It's Official, We're Engaged!
This August has been a month of transition for Dustin and I, to say the least. Between juggling our jobs, and eagerly awaiting our big move cross country, we've been stressed to the max! Needless to say, this August has definitely been one for the books.
Just over two weeks ago, on August 22 we had a couples shoot with an amazing photographer also from Maine (see my previous post if you want to see a few sneak peek pictures!). We went to Vaughn Woods, the weather was absolutely perfect and I couldn't have been happier with the timing. We were psyched to receive a free couples shoot, just before we were leaving Maine. The entire day, even during our photo shoot, Dustin seemed especially happy. I knew right then and there something was up, but I couldn't tell what....
After the photo shoot we went home, and instantly started planning the next day. That weekend we were lucky enough to have two days off in a row together. He lit candles, rubbed my feet, and we talked about everything. We talked about our big move, our future, and how far we had come as a couple. For once, I didn't feel stressed or anxious, I was relaxed and fully present in the moment.
The next day we had several things planned for our day off. As always, we wanted to go hiking somewhere new. Knowing that we would be leaving soon, we wanted to see as much of the state as we could. We went to Bradbury Mountain, a short, but beautiful hike in Pownal, Maine. The weather was absolutely beautiful, warm, but not too bad.
We spent hours wandering around the area, just taking in the scenery. Then we got super hungry, and decided to explore downtown Freeport, and the surrounding areas. We looked around for cute new lunch spots, and ended up driving a bit more then we originally intended. I finally decided on one of our favorite spots for Mexican food: Bueno Loco in Falmouth.
We ended up staying at the restaurant for over an hour, just talking and enjoying our late lunch. I didn't bring my ID in, so I didn't get the pleasure of indulging in my favorite flavored margaritas (it's so overpriced but so worth it!) After our late lunch, Dustin asked me where I wanted to go. I decided I wanted to go to Popham Beach, in Phipsburg. Popham Beach state park is one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen Maine, and all I wanted to do was digest and walk around on the beach with my best friend.
We spent a solid hour wandering around on the beach, enjoying the scenery. We definitely weren't dressed to go to the beach, all decked out in hiking clothes and what not. I ended up rolling up my pants, and getting in the water just a bit. Around five o'clock I decided we should probably start heading home, it was getting late and we had work the next day. The walk back to the car felt like it was never ending, the sand went on forever and I was starting to get tired.
Walking in dry sand for over half a mile had tuckered me out, and I was ready to just get back to the car. Dustin stopped and said "Come here you have to see this" and I instantly said "No lets just get to the car I'm so tired!" When I refused to turn around, he ran up behind me and grabbed me. He slowly turned me around, and got down on one knee.
I instantly froze.
I didn't move, but my mind was running a mile a minute.
I didn't even register what was happening until he spoke.
I could tell he was super nervous, when he asked me: "Laura will go on every adventure with me for the rest of our lives? Will you marry me?"
Of course I said YES!
He picked me up and hugged me, and then I began to sob. I started crying on the beach, luckily, no one was around to see my bright red face. I was in total shock, and still hadn't fully realized what had just happened. My best friend, partner in crime, and boyfriend had proposed.
I was a mess of emotion. Happy, excited, and very overwhelmed. I couldn't see or think through the mess of tears and mascara streaming down my face. I couldn't stop smiling, knowing what had just happened. When I saw the ring, I was in awe. It was absolutely gorgeous! Around my birthday in April, he took me to Days, on a whim, to get sized, to see what I did and did not like. Ever since that moment, I knew it would happen, but had no idea when.
When he first put it on finger, I couldn't stop starring! It was so sparkly and beautiful. In the car on the way home, he told me he designed every part of the ring. That instantly made me cry even more. It was that more special, knowing he picked and designed every aspect of it. He chose a Forever Mark diamond from Days, and then carefully designed the rest. It was by far, the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen.
So what does this mean to me?
It means that my best friend, the guy I've stood beside, through thick and thin for years had chose to take his commitment to me one step further. The man I absolutely love and adore so much will be my life partner, and husband one day. I'm still in shock that he is now my fiance, my husband to be.
Even with two-ish weeks passing, I'm still in total shock. I can't believe we're engaged. I can't believe I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. I waited awhile, for all of my emotions to finally settle down, before deciding to announce our big news. And..... a week after our engagement we found out even bigger news. We have a date! We will be moving THIS SEPTEMBER! I will be announcing our move date and location this week! August had been a world wind of emotion for Dustin and I, between getting engaged, and just soaking it all in. I can't wait to see what the future brings for Dustin and I. Overall, I'm so excited to be engaged, and even happier to say that I get to spend the rest of my life beside my best friend.