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We’re Engaged!

As many of you know, I am now a fiancé! Colin popped the question this weekend, and we could not be happier! Many of you have been asking for deets about how it went down, so I will lay it out for you here 🙂

About a year ago, Colin asked me to accompany him to a wedding. We had been talking on and off for about a year or so after our second summer at Camp Walden, where we met. So I happily accepted his date request, and I made the trek to Virginia to be his date to this wedding. It was at that wedding last June that he asked me to be his girlfriend. And, I kid you not, I had texted one of my friends while there and said “Yep, this is the man I’m going to marry.”

Fast forward through the past 10 months. Our relationship has had one common theme – travel. We both have a strong passion for traveling – moving to Florida together, visiting Texas, Maine, and more.

*Colin has been working in Maine since about February, and he comes home whenever he can for a few days at a time. So we had both planned to be back in Florida on Sunday night*

So a few weeks ago, I booked a plane ticket to Indianapolis. I had found a relatively cheap flight, and had planned on having a girls weekend with Courtney and Chellsey. I arrived Friday night, and we hit the town at our usual spots, followed, of course, by pizza. Saturday was mostly identical to the night before. But little did I know, Colin had decided on Saturday that he wanted to ask me to marry him…and he wanted to ask as soon as possible. He booked a ticket that night from Atlanta to Indiana for 6 A.M. Sunday morning (he was in Atlanta because he had had extreme travel fiascos on Friday, so he decided to make a detour to see his family in ATL).

Us girls made plans for brunch, but Courtney told us she was unable to attend due to a bridal shower…in reality, she had gotten up early Sunday morning to pick up Colin from the airport. So the whole time, I’m just thinking Chellsey and I are going to get dressed up and get some Bloody Mary’s. Her job was to get me dressed and get me to Monument Circle. Knowing I love to always take pictures for my blog & Instagram, she suggested we take pictures at the circle (which is a short walk from her downtown apartment – see below).

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So we get dressed & head that way. As we are walking, I point out how there’s nobody on the steps – which is perfect, because then nobody will judge us as we take a million pictures of each other. We get closer, and out pops Colin.

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Here’s a picture Courtney snapped before hand – of him waiting on the steps, re-reading the letter he has written me

And when I tell you my heart nearly, stopped, I am not lying! My first thought was “Oh God, something terrible has happened and Colin is here to console me!” But the next 5 minutes were a total blur. I run up the steps to give him a hug, because hello, it’s been about a month since I’ve seen him (he was in Maine for work)! A proposal didn’t even cross my mind, because we had been counting down the hours until we saw each other and I was just so excited to see him.

When we travel, or at least when I travel without him, Colin always makes a point to hide little notes in my bags – notes that say things like “for the plane” or “for the first night” or “for the flight home.” So as we are standing on the steps of the monument (see picture below), he pulls out a note from his pocket that says “for the rest of our lives” and at this point, I had a feeling what was going to come next.

I open the note (we are standing on the steps, and I can see sneaky Courtney come out from hiding with her camera, and Chellsey snapping pictures), and it is similar to the many notes he has written before – except this time, it ends differently. The note reads:

Megan – I’ve missed you like crazy, the distance between us has killed me but I knew above all that our love for each other would never waiver. Since our relationship began, there has been one central theme – travel. From our 1st trip together to Albany where you became my shotgun rider, to the wedding in DC, and everything between Texas and Maine, we have been by each others side. So I decided to add Indy to our list of last minute destinations.

Now at this point, I am full on crying because I know what is coming. Colin is standing in front of my holding my hands, and he asks me to let him know when I get to the end of the letter (I had been reading silently, so I start reading out loud). In the letter, he goes on to quote my favorite author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

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“I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”

At the end of the letter is the question “Will you marry me?” I read it aloud, and Colin gets down on one knee, pulls out a ring, and asks me to spend the rest of my life with him – and of course I could not get the word “yes” out of my mouth fast enough!

He also informed my parents that this would all be happening, so he had them drive down to Indianapolis, and we all had brunch together downtown. This was truly the best day of my life thus far. Feel free to check out the pictures below – I know I sure can’t stop looking at them (shout out to Courtney Stewart for being the world’s greatest friend and photographer!!!)

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