April 22nd, 2012


My 25th birthday is coming up next Monday and this past weekend my bf decided to take some time to spoil me rotten in preparation for it. His sister, who lives in L.A., was planning a visit back to Raleigh, so he made dinner plans for us to meet with her and her new boyfriend at my favorite restaurant downtown. Because this dinner was to, not only meet Michelle’s new boyfriend, but also to begin celebrating for my birthday, my bf Ryan, decided that I should have a whole new outfit and have my nails done for it. He took me out shopping on Saturday for an adorable dress, Sunday he treated us both to massages, and immediately following a manicure & pedicure for myself. Neither of us have really had the money to go out and spend on one another, so this whole weekend was an absolute treat.

Little did I know, my super sweet, romantic boyfriend had some other plans surprised for me. After the four of us finished eating I excused myself to the restroom and when I got back Ryan’s sister and boyfriend were gone. I didn’t think much of it, sat back down, and took his hand that was reached out across the table looking for mine. Before I knew it, he proceeded to tell me how special I was to him and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. My heart began to race, hard. We had both had a little alcohol with dinner, and he does have a tendency to get shmoopy when he drinks, but this was different somehow. Before I could come to the conclusion that he was proposing he pulled out the most beautiful diamond ring I have ever seen. I was instantly overtaken by emotion and started to cry. I put the ring on, wrapped my arms around his neck, buried my face into his chest and cried. After I finally managed to stop crying he politely pointed out that I had not yet said yes.

After the “OF COURSE IT’S A YES!” came out, he informed me that a birthday party of my friends and family were waiting for me upstairs. I once again excused myself to the bathroom in hopes of regaining composure before facing everyone upstairs.

We walked into a room of excited friends and family, including Jessica Yakamna, a friend of Ryan and I both who was photographing the event. I cannot praise this girl enough. I have worked with her a few times in the past on random, fun, and sexy photo shoots and I always love the results. Jessica not only has a great eye for lighting and angles, but she is extremely easy to get comfortable with and have a good time. It is totally possible that I am biased, but she is still really amazing! Here are some beautiful shots from my engagement/birthday party: My Favorite Raleigh Restaurant

I love this picture and I love this place! I use to work for one of the guys who owns it now, Woody, and I want to support it any chance I can. We also had our company Christmas party here, which was fabulous, and very reasonably priced.

You can’t see the ring extremely well, but this is still such a beautiful shot of the ring on my finger. I also really love the way the champagne looks in front of the lights.

The entire experience was extremely overwhelming, but absolutely amazing. My Mom, brother, and Jess (my brother’s fiance) all showed up, and Ryan’s Mom came too! I only wish I had more of an opportunity to talk to everyone.

Unfortunately, I felt like I didn’t get to see Ryan very much at all, but we at least found time to sneak in some kisses.

It’s all still sinking in now. I am so happy and excited I can barely stand it. Having this ring on my finger will certainly help in the whole wedding planning process too! 🙂

We haven’t picked a date, and probably won’t for a while, but I am still really excited.

Please check out Jessica’s work if you have not yet. I personally can’t wait to start throwing engagement photo ideas her way.

2 thoughts on “April 22nd, 2012

  1. I’m so happy for you, Chrissy! Do you know if we can order just digital copies of the photos from that night? I’m not sure if I saw that as an option on the website.

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