the story

25 Oct

After two glorious days in Ojai last weekend, at an amazing Manifestation workshop with Jennifer Pastiloff ( I will share more about it in a later post!), I woke up Sunday morning with a sore throat and decided that I didn’t have the energy for another full day of yoga. When I called Brian to tell him that I would be home by noon instead of six, he acted very strange. He actually sounded disappointed I was coming home (I now know that this was because I put a serious time crunch on his set up!) I asked, “What’s wrong with you? You don’t want me to come home? You aren’t excited to see me?” blah blah blah. He tried to backtrack but the damage was done- my feelings were hurt and I spent the WHOLE two-hour car ride home annoyed with him.

When I pulled up to our house, I noticed that all the shades were drawn on the windows. How strange, I thought. Brian usually loves to open all the shades and let the light pour in….maybe he went out? As I stared up at the windows contemplating this, I saw his little head poke out from behind one of the shades. With a surprised look on his face, he yelled, “hi babe!” I was still annoyed by our earlier conversation, so I just muttered a flat, “hi”.

Let me set the scene for you. I was dressed in pajamas, I had no make-up on, my hair was in an unbrushed bun on my head and I hadn’t showered in two days. I was a sight to behold! But I didn’t care because my plan was to climb back into bed with a book and relax for the afternoon.

I dragged myself up the stairs, opened the front door and saw that our living room was covered in rose petals, flickering candles and vases of red and white roses. The whole situation was such a surprise that it took me a minute to register what was happening. I thought…why the hell are there rose petals all over our house??? When I saw a smiley and nervous Brian standing in the middle of it all, it hit me what was happening and then I thought…I can’t believe I’m wearing fucking pajamas right now!!!

Brian got down on one knee and said a bunch of incredibly romantic and beautiful things, all of which are a bit of a blur because I was having an out-of-body experience. But it ended with…”Will you marry me?” I was so overcome with emotion and excitement that I threw myself down on the ground and wrapped my arms around him (I broke my sunglasses and almost lit myself on fire in the process. It was graceful) We cried, laughed and kissed…soaking in the moment. Then Brian said…”Don’t you want to see the ring??!”

In the heat of the moment I had forgotten about the ring!! I screamed…”YES!” He opened the box and inside was the exact ring I wanted. He had picked perfectly. A very good sign that I am marrying the right man.

Holy shit!! I’m getting married!!!

I am the luckiest girl in the world to be marrying this man. He is the kindest, most generous, creative, soulful, intelligent, honest, funny and sexy man I have ever met- he’s my best friend and I can’t wait to be his wife.

I have been walking around in a daze of joy the last few days. I am so grateful.

…365 til wedding?

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35 Responses to “the story”

  1. eerika October 25, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    I am so very very happy for you! Love the pics! Xoxo

  2. Stephanie Neutze October 25, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Manifesting Magic! Congrats! And I am dying because you are wearing the fred shirt! HA!

    • katemcclafferty October 25, 2012 at 8:04 am #

      I know!!! That shirt will forever be memorialized in my life!!! hahahaha. So ridiculous.

  3. Louise Ward October 25, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Congratulations, Kate and nice going, Brian!

  4. PEM October 25, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    This reminds us of one of our favorite quotes: “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally. . . .. We love you both Dad and Pamela

    • SewHaute October 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

  5. cravesadventure October 25, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    You have a Keeper indeed – what a Romantic! Congrats – you will never forget the proposal – ahhh memories!!! Have a Wonderful Day:)

  6. AlisaG October 25, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    yay for love

  7. littlemissobsessivesanatomy October 25, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    wow…so awesome…so happy for you… 🙂 Big congratulations to both of you again 😀

  8. Debbi Lanza October 25, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    This is just So wonderful. What a fabulous engagement story! Wishing both of you all the love in the world!

  9. barbarapotter October 25, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Oh I just love this so much. I was so excited when you got home and told Jen. What a wonderful surprise. So romantic, Something you will never forget. You are f*#cking amazing woman and I love you. You are manifesting the best life ever.. I was waiting for the story. Now let’s see the ring too.

  10. Sarah October 25, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Such a great story! Sounds like something I would do… coming home early & grumpy so that planning a surprise is difficult. I’m notorious for messing up surprise plans!
    Enjoy the engagement and wedding planning process. If you need any vendor rec’s or want an overwhelming list of blogs & recourses let me know. looking at wedding stuff day & night is both my job & hobby 🙂

    • katemcclafferty October 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Thank you Sarah!! I would love love love any ideas you have. I’m totally overwhelmed already:) Your invitations are so beautiful by the way:) LOVE

      • Sarah October 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

        Thanks for the lovely comments about my invites. So sweet 🙂 I’m gonna email you some wedding goodies this weekend.

  11. miss1sue October 25, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    very cool….I love hearing proposal stories and this was a good one. Congrats! 🙂

  12. becca3416 October 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Adorable. Y’all go very well together. Obviously.

  13. Erin Haslag (@WELLinLA) October 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    YAY!!!!!!!!! I love the story! And am so happy for you and Brian!

    Yes to 365 til wedding (but from experience it feels more like 6 weeks until wedding with the way time flies by!!)

  14. SewHaute October 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    I Love you both so much 🙂 I AM THE LUCKIEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD TO KNOW YOU TWO ❤ I am so happy we all have each other. But more importantly, that you both have each other ❤

  15. lissa bliss October 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Yay. So happy for you 🙂 What a beautiful story!!!

  16. Eliana Crema October 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Awww… this is so cute! And funny! 🙂

    “I can’t believe I’m wearing fucking pajamas right now!!!”


    That and the comment about almost setting yourself on fire cracked me up! 🙂

    Congratulations and happy wedding plan fun!


  17. righteousbruin9 October 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    This makes 2 Fantastic and Awesome couples taking the pledge next year! You will be even more terrific a couple than you are right now. Congratulations and have a great time planning the Big Day! :}

  18. christine October 26, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Congratulations, lady!!! I’m still laughing at your story and Lincoln is looking at me like… what’s so funny, mom? Wishing you both a life full of joy and love and moments that make your heart so full it spills over.

  19. sarahannnoel October 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    EEEEEEHHHH!! Of course I saw the news on Twitter/Instagram, but I’m just getting around to catching up on blog reading this week. So excited to see the story up here.

    So many congratulations, miss. What an addition to the beautiful story you’re already telling!

  20. Ashley Fontaine October 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    I love this post! And I love that Bri captured the moment on camera. Such beautiful memories for life. So so happy for you both! Love you.

  21. Arlen Shahverdyan October 28, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Hi Kate, you have a very nice blog here! Wish you all the best in your future endeavours! Thank you very much for following my blog!


  22. Chantal November 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Babe, congratulations you have manifested one I your dreams. I am so happy for you. Your post made me laugh, who would have thought you would be in your pj’s, lol
    Love ya!


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