Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Proposal

Little 20-year-old me. Giddy and grinning because the handsome man to my left had just popped the question. May 22, 2008 my man asked me to marry him, literally on top of a mountain. I said yes. Apparently I didn't say "yes" loud enough the first time because he asked me twice. I said yes both times.

That day I had no clue that Brian was going to propose. (We had talked several times about getting married soon, but Mr. Sneaky had lied and told me that he hadn't bought a ring yet.) I had just returned to the States from two months in Asia on a missions trip. Wanting to have some alone time, we drove to a nearby mountain. (It's Montana, so there's lots of mountains just lying around.) We drove up the mountain and Brian pulled over at a beautiful, scenic spot that we had been to the year before. I thought, since we had just spent two months apart, that he wanted to enjoy a few quiet moments together as we stared at the beautiful view open in front of us. We sat down on a little rock ledge, and he began to spit out a string of words about how much he loved me. He stood up, then faced me as he got down on one knee. (In my jet-lagged brain, I thought that he was bending down so that he could hug me. Still no idea of what was about to happen.) Suddenly he pulled out a velvet box and asked me the words that I'd been waiting to hear since I met him at age 17. It was a beautiful moment. We hugged, kissed, and then Brian yelled "we're getting married!" And did a few fist pumps. I was so excited and shocked that my hands shook for about 3 hours afterwards. It was a really good day.

We didn't take any pictures of the actual proposal, so a year later we decided to don our wedding clothes and do a little photo-shoot at the proposal site! (Who doesn't want to put on their wedding dress again?) Thank you to my friend Kristen for the beautiful photos!

The following pictures are some of my favorites! Isn't the scenery gorgeous?

(All pictures by Kristen Marie Photography.)

And though my husband might kill me for it, I had to share this one with you. His dance moves were one of the things that made me swoon when I first met him, so I have to show them off. Ain't he cute? Ah, I'm falling in love all over again.

Did you have any idea that your man was going to propose when he did? Were you completely surprised, like me, or did you have an idea of what was coming?


  1. His legs are so skinny...

  2. Oh my precious!! I love cute proposals! He did a great job :) Can't wait for my turn... ;)
    xoxo, V

  3. I mean't to say this is THE best :)

  4. I LOVE IT! So sweet and I love love the scenery. What a romantic spot for a proposal! My hubby proposed to me when we were back home visiting my family. He thought it out and wanted to do it when we were together with them because he knew how much it would mean to me. I was not expecting it whatsoever. We never really talked about getting married and stuff although we both knew we wanted to. So he had bought the ring and planned it all out all by himself! I got a romantic guy too. We are lucky ladies ;)

  5. what a great proposal! and can i just say you look stunning in that second to last pic! i love how you had to say "yes" twice! i actually said "shut up!" first and then said "yes"! hahahahaha

  6. i was proposed to on a mountain as well, just not the top :). i knew exactly when my husband was going to propose to me, and i wouldn't have had it any other way. we were together on a friday night, and bruce said, "i think i want to spend the rest of my life with you." and i said, "i want to spend the rest of my life with you." (even that comment wasn't really a surprise, as he told me he couldn't get together until friday evening instead of afternoon because he had some things to "sort out" first). then he said, "ok. i'll ask your dad's permission at his birthday party tomorrow, and i'll formally propose on monday."

  7. I just found your blog & it's very cute! Such beautiful photos!

  8. Such a sweet story! And taking pictures again is a great idea, I might just have to steal that! Loving your story and your blog!

    Oh, and I had just resigned myself to not obsessing over wanting to be engaged when my sweetie popped the question. Caught me off-guard :)

  9. My husband proposed to me on a beach at sunset in our beautiful home state of Oregon! I had a feeling he was going to propose that night because we randomly decided to take a day trip to the beach to watch the sun set. It was still crazy when he asked, but we were so excited that we couldn't even spit out actual words we were so giddy! I love reading all your stuff about you and your hubby :)


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