Our Engagement Story

The past few days have been such a blur but it really happened. We’re engaged! I can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my life with this guy.

It all happened on Saturday afternoon. We were packing for our trip to Portugal so I was bouncing around from room to room and getting ready to run a few last minute errands. Conor asked me to sit down for a second, gave me a kiss, and I’m not sure what was said because as I said, everything’s a blur, but realized suddenly that I didn’t like the sweater I has on and went back into the bedroom to change.

Conor seemed visibly nervous and maybe a little annoyed by the fact that I was all over the place, so he asked if I’d bring our passports into the living room so he could book our train ticket. He went into the other room to get Buddy and sat him next to us on the sofa, and asked if I was sure we had everything we needed.

“I think so?”
“Are you sure? You can’t think of anything else?”

I knew he had a ring and thought he might propose before our trip, and actually told a close friend I thought it would happen that day. But it was 3:00 in the afternoon and we had errands to run, so I was a really thrown off. In my head I was all “well I’d love my ring” since I knew he had it but held back and reminded him that we had errands to run. Breezy, right?

Conor told me he had something he thought I might want to bring on the trip and right there in our first home with our two pups, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

I remember him telling me he loved me and couldn’t imagine spending the rest of his life with anyone else. I said I loved him, kept asking if this was really happening, and tried to steady my shaky hands. We called some of our family and friends and hopped in the car to get Buddy’s pills before the pharmacy closed.

Once we got home I was told I had an hour to get ready. We were off to Sportsman Club–the spot where we had our first date on May 19 almost two years ago. We sat in the same booth where we first met and even had the same drinks – tequila & soda for me and a bourbon-amaro concoction for him. Less than two years ago I met this guy on Tinder for a first date and here we are celebrating our engagement.

We got to Maude’s where there was a bottle of champagne and a card from my future sister-in-law waiting for us. I felt generally suspicious that something else might happen and joked that I was waiting for Emilia to pop up with her camera. Conor said we weren’t done celebrating and that he wanted to stop by the pups to let the dogs out, which is when things started coming together. The dogs had gone out less than 3 hours earlier and it was then that I realized Conor had made me take all our folded piles of clothes off the bed so we wouldn’t “mess them up when we got home late” and that he had cleaned the entire kitchen before we left.

There were people at our place.

We got home and I walked in to find over 30 friends and a few of my soon-to-be family members there to celebrate us.

And who did I spot first? Emilia with her camera. Knew it. She captured my all-time favorite photo and so many more amazing moments. I don’t know how anything will ever top this. Thank you so, so much, Em. We love you!

Here are a few favorites–all shot by Emilia–from the evening.

A hug for my future mother-in-law!

FaceTiming my new sister!
Mimi gave me a beautiful little ring holder. I got one from my new aunt Carol, too! I grew up without any aunts and uncles and Conor’s mom is one of eight, so my tiny, tiny family just got a lot bigger.
Smothering my first little love. 
We’re currently on a layover in Ireland and should be in Portugal in a few hours. So excited to have the next week to celebrate our engagement together.

The following morning, we had brunch plans with my friend Jessie since she’s moving away. I casually asked if anyone else was joining since I felt a surprise coming on, and (I’m the worst) guessed exactly who would be there. Jenn and Katie were both shooting weddings the night before, so we were able to celebrate with everyone before leaving for Portugal.

Even though I saw it coming it was still such a surprise and the most perfect evening. Thank you to everyone who commented and reached out the past few days. To our friends and family who celebrated us and to Emilia for capturing the happiest night of my life. And to my fiancé for asking me to spend the rest of my life with him.

  • Heather Tackett

    Congratulations Danielle! I wish a lifetime of happiness for you and Conor. YOU TWO are quite possibly the Cutest couple ever!!!

  • Janine

    Congrats! It sounds like Conor did a great job planning out an amazing surprise for you! The first few days are a whirlwind – enjoy them and your trip!

  • Congratulations! So lovely to have it all documented like that!

  • Congratulations! Sounds like such an incredible night and a perfect proposal. Wish you both the best and hope you have an amazing time in Portugal. x

  • Ashley La Fleur

    BEYOND happy for you Danielle! 🙂 And Con(n)or’s are pretty great to be engaged to 😉

  • Oh Danielle! I’m so happy for you. Congratulations and enjoy your time together in Portugal!

    xo, Laura

  • Mimi Napleton Collins

    Enjoy every moment! 😘

  • Maura Keeley

    Congrats!!! This is so exciting!! Enjoy & can’t wait to follow along your planning process 😉 (!!!!!!!)

  • Mallory Marie

    Congratulations to you both!

  • schuelove

    LOVED reading this! SO happy for you Danielle!! You are going to make one stunning bride!! XO

  • Congrats again, Danielle! Loved reading how it all happened. He pulled it off so well. I love an understated and wildly romantic engagement like yours.

  • Congrats!! What a sweet story and I’m so happy for you two!! Enjoy your trip! 🙂

    xo, Sarah

  • Best wishes on your engagement! What a sweet story – I love that you suspected it might happen but it all still unfolded so naturally.

    xx Jean

  • Amy Austin

    Awwwww, I love reading about proposals! Congrats to you two!!!!!

  • Jessica

    Congratulations, Danielle! I’m so happy for you! That first picture of the two of you walking in is perfect.

  • Another online dating success story. This makes me so happy. Best wishes and congrats!

  • Congratulations Danielle! These pictures are amazing. So happy for you and Conor! Have an amazing time in Portugal!

  • Jessica Steiert

    Congratulations! Such a great story and such wonderful pictures. Have a fantastic time in Portugal!

  • Congrats congrats congrats!!!! I loved reading more details about the special day and am so happy for you guys! xoxo

  • Virginia Schneider

    Congratulations Danielle! What a wonderful story and how great to start your engagement with a trip! Best wishes!

  • Congrats!!! xo

  • Jenny B.

    You look absolutely radiant! Best wishes to you, and thank you for sharing this with all of your readers!

  • Congrats! What beautiful photos, they truly capture the emotion. Have a fabulous time in Portugal!

    Brittany |

  • Congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for sharing how you met on Tinder and your engagement with your readers!

  • How long have you know he had the ring?? That would be way too hard for me not to pry!

  • Love you so much, friend. I am tearing up all over again. So glad I got to celebrate with you before your trip. Soak it up and enjoy every moment. xoxoxo

  • Jena

    This is amazing…congrats to the both of you! xo

  • Nicole

    Such a happy story- and the happiness is mirrored in the pictures!!! Congrats!

  • Awww congratulations! Such an exciting time of life! You are both radiant with happiness!!

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