7.18.2018

Wedding: Our Engagement Story (written by Andrew!)

Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases

Very exciting day for two reasons: we are sharing our engagement story and ANDREW wrote today's post! It's much more fun to see it from his perspective! Hope you enjoy!

Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases
Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases

**btw I added in a few thoughts that are in italics and [brackets] so just know that is me!!

Our Engagement Story - From Andrew:

Now that I’ve had some time to digest our engagement, it’s rough to recollect just how much anxiety I had entering into the actual proposal. Not because I was questioning the decision or worried about her answer, but because I wanted it to be perfect. While it may not have been truly perfect it was definitely memorable, and I’m happy to settle for that.

Krista and I began designing her ring in January. We visited our jeweler four times together before we all agreed on the final design and gave the green light to move into production [I will tell you guys more about this next week!!]. I was finally able to see the completed ring in April. I immediately was taken aback by its beauty. I knew it would be beautiful, but no rendering or 3D model truly prepared me for its intensity. I couldn’t wait to show her.

Then the tricky part came along: planning the proposal.

I knew she would want her makeup to be done. Despite what you might think, this isn’t such an easy task! Krista hates the process of putting on and wearing makeup, and I made it clear to her early in our relationship that I loved the way she looked without it. Now she only wears it when we shoot blog photos. That became my starting point; it had to happen during one of our shoots.

I also knew she wanted her mom and sister to be nearby immediately following the proposal, but that she didn’t want them part of the proposal. This part was tricky because her parents live in Illinois and her sister in Georgia. However, there was one time we would all be together before Christmas – and I wasn’t waiting that long – and that was during the 4th of July holiday at her mom’s.

At this point I had the venue and moment for the proposal. The heavy lifting was done. But I still had to hire a photographer, decide on a location to shoot, somehow find a way for her to have her nails done, and keep my fingers crossed the weather held up before we went back to New York.

That is what I meant by anxiety. There were a lot of moving parts to the proposal, despite it seeming like a simple backyard proposal on a beautiful sunny day. In fact, the proposal was supposed to happen a full day earlier, but the “weather” didn’t cooperate. And yes, “weather” is in quotes for a reason, but I won’t spill the beans on what that means. [lol guys I got my period the day Andrew originally wanted to propose (the 5th) and it came two days early and with that came really bad cramps and a very mean Krista -- I'm happy Andrew loved me enough to still want to marry me after that day! Everyone (who was in on it) was like 'you should just take a few photos...' and 'oh it's a great day to do it' and I was like NO I'm not taking photos today, I'm going to bed. LOL who knew!!]

So I had to tell the photographer to delay a full day. He was cooperative, but couldn’t shoot until 4p on Friday, July 6. That happened to be the exact time I had a scheduled tee time. Now I had to move my tee time, but find an excuse to tell Krista why that was happening. I told her the course had to close early Friday to prepare for a member tournament and I had to tee off in the morning instead. She bought it, and I went golfing.

I finished my round at 1p, which is when Krista texted me, “Where are you? I’m ready for photos.” But again, the photographer wasn’t coming for another three hours. So her brother-in-law and I killed about two of those hours at the clubhouse, having lunch and watching the World Cup before texting her back and coming home.

I got back to the house at 3p, took a shower and changed, knowing we would have enough time to shoot one of Krista’s looks before the photographer arrived and got into position. Keep in mind, I had to position the photographer before Krista and I began shooting.

You see, I shoot most of Krista’s photos while on one knee, and after a handful of shots, she comes over to me and looks in the viewfinder to check lighting, her hair and all that. I had chosen that moment to propose.

But in order for it to work I had to tell the photographer exactly where Krista and I were going to shoot. I know Krista pretty well at this point, so I knew she would want to shoot in front of her mom’s hydrangea bush in the backyard at some point during the photos. Around 3:30p the photographer texted me and I deployed Krista’s mom and sister to meet him out front and escort him to the neighbor’s backyard so he would have the proper angle to capture me, Krista and the hydrangeas.

Everything was now set.

With ring in my back pocket, Krista and I went to the backyard for her second look and I positioned her in front of the hydrangeas. Alas … a snag! The lighting was horrendous. It was harsh and there were tons of shadows. She decided she didn’t want to shoot there. I’m smart enough to know that when Krista doesn’t want to shoot somewhere, we aren’t going to shoot there … period. But I insisted that we should take some test shots. [this was the photo right before he proposed! He was like "no the lighting is fine, you look great..."]

Our Engagement Story  featured by popular New York blogger, Covering the Bases

I took about three, she came over to check them in the camera, and as she was looking at them she said they were terrible. She was right! But that wasn’t the point. She gave the camera back to me and I produced the ring from my back pocket.

I asked her if she would marry me, and she said … nothing. She gave no answer. She just stared at me and the ring, began laughing and crying and didn’t say anything. I gently reminded her I needed an answer, and of course she said yes.

We hugged, the photographer popped out of the neighbor’s bushes, her mom, sister, niece, nephew and brother-in-law poured out of the back door, we drank champagne and celebrated. All the anxiety was worth it. All the waiting, the worrying, the coordinating was immediately worthwhile. It was – and is – a great feeling. I love Krista and I love who we are with each other.

That’s my story. I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for following along…

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And that's it!! If you guys want to hear my side of the proposal and engagement story let me know below, I'd be happy to share! And you can see more photos from our engagement (the moment it happened!!) HERE.


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