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We’re Engaged!

Clink, clink, clink. Pardon the interruption, but I’ve got some big news to share with you guys: Phil and I are getting married!  He popped the question on a beautiful Sunday afternoon a couple of weekends ago and I said yes!

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Our engagement story…

Phil and I love being outside.  We try to go on outdoor adventures as often as possible.  We love camping, hiking, swimming, exploring, driving, honestly anything as long as it involves fresh air.

Lake Santeelah in Robbinsville, NC is one of my favorite lakes in this area.  It’s very small and private and clean, which can be hard to find around here.  I’ve spent a lot of time at this lake swimming, camping, going on boat rides and riding jet skies, sunbathing, floating, and just hanging with friends growing up.  Phil was lucky enough to be introduced to its splendor a few years ago when he and his co-workers went there for their yearly staff party.  He, too, fell in love with the place.  To this day, this lake is still where his company goes.

We had talked about going out to the lake together many times before, but never seemed to get around to it since it’s about an hour drive through some majorly curvy roads.  I was pleasantly surprised when Phil suggested we go spend the day there one Sunday.  While I was very excited to go, this spur of the moment trip did not lead me to any ideas that we would be leaving engaged.  Phil and I have been together for four years and had discussed marriage several times, but both agreed waiting was probably for the best.  Of course I knew in the back of mind, however, that it didn’t really matter when he asked because my answer would most certainly be yes.

We briefly drove around the lake looking for the best spot to swim.  Little did I know, Phil had already picked the perfect spot the week before when he was there with his co-workers.  He pulled the car over into the parking spot and we walked down to this gorgeous, private camping spot right next to the lake.  It was just the two of us.  There was a fire still burning from what seemed to be some campers from the night before.  Phil started working on putting it out as I put on my sunscreen and prepared to swim.  I was down to my swimsuit and ready to jump in when Phil told me to wait a second because he had something for me.  He finished putting out the fire, walked up to where I was standing, and grabbed a small white box out of his backpack.  I instantly went into the best shock of my life.  I won’t embarrass him by telling the whole world about the sweet words he said in that moment, but he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and it was perfection.

I was in so much shock that I didn’t even cry.  I couldn’t stop smiling and I’m pretty sure I almost strangled Phil by how hard I kept hugging him.  It was one of the best and most memorable days of my life.  I never wanted a big, fancy proposal.  I couldn’t have planned this day any better myself.  It was just me and Phil, outside, at one of our favorite places.

I found out afterwards that Phil had lunch with my mom about two weeks prior to ask for her blessing and that his family had known it was going to happen for some time.  Boy, did he have me fooled!

We’ve thrown around some ideas about a wedding date and are think spring of 2018.  That will give us plenty of time to enjoy our engagement and take our time planning.  Eeeek! I am still just so excited.  I am so lucky to have the opportunity to spend a lifetime with my best friend in the entire world.  I’ve started researching wedding planning and am already feeling overwhelmed, so I’m trying to just take it one day at a time.  I am sure there will be many more wedding-related posts to come.

Thanks for taking the time to read our story.  Cheers to love!

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