This weeks bride's engagement day would make any girl jealous, no questions asked. Her man planned it all based around their first date (which was a trip to Destin!) and special memories they shared together. But not only did our bride have the perfect engagement, she also teaches us all a lesson in how to say no…
How did he propose?
While celebrating our anniversary with a delicious steak dinner, my fiancé pulled out the customized poster I am holding that he created in the picture shown above. The poster included different photos of the Destin Florida Beach as well as a photo of us on our first date in the college. He then asked me if I would accompany him on a trip back to that very beach so that we could celebrate our anniversary. With excitement about the trip, I eagerly held up the poster as our waiter captured this memorable moment.
In the picture shown above, I had no idea my fiancé was going to bring me back to that beach to propose! We spent the weekend dinning at ocean-view restaurants and taking late night strolls along the shore. My fiancé and I had our first date on this very beach during Spring Break when we had first gotten together, so this was such a romantic and memorable beach for us. On our final full day in Destin, my fiancé said that he wanted to prepare a picnic on the beach for us. He secretly set up our picnic within the beautiful Floridian sand dunes as I relaxed on the beach and received a nice three hour tan.
When he was finished, he covered my eyes and walked me over to the sand dune he had set everything up at. He uncovered my eyes and I was thrilled to see a beautiful lay out of many of our most treasured memories over the years. There were candles in the sand, a bouquet of roses made from strawberries, and a treasure chest full of wonderful memories. My fiancé pulled out a glass bottle with a scroll in it, and began to read to me. The letter described the deep unconditional love God had placed within his heart for me, and his deep desire to partake in a Christ-centered union with me as his partner until the end of time.
From behind my fiancé's back, he pulled out a ring box and displayed a beautiful marquise diamond engagement ring. He said: “Briana Janel Hughey, will you give me the honor of spending the rest of your life with me?” I eagerly screamed yes with ultimate joy and excitement. As we indulged in our emotional moment, he explained to me that the center diamond of the engagement ring had belonged to his late grandmother of whom he had always adored. I shed tears as I remembered that during our first date on this very beach, with our toes submerged in this very sand, and the wind blowing off this very ocean, he said:
“When I find a woman like my grandmother, I will marry her.”
Which wedding task are you struggling with the most?
My least favorite wedding task is having to tell people they are not invited to my wedding. I chose to go the more intimate route for the wedding ceremony & reception. I have invited only our closest friends and family to share our wedding day with us. So when I'm at the grocery store or running errands and I run into an old friend from ten years ago and they are wondering why they have not received their invitation to the wedding yet, it gets slightly awkward! It can be very difficult to express to someone that they are still special to you even though they may not be invited to your wedding. They become bummed 😉 However, If they were planning a wedding, they would desire the same mutual respect!
When it comes to weddings, it's all about etiquette & manners, but sometimes people who have never planned a wedding, have a hard time seeing and understanding from a bride's perspective. But ultimately, it's your decision who you want to be there, and they should respect and understand your wishes. So if you are having guest list issues like I did, cheer up! It will work itself out!
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