Happy 2014, Everyone! I am so excited to announce that my amazing boyfriend, Phil Galanty, proposed to me over the holidays while we were back east visiting both our families–first mine in upstate New York–and then his just outside Washington D.C..
On December 27th, while we were visiting his family, he planned a date for us to travel around to see his childhood homes, schools and some of his other favorite places. It was our first time going home together for the holidays to see where we each grew up and I had done the same for him in upstate New York a few days prior. I couldn’t wait to see his first house he lived in as a kid, his best friend’s childhood homes, the neighborhood pool in which he still boasts a swimming record (yes–my fiance is a regular Michael Phelps) and the woods he used to play in as a kid.
After the perfect tour, he whisked me away to a homemade vegetarian lunch at a friends house. This stuck out a bit because Phil is the biggest carnivore in the world and I am the health-nut out of the two of us. He never gives up his meat! It was the perfect lunch and it was clearly designed just for me–too cute. Phil then said he had one other place he couldn’t wait to show me and we needed to get there before it closed. We drove to Great Falls, a beautiful park nearby which is famous for its majestic waterfall that separates the state of Virginia from Maryland.
I was dressed in my warmest clothes because as a Los Angeles-based, New York raised girl, I’m now a complete wuss when it comes to winter (a.k.a. I looked like Nanook from the North). Eventually, Phil found a rock that had the best view of the waterfall; he told me this was his favorite spot growing up. A few other families were clearly thinking the same thing about the perfect view from this rock and they started cramping our style one by one. Looking back, I remember Phil giving these families the stink eye until they walked away. I couldn’t figure out why he wanted his space so badly but of course now it all makes sense.
Once we were alone, Phil got down on one knee and proposed to me overlooking the water. He took out a glistening 1920’s vintage ring with diamonds and sapphires. I was shaking and completely surprised–the ring was truly perfect and exactly what I would have picked out myself even though we had never talked about what my dream ring would look like; this was all the more romantic. I immediately said yes and asked if anyone knew about this. Phil pointed across the water into Maryland. I could see a girl way in the distance in a bright orange jacket waving at us. Phil told me it was our friend, Bramley, who was taking pictures of us throughout the whole hike. I was shocked. How did I miss her in that bright coat?! He then pointed behind us and his best friend from childhood, Dan, was taking pictures from the Virginia side of our proposal with his wife, Megan. They had secretly been following us the whole time! What an incredible surprise–I was speechless.
Phil then took my hand and brought me back to his car. He said we were supposed to go to a holiday dinner for his father’s business and he didn’t want to be late. I was floating so I figured whatever type of dinner we had to go to, I didn’t mind–all good! When we arrived at the dinner, my best friend from childhood, Jessie, greeted me, along with Phil’s family. We were all so excited! We were then seated in the restaurant and I was told we were waiting for the company’s “clients” to arrive so we could all order. Instead, about 10 minutes later, in walked my entire family–my parents, brother and sister–who had driven 8 hours from upstate New York to surprise me for what was now clearly an engagement dinner. I started sobbing and my head hit the table out of sheer happiness. Phil had orchestrated the perfect surprise engagement and both of our families were able to meet for the first time.
The dinner to follow was beautiful and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. Needless to say, this style blog will now be morphing into a wedding blog as well. I cannot wait to marry my best friend and love of my life at some point later this year. We have not yet set a date but let the planning begin!