We all knew this day would be coming, but it didn’t make it any less memorable, any less perfect. It was Thanksgiving two years ago when we first met my sister’s boyfriend Manolo, and it was on that same day that, collectively, we fell in love with him. He has a warmth and an authenticity and hugs for all and most importantly, cares deeply for Whitney.
When it came time for Manolo to pop the question, his plan was this: to redeem a coupon Whitney had given him for an indoor picnic. Well, Whitney has a tendency to go all out in her planning and crafting (she was my maid of honor, so I know first hand!) but little did she know, she was actually doing so for her very own proposal…
“I knew when it came time for Manolo to propose, that he would put a lot of thought and creativity into it and make it a surprise, something he has proven to be very successful at. It was his perfect plan for me to be so wrapped up in planning my own surprise “indoor picnic” for him, that I was completely unaware of the fact that he was also planning something very special, our engagement. I walked into his apartment to find it completely transformed into a romantic, rustic and oh so cozy indoor picnic spot complete with a photo timeline of our relationship. I slowly made my way down the timeline, and when I got to the end it said “engagement”…I turned around and Manolo was already on his knee holding out a ring:
‘I just want to tell you that I love you so much, and that you are the love of my life. This ring means to me forever and I hope it means the same for you.”
I couldn’t believe it was happening! I was in shock and Manolo was slightly nervous, so I might have had to remind him to ask the question before eagerly slipping the beautiful ring on my finger. I said yes! Of course :)’
The family was lucky enough to get to crash their romantic picnic afterwards in celebration and I had my cameras to document the joy and the details…
To Whitney and Manolo, we are SO excited for you! It’s been amazing to see God work in you both and see your relationship grow and while you, Manolo, have long felt like a part of the family, we can’t wait to see it made official. Love you two!