I cannot believe I am actually writing out the first of many Wedding Wednesday posts! Holy Cow I get to write wedding related content. *Insert mind blown emoji here* I’ve dreamed of getting married since I was such a little girl that I feel so incredibly blessed and thankful it’s my time. When I announced our engagement on instagram I wrote “Trusting in the Lord does not return void.” Boy, do I believe in that! God truly orchestrates everything and brings the right thing at the right time.
Before jumping into the story I want to thank everyone for all of the dm’s, texts, comments, and kind words about our engagement! The love has totally been felt and I just feel so special that so many care about my heart and journey.
Now onto the good stuff! I had both Adam and I write our sides of the story down the day after we got engaged. I didn’t want to forget anything about it! So here’s each of our perspectives, guess which is more detailed ;P
Back in January Mariah had a bridal shower to go to, so I went to Happy Jewelers and looked at rings. I spoke with my mom who told me to speak with my aunt about diamonds. I went back a few weeks later and designed the ring. I had to go back a third time a few days later to finalize the diamond selection. I would usually try to leave work a little early to head down to Fullerton, which is where the jeweler was located. That means I was fighting rush hour traffic coming back. On one of my trips, the traffic was so bad I barely made it back before Mariah came over! I spent the whole time trying to think of reasonable excuses of where I could have been if I didn’t beat her to my apartment.
I picked it up on Feb 17th, the day I asked her parents when we could speak. I met them the next day for lunch. I knew she was going to San Diego the 29th with Tori and didn’t know if I could pull it off. I wanted my family to be able to come, I needed to plan with Tori and find a photographer. I searched instagram and The Knot and found Katherine Beth. She was busy but offered to reach out to some folks and got me connected with Sophia Elizabeth. We planned for Saturday at 5pm at Sunset Cliffs. Tori was in charge of getting Mariah there. I got there around 3:30 and scouted out a place I liked and met up with the photographer. I had Tori’s location so I knew when they were getting close. I waited for probably 15 minutes until Mariah finally showed up! After sharing a few words, I got down on one knee and asked Mariah to marry me. She gave me a “uhh huhhh” and nodded her head with a big smile I think.
After our photos I told her we had dinner reservations. She really wanted to tell our parents but I wanted to spend the evening just us. But in fact, my parents and brother flew out Friday. Mariah’s family was meeting us for dinner as well. We all got to spend the evening together celebrating.
The End (rather, the beginning)
Everyone is a really good liar! That’s the first thing I’ll say as I get teary eyed starting to type this out.
I had spent the day with my best friend (Tori) who asked me questions and talked a lot all day about Adam and I getting engaged. Adam and I had looked at rings and talked about getting married this year before, but I had no clue when or if he had a ring yet. I was very much so under the impression (thanks to lies from my parents and sister) he hadn’t talked to my family at all and I just really felt like he didn’t have the ring yet.
Tori and I have had this friendship/birthday trip planned for a bit (I even wrote about it in last weeks Friday Feeling) and Adam had nothing to do with it. In fact, earlier in the week I had asked him what his plans were going to be while I was gone on Saturday. Which he told me he was going to watch the marathon trials and maybe go golfing. I suggested he go with my dad and so he set that up. Adam even sent me screenshots of the text conversation between him and my dad planning to go golfing! So he was supposed to be golfing on Saturday! And he led me to believe that all the way til the very moment.
Tori and I had spent a really lovely day hiking and eating at fun places. She had asked me if we could go watch the sunset before dinner out at Sunset Cliffs by Point Loma. She said a friend had told her of this cool spot to go and I happily said sure! We stopped by our hotel to freshen up and she told me she wanted to leave in like 45 minutes. Which at the time I was just like “okay!” but thinking about it is really strange for her. She’s not the planner or timekeeper of our friendship.
So off we went to sunset cliffs. We parked and I got a text from Adam, “He beat me by 2!” I was so proud and even told Tori that my dad only beat Adam at golf by 2 and how impressive that was! It was a little bit of a walk to get to the cliffs and off we went. There was this perfect spot to watch the sunset that didn’t have very many people there so I started walking in that direction only to have Tori tell me that there was a better spot further and we should keep going. At this point she’s texting a lot and looking at her phone. That’s when I started to feel like things were odd. The thought to fix my sweater flashed through my head and that she could be leading me to a proposal but then my realistic self kicked in and I was like pshhh no. It’s not happening.
BUT THEN we turned to a spot and just down below a little hill Adam was waiting. I saw him and stopped. I literally had no clue what to do. I apparently yelled “What?! You’re not golfing!” I just kept looking at Tori and Adam and I didn’t really know what to do. I handed Tori my purse and Adam motioned for me to come down to where he was. He came and got me and walked me over and started saying some very sweet things, then got down on one knee and told me He loved me *for the first time* and asked me to marry him. Which I think I said yes to, that part is a blur. Afterwards we took some pictures and I completely felt like my ability to take a photo was lost. I didn’t know how to stand or what to do. It was very foreign! It wasn’t until Adam reminded me that I wanted a certain picture that I was like Oh! Yes! Thank God for Pinterest boards, I just pulled it up and got to remember what I wanted.
After we were done taking a few photos Adam told me that we had dinner reservations. I was really concerned though about just us two leaving Tori behind. They reassured me she would get food and was going to call her husband. So we walked to his car and he told me he didn’t want to tell anyone yet, just wanted it us two. Which I agreed until we were about halfway to dinner and then I really felt like I should tell my parents and was nervous Tori would text them before I got to. Again, Adam reassured me that Tori wouldn’t tell them and he really wanted to wait. So I obliged.
We got to dinner and walked in and they led us to our table outdoors and SURPRISE! My family was there, and his family! They had flown out from Florida for the occasion. It was so special! Earlier in the day I had literally told Tori that I thought if Adam proposed it would be cool to have his family there as well but I didn’t know if Adam would think of that sort of thing. Having both families there literally meant the world to me! It was honestly one of my favorite parts of this whole thing!
I feel so incredibly best by the whole thing. I am completely in shock! Adam killed it and did such a good job and is so proud of how it was such a big surprise! All day today (the day after) I’ve been so teary over everything. I just feel overwhelmed with joy and that this is all actually happening. He loves me! I love him! He wants to marry me! How did that happen?! I have no answers. To that I must give the Lord all the credit. The Lord got some man to want to marry me! And there again *cue the tears*