Every girl dreams about her perfect proposal. What she doesn’t realize is that it’s not the elaborate plan that takes your breath away, but the act itself.
This summer Mike and I decided that we were going to get a hike in before work each week. We both have crazy work and travel schedules so the evenings can be difficult to have a date night. It also gets our energetic border collie Bridger some more exercise. For the past few weeks Mike had been saying we should get one last hike in this fall before the winter weather starts rolling in. I told him that Thursday or Friday were good days for me, so he decided on Thursday.
When I woke up at 6:30 am on Thursday morning I was exhausted and a little grumpy. I hadn’t slept well because Bridger was pacing all night before we finally kicked him outside. Mike popped up out of bed and started packing his backpack with our jackets, water bottle, etc. We packed Bridger up in the car and were off to grab breakfast burritos and a coffee from our usual shop downtown on our way to our favorite Waterworks trail head. It is one of my favorites because it isn’t very difficult and I am not a fan of strenuous hikes early in the morning!
On our way to the trail head the weather was not looking promising. It was cloudy and I swore it was going to rain! Mike said “It looks like it’s pretty sunny that way!” and pointed towards the direction we were headed. When we got to the trail head there was no one else there due to the weather which was about to work out perfectly- little did I know. We bundled up, started on our hike and talked the whole way up the hill. I brought up our friends and the year we had ahead, the probable weddings and how crazy time was flying and how old we were getting. Mike immediately changed the subject and said “Is that a bear over there in the distance?” Still laughing at that one.
We made it to the top and Mike asked if we should take a picture. Again, I was oblivious to what was going on because I almost always want to take one at the top of our hikes. There was a wooden post that was the perfect height to put my phone on, so I set up the timer and we took one. Mike then mentioned that we should take one more..
This is the point in this blog post where my words cannot give the moment justice. When I walked over to to put my arm around Mike for our second picture, he immediately smiled and dropped to one knee. I remember him muttering some words that went along the lines of “Brittany Quick I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” But I wish I could remember MORE. Mike claims the first word that came out of my mouth when he got down on my knee was “WHAT?” I was still a little sleepy and so caught off guard that I had a hard time processing what was even happening. In fact, I clearly remember that after I finally muttered YES, I said “Is this really happening?!”
It has only been one week since that beautiful moment happened. I am still looking back and trying to process it, but can only remember glimpses as it was such a blur of shock and overwhelming bliss. An instant filled with so much joy, that it is simply indescribable. A remarkable time shared between two people that can never be replaced.
Mike topped off the engagement by opening his back pack and pulling out a bottle of champagne and two glasses that he had carried to the top. We soaked in the moment overlooking our Missoula home and I quite literally felt like I was on top of the world. Every girl dreams about her perfect proposal. What she doesn’t realize is that it’s not the elaborate plan that takes your breath away, but the act itself.
Mike mentioned to me that when planning out the proposal, he had thought about taking me back to The Break Espresso where we first met on a blind date, but decided he wanted to create a new memory somewhere else. He wanted some place unique that we can always go to and remember that perfect moment in time, he wanted something simple that resembled us and what we like to do together. And to me, that was the most flawless way he could have possibly done it. One of the million reasons that I am so in love with Mike is because of his simplicity. There are no bells and whistles, nothing extravagant and over the top, nothing but sweet, simple and pure love. He loves me for me- and makes me a better me. My favorite moments with him are spent back packing in the wilderness, playing cribbage at home, or mocking him as he listens to NPR on our many road trips together.
As if the act of saying YES I WILL MARRY YOU to your best friend isn’t exciting enough, I then got a moment to look at the ridiculously gorgeous ring that was picked out and customized with pink sapphires for me… At one point on the top of that mountain I had the thought of “So I get to spend the rest of my life with this incredibly sweet and thoughtful man, AND wear this piece of bling on my finger?!” I mean… *Insert speechless face*
I was most impressed with the design he decided on. He went through a number of jewelry stores and knew nothing other than that he wanted something a little different. I gave him no hints as to what I wanted because to be honest, I had no idea myself. I have a lot of friends who told me I was crazy for not wanting to pick it out ahead of time. Mike may be a little corky when it comes to his fashion sense, but I’ve always trusted him to pick out something beautiful. At the end of the day, this ring symbolizes what I mean to him and our future together. Every time I look at it I know that HE picked it out for ME! I wanted him to walk into a jewelry store, find a “Brittany” ring, and go with it. No pressure, right? The best part is that I don’t think I would have picked it out myself, yet I am so in love with it. Bottom Line: Good Job Fiance.
Mike planned the proposal around when my parents were coming into town. My mom and dad were going to be in Missoula that night to watch a volleyball game and to see my grandparents as well. The hardest part about the engagement was keeping it a secret ALL DAY until they got into town at about 7 that evening. Luckily I had already taken the day off to clean the house and get my hair done, so I didn’t have to worry about keeping it together at work. I had so much fun going to the jewelry store and talking to them about the up keep of the ring, looking at wedding bands, getting my hair done while telling all the random ladies in the salon(who were they going to tell?!), and just soaking it all in.
That night we went to dinner with my parents and grandparents on my mom’s side, and Mike let his family know as well. We went out to dinner as a newly engaged couple on Friday night followed by meeting up to celebrate with friends. We topped off the weekend with a breakfast with some of Mike’s family and my parents on Sunday morning. Of course, I also had fun announcing it on social media and being on the phone with my friends from near and far. There truly is nothing that makes you feel more loved than getting engaged.
I assumed that I would start getting questions about the wedding right away, but I did not realize how many! The first question I tend to get when I run into people is “Have you set a date?” I am beyond excited to become Mrs. Newman, but am simply planning on enjoying this holiday season with my new fiance. Mike has been out of town all week on work travel, so I have been dreaming and looking through Pinterest and wedding magazines, but the actual details will be narrowed down in 2016. We know for certain that we will be having a winter wedding. I have always loved the idea of getting married in the snow. Beautiful photos, romantic and cozy, unique, and my parents were married in December as well. It was even Mike’s idea to have it in the winter!
Hopefully we will have a date narrowed down this holiday season so we can get the save the dates out and be done with the planning for a little while. We have a vacation in Europe next March, so there is a lot of planning to do for that before we move on to the wedding. How many people get to have a pre-wedding moon?! 2016 is going to be a year to remember! I am especially psyched to have started this blog this year, because I just got a whole lot of posting ideas!
I want to take a moment to thank everyone for all of your congratulations and support… it is one thing to celebrate and be excited together, and it’s another to see how ecstatic our family and friends are for us. We are spoiled with so many wonderful people in our life- and cannot wait to celebrate next year with all of YOU!
#TeamQuickNewman #Winter2016 ♥