We’re Getting Married!!!!

by Jenny on October 25, 2011

Finally…the recap you all have been waiting for!  Here’s the scoop on our ENGAGEMENT!! :)

As you already read, Tuesday in Napa we spent the entire day limo-ing it from one winery to the next doing tours and tastings and after four stops with tastings, an additional bottle of wine at lunch and a bottle of champagne to kick off the day one could say I was not of the sober state. :)

When we got back to the hotel, we all wanted to enjoy some time in the pool and hot tub and before long the mix from the heat in the hot tub, all the alcohol we had consumed and the fact that I had stopped drinking all started to get to me. We made our way back to our respective rooms to rest up and shower before our planned dinner in downtown Napa. The next thing I know I found myself face down on a towel on the floor of our room complaining about how unwell I felt.

Little did I know at that time but Brian had just went to the front desk of the hotel to see if my ring had been delivered (he had it shipped directly from the jeweler) and was probably beyond nervous about what to do with me in my current state.

After a shower and a little down time I was feeling waaaay better and was ready to rally for the second part of our day. I asked Brian if he still wanted to take the walk that he had earlier mentioned through the vineyard at the resort and he replied with, “sure”. At this point, I was getting suspicious. He was the one that first suggested the walk and now he seemed nervous and on edge…hmmmm.

We walked through the vineyard, climbing stairs and a hill that led us to a quiet little spot with a gazebo.

By this time I could tell that something was definitely off with Brian. I was leaning against him as we looked out over Napa Valley and his heart was beating out of his chest! I knew either something was up or I was wrong about how in shape he is!!

I can’t recount for you exactly what was said because I don’t remember much of it after he started with, “this moment is almost perfect…”

I know there was talk about how it could actually be perfect (if I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him), I know there was getting down on one knee, I know there was shock from me and some laughter and I know he asked if “that was a yes”.

And the next thing I knew…he was slipping my dream diamond ring on my hand and we were engaged!

After the shock and amazement of the moment wore off, we walked back down to the hotel lobby to meet Matt and Jen for dinner, as was our original plans. They offered for us to go to dinner on our own but we wanted to celebrate with them as well so we kept with our original plans to have dinner at Fish Story.

I can’t recall much of dinner for you either because everything was such a daze.

We toasted the engagement with champagne and enjoyed more wine and a nice meal, all the while getting texts and phone calls from home as the news spread from family to friends back here.


It was an overall wonderful night and I couldn’t have asked for a more surprising, beautiful engagement. The setting in Napa Valley was breathtaking and the moment was perfect. Well, after I agreed to spend the rest of my life with him, that is. :)

(Side Note:  The pictures of us actually at the gazebo were taken the next day when we went back for a little mini photo shoot at the scene of the crime :) !)


If you are engaged, where/how did it happen?

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 vintageage October 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Congrats!!!! We are engaged together!!!


2 Jenny October 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Wait…what?!?!?! When did this happen?!?!?! CONGRATS TO YOU TOO!!!!!


3 sanfranschooling October 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I was smiling the entire time reading this post! Congrats, so happy for you guys!!! :)


4 Jenny October 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Aww Thanks Laur!! So happy you got to meet him beforehand too! :)


5 Sarah October 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm



6 Jenny October 26, 2011 at 11:14 am



7 Katie October 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

My favorite picture is the one where B’s on his phone and you are texting. And you should’ve put the same clothes on for the reinactment.


8 Jenny October 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

Haha we should have! Dang it!!!


9 Kathryn October 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

love this story! xoxoxo


10 Jenny October 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

Thanks Kathryn!! Can’t wait for YOUR WEDDING next weekend!!! ekkkkK!!!!! :)


11 tina October 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

yeah so happy for you guys. I love the picture of the ring down the grape stem. Your cousin 1st planned on asking me at the Shana Twain concert when she sang from this moment. But as luck would have it my x-husband seat where right behind us. The very next row same seat numbers and all. So a few days later after I had made dinner for Rein’s Birthday, was getting my shoes on and he sat on the floor next to me. And ask if I would make him as happy as Mary (your grandmother) made chuck and Gloria made Rein. I said no but I would marry him any way.. The rest you know, you where there. Can’t wait for the wedding.


12 Jenny October 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

Haha I never knew that full story about the concert!! That’s just your luck that your ex would be sitting right there!


13 Meaghan October 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Yes! Love the story of your engagement. I agree with some of the above comments. LOVE how excited you two are in the pic of you both calling and I adore the ring on the grapes pic. Can’t wait to see it in person tomorrow! Congrats mama!


14 Jenny October 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thanks again Meaghan!! Can’t wait to see you tonight !:)


15 Candi October 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Jenny I love this story! It’s too cute! You guys are so adorable together and I’m so happy for you! :) CONGRATS!! Oh and the ring is beautiful!!


16 Jenny October 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

Thanks Candi!!!!!!! :)


17 Moriah October 25, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I’ve been waiting for the engagement recap! It looks/sounds like it really couldn’t have been more perfect! Congratulations again!

My husband’s and my engagement story goes like this: J asked me to go with him to a comedy show in Baltimore…on a Saturday afternoon. I thought that seemed weird, but I didn’t dwell on it too much. That morning as I was getting ready to go, I noticed J standing in the doorway watching me nervously, and I couldn’t understand why he was acting like we were running late or something. On the drive down to Baltimore, he kept gripping the steering wheel and taking deep breaths, and I asked him what was wrong. He muttered something about “traffic” (which was moving along just fine). We finally arrived in Baltimore, and we pulled into our usual parking garage on Gay St. I thought I saw a car that belonged to friend of ours, but figured it was just coincidentally the same kind of car with the same Penn State sticker.

J took my hand, and we walked over to Inner Harbor by the water. As we approached the crescent stairs by the Pavilion and Tir Na Nog, etc., he said to me, “You like Baltimore, right? Since we had our first date here and everything?” I said, “…Yes…?” J went on and said something about how he wanted our first kiss to be there by the water, but what he was about to do was going to make that spot much more special. He pulled out a box and got down on one knee, and people who were walking by stopped to watch. He asked me to marry him, and I nodded and pulled him up to hug him. The people around us started clapping, and (of course) I was crying.

After a minute of composing myself and putting the ring on, J pointed up to the balcony outside Urban Outfitters. I saw a group of at least 20 people waving and shouting at us, and I looked and J and said, “Who are all those people?” He told me that my parents were up there, his parents, some of our friends, and some of his family members. They had all watched the whole thing, and his mom got some great “paparazzi” pictures of the proposal! After that, the group of us went out on a lunch cruise to celebrate, and caught an O’s game after spending the afternoon at Harborplace. Such a great day!


18 Jenny October 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

That’s such a cute story!!!! I love how nervous the guys get!! Like we are going to say no or something?! :) So cute that he had your family and friends there as well!! I love it! :)


19 Lisa October 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I love the pictures. Congrats again :)


20 Joey October 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

Congrats!!! How exciting & romantic! Looking forward to seeing all the details play out! :)


21 Jenny October 31, 2011 at 9:21 am

Thanks!!!! I will definitely be posting them all!


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