The Proposal

July 9, 2018

The Proposal

The Story Of Us

On Christmas Eve, 2015, I woke up, took a shower, and put on my pink flamingo bikini with white lace cover-up. I threw my hair up in a bun, looked at myself in the mirror and decided I was ready for the day; after all, I was in Key West Florida with my family, no need for anything fancy. I came out of my room to find my mom grabbing a bag of nail polish and going outside to the beach table. She was taking off her nail polish and repainting her nails. She asked if I wanted to repaint mine. I looked down at my chipped blue nails and thought to myself, “Nah, no reason, I don’t think Musa is going to propose to me on this trip.” The night before, we went out on the most romantic sunset cruise. I wore white dress pants with a navy blue floral top and he wore dress pants, a red dress shirt, and his new brown Italian leather shoes. The sailboat was a two hour, champagne included, live music, sail into the sunset, followed by a moonlit tour of the coastline. Afterward, we had Kermit’s Key lime and coconut ice cream followed by two pounds of stone crab claws. If he didn’t propose that night, it wasn’t going to happen on this vacation!

Looking down at my hands, I thought there was no need to repaint my nails. Mom ended up talking about how it looks cheesy to have chipped nails at the beach and convinced me to at least cover up the chipped nails and put a clear coat on top. I ended up doing that. After I went into the bedroom to find Abby struggling to try and find a bathing suit, so I decided to help her pick something out. We then were talking about going shopping for a swimsuit. I saw a Lily Pulitzer store the other day and thought about maybe checking it out. Abby and I approached mom to go shopping. However, Musa wanted to go to crash the Waldorf Casa Marina which was right down the road and hang by the pool, just him and I. He ended up convincing me not to go shopping and to go to the resort with him.

Once we arrived at the resort we were greeted by the hotel members with a warm “welcome back!” which we replied, “Why, thank you!” We immediately went to the pool bar and grabbed a drink, me a Strawberry Daiquiri and Musa a Mojito. Afterwards, we walked the beach, took some pictures of the water and walked the dock. Then we saw some couples getting a massage on the water. I wanted one so bad so we went inside and scheduled a 3:00 pm massage by the water, it was around 1:15 pm at this point. So we hit the pool. We sat by the water and then I felt so hot that I jumped in. Around 1:30 pm Musa said that he saw this really neat butterfly park on his run and he wanted to show me it. I said, “oh really? Can we go later?” He told me that it was closing early because of the holiday. I did not want to go, I was enjoying the cool pool water. I said, “Could we go tomorrow? He said, “No, they’re closed on the weekends, and it’s only 5 minutes away, we will go see it quick and come right back.” I almost fought him on this but ended up putting on my cover up and going with him. I five minutes walk down the road and we arrived at the Key West Botanical Gardens.

We walked through the brick hallway into a small office. A man was on his cell phone but quickly got off and said, “Hello, welcome to the Key West Botanical Gardens. Have you been here before?” To which Musa replied, “No.” The man said, “Sign in here, this garden was founded during the civil war times, and we have all sorts of tropical plants here, it is a very magical place, enjoy!”  We said thank you and were on our way. The gardens were beautiful; they twisted and turned with the overgrowth covering the way. Musa lead me to a butterfly garden where we saw two butterflies fluttering around the vegetation. Then we began to walk towards a path. The path split in two, I began to quote Robert Frost, “Oh look!, Two roads diverged in a yellow….” Before I could continue on, Musa interrupted me and said, “And we take this one.”

He leads me up the path to the left. At which point I noticed Sunset rose petals lined the path. I looked up and saw a mosaic table with two champagne glasses, a bottle of champagne, and THE ring! I began to cry, not just cry, but lose it! He continued to lead the way up the path. I sobbed, “are you kidding me, are you serious!” On top of the hill, I realized our view was the ocean side, we were right on the shore! The scenery couldn’t have been more perfect! He then got down on one knee as I continued to cry! He took the ring in his hand and my hand in his other and said, “I knew after the third date that you were the one for me, that I was going to marry you, I want to grow old for you, playing gin in rocking chairs on the porch, I want to build my life with you, and if you give me the pleasure of making me that happiest man alive, will you marry me?” Apparently, I screamed yes, about 3 times or so. He was so nervous he tried to put the ring on my right hand, I helped him onto the left. Then we kissed!

And then it set in, my panic attack!  Afterwards, we packed up and headed back home, to find my parents greeting us with more champagne! Little did I know they surprised us and captured the entire moment! Abby and mom were hiding in the bushes the entire time!

When mom and Musa went for a run on at the beginning of the week, they literally ran into the garden! The garden gate that was normally is locked, was open… and Musa walked in. Upon exploring the garden he was lead to the two split paths. At the base of the paths was a hummingbird stone. Musa knew this was the place he was going to propose to me. So they took more photographs to document the moment and planned the proposal! They all knew and kept it behind my back!!! Abby and Mom set up the proposal site when we were at the resort, however, Musa’s phone died, so he couldn’t text them when we were arriving. Since I was so stubborn to go, we weren’t at their planned time. When they heard us arrive they weren’t in the right picture taking the spot! Abby started to cry because she thought the moment was ruined so mom jumped the fence and brush and saved the day! What a story! It was the best proposal ever!

Want to hear what happens next? Check out our engagement session HERE.

 

July 9, 2018

The Story Of Us

On Christmas Eve, 2015, I woke up, took a shower, and put on my pink flamingo bikini with white lace cover-up. I threw my hair up in a bun, looked at myself in the mirror and decided I was ready for the day; after all, I was in Key West Florida with my family, no need for anything fancy. I came out of my room to find my mom grabbing a bag of nail polish and going outside to the beach table. She was taking off her nail polish and repainting her nails. She asked if I wanted to repaint mine. I looked down at my chipped blue nails and thought to myself, “Nah, no reason, I don’t think Musa is going to propose to me on this trip.” The night before, we went out on the most romantic sunset cruise. I wore white dress pants with a navy blue floral top and he wore dress pants, a red dress shirt, and his new brown Italian leather shoes. The sailboat was a two hour, champagne included, live music, sail into the sunset, followed by a moonlit tour of the coastline. Afterward, we had Kermit’s Key lime and coconut ice cream followed by two pounds of stone crab claws. If he didn’t propose that night, it wasn’t going to happen on this vacation!

Looking down at my hands, I thought there was no need to repaint my nails. Mom ended up talking about how it looks cheesy to have chipped nails at the beach and convinced me to at least cover up the chipped nails and put a clear coat on top. I ended up doing that. After I went into the bedroom to find Abby struggling to try and find a bathing suit, so I decided to help her pick something out. We then were talking about going shopping for a swimsuit. I saw a Lily Pulitzer store the other day and thought about maybe checking it out. Abby and I approached mom to go shopping. However, Musa wanted to go to crash the Waldorf Casa Marina which was right down the road and hang by the pool, just him and I. He ended up convincing me not to go shopping and to go to the resort with him.

Once we arrived at the resort we were greeted by the hotel members with a warm “welcome back!” which we replied, “Why, thank you!” We immediately went to the pool bar and grabbed a drink, me a Strawberry Daiquiri and Musa a Mojito. Afterwards, we walked the beach, took some pictures of the water and walked the dock. Then we saw some couples getting a massage on the water. I wanted one so bad so we went inside and scheduled a 3:00 pm massage by the water, it was around 1:15 pm at this point. So we hit the pool. We sat by the water and then I felt so hot that I jumped in. Around 1:30 pm Musa said that he saw this really neat butterfly park on his run and he wanted to show me it. I said, “oh really? Can we go later?” He told me that it was closing early because of the holiday. I did not want to go, I was enjoying the cool pool water. I said, “Could we go tomorrow? He said, “No, they’re closed on the weekends, and it’s only 5 minutes away, we will go see it quick and come right back.” I almost fought him on this but ended up putting on my cover up and going with him. I five minutes walk down the road and we arrived at the Key West Botanical Gardens.

We walked through the brick hallway into a small office. A man was on his cell phone but quickly got off and said, “Hello, welcome to the Key West Botanical Gardens. Have you been here before?” To which Musa replied, “No.” The man said, “Sign in here, this garden was founded during the civil war times, and we have all sorts of tropical plants here, it is a very magical place, enjoy!”  We said thank you and were on our way. The gardens were beautiful; they twisted and turned with the overgrowth covering the way. Musa lead me to a butterfly garden where we saw two butterflies fluttering around the vegetation. Then we began to walk towards a path. The path split in two, I began to quote Robert Frost, “Oh look!, Two roads diverged in a yellow….” Before I could continue on, Musa interrupted me and said, “And we take this one.”

He leads me up the path to the left. At which point I noticed Sunset rose petals lined the path. I looked up and saw a mosaic table with two champagne glasses, a bottle of champagne, and THE ring! I began to cry, not just cry, but lose it! He continued to lead the way up the path. I sobbed, “are you kidding me, are you serious!” On top of the hill, I realized our view was the ocean side, we were right on the shore! The scenery couldn’t have been more perfect! He then got down on one knee as I continued to cry! He took the ring in his hand and my hand in his other and said, “I knew after the third date that you were the one for me, that I was going to marry you, I want to grow old for you, playing gin in rocking chairs on the porch, I want to build my life with you, and if you give me the pleasure of making me that happiest man alive, will you marry me?” Apparently, I screamed yes, about 3 times or so. He was so nervous he tried to put the ring on my right hand, I helped him onto the left. Then we kissed!

And then it set in, my panic attack!  Afterwards, we packed up and headed back home, to find my parents greeting us with more champagne! Little did I know they surprised us and captured the entire moment! Abby and mom were hiding in the bushes the entire time!

When mom and Musa went for a run on at the beginning of the week, they literally ran into the garden! The garden gate that was normally is locked, was open… and Musa walked in. Upon exploring the garden he was lead to the two split paths. At the base of the paths was a hummingbird stone. Musa knew this was the place he was going to propose to me. So they took more photographs to document the moment and planned the proposal! They all knew and kept it behind my back!!! Abby and Mom set up the proposal site when we were at the resort, however, Musa’s phone died, so he couldn’t text them when we were arriving. Since I was so stubborn to go, we weren’t at their planned time. When they heard us arrive they weren’t in the right picture taking the spot! Abby started to cry because she thought the moment was ruined so mom jumped the fence and brush and saved the day! What a story! It was the best proposal ever!

Want to hear what happens next? Check out our engagement session HERE.

 

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