How Ty Popped the Question!

Wedding Wednesday:

So, I just realized that even after a month of wedding posts I never told you the WHOLE story of how Tyler proposed!  Well – Here it is 🙂


For my birthday, we planned a romantic getaway to the Windy City to see the sights, hit up the shops, and dine like we’ve never dined before. After a chilly Friday night ice skating in Millennium Park, dining in a fancy restaurant, and getting into The Roof of The Wit Hotel for free (& enjoying one too many cocktails), we endured an even colder Saturday morning strolling Michigan Ave.

Later that afternoon we found ourselves back in the hotel room frostbitten and worn out. We then proceeded to buy an $8 bottle of Barefoot Moscato and head down to the hotel lobby to play checkers and chill in the grand leather furniture. Eventually we decided it would be a good idea to grab some grub so we headed to an Irish Pub for an authentic meal (because I had a coupon, of course), and afterward headed back to the hotel. After 30 minutes of debate on what to do next, we called a cab and ended up at The Cite…70+ floors above the city.


The restaurant was decked to the nines with floor to ceiling windows, a stunning view of Chicago, the finest of dishes & wine for company, and goers with shoes that cost more than my whole wardrobe combined. Anyway, we were seated at a table for two and ordered a fancy bottle of wine (because hey, we’re on vacation). Not even two minutes later Tyler said, “I have to go to the bathroom,“ and I said, “go for it, sweetie.” A few minutes later the waiter came by and told us the wine would need some additional time to chill and to just sit tight for another 10 minutes. We were happy to wait because we were definitely not in a hurry to escape the amazing view and, let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than warm white wine.


About 10 minutes later the waiter returned to drop the wine off at the table…then walked away. “How rude,” I thought to myself once I noticed that the cap was still on the wine. Then I did a double take. Tripple take. Could that be, is it, no…that’s just one sparkly freebee. Nope – that’s no freebee, THAT’S AN ENGAGEMENT RING! Before I knew it Tyler was on one knee (taking nearly the whole table cloth with him) and proposing right there in the middle of the restaurant! Of course I said, “(heck) yes” and the rest of the night was full of toasts, laughs, super fancy cheese, and spirits.

(((Later that night I discovered why he seemed so nervous to use the bathroom…It was because he had given the ring to the host to tie to the neck of the bottle of wine we ordered. How sweet ❤ )))



What’s your dream way of being proposed to?  Or, if you’re already engaged/married, how did he pop the question?


Well, Apparently DJ Stands for Disc Jockey

Wedding Wednesday:

Ever since Tyler and I jumped into the pool of “newly engaged” couples I’ve been asking myself:

What aspect of the wedding do I believe is most important?

AKA What’s worth the splurge.  A couple elements came to mind, and unlike everyone’s assumption, my wedding dress is not the on the list 😉  Tyler and I both agreed that having an excellent photographer and a skilled DJ top the list for services that we’re willing to throw a few extra dollars towards.  Why the DJ?  Well, I’ve only been to a few weddings in my day, but from what I’ve experienced, the DJ is what keeps everyone on their feet and having a good time.


Have you ever been to a wedding where the DJ played one too many cliche 80s dance songs, polkas, or unrecognizable rap montages?  Yeah – We don’t want that, so we went with Audio Excitement in Appleton, WI.


We know Audio Excitement because they’re known for keeping the party rolling until the wee hours of the morning at Plan B in Kaukauna.  They’ve also played in a few of our friend’s weddings, so the recommendations were endless.  Not only are they a fantastic group of disc jockeys, they also take pictures and immediately add them to a continuous slideshow after the photographer has left for the night!  An added plus is that Tyler and I will get to keep the hundreds of photos that Audio Excitement snapped and make a reception album of our own.  Ohhhh the memories will be FANTASTIC 🙂

When planning a wedding, what service do you believe is worth the splurge?

Day 9: Plan a Nice Little Surprise! 💎

Studies show that we react more strongly to an unexpected pleasure than to an expected one. – Gretchen Ruben

IMG_2645The resolution to plan a nice little surprise is a perfect excuse to tell the world that Tyler surprised me with a diamond ring last weekend in Chicago and WE’RE OFFICIALLY ENGAGED!!! 💍 I am a firm believer in the fact that the brain gets a tad bigger when we’re surprised, and I can say with certainty that this surprise engagement is definitely at the top of my list of my most memorable moments 🎈.  (Sorry mom, as much as I loved your surprise birthday parties 🎉 growing up, my engagement is definitely a list topper.)  Although, this wasn’t at all considered a ‘little’ surprise – it was definitely a great way for him to show me that he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level and officially begin our lives together.  In the future, I want to work harder to show Tyler how much I love him by throwing him nice, little surprises as well.  What will I do next?  Hmmm maybe I’ll pick up a movie and a 6 pack 🍻 on the way home 😋


Well – Now that the cat’s out of the bag – what’s your dream way of being proposed to?  How did you propose?  Or how did he pop the question?  I want to hear your stories!


💜 Adrien