*Squeals so loud that only dogs can hear it*
My best friend Melissa got married in October, and it was the most magical, perfect, chill, beautiful, magical, perfect, magical day. It was such a gorgeous love fest that it ignited this intense desire in all of her best friends to also get married and have a day as closely resembling that day as possible. I knew I wanted to marry Matthew a long time ago, but after Melissa’s wedding it was something I thought about probably 98.9% of the time.
So I kind of expected that I would be getting engaged this Christmas. It might have something to do with the fact that I kept telling Matthew over and over again how much I wanted to get engaged this Christmas. I even did this really clever (annoying) thing where I would play my favourite Christmas song – All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey – and I would sing the line “I don’t want a lot for Christmas, there is just one RING I need.” I figured I could probably annoy Matthew into proposing to me. But it turns out he had already purchased a ring a couple months back and was hiding it in a Smash Up board game box in our basement the whole time.
When Christmas Eve came, it ended up being the most beautiful winter wonderland day we’ve had here in St. John’s. I wanted to go for a walk in Bannerman Park, the park near our house downtown. I wanted to see the Christmas lights and watch the people skating around the loop because it seemed like something that would get me in the Christmas mood. I was not expecting to be proposed to at Bannerman Park because I figured IF the proposal was going to happen at Christmas time, it would be happening Christmas morning during gift unwrapping under the tree. We were getting ready to go for our walk when my bestie Pamela called to ask what our Christmas Eve plans were. I told her we were going for a Bannerman Park walk and then we could hang out later. She then squealed really loud and even louder asked “OMG SHOULD I BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS?!” meaning “is the thing you really wanted to happen going to happen right now?” And I just shrugged and said no, I highly doubt it. But Matthew was sitting next to me as this phone exchange took place and heard the whole thing. So thanks to Pamela, Matthew went downstairs and grabbed the ring before we headed to the park.
We made hot chocolate and brought it with us in thermoses. We walked hand in hand through the park looking at the Christmas lights and listening to the Christmas music. We then went to my favourite little area of the park to build a really sad looking snowman. All the while I was playing my favourite Christmas songs in my pocket to drown out the mediocre Christmas songs playing near the skating rink. Just as we finished building the snowman I asked Matthew if we could get a Christmas Eve selfie. The song “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey was blaring from my winter coat pocket, and I grabbed Matthew’s phone to take our selfie (he has a way better camera than I do). I was taking a few pics, paying close attention to myself and whether I liked my face in each pic, so it took me way too long to realize that Matthew had taken the ring out of his pocket and was holding it up. I finally saw it while looking at one of the pics, turned to face him, and he held it up and casually asked “wanna get married?” So then I cried a lot and kept asking “really? really?”
I kind of figured I would have to fake being surprised when he proposed to me, but I was genuinely surprised. It took me awhile to actually respond “yes” because I thought I might throw up a little bit if I opened my mouth. Super romantic. Then he put the ring on my finger, we took another selfie, and I immediately ignored him to call Melissa. Melissa, who was hoping to receive this particular phone call the next morning, knew exactly why my number was popping up on her phone and was already screaming wildly when she answered. We shouted for a bit and I mumbled a few things to her and then hung up because I figured I probably shouldn’t ignore Matthew right after he proposed to me. So then we skipped to the Needs convenience store to get some break open tickets for my stocking (as you would normally do immediately after getting engaged) and then headed home so I could make a million excited phone calls.
It was all really cute. I’m super impressed with how he did it and I’m really grateful that Pamela called me and screamed things into my ear loud enough for Matthew to hear.
I’m still over the moon excited about the engagement and can’t stop looking at the ring. We already have most of the wedding booked and I’m having a blast planning things with my besties. We’re doing a fairly small, casual wedding at Rocket Bakery in October. I may already have my dress bought and everything. People keep commenting that I’m super on the ball with this but the truth is I have obviously been planning this wedding on a secret pinterest board for many months so I was very prepared.
I feel super lucky to be able to marry this man. He is the best person I know. He’s just the most caring, compassionate, non-judgy, funny human being. He takes care of me when I need help and none of my health challenges feel as scary with him by my side. He’s also super intelligent and can have philosophical conversations with me when I feel like discussing things like “is there a god?” and “is the apocalypse going to happen now that Trump is president?” He keeps things interesting and exciting. And he’s handsome to boot. I feel hashtag blessed to be able to marry him. Barf, right?
During the beginning of January we went out with our friends Alex and Alex from Alex Stead Photography to get some cute winter wonderland engagement pictures taken at the park where we got engaged. Alex and Alex photographed Melissa’s wedding and about five minutes after meeting them I knew I wanted to be best friends with them. So we have been hanging out a bunch lately and one of the first things I did after getting engaged was message them to find out what available dates they had to photograph our wedding, and I essentially planned my whole wedding around that (they are THAT good).
The day of our shoot was a super snowy day, which looks awesome in photos but resulted in us continuously getting pummelled by snow falling from the trees above us and then I got a really bad cold and had to spend a week in bed to recover. Totes worth it though.
So here are some of my favourite pics from the engagement shoot. I am totally in awe of how well they turned out.
Now I should probably end this blog post by showing you a few of the most beautiful shots that prove that Matthew and I really missed our calling as models.