Hey girl hey!
Happy September! Cheers to new goals, habits and things!
Soooo, I’ve been gone for good reasons this time. However, if you follow me on Instagram you would know this already. Girl, I got engaged! Yes, the boyfriend of my dreams got on one knee and proposed to little ol’ me.
A lot of people asked, “did you know it was coming?”
Yes, I did know. Last Spring, we started to take premarital classes at our church so it was evident that we both wanted to get married to each other at that point. By the way, I totally recommend premarital courses to everyone that wants to get married! Prior to premarital counseling, we’ve been together for about three years. We knew a lot about each other, but premarital counseling revealed so much more that we didn’t touch upon in our relationship.
Soooooo, I know you’re probably wondering “how did it happen?”
My boyfriend (now fiancé haha) and I planned to go to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for our last vacation. We’re both teachers so for our last summer vacay we decided to go for a bit of fun, relaxation and to refill spiritually. I signed up to go to the Pinky Promise conference which took place during the same time I was down there. By the way, I loooved Fort Lauderdale y’all! Call me boring, but there’s a time to go to Miami and there’s a time to just chill. That’s all I wanted, not a turn up haha!
Anyways, the day he proposed (July 25th) we had such a chill morning. I wore ZERO makeup (not even brows haha). We went to go get breakfast and then we both worked out at the gym. Shortly after, we went to the beach and just had a chill time. Jose (my fiancé), kept saying he had to call his co-worker to discuss school work so he stepped away to call. I found that to be odd because summer classes were done, but I let it slide. Shortly after the beach and the phone call, it started to rain and we ended up just watching Black Love Doc. BEST SHOW EVER! I love the transparency and realness.
Anyways, Jose was going in the day before about having a date night the day of the proposal.
He wanted to have a romantic walk on the beach, but plans got cancelled due to the rain. WHOMP WHOMP! Pinky Promise was having Worship Night the same night, so I assumed that date night would be cancelled. Assuming this, I turned to Jose and said “I’m about to go to the worship night”. HE REFUSED Y’ALL! He never refuses worship and rarely goes in about a date night. He was like “No, you said you’re going to spend time with me today!”. Haha! Still, I didn’t think anything of it. He changed plans from walking on the beach to going to this bomb steak restaurant called Steak 954 located in the W Hotel. So good! After a short wardrobe crisis (because I under packed), we left to go to the restaurant. Thank God, I found a decent outfit.
We arrived to the restaurant and Jose seemed STRESSED!
I saw him whisper “oh my gosh” to himself. I kept asking him “what’s wrong?” and he kept saying “Nothing.”I got louder and louder because It was clear that he was hiding something! He then left the table out of nowhere. Guys, I thought he was sick haha. The waitress came over to take our order, but I said hold off on food because I think we have to go. He returned to the table and then said “ His chest hurts”. It was a bold face lie! He wanted me to empathize with him so I can get off his back. He then got up again! During this whole time he is communicating with the photographer and restaurant about the proposal. In my mind, I’m thinking he’s sick. He returned to the table and I start to express my love for him and how important it is to let me know things (especially because of his medical history). Tears even fell! Shortly after, the tone at the table lightened up and I showed him a video on Instagram of someone proposing to his girlfriend and the girlfriend said no. Probably the worst thing I could show him. I know! But the conversation kept flowing as normal.
Our waitress finally returned to the table with “complimentary champagne”.
She said “ I know that your day has not been going as planned so take this, go out front and just enjoy the beach”. Girl, she had me sold before we even ate the food! Mind you, this was all a setup to get me outside so he can propose. We get outside and Jose says “Emari, we’ve been together for a while. I put up with your stuff and you put up with mine. I can’t wait to spend my life with you.” My smart self said “well, I’m still waiting”. THEE PERFECT SEGUE.
He then took out the ring and asked “Will you marry me?”.
Of course, I said yes! I am head over hills and cannot wait to marry the love of my life. This year will be hectic and full of planning, but I’m sure it’s worth it.
*The full story with details is on my Instagram Highlight*