Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Fairy Tale Engagement Journey!

I am beyond giddy to bring you this post!  I think I was squealing like a three year old or my mouth was wide open the whole time I was reading this  on Style Me Pretty.  It's the stuff dreams, fairy tales and ultimate romances are made of.  For those of you thinking of popping the question or want to give hints as how to do it, or just a hopeless romantic (like me), this story is for you.  Seriously, this guy planned every single romantic detail  of his journey proposal to his girlfriend.  The proposal suite was created by California stationary vendor, Wiley Valentine and coordinated by Zinke Design.

Here's the full, letterpressed proposal suite:
Let me tell you that I did not write the story below and even if I wanted to summarize it, I couldn't do it justice  I think after you read it you'll agree.  Here are the lovely details as told by the bride-to-be and each gorgeous letterpressed card.


It was still dark out, I was in a dead sleep, and I woke up to Tido barking uncontrollably.  I looked out my bedroom window and saw a white Range Rover parked in my driveway.  First thought – “Did I win some sweepstakes I had forgotten about?”  A few seconds later the doorbell rings.  I peep out the door and see two girls that I recognize, Christina Clayton (event planner and one of my precious TU Thetas a few years back) and Arin Zinke (owner of Zinke Design).  Still confused, I open the door and Christina hands me my usual starbucks order: a pumpkin spice latte and a coffee cake.  It’s at this point I decide to let them in.  Arin hands me a gorgeous tri-fold invitation in pink and gray (my two favorite colors) with a pink bow on it.  I open it and read the following: “Laina D. Riffe you are cordially invited on a journey of a lifetime.  You have 1 hour to pack your bags. Suggested items:  2 dressy, 2 casual, etc. Temperature: high 70s, low 50′s.”  It also tells me that arrangements have been made to take care of Tido which eases a little bit of my anxiety.

With yesterday’s mascara still under my eyes and in a state of complete shock, I say bye to Arin and Christina and run back to my closet to frantically start packing.  I’m pretty sure I stand there frozen for about 30 minutes because I end up just throwing a bunch of stuff in my carry-on suitcase at the last minute.  I am finally ready and packed and I am telling Tido bye when my doorbell rings at 7am sharp. This one I am expecting, as it is my ride.  I load up and settle in the car when the driver hands me a smaller version of the original pink and gray package.  I open this one and it says “Your journey begins at Tulsa International Airport.”  It also has a record locator printed on a page (the key to where I am going) but I decide not to look it up until I get to the airport.


With yesterday’s mascara still under my eyes and in a state of complete shock, I say bye to Arin and Christina and run back to my closet to frantically start packing.  I’m pretty sure I stand there frozen for about 30 minutes because I end up just throwing a bunch of stuff in my carry-on suitcase at the last minute.  I am finally ready and packed and I am telling Tido bye when my doorbell rings at 7am sharp. This one I am expecting, as it is my ride.  I load up and settle in the car when the driver hands me a smaller version of the original pink and gray package.  I open this one and it says “Your journey begins at Tulsa International Airport.”  It also has a record locator printed on a page (the key to where I am going) but I decide not to look it up until I get to the airport.

I arrive at the airport and find out I am going to Washington DC – yea my favorite place!!  Its at this point that I realize that I forgot to pack any underwear – oh well I did my best in the time allowed.  I have flown a trillion flights this year (thank you long-distance relationship) but I’ve never felt more anxious on a flight in my entire life. The 45 minute trip to Dallas felt like 4 hours and the flight to DC felt like a lifetime.  I’m also pretty sure the flight attendant was judging me when I ordered the double bloody mary at 9am on a Thursday, but what’s a girl gonna do.  I finally arrive at DCA at 3pm EST.

I get to baggage claim and I see Tom’s friend Mike waiting for me with another gray and pink box.  Mike hands me the box and I open it to read “You have completed the first step of your journey.  If you wish to continue, please take this key and your driver will take you to the next destination.”


So we get in the car and he makes me put a blindfold on.  We drive for about 20 minutes and when we finally arrive at our destination, Tom opens my door and leads me (still blindfolded) up a few steps and through a door.  He tells me I can take my blindfold off and he is not only on one knee with the most beautiful ring, but he is also standing in the house of our dreams that he had put an offer on a few weeks back, but told me we didn’t get it!!!  After this, I have no idea what he said but it was wonderful!!!!   My new fiance then says “welcome home,” hands me a glass of champagne and, just as I have settled down and think I can relax, he hands me a small envelope.

Thinking its just a little personal card from him, I open it and I read “It’s now time to celebrate!  Grab your bag and your fiance and head to one of the romantic cities in the world…ROME!!!!!!!” Eek!!!!!!   Needless to say, I was freaking out!!   We had the most fabulous time in Rome and every single detail of our proposal was absolutely perfect.  I have dreamed of this day ever since I was a little girl and Tom definitely exceeded anything I could have ever dreamed of!!   I couldn’t be more excited to spend my life with this man.



Can you believe this?  I  know, LOL....my friend wants to know if this guy has brothers?  Well, can't answer that question but head over to Style Me Pretty because there are lots more pics!  


Sigh, love can make you do some incredible things?  What's the most romantic you've done or your significant other as done for you?  I'd love to hear if anyone has a story that can top this!

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