August 6, 2014

The Answer Is YES: Marshall Park

For those of you who missed my first post recapping my proposal, you can read all about it here! Okay...now that your caught up from the first post, it's finally time to move on to the second half of the story. Are you ready?
...Last week, I left off letting you know that Emily was going to be dropping me off for my "dinner date" with Will, his co-worker and his wife Uptown. So let's pick back up right as Emily and I are pulling out of the complex I live in, heading towards Uptown Charlotte. At this point, I was under the impression that Emily was going to be dropping me off at The Vue (an apartment complex) where I would be meeting Will in the lobby so that we could ride up in the elevator together to hangout with his co-worker and his wife before heading to dinner. Instead, Emily makes a "wrong turn" and we end up at Marshall Park. Can you spot Will in the photo below?
Fun fact: you might recognize this park from either living in Charlotte or from watching Homeland. Do you remember a scene shown in Season One (I think it was the 10th episode), when a suitcase explodes at a park that Carrie is at? Yep, that my friends was Marshall Park!
Okay, back to the story. All of a sudden after we are "turning around", Emily pulls into a parking spot and I confusingly ask her what she is doing, when all of a sudden I look out towards the park and see my Mom, Dad, and Uncle Perry. YEAHHH...you better believe I was beyond shocked and I might have got teary eyed and said "Shut up" and "Nu-uh" a hundred times before Emily told me to get out of the car!
I open the car door and for some reason my first thought was to crouch down and hide behind Emily's car...for whatever reason, I am not sure why I did that! After what seemed like hours hiding behind Emily's car, I walked towards my family, gave everyone a hug, and without even thinking (again), I blurt out "do y'all want to take a selfie?". Let's just say when I am extremely excited or confused I make no sense AT ALL! That and I can't control my laughter or giddiness. 
After asking my parents how the drive from Greensboro was and trying to figure out what was going on, my dad suggested that we go check out all the ducks playing in the water. To be honest, I wasn't interested in going to watch ducks swim, but wanted to try and get someone to answer all my questions...however this was all part of the plan to get me across the bridge to the other side of the park.
Fast forward to us crossing over the bridge, when I notice that Emily is no where in sight. I start to wonder where she had run off to when I spot Will's car in the distance. Let's just say it was parked in a semi-visible area and my short attention span (thanks ADD) was drawn to that and trying to figure out were he was. It was impossible...like trying to find Waldo with no luck of course. After a brief moment of awkwardly standing by myself, I spot Will walking down from one side of the park and it was right then and there that I knew that the moment I had been waiting for was about to happen any minute now...
After I got a few awkward laughs out, I gave Will a big hug (and kiss) and let him take it from there. All I remember is Will grabbing my hands and asking me if I knew how much he loved me. Of course Will said some other really sweet things, but I honestly can't even remember what he said! So yes, to all you gals who think you will remember what your beau says, don't bet on it! More then likely, you'll be on Cloud 9 and not able to fully concentrate. The next day I even ask Will if he remembered what he said and sure enough he didn't either!
But the story doesn't stop here, friends! After taking a handful of photos, showing off my beautiful bling to the family, and thanking Emily a thousand times for being a part of the surprise of a lifetime, it was time to go to dinner. And yes, I even asked if Will's co-worker and his wife were still coming...but sadly they were not! We will save that double date for another day. Will and I finally got in the car, and I just had to take another photo showing off the ring so that I could send it out to everyone in our phones (just kidding...it was mainly to family, friends and everyone I follow on Snapchat, ha!).  
At this point Will would still not tell me where we were going to dinner so I was faced with yet another surprise I had to wait for...and you'll have to come back again next Wednesday to find out where we ended up going, to hear all of the details on how Will planned the whole proposal and most importantly, to find out what the BIG NEWS we have to share is! For those of you who already know what i'm talking about, act like you don't, mmk? :) 

24 comments :

  1. This is SO sweet!! I love that your parents and family were able to be there, so special!! :) I can't wait to find out the big news next week!!!!

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  2. So romantic can't wait to find out the surprise and your ring BEAUTIFUL

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  3. Awww!!!! I seriously love you guys!! That is so sweet!! Congrats again!! I can't wait to see all the planning!!

    Xoxo,
    www.bowsanddepos.com

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  4. I love this. I love that your parents walked you to him. And by the way, you look fab!

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  5. Yay!! I love your proposal story! So special. I especially love that you crouched down behind the car and hid. That's totally something I would do. Can't wait to find out what the surprise is - but I think I might have an idea!?

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  6. aww i love this so much! props to will for going to such great lengths with this surprise, very impressive!

    can't wait to hear the big news! (am i pretending i don't know well enough?! ;)

    xo mk
    gold-hatted lover

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  7. hahah girl I love it "yall want to take a selfie?" That sounds like something I would do for sure. You right is breathtaking!! He did such an incredible job and I cant wait to start hearing about wedding plans :D

    xoxo
    Lauren

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  8. This is so sweet - he did a wonderful job planning and your ring is gorgeous!!

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  9. how sweet! very thought out & special proposal!!

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  10. This is such a sweet proposal! When I first realized what was happening and my parents had helped plan it I thought they were coming with me on the scavenger hunt to find Drew, so I said "Ok lets all get in the car! But it's a Tuesday! Tuesdays aren't when this is supposed to happen!" Getting proposed to does crazy things to your brain!!

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  11. Congratulations! Such a great story!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com
    Come by! Weekly Style Me Wednesday fashion blog link-up

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    1. Thanks Liz! I will have to check out your fashion blog link-up this Wednesday since I missed the one last week :)

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  12. This was so sweet to read! I'm so excited to read along next wednesday! Congrats again Melissa!!
    Emma
    http://www.defineddesignsblog.com

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    1. Thank you so much Emma!!! I hope you come back this Wednesday to read part 3!!! Ekk!! :)

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  13. Ahh! What an awesome proposal! Congratulations again!
    Oh, and you are so right. No one remembers what their man said while they were down on one knee. We just remember saying yes!

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  14. This is such a beautiful story! Your fiancé really put a lot of thought into this! Congrats.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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  15. Yay!!! What a sweet story! I'm so excited for you! :-)

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  16. Such a sweet engagement! I can't wait for part 3!

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  17. Congratulations!! Love that you have photos to document that special day!

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  18. How exciting… and look at that backdrop!!! You had to know something was up when you saw your family though, right?!?? Great proposal- excited for part 3 :)

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  19. Love that your mom & dad walked you to Will!! Such a special moment!! Such a sweet story- can't wait to hear the rest next week!! p.s. I have no idea what the big news is so it will definitely be a surprise :)

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  20. I have had the craziest week ever at work (Overtime hours since it's my last week before heading back to college in Charlotte!! :-) ) so I am just now catching up on this post! AHHH!!! So sweet! What a beautiful proposal!! And oh my gosh I giggled out loud at your selfie with your family- too cute. :-) Congrats again to you and Will! (And I really want to check out this beautiful park now when I'm back in CLT!)

    xoxo A

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  21. I just loved reading this!! Brightens my day. So happy for you! Loved the pics. Can't wait for wedding planning posts!

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