1.06.2017

The Proposal

TGIF readers!

I know it's been a while...more on that in my New Year's post coming soon...but I am happy to be sharing a bit more about Bryce's proposal and our engagement with you here on Alexandra Bee Blog today. I had originally planned to share some wedding inspiration with you, as well, but realized that needs to be separated into it's own post altogether!

Those of you who follow along with me on Insta have been itching for this post and I'm excited to finally get my act together!

It's a long one, so grab a cup of hot cocoa, or, a cocktail and settle in!



For those of you that have been longtime followers, you know Bryce and I have been together for quite awhile. Our first date was July 7, 2011, to be exact! That being said, I might have had a bit of an idea an engagement was coming soon...and at the very least can say that I was maybe just impatiently awaiting the 4 little words "Will you marry me?"

First things first, though, let's backtrack a little and talk about ring shopping!

I'll be the first to admit that I didn't initially think I wanted to be a part of the ring shopping experience. I'm so glad, however, that Bryce insisted I be included. It's so interesting trying on rings, and it's crazy how different the styles can look on your hand than in pictures online or on other people. I ended up with a ring that was completely different than I envisioned or even thought I wanted (similar to my wedding dress shopping experience, too!).

The first time we looked at rings, it was a rainy spring day and we started the day with brunch at Can Can, our first date spot. After brunch, we made our way to a local jewelry shop to peruse rings. I was certain I wanted a round, three stone ring (like this). I tried on multiple three stone styles, though, and nothing felt quite right. I was also certain that I did not want a ring with a halo. I found halos to be beautiful, but felt like they were the "in" ring. I wanted classic, not trendy. That being said, Bryce begged me to try on a specific round halo he saw. This one was a little different than the others, as the halo was quite delicate and the center stone was set as a pave sitting up above the halo. I still knew that it wouldn't be the ring, but decided to oblige him and try it on.

Y'all--I put the ring on and immediately knew. It was "the one!" Bryce knew all along, better than me, which ring would be perfect for my hand, for our engagement.

Quite a while passed, and Bryce went back to the original jewelry store and several others to look again and again. A little over a month before our engagement, he asked that I go with him a second time to look. He wanted to be sure that the ring I would look at the rest of my life was just right.

That weekend we went to one jewelry store he had not yet visited: Adolf Jewelers. (I'm putting in a plug here, because, local friends, Adolf's is the place to go! They were wonderful in every way!)

Our experience was so fun and we realized that yes, the first ring I chose was perfect. Adolf's then ordered diamonds for the setting we selected and we went back the following week to pick our diamond. I'll share here that I really didn't picture myself being quite so involved in the process, especially not choosing the diamond, but again, I  am so glad that I was. It was fun and exciting, not to mention, I received quite the diamond education from Mr. Adolf himself! After we selected the diamond, we were told it should take about 3 weeks for them to build my setting for the diamond and have the ring ready. The countdown was on!

It took a bit longer than first estimated, so I was in constant anticipation!

The night that Bryce proposed finally rolled around. It was November 22, two nights before Thanksgiving.

It was a Tuesday night, and here I'll share the first of two proposal requirements I asked of Bryce: You might wonder why a random Tuesday? I have always told Bryce to make an ordinary day extraordinary when proposing. I didn't want anything predictable (think birthday, holidays, etc), and now November 22nd will always be special to us!

I got home from work and Bryce suggested we go out to dinner. While I tended to Millie, he got the car started. Once I made it to the car, he immediately started driving. I was a bit suspicious as we normally go through the never-ending discussion of where to go to dinner (anyone else go through this!?). He started driving and was headed downtown. When we got off the expressway, he suggested we go to a favorite Mexican restaurant, Casa del Barco. He was driving straight there, and I became quite confused. Surely if he was going to be propose, it wouldn't be in the middle of a Mexican restaurant. At the last minute he turned, and it appeared that he was headed to Sine, the bar where we first connected during a mutual friend's birthday celebration. The wheels were turning now...until he drove right by Sine. At that point, I was completely confused as he drove around the neighborhood of Church Hill, suggesting several different dinner spots.

We came upon Libby Hill Park, a local park that has fabulous views of the entire city. Never having been to the park after dark, I commented on how gorgeous it looked at night as we drove by. Bryce then suggested we pull over and take a look. At this point, I knew something was up. It was freezing cold outside, so the fact that Bryce suggested we stop the car and get out was a huge clue!

We got out of the car and made our way to the edge the hill, taking in the city below. Bryce popped the question, remarking that he had chosen the location because it captured Richmond. We've both always called Richmond home, and bonded over that fact early in our relationship. He then retrieved a nice bottle of champagne that he had snuck in the car while I took care of Millie.

We enjoyed the champagne, albeit I was shivering the entire time, and were just full of giddy excitement!

Here I'll share the second requirement: I don't want anyone watching (i.e. no cameraman hiding in the bushes, no busy public place, etc)! Now, wouldn't you think a public park would be pretty secluded on a freezing cold Tuesday night? Well, guess what, it wasn't! People were coming and going like crazy! Bryce had actually scoped out the spot with the best views for the proposal, but ended up popping the question a bit further from the road down the hill where people wouldn't see! We did walk over the spot he had planned, however, and enjoyed it while sipping our bubbly!

Once we returned to the car we called our parents and made our way back to Sine to have a drink. We sat at the exact spot where we talked and talked the night we met, and used that time to share the news with some of our other best friends.

Next we headed to our most special date night spot, Edo's Squid and feasted! Finally, we made our way to Can Can, the location of our first date, for dessert. The night couldn't have been more perfect, and I loved that it happened right before the holidays, so we were able to spend Thanksgiving and Christmastime celebrating with family and friends.

The picture at the top of this post was taken at Can Can the night we got engaged, and now, I can't resist sharing a favorite engagement photo, also taken at Can Can! I need to tune back in soon to fill you in on wedding plans (Our date of June 3 is right around the corner!), share the rest of our engagement photos, and also talk thoughts on the new year! If we get the snow they're predicting this weekend, I may have some time to hunker down and write!


Did any of you get engaged over the holiday season?

What are your requirements for the perfect proposal?

Have a great weekend!

20 comments:

  1. Congrats on your engagement. Your post made me laugh because I had the same expectations of not being proposed to in public & not on a holiday! I love how you put it, "make an ordinary day extraordinary." How true! Happy planning!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yay! So exciting! I love hearing stories! We also bought my ring from Adolfs. It was such a fun experience. Congrats again!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love proposal stories! Congrats!! Your story reminds me of mine - he ended up proposing the day before my birthday because the ring wasn't ready when he thought it would be and he knew I didn't want it on a special occasion. I had been not so patiently waiting for it to happen and was super-busy around that time, so he really only had one day free when he could pull it off. We're getting married a few days before the date he proposed (11/13/16) in 2017 (11/11/17), so it will always be a special time. Last time I was in Richmond we walked by Can Can and it looked awesome - adding it to my list for the next time I'm in Virginia.

    ReplyDelete
  4. a beautiful beginning for a wonderful future. I agree about capturing everything on camera. some things can remain in your heart. best Wishes!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. So funny, I just got engaged too, and we also started dating in 2011 :) I got to go look at rings and thank heavens I did because you are not kidding, what looks great in a magazine does not always look good on YOUR fingers (thinking on it though, what outfit that a supermodel wears looks the same on me....but expectations! haha). I ended up with a 3 stone just like your pin though!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh my gosh I'm such a sucker for engagement stories and this one was great! I totally agree with your requirements- no big holidays and no crowd. Simple and secluded is best. I'm so glad you have such a great fiance that made sure everything was perfect. I can't wait to see your wedding plans unfold through the blog!

    Emma | Seeking the South

    ReplyDelete
  7. I was so thrilled for you when I saw the news!! Bryce sure planned it perfectly and I know y'all are going to have such a wonderful life together!! Can't wait to follow along :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Congratulations! What a cute story! This is adorable and your ring is stunning. I am so happy for you two :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Congratulations!!! I got engaged around the same time, and having no one around and not on a holiday were my requirements, too!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Aw, love engagement stories! I helped pick out my ring, too! :) Congrats lovebirds.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I ADORE an engagement story :) I loved that you were so involved with everything! My proposal was the complete opposite - ON our one-year anni, in front of my class of 4th graders, and a COMPLETE surprise! Lol, love that each one is different and perfect in its own way :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I loved reading this. And the photo at the end just tops it off. I can easily see how being involved in the picking out of the ring would be a great experience...and I bet you never would have guessed he would have proposed so soon after picking out the ring because you might think you would expect it. you look glowing. can't wait to read about planning!

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing! Happy planning and Best Wishes!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. OMG, so sweet! I also had some requirements: Please make sure my nails are done, that I have showered & my hair isn't a frizzy mess, and don't do it on a holiday. He did it in between Thanksgiving and Christmas and I was COMPLETELY surprised. I love y'alls proposal and how he incorporated all your firsts! Enjoy! June 3 will be here before you know it! xx, I'm Fixin' To

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love proposal stories, this was so sweet! I helped to make my ring too, I agree it's amazing what you can like online vs what you like on your hand!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your ring is GORGEOUS!! Love your engagement story and happy to say I've been following along for a lot of your dating :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. HOW DID I MISS THIS POST!?! Love the story and your ring is stunning!! I am just so excited for you!! Can't wait to hear more!

    ReplyDelete
  18. The world is changing fast. people are also being transformed. day by day we are becoming more dependant on degital system. you are making me think of this really. You have a great method of sharing your thoughts

    Jelly Gamat QNC, Umpan Ikan Mas, Jelly Gamat QnC, Umpan Ikan Lele, Jelly Gamat QNC, Ace Maxs, Jelly Gamat QnC, Aquatic Essen, Essen Ikan Mas.

    ReplyDelete

Your comments brighten my day!