engagement.

These photos! Ah! Where do I begin? But, before you see those, I must start with the proposal. A story I have only told a few people and have been wanting to share here. Now seems like the perfect time.

February 11, 2015 was Jeremy's 27th birthday. Because we'd recently moved to Greenville, we planned to head back to Athens the afternoon of his birthday to have dinner with his mom. The day before, he had to go back to Athens for a King of Pops event. Unbeknownst to me, he was also using that time to pick up my engagement ring and ask my family for my hand in marriage. Late that night, he returned home in the best mood. He told me that we didn't have to go back to Athens for his birthday because he visited his mom that evening. I slightly panicked inside because I now needed to plan his entire birthday. (I only had a half day planned.) The morning of the 11th we went to breakfast at a local spot here in Greenville and later had a quick meeting at the yoga studio where I would soon begin teaching. After that, we stopped in at our friends' coffee shop opening and hung out there for some time before leaving Greenville to head to Asheville.

As we were driving, we discussed the plan for the evening. We decided to eat at a local pub and find somewhere to watch the sunset after dinner. I must add that this was a very normal day so far. We finished dinner just as the sun was beginning to set and rushed to find a spot to watch. A friend recommended an ambiguous spot that, at the last minute, we couldn't find, and we certainly didn't want to have to trespass to get there. Fortunately, right before we left the restaurant, Jeremy asked an older couple sitting behind us where to watch the sunset. They recommended that we go to The Grove Park Inn. Having heard about this place through a fellow creative entrepreneur, I knew I'd love to see it. Racing against the setting sun, we arrived and Jeremy began walking rapidly to find the perfect spot. We blazed through the building before I could even notice the light fixtures, and as we arrived on the patio we could see the hazy blue mountains and the bright orange sun setting behind them. The sky was shades of pink, red and orange and the mountains were fading from blue to grey. Stunning. I wanted to stop right there on the stairs and stand in awe.

But not Jeremy. He kept going.

Down the stairs, through the golf course, up more stairs to a more secluded spot, which we later realized happened to be on Sunset Mountain. While walking briskly through the golf course, I asked Jeremy why this sunset was so important to him. He replied, "because this is not just any sunset, it is the sunset of my 27th birthday!" Okay then! Upon finding the perfect spot, he began setting up his GoPro in hopes of capturing a time lapse of sunset photos. While he was busy doing that, I was snapping photos in order to document every second of this amazing view. After he was satisfied with his set up, he said to me, "why don't you put your camera down and just enjoy it". I did so and we embraced, taking it all in.

After a few minutes, he turned around to adjust his GoPro, or at least that's what I thought he was doing, and said "you know the only thing that would make my birthday better..." to which I replied (while still mesmerized by the setting sun), "what?" After a few moments of silently waiting for him to say something, I turned around to find him down on one knee. He began to cry, I began to cry, and he uttered the words "if you would be my wife." Through the tears, I nodded and replied "yes!" With trembling hands (his and mine), he placed the ring on my finger. It was dark and I could hardly see the ring, but it made no difference to me. After the crying was over and the sun had almost completely faded away, we found a seat on the nearby stairs and watched until there was no longer light.

It was then that he turned on his phone's flashlight and I was able to see the jaw-dropping ring. He told me more about it, that it was made by my sweet and unbelievably talented friend, Jessie Jordan. He also told me the story of him asking my family for permission to marry me. The crying then began all over again. Once the tears subsided, we gathered our things and made our way back over the golf course, up the stairs and to the building. As we walked into the Grove Park Inn, jazz music was playing. My favorite! I wish I could remember the exact song, but I was too excited to even think about writing it down. We sat down at the bar and each had a drink. We kept saying over and over "we're engaged!" It felt so surreal. After about an hour, we left Asheville and headed back home to Greenville. It was the perfect day with an ending that I never saw coming, and will certainly never forget.

We can't thank Heather enough for these photos! Gosh, we can't get enough of them. I want to share them all but I've picked out a few of my favorites for now. Okay, that's a lie. I've picked out more than a few, and the truth is... they are all my favorite but I'm keeping you all hanging. You'll see more soon. 

I would also like to say that the two ladies mentioned have skills beyond words and I'm grateful to call them fellow creatives and more importantly, dear friends. Check out Jessie's jewelry and Heather's photos, and should you need either of these services, HIRE THEM. 

Okay, on to the photos. So many heart eyes for these. 

You are all welcome to check out our wedding website as well to see more wedding details. 

Kristen ElrodComment