Florida, Part 4: Saying Yes

by Julie on July 30, 2013

in Relationship,Travel

Todd’s uncle has a few condos/apartments on Siesta Key Beach, Florida. Last year, when we were visiting, he showed us a really nice apartment that directly overlooks the beach. I remember whispering to Todd that I hoped we could someday stay there because the view was so spectacular.

On Sunday, June 30, Todd and I packed up to drive to Siesta Key. I knew we were staying in one of his uncle’s places, and assumed we were staying in the same place as last year, which was really nice. Todd just responded by telling me that he had a surprise for me.

When we arrived at the beach, his uncle was there to greet us and immediately took us upstairs to the really nice apartment overlooking the beach that we toured last year. I was in heaven and very surprised! The apartment is gorgeous and I figured that was the end of Todd’s surprises for the day.

We decided on sushi at Jo To that night and had a really good meal, complete with saki for two. We both love sushi and this was a perfect way to begin our Siesta Key trip.



We got back to the apartment around 7:45 and Todd wanted to go for a sunset walk. Sunset was at 8:29 and we left around 8 pm. I took this picture on Instagram right before we left.

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Our walk was very normal. Walking is our thing – we love walking in the evenings and having a beautiful sunset beach just fed our ritual.

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Looking back, I’m really happy I brought my iPhone to take some random pictures. I was very Instagram happy and knew I would want to post these later.

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About 20 minutes into our walk down the beach, we turned around and headed back to the apartment. There were a lot of people along the beach, trying to capture a good picture of the sunset. Right when the sun was about to set, a lot of clouds shielded the glory. Photographers and families were visibly disappointed by the lack of perfect, but Todd and I didn’t care. We knew we could come back the following day for another chance on the sunset.

When we were about half-way back to the apartment, my left hand in Todd’s right hand, he started rubbing my left ring finger. At first, I didn’t mind, but then I kept looking at him and was like, “Um… what are you doing?” He would stop and then start again. He kept doing this, randomly, until we were pretty close to the apartment. I looked at him again and asked, “Why do you keep doing that?”

Todd said, “Soon, I won’t be able to rub my finger there easily.” All the sudden, I look to my left and Todd is down on one knee holding out a beautiful white gold, pear shaped ring.

At this point in the story, I want to type out exactly what Todd said and how I romantically accepted his proposal and there were unicorns and butterflies on the beach in response to our major turning point, but that’s not what happened.

I do not remember what he said. All I remember is tearing up and exclaiming, “Is this thing for real?!”

“Are you sure?”

“Is that ring real?”

“No really, are you serious?!”

Yep. Apparently, that is how I respond to someone asking me to marry them. :-) After what Todd describes as an extra long time on his knee, he interrupted me and said, “Julie! Yes or No?”


And finally, he put the gorgeous ring on my finger and I was balling my eyes out and hugging and kissing him. Once the initial shock was over, I realized what time it was: 8:45 pm. I had to call my mom before she went to sleep. From the beach, I called her and told her the fantastic news. Then, we washed off our sandy feet and went inside to call everyone.

We opened champagne and proceeded to have the best family and friend conversations ever. Besides committing to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, having these conversations are probably the best part about getting engaged.



Surrounding the setting that Todd picked out is my grandmother‘s diamond. Every time I look at it, I think of love. Love for Todd and the love my grandparents had for each other all the way to the end. Their relationship was the type of true love you can only hope for and one that I have found.

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jennifer@knackfornutrition.com July 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I am so happy for you! Congratulations!


Alicia at Poise in Parma July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

What a beautiful touch by using your Grandma’s diamond! Congrats again – I’m so very happy for you both!!
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Christie July 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

So lovely!!! I love the way you responded!!!


Shannon July 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Beautiful story, GORGEOUS ring!! I love that its your Grandma’s diamond, too!

My ring will be coming next month – I’m trying my best to be very patient! It too has a family connection for both Ry & I, it just means SO much more that way, doesn’t it?!

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Jess July 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm

What a lovely story and so sweet to have family incorporated into the special day! Congratulations and wishing you both all the best!!! xo
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Jenn Eby July 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

What an awesome story!! Congratulations…and don’t worry you are not the only one who reacts that way! I smacked Steve and just kept saying “shut up! Shut up!”


Pati July 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Awwwww, so romantic and so nicely documented. So, so happy for you!


Heather July 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

How beautiful (both the story and the ring) – congratulations – sounds like a fairy tale!
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Allison July 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Julie – I love the story! Congrats to both of you.
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Erin M July 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Hahaha! We both said the same thing when we were proposed to. :D Congrats girl!!


Sourire11 July 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Congratulations!!!!! Love the story behind the ring.


Shaina July 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

LOVE your engagement story! Also, for some (really weird) reason, my first thought when Matt proposed was also “is this a real ring? or maybe it’s a fake? or a toy?” Which makes NO SENSE AT ALL. Glad I’m not the only one. :)


Suzanne July 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Congratulations! I am very happy for you.
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Jessica @ Anchored in CLE July 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

This is such a lovely story! Congrats lady :)
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Amy July 31, 2013 at 12:08 am

Congratulations!!! So exciting! And such a sweet beautiful ring!
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Renee July 31, 2013 at 6:59 am

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story!


ClassyFabSarah July 31, 2013 at 7:59 am

Giiiiirl, I like to think I have a gorgeous pear-shaped ring but THAT IS A GORGEOUS PEAR RING!!

You’re getting marrrried!!
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Nidhi August 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I love you! Congratulations!
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