Our proposal story

It's our 8 year anniversary today, so I decided it would be a good time to write about our proposal story! Here's how it went down. We had talked about when the proposal could happen. I picked a date to help him out. I told him April 28th could be a good day. I wasn't sure if that would be the actual date he would end up choosing. During the week before the 28th he just played games after work and I didn't think that he would do it. When would he have had the time to plan it? Little did I know he started planning it a couple months before. I went to bed not expecting anything to happen the next day. 

In the morning I was woken up by our Google Home with music playing from our playlist. I checked my phone and saw three emojis, πŸšͺπŸ©β˜•οΈ. I thought he wanted to go get coffee and donuts, but it was 8am on a Saturday! I wanted to go back to bed and that's what I told him. He told me to wake up and go to the door, so I did. There I found a note, a donut, and a chai latte.

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At that time I knew it was going to happen that day, but I didn't know how it would happen. I started to cry thinking about what this all meant and then got ready. At 11am, Jill surprised me and we walked to The Mill. Once we left, Grant and Boba were scheming at the apartment. I later learned that they were just hanging out behind our apartment while I got ready

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At The Mill, Denise joined us and we had some delicious toast before we walked over to our next event. We got mani pedis at Nels Beauty Salon. An overly pink nail salon that did some really fun nail art and had a lot of stuffed animals sitting around. This was my first time doing this style of nail art and it was so cool. It was my favorite design ever. It was also where we learned really enjoyed watching Shrek and Puss in Boots, who knew? Here Alex surprised us with boba milk tea from Boba Guys of course!

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Then the ladies took me to the next location, Farmhouse Kitchen. After we got our nails done, I figured the proposal could be at any moment, at any turn. I would just keep on waiting for it to happen. We had a delicious lunch and with bellies full walked around the Mission. 

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After exploring the Mission for a bit, it was time to hop in a car and head to the proposal! I knew this was gonna be it since they asked if they could blindfold me. Our driver was nervous that he had a hostage situation at hand or at least that other cars would think so.

I could sense that we were crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, but I didn't know where we were going. I thought maybe Hawk Hill, but the drive was longer so that couldn't be it. When we finally got to the destination they were not ready for me to take off my blindfold. We sat at a bench as we waited for Grant to be ready. He had put balloons along the beach that had gotten tangled. People stared at us, wondering what was going on. It was cold but it was fun to wait with these ladies and a great time to take this selfie.

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I was then escorted across a bridge where I took my blindfold off to find Grant and Boba all dapper and my friend Courtney of Photoflood Studio was there taking pictures!

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Grant had put 5 balloons along the beach with photos of us on the string of our time together. We walked down memory lane and looked at all the pictures. It was really sweet. He said he wanted to do 7 balloons for the 7 years of dating, but he ran out of helium! Hehe. Boba cried the whole time because she loves balloons and wanted to pop them all. 

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We walked up the cliff. Heels were not ideal footwear for this, but we made it work. We went all the way to the top where Grant gave a lovely speech and then realized he forgot the ring in the car. πŸ˜‚He still finished his proposal and of course I said yes! I didn't cry cause I was honestly tired from the day's events, but doesn't mean I didn't love him or want to marry him any less! Are there any other people who didn't cry? Am I just the weird one? 

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After we took some pictures, we walked back down to the car for proposal take 2! This time with the ring. 😝The answer was still yes and full of laughter and joy. 

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Here's the ring! We had gone ring shopping during our trip to New York over a year ago. Grant wanted me to choose the ring because he wanted to be sure it was something that I wanted. I had been eyeing Anna Sheffield's designs for many years and so we went to her store to see them in person. Her designs did not disappoint and I knew this was going to be the ring I wanted on my finger for the rest of my life. It was a process to make it happen with a lot of back and forth and patience, but the team at Anna Sheffield got me the ring I wanted. Unfortunately it was a little bit too small for me so I had to get it resized. 😭Note that you should get double bands larger than your normal ring size. They are difficult to resize and don't come out as perfect at the first time. Nonetheless it is a beautiful ring and I love it and can't stop staring at it. Also, fun fact, at least to me, is that an Anna Sheffield trunk show was how I met Courtney, so it all came full circle!

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Thank you so much to Jill, Denise, and Alex for spending this very special day with me. Thank you Courtney and Jackson for photographing our special day. And of course, thanks to Grant for making it all happen and choosing me to be your forever. Love you all!

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Afterwards we went to get omakase at Robin in our neighborhood to celebrate. It was a great way to end the day.

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I can't wait to get married and start a family with you Grant! Love you to pieces!

P.S. Lea Michele got engaged on the same day and was born on the exact same birthday to the year as me. Isn't that crazy? I think so!