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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Friday

Now that it's officially Fall, I feel compelled to share a story and explain why I love this time of year so much. There's a sense of comfort and excitement that overcomes me when the weather starts to cool down and the leaves begin to change color. Certain times of the year cause me reflect on memorable moments and just give me an overall good feeling. Do you know what I mean?  

Almost three years ago, on Friday, October 19th, to be exact, I was sitting at my desk working away, when my boss sent out an email to our team with the subject "Fall Friday." She graciously told our team that we could shut down our computers at 3 pm and go enjoy the day. An extra two hours, I'll take it! Whit (who at the time was just my boyfriend) and I were planning on spending the weekend with my parents and enjoying a nice dinner in Beaufort with them that evening. 

Anxious to get on the road, I packed up my suitcase and was ready to head out the door. As we were about to leave, Whit suggested that I change out of the gym clothes I was wearing so I didn't waste any time getting ready once we got to my parent's house. After a little back and forth discussion about this, I decided to go ahead and change and get ready for the evening before we left the house. Although workout pants seemed more appealing for the 1.5 hour car ride, but hey, choose your battles, right?

After stopping at a gas station for a little snack, Whit decided to change out of his t-shirt into a button down he was planning to wear to dinner that evening. He said it was because he had been sweating and wanted to go ahead and change. Strange, but okay.

Back on the road, we were coming up on the most beautiful plantation, one that I've always been infatuated with, called Bonny Hall. Located off River Road in Beaufort County, this stunning plantation has been around since the 1700s. As we approached the plantation, Whit began to slow down. He asked if I wanted to stop and quickly tour the grounds while we were in the area. I immediately questioned how this would be possible, given that it's not open to the public. Whit said he had met the manager a few weeks ago and he said he would be more than happy for us to stop by sometime and take a tour. So, I got out of the truck hesitantly, took Whit's hand, and trusted that this story was accurate and that we weren't going to get arrested for trespassing. 

We walked around to the front of the house, admiring the grounds and taking it all in. As we made our way to the back, there was a massive, beautiful old oak tree with a tree house built into it. Whit's first reaction was obviously to climb to the top and take a look around. So, up the ladder we went, only to discover that the view was even better. As we stood at the top of the tree, Whit began to continuously clear his throat, something he is known to do when he is nervous. After taking in the view for a few minutes, he casually pointed out a rope that was dangling from the side of the tree, which he then proceeded to pull up to the top so we could see what was tied to the end. At the end of the rope was an old basket covered in moss. At this point I was a bit confused about everything that was going on, including what in the world we were doing in the top of this tree. He slowly opened up the basket, and inside was a beautiful diamond ring. The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee asking me to spend forever with him. I was in complete shock and stood there trying to grasp what had just happened. Everything became one big exciting blur. Luckily, just above our heads, sitting on a large branch and covered in camo, was a photographer who captured it all on video. I had always told Whit that it was important to me to have the moment captured and I'm so glad we did. We spent a few hours on the property taking photos and enjoying champagne. And you all should know by now that I said yes. 

And that is exactly why I get that warm, fuzzy feeling inside when the season changes. Side note, I later discovered that my boss was in on this surprise the whole time, hence the reason we were able to leave early. 

 Below are some photos from that special day. 

Happy Fall!



  1. Aw what a sweet story!! So was your boss in on it too since he let you leave early? October is always so magical in my opinion between the cooler weather and all the fun events!
    Ally- Life as I know it

    1. Yep! I found out later that my boss knew exactly what was going on, and that's why we were able to leave sneaky.

  2. aww i love this!! such a sweet story and the photos are gorgeous. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  3. Beautiful pictures! Perfect fall background and what a sweet way to propose! Can I live there now?

    1. Thank you! And I know right...I would gladly move right in!

  4. awwww this is so sweet! i've never even met you but reading this made me all smiley! y'all are adorable. :)

  5. Anonymous9/25/2015

    Aw wow. I got the warm and fuzzies too thanks to you! How sweet. Cheers to a great guy :)


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