Justin proposed. I threw up. The end.
Is that not enough? You need to laugh at me a little more? Okay then.
Justin has been dropping hints for weeks that a proposal was coming. I got myself all worked up into a tizzy, as I tend to do, thinking that every new place we went, anything he said that sounded "off" meant it must be coming. This has to be it. I finally thought he wasn't going to ask at all when I drove us 100 miles in the wrong direction on the way to Myrtle Beach at 2 a.m. and didn't wake him up until we were in the middle of a corn field.
Anywho, we were in Myrtle Beach for a family reunion and I told him I didn't care how he proposed, but not in public. Not in front of a bunch of people. I get nervous. My stomach gets queasy. I don't like it. So what does he do? Pops the question on the beach at 8 p.m. when everyone and their mother is out for an evening stroll. I saw his lips moving and a ring in a box but all I could think was that someone might have a camera somewhere and they were all watching and omigodhowamisupposedtoreact!? My stomach was twisting. That barbecue was coming up. I must've said yes because the next thing I knew I was wearing a ring and the horizon seemed to be moving and now I know dinner is coming up. We sat on the beach for a while and I pondered giving the ring back to make the heaving stop.
I made him propose again later. It's just...not how I imagined it would go.
But I'm sure your engagement story involves puppies and rainbows and glittering diamonds and nothing but happiness! Which leads me to this super-organized list that we'll call Engagement 101.
When to Book Your Wedding
On average, my brides book me for their wedding 6-9 months in advance. I operate on a first-come, first-served basis so a couple usually locks me down within a few weeks of their engagement (usually right after their venue/date is secured, I'm the first vendor booked).
When to Book Your Engagement Session
This has varied a lot for me this past year - some brides with shorter engagements book an e-session right away, others are engaged a year or more and take their time. I usually try to shoot the session about 4-6 months in advance of the wedding. Which brings me to...
What to Do With Your Engagement Photos
Endless possibilities! Save the Date cards. Your guestbook. Thank-you notes. Table numbers. Wedding decoration. For your new home. On your desk at work. Wedding website. I try to get engagement photos back to you in just a few days so you can get crackin'.
Coming soon...Engaged 102 + 103!