We’re engaged!

I’m sure a few of you giggled as you read my last post about changes. Those of you that were in on the secret, specifically. And for those of you who weren’t, I’ll clue you in. Just four days after I wrote that post, my guy and I got engaged!

It’s been such a whirlwind, and despite having told the proposal story just about 100 times, I’m still sort of in awe and disbelief. My fiancé (seriously not used to saying that yet) didn’t tell anyone how he was proposing – he knew I’d want to tell it (in “excruciating detail” to quote the man himself!). The detail on here isn’t going to be that severe – there are parts of it that I can’t even articulate. And I don’t want our day to lose its dreamy, intimate quality. But for those of you who are interested (and love proposal stories, like me!), here ya go.

Close girlfriends, I’ve borrowed a lot of this from the email I sent you, so it’ll sound familiar :).

F and I had plans to attend a belated Mother’s Day brunch with his family at the Central Park Boathouse. I’d been there once before for a wedding, so I knew it was really nice. My roommate told that people generally wear their “Sunday best” there, so I made sure to put on a bright summery dress (which, as you may know, is a far reach from my usual choice of neutral tops and jeans). 
We arrived at the park about 15 minutes before the reservation. F was playing it really cool the entire time, but for some reason I started getting the jitters the moment we walked in the park. He hadn’t said anything to give it away, and seemed really calm and collected, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling. About 5 minutes in, F’s sister called saying that the baby was being fussy and she had pushed the reservation back an hour. I told him we should just pick up some food and go over to their place, but he brushed off my suggestion saying it was a beautiful day and we’d just enjoy walk around and enjoy the weather. 
 
There’s an old building in Central Park that predates the park itself. On the top floor of this building (through this tiny square hole in the wall, and up a steep ladder) is a flat rooftop that overlooks the entire park, above tree level. It’s F’s favorite place in all of New York, and I had always wanted to see it. So he mentioned that since we had time to spare, we should go try and work our way up there. 
 
After a bit of a stroll, we arrived at building. The security gave us a bit of a hard time (even though F had planned everything and seen them the day before!), and then we were in the elevator. I couldn’t wait to see this place, having heard so much about it. Our first stop was on the 4th floor. We got off the elevator and walked past a ton of cubicles and through an open door onto a rooftop terrace/garden. It was really pretty and we could see all of the Central Park Zoo. F and I were standing there taking it all in and I turned to him and said “I really thought you were going to propose to me today, for some reason.” Again, he played it off really well and the thought totally left my mind. 
After a bit, we ventured up to the top. Through that small opening, and up that ladder. The view was totally breathtaking. Literally one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever seen. There’s a book that sits up there, in a large mental casing, that everyone who’s ever been up to the roof has signed. So far, it’s only 200 or so pages in (it’s not open to the public, F’s cousin used to work to for the New York Parks Department, and hooked us up). We looked through the book and found the last time F had signed it in 2010 with his sister. It was really fun to see. I snapped a picture of it and then really wanted to sign for myself. He told me to flip to the last available page and sign. As he said this he dropped back a bit (I thought to take a picture), and I flipped to the first open page where he’d written  
WILL YOU MARRY ME?
 
The rest is sort of a blur. I know I spun around and saw him down on his knee. He had to tell me to “come here” a few times before I could even walk. His speech was beautiful and we were both pretty choked up. There was a ton of smiling/laughing/crying/hugging/omg-ing. It was the best moment of my life. 
 
And when I finally thought to look down at the ring, it was more beautiful than I could have imagined.
 
We took a few moments to catch our breath, and then had a little photo-shoot in the park. Our friend, and photographer for the day, Noeman, captured the moment beautifully. There isn’t a single “serious face” photo because neither of us could stop smiling. 
 
After our time in Central Park, F had invited our close New York friends to a restaurant, and we had a private party on the back patio. It was amazing to celebrate with everyone, especially those that knew us in college before we even met each other! There was a ton of champagne (and lots of gluten-free snacks!), toasts, pictures, etc.
We ended our day with the most wonderful dinner at Eleven Madison Park. We were there for four and a half hours, eating delicious food and drinking amazing wine. We recounted the entire day and just relished the moment. 
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And that was our day. We spent the following weekend in Ohio with our families, sharing the story and a few of the pre-edit photos. We’re still on cloud nine, just enjoying the engagement. Wedding planning will ramp up soon, though, I’m sure. For someone who used to love the idea of wedding planning so much, I have a shockingly vague idea of what I want. Needless to say, HAPPY to take any suggestions, sites to explore (esp for decor, personalized wedding websites domains etc.). Where do I start!?

Keep you all posted :)

Love,

AG

Must Have Engagement Snaps

Morning folks!

I was lucky enough to get home at a decent time on Monday night, and spent quite a bit of time perusing my favorite wedding blogs. I’m usually a pretty fast reader and peruser. I ingest wedding information really quickly (because I read so many blogs) and manage to mentally store away my favorite ideas with ease.

But there are a few aspects of weddings that really make me linger. Especially engagement photos.

There’s something very real about engagement photos. Something that doesn’t necessarily translate into great ceremony/reception photos, even if the photographer is the same. During engagement shoots, the couple is likely alone, with only the photographer as an audience. They don’t feel the need to strike poses for every shot, or constantly smile pretty for the camera. Without hundreds of on-lookers, they can be romantic, intimate, and (most importantly) silly!

love photos where the girl + guys individual personalities shine through, and their dynamic as a couple is highlighted.

Here are some of my favorites from around the web:

via Merci New York

via Merci New York

Apparently this is my favorite couple ever (wonder if it’s because she resembles Zooey) via Merci New York

I love her expression. She just can’t believe how amazing he is via Merci New York

Cute Couple + Dog = Instant Win via Merci New York

Adorable adorable adorable via 100 Layer Cake

I bet they were just skipping via 100 Layer Cake

How amazing are these? My advice – ditch the sexy (or least de-prioritize it!), indulge in some bubbly, and be yourselves. Pretend like no one’s watching. At the end of the day, you’ll want photos that captured exactly who were as a young couple, madly in love!

XOX,

AG

MEME MARRIAGE: “Become the Mayoress of the Interwebs”

Guys!!!!!

I am obsessed.

Social mastermind Len Kendall (@LenKendall) just proposed to his GF by having the world wide web add to a #SayYesKate meme. He started on the homepage of Buzzfeed – this man ain’t messin’.

She just said yes! DUH – who wouldn’t go for this super-dork socially savvy proposal!?!? Here are some of my favorites.

Are you dying!??!!

So am I.

Lovies,

AG

Treat Yo Man Right!

Ladies,

I have something really horrifying to share!

As you may know, I have been working on a very marriage/wedding-planning oriented social media project at work. I am LOVING IT (I mean come on, do you know me!?! These two things are my life), but along the way I’m encountering some really really startling information. Like the kind that makes me speechless. And honey, I always have words.

We love having wonderful, beautiful, expensive things (even if you pretend to be really low-maintenance, would you really force your partner to return something beautiful he/she bought you? PROBABLY NOT). And it’s really fun, especially when you get engaged, to think about all the lovely and eternal pieces of jewelry you’ll gather along the way. I mean, you’re going to have to wear those two little rings for the entirety of your marriage (until death do you part, shall we say).

But sometimes we forget –  there’s one more, very lovely and important person, who is going to be wearing their ring for quite some time, too. Your partner.

On average, a man’s wedding band is 13 TIMES LESS than their lady’s. Yes, that’s 13 times. Men often resort to metals like Tungsten, Rhodium, and Titanium for their rings to save a bit of cash. But honestly, your rings are the one thing that really transcend your wedding day and represent your marriage. So make sure the person you love gets something amazing too. Splurge a little. It’s your marriage, afterall. And one day, when the dust has settled, you’ll be glad you did.

(Okay these might be a little excessive – not every man is a Lamar Odom – but they’re also GORGEOUS. PS- here’s his. Oh la la!)

Happy Hump Day!

Your WPTB

Mrs. Mondays

I am swooning over Kate Spade’s Mrs Collection this morning. This woman is just so kickass.


She has amazing taste, amazing social graces (and of course you know I mean social media graces), and her branding is amazing. If you’re bored, take a minute to peruse through the Kate Spade social ecosystem. Her Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest are all eye-poppingly gorg (perfectly synergistic and on brand).

Some of these items would make seriously lovely gifts for your Mrs-to-be friends. You know you can never go wrong with a “Hooray, you’re engaged and I love you!” gift ;)

Kate Spade Bridal Key Fob

Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Pave Stud Earrings

Kate Spade Say Yes "Mrs" Necklace

Kate Spade Love Notes Bow Ring

And here’s one for the bride to-be, to make sure she’s giving thanks to the best ladies in her life. So special!

Kate Spade Bridesmaid Idiom Bangle

Hope everyone’s week is starting off on the right note.

Love,

Your WPTB,

AG

4 Million Valentine’s Day Engagements

Happy Monday Morning, Lovies,

Have you seen the crazy statistic rolling around the web today? Apparently Valentine’s Day 2012 will bring 4 million engagements with it (according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker survey). That’s almost 29% of the total engagements that will take place over the entire year (approximately 14 million)!

That’s total madness. But so romantic. I can’t wait to see how many of YOU get engaged tomorrow. Eeeps!

On my end, Valentine’s Day is also my man’s birthday (and his sister’s! How random?) so we’ll be spending the day celebrating him :). But no worries, I’m planning on picking a random day this year for our Valentine’s day so we (okay, I!) don’t miss out. Who cares what day it is, as long as you’re celebrating your love, right?

Sorry for the cheesefest.

Also, I’m totally obsessing over this gorgeous ring.

Happy almost Valentine’s day!

Your WPTB,

AG