Monday, August 29, 2016

We're Engaged!

We are engaged! To say that Sunday night was perfect is an absolute understatement. If you keep up with me on Instagram or Snapchat, you know that quite a few of our friends are or were engaged so it's been a summer full of wonderful weddings and engagement parties! We had another one this past weekend, so I definitely was not suspecting anything at all. 

Stephen and I have been together for almost six years and had of course discussed marriage - and I'd shown him a few too many rings I'm sure - but he definitely kept a big secret from me. On Friday night, we talked about planning a date night out for Sunday, which is not unusual, especially on a weekend. We talked about a few different restaurant options before he suggested we take dinner over to the beach house and just have a little picnic. This didn't raise any flags because we've talked about doing this before but never did, so I was thinking we were just going to head over for a couple of drinks and something to eat. I was also happy to take Soph with us since we'd gone for the weekend.

Stephen picked me up, we stopped by our favorite Italian restaurant for our take-out, and we headed to the beach. We had both packed some picnic supplies, but it's safe to say Stephen did better than I did. I had thrown paper plates and plastic cutlery in a bag while he'd brought the nice stuff - which again, I just thought was a sweet gesture. We talked and ate dinner, and after we were through, he hopped out of his chair and just wandered around the dock a little bit and after a few minutes, I got up to play with Sophie. Before I knew it, Stephen had pulled me into a hug, said the sweetest things, and as I realized what was happening, I immediately started crying. Next thing I knew, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him, and of course, I said yes!

Little did I know that my mom and sister were on the top deck taking photos of this special moment. Mom even asked me once they got down to the dock what photos I wanted, but I was in such shock that I couldn't even process what to do next. After a few minutes with them, we called Stephen's parents, my dad and brother, some of our friends, stopped by our friends Hillary and Allen's home to surprise them, and continued the calls and texts! I slept maybe 3 hours Sunday night because I kept waking up thinking I was in a dream.

It was probably the most surreal moment I've ever had. I loved it was just the two of us with our dog, on the dock at my grandmother's beach house where she and I spent so much precious time together. We were incredibly close, so having Stephen choose such a special place means so much to me. 

I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with my favorite person. Stephen is my best friend, and I am beyond blessed that he loves me for who I am and has never once asked me to be someone that I'm not. I still cannot believe how lucky I am. Cheers to being engaged and let the fun begin!



  1. Congratulations sweet girl!! I am so very excited for you!!

  2. So perfect in every way!!! From the picnic, to your grandmothers house, to the RING - so gorgeous - he did amazing!! Congratulations to you both!!!

  3. Omg this is so perfect!! I got so excited when I saw this on FB last night! And can we talk about that ring?! He did so good! Congratulations again!!!!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  4. Congrats!! Such a beautiful ring!
    Adi xx

  5. Wow congratulations!! The ring is gorgeous too!

    Chow Down USA

  6. This is such a cute post, I am almost in tears! Both of you just look so happy together, my best wishes for you!

    My Vogue Style |

  7. Congratulations Zelle!! I love how intimate his proposal was but still included your mom and sister!! Your ring is stunning and I know you are going to be the most beautiful bride!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  8. Congratulations!
    We got engaged earlier this year and yes, it's a very surreal experience. Such a treasure that you have photos too ♥

  9. Awwww! I love this! Congratulations and I am SO excited for y'all. We can plan together now!

    xoxo Shelby

  10. Gorgeous!! So excited for you guys. The ring is perfection and he did such a good job planning for the big day!!

  11. Love this story, so sweet. Your ring is GORGEOUS too!! I LOVE that shape!! Congratulations and enjoy this special time together. :-)

  12. So, so, so excited for y'all! Congratulations on your engagement! & that ring is gooooorgeous - he did a fantastic job picking one out for you. Enjoy your engagement!

  13. Ahhh what a special place to get engaged!! And I LOVE your ring- so excited for y'all and let the planning begin!!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  14. Oh, this is so beautiful, congratulations, girlie! Such a romantic setting for a proposal and the ring is gorgeous; way to go Stephen!! Thanks for sharing such a special moment in your life with us, now onto the exciting part, planning the BIG day! I hope you have a wonderful day and week ahead, beauty!



  15. Congratulations, sweet friend! So happy for you, and this is such a sweet engagement story. And, look at that rock! Beautiful.

  16. Congrats Zelle! Another Meredith Angel is engaged!! I know you all will have so much fun planning your wedding!

  17. So sweet! Love your engagement story! Congrats Zelle!


  18. This brought tears to my eyes! Such a special memory sweet friend. You two deserve a lifetime of happiness - we've all been waiting for this day! ��

  19. Congratulations! It's such an exciting time - enjoy it!! Love and happiness to you both, always.

    Lauren // The Right to Remain Fabulous

  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you. Sounds like the perfect proposal too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  21. Ahhhh CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy for you both, and that ring is gorgeous!
    Green Fashionista

  22. Congratulations, Zelle! You're going to make the most beautiful bride :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  23. Congratulations!!! Enjoy every moment! Your ring is stunning - you're going to make the most beautiful bride :)


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