Adrian proposed on a cozy New York snow day, in the kitchen of my Williamsburg apartment. Very Meghan Markle except I am sure her response was more elegant than mine. It all happened very fast, but I thought he was kidding. Even when I saw the box in his hand. When he dropped to one knee, I yelled, “What are you doing?!” I was so flustered and my sweet Adrian was just trying to propose, I didn’t hear anything he said until, “Will you marry me?” I crouched beside him, his sweet teary eyed face suddenly evolved to be the most confident and caring version of Adrian I have ever witnessed. He helped me to my feet and I proclaimed, “Oh my god did I say yes?!” He nodded yes with pride.
Getting engaged is NOT underrated, and we truly experienced love like never before. The days and weeks following were full of flowing champagne, hugs and excitement. We have an incredible community in New York and Charleston, and experienced a beautiful type of love upon getting engaged. Arriving to Charleston to celebrate our engagement was so special for me and we loved every second of our visit!
My cousins, John and Meredith Dunnan threw us the most magical engagement party at their house in Charleston. No party planner was necessary for this celebration; the simplicity of a gifted hostess, a beautiful home and excited guests were all it took for the perfect evening.
When a man holds space for your vulnerability, encourages your self discovery and reminds you of your beauty, marry him.
Bottoms up, we got a wedding to plan.
Going through pictures of the party I scrutinized the various expressions on my face, I was being pretty judgy of my goofy smiles. Now I see the pure, unrestricted joy in every giddy moment of this evening. I was so happy to be home with my family! NEVER restrict those big smiles !!
We were and are so overwhelmed by the love in response to our engagement. Thank you thank you, sweet peas! I have truly never felt more loved, and I am so excited for this journey with my handsome fiancé!
Charleston, South Carolina | | Photographed by Jesse Volk