For our anniversary I surprised Emily with a three day getaway to South Beach, Miami – one of our favourite getaway destinations and where we first exchanged the words “I love you”.
I secretly arranged with her boss to get the Friday off, so we flew out that Friday morning. We stayed at one of her favorite hotels, The Perry (previously The Gansevoort), and we enjoyed the many amenities it had to offer, most notably the rooftop pool. We went to our favorite nightclub, LIV, to see LMFAO play live and on the following day, dined at our favourite restaurant Barton G, known for their over-the-top meals, iPad menus and romantic outdoor seating.
Everything seemed to be going to plan, and Sunday seemed like an ideal time to propose, however Hurricane Debby had other ideas. We were kept inside by torrential rain and wind, so I called the proposal off, with the ring still hidden in my pocket.
We went back to New York on Sunday afternoon, relaxed and happy, but not engaged.
I was determined to make this happen and Monday seemed like the perfect time to try again. Monday was our true anniversary day, so I arrived home early and decked out our apartment with roses, candles and fairy lights. We both exchanged anniversary gifts, had dinner and was soon off to sleep. Just before falling asleep, I mentioned that I had another surprise.
I turned off the light, told her to close her eyes, got the ring and came back into the room. I got down on one knee, turned on the bedside lamp and simply asked her “Will you marry me?”. After about fifteen seconds of staring at me like a stunned rabbit, she burst into tears, grabbed me and said “Yes!”.
We reflected on reality for a while and then stayed up into the wee hours of the morning calling family & friends, as well as responding to the Facebook notification frenzy.
From here, I very much look forward to spending our lives together, getting used to the word ‘fiancé’ as well as designing all of the wedding collateral.
On that topic, do you have any tips or suggestions for weddings / invites / etc.? Pinterest’s wedding section has been great so far.
72 thoughts on “JUST Engaged!”
Congrats Jacob! My proposal was similar as far as plans falling through because of weather, proposing in bed seemed to be just as romantic though. Enjoy it! Your wedding day will be here sooner than you know:)
Congrats Jacob! You did it right sir! Hoping for the best for you two!
Congrats Jacob! Time to design those wedding and shower invitations 😉
I’m getting married next Friday and one tip I can give you is to start planning early. There are plenty of Apps for your phone to keep track of when things have to be done to be ready on that special day. Another thing is to make sure to inform people from out of town as early as possible so they can make plans as well. And stay calm through all that!
I’ve used pre-made Wedding stationary sets and designed my invitations/route sheets/reply cards myself. I just remembered, I still got to make the schedule of events sheet…got to go…
Downloading an app is a great idea, thanks for that Frank. Will try stay calm as possible thoughout the process.
Congrats mate! Sounds like a good story!
We made a website for our invites where guests could login and select who can come and write messages. Worked quite well 🙂
Looking forward to seeing what ever you come up with!
What do you mean by your guests choosing who could come? I think the site is a good idea, glad it worked well! Thanks!
Awwww, congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you.
Best of wishes Jacob! I wish you both a world of happiness!
Congratulations to you both, look forward to seeing the wedding invites etc
Hi Dude, I am your big fan and you are such an inspiration in my logo design and branding. Thanks for sharing each and every moment of your life, it helps me a lot!
By the way many, many congratulations! May God bless you Both. Cheers!
Congrats! What a wonderful story! And creative too! I design handcrafted wedding stationery that tells YOUR story once it pops out of the envelope! I have written several articles on wedding stationery components and have one coming out soon on the wedding stationery timeline. Would love to chat with you if you need some more direction. Hopefully, you’ll find the Sage & Time Designs website helpful! Congrats again!
A new chapter. Congratulations 🙂
Congratulations! Marriage is wonderful!
Planning advice: Try not to let family expectations dictate how your day goes. And try not to stress too much over one day either. It’s the lifetime that comes afterwords which needs the most attention/preparation.
Congratulations and happy married life Jacob.
Congratulations!!! 🙂 Jacob. From Ecuador.
Congrats and best wishes!
Best proposal! Congratulations and all the very best!
Wish you both the best! Congratulations!!
Jacob, Good morning.
Many, many congratulations to both of you. Best wishes for both of you. God Bless.
Love and Regards,
Rupam from Assam, India
Best wishes for both of you. God Bless.
Congratulations! I go to the University of Miami, but I am in Korea for the summer.
LIV and the Perry are awesome place to experience Miami. Ahh I wish I was at LIV on Friday, maybe I could have had a chance to see Jacob in real life!
Next time you go to Miami, try Scarpetta at Fontainbleau (and LIV after). It’s delicious!!
Yeah, really love LIV and the Perry! Maybe next time we are there! I will check out Scarpetta too.
The award for marriage proposal of the year goes to…
Congratulations to you guys. Wishing you a happy married life. Thumbs up Jacob, you’ve been a true source of inspiration.
Your Biggest Fan,
Congratulations Jacob and Emily! Enjoy your life together…I’m wishing you the best, and the best is yet to come!! Check out http://www.mypetalpushers.com for some floral ideas—my daughter writes their blog!! Hope all goes smooth in the wedding planning!!! (I’m a fan of your blog)
Woot! Congrats Jacob! JUST the best of luck to both of you. 🙂
Congratulations Jacob! That ring looks just like the one I gave my wife. Many happy years ahead of you!
Haha, now i can congratulate you!
Congratulations Jacob! Getting married is a great thing.I got married on 11-11-’11, and i had a beautiful day. I hoop you both have that same wonderful day as well. JUST ENJOY.
Ow btw, a funny thing is that it takes some time to get used to the word ‘wife’, cause you’re used to the word ‘girlfriend’. You’ll see ;D
Greeting and the best wishes from the Netherlands
I’m quite enjoying ‘fiance’ for now!
Congratulations!! It was your destiny to go to the USA. I’ve been reading all what you have been through during your time living in the USA (personal life and work)…and now you got engaged!! WOW… I really wish the best for you both! God bless!!
lol “Hurricane Debby had other ideas”… nice recovery man! And congratulations!
Hi Jacob, Congratulations to both, God bless
WOW.. so romantic. Congrats..
Best of wishes for both of you.
As for inspiration, I got this (a bit extreme, but the idea is great),
It’s from a portuguese illustrator, Manuel Morgado.
That’s a really unique idea. Executed well too! Thanks for sharing!
Congrats! Every happiness! Wishing u a long happy life together
Perfectboundblog.com has some great creative ideas.
You should be adventurous and take Emily for a juicy meal at the Outback Steakhouse.
Congrats Jacob! Best Wishes
Thank you everyone for your congratulations & well wishes! Really appreciate it, as well as all of you on Facebook!
My 19th Wedding Anniversary is coming up – I got married at 20 yrs. old. Best decision I ever made. My wife and kids are my biggest inspirations.
I wish you all the happiness in the world!
Congratulations for Jacob & Emily!! yaaay =D Wishing you a long happy life together
Congrats Jacob!! May I say that has to be the coolest looking bar and pool I have seen and the ring is not to shabby either!
Congratulations Jacob! Quite a stepping stone in your life. I wish you and your fiancé all the best! Such a lovely couple.
CONGRATULATIONS big time… Very good news to hear…
Hey Jacob, congratulations to both of you 🙂
Congrats, Jacob! And good for you for getting down on one knee like a real man 😉 My hubby proposed in much the same way, and we are having a blast being married! So I think you’re off to a great start 🙂
Congrats Jacob. Wish you a great married life mate. Love the blog BTW.
Congratulations Jacob ! Warm wishes for your amazing future.
Congratulation!!!! Jacob!!! Have an awesome wedding !!!! :D:D:D
Congratulations to a beautiful couple.
Wishing you both the happily ever after you deserve.
Florin Negrut from Iasi, Romania
Hi Jacob, a longtime fan of yours and my first time commenting just to say congrats. Wishing you and your fiance the best of luck.
Hi Jacob congratulation to both of you 🙂 lovely couple
I read your blog regularly via gogle currents but this is the first time I’ve commented.
I designed our own wedding card in India a few years ago and I still love the fact that it is unique, handmade, represents both my husband and I and our taste and still had a bit of Indian tradition to it. It’s at the link… http://aratidevasher.blogspot.in/2009/03/wedding-card-arati-and-dhruv.html … There was another version for my husbands parents to send out, but I can’t find the images now and the actual cards are in storage, but it used the same motif and font but was more masculine in green, cream and gold.
Plan ahead and enjoy the day itself, don’t stress, it’s easier than it seems along the way.
Ah very nice Arati, congrats! I believe we will be using a square based design too, but more minimal.
Cheers! All the best!
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