Ciao, everyone! I’m currently writing this from our balcony in Positano. I meant to share our engagement story yesterday on the blog but jet lag got in the way (sorry about that!). A lot of people have asked if I knew the engagement was coming and the answer is sort-of! Chris and I had looked at rings together last June – he wanted to get my ring finger sized and see what kind of rings I was interested in. I think I confused him pretty badly though, because I kept changing my mind! At first I wanted a gold solitaire, then changed my mind to a halo. In the end, I truly had no idea what ring he would end up getting. So while I did know that he was in the process of saving up for a ring, both the actual ring and the timing were a surprise.
In reality, it turns out Chris had been planning the proposal for six months! Back in January, Chris drove to Charlotte and took my parents out to lunch to ask their permission to marry me. They told me afterward that he was so nervous during lunch that he couldn’t eat a bite, and ended up taking the whole lunch home with him! My brother lives in Japan, so Chris called him and asked his permission too (which I thought was really sweet).
After Chris had my family’s permission, he started planning how he wanted to propose. He knows I’m really hard to surprise, so it would be a miracle if he pulled it off!! (I always guessed every single Christmas present I was going to get when I was growing up.) Apparently the proposal planning involved an excel spreadsheet, diagrams and maps. The most important part of the planning for Chris was finding a time that both of our families could be present – it was really important to him that both of our families be there for the engagement because family is everything to us. His sister even flew in for the occasion and had her flight booked months in advance.
Anyway, fast forward to Saturday! Chris told me that he wanted to spend the day together since he knew I was leaving for Italy the following Monday. This made perfect sense to me, so I didn’t question it. However I didddd start to question it a little bit when he picked me up from my apartment and told me he had a scavenger hunt planned for us. I became even more suspicious when he got on the highway and headed towards Charlotte! At one point I asked him what was going on and he said, “It’s not what you’re thinking, Caitlin!” knowing exactly what I was thinking 🙂
After two hours of driving, Chris pulled into the parking lot of our favorite park in Charlotte, Freedom Park. This place is really special to us for a lot of reasons – we had some of our toughest and also best conversations on a certain bench in the park. When we got out of the car, I had a feeling that he was headed towards the bench! He was walking so fast I could barely keep up with him! Sure enough, he took me to our bench and we sat down. After the cutest speech I’ve ever heard, he got down on one knee and I immediately started crying! And of course I said yes!
Both of our families were at the park waiting in a different area. When we saw them for the first time I think we all started crying! Chris had made a reservation for us at a nearby restaurant that was dog-friendly, so we all headed there to have lunch and celebrate.
After lunch, Chris told me that the next “stage” of the surprise wasn’t until 4:30 so we had a couple of hours to kill. I suggested going to a brewery but Chris said no, so I asked if he wanted to go to Nordstrom instead. DREAM COME TRUE, he said yes! 😉 I told him that it was the best day in history since I got engaged and got to go to Nordstrom on the same day (obviously a joke, but I crack myself up).
Later on in the day, Chris drove me to another “mystery location” that happened to be my favorite restaurant/bar in Charlotte when I lived there. When we walked around back, all of our friends were there waiting for us and shouted, “Surprise!” It was the sweetest moment to be able to celebrate with our friends. A lot of cupcakes and champagne were consumed!
It was honestly the best day of my life and I’m still walking on cloud nine. It still feels like a dream to be engaged to my best friend.
Our journey as a couple hasn’t always been easy or perfect. Life threw us some curveballs that we had to overcome as individuals, and we each had some growing up to do before we learned how to be a team. It is unreal what God is capable of if you trust in His plan, even when it doesn’t look like things are working out. Chris is truly my soulmate and best friend all in one and I can’t imagine my life without him. And now we have to start planning a wedding!!!
If you guys want to see some wedding content on the blog, let me know! I know it might not be interesting to some of you, but if you do want to see some content I will definitely make it happen! 🙂
Thank you to EVERYONE who has commented, tweeted, emailed, etc. with your congratulations. Chris and I are so appreciative of every one of you!!!!
P.S. For those who asked on instagram, my dress is Showpo and you can get it here!