Monday, September 22, 2014

a pure michigan engagement

The story of our engagement is written from my perspective. For something slightly less colorful (or maybe more colorful, who knows!), please ask Brandon. ;)

The Homestead, in Glen Arbor has been our "special place" in Michigan since the beginning of our relationship. I first convinced Brandon to go there in September 2010. I wanted to show him a fun and relaxing weekend away in all the splendor that Northern Michigan has to offer. You might say we really fell hard for that part of the state during that trip (and fell for each other, too!)

Fast forward to September 2014, four years later. Brandon got me a trip back to The Homestead for my birthday. We had to wait nearly 7 months for September to come around, but I was looking forward to it with every passing moment. We had our road trip planned, our must see's laid out and we were ready to head back to Glen Arbor!

After a beautiful trail run that Saturday morning, and a lovely spa facial for myself, we headed out to Sleeping Bear Dunes in the early afternoon. Our first stop was the world famous dune climb where we would get yet another good workout in that day all for the sake of beautiful scenery. We made it past about three large hills of dunes, maybe a good half mile, before I had had enough. Plus, we got to a point where we had an incredible view of the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan. It was simply gorgeous.

This is gorgeous, right?

A few groups of other dune climbers had made it to the same point as us and Brandon graciously took their picture for them. The other folks lingered for awhile and I decided it was time to head back to the car. The weather didn't look too promising and there was no way I was walking any further than I had to in the sand!

Thinking quick on his feet, Brandon asked me to take one more selfie. I obliged, even though I was having a pretty rough hair day. Once the photo was captured, Brandon said he had "one more request." He then got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. Like a cat, I reacted fast. I promptly swooped my arms around his neck in a big hug (after first swiping the ring from his hands) and replied with, "of course!"

We hugged for awhile in excitement and then Brandon asked me what my answer was. He must have been too caught up in the moment (or in his nerves) to have heard my reply. I could have really pulled a joke on him here, but luckily for him, I didn't.

We're engaged!
The ring was my grandmother's

We're thrilled to be engaged and looking forward to celebrating our relationship with our family and friends (and if you have any wedding planning advice, we'll take that, too!). 


  1. Congratulations Alicia!! I'm so happy for you both :)

  2. congrats! I love Glen Arbor and the dunes and northern Michigan in general!

  3. Congratulations to you and Brandon, Alicia!!!

  4. Congrats on your engagement - I'm so happy for you and Brandon! What a beautiful and meaningful place to get engaged and I love the ring. So pretty :)

  5. How perfect! Congratulations!!! (Also, I scrolled down and saw the selfie before reading everything above it, and when looking at the pic I thought to myself how adorable your hair looked. And then I read that it was a rough hair day?!? I wish my rough hair days looked like yours :-P )

    On another note, it's been awhile since I've visited your blog (I was sick pretty much all summer and stopped reading blogs during that time)...I love the new look! The layout and colors and everything. Very cute!

  6. aww congrats! So excited for you!

  7. I love everything about this post, the proposal, the picture, the ring, ALL of it! The ring is beautiful and how special that it was your grandmothers. This is all so sweet. Congrats. I am so happy for you! ~M

  8. Beautiful ring! I didn't realize it was your grandmothers. I cannot WAIT to see it in person! Congrats again!


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