I knew from the moment I met Austin I was going to marry him. I remember like it was yesterday, jumping into his arms at the airport and feeling a sense of peace. Like I had known him my whole life. Even before he and I had met in person, talking to him was like we had talked every day for the past 10 years of our lives. He was my safe place. My person. I knew from the very beginning that what we shared was special, and this past Friday, he asked me the most important question that he could ask me. The easiest yes I have ever spoken from my lips.
I knew the whole week that something was weird. I talk to his mom almost daily and spend time with his sister at least multiple times per week, but it felt like they were avoiding me! I even asked Austin early on in the week if Morgan was mad at me, lol. Being an empath, and so aware of other people’s (especially those who I love dearly) emotions/body language/routine can sometimes be both a blessing and a curse. I overthink and analyze everyone’s behavior all the time! and I just had a weird gut feeling that something with ALL of them was off!
Poor Austin, bless his soul, he’s so pure. He reminded me of a little kid who had a secret he was keeping but kept OVER sharing things to compensate for hiding the secret! He had made jokes about my engagement ring probably 3 times that week, and now I know that the reason he kept asking me about my “video shoot” was because HE was the one who had set the whole thing up to get me out of the house!
He is close with the owner of Bella Salon – which is who helped him “stage” this video shoot for the salon. She wanted me to model for a promotional video to advertise a kind of “girls night out” style video. I got a facial, hair treatment and blow out, AND my makeup done! Little did I know, Austin and Max (the videographer) had planned all along to collaborate on the video! While I was getting my facial, Max left to meet with Austin so he could film a letter that he had written to me. Austin knew that he wasn’t going to be able to get everything out when he got down on one knee, and he wanted me to have it for the proposal video. Grab your tissues for that letter..good lord.
As soon as I left for my spa day/video shoot, Austin began setting up the house with the help of his mom and our friend, Amanda. He thought of EVERYTHING. They put together a wooden Hexagon decorated beyond belief, candles, rose petals, polaroid pictures of all of our milestones:
It was absolutely stunning. But the part that absolutely melted me was our dogs:
Every single thing was so incredibly thoughtful and detailed, I could hardly take it all in when I walked in the door. But the fact that he included all three of our dogs, knowing how much I love them (literally tearing up as I type this) was just so special to me.
After my spa portion was done, I let him know that I was coming home to pick him up so we could go to the final part of the video to film. I parked my car in the driveway, and as I got out, I could hear music coming from inside the house. I opened the front door, and the first person that I see hiding in the corner of my kitchen was our friend Amanda – and SO many thoughts (and questions) went spiraling through my mind! Clearly, haha:
As I shifted my gaze, I saw Austin, and the three dogs standing there and I immediately fell to my knees. I don’t think I have ever been so overwhelmed in my entire life.
Austin was bawling, and could barely get out two words. I just remember standing there and hugging him, feeling like I was about to collapse from crying so hard.
I know he said that he knew he wasn’t going to be able to get everything out in this moment, but I was in such shock and flooded with emotions that I truly felt like I was in a dream. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I don’t even think I said yes because I was crying so hard and getting down on my knees as well to hold him.
I honestly couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect, intimate, and special way for him to ask me to marry him.
Once I looked over my shoulder and saw Shelly (his mom) holding all three dogs with tears in her eyes, I went over to her and we both immediately starting bawling. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her cry so hard. I love that woman so much, and it was just such a special moment between the two of us that I’ll never forget.
I think at this point all of our dogs were going insane and wanting to make sure I was okay. So we let them off their leashes and I finally got to take a moment to take everything in. It was SO beautiful. Every little intricate detail, the song that was playing in the background (10,000 hours), the way the house smelled.. I was just trying to soak it all in. I have never felt so much love in one room, and I absolutely loved seeing Austin so vulnerable like that.
After we wiped our tears and I fixed my makeup, we went outside as it started snowing and took a few pictures of the ring.
It still feels like a dream. I honestly couldn’t even sleep that night because I was so excited and just kept watching the video footage. I stayed up until 2am editing it. If you want to watch the video, you can do so here (just make sure you bring your tissues!)
I’m so thankful to be welcomed into such a wonderful family. And Austin couldn’t have asked me in a more perfect way. I will never forget this day.