After a hiatus from blogging, I’m back and more inspired than ever! After years of mildly obsessing about engagements, weddings and wondering what my own proposal would be like, I am so excited to share that Drew & I are engaged!!!!!
We were at my house in Westbrook, CT and spent the 4th of July lounging by the pool and planning to have a cookout. Around 5, I went upstairs to get ready when my friend Elyse brought a box upstairs from Crush Boutique that she “found in the back yard.” There was a tag on the box that said “Ashley – Fourth of July adventure! Get dressed! – Drew”
I thought it was absolutely adorable and thoughtful (it is my favorite holiday, afterall), but didn’t think much more of it until the next clue came a few minutes later. Elyse handed me a glass of wine and some daisies, with another note that hinted to go next door, where my parents best friends were renting. At this point, I started to shake and was hoping that “this was it!” All Elyse said was “just enjoy this, and breathe!” She wouldn’t say a word!
I walked next door, where Abby was waiting with more flowers and another clue that hinted for me to go to the Cuckoos’s Nest in Old Saybrook, CT. Elyse drove me there and when I walked in, saw my brother Patrick and his girlfriend Kristen. They gave me more flowers and another clue.
This clue led me to one of my favorite places, Water’s Edge, where our family friends Barb & Kevin were waiting at the outdoor bar. Barb immediately started crying, and so did I. Luckily, it was time for another glass of wine, more flowers, and another clue!
I went to the marina and saw my parents sitting on the back of their boat. My mom was smiling ear to ear and I half expected to see Drew there. But instead, more flowers and another clue! Which led me to Bill’s Seafood. Everyone was waiting in the outdoor bar. Everyone except for Drew.
I got the last flower and clue. It’s an extremely exciting and emotional feeling, know you’re about to get engaged. I mean I knew, right? At this point, my family was involved and although no one actually said it, the only other explanation was that this was a really cruel joke. And Drew, is a jokester. But luckily for me, I came back home to see the love of my life. At least I thought it was him, it was hard to see through the tears.
Drew was standing in the front yard, looking adorable as ever. He was holding a rose and had champagne and glasses set-up next to the fish chairs in our front yard. It was pretty emotional walking up to him, an out of body experience really, and words cannot express how I felt when he got down on one knee. It was the happiest moment of my life! We celebrated, I cried, we drank champagne on the beach, I cried, and then.. fireworks! The night couldn’t have ended any better. Is magical too corny to describe it? It was magical.
I left out a lot of details – what every clue said, and why the locations are important to me. But each was a memorable place in my life, and Drew ended up proposing at my favorite place on earth – my house in Westbrook, on my favorite holiday. He did everything to make this the most thoughtful proposal for me. My bouquet of flowers even ended up being red, white and blue. I was and am, blown away. I couldn’t have asked for a better night or a better fiance! I’m excited to start blogging about my own wedding plans, so stay tuned!
I want to give a special thanks to Elyse Bichler, for helping me along this “journey” and for capturing these great pictures!