The Proposal!!

Hi Loves! Sooo…I have the most wonderful news to share with you! On Sunday, as the sun set over the lake outside in the park, the love of my life proposed to me!! Here’s how it happened…
On Saturday morning, my sis and I were out doing a little thrift shopping.  This weekend was J’s mother’s birthday and we were going to dinner that afternoon. Just a few hours before J and I went to the dinner, he told me his family would also be having a cookout in the park the next day and that he wanted me to get some rest and my schoolwork done (because I am the biggest procrastinator lol), so we could just relax and have a great time at the cookout. I never thought anything of it and I was excited to go and see his family and have fun with them.
I invited my sis to come with us to the cookout (not knowing what was happening), and she said she’d love to come with us and couldn’t wait to eat some good bbq. So later at dinner with his family (who have all known for a week!), we ate and had a good time. When we gave his mom her gifts, she looked at me and started crying and thanked me so much for coming to take care of her when she was sick in the spring. I teared up and told her it was no big deal. Looking back, I can now see why she was so emotional. After dinner, she took me to her car to check out what she bought at the mall and I almost told her I’d see her tomorrow, but I wasn’t sure if the bbq was a surprise or not so I kept my mouth shut.
The next day, I wasn’t feeling too well and was finishing a paper. Diana and I went outside to take pics for the blog and I kept complaining about how tired I was and how I was just gonna throw on jeans and a sweater for the bbq and come home and pass out. She played along but told me I still had to get cute and to put some makeup on and wear a cute blazer. She was supposed to ride with us but said she would just meet us at the park later because her professor wanted her to re-do an assignment.
When Jonah came to pick me up, I kept asking him if he thought I was overdressed and he kept saying,  “no you look beautiful babe”.   As we got closer to the park, I told him everyone would have on jeans and sweatshirts or t-shirts and I didn’t want to look like I was trying too hard. But as we pulled closer to where his family was supposed to be, I realized no one was there.  The park is full of large grassy areas, shelters, playgrounds, and everything overlooks a large lake.  We drove to the back of the lake to a small parking lot with just a few cars.  He turned to me and kind of stutters and says, “well ya wanna know the truth? There’s no one meeting us here cause there is no cookout…we’ve been talking about having a picnic for a while and I wanted to do something special for you before I start hitting the road for work.” The world stood still for a moment,  as I thought, “…that doesn’t make sense, we actually have a trip planned…what? Is he??? He couldn’t be about to…” but I pushed that thought away and smiled and told him how romantic this was. 
So we get out of the car and walk to a quiet spot in between two trees, just a few feet from the edge of the water.  There were a few people walking around with their dogs, a cute couple laying on a blanket taking pics, and a couple of kids fishing on the dock.  He had three baskets that we carried to the spot and he began to set up our picnic…

Candles, music, wine, and a cute picnic basket!
So we laid out the blankets and he sets out the prettiest china and wine flutes. He lights candles and sets the ipod on a dock to play music. I recognize some of our fave love songs and songs that are special to us from college until now.
First, he lays out a nice salad and I asked if he made it himself.  He said that it was actually from the Italian restaurant where we had our first Valentine’s Day date.   When he reminded me that it was the spot of our first Valentine’s Day dinner, I couldn’t help but cry. Next he pulls out chicken chimichangas from our first date at a local Mexican restaurant and puts it on a plate and we (well just me really), eat it.  After that, I stop and ask him “what are you doing??’ and he says “nothing, I just want us to have some food from some of our favorite places and I wanted us to have some romantic time together before I travel for work”. Then he pulls out cheese tots from one of our fave late night places from our time together in college and we eat (only me again) it. After that, he pulls out my favorite sushi from our favorite sushi spot and we sample some of that. 
Our fave foods!
He then asks, “Remember the chocolate cake from Ovid’s (a cafe/grill on campus), we would eat while studying?” and I get all excited (because I am a fat kid).  He hands me the cake, but stops me before I open it and says “But first…I want you to open this” and as he hands me the tupperware, I see grapes inside so I open it up.  Nestled between the grapes, right in the middle of the bowl is a ring box. I just stare blindly in the tupperware and by the time I look up,  J is on one knee, reaching for my left hand. I’m crying like a baby at this point, asking him what is he doing and if I’m dreaming. With tears in his eyes…on one knee…he asks me to marry him……. and I say “YES!!” over and over. Then he put the most beautiful ring on my finger.

I was so undone, my heart was so full with love for him, that at that moment, I thought it would burst. After we kissed and held each other, he tells me to turn around as he points at the lady I thought was taking pics of her boyfriend, and tells me she was actually taking pictures of us the entire time! Then I just completely lose it! He knows how important pictures are to me and he was so thoughtful to hire a photographer to capture the whole thing…(more pics to come!!!)

I had the goofiest joyful smile after he proposed!
On that blanket, in that park, under that beautiful sunset, next to that lake, my life changed forever.  I love him with all my heart, I thank God for blessing me with him and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him!!
The surprise spread his mom, sister, and my sister put together to surprise me after we left the park. I walked into his house to see his whole family, my sister, one of my best friends and her husband and friends sitting there waiting on us and the waterworks began again! Every single one of them were in on it and kept it from me!! My sis knew everything!! She is a great actress loll!~
The beautiful sunset was the perfect backdrop…
We’re Engaged!!
I will be back to my usual posts about style & fashion soon along with that Fall Lookbook, but I felt like basking in and sharing the most beautiful moment of my life with you! Hope you enjoyed!
Have an amazing day!

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89 Comments

  1. September 25, 2012 / 8:49 PM

    Chioma, what an awesome story and I'm so happy for you two!!!!! Congrats!!!! You look so beautiful and happy and I can't wait to follow your live/wedding story. πŸ™‚

  2. September 25, 2012 / 8:50 PM

    Ah this is so beautiful. What an awesome proposal, good job J! Congrats to you. So sweet.

  3. September 25, 2012 / 9:48 PM

    This is so awesome, it brought tears to my eyes!!! Im so happy for you guys, congrats to you and Jonah!!! πŸ™‚ May God continue to bless you guys!

  4. September 25, 2012 / 9:53 PM

    Congratulations!!! I truly enjoyed reading the recap. I felt like I was there with you guys.

  5. September 25, 2012 / 10:09 PM

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your blog today. I'm a big fan of love.

  6. September 25, 2012 / 10:44 PM

    Congratulations dear!
    this was such a beautiful proposal *sniffs

  7. September 25, 2012 / 10:54 PM

    WOOOOOW!!! Congratulations!!!
    Wishing you all the love in the World!

  8. September 25, 2012 / 10:59 PM

    Awe that was so sweet and thoughtful. He did a great job! Your ring is beautiful!

    Congrats!

  9. September 25, 2012 / 11:01 PM

    OMG!! This is such a beautiful story!!! Best wishes to you an J!! Congratulations! I love seeing people in love…it gives me hope that I will find mine one day :).

  10. September 25, 2012 / 11:28 PM

    Omg aweee this is the sweetest thing everrr. Lol i just got all emotional.. I can't believe the couple were actually the photographers! Congrats again, Sissy! :))

  11. September 25, 2012 / 11:32 PM

    Omg!!!!! this is just amazing … he gets a A+ for this wow submitt your pictures to essence. com I know you all will be chosen just perfect dear I wish you two the best in your new life together .. Advice someone gave me 11 yrs ago , Marry the person standing i n front of you not who you want them to be πŸ™‚ and I promise you will have a happy marriage πŸ™‚

  12. September 26, 2012 / 12:26 AM

    Loved it! And you think YOU had a goofy smile?! You should have seen my face as I read this!

  13. September 26, 2012 / 12:31 AM

    YAyyyyyyy!!!!!! What a great way to share your joy. Thanks for letting us be apart of it.

    Totally Obsessed xoxo,

    Love Collins Custom Clothier
    #BLMgirls

  14. September 26, 2012 / 12:34 AM

    Congratulations! That's a fantastically romantic story. Wishing you guys good luck in your life as Mr. & Mrs. πŸ˜‰

  15. September 26, 2012 / 12:50 AM

    Congratulations!!! I love how he brought food from all the places that meant something to you guys as a couple – and beautiful ring too!

    Jess – J's Style
    fancypants514.blogspot.com

  16. September 26, 2012 / 2:43 AM

    Aww. Perfect story and ring. πŸ™‚ Congrats!!!! Happy planning.

  17. September 26, 2012 / 3:27 AM

    how exciting and romantic! congrats. you guys are a beautiful couple.

  18. September 26, 2012 / 3:37 AM

    CONGRATS! So exciting, and what fab photos to remember such a beautiful moment!
    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
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  19. September 26, 2012 / 1:46 PM

    Congrats!!!! J is romantic… I love the orange blazer on you!!

  20. nikki
    September 26, 2012 / 1:55 PM

    that was so beautiful to read and just to know there are still men out there that can be so romantic and aware of the queen that they have before them, u r his queen and that was the most beautiful and happy story i have read in a long while. CONGRATULATIONS sis.

  21. September 26, 2012 / 1:57 PM

    YESSS, I am so happy for you!!! Ahhh, what a romantic proposal and girl, your ring is gorgeous! Congrats and enjoy every moment! πŸ™‚

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  22. Bobbie
    September 26, 2012 / 2:01 PM

    Beautiful, simply beautiful! Congrats on you all engagement.

  23. September 26, 2012 / 2:10 PM

    That was SOOOOO wonderful and beautiful! Congratulations!

  24. September 26, 2012 / 3:24 PM

    Aww, what a sweetie pie!! Congrats to you both!! Many blessings for a wonderful marriage! #BLM girl

  25. Anonymous
    September 26, 2012 / 3:29 PM

    Aww tear tear tear Chioma… That was absolutely beautiful!!! I am so happy for you and Jonah. I hope I'm invited to the wedding!

    Renata

  26. September 26, 2012 / 3:40 PM

    OMG this gives me hope haha, this is the sweetest thing i've read and I'm over here sadfaced and teary up, happy that found love like this exist! All the best to the both of you!

  27. September 26, 2012 / 3:41 PM

    That was beautiful!!! Congrats!! wishing you both all the best and a lifetime of happiness!!!

  28. September 26, 2012 / 4:25 PM

    That was such an awesome proposal. Best wishes to you too!!!

  29. September 26, 2012 / 5:48 PM

    OMG, that is the sweetest proposal story ever. Congratulations!!! Marriage is a wonderful thing πŸ˜‰

  30. September 26, 2012 / 6:46 PM

    Very NICE! I love how he paid attention to the details! That's great. I know you will have a great life together! God bless.

  31. September 26, 2012 / 7:48 PM

    OMG!!! This gave me the chills!!! Aww…..love is the best! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Your ring is GORG!!!! GOod luck with the planning!

    xo
    Melissa

  32. September 26, 2012 / 9:00 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. September 26, 2012 / 9:13 PM

    Congrats on the engagement! What a romantic proposal. Stopping by from BLM.

  34. September 26, 2012 / 9:25 PM

    I am at work crying while readung this post. Congratulations to the both of you. That was well thought out and very romantic!!! Many Blessings.

  35. September 26, 2012 / 9:30 PM

    Omgggg congrats again!!!! That is Sooo sweet!! To have to photographer there to capture it all was so thoughtful of him! Many congrats and blessings to y'all! Thanks for sharing this joyful occasion!

    Amberly
    #BLMgirls
    asliceofglam.com

  36. September 26, 2012 / 9:46 PM

    How romantic!! I give your man huge props!! Wow!!! Congratulations!!!

  37. September 26, 2012 / 9:55 PM

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!
    #BLMGirl

  38. September 27, 2012 / 5:27 AM

    Wow… this is a beautiful & amazing LOVE STORY! Congrats you too… May GOD bless you all forever and ever!!!! #BLMGirls

    Xoxo
    Lynn

  39. Melany
    September 27, 2012 / 9:49 AM

    Congratulations on your engagement!

  40. September 29, 2012 / 4:00 PM

    Ok..so I'm over here tearing up while reading this! That was so sweet and touching! Congratulations!

    Demetria
    wwww.divasthrifttwo.blogspot.com

  41. September 30, 2012 / 3:10 AM

    Congratulations.

  42. October 1, 2012 / 6:11 PM

    OMG.. this is the cutest thing I have ever HEARD! How sweet! πŸ™‚ Your ring is GORGEOUS – he did an awesome job. And you look sooooo happy! Congratulations!
    xoxo,
    Nikki at http://www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

  43. Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 / 11:14 PM

    OMGGGG!!! I know this happened a little ago now but I just now have a second to read the whole story. How THOUGHTFUL of your now fiancΓ© and what a great love and life you two will have together. He is lucky to have you and you him. I can't wait to see the wedding pics. LOL!! Too fast??

    Jen
    http://blankwhiteframes.blogspot.com

  44. October 1, 2012 / 11:34 PM

    How sweet!!! Congratualtions to you both! Such an amazing story and beautiful pictures to capture the moment.

  45. October 2, 2012 / 7:25 PM

    Thank you all so soo much! I've read each and every comment and it just really made my heart to smile to read your words and share this moment with you! I have the best readers in the world! I'm so excited to start this journey and spend the rest of my life with the love of my life!! <3

  46. October 4, 2012 / 3:49 AM

    Wow! THis was so sweet and so thoughtful. Congratulations and many blessings to you on your new journey!

  47. October 9, 2012 / 1:57 AM

    Awe, how sweet and romantic! Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  48. October 13, 2012 / 9:36 PM

    Hi Chioma, I'm your newest follower and I absolutely love love love this story. What a sweet surprise. Congratulations! You are so lucky to have been able to document the entire process! πŸ™‚

  49. Anonymous
    October 19, 2012 / 8:13 PM

    My first time dropping by…GREAT LOVE STORY, I cried. Indeed I'm a sucker for LOVE!!! God bless both of you! I 'll stop by again later (LOL)

  50. October 20, 2012 / 4:30 PM

    Oh congrats!!! I'm tearing up right now!!! This was beautiful!!!

  51. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 / 4:42 PM

    Congratulations to both of you. I loved the story of the proposal.

    Your Wisconsin family

  52. November 27, 2012 / 12:39 AM

    Awwww, such a beautiful story. Congratulations to you both πŸ™‚

  53. November 28, 2012 / 4:35 PM

    Congratulations to both of you!

  54. December 7, 2012 / 12:10 AM

    OMG I just read this and… ugh, obviously someone is cutting onions.

    Congratulations! God bless you both! Your joyful smile is too adorbs! And your ring is beautiful, I love the simplicity. πŸ™‚ UGH I'm so fuzzy from the romance πŸ™‚

  55. December 10, 2012 / 8:25 PM

    What a great story to tell your children one day :)! Congratulations!

  56. December 13, 2012 / 2:09 AM

    Perfection!!!!!!!!! And that RING!

  57. January 15, 2013 / 8:20 PM

    OMG congrats girl!!!!!!! I wish you two all the best! Ahhh this sounded so perfect! I'm really happy for you!!!!!!!!!

    X

  58. January 23, 2013 / 9:52 PM

    What a great story! I am soooooo late! I am just seeing this…lol. Never-the-less, I wish you nothing but happiness. Gorgeous ring!!!

    Tavia

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  64. March 27, 2013 / 2:24 PM

    OMG OMG OMG I just read your engagement story & it was so freaking cute!! So happy for you two πŸ™‚ Wishing you the best of luck & a long & happy marriage <3

  65. March 28, 2013 / 1:05 AM

    What a romantic story. Your fiancΓ© is so thoughtful (and sneaky! I love that he had a photographer capture the event). It's great that you had your moment together and that you could involve your family after. You are a beautiful couple and look so happy (and stylish). Congrats!

  66. May 12, 2013 / 4:08 AM

    Ahhhhh I cried..lovely lovely lovely

  67. June 28, 2013 / 9:34 PM

    So happy for you and your hubby to be. This was such a beautiful story. Your fiance is so loving and thoughtful. Congratulations!!

  68. September 23, 2013 / 5:39 PM

    Oh my gosh, this is amazing!! Your fiance did such an amazing job, picking out your favorite foods you had together. You are going to have one awesome hubby!

    xoxo

  69. September 25, 2013 / 8:26 AM

    Aww this had me teary eyed..so beautiful!

  70. September 17, 2014 / 8:48 PM

    You TWO! Oh my gosh, I totally had tears in my eyes. And that ring! So stinking precious.

    xo,
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