Wedding Planning Series: My Proposal

March 4, 2016

By Laurel Critchfield

I've been writing the wedding blog for for about a year now. I've always loved weddings and everything that goes into them. And now I get to plan my own!

As of October 25, 2015, I am engaged. Since the proposal I've done a lot of research about what I need to do first and the planning process in general. I've found a lot of checklists and blog posts about bits and pieces of the planning process, but I couldn't find any blogs that followed the journey start to finish. So that's what I'm hoping to do. I want to take you on my wedding planning adventure with me. You'll see the ups and downs and everything in between.

Now for the proposal. I knew it was coming soon. I had been with my boyfriend for almost three years and we had talked a lot about the future and getting married. He had mentioned to me in August that I should start thinking about keeping my nails done. That was one of my stipulations for when he proposed, because I wanted my nails to look amazing when I put my ring on for the first time. So around the end of August, I started getting gel French manicures every two or three weeks so they would be ready when he was ready.

One thing you have to know about my relationship is that I am the planner. The majority of the time that we go on dates I schedule them. I have always been the person who brought up the future in conversation. So when my boyfriend planned things I would tend to get a little suspicious. About a week before it happened, my boyfriend told me that he wanted to go on a picnic the next Sunday. He told me it was because the fall leaves were going to be at their peak. (Both our favorite season is fall.) But I knew something was up.

That day I had to work in the morning so when I got home I called him and he told me to ‘dress cute' and he would pick me up in about an hour. This wasn't out of the ordinary because we really like to get dressed up for dates.

An hour later he picked me up and we drove to the spot where he wanted to have the picnic. I had always thought that he would propose in one of two places: the big tree right outside of town where we had our first date or the breakfast diner downtown where he asked me to be his girlfriend. I realized a couple minutes in that we weren't going to either of those places - so I started to doubt that it was actually going to happen.

We parked in a gravel lot right outside of the state park in our town and grabbed the picnic basket and blanket and headed down a path. He picked what he said was the perfect spot and we laid the blanket down. I had just started to sit down when he told me to stand back up. He got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. He told me that he loved me and he couldn't imagine spending his life with anyone else. Then he asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes.


He put the ring on my finger. It was at this point that I realized that he had invited our two best friends and that they were hiding in the bushes taking photos the whole time. The came out of the bushes and joined us for lunch. My fiancé had packed lunch for all four of us and I hadn't even realized.

After lunch, our best friends took engagement photos for us. They turned out amazing!

We are planning to get married in June of 2017. We have a lot of time to plan, but we are really looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to documenting the process. I hope it can help someone!




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