It still feels crazy to say, and it really hasn’t hit me yet but…. We are Engaged!
This past week has been so heart warming with all of the love and support we have gotten from family and friends. I always saw this time for Kev and I, but it has been far more exciting than I could even imagine.. and we’re only a week in.
SO! Do you guys want to hear how he did it?
I’ll give you the short-ish version.
Okay so it all started with having to go to up towards Wisconsin to get our puppy (Banks). It turns out we got our dog a week earlier, so Kev decided (or had planned all along) that we would go up to Madison, Wisconsin ANYWAYS for a “Birthday Getaway.”
Fast forward to a fun day of walking around, climbing flights upon flights of stairs to get to the Capital Building Balcony and some really good Cheese Curds later, and it was Saturday Night.
We had gone back to our room to nap and get ready for a night of dinner and bar hopping. Thinking back to it, Kevin never once acted strange or nervous, so I salute him on that account. I was genuinely oblivious, which is out of the norm for me. So, once we were both ready, Kev said we should go walk around the lake a little bit before dinner. Now, here’s the thing… We had never been to Madison, Wisconsin. So for us to go site seeing was not weird to me. Smaaaaart Kev.
Our hotel was right on the lake, and right by this beautiful terrace that overlooked the lake, and the Capital building. “A perfect view,” was the way I put it, not MOMENTS before Kev was on his knee. It was a very ironic statement I made. But let’s pause for a second, because if I am giving you the honest details about this proposal, I must add in a couple of things.
It was incredibly cold, windy, and slightly drizzling
Did I mention windy?
I had just curled my hair and put lipgloss on so, the entire environment was a recipe for a Kylie meltdown.
Moving on though, just as we were about to head back inside, per my request, I started to do my typical… walk 5 feet in front of Kevin on a mission kind of fast walking. Poor Guy. Then I felt Kev grab my arm, (probably had to run slightly to catch me) and he turned me around. Again, this isn’t super odd behavior for us.. I believe I gave out a super wicked witch, “WHAT?” Did I mention cold and rainy? But then he began……..
Enter Kylie’s Blackout phase of the story.
No genuinely, I am almost positive I blacked out. This is the type of moment you start to think about a lot at this point in a relationship. Especially when someone like Kev, whom I have been with for 8 years, you imagine this moment with this person… then it is actually happening! So, I will give you the bits and pieces that I remember..
He said, ” So, your birthday is not really the reason we are here this weekend..” Then it was something about the best 8 years of his life, and he wants to spend forever with me.. and I think I was gasping, being dramatic, but in all the right ways.. and then he was on his knee. Or so the video shows that he was on his knee, I honestly felt like Dory in this moment with short term memory loss. Kev and I both couldn’t remember most of the moment. One thing I DO remember though…
As Kevin was going through his words, and being super super sweet, for a brief moment, I thought he was just saying something nice to me, having a sentimental moment… UNTIL. Out of the corner of my eye, like a cheetah in the jungle, I see my sister Stephanie, emerge from the bushes, iPhone in hand, video-taping us like the Blair Witch Project. That’s when I knew…. HOLY SHIT HE’S NOT KIDDING! And the rest is history… it was a really cool moment that I obviously had to be walked back through the morning after like a bad night of drinking, but in the best way possible. He whipped out the ring, and quite honestly you guys, I knew what it would look like already. Back when my sister was about to be engaged and I was designing her ring with Jeff, I had put my engagement ring ideas on ice. I knew EXACTLY what I wanted, and naturally Kev delivered.
Just being honest though, and a little sappy… I have been with Kev for so long, and I feel like we knew this day would come for so long, that he could have had a cheerio on a string and I would have said yes. I didn’t even glance at the ring until 2 minutes after I said yes and we celebrated. I always joke about all things bling and ring, but in that moment, that was the last thing on my mind. I just wanted to say yes to him and be engaged. I always told him, no matter what anyone says to us, that I wanted him to make this decision when he felt ready, not when he felt pressure. So I knew that him doing this meant he felt ready, and that was the best thing for me… that was the fulfillment of the weekend.
The rest of the night was AMAZZZZIIINNGGGGG. After the engagement, Kev had me convinced for about an hour that we were going to dinner, just Me, Kev, my sister Steph and her fiancé Jeff. However, when we walked into our reservation…. SCREAMS! All of our families, and closest friends were there, and I could actually cry thinking back to the moment. MY GRANDMA WAS ON FACETIME, I die for her!!! Kev planned out every little detail. As badly as I want to say, I have taught him so well, this is just the kind of guy he is… he remembered that I said I would want my family and friends there for when we got engaged. But might I add that Kevin’s memory when it comes to me is super keen. He can remember what I wore on our first date, and what I wore or said, 4 years ago on a Tuesday night in the Starbucks drive-thru. It’s kind of cute!
Our friends Leslie and Will sent us the most thoughtful Champagne toast, and one of our dearest friends from High-School Annemarie was able to join in on the excitement. It was all perfect! I wouldn’t have imagined it any other way. Bravo Kev!
The amount of love we have gotten in the past week over our engagement has been, UNREAL! All of my kids at the studio made me the sweetest video’s and cards, and it has really shown me how much family I actually have in my life. Blood family, friends family, and student family. Not that gifts are everything, but I have also received some of the most thoughtful gifts!
This leads me to my next story/idea for my readers.
I was starting to feel bad for Kev this past week. As our week went on, I kept getting gifts upon gifts for becoming engaged and they were all geared towards me! Things with our date on them, and mugs and ring dishes…. but none of them were pertaining to Kev. I started to feel bad that this was quickly becoming ALL ABOUT ME. I know, I actually just said that… but seriously I felt bad. Ya know, this guy goes out of his way to make this beautiful engagement happen, and I thought, well he got engaged too?
I came up with an idea, something from me to him, that would commemorate our engagement for Kev. Now whether or not this is totally necessary, I don’t know. This was just something thoughtful that I suddenly was very determined to make happen.
I know Kevin absolutely adores watches. I’m telling you, I have bought him every watch he owns, and he gets this crazed look in his eye whenever he gets a new one. He LOVES them. So, I thought, why don’t I get Kev a new watch with our date engraved on it to remind him of our engagement. Well, that was all it took! I quickly ran and picked up a GORGEOUS new MVMT Watch for Kevin. Ladies, if you do not know this brand…. We are obsessed. Yes, I said “We” because they are awesome looking watches, and the price is SOOOOO right. I have bought Kev a couple of these, and I will definitely continue to.
Needless to say, Kev absolutely LOVED this idea. I could tell he found it very thoughtful, and to me, it felt very personal between just us two. I got the ring and him, and he got the watch and me. Feels fair. I suggest this watch idea to any of you who were feeling the same way I was after getting engaged! This would also make a great gift, for anything or anyone! What I like about it, is that he knows what the back says, and what the meaning of the watch is.. and that to me is what was most important.
For now, we are just enjoying being engaged. It hasn’t entirely sank in yet, but I am sure it will once we start to plan everything. I like the idea of being engaged, so we are going to try and ride that out for as long as possible. We have my sisters Wedding coming up, and I want this time to be about her and Jeff, and their big day!!
For now, I want to leave this post with a question.. potentially an idea for another post?
What are your thoughts on Engagement Photo’s?
I have my opinions on them, and always have… but now that I am in this predicament, I feel like my opinion has swayed. Have you seen any cool ideas lately? I am not the kissy kissy, frolic in the woods type of engagement photo gal.. but I am down for a fresh idea! Let me know in the comments below. I am all about remembering the time of being engaged!
Off I go! Have a wonderful day!
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