Will you be my…?

Very very exciting news! I finally got to do what I have been waiting for since I got engaged! I got to ask my friends and sisters to be my Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids! I stressed out about the perfect way to ask them, how to make it special, and definitely how to make the whole thing unique! After a few weeks of research, I am extremely thrilled at how it turned out!

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I am very proud to say that I came up with the entire “Will you help me tie the knot” saying and finding the rose gold Kate Spade bracelets to match the rose gold of my engagement ring. No pinterest needed! They were absolutely thrilled when they got to open the bags and see all the goodies it had to offer! I actually got to give one of my best friends hers, along with both of my sisters which made for a very exciting moment! My oldest sister will be my MOH, my other little sister will be my Junior MOH and my 3 best friends as my bridesmaids! I am very possibly the luckiest bride to be ever! They are absolutely wonderful!

 

Zara The Magnificent

I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in a magnificent city. Not only did I get to travel Europe, experience a new culture and meet new people, but I got to learn a new language and SHOP. I love nothing more than to get a glimpse of new trends, and being in a completely different country gave me a totally different out look on clothes. My absolute favorite store abroad was Zara. Spain is the country which breathed Zara to life and gave a whole new meaning to style, but in an inexpensive, affordable way. I always knew I could find what I needed at a reasonable price at Zara, and for really good quality as well. I am going to share some of my favorite pieces from Spain over the next few posts! Tonight is the first…

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Romper: Zara Spain

Necklace and Earrings: Kendra Scott

Shoes: (Not shown) Massimo Dutti (Brown booties)

Makeup: Bobbie Brown Eye Shadow and Mascara

Base and Blush: Bare Minerals Liquid

Eyeliner: Givenchy Black Liquid

Photos: Mia Angeles

The Proposal

After getting home from a 3 month adventure in Europe, I had no idea I was about to (FINALLY) start the next major chapter in my life. While in Spain, Kevin and I talked a lot about the next steps in our relationship, what to expect after graduating, and what we wanted to accomplish in our lives. I consistently bugged him about getting engaged. We had been dating for 5 years, and at this point I had decided that we were going to be stuck in this weird, consistently dating, phase of our lives and we were never actually going to move on. (Maybe I was being a little dramatic, but I was just tired of waiting. I always knew I wanted to spend my life with him!) Little did I know, he already had our next step planned out and set in motion.

3 days after we arrived home, Kevin and I had a date planned to go to the cutest little french restaurant called Toulouse in Knox-Henderson. Our favorite trip when we were abroad was Paris (of course!) and he wanted so badly to eat french food again. He also told me that he wanted to go to this bar someone recommended to him because he didn’t want to loose the “adventure and fun” we had abroad. This was slightly out of character for him, but I decided not to question it and just go with it! (I had the slightest idea that he might propose during this date, but I tried really hard not to read into things). Neither of us were hungry at dinner (both not realizing the other was nervous for the exact same reason) so we enjoyed a glass of wine and some escargot. Everything seemed completely normal at dinner. Normal conversation, calm atmosphere and we even talked about getting engaged one day. He was completely calm and normal, minus the fact that he checked his watch every minute! We decided to skip the entre and go ahead and head on to our next destination.

We arrived at this gorgeous hotel on the south of downtown Dallas, called the Nylo. It’s historic building compliments it’s modern, contemporary and artistic inside. We walked into a cozy lobby and headed towards the elevators and up towards the roof top bar. Once at the top, Kevin led me through the inside and straight towards the terrace doors. The view was incredible. You could see all of Downtown Dallas, and the lights of the lit up buildings were bouncing off the clouds in the sky. He guided me past the pool and cabanas, and right to a fire pit. Once we reached it, he took our stuff and set it on the nearest bench and his hand began to shake. He turned around and looked right at me, and took my hands into his.

“Evan, you know that I love you right?”

“Well of course, you tell me all the time. I’m so lucky to hear that so often from you.”

“No, I mean I REALLY love you, and I wouldn’t be the man I am today without you”

It was that moment I fully realized what was going on. Kevin told me later that he knew when I realized what was going on because my eyes got really wide and I stopped breathing. He tried to take his hand away (to get the ring) and I wouldn’t let go of it. When I did give it up, he reached into his pocket, pulled out the box, and got down on one knee. The whole world went still and I immediately started to cry. He got up from his knee, closed the box shut in fear of the ring flying out, and hugged me. I don’t think I stopped crying for a good 10 minutes. At this point I could hear the clicks of a camera, and knew that Kevin had heard me when I said I really wanted the moment to be documented.

“Do you want to see the ring?” was the next thing Kevin said to me once I calmed down a little bit. I hadn’t even realized the ring did not go on my finger at this point! And once I really got a good look at the ring, I was astounded. It was absolutely everything I had wanted. He knew what I wanted and what would look best, way before I even did.

Once we took a few photos and talked to the photographer, Kevin had a cabana set up with champagne, four dozen of my favorite color roses (light pink and white), blankets and pictures of us. It was a perfect way to be able to take in the moment and enjoy what was happening.

“This isn’t all for tonight. I have another surprise for you.”

After about an hour, he took be back to his house where all my friends and family were waiting to celebrate with us, hear the story and drink really good champagne. Friends from all over came in just to be with us, which meant more to me than anything. The night was over before I even knew it. It was by far the most magical, spectacular night of my entire life. The only thing that can top that night? My future wedding!! However I can not wait to enjoy the next months of being engaged to my now fiance and future hubby!!

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5 Years Prior

Prior to our engagement, Kevin and I had been dating for 5 years. We actually celebrated our 5 year anniversary in Madrid, Spain on November 28, 2014. Our story is quite interesting…

June 2009: Pine Cove Christian Camps

Kevin and I both (separately) decided to do a 2 week summer camp program. We met the second day, during an all red themed sports night. The moment I saw him, I thought he was one of the cutest guys I had ever seen. (Keep in mind, I was going to be a sophomore the next year in school, I was 15). By happenstance our tables for dinner were right next to one another. Strategically, I chose the seat closest to his table and little did I know he did the same 🙂 Within 3 days of flirting and talking, I apparently had had my fill and decided I no longer liked him. I judged him as being too similar as an old guy friend I had, and slightly immature. I moved on to other people, other guys and other things.

Later on in the summer, I decided to chat him up on Facebook. (Why I decided to contact him, to this day I’m still not sure, but I’m sure glad I did!) It was a normal conversation on my side, except for the one word, short, unemotional responses I was getting from him.

Me: “Hey, I hope your summer has been going well! How are you?”

Kevin: “Good”

Me: “What are you up too?”

Kevin: “Nothing”

Me: “How has life been?”

Kevin “Fine”

That was the extent of that conversation.

Then school starts back up. 6 weeks into my sophomore year I decided I couldn’t stay at my current high school. I decided to transfer to a private school where I knew some great people. I never hesitated making this decision because I knew this would be a new, healthy step in my life. Little did I know that this step was going to be good for more than just my faith and my education, but my entire life! I visited the school on a Monday, to get a feel of the environment and the people. However, I didn’t realize I knew more people at this school than I thought. Within the first few minutes, I saw Kevin for the first time since camp the past summer. I had absolutely no idea he lived in Dallas, let alone that this was his high school. The eye contact was long and surprised. I will never forget the look on his face. He was startled to see me, but I could tell it was an “I’m so happy to see you” kind of surprised. He was much cuter than I remembered. We hugged, exchanged a few words, and went our separate ways. I showed up the next Monday morning at 8:00am, uniform on, and ready to begin my new life journey.

“What are you doing in a uniform?” was the first reaction I got from Kevin when I saw him again. He didn’t realize that I was visiting to transfer, he just thought I had visited to see my friends, who just happened to go to his high school. From that moment on, we have been inseparable. He had grown up over the rest of the summer, and no longer reminded me of an old friend. He was much more mature, (I did realize he had his first “real relationship” since I had seen him last) and there was just something about him that gave me butterflies every time I talked to him. I decided to give him another chance, and thankfully he decided to to the same for me. (He thought I was just a flirt at camp (which I kinda was haha), and wasn’t a girl he wanted to spend time with). As I quote he said, “She was just very cute, so I decided I would give her another chance”. And boy am I glad he did!!

 

 

A Fresh Start

To start of my blog, I wanna share the most incredible, exhilarating and life changing experience I have ever had. I want to share the story of the moment I have been waiting for for my entire life.

IM ENGAGED!!

As Kevin and I had been dating for 5 years, and recently went to on an extended trip to Europe together, I was ready to move on in our relationship. I always knew where this relationship was going to go, I was just ready to get there! Over the course of the next few posts, I will tell the story of our relationship, our proposal, and current updates on our wedding planning process! But for now, we will recap the outfit I wore on my engagement night!

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Dress: H&M Madrid, Spain (Now on SALE!!)

Heels: Steve Madden at Nordstroms

Hair: Dry Bar 

Earrings: Kendra Scott (On SALE! but no longer in black)