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Best Day Ever // Our Engagement Story


It’s only been what? Nearly 3 months since we got engaged, so I guess it’s finally time to dish on the ol’ blog about how it all went down…

Earlier in the week I had been feeling down, and in a good amount of physical pain from my back injury. So, on Saturday, Brett texted me and told me that he was planning an evening out for us, and to be ready by a certain time. After getting ready, we hopped in the car to start the night…Brett explained to me that this was a night of “the Adventures of Betsey & Brett”.

Our first stop was at the Classic Gateway Theater, it’s a vintage looking movie theater that has become the staple place around town to go see indie films. We were going to be seeing Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’. Aside from the obvious reasons of going to see it, I introduced Brett to the magical world of Wes Anderson when we first started dating. Can you believe he had never seen an Anderson movie prior to meeting me? I was shocked too. At one point we watched all his films over the course of a few weeks. Then when ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ came out, we went to go see it together at the Classic Gateway Theater. Back to the story!

Following the movie, we walked next door the this Italian restaurant, Il Mulino. Back story on that place, it was the place Brett took me on our first date. (Cue: All the “awwing”) Now, when I’ve told people the beginning of the story, they are pretty surprised that I had no idea where the night was going. If you had a bit of insight into our relationship, you’d understand why I was clueless up until the moment it happened. After stuffing our faces with delicious Italian food, we stopped at the frozen yogurt place where Brett told me how he felt about me for the first time. By this point, I was still clueless and just thought Brett was being sweet after my week of dealing with pain and stress. Looking back on it, it’s hilarious to think that I had no inclination of what was going on. And the final stop of the night, well sort of final, was at the local craft beer bar, Laser Wolf. It’s the place Brett and I first met.

I know, you are screaming at me. “How could you not realize what he was doing?”

After sharing a few fancy cherry sodas, we made our way back home. At this point, I was just thinking about how sweet and thoughtful he was for planning such a lovely night. When we got home, I got out of the car, and noticed one of the neighborhood cats was walking up to our house. Completely distracted by it, I didn’t realize that Brett had started saying all these sweet and wonderful things. (It’s ok, you can say it, I’m horrible.) And before I knew it, there was Brett, down on one knee in front of me at the walkway of our house holding a ring in his hand. I’m pretty sure my reaction consisted of lots of laughing, at some point saying the word “yes”, and lots of hugs and kisses.

As for the rings….yes, two rings.

Screen shot 2014-06-20 at 11.32.30 AMFor the actual proposal, he presented me with an amazing Pamela Love ring that I’d be obsessing over for months and months. He was a super good detective, and tracked it down! I was so surprised that he remembered. However, he explained to me that it was just to be used a place holder until we find the “official ring”. Apparently, he and my parents had been going back and forth for a few weeks trying to pick out what I might like, but in the end he decided to leave it up to me. Side note: Yes, my parents knew! Brett spoke to my father about his plan. So sweet.

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So there you have it, the official engagement story. Whew. That was quite a lot of story to get out. I know it sounds a bit like, “and then we went here and did this” etc etc, but that’s how the night went and I couldn’t be happier about it. The photo obsessed person inside of me wishes I have a photo of the moment it all went down. But to be completely honest, the actual me is happy that the moment was just ours, and only ours. So much so that I didn’t call or tell anyone until the following day. I just wanted to take it all in and be selfish with it for at least a few hours.

Now it’s time to get back to the wedding planning. . .

P.S. – I’m going to group all the wedding related blog posts under the category title, “Best Day Ever”.

A Burst of Motivation at 3am or That Book Everyone is Talking About…


Last night, we went by the bookstore so I could pick up some new issues of (gasp!) wedding magazines. And while walking around, I came across the most talked about book right now: “#GirlBoss” by Nasty Gal Owner Sophia Amoruso. I’ve seen it all over Instagram etc, but was a little skeptical about reading it because my interest in NG has faded over the years. But, after flipping through it a bit, I gave in and picked up a copy.

So, now here I am, a few days later and nearly done with the book. I cannot put it down. The first night, I was up reading until 3am buzzing with inspiration, motivation, and tons of new ideas just waiting to be worked on. Since my car accident, I’ve been in a bit of a slump and more recently my lack of creativity has really gotten worse. So much so that even Brett has noticed and showed some concern about what was going on with me. Quite honestly, I’ve just felt stuck, and like I’m floundering around from job to job, and trying to figure out — as silly as this sounds — what I “want to do with my life”.

After a long talk with Brett, we’ve made some concrete decisions, but I am not able to discuss them at the moment. SORRY!

However, back to the book…after the first chapter, I felt like Sophia herself was in the room, shaking me by the shoulders and screaming “Wake up Betsey! What are you doing?!” Sounds sooooo cheesy, guys, I know. I know. But, what can I say? This is just one of those books that has called my attention to get my ass moving and to get back on track with the vintage store, the blog, and a massive upcoming project that’s in the works. I promise, I’m not just saying that to sound “cool” or like “I’ve got big things in the works”. I’m just not legally allowed to discuss any of it, yet. But, in time. Hopefully, within the next few weeks/months.

In the meantime, here’s to new motivations and feeling inspired again.

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