¡We’re engaged!

May 24, 2016

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In a little Italian restaurant in Little Italy, on my mom’s birthday, Erik proposed.  It was the most magical night.  Ever.

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You get to a certain point in your relationship, or when you’re certain you’ve found the right one, and you’re just ready.  I have been ready for a while…  But never did I think I’d be the type of girl pushing for it or needing to be engaged.  With Erik, I was so ready to take the next step.  To start the next chapter.  To be his forever.  And ya, to plan the wedding of our dreams.  So we went ring shopping and he had me hanging on every little comment.  I hate to admit it, but I turned into the girl who was so consumed with getting engaged at times, I annoyed even myself.  After my best friend’s bachelorette in Cabo, I came back a little more relaxed, and found a way to not be so fixated on the ‘when’, but took comfort in knowing it would happen.  Little did I know it’d be nine days later.  My mom told me all she wanted for her birthday was for me to have a ring on my finger.  I told her that wasn’t really my gift to give… but that I’d love it too.  Erik doesn’t believe me, but the morning of her birthday I woke up and thought to myself, “if he really wanted to throw me off and surprise me, he’d ask me tonight” since I knew that under any other pretense I wouldn’t be as surprised.  Erik’s not one for big public displays, and I didn’t think there was any way he’d propose in front of my family or a crowded restaurant, so I dropped it.  I got up, dressed for work, and went on with my day.

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Towards the end of dinner, I was talking to my brother across the table as Erik said to my mom quietly, “Isn’t there one more gift?” and before I knew it, he was sliding out his chair to get on one knee.  As the story goes, everything was a blur, and I just remember shaking so much and a few tears I quickly wiped away, and then never wanting to let him go.  I think he initially opened the box upside down, had to ask me twice because I was in such shock I couldn’t respond, and I definitely forgot there was an entire audience watching.  But it was perfect.  Everyone in the restaurant was clapping as the waiter walked out to bring dessert and sing my mom happy birthday.   On the drive home we called [almost] everyone we know, popped some champagne with the fam, and I’ve been in a love daze ever since.

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And now we’re engaged.  We’ve picked a date and a venue and I’ve signed with a wedding coordinator.  We’ll be getting married in Palm Springs in April 2017, and I’m SO excited to see the pieces coming together.  I knew I’d be way too good at being a bride.  I’ve only been planning my wedding since way before it was ok to…  Not to mention, pretty much everyone around me is getting married, too, so I’ve had some practice ♥

6S7A9106 Last weekend we took engagement photos in Mount Laguna and it was such a fun little adventure.  The weather was crazy and I was worried it’d look like we took them in Portland because the fog was so thick and the sky was so grey.  Luckily, we reached an elevation literally above the clouds, and it was like a different world.  I know for our wedding photography I want a moody film aesthetic, but for our engagement photos I wanted something fun and natural.  I somehow found Jordan Lutes, and now I want him to be my best friend because his photos are rad and we had the best day shooting with him.  Of course Charlie had her spotlight, too.

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In the few months we’ve been engaged, I’ve been more emotional (in a good way) and more in a love daze (in the best way) and could never be prepared for such an experience.  It already feels like so much more and so much greater.  Its overwhelming actually, but maybe that’s just me.  Everyone prepares you for the premature questions you’ll be asked and the sense of bombardment you’ll feel upon getting engaged, but no one quite prepares you how you will feel.  It’s the best.

And now for the planning and parties and all the good stuff.  I’m just happy to have my man, forever.

xo

PS.  #myhrome

We’ve always used the phrase “marg me” or “vacation me”.  Its our lazy way of saying we want something, so it only makes sense to attribute Myhro Me to our trying the knot.  What do you think?!

8 thoughts on “¡We’re engaged!

  1. Carol Farrington

    Casey these engagement pics are breathtaking!! I love reading your description of how your engagement came about…it was such an incredible night and I was beyond happy to be able to witness such a precious moment in you and Erik’s life….love you so much and can’t wait to enjoy this incredible time with you and Erik…#myhrome! xo

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