Engaged!

Gary's pictures 146My dear bloggy friends (and those friends and family stopping by!) I am back from my trip to Disneyland and am excited to announce that I am now an engaged woman (insert giddy screams and jumping up and down)!!!Gary's pictures 160 It all started with this little giveaway at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants…Brent planted a fake giveaway to Disneyland knowing I would want to enter (because you all know how much I love to brag about winning things and finding things for free!).  The next day I got a phone call saying that I had won the trip.  I was so excited and, of course, bragged to everyone how I had won a free trip…  We booked a flight, planned our trip, and a few weeks later headed to Orange County to stay with some of Brent’s family.  Dotties's pictures 014When we arrived his family had “other plans” and so we were on our own for dinner.  We picked up a quick bite to eat and then headed to a park at the beach to walk around.  The park was a beautiful place overlooking the beach with a historical lighthouse (that beautiful little building in the background of the pictures).   Dotties's pictures 015As we were walking around we came up to a little picnic bench all set up for a romantic picnic with a couple sitting there.  They were very friendly and so we stopped to talk to them for a little bit.  They told us they were celebrating their wedding anniversary and even had wedding photos to share with us.  After chatting for a few minutes, they told us they needed to go out to the car to get something and asked us to watch their stuff for them.  Dotties's pictures 049After they walked away Brent brought me around the table and pulled a letter out of the bouquet of roses.  It was a beautiful letter from him professing his love for me (for the first time!)…he then sat me down on a chair covered with rose petals where he played me a song he wrote for me on his guitar.  We both got choked up, tears streamed, and then he got on one knee and asked me if I would be his wife!  And of course, I said yes!!! Gary's pictures 130Brent’s family came out of hiding, along with our mystery couple, and one of my best friends, who were all in on the surprise.  We toasted, took pictures, and celebrated this wonderful, memorable, and life changing moment…  Gary's pictures 136 Gary's pictures 139Gary's pictures 134

I have to admit that even after the proposal, I still thought I had won the trip to Disneyland!  I was then informed it was all part of Brent’s doing.  I got to hear all the elaborate details that went into the planning of the engagement…and the excitement was not over yet.  The next day we headed to the happiest place on earth…with the happiest girl on earth!  CIMG0928The bride and groom to be with their Mickey and Minnie hats! CIMG0852They gave us these fun engagement buttons so everyone would know we were just engaged.  All day people were congratulating us making the day even more magical!CIMG0905 CIMG0862CIMG0907 CIMG0903All day I could not stop grinning from ear to ear and loved running around the park holding the hand of my fiancé!CIMG0912Our last day down south ended with a trip to In-n-Out, Barnes and Noble to get some of the wedding planning essentials, and Huntington Beach… CIMG0969Showing off the bling! CIMG0970 CIMG0981 Reading up…haha!CIMG0985The end to a perfect trip…the beach…CIMG0987 CIMG0988CIMG1024 CIMG0992

We hopped on the plane and headed home from a wonderful trip…only to find out the fun was not quite over yet!  A surprise engagement party was waiting at Brent’s house for me (and now my home as well!).  All of my dearest family and friends were there to celebrate this special day and I continued to float on a cloud the rest of the night… 5288_1194051607962_1128592652_30618007_8371408_n5288_1194051647963_1128592652_30618008_1624561_n5288_1194051567961_1128592652_30618006_7494495_nCIMG1037 CIMG1034

It was an amazing weekend filled with excitement and celebration.  But above all else it was a weekend of joy as I got to see the man I love fall in love with me right before my eyes.Dotties's pictures 018



67 comments:

  1. How exciting! What a whirlwind proposal ... Congratulations!

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  2. Holy cow! What a fabulous proposal! Congratulations!

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  3. Congratulations! That's the most elaborate and well-planned engagement I've ever heard of. Kudos to your man. :)

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  4. Oh MY GOODNESS!! Are you sure you didn't just make that all up for the best ever blog post? If it wasn't for the pictures.... ;)
    Congrats, you man is a keeper. What a romantic. SO thrilled for you and all that you have coming up. :)

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  5. what a great proposal!! congratulations and best wishes!

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  6. ASHLEY!!! ahhh!! i teared up reading this!! what a sweet, sweet FIANCEE!!! that is a great story. and you have such great pictures to go along with it. i'm so glad you had a great time! i can't wait to see what you plan for your wedding!! :) i'm guessing it will be the do-it-yourself wedding of the year!! :) CONGRATS!

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  7. Squeal! How exciting!!! You took me back a few years to remember how exciting all that was. :) Do you have a date yet? He did such a good job planning a romantic proposal...most guys are not great at that stuff. He must have worked really hard. I LOVE the photo on the beach where he's sort of picking you up in a hug. GORGEOUS!!! Lots of wedding posts soon, I hope? :)

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  8. Ashley ~ I am so very very happy for you. What a trip. Congrats on your engagement and may God bless all your days.

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  9. How romantic. CONGRATS and BEST WISHES! I will have so much fun planning for the big day.

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  10. Congrats Ashley! Best wishes for you both!

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  11. Wow! I can't believe he planned all of that, including the giveaway for the trip to Disney! He must be really sneaky. Congratulations.

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  12. Congratulations on your engagement! You two seem well matched- your fiance planned your wonderful weekend with as much creativity and skill as your imaginative home decorating ideas. Can't wait to read about all your wedding plans.

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS ASHLEY!!! I am so happy for you! That newly engaged feeling is one of the best in the world!

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  14. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am unbelievably impressed with your fiancé's proposal!! He IS a keeper! :)

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  15. Congrats to you!! The ring is gorgeous! And the whole event was so sweet and romantic!! You are both very lucky!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  16. Congratulations!! How exciting and romantic! I love how the surprises just never ended. good luck!

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  17. Congrats! Congrats! Ya'll make such an adorable couple! And the bling...Mama Mia!

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  18. CONGRATS!! I got engaged in CA too. At the Montage resort in Laguna Beach. It's such a magical memory. I've got all the wedding planning down so if you need any help, I've been there and I've made a solution :-)

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  19. Congrats - what a fun guy you have! Love this story.

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  20. Oh my! This post totally made my day. I got all teary-eyed reading it and looking at all your sweet pictures! Congratulations! What an amazing proposal and your ring is positively gorgeous. :)

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  21. WOW! Congratulations! Now you get to start planning a wedding, so much fun... good luck. I wish you guys a lifetime of happiness.

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  22. CONGRATS... Ashley... HOW AWESOME... We had our honeymoon at Disneyland! That was almost 19 years ago... It is a very magical place indeed...
    BTW I too thought you WON the trip you twittered about... He's good!

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  23. Wow...Congratulations. What a sweet kind fiance. You both look so happy, it's wonderful.
    Sandra

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  24. Congratulation! Marriage is a wonderful thing!

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  25. Girl....I'm so incredibly excited for you!!! I know that you will have the best time planning your wedding. What a wonderful proposal story. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Congratulations!!! What an amazing proposal! I've even been to that park with the lighthouse!

    I can just imagine what crafty ideas you'll come up with for your wedding :)

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  27. What a wonderful story!!
    Congrats!!!!
    I'm so happy for the two of you. You both look like you are floating, you are so happy.
    Best Wishes!!!!!

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  28. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! How exciting!
    What a man to plan such an elaborate engagement! Sounds like he's a keeper. :) Have fun planning your wedding. I'm sure it will be spectacular.

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  29. Wow- what an awesome story! Sounds like so much fun.... CONGRATS!

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  30. That is an amazing engagement story! Congratulations!!!

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  31. Oh my goodness Ashley... congratulations!!! That has got to be THE best blog post ever and so incredibly sweet and romantic. What a whirlwind weekend. I know you must be glowing and grinning from ear to ear! I am so happy for you.

    Love ~ Amanda

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  32. Oh, and p.s...that ring is TO.DIE.FOR. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  33. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhh thats so exciting. i loved all the pictures. So happy for you. Enjoy it!

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  34. Congrats! That was a fabulous proposal plan! Sounds like you caught a good one!

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  35. Congrats from N Ireland!

    Wonderful - especially all the effort with the fake contest!

    We went to WDW Florida for our honeymoon.

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  36. SO happy to be apart of this magnificent occasion!! yay! Youre engaged! We've been waiting, and now its here and its going to be amazing. As crafty as you are, I can only imagine how gorgeous and unique your wedding is going to be!

    -Jahmese

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  37. What a great story - CONGRATULATIONS!!! There is nothing better than marrying your dearest friend.

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  38. Congrats, I know you will have a beautiful wedding!!

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  39. Congrats! What a wonderful proposal! Your man is very creative! Sounds like a match made in heaven!!!!

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  40. What a great surprise!! Congratulations Ashley,,you sound like a young bride-to-be already.. giddy and sweet. I'm soooo Happy for your and your fiance... keep up updated on your romantic wedding to be!!

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  41. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww CONGRATS!!!! What a wonderful story!!! Can't wait to read all about your wedding planning! :)

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  42. Congrats! He gets extra big points w/that elaborate plan!

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  43. What a clever FIANCE you have there! I've never heard of such an elaborate plan to propose before!

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  44. ashley, i am so excited for you! you will make such a beautiful bride. I can't wait to see the journey to your wedding! congrats!

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  45. I just started reading your post but I am so very happy for you. Life its so much better when you are with the one you love. MANY MANY best wishes.
    Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  46. Congratulations! What a sweet proposal story and a gorgeous ring!

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  47. oh, I am so happy for you! CONGRATS!!!!!!! What an awesome event at an awesome place!!

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  48. You've got yourself a keeper! Congratulations! What a sweet guy to put so much time and effort into all the planning involved to make this a really special event.

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  49. How fantastic! I can't wait to read about all your wedding plans and watch you add your creative spin on everything! Congratulations!

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  50. Aahhh!!! Congrats! That is sooo exciting!

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  51. Awww, Congratulations!!! How exciting. :)

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  52. Congratulations! I love your sweet proposal story and "wow" at your gorgeous bling!
    I'd like to know what day he proposed because my son just did, too, with his girlfriend! They were engaged on the 17th...

    For you two, many congrats!
    I love love stories... sigh! :)

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  53. Congratulations Ashley!! That is such great news!! I'm so happy for you, he did a GREAT job!! :)

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  54. Congratulations. How wonderful for the both of you.

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  55. I'm so happy for you! Congrats! What a wonderful and exciting time!

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  56. I don't know if I've ever commented here before, but I just had to after this post. I've been following your blog for a while now, and I love all of your posts- you have a great style! So I want to wish you congrats and I can't wait to see what you come up with for your wedding!

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  57. Congratulations!!! That is a GREAT engagement story and I am sure your love story will be just as fun and exciting!

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  58. You are so adorable! Congratulations! You two look very much in love and very happy~Jacque

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  59. Congratulations! What a creative guy you have there!

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  60. Oh Ashley forgive me for being late but CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I'm so happy for you. These pictures are too adorable as are both of you!!

    xoxo

    Michelle

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  61. Best Wishes to you and your Beloved! What a romantic guy, you have very good taste my dear. Now take a deep breath and remember to Enjoy this time, It's the Best!
    Fondly~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  62. aaahhhh!!! It's been a little while since I've popped over here and boy did I miss some exciting stuff!!! I'm sooo happy for you! I was planning my wedding this time last year and it is so much fun. BUT . . . even more fun is living day in and day out with the man you love and watching God draw you two closer together and knitting your marriage together according to His design. SO fun! Congratulations! What a PRICELESS proposal! I am so happy for you! Kelly
    http://sundrenchedmoments.blogspot.com/2008/03/road-trip-update.html

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  63. How great!! I will be following you to see how the wedding plans unfold! I blogged about my engagement/wedding journey also!

    onegirlsjourney-wedding.blogspot.com

    Enjoy!

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