I have been looking forward to writing this post for a few weeks now. This is the first of my wedding Wednesday series, where I will share different aspects of our wedding and planning. So if you didn’t already know, Matt and I got engaged earlier in January. A little background story on us, we have been dating for 5 years, since I was a senior in high school. We even went to my senior prom together. He has been my best friend all through college, and I can honestly say I don’t know where I would be in my life with out this man. We’ve known for years that we wanted to get married, but also wanted to wait until we both had established our careers. Now lets get into the fun stuff…how he proposed.
Like all things in life, our proposal did not go exactly as he had planed. I got home from work, as normal, and he said he wanted to take me out for dinner. We usually only eat out once a week so I thought this was a tad odd but it was his off day (he works a odd schedule). He didn’t tell me where he was taking me, but I figured it out quickly because he was headed to the Charlotte mall, haha. We both LOVE Italian, so Maggiano’s is one of our favorite restaurants. Throughout dinner I could tell Matt was acting differently, and not because he was about to propose. The poor guy was getting sick with the flu while we were at dinner.
We finally finished up with dinner, and I was thinking he wants to get home because he is obviously sick. But he decided to take the long way home and drove through downtown. Oh, and by the way, it snowed the day before he had planned to pop the question, so you know how things are in the south, EVERYTHING shuts down and there was still snow all over the roads. We pulled up to a park downtown and he turned to me and said “I thought it would be fun to go to a park, but there is still snow and ice everywhere”. I was thinking to myself, you’re sick over there, sweating to death, and you thought it would be fun to go to a park, at night, in the ice? So we ditched the park idea. I was beginning to think something was up but also figured it just wasn’t going to happen that night.
We had gotten home, let the dog out, and were in bed getting ready to go to sleep. Matt just got up out of bed, and came over to my side and got down on one knee. I was beyond shocked. He said that he just couldn’t wait to do this later he was too excited. He said he was sorry the evening didn’t go as he had planned but it really didn’t matter, because that’s life. And he wants to spend the rest of his life with me for the good moments and the ones we don’t have go as planned, as long as we are together… I just couldn’t stop smiling. Then he asked me to marry him, and of course I said YES!
It was fairly late at night at this point so we called our parents and a few close friends but waited until the next day to let the rest of our family and friends know the exciting news. I am so excited to share this exciting journey with y’all throughout our wedding planning. If there are any wedding related posts you would like to see please let me know and I will work to make it happen.
I wanted to say it was so much fun to get to take engagement photos on the railroad tracks (we were careful to use out of service tracks). Many of you may not know, but Matt works for the railroad. He is a conductor so he works and walks on tracks everyday, so we really have a connection to them. He loves his job, but I can’t lie it is not easy dating a railroader. He works long, weird hours, and sometimes we don’t know when he will work until the day of. It really is almost a lifestyle, haha, so I really did enjoy being able to take photos with him on his second home, the tracks.