2018 Engagement Stories

As engagement season is in full swing we wanted to feature some of the touching engagement stories of our followers! These are the first moments that lead to the amazing weddings we are a part of and deserve just as much attention and love. Thanks to all who submitted their stories, and we hope you enjoy Whitney and Kimmie’s!

Kimmie

On December 17, 2017, the love of my life asked me to marry him. The day marked a second annual tradition of dinner at a delicious restaurant, followed by a walk around Airlie Gardens in Wilmington to see the beautiful Christmas lights and botanical art, while listening to Christmas music. Airlie Gardens set the stage for an enchanting and magical moment I had no idea was coming. My fiancé Kenny and I had just about walked the entire grounds when I noticed it was starting to rain. Having just gotten my hair done for the special day, I mentioned it to him and was met with the response of “don’t worry about it; it’s not in the forecast”. Now I laugh every time I think about that moment and the curious look of determination on his face, but then I was ducking under trees like I was in a video game.

The sprinkle eventually ended around the time we made our way back to the beautiful swan lights just beyond the lake, and everyone else had cleared out. As I was turning to leave, Kenny said he had something very important to ask me. He got down on one knee, called me by my full name and told me he loved me, and asked me to marry him with the exact ring I had fallen in love with months before while we were ring shopping. At this point I was in tears but made sure to get my “yes” out before, to his amusement, reassuring him several times that they were “happy tears”. We sat down on the small bench overlooking the lighted swans and he recounted to me how he had secretly tracked down the ring and met with my father for his permission.

You see, Kenny and I have been in a long distance relationship for the past year and a half, so he drove up from Wilmington to Raleigh on the first Monday night of December to have dinner with my father, to then come right back. We were about to take a selfie to document the special spot when a young woman offered to take our photo. I held up my ring and it was at that moment people entering the area started to catch on and began applauding and congratulating us; little kids were giving me high-fives. It was one of the most amazing moments of my entire life. It is a quite indescribable feeling to literally be walking through a winter wonderland while emotionally floating on cloud nine after the man of your dreams asks you to be his wife. We are both so thankful and blessed to have found one another, and to have friends and family that have been and continue to support us every step of the way. I cannot wait to say “I do” on our wedding day!

Whitney 

My fiance, London, and I have been together for two years. We had discussed marriage, but I assumed we would wait to get engaged until after our graduation from NC State this May (I am completing my PhD, London his MBA). Needless to say, when we planned a Caribbean cruise, I had no idea he was planning to propose.

On December 18, after a nice dinner, we walked down to our stateroom where red roses, champagne, and a card were waiting for me. The card read, “To my best friend, I cannot wait to start our forever.” When I turned around, he was on one knee with the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. I cried (which I did not think would be my reaction), and we spent the rest of the evening running around the boat telling complete strangers that we were getting married! We didn’t have phone or internet access, so none of our friends or family knew for nearly one week! It was nice to keep it our little secret, but telling our family on Christmas Eve was the best present I could have asked for!

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