For those of you who know me well, know that I’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time! Sure, being a wedding planner I’ve always wanted my own wedding, but I always said that I wouldn’t begin to plan it until I met the man of my dreams. Little did I know at the time that I had already met the man of my dreams years ago! Darren and I went to the same middle school, but I didn’t know much other than his name. We went to the same high school and let’s just say I was dying to know everything about him. We had mutual friends and so we began to hang out often. I remember the first day I got up the nerve to invite him to a get together and he said he couldn’t because he was waxing his car. Let’s just say, he’s never heard the end of that one! Years went on, I moved on from my high school crush, we stayed friends…best friends, and to keep from boring you with the details, we’ll skip ahead to November 2008. It all started when we started going to work out in the morning together. To some that may be normal, but lets just say I’ve never been one to have a regular 7:00am work out routine! We then slowly began to date, but both didn’t say a word because we didn’t want to jinx it… 1 month later [Okay so maybe more like 3 days!], I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him!

Well I’ve been waiting for this sparkling rock for quite sometime, this past week, he popped the question!

Here’s how it happened…

Since it was the last weekend I have off til September, we headed to the coast for the night…
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We played in the sand…
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We waited for the sunset…
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I said the sunset was lame… [I was hoping to get some cool pictures and I was disappointed with the turn out! haha!]
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Little did I know that Darren had planned to propose just minutes after, but instead we headed back to the beach house…
The next morning I was a little bummed he hadn’t proposed and decided to get ready for the day…When I got out of the shower Darren was at the front door and said, “Woah, what’s that?”

I didn’t think much of it and then he said, “Look what I found for you!”

I said, “Ooo what is it!!?”

He opens up his hand and it was a rock… I was instantly annoyed.

About 3 weeks ago, he had rocks delivered for the backyard and he had said, “Look babe, I got you a rock” [Joking around about getting me a diamond]. At this point, I was not in the mood for a rock!

I said, “Grrr, you’re rude!” or something really mature like that [haha!] and turned away from him.

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He said, “Wait, how about this one?”

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and asked me to marry him! I, of course, said yes after freaking out and saying, “are you serious, are you serious, is it really real?!”

We spent the day at Cannon Beach, Oregon and had our families over for ice cream sundae’s to spill our big news!
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I could not be more in love with Darren or my new sparkly rock! I’m still in some what of disbelief that I’m engaged, but once I have a day off and begin planning for the big day, I’m sure it’ll hit me!


Thank you for letting me share our story with you! Many people have been asking when the date is… we have picked one yet, but will be sure to keep you all in the loop!

Cheers,

Mandi


Hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!!! We will be out of the office for a wedding this weekend and spending some time with our families on Sunday and Monday for the holiday, but we’ll be back in the office Tuesday!

Cheers,

Mandi, Rachelle & the Champagne Team