{Love Story part 4} Surprise Engagement (on our Engageaversary!)

You can read the previous parts of our Love Story here:

Love Story Part One When I Lost Sight of Love

Love Story Part Two Rewriting My Story

Love Story Part Three Second Chances

Ryan and Katie Engaged

It was December 4, 2012, a cold Tuesday, and I was at the gym sweating to death in a spin class. Ryan and I had just moved into our new home 3 days prior and I was avoiding the monstrous amount of boxes yet to be unpacked by spending the evening at the gym, deciding to attend a hard spin class after my Pilates class.

I was barely able to walk out to my car as my legs felt like jello. That class was torture! Instead of being wise and taking the time to stretch, I rushed to get home, because Ryan would already be there waiting for me. As this was still one of our first nights together in our new home, I wanted to maximize our time. He was stopping at Home Depot to pick up some light bulbs. I called him on the drive home to ask him to pick up some nails as well, but got his voicemail. I was irritated and knew he wouldn’t listen to the message.

When I opened the door, he had yet to arrive home and he ignored my second attempt to reach him by phone. I couldn’t imagine where he could be. Now I was getting really irritated, especially since I had rushed home to see him. I hopped in the shower and figured he’d be home by the time I was out. As I was drying off, the door bell rung.

I couldn’t imagine who would be ringing the door bell. I was still damp from the shower and had soaking wet hair but figured I should probably make sure it wasn’t an emergency. It was 8 p.m. so it’s not like it was a delivery man or anything. I  quickly threw on sweats and Ryan’s xl law school sweatshirt and ran downstairs.

To my surprise, it was Ryan at the door. Honestly, at first I was annoyed, thinking he forgot his keys.

And then the magic started and my heart began to beat faster than it had in my spin class.

It took me a minute to realize that he was acting out the famous poster board scene from Love Actually, where Andrew Lincoln pronounces his love to Keira Knightley with simple, funny, yet profound words while Silent Night plays from a boom box. Here is a clip in case you need a reminder:

Once I opened the door, Silent Night began playing from Ryan’s cell phone and he began to hold up these messages written simply on poster board, while I stood shaking, slightly confused, and teary eyed in front of him.

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And as if reenacting this romantic scene wasn’t enough, he went and upped the ante by adding my favorite girl in the world, Taylor Swift into the mix.

After this card, “to me you mean everything”, Silent Night switched off and “Love Story” by Taylor Swift came on, perfectly timed at the dramatic point where she sings, “He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring, And said, ”marry me Juliet,  You’ll never have to be alone…”

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Once he dropped this last card to the ground he fell to his knee and his shaking hand pulled out the ring box. I was in shock! Part of me still couldn’t register what was going on! I remember saying “Is this really happening?” and “Yes! Of course, Yes!”.

It felt so unreal, like a scene out of a movie that you would never imagine happening to you in real life. The fact that I was in my sweats, soaking wet hair, make up free face made it that much more surreal.

I felt beautiful and I felt alive. This man really blew me away and I couldn’t have asked for a more original and from the heart proposal.

I couldn’t stop staring at the ring, or him, or the fact that after only dating for 10 months I had found the man I knew I was to share my life with. That that life was starting now. That I was living my dream.

After we both had time to register, celebrate, and stop shaking and crying we decided to really celebrate! I wanted to tell my parents in person, so after we popped some bubbly and I got dressed up a bit in a favorite little black dress, I called my parents saying that I had to come over because I forgot a prescription at their house.

It was so fun to surprise them with the news and celebrate together. They had a guess as to why I was urgently coming over to their home at 9:30 at night since Ryan had asked for their permission to marry me a few weeks ago. So sweet!

We called Ryan’s family next and then our friends. Honestly, everything still felt like a dream, we were just so incredibly happy! It made the holiday season so fun. I also got right on top of the wedding planning. Within 10 days we had our venue and date selected! What fun!

I was so happy to be caught off guard. Ryan’s proposal proved that he sincerely knows my heart. So grateful to have him in my life and to hold on to the memories from that special night one year ago.



xoxo katie

  • Pat (mom)

    I enjoyed reading your engagement story today. It was fun to experience the excitement again! What a fun night one year ago, followed by six months of planning and creating your perfect wedding! Happy one year engagement anniversary to you and Ryan.

  • Rachel G

    Awwww! What a sweet, sweet, story! It’s easy to see that he knew you well and knew exactly what to do! That’s pretty creative!

    • kwalshmac

      I was so surprised! He’s a keeper for sure 🙂

  • Such an amazing proposal story!! I love it 🙂

    And that scene in Love Actually gets me every time!

    • kwalshmac

      🙂 I mentioned to him that I loved that scene months before, and he remembered! I had to keep saying “this is happening, this is happening!”

  • i have chills and tears! this is so beautiful omg! i love this so much! GOOD JOB RYAN!!!!!!

    • kwalshmac

      🙂 i was shaking SO HARD, I couldn’t really believe this was happening. He’s going to be so proud to hear all of this praise! I really can’t believe he pulled off a surprise, I’m super super hard to surprise since I’m so type A!

  • And he wins engagement story wars!!! Jason was so nervous that it was such a mess and that was so perfectly him that romance wasn’t really THAT important. Slash, I get so awkward in romantic situations that it’s painful. 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      haha! Like I keep saying, I can’t believe something so romantic actually happened to ME! That man of mine – sigh! I would LOVE to hear more about your engagement story. Sounds like it fit you and Jason perfectly! plus, I’m sure you awkwardnes is a d o r a b l e!

  • Well damn. I am super partial to my own proposal story being “the best ever” but yours is completely amazing! He did a great job!

    • kwalshmac

      Yes, he sure did! He is loving all these comments haha! Now i want to hear your story! I just love love and proposal stories.

  • Wow, what an amazing and perfect moment! Your story gave me goosebumps! 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      Ryan is going to love all of this praise! It was perfect and honestly never thought I’d be that lucky!

  • I just read your whole love story, so sweet!!

    • kwalshmac

      Oh thank you! I LOVE a good love story. I think you can learn so much about a person by what they reveal in a love story. Thanks for reading, new friend!

  • sooooo romantic (and unique)!!!

    • kwalshmac

      Yes, I was BLOWN away and still am that I was lucky enough to get such a creative, romantic guy. They do exist!!