So many have asked, and I've been dying to get the whole story out in writing. So here it is!
Let me give you a quick frame of reference first...
We headed up to Leavenworth on Friday afternoon for a weekend with friends! (basically just a weekend for engagement shenanigans now that I think about it). We had a fun night Friday, spending time together and playing games. I drove up with friends earlier in the day, and Harrison came later with some more friends!
Saturday morning Harrison and I headed out to go snowshoeing. Little did I know, at this point three of the guys who were with us had already snuck out of the cabin to go set everything up.
We drove up the road and parked just shy of what would have been a snowshoeing trail had their been more snow. We decided to go for a walk along the road that followed the most beautiful river. We nixed the show shoes because there wasn't enough snow that required it. We headed up the road, just chatting and taking in the sights. To be completely honest, I think we were talking about our wedding florist (for those of you who don't already know, H and I started planning our wedding months ago).
At this point along the walk, I sort of had a feeling what was coming, but what really sealed the deal was when there was a drone that came flying towards us. Harrison walked right to it, and I think I questioned him. It all sort of blurs together.
For the past month Harrison has been writing me letters, describing the things he admired about me (and I've kept every single one!).
The drone came down and there was the 7th letter attached to it. We walked over to this special spot and he gave me the letter to read. He's also quite the artist.
He got down on one knee, and I read the letter he wrote.
Here's just snippet of it, the most beautiful part in my opinion...
"I promise to you, to love you, to trust you, to guide you, to encourage you, and to enjoy every part of you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and we will seek our God together. Where you die I will die and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely if anything but death separates you and me"
While his words are incredibly special to me, they hold even greater meaning because they come from the story of Ruth. A story of dedication and faithfulness, and God's blessing in return. We spent some time a few weeks back dwelling on these verses and discussing the beauty of them. By far, this was my favorite part of the proposal.
...and then he had his own little speech...
Then this happened…
The whole thing took place underneath a beautiful pine tree that the boys had decorated with Christmas ornaments!
Of course, we took a polaroid! Starting on our six month anniversary we started taking Polaroid selfies. Some people say it cant be done, but we've managed to make it work and they're our favorite memories <3
After taking some photos and playing around in the snow for a minute we started heading back to the car. I'll be honest with you, I'm not a super teary-eyed type of person when it comes to this sort of thing, although I was in love with every part of it! But as we headed back to the car Harrison looked and me, and said, "oh by the way Cayti, Ashley, and Julie are all back at the cabin." I looked at him and basically whimpered I was so close to tears of shock and joy. My three BEST FRIENDS all drove hours to come celebrate with us. Not to mention their boyfriends came along too.
We headed back to the house for the sweetest little celebration!
It was such a fun morning with friends! I'm beyond thankful for every little piece of the entire day. There was plenty of champaign and lots of funny faces. Too many good moments to capture just in one post!
Mini shout out to all our wonderful photographers and videographers of the day -- Caleb A., Caleb , Jeff, and Damien.
And that's that!
Our engagement story in writing, to the best of my ability and memory. There were so many wonderful moments woven in between all the pictures and thoughts I can remember. If you've ever been through engagement you know how your mind is kind of swirling the whole time (in the best way, of course).