The Proposal

10:08 PM

Alright guys – I’ve had a bazillion questions about the proposal and after taking a week to just bask in my happiness and excitement, I’m finally ready to share the story :)

Our story is nothing you’d read in a novel – but it’s still my favorite. I had just made a major life change and moved to Chicago from Kentucky. I had no job, no money and was just hoping for the best! Joe had recently moved from Detroit to a suburb of Chicago and then from the suburb into the city. So basically we were both new to downtown Chicago and I think we both secretly had every intention of being single and exploring the city. But of course, fate had alternate plans.

In the three years we’ve been together, we’ve seen and done it all. We’ve experienced the highest highs and lowest lows, just like every other couple. I am a firm believer that no relationship is perfect, but during all the imperfect moments Joe and I have been through, I always knew he was the one worth sticking it out for. Joe inspires me to be the best version of myself. He is my biggest cheerleader, and best friend. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s funny and gorgeous – how did I get so lucky?!

Anyway, Joe proposed in a gazebo at the Italian Cultural Festival that his dad helps host every July in Michigan. It wasn’t a grand or elaborate proposal (he knew I would be mortified if he proposed via an airplane or something that would make me the center of attention!), but it was perfect for me and for us. He flew my mom in to be there, and his family was there and it was a special moment that I am so grateful to have captured with pictures (thanks future sister-in-law!!)

He says he had a huge speech planned, but only muttered out about 4 sentences before dropping to one knee lol. And if I’m being honest, I completely blacked out and didn’t even hear him ask me to marry him!! I was crying like a big baby, which I really thought I wouldn’t. I figured I’d be so excited when that day came that I wouldn’t cry. But instead I was so overjoyed and thankful to God that I get to spend the rest of my life married to my best friend, that the waterworks were on full blast. Truth be told, I’m getting emotional just typing the story!

About the ring – Joe knew I wanted something a little different that then the standard ring and boy does he know me well!! The ring was custom made by Joe himself and is rose gold (ladies – I’m obsessed). The setting is a much more exaggerated “V” since his last name is Ventimiglia and he put an engraving inside that says “Life is Beautiful” which is a special phrase from his late grandma so that she could be with us all the time. I know that a lot of women care about the size of “the rock”, but in all honesty that is the very last thing I care about. Knowing that Joe put SO much thought into creating a special ring for me, and knowing that he thinks highly of me enough to want to spend the rest of his life taking my blog pictures, waking up to my seriously atrocious bed-head, and listening to me doing my impersonation of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, is truly better than any diamond money could buy.

Be prepared to hear a lot more wedding details as this progresses! Right now, we have intentions of an October 2016 wedding, so we still have a while before actual plans need to be made (that’s what I am telling myself anyway). And I have no clue what the hell I am doing either, so I need all of your opinions as the ball gets rolling!!

Thanks for all the love, support and well wishes on social media too! You all are the best and I can't wait to share more details of this journey with y'all!