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If you haven’t heard, Paul and I are engaged! There are seriously no words to describe how excited I am that I get to marry my best friend! Paul is everything I have ever prayed for in a husband and I still can’t believe that he’s my forever. This is our “she said yes” moment on February 24, 2019!
We drove down to Houston from Dallas on Thursday night and I was so shocked that Paul came with me as he knew that I had a weekend full of weddings! On Friday night, Hailey and I had taught a hair and makeup class and Paul went to dinner with my family to ask them for “permission.” He never said that was what he was doing but I had a feeling that’s what was going on!
Rewind to two weeks before, Paul called Hailey to tell her that he had picked up the ring and that he had planned on proposing on this particular weekend! He put it in her hands to round up the troops and plan the location and timeline of the day so that I wouldn’t suspect anything. I am SHOCKED that they pulled this off because Hailey is the biggest blabber mouth of the century and I give her major props that she never spilled the beans! All of my family and friends were in on the surprise!
Fast forward to Sunday and we had plans for church and lunch! After service, I asked our best friends Hannah, Tyler, and Tayler if they wanted to go to lunch after with Hailey, Paul, and I. Hannah and Tyler had plans and Tayler was in! Tayler is building a house down the street from church and to stall while our family was arriving at Tiny Boxwoods, Tayler suggested that we go check up on her house. Once we pulled up to Tayler’s house, I realized we lost Hailey so I called her so annoyed that she didn’t make it through the gate. She came up with an excuse that she needed to go to Ulta but was actually going to the restaurant to make sure everyone got there in time.
We then left Tayler’s house and we were en route to Tiny’s! We parked on the back street behind the restaurant and I was still completely oblivious to what was about to happen. We walked through the nursery of Tiny’s and literally right past the building that everyone was hiding in. We walked over to this table with the most adorable succulents and that’s when Paul took my hands and got down one knee. At that point my ears were ringing and it felt like I was floating. No one could ever describe this feeling until it happens to you. I didn’t even really look at the ring, I just fell in to his arms and I was so happy that it FINALLY happened! I stood back up and put on the most BEAUTIFUL ring I’ve ever seen and that’s when I started to hear the shutter of someone’s camera! I looked over to my right and Hailey, my very best friend in the entire world Catherine, and another one of our best friends Courtney (who was taking pictures) were standing there and I just lost it! And then a big “SURPRISE!” echoes through the nursery and my best friends, my grandparents, and both of our parents ran towards us! The most magical moment of my life and I’m crying just thinking about this moment. So much love!!!
When I finally realize that everyone was there!
My family has always known that Paul was the one and I think they are just as happy and excited as I am that he’s going to be my HUSBAND!
MY WHOLE HEART! We are so blessed to have the most amazing family.
My person! Thank you for all you did to make this day perfect for Paul and I! I love you so much, MOH!
My sweet Hannah! So happy she was there!!!
My very best friend in the whole world, Catherine! She’s our triplet, our sissy.
We met through blogging, and now Tay is one of my very best friends!
One of my dearest and oldest friends, Katherine! ILY!
Catherine and Zach introduced Paul and I! Zach was living with Paul in Dallas and Catherine gave Paul my number! If it weren’t for these two we would have never met each other! They will be getting married this August! I can’t believe my best friend and I are engaged at the same time!
Courtney is the most amazing friend a girl could ask for! She had known about the surprise proposal for weeks and when we had lunch just two days before she was so cool and collected! I don’t know how she was able to keep this secret from me but she did! She also shot all of these photos and will be shooting our wedding! I couldn’t imagine life without her!
My girl Fallon! This girl has been my rock for almost 10 years! ILYSM!
The most amazing best friends a girl could ask for! These gals have been through it all with me and I couldn’t imagine celebrating this moment without them. I love you all so much!
Once everyone made their way inside to the restaurant we had a quick impromptu photoshoot with Courtney! It felt like I had fireworks shooting out of my fingers! So much joy, happiness, excitement, and love. These photos will forever be so precious to Paul and I. WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!
Photos by Courtney Leigh Photography