It’s been almost two months since Adam and I got engaged, and an exciting two months without a doubt. For those that don’t know, Adam and I dated in college for about three years, then broke up once I moved to NYC after graduation. We always kept in touch, each had other serious relationships that ultimately ended, and reconnected about four years ago and have been together ever since. So when everyone asks if I’m surprised he asked me to marry him, the answer is always no because, duh. But was I surprised when it happened, you bet! (Well, Adam did ask to take a selfie together right before he proposed, which he’s never asked to do in the 11 years I’ve known him, so I knew something was up about 3 seconds before he got down on his knee.) We went for a long walk here in DC one night after dinner, and ended up at the National Cathedral. I’d like to keep the details somewhat close, but basically he did his thing, I ugly cried/sobbed, and I haven’t been happier.
The next morning after we got engaged, we headed down to Florida for the holidays for a bit of sunshine and time with family. Adam’s from a small town called Crystal River, a little north of Tampa, and it was nice to get away for a few days, share the big news with everyone, and just relax. It was well over 80 degrees, and I was in too much of a daze that my dumb self packed mostly jeans and t-shirts (i.e I was sweating my butt off the entire time) since I was coming from cold DC. I snapped a few photos of our stay at the Plantation on Crystal River where we stayed, and thought it might be fun to share a few with y’all here.
The Perfect Dress
As I said, I didn’t really pack well for our trip to Florida. It was so hot, I lived in this easy floral printed dress. [Shop the dress]
A Florida Christmas
This is all you see in Florida for Christmas: palm trees, sunshine and wreaths. How cute does the front of The Plantation look?!
The Pineapple Fountain
We all know how much I love a good Pineapple Fountain (Charleston, I’m talking to you!) so when I found a mini version here in Florida, I was just way too excited!
After asking “How did he propose?” the second question I always get asked is “Did he pick out the ring himself?” and the answer is you bet! He knew I didn’t want a diamond (this is actually a peach sapphire with small little diamonds all around), and I didn’t want it to look like every other engagement ring out there (which is why we went for the rose gold band). Seriously, I’m in love!
Swim With The Manatees
One of the coolest things you can do at The Plantation is sign up to swim with the manatees. The quite and peaceful waters are home to Florida’s favorite animal and while we weren’t able to do it this time (our flight was delayed so we missed it!) I hope next time we’ll be able to go on this fine excursion.
Life Size Chess
Not sure why, but I was obsessed with this chess set located near the pool. Sorry, there are no photos of me playing with it…probably for the best.
Jeans. Why did I pack jeans for 80+ degree weather? No clue. Not seen: my sweaty back in this chambray shirt because again, I’m an idiot.
I really make a point to not share pictures of Adam too much on my social media (besides the occasional picture we take at weddings), but here he is making his debut on the actual blog! We went for a walk around the hotel grounds and while I was off snapping pics, Adam ditched me to go read by the pool.