Three years has passed in the blink of an eye. I truly do not know where the time goes! January 15, 2016 was a day I will never forget. I wanted to share our story because my husband and friends did such a great job surprising me!
The week leading up the proposal I truly had no clue. Tyler didn’t act weird or do anything out of the ordinary. He mentioned wanting to take me on a date that Friday night and of course I said yes. At the time I still lived with my parents and he had his own house he had bought the previous year. A lot of times I would meet him at his house and we would go together on a date. He insisted he pick me up which he did sometimes but I wanted to meet him to see one of my best friends who was in town after dinner. I was a little annoyed but agreed.
I was getting ready that night and decided to try to do a smokey eye with my new eye shadow palette and that went terribly wrong. So wrong in fact that my mom and sister told me I should maybe start over. I’m really glad they did because I had no clue what was going to happen that night! We still laugh about that. I was running late getting ready so Tyler came inside and hung out with my parents. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t thrilled with me at this point because we were on a schedule for the proposal. Finally, we went to my favorite restaurant Park Place. We had dinner and his phone kept going off. That should’ve given me a clue but I still didn’t know!
We headed to his house after dinner where my best friend was going to pick me up later that evening. We get there and insisted on going through the front door because “the garage was broken.” That was the only thing all evening I even thought was weird. We walked in the front door and I see all the decorations and future Mr. and Mrs. Griffin banner and lost it. I don’t remember what he said at all. I apparently didn’t even put the ring on or look at it when he proposed. I just started crying and couldn’t stop because I was so happy! I did ask him if he had asked my parents. He explained that he had snuck over to my parents house the week before to ask and of course they had said yes! He also revealed that when he bought the ring from Gray’s Jeweler’s he just missed me by 5 minutes. I had been in there getting a watch battery changed and called him after when I left and he was literally pulling into the parking lot! He designed the ring himself and it is beautiful. He did a great job!
Best part of the proposal? Tyler had hired a photographer to secretly capture it all. Kendal Dockery-Thompson hid and captured every moment! I am so grateful she was there to help us preserve all these memories. Guys, take notes: she wants a photographer! Kendal then let us have a moment so I could get the black mascara running down my face off. She told us to meet her out back to take some more photos.
Surprise number two! Our best friends and family were all hiding in the back to surprise us. Cue the tears again! I had no clue that they had planned this whole thing with Tyler.
We spent the rest of the evening celebrating with friends and our families. I’ve never felt more loved than this night! Still cannot believe everyone kept it a secret but so grateful they did. I truly have the best friends and family!
My sister-in-law and father-in-law! My mother-in-law was at market for her company Wine-A-Rita and we missed her so much but very grateful she helped Tyler with picking out the ring!
My best friends and the night Tyler realized he was stuck with them forever!
My family and I with Tyler!
Best night ever. Well, other than the wedding but that’s another post!