Our Engagement Story

Today is exactly 2 months since we’ve been engaged, and I thought I would share our engagement story.

I was involved in the ring design. I knew a proposal was coming. I thought I knew the date the ring would be ready. I knew he needed to get the ring without making me suspicious. There was no way he was going to be able to surprise me….or so I thought.

The whole week leading up to the proposal he kept alluding that he wouldn’t be able to get the ring for a couple weeks and that he wouldn’t be proposing for a while. I never once took that to mean that he was throwing me off track. I genuinely believed him…

We decided to take a last minute ski trip with my family to Mammoth for Easter weekend, which was coincidentally also our 3-year anniversary. Mammoth is a special place for my family and I, as that’s where my mom grew up and where I spent pretty much every winter. I never had any idea he was thinking about proposing this weekend, or I would have gotten my nails done!

On our last night there, Easter Sunday, we all had dinner reservations at Whitebark in the Village. The whole night leading up to it, I kept saying how happy I was. The weekend gave us great weather, we had some awesome runs, and we had an amazing view of the snow falling from our table.

At the end of dinner, we decided to all share a chocolate cake. As they are bringing out dessert, I noticed all the staff looking in our direction, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the cake. Not because I saw the ring, but I saw some “decoration” on top of it that looked too shiny to be just a decoration. I couldn’t figure it out. They started bringing it directly to me, but I kept thinking to myself that I wasn’t eating it alone, it was for all of us to share. The cake with this beautiful ring sitting right on top was staring directly at me. When I finally realized what was happening, all I could say to my now fiancé is “is this really happening” with streams of tears coming down my cheeks. And he was down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together. I cried off and on for about 15 minutes.

I always thought I knew just how I wanted our engagement to be, but I couldn’t have imagined it any more perfect than this. I know that sounds cheesy, but having my family there and my 9-year old brother meant so much to me. It was such a surreal moment that it took a while for me to even realize what was happening, but I could never forget it.

Xx,

Alyssa Ren

Announcement Image: Rudee Michelle

Engagement Pictures: Bailey Webster

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