our ENGAGEMENT story

One month ago today, I woke up to what I thought would be an ordinary Sunday. I had worked late the night before and we had brunch plans with my dad, my sister and brother-in-law who were in town for the weekend. After a lovely brunch, we were heading to TKs parent's for a pool day and BBQ but it was forecasting rain so we didn't know how this would affect our plans. We packed up with our pup in tow and headed to his parents. As we pulled in I noticed tissue paper pom poms by the pool, not thinking much of it but that it was cute his mom had decorated for us to come over. As we walked towards the pool, I stopped dead in my tracks, covered my mouth and started to cry. I hugged TK as he was softly nudging me to move closer to the chalkboard that read "Doods Will You Marry Me?" sitting beside a pillow with a ring box on it. (Yes my nickname is doods, long story :) At this point I am half laughing, half crying and asking what is happening. Then I noticed our best friend Elise pop out from where she has been hiding, recording a video of the whole thing. TK got down on one knee and said "well, will you marry me?" I said yes, we hugged and kissed and he almost got up and walked away without putting the ring on my finger. I'm surprised we didn't drop it because we were both shaking so much! I then noticed that the pool area was decorated and there was a sign that said "Jess & TK's Engagement July 16, 2017" and was told that our family and friends were on their way to celebrate with us!! TK's parents were looking down on the whole thing, taking pictures from the upstairs windows. I was still in shock that this ordinary Sunday had now turned into our engagement party! I couldn't stop staring at the ring on my finger and asking TK details on how he set the whole thing up. He had bought the ring just before my birthday in June and had asked my parents for permission the week leading up, along with telling our friends to join us for the party. He had our family and friends help him set up and decorate the night before while I was at work. He had trouble finding a weekend where we didn't have plans or I wasn't working so he was happy to finally lock down a date. I always thought he would do something simple at home, involving the dog somehow. He always leaves gifts and cards on my pillow so he made sure the ring was on a pillow and Poppy was running around right beside us as it all happened. He did such an amazing job surprising me and I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate! We enjoyed lots of champagne, swimming, BBQ and only a small amount of rain came through around the time we cleaned up.  I am so incredibly excited to plan our wedding (which in reality is really already planned :) I am the luckiest girl to get to spend the rest of my days with this guy and I can't wait to call him my husband!! Get ready for lots of wedding planning and DIY decor !!

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Jess xx