Monday, November 22


Okay, enough screaming… I'M ENGAGED!!!!
Shut the front door.
Girl, I know.
Our first pic as an engaged couple. Love.

It happened Saturday morning and I couldn't have been more surprised. Sneaky bastard. Though I couldn't have imagined it any other way… I think I'll let him tell you the story… Without further ado my fiance the Tot:

Over a month ago, Bunny and I went to look at rings.  At first when I looked for rings, I shopped by myself and found a few, but found the task to be a bit stressful.  Then some friends told me that it would be more beneficial to bring Ashley along for the search.  At first I was hesitant, but that feeling soon subsided when I saw her excitement each time she tried on a different ring.  We visited four or five jewelers looking for a winner.  There was one, in particular, that Ashley seemed to like more than others.  At Tivol, we found it – halo, round-cut diamond, antique crown look, with the “upside down Eiffel Tower” band.  This was for sure the one, but I had to determine when would be the right time.

Still reading?  You can always skip a few paragraphs if you just want the proposal….

I began discussing logistics with the jeweler but still hadn’t fully committed to the ring.  Funny thing, during a discussion, the jeweler mentioned that since Ashley had seen the ring, she would now be expecting it by the end of the year.  I joked that she was wrong and said we could get engaged later in 2011.  A few weeks passed, and I dropped talks about it, but every once in a while, Bunz would make comments about a ring.  Once I came home with chocolates – “I have a surprise for you,” I said - only to hear her asking if it was a ring!  Um…yeah…..the joke was on me, she was ready.

The order was placed and I was told it would take 3-4 weeks.  Since this was to be stealth, nobody could know.  This meant a few fibs so that she wouldn’t find out what I was up to.  I even faked a Friday night meeting that caused Ashley and me to be late to Chuck’s birthday dinner.  So I waited and waited. 

Still reading……thanks for listening to me babble.

Finally, it was the fourth week and no ring.  I called the jeweler and was told it would be there by Saturday at 9am.  We had planned to visit Chuck’s family and Bunny’s dad, Tom (and fam), in Iowa, but we were to leave early in the morning.  It was time for one more little fibster.  I told her that I had some work to do early in the morning and we would need to leave a bit later.  She wasn’t too happy.

Ok, if you are looking for “The Proposal”, you’re here!  See below.

I left to pick up the ring-a-ding and then came back home.  To my luck, Ashley was in the shower.  I knocked on the door to make sure she knew I had returned.  Then, having no real plan, I improvised.  Nobody tells you how it feels to propose and nobody can explain the feelings because there are so many – confident, yet a bit scared, happy, excited, pumped, weird…..etc….you get the point.  So I assumed the position in front of the bathroom door, on bended knee and waited.  It seemed like a freak’n eternity before the doorknob started to turn.  Bunz opened it and…….ok, here is where the question is asked, “Was she naked?”.  Just for fun, you make up whatever dress you want, but if you are a parent reading this one, she was wearing a robe.  Anyway she came out of the shower, looked at me as if to say, “What the hell are you doing down there?  I’m confused.”  But then, she noticed the ring, screamed, cried, and ran back into the bathroom.  When she calmed down to sniffles, I told her the gushy stuff (you probably don’t want to hear) and then she asked for me to put it on her finger.  It fit, we drank some champagne, and the rest is history.  Oh, and I think she said yes.

Yes, in true Nater fashion I was shocked and in awe of it all. Best gift EVER.

No dates, no talk of weddings (okay, maybe just a little bit ), we'll get to that later. But in the meantime I think I'll be posting a ton more about weddings. Don't worry if you hate wedding-talk there'll still be fashion and photography posts to ogle too.

The future Mrs. Nater-tot


Martin Family said...

love the ring, love the proposal story and love that you had Nate tell the story-congratulations, cant wait to see you hopefully at the egg nog party!

Kate said...

my oh my... what a sweet story! so happy to hear it from nathan's perspective. absolutely cannot wait to celebrate with you, my dear friend! congrats again -- we are beyond thrilled for you guys!