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The Proposal

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Now that I’ve been able to speak to most of my family and close friends, I’m able to share our wonderful proposal story!  It was an absolute blast of a weekend, and I was surprised every step of the way!

It all began, from my point of view, back in February.  Ray had booked a room for my birthday at a great hotel in Breckenridge where I was able to spend that weekend with great friends!  The following week, Ray had mentioned that he got a discount on the hotel for an off season weekend in the Summer because he wrote a great Yelp review.  So we’ve had this weekend planned for a significant period of time.  I then decided that I wanted to do a fourteener, thus the preparations began.  New hiking boots and a few 5+ hour hikes later and we were off to the races!

Friday night, we got to Breckenridge and had an early, relaxing dinner at a restaurant named Twist.  The restaurant had incredibly unique dishes and a fantastic view of the mountains.  Little did I know that our friends were having dinner two blocks away

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Early the next morning, we were off on our hike!  Ray normally does the directions for our hikes, so I didn’t even bother looking to see where we were supposed to be beginning the hike.  We were actually 9 miles away from where the hike was supposed to start!  But, that being said, it started off beautifully!

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Five minutes later, the friends that Ray had invited into town were following our exact path!

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Ray and I passed the location that he was intending to propose because he decided that the view wasn’t what he was hoping for with the proposal.  Which is when the hike went awry!  I continued to follow Ray… as he led me on a hike UP SKI SLOPES.  The hills were incredibly intense from my point of view and I had to take several breaks.  I kept telling Ray that I thought we were going the wrong way, but he seemed incredibly confident, so I let it go on for a while.  After ~20 minutes of what I thought was an incredibly intense hike, I was full on whining, telling Ray that he had no idea where he was going because this had to be incorrect.  So I sat down to eat some of the trail mix I made at home, drink some of my water, and toss on more SPF 30 while I also looked up trail maps on my phone.  Ray is lucky that I wasn’t getting service!  He kept telling me that I should stand up because I was going to get dizzy.  So I stood up slowly and turned around to tell him I was ready to keep going… but he was sitting there on one knee asking me to spend the rest of his life with him!!  Of course I start ugly crying and respond, “Shut the f*** up!”  Yes, really.  I said a swear word in my acceptance.  Please don’t spread the word!  But at least it shows I was really surprised, right?

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When I said that I wished somebody was there to take our picture, he told me that our photographers were at the base of the mountain!  So, of course, after actually putting on the SPF 30, I start running down the hill to see who was there!

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He had told a huge group of our best friends about the engagement months earlier!  Our friends flew across the nation from Chicago and Buffalo to surprise me on this incredibly special day!  I obviously made them stop for a picture where Ray had originally planned to propose. 🙂

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Afterwards, we went to our favorite low-key bar called Jake’s Dive Bar for a celebratory beverage.  Jake’s is full of dollar bills with notes written on them, so I posted one up that said “Miami Love” with the date (6/20/15) included.

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Afterwards we headed to a restaurant called The Dredge, that’s on an old barge in the middle of the river.  Ray and I decided to take the crew there because it has a fantastic view of mountains in the middle of the gorgeous town.

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Yes, every single chica bought a Breckenridge sweatshirt… the guys did not.

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By the next morning, almost everyone had left.  To be fair, many had been in town since Thursday.  Ray had even had lunch with several of them while I was working from home on Friday!  But it was great to be able to spend even a little time catching up with two of my best friends while meandering around one of my favorite mountain towns.

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And thus, this became one of the best, most exciting weekends of my life.  THANK YOU for everyone that celebrated with us either in-person or through your kind notes, calls, emails, and text.  We are over the moon and can’t wait to continue celebrating all year long!


Let me know if you have any tips for planning a crazy fun wedding!!

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  • Reply Becky Ellis

    Best wishes! Such a sweet story! Your fiancé sounds like a very special guy,

    June 30, 2015 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Barbara

    All your posts are so good – but I especially like this one! You two are the cutest and sweetest couple and I can’t wait to celebrate all year long — and many years to come — with you both! Hugs from Mom! xoxo

    June 30, 2015 at 7:28 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks, Barb! Looking forward to getting started with this wedding planning thing. We’ll have A LOT to talk about, haha! 🙂

      June 30, 2015 at 9:15 am
  • Reply The hungry homemaker

    Congratulations! What a great proposal, in a beautiful place!

    June 30, 2015 at 7:33 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks! Breck is stunning; now this has made it even more special to me! 🙂

      June 30, 2015 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Jamie

    Such a great story! I love how surprised you were and what incredible friends for being there! Enjoy the celebrations!!

    June 30, 2015 at 8:18 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      I know, I was FLOORED they could all keep the surprise for that long! Though I definitely thought some were ignoring me previously and I couldn’t figure out why, haha! 🙂

      June 30, 2015 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    Love it! He is a keeper for sure! So amazing that your friends were there, too.

    I am glad to know that I am not the only one who said something crazy at proposal time, too. 😉

    June 30, 2015 at 8:36 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      You did, too?!!? I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one!! So embarrassing, but it so perfectly captures the moment, ha!

      June 30, 2015 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    OH MY GOSH congratulations!!!!! This is the sweetest proposal story. I can’t believe your friends flew out there to be with you. What a special weekend!! I’m in the midst of wedding planning now (Sept 6 is the big day), but the only advice I have is to enjoy this time and don’t get too caught up in the details!! We set our date 12 months out from the time we got engaged so we would have plenty of time to plan our perfect day without getting stressed or overwhelmed.

    June 30, 2015 at 9:34 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Fantastic – and congratulations to you, too!! We’re going to try for close to 12 months, but we’ll be starting to look at venues soon. Hoping that’s a possibility… eek! 🙂

      June 30, 2015 at 10:22 am
  • Reply theartinpartyplanning

    Congratulations! Enjoy every minute!

    June 30, 2015 at 9:35 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks!! After looking at your 10 year vow renewal, we may need your advice on this one. 🙂

      June 30, 2015 at 10:23 am
      • Reply theartinpartyplanning

        Oh my gosh – anything you need, let me know! I’ve been married for 8 years, so I can only live through others 🙂

        June 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Harriet Suberlak

    Sounds like you had an incredible weekend

    June 30, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Snapshotsincursive

    Congratulations on a wonderful story to share with your children some day! (especially your acceptance response. lol) ?

    June 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply sayyestohappy

    This is such a sweet proposal story! Thanks for sharing! So happy for you and your new FIANCE! I love the idea of mountain hiking proposal 🙂 and I LOVE that your friends surprised you and flew in, how awesome!

    June 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks! The mountains have become such a symbol of our relationship. Conquering something wonderful, and always better when you commit yourself to getting to the top. I LOVED sharing that sentiment with so many of those close to us. 🙂

      June 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply chroncont

    What a wonderful and exciting proposal story! Much congratulations to you both 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays (and thanks for the Shout-out)!

    June 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Yes, it was incredibly exciting. And thanks for hosting. 🙂

      June 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Kylie McGraw

    I said “shut the f*** up” reading this! So much love and thought went into this weekend…you are marrying a good man!!! And you have great friends, so that’s a bonus:) Congratulations!!!

    June 30, 2015 at 9:42 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks – love that response, ha! It was incredibly exciting, and now wedding planning has already started to be a lot of fun. 🙂

      July 1, 2015 at 7:08 am
      • Reply Kylie McGraw

        Yay! Don’t let Pinterest and people stress you out…it’s YOUR day so have fun with it! 🙂

        July 1, 2015 at 10:57 am
        • Reply semisweettooth

          Love it! I’ll have to commit that one to memory. 😉

          July 1, 2015 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Cassie Cottura

    Congrats!! That is so exciting for you two!!

    June 30, 2015 at 11:46 pm
  • Reply laurenkahan

    Awe!! Congratulations! I LOVE that you said “Shut the Fuck up” hahaha. I think I said “Are you serious??!” And…I too complained because I was too tired when we went for a ginormous walk and our dog peed on me ha! #reallife 😉

    July 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Hahah, totally! That’s exactly what Ray said, too… good to know he still felt that way after I hadn’t washed my hair in 3 days, haha! 🙂

      July 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply olsensonabudget

    WHat a beautiful proposal. Congrats

    July 14, 2015 at 8:45 am
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