeks later, I invited Eric to my Texas Lonestars’ Boat Party formal. Texas Lonestars is one of the female Spirit groups at UT – basically meaning it was a chill, awesome, fun non-Greek sorority for lack of a shorter description. I could go on all day about how the group was incredible and gave me life long girlfriends, but that’s a different story. 🙂 Anyways, Eric and I had a grand ol’ time that night cruising with friends on Lady Bird Lake.
You can take a total trip back in time with me with a little then and now below – I’m honestly looking at that formal picture thinking oh my gosh who are we?!? + feeling sad about how much we have lost our tan.
The very next day, after meeting up for breakfast, we headed back to the dorm to procrastinate studying for finals with TV. It was right after this that Eric asked me to be his girlfriend. He claims our impromptu slow dancing to She’s Like Texas by Josh Abbott Band on the boat is the moment it all clicked, and he knew that’s what he had to do.
Sunday morning, May 8th, will mark four years from the moment that officially started it all…C R A Z Y.
We dated for the rest of our time at UT – supporting each other, being ridiculous best friends, growing together and as individuals, and eating a copious amount of Tex-Mex.
After graduating from UT last May, we set off to backpack western Europe for a whole month as a graduation gift to ourselves. On June 15, 2015 in Paris, Eric got down on one knee right in front of the Eiffel Tower. It was the most magical, wonderful, best surprise ever. We had just finished a champagne and sandwich picnic, got a random man to capture the whole moment, and spent the rest of the day exploring the City of Love.
I’ve blogged about that day in France and it might be my favorite post ever. You can read it here and get all the details – like the fact that Eric carried the ring in his backpack for a whole TWO WEEKS prior, through three different countries.
Eric is the queso to my tortilla chips and I’m so darn excited to spend my life laughing, loving, and adventuring with him. Let’s keep this countdown to 11.6.16 going! Happy Anniversary, love!
I am so excited to be sharing this special post on the blog today! How could I not be?? I know I had said I’d be blogging our trip from the beginning, but after many requests and just being so ready to write about our big moment, I decided I’d be taking a little detour to Paris first. Eric planned the absolute perfect engagement and I am so happy to not only be sharing it with everyone, but also preserving the moment for myself.
It happened on our first full day in Paris, and the craziest part of it all might be that I actually had a dream that we got engaged that very night before it really happened. Crazy, right?! I can’t remember the exact setting, but I know it definitely wasn’t the Eiffel Tower. That morning as Eric and I made the transition from the hostel we stayed at for a night to the first airbnb with a killer view we had booked for the week, I told him all about it. Then of course he shared a dream he supposedly had about zombies or monsters or something, a typical boy dream of sorts. And the whole time, even directly after I mentioned my dream, he didn’t flinch or show or a single sign! I look back now and I’m amazed.
After settling into the airbnb, we set out to the market across the street to pick out a bottle of wine and some sandwiches because I really, reallyyyy wanted to have a picnic at the Eiffel Tower. I had been talking about having one since we left America. (Fun fact: Wine is cheaper than water in Paris. Oh that leads me to – is it time to go back yet?) Later, after the engagement happened, Eric told me he thought our picnic would be a day or two later in the week, but when he saw that I was ready to go and see the landmark I had always dreamed of, he knew he’d be doing it that first day – I guess there was some surprise in it for Eric too!
We picked up a bottle of champagne at the market and a couple of panini (what they call sandwiches in Paris I learned), and did the short walk to Eiffel Tower Park. There is a grassy area on each side of the tower. We sat down to eat on the smaller side next to a fountain area. I was in total awe the whole time of how beautiful the whole scene was! Once we finished our panini, and the bottle of champagne, a gentleman asked if I could take a photo of him and his family, and I asked if he would take one of us after. The funny thing was that he took the photos of us crooked…it was the weirdest thing! At first we thought it was a joke, but once we saw his little boy take a photo that way too, we realized it might just be how they thought regular photos are done.
We thanked the man for the photos, I took a few more of his family, and then Eric and I picked up our trash to keep moving. We laughed reflecting back on how odd the whole crooked photo thing was, and snapped some more photos ourselves as we crossed a bridge that would lead us to pass right under the tower, and onto the much larger park area on the other side of it. Little did I know, we were snapping these pictures just moments before he’d be popping the question.
Once we walked far back enough in the larger field, we decided we wanted a better photo together in front of the tower…so I guess those crooked photos worked in Eric’s favor – they helped his case in making sure we posed for more. When we had asked for photos together thus far, I had just been giving trustworthy looking people my phone, instead of the nice Nikon camera we had with us. I didn’t want anyone to steal it of course, but the Nikon was also proving to be intimidating to people who weren’t really sure how to use it. This time Eric suggested we give the Nikon to a nice looking couple that was sitting down with their own picnic and Nikon camera at their side. I didn’t want to interrupt them since they looked like they were in their own moment, but Eric insisted.
I asked, and told the couple I could take a photo of them together after as well, and the kind man said of course. So I turn around, and Eric is fumbling around in the daypack we had, and I’m saying, “Hurry Eric! He said he could do it!” and waving around, because I don’t like to inconvenience people and I didn’t want to take up the couple’s time with waiting on us.
Then, it all happened so fast in a perfect moment. Eric is suddenly turning around with a box in his hand. He gets down ON ONE KNEE, and I’m thinking WHAT. My first words, you guys, were literally, “ERIC, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” And I’m like smiling as big as humanly possible, and so as he, and I’m covering my mouth, and alternating between “what” and “ohmygosh,” and he says his adorable quick little speech. Then, I’m still trying to process everything and he stands up and goes – “Is that a yes?” – as we both laugh and I go “YES OF COURSE!”
We hug for awhile and I’m saying “I can’t believe it” and just totally gushing over the ring because it is absolutely, amazingly gorgeous. This family behind us is all smiles and taking photos, and we here a lady shout out, “OH MY GOD CONGRATS!” All the while that random kind sir over there is snapping away some great pics! Seriously, that couple was totally random. I can only imagine what was going through his mind as he got all set up and thought he was taking a normal couple’s photo, and all of a sudden a freakin’ engagement is happening through the lens before his eyes! He’s probably like, “um so can I add this to my portfolio?” I wish we had their contact info, we owe it to him – he did an amazing job!
Afterwards, I kept my offer, and was fumbling around with their camera, trying to calm my giddiness, so I could take their shot in front of the tower. We thanked them, walked off a little from the field, and stopped to say a prayer, thanking God for this perfect moment and each other. It was only after this, when Eric told me how he asked my dad for his blessing and what a great conversation they had – did my eyes start to water a little. No full on tears though. Just endless smiles and hugs and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for this wonderful man.
We continued on to our next stop of the afternoon, the Arc de Triomphe, but did stop on the way to enjoy a celebratory glass of wine! That night we skyped our families and some close friends. It was honestly the most perfect day and I couldn’t feel more thankful for all the support we have received from everyone, and the fact that I get to spend my happily ever after with Eric!
Whew, typing that out ended up a bit longer than expected, but it was completely worth it – thanks for reading, friends! I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of our trip throughout the next couple of months, in between all the other usual blog shenanigans. This week though, I think I’ll be sharing our first few days abroad in Dublin. 🙂
A week ago, Eric and I returned from our amazing month long trip abroad! It was absolutely wonderful. Never have I learned so much about different people, cultures, languages, and histories in such a short amount of time. All the adventuring and exploring had us totally in our element.
While I had so badly hoped to do a few posts while traveling, temperamental wifi connections and being on-the-go made it hard. That being said, I now have so many photos to post and places to write about – I can’t wait to share with you all! We had so many great experiences, so I will totally be sharing specific restaurants to check out or tips for certain areas. Reading up on all those definitely helped us make our trip the perfect vacation that it turned out to be, so I am happy to pass along what little expertise I can!
In addition to the probably record number of pains au chocolat (chocolate crossiants) we consumed in Paris, our biggest news from the trip is that Eric and I are now engaged! He will now forever be the queso to my chips and I am so happy to call him my fiancé. As some of you may have seen on my social media, he did it in front of the Eiffel Tower and it was pretty perfect if I do say so myself! More of the story to come of course. 🙂
You’ll have to be patient with me this month as I work through sharing our travel adventures and fight my arch nemesis of PACKING as I prepare for the big move to Chicago happening in early August. I’m so excited to blog about our adventures though – it’ll be a virtual scrapbook that we get to share with everyone.
For now, here is one favorite photos from each stop of our trip:
Guinness Storehouse tour – Dublin, Ireland.
Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace – London, England.
The Heineken Experience // Eric’s 23rd Birthday – Amsterdam, The Netherland
Leaving our mark at Pont de l’Archevêché – aka The Love Lock Bridge – as a newly engaged couple – Paris, France.
La Boqueria Market – Barcelona, Spain.
Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) – Madrid, Spain.
Cliffs of Moher – County Claire, Ireland.
Hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer and had a great 4th of July! The first European city I’ll be writing about? The first stop in our travels – Dublin, Ireland.
Cheers! (I’m still using European lingo because I’m pretending the trip isn’t over…)