Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Proposal

Are you ready for a photo and story overload? I'll try to start from the beginning...

Last Christmas we recieved a hot air balloon ride as a gift from Chris' family. Little did they know that Chris isn't exactly cool as a cucumber with flying and I have always been terrified of heights.

But nbd. We played it cool and were excited to get a once in a lifetime gift.

Months pass and we kept putting off the ride. Finally, in September we decided October would be the perfect time to take the ride because of the cool weather (it's warmer up there) and all the leaves changing colors. Who could ask for a better view? Fall is my favorite season after all!

The day before our ride I saw a hot air balloon fly over my parents property. I don't know what it was, but after seeing that (which we never have before) I knew I was meant to take the ride and I had to stop being such a chicken. Of course the only thing out of my mom's mouth that night was "Oh my, the balloon was SOOO high. I'm so glad it's you and not me". She said this probably five times. haha Thanks mom!

Little did I know she knew what was about to happen the entire time and my mom, like myself, is horrible at keeping good news a secret!

A lot of people ask me, "how did you not know?" "that's a perfect set-up if he didn't use that opportunity he is an idiot". Well peeps. Little did anyone know... we are looking to buy houses and the day before I was having mini anxiety and heart attacks filling out loan applications and going to see houses by myself. I even went into Chris' bank account to grab his information and I was so stressed I forgot to print the bank statements. Yup. I am Mrs. Oblivious! Also, we were both already so nervous about the flight it didn't cross my mind that he might be nervous to pop the question!

And so begins the proposal day.

This is our balloon. I had no idea the balloons were so large and the baskets so small! I prepared everyone else on our flight that I was a nervous talker and I was petrified.

Chris was asked to help fill the balloon with air. Look at that fire!

Hey Cutie!

Us before take off. Bob Barker was our pilot and he couldn't take his eyes off our love. hahaha But really, doesn't he look like him!

The view of the runway as we took off. About this time I asked if this was a test ride and if we were afraid at this height could we go back down. They obviously laughed at me and we kept getting higher and higher! Note to self: work on my scared face. It apparently doesn't work.

Chris looking amazing! We were about as high as the top of trees here.

Proof that my face can in fact look as round as a pumpkin. They invented the term pumpkin head for me... :)

The view. I love how the trees had started changing colors. It was so beautiful.

The cows look like ants from up above!

Our pilot offered to take some model shots. I obviously was holding on for dear life.

Can you spot the two corn mazes.

Then came the best part of the ride. My best friend proposed to me.

Is this the right finger?

I was so happy. As soon as he started reaching into his pocket I burst into tears. I have dreamt of this moment my entire life and have asked myself a million times, "will I cry?" You bet your cute butts I did!

Thankfully our pilot realized what was going on and we tossed him the camera mid speech so he could catch these moments for us!

I said yes!!!

Floating back down to earth, but I was still on cloud 9!
(and still am. I don't plan on coming down anytime soon)

We landed! So overwhelmingly happy!

The ring. He did perfect! 

We announced that we had lived to tell the tale...

That we were engaged!!
(Notice how I'm not used to standing on the right side?!)

Two days later our couples photo shoot became our engagement shoot.

It's been a whirlwind week, with more than just these events going on. I am definitely the luckiest girl in the world and feel so blessed to call my best friend and partner of 4 years my fiance and soon to be hubby!

We are planning on an October wedding in 2012.



  1. Feels like just weeks ago we were talking about this!!
    So so so happy for you <3 Congrats!

  2. Congrats! That's so sweet. :)

    BTW: gorgeous ring!

  3. Wow, you sure have grown up since I last saw you years ago, when you and your little sister were just kids. Congratulations on your wonderful news! Chris looks awesome, caring, and romantic. All great qualities and I wish you much happiness as you build your lives together. Nice blog, too, BTW. :>

    Your great-aunt Linda from Northern Michigan (p.s. please send your mom my love)

  4. What a sweet story! I LOVE reading engagement stories. Congrats again :)

  5. Seriously you have a fairy tale proposal! I loved your engagement story and glad the pilot was able to take all those amazing kodak snapshots! Congrats!!! =D

  6. What a beautiful story -- and a gorgeous ring!

  7. Gorgeous ring! Congratulations!!! I love the story, it's a fairytale :)


  8. That is so exciting! Congrats! He did a great job with the ring!

  9. Oh my gosh!!!! Congratulations Beautiful!!! :)

  10. What a PERFECT proposal! Hot Air Balloon Ride? Thats like a scene from a movie. SO happy for you guys.. and for all of the fun planning. And the ring.. GORGEOUS!

  11. Congratulations! What a perfect proposal!!!