Hello lovely followers,
As some of you may be aware I became engaged in August last year, which was a very exciting time for me, my parent and our family. I was hesitant about starting a wedding series on the blog as I know not everyone is getting married, but in the end I decided to go ahead and do it. I decided I want to do this more as a journal for myself to reflect back in the coming years and see what all the fuss was about!
Our Engagement Story
I always told my partner Ben that its lame to get engaged on your anniversary, Valentine’s Day, birthdays etc… Just my personal opinion. Anyway our two year anniversary was coming up and Ben was very adamant we were not getting engaged and not to ruin the whole weekend thinking about it. Even though he told me it wasn’t going to happen I still kept thinking about it in the lead up to our anniversary.
Just before our anniversary I was having dinner with my parents and dad kept asking me when I was getting engaged, very odd as he’s not that pushy… Dad was adamant it was going to happen that weekend. I was like yeah right dad but I’ll call you after my date on Friday. Friday came around, it was date night, just a week before our anniversary.
The plan was to go to the Archibald, followed by The Burger Project. My idea of a perfect date! Turns out the Archibald closes early, and well we decided not to go to the Burger Project but somewhere else and we waited so long that I called my dad and said it’s not going to happen.
On the way home, Ben asked me to rate the date, something lame we do. I said 6 out of 10 and it would be 10 out of 10 if we got engaged, jokingly of course. We got home, I was getting changed, Ben had run off to his room, I thought he was off to the bathroom. He came out into the lounge room with one hand behind his back and started saying he loved me… I was like, what’s behind your back and he kept talking and got down on one knee and popped the question. I was shocked and started crying, and was like are you joking?! The ring was in a horrendous tacky white box and the ring was so shiny I thought he was joking, knowing fully well he wouldn’t joke about this. He repeated again and of course I said yes! I was crying so much, which was unexpected for both of us. Ben then said stop crying, don’t you want to take a photo! He knows me too well! So I stopped crying and we took the photo below, which I haven’t shared this photo with anyone (so you guys are super special x). We told my parents the next day and Ben’s parents on the Sunday. It was the perfect proposal for me, everything I ever wanted! And I was so glad to share it with our family in person. So in the end he proposed a week before our anniversary allowing us to continue the celebrations for that little bit longer!
After a couple of weeks once the excitement settled down we decided we wanted to do a small wedding as that’s what we always discussed. As an only child I knew my parents would be upset they weren’t going to have a big party so we allowed our parents to throw a big engagement party with all our family and friends.
The Engagement Party
We personally didn’t want an engagement party but because we knew not everyone was going to celebrate with us on our wedding day, that this was the perfect solution. We decided on The Como Hotel which is close to our home, beautiful venue and view and the food is amazing! We bought a few decorations, FYI balloons are freaking expensive, but they did look lovely. My parents went to the flower markets the day before and we bought some flowers for the room, which didn’t cost too much. The party itself went off without a hitch. There were some family dramas which did ruin it a bit, but I think you just need to keep in mind that weddings do bring out the worst in some people. I know that sounds harsh but it’s the truth. Because we knew something like this would happen we didn’t let it ruin our whole day. And ultimately it made us realise our decision to have a small wedding was perfect!
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