He Said Yes.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Just for the record guys, I actually said yes. Chris said, will you marry me?  I jokingly posted this on Facebook last week after it happened and am embarrassed to say I had more than a few texts from friends (and family) inquiring as to who asked who (or is it whom? whatever)... Not that there's anything wrong with a gal asking a guy, it's just not how it went down with Chris and I. However I'm oddly flattered so many of you think we have such a modern relationship.

This is how it really happened. I feel like I should I preface this post by noting that I've always been a bit private when it comes to this kind of thing- I know this sounds weird given that I blog about my life for all to see on a daily basis, but when it comes to the really personal stuff, I keep that to myself.

So when Chris and I would have the conversation about getting engaged I always told him one thing; it needed to happen in private. I know some girls want the big public display of affection with fireworks and crowds and photographers "hiding" at every corner, but that's pretty much my nightmare. Like my pal Amy Poehler would say, good for you not for me. I'm such a shy weirdo about this kinda stuff, anything like that would have embarrassed the hell out of me. So my only request for Chris was that it would just be the two of us when it happened. (And Harlow of course.) No photographers. No strangers. No anybody else. Just us.

Last Thursday on December 23rd it was just that.

Chris and I were doing some last minute shopping in Fremont when he suddenly stopped by his house to grab Harlow. Some of you might think this seems a little random, but Harlow runs almost every errand with me anyway (because I have separation anxiety), so it actually wasn't anything out of the norm. However when Chris turned away from downtown and instead headed toward his family's land a little bit outside of town I knew something was up.

After we got to his land he parked the car and asked if I wanted to go for a walk. I should also add that it was raining and about 35 degrees, so "a walk" wasn't exactly the normal thing to do at the moment. But I played along- kinda. I was mostly smiling and asking "what's going on? what's happening?" But I knew. And he knew I knew. But it doesn't mean it wasn't fun for us anyway. For those first ten minutes we were both giggly and shy like we were on our first date more than seven years ago at El Potrero in Lincoln, Nebraska.

As he led me through the trees the only thing I can remember saying is, "I feel like I'm on the Bachelor." I meant it in a good way, but I recall him giving me a look like I'm going to pretend you didn't just say that. Then all of the sudden Harlow seemed to have gotten a whiff of something and he just took off. Chris told me to follow him and when I found him he was devouring treats near a tree that had a wreath hung on it. When I looked to see what Harlow was eating I noticed that set beside the mound of treats was a ring box.

I opened the box and it was empty.

It was about at this point when I started to get really overwhelmed and things started to blur together.  But when I turned around, there was Chris on one knee... I only know this thanks to the photos. I actually said to him later "why didn't you get on one knee?" I had no idea he actually did... I'm not sure if it's because I was so excited or so in shock, but I can't remember so much of what happened. (And no, I hadn't been drinking before.)

It wasn't until Chris had put the ring on my finger when he told me to look toward the tripod where the camera was set up. I was completely unaware that it had been there the entire time. Even though I had told Chris I didn't want any photographs of the proposal, he knew I'd think otherwise after it was all said and done. And he was right, these are probably my favorite photos ever. Is he a good blogger-fiance or what?






As we drove back to his house I just kept smiling and couldn't believe it was all real. The entire thing was just so wonderfully private and low key, it was exactly how I hoped it would be. It's as if Chris managed to capture the essence of us in his proposal. I know that sounds trite or cliche, but I don't care. It's true. He did good.

When we got back we celebrated with champagne and friends and family that were waiting for us at his house.

Here we are holding our first engagement gift from academy award winning filmmaker (and my good friend and idol) Alexander Payne. The bottle reads "Congrats Chris and Taylor, you guys are the best! I can't wait to make a movie with Taylor some day, she's so great. Much love- Alex."


Disclaimer:The wine bottle was actually won at an auction after he filmed "Nebraska" in Norfolk. But that's neither here nor there. I have met Alexander Payne and I'm certain we will work together in the future.



And that's the story of the day Chris asked me to marry him. I can't quit smiling when I think about it.

I never thought I'd be that annoying girl who can't stop looking at her ring but I am. I so am. I might even get crazy and create a wedding board on Pinterest tonight. Look at me go... 2015 is looking good.


Thank you again for all of the congrats and well wishes. I was so overjoyed reading all of the nice messages I actually broke my iphone (that I've had for two weeks) in the process and I didn't even care.

Happy last few days of 2014, everyone. We're going out on a high note.

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81 comments:

  1. Honestly, Taylor, I'm thrilled for you. I'm glad you keep things like this private and that it was only for you. It's the best, though, isn't it? I love you two together and I wish you nothing but the best.

    From one engaged girl to another, I raise my glass. Cheers to you!

    And your ring is a stunner.

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  2. Those pictures are perfect. Yay Chris, and that ring is gorgeous! Big congrats to you two!

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  3. Congratulations!! Sounds like it was absolutely perfect. :)

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  4. Goodness this is so sweet! And I feel like it's SO you two, and I don't even know you guys, ha! I love it. And let's talk about that ring!!!! Dang!

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  5. So excited for you two! I'm totally with you on the wanting it to be private. I told N well in advance that I'd never want something big and public. Thank God I didn't notice his best friend was taking pictures until way after it was over. Your ring is stunning! Congratulations again and I can't wait to hear about wedding plans. Maybe you'll give me some ideas because I have no freaking clue where to start ;-)

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  6. Congrats!! Private is the way I would go too. So thoughtful of him to have the tripos set up and what a lovely ring!!

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  7. Congrats girl, so excited for you!

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  8. CONGRATS!! Your proposal sounds wonderful, and you both seem so happy. I can't wait to hear all about your planning process. Enjoy this short time in your lives with your fiance, before he becomes your life-long husband!

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  9. FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW. I literally just turned to my boyf and had to explain this story to him. Because apparently sharing the news of your engagement is hot news of the night! CONGRATS, woman!!!! That is so stinkin' exciting, and I'm so stinkin' happy for ya.

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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  10. Congratulations!!! It sounds like he pulled it off perfectly and your ring is gorgeous!!

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  11. CONGRATS!!!! I love that Harlow and Nebraska were part of it :)

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  12. This is absolutely friggin' precious! I love the way he did it and I was literally smiling the whole time I read your post. Also. The ring he got you is my dream ring. ;) Congratulations, beautiful!! I know I don't comment much, but I've been keeping up with your blog forever and I'm so excited for you. :)

    Allisonleighann.

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  13. Awwww!!!! How sweet!!! Congratulations!

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  14. This made me giddy happy!!! Congrats!

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  15. How sweet & special!!! Congrats to you & Chris - soak up every bit of this time! It will be over before you know it!

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  16. Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you guys. I was the exact same way, I didn't want a public proposal and my husband respected that wish. And I didn't even know that I said the word "yes". He told me later that I did because I was pretty sure that all I did was cry and nod my head.

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  17. And I just cried reading one of your posts and it wasn't from laughing my ass off. Who knew?! I am so happy for you lady. I love that it was on y'all's terms and on your own time. Those are the most meaningful proposals. Excited to see what the year has in store for you and for y'all. Congratulations and happy pinnings... I mean planning!

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  18. Awe so sweet! Ours was very private too except he DIDN'T get down on one knee because it was muddy haha. Congratulations and best wishes - good luck with the wedding planning and don't let it stress you out.

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  19. Yay!!!! I am so so happy for you two! Best Wishes!!!

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  20. Congratulations! So excited for you guys and love the way he proposed! :)

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  21. This is perfect. I truly love it in every way. So I read it, then I made Michael sit down so I could tell him about it- I'm that excited. These pictures are the best ever and I love how he planned every last detail. You guys are such a wonderful couple and you really deserved a proposal like this. Your ring is gorgeous. I love love! Okay, I'm done now. Congrats you two!!!

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  22. Congratulations! I got engaged this December as well, and you've described the whole thing to a T. It's so overwhelming and emotional and I also can't stop staring at my ring even though I swore I would never do that. Enjoy your engagement!!!

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  23. Aww Taylor! I'm so happy for you guys!!! It really almost made me shed happy tears, but I just have the happy feels and I love that RING! Gorg!!!! The pictures came out amazing!! I would've never guessed it was on a tripod, that's so cool that he managed to pull all of that off. Yay!! I can't wait to hear where 2015 will take you and congratulations!!! :)

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  24. Congrats Tay!! I am so happy for you, and so happy that you are happy! Hope to see you around some in the coming year!

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  25. Pretty ring! Congrats
    xo
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  26. Congratulations!! So perfect! <3 I have tears in my eyes!

    Isabel
    http://www.thesunnysideofthis.com

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  27. This is such a beautiful story, Taylor! Thanks for sharing it with us :) huge congrats to you & Chris once again xx

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  28. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you guys! I just shushed my husband so loudly while reading your post - could not be interrupted! You guys are made for each other and it's just the best and the funnest ever to be married to your other half! So excited you guys are engaged! Can't wait to read along the way! :)

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  29. Awwww I love this! Such a sweetheart! I love that he had the tripod set up and everything! How thoughtful! Congratulations!

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  30. Congratulations!! Your ring is perfection. Now comes the fun part...the planning.

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  31. Aw!! You will definitely cherish the pictures forever! I was wearing a shirt I had from high school because I had no idea what was going on, you look picture perfect!!!! Cheers to you and Chris!!!

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  32. congrats! this is so adorable! I wouldn't change anything about how my husband proposed, but gosh I still love reading proposal stories anyways!! they always make me giddy ;)

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  33. YAYYYYY! So happy for you :) And I especially love the pic of Harlow running towards the tripod... so cute!

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  34. what a sweet moment, love the pics. congrats!!!

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  35. Congratulations! I love the photos - those are the perfect touch!

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  36. Congratulations! What a beautiful story and ring! 2015 is looking bright. Enjoy this time! XO

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  37. Congratulations! How wonderfully romantic. The photos are stunning. Enjoy the moment.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  38. He did so good! Congratulations you two! Wishing you many more years of happiness to come <3

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  39. Amazing proposal, very intimate and private, just what I would want as well! Congrats!! Love the yellow diamond ring, it's stunning!

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  40. Congrats!!! What a lovely proposal! Love that he got it on film (and you didn't even notice!) Sending lots of happy thoughts and smiles :)

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  41. What a perfect proposal!! Congratulations!! And that ring is absolutely gorgeous! I'd stare at it all day long too! :)

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  42. Congratulations!! I love the way he did it. I'm so happy for you guys!!

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  43. Oh my goodness, CONGRATS! SO happy for you! It's awesome that he did it exactly as you would want, so sweet and romantic! I LOVE your ring, it's gorgeous!!

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  44. What a wonderful and romantic story. Thank you so much for sharing. Congratulations! The last photo is the best!!!!
    Texas Jak
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  45. DAMN he did good! A huge congrats to you both!!!

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  46. Sounds like it was perfect!! Congratulations!

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  47. Ahhhhh I feel like I have been waiting for this day forever (is that weird haha). That's so exciting, and I'm glad Chris made it everything you wanted! Congratulations!

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  48. The most perfect blogger's proposal story ever - tripod, famous blog dog (okay, the treats were SO smart!), a gorgeous ring pic, and THE BLANKET SCARF!!! :) Congratulations to both of you - I am such a fan of this relationship and am so, so, so extremely thrilled for you guys!!!! Also, totally helping to plan my sister's wedding for next year (so! many! engagements!) -- so if you ever wanna swap ideas and whatnot, hmu ;)

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  49. Oh, congrats to you both! What a fun proposal, perfectly private and just what you needed. I remember mine being a blur, too, it is really surreal when it is actually happening to YOU, that it never seems real. Also, he did GOOD on the ring;)

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  50. Wahoooo! That is so perfect and what a good fiance for taking the pictures without making a spectacle of your precious moment. (Not to be confused with Precious Moments. You don't strike me as a Precious Moments figurine kind of girl.)
    And, at age 19 I actually proposed to my husband over the phone as he drove back to TX from MI after knowing him for 3 days. There may have been booze involved. But, 17 years later we have a fun story to tell.

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  51. Congratulation to you and Chris....you are a beautiful couple.... so happy for you.... Bev

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  52. CONGRATULATIONS Taylor! What a perfect proposal - he just knows you too well. You guys are perfect for each other. Such a stunning ring too x

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  53. So happy for you! I'm glad you got your perfect low key proposal (:

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  54. This may be one of the best engagement stories I've read! How sweet your love and story is :) Love the shot of Harlow running, too!

    ALSO, you look perfect! The hat, the scarf...it all works.

    Congratulations to you both! Merry Christmas and happy 2015 indeed!

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  55. Your engagement sounds and looks absolutely perfect! I am so excited and happy for you both -- congratulations! P.S. I absolutely adore your outfit! (When John proposed to me it was after we had been hiking and I looked a hot mess ha ha) ♥

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  56. CONGRATULATIONS!! That is so exciting :) I love reading posts about proposals!
    I also am one that does not want a super public proposal - I think one like yours sounds perfect. And serious props to the fiance for thinking to set up the camera/tripod to capture the moment!

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  57. Congratulations!! Love how you have photos of the event and your ring is stunning!

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  58. Congratulations!! What a perfect proposal!

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  59. Sweetest thing, EVER! You look adorable in all of the pictures. I am SO happy for you, dear!

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  60. Such a sweet proposal! He did good :) The ring is gorgeous! So excited for you both! And Harlow :)

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  61. Congratulations what a great story, and what a bloody gorgeous ring

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  62. Ahhh!! SOO exciting!! Congrats girl - you deserve it!!

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  63. Awww the way the engagement happened was so sweet!

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  64. Congratulations! This is such a cute story. I love how he sneaked a camera!

    Life With Antlers

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  65. Beautiful proposal, congratulations!

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  66. Congratulations! I love everything about this!!

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  67. Congratulations! I love it all. and that ring is gorgeous? What is the middle stone?

    xo, Maddy
    http://cassidylou.com

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  68. Congratulations on the engagement!!! Eek! So exciting! And your ring is just amazing!!!!!

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  69. I was so excited when I saw your picture on insta! Congrats!! I love your gorgeous ring. He did good :)

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  70. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm catching up on blog posts, and I am so happy for you guys! The proposal sounds perfect, and the ring is beautiful:) 2015 is going to be a great year!!

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