First of all, I want to give a big thanks to everyone for all of the sweet words yesterday- it truly means so much to me!! I love being able to share our story with y’all and didn’t want to prolong it too much so let’s dive into part 2 of the weekend!
Ryan scheduled a massage for me in one of the mountain view pagodas. I walked in and saw the fire going and windows overlooking the mountains- pretty much the coziest room ever. Side note- this was THE best massage of my life… no joke. One of our friends had a massage there last year and said it wasn’t any different from other massage places, but I beg to differ. Anyways, when the massage was over I wanted to take a photo of the place (for the blog of course). They don’t allow phones or cameras at the spa and I was following the rules so I asked for some help. The masseuse walked me over to the other pagoda because it wasn’t being used but I still didn’t have my camera so i was a little confused (he was going to walk me over anyways, but I guess my request made the plan work even better!).
The cozy spot where Ryan proposed- I actually snapped a photo of it earlier that day!
Ryan had a little hidden camera so… we made a GIF!
I walk up to the door and Ryan opens it and has his robe on too. The first thing I thought was, what’s going on? Are we getting another couples treatment or something? The fire was going, there were rose petals on the massage table, and Ryan was definitely up to something. He asked how my massage was and said that he knows I like surprises and that he had one more for me. He said some very sweet things, got down on his knee, pulled the ring box out of his robe and asked me to marry him!!! I’m usually quite the talker but for once I was at a loss for words- I was so shocked but so happy… and of course there were a few tears. Once we composed ourselves, we enjoyed some champagne and took some selfies! We headed back to our room to find more champs (woohoo!), cupcakes, and a pretty GPI ornament! Then came the Face Times, phone calls, and we ended our long night with sipping bubbly by the great fireplace.
The next morning we got up and went to the brunch buffet in the Blue Ridge Dining Room… so much amazing food and an even better view. Ryan loved this so much last year and I know he’s been dreaming about it since. After stuffing our bellies, we went to thank Lisa, one of my high school classmates that works at the hotel. Ryan had secretly been messaging her and she helped him arrange the pagoda and even decorated our room!
Contemplating what he’s about to eat
It was truly a magical weekend with my new fiancé! I didn’t want to leave but I was also ready to go see my friends & family. We stopped back through my hometown to personally deliver the good news to my parents and grandma. We came home to one last surprise- a beautifully decorated door complete with streamers and fun ring-shaped confetti. I have my friends Logan, Katie, & Lindsay to thank for that one- y’all are the best!
Whew! If you’re reading this then I want to congratulate you on getting through the two longest posts ever! But a proposal is truly such an important day in a girl’s life and I’m glad that I could share it with y’all. And now it’s about to get real… wedding planning. We will have a longer engagement since I’m still in school and have no desire to get married before I graduate. I know next to nothing about planning a wedding so this is where all you married bloggers come in. I would love to hear any advice, recommendations, or things you wish you did/didn’t do on your wedding day. I have plenty of time, but I’m also a planner so I’m going to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. And last but not least, this one’s for Ryan- You make me the happiest girl in the world and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you by my side!