Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Our Engagement Story

Matt proposed December 11, 2010!

(Sadly enough, I just had all of my hair cut off.. Hopefully it will grow back fast!)

First off let me just say Matt did a great job of hiding the ring and keeping the proposal a secret. I was completely shocked and had no idea that he was planning on proposing anytime soon. I loved that it was such a surprise! For a while, I had been constantly nagging Matt talking about getting engaged sometime soon, but Matt kept telling me that it would be a good while before it happened. Little did I know that he was tricking me the entire time. He actually bought the ring and asked for my parent's permission over a month ago! My little sister even helped him pick out the ring. I am so glad the proposal was a surprise, and I am very proud of my parents & sister for keeping it a secret for such a long time. If you knew my little sister, you would know how hard it is for her to keep a secret ;)

Here's the details of the proposal day: Saturday morning we braved the crazy crowds at the mall and attempted to get some Christmas shopping done. We had planned on going to the local zoo that night to look at all of the Christmas lights, but after a long morning of shopping, I was exhausted and almost decided we should skip the zoo. I sure am glad I decided to suck it up and go! So that night we went to the zoo, which turned out to be a great time. The lights were beautiful, and it even "snowed"! (They created fake snow)

 The Beautiful Tree at the Zoo

Tough Guy


The day before one of Matt's co-workers had told him about a nearby park that you can drive through & look at all of the lights, so after the zoo Matt suggested we go take a look. Never in my life have I seen sooo many Christmas lights. There were all kinds of lights as you will see below. It was absolutely beautiful! Towards the end of the driving tour, we pulled over to take pictures in front of the huge "Merry Christmas" lights. And that's where Matt proposed!
The Park We Drove Through

The Lights Were Gorgeous!

The proposal is actually quite the funny story. After we both had our picture made in front of the "Merry Christmas" lights. Matt said, "Come here, I have something for you." He had his hand in his jacket pocket and a silly grin on his face. Because he likes to tease me about getting engaged (all in good fun), I thought he was playing a joke on me. I said, "Yeah, whatever..." and started walking back towards the car. Then Matt said, "No, really Katelyn, I have something for you." That's when I turned around & realized that he had a ring box in his hand. At that point, my memory gets a little hazy from all the excitement. I do remember him getting down on one knee and me saying "yes"!
Where We Pulled Over to Take Pictures

Right Before He Proposed

He did a fantastic job at picking out the ring. It is absolutely perfect! I'm in love with it; however I have to part with it for a few days. It's just a bit too big, so I had to take it to the jewelry store this morning to have it resized.

I also thought I would link up with Jamie for What I'm Loving Wednesday!

1. I'm loving this adorable ornament that my little sister Claire gave me last night! She is soo thoughtful!!

2. I'm loving that my dad was off work today & my mom and little sister got to leave school early due to the weather, so we have gotten to spend extra time together! (I came back to Alabama for the holidays... Matt will come into town next week)

3. I'm loving that it is only taking the jewelry store ONE day to resize my ring! Even though I have only had the ring for a few days, I have become quite attached to it! I was surprised that they could finish it so quickly, especially right here at Christmas time.  

I hope you enjoyed our engagement story! It's time for me to get back to studying. I am taking the GRE this weekend for graduate school, so I have been cramming for it all week. Has anyone else taken the GRE? The math portion is going to be the death of me. Well I hope everyone is staying warm & I am excited to see that I already have followers =) Thanks for all of the nice comments!!


  1. our rings are very similar and I love mine just as much today as I did the day I got it!

  2. New follower! :) LOVE your story!! That is so cute. Congrats on the engagement - it is definitely something you will remember forever! And enjoy every minute being engaged. The 14 months I was engaged felt more like 14 weeks... SO happy for y'all!

  3. I gasped when I saw that beautiful ring. It is GORGEOUS! Congratulations! I can't wait to hear about your wedding planning.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog!! :) What a VERY sweet story! I am a new follower of yours! I look forward to reading more & hearing about your wedding plans. :)

  5. Thanks for playing along!

    What a sweet proposal :) And your ring is beautiful!

  6. Your ring is gorgeous! Congrats on your engagement!

  7. Thanks for saying hi, Katelyn! Loove your engagement story, SOO exciting that it JUST happened! You ring is stunning. Can't wait to read more :-) One tip-- you should go change your settings so that people can respond back from your comments (you're "no reply" which means that there is no email list) We bloggers hate that because we like to respond back to sweet comments (like the one you left me yesterday!!) It's a personal preference so I don't mean to intrude, but it's a weird setting that a lot don't know about at first (you can read about how to change underneath my "followers" area on my blog ;-))

    Hope you have a great Thursday!!

  8. Kelly-Thank you for the tip! I still have a lot to learn, so I welcome any advice y'all have :)

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love the's GORGEOUS! x

  10. Your ring is beautiful!! Congrats on getting engaged that is so exciting!!