I’ve been pretty hesitant to announce my engagement on the blog. There’s a certain piece of my life I try to keep as private as possible (relationship and family stuff mostly). I was bulldozed into sharing a #ringfie on Instagram because a few people had seen it on my siblings’ Instastories and kept asking me questions or commenting on my other photos asking if I was engaged.
Truth be told, I’m still on cloud nine from the events that took place on April 13. I’ll probably never get off that cloud, ever. I wanted to write this blog post and share the happiest thing that has happened to me this year.
I won’t go into all the details of how he asked. I’d very much like to keep that to myself. We had talked about getting married, so I knew a proposal was coming. I made sure to drop a few hints about my “dream” proposal. My number one request was for a private proposal.
I wanted to ensure that this moment happened away from strangers’ Snapchats and Instastories. I wanted to be the one to let my family know that I was engaged, instead of having them find out online. Most importantly, I hate that people now use proposals as means to gain InstaFame and go viral. It’s supposed to be such a private moment between two people, and then family members.
My second request was the ring. I wanted something classic that I could stare at forever without getting tired of it. My style is simple and elegant. I wanted a beautiful halo-free ring with a gorgeous center stone. I started browsing Blue Nile a while ago to do some research on the 4 C’s… cut, carat, colour, and clarity. I wanted to inform myself before letting boyfriend know the kind of center stone I wanted, mostly for the cut.
For those who don’t know Blue Nile, it’s an online fine jewelry retailer, that allows you to build your own engagement ring the way you want. The website was useful in helping me choose the perfect cut for my ring. Over the course of about six months leading up to the engagement, I changed my mind over a million times. It was such a difficult decision to make because it’s the ring I’ll be wearing for the rest of my life, I wanted to make sure it was right.
I finally settled on radiant and showed boyfriend. At that time, I also promised to lay off Blue Nile and stop building makeshift rings on their website. It was hard because I’m a control freak the thought of laying things off drove me nuts.
The proposal took place the Thursday before Easter. It was such a beautiful moment that I forgot about the ring until he drew my attention to it. I cried even more when I saw it because it was the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. It was everything I dreamed of and more. As my newly minted fiancé slipped my beautiful radiant cut sparkler on my finger, I bawled my eyes out even more, thinking about how blessed and highly favored I am by God. He has truly blessed me with a man who goes out of his way to make me happy.
According to the boy, Blue Nile turned him into a diamond expert. He now knows everything about the 4 C’s and then some. I’m just glad his purchasing experience was more enjoyable than me changing my mind every day about what I wanted.
Our journey to marriage has now begun, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m not sure what it will mean for the blog, but I’m sure I’ll be sharing some wedding related content here. For now, I’m just enjoying being engaged and spending time with my forever.