November 12, 2017 marks a very special day in my heart. This is the day my best friend dropped down on one knee and asked for forever with me. (can’t go back anymore, Matt!) Before I go into detail with the most perfect proposal story, let me give you a little background on us…
Matt and I have been dating for 7 years. We have been together since we were 16, and were High School sweet hearts. We have been together during very prominent times and ages of our lives. We knew each other’s immature and teenage selves (he drove me crazy in high school), we started living together when we were 20, turned 21 together and had our first legal drinks, began our first careers, moved into our “adult” new and improved apartment, and all that other good stuff you do growing up. I truly love and think it’s so special that we got to be a part of each other’s growth in our lives and witness one another’s accomplishments. When life kicked our ass, we were always there for each other. We helped each other grow up to be the best versions of ourselves. Matt will take credit for the person I am today, he claims I’d be running wild if not locked up. If you knew us when we were both 13-15 years old, then you would know we have come a very long way.
It’s something crazy to think about, finding the love of your life and best friend at such a young age. It crossed my mind all the time on how lucky we both are. Normally you go through many break ups and stupid boy drama for years, but we kind of figured it out so fast and so young. People called us the “old married couple” since we were 18. But hey, look where we are at now! It’s so crazy, but also so special to me. Matt is my other half. He is the one who bugs me the most, and really knows how to push my buttons, but he’s also the one who can make me laugh until I pee my pants. He may be the most stubborn person ever, but he’s puts up with a lot, I mean a lot, of my shit. That’s how I know he’s my winner, on top of many other things of course. We’ve been through it all together, and we know each other better than anyone else.
Last month I went on a girl’s trip to NYC, and little did I know that Matt was going to crash that party and change my life. We’ve talked about marriage since we were 18, and I’ve always known he’s the one. I also kind of anticipated him popping the question sometime soon, but I did NOT expect it to happen there. It was day 2 of our trip, and we all have been wanting to go to Brooklyn because none of us have ever been there! Side note: New York is my absolute favorite place in the world. It’s my escape when I need a breather. I also went on the trip with two of my good friends and my sister. Anyway, we took the subway and went to Brooklyn! I had all the picture-perfect spots I wanted to go to, so obviously, we strolled around taking millions of selfies and little cute Brooklyn Street pictures. Little did I know, I was supposed to be on a time constraint because Matt was there waiting for me. The girls had me in no rush, we slept in (oops), and they literally almost let me wear my ugly outfit for that day! Something in my head last minute told me to wear my cute outfit, and not my baggy ripped up jeans and tennis shoes. LUCKILY, I did. So, they never ever dropped any hints that this was happening. We tried on engagement rings the day before at Tiffany’s. I can’t believe how well they all pulled it off, I’m still so impressed and thought they would have given it away.
So, after passing the famous street in Brooklyn, my friend Maddie randomly really wanted to go see the carousel that over looked the Brooklyn bridge. As her good friend, I totally believed that was something she wanted to see. It was on our way to the bridge and I thought we could stroll around and see the view, so I went with it. As we got closer to the boardwalk, all of us had a moment and really took Brooklyn in. It was SO beautiful, and the sun was beginning to set. It was view I will never forget (except what’s about to come next!) I literally said out loud, “wow, this is SO gorgeous. Watch, we are about to see someone get engaged it’s too pretty.” Secretly in my head, I totally imagined Matt popping the question here one day. Then we got closer to the carousel and walked up the steps to see a full view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the sunset. Then I saw Matt standing by himself in the middle of the boardwalk, leaning against the railing, legs crossed per usual, smiling up at me. I FREAKED OUT. It was a process to register what was going on. I honestly thought someone really looked like him, then when I realized it was really him, I was so confused, then I knew. It was the biggest surprise that has ever happened in my life. I was freaking out, but so excited and scared. As I walked over to him, I was speechless. I could only hug him and touch him because I didn’t think this was real life. He told me he loved me, and I’m not going to lie, I can’t remember a single thing after that. I was on cloud nine and I can’t remember anything he said. We both don’t remember what exactly happened, we were so in the moment. I can replay it over and over in my head, and I have the memory that I’ll keep forever, but I can’t put it into words. I do remember the look on his face, and the tears in his eyes that he was trying so hard to hold back (sweetest moment ever), and when he got down on one knee. This moment is my favorite memory of us. That smile was the same smile I saw about 7 years ago when I introduced him to my parents for the first time. It was the sweetest thing, and I wish I can relive that every day. I felt like I was in a movie. Everything was so perfect, and more than I ever expected. It was perfect and so special. Our proposal got featured on The Knot: She Said Yes. (#shesaidyes)
Brooklyn will always have a special place in our heart now. November 12, 2017 was the day I said YES, and I cannot be happier. We are officially starting our wedding planning, and I’m getting SO excited! It’s overwhelming, but we are taking it one step at a time and enjoying every second of it. If anyone has recommendations, advice, ANYTHING, please give it to me! To everyone whose shared their love, thank you thank you thank you. I have never felt so loved and I’m so excited to share this journey with you all.