The Proposal

Photography by Erin Trimble Photography

The last five days have been such a whirlwind! First off, J and I are so grateful for your love and support during this very special time.  I can’t believe today is the day that we share our engagement story with y’all! We’ve never been so nervous, excited, and thrilled all at the same time.  It was truly one of the best days of our lives, but we know that the best is yet to come.

Now, without further ado…it begins…

About five weeks ago, J told me to get dressed up because we were going to dinner.

What’s the catch, right? Why five weeks ago?

Well, instead of taking me directly to dinner, to my surprise, we made a pit stop…at a jeweler.  Jordan had a setting picked out and several center stone diamonds overnighted for us to look at.  I was too stunned to even do anything — it was quite possibly the most romantic gesture ever.  I looked at a few different rings {bawling my eyes out when I tried on the first one}, but none of them compared to the one he had already picked out.

This may be taboo for some people. I understand that not *everyone* wants to know an engagement is coming, but I appreciate him taking my ring preference into consideration when needless to say, he didn’t even need it.  Plus, the excitement was totally worth it.

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Fast forward five weeks.

Past our amazing October.  Past the fall itinerary.  Past him asking my parents {and my brother & sister} for their blessing.  Past him choosing a diamond.  Past him concocting a plan with Erin throughout the five weeks.

aaaaand BAM. Here we are.  I was aware that it was coming, but I honestly had no clue when.  Would it be around Thanksgiving? Christmas? The New Year? January?

We’ve had a few photoshoots scheduled with Erin Trimble, but they were all getting rained out due to the funky weather.  She wanted to get a holiday photoshoot on the calendar, since she books up pretty quickly.  Weeks in advance, we decided on a Saturday evening photoshoot at Black Acre {my favorite place to photograph}.

As time started to creep up, we realized it was the one year anniversary of when we met {an extremely special day for the both of us}. He planned morning massages for us and dinner reservations post-shoot.  I offered to cancel the photoshoot, but he insisted that it only takes us a hot second to get a few outfits done and to not worry about it.  He’s always such a good sport.

So, above, are the photos of us doing our thaaang.  Casually in a huge field in this aggressive {yet beautiful} sequin dress and these rockstud pumps. I didn’t want to ruin my heels, so I made J pick me up and carry me across this field.  Trust me, he works out.  He squats quadruple my weight.  He typically lifts me as though I’m light as a feather.  30 yards in, he’s profusely sweating and practically drops me.  I was slightly confused {and offended}, but brushed it off.  My booty must have been weighing him down.

I *clearly* have no idea of what’s to come.  I didn’t even realize that this photoshoot and date were actually planned by him and Erin to begin with.  I was unaware that he was so nervous, especially with the ring in his pocket, that the last thing he wanted to do was carry me across a field.

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When we finished with everything, Jordan turns to me.  He gets really serious and tells me he loves me. His voice cracked and he seemed uncharacteristically nervous. {He denies this, of course.}

I nonchalantly reply “psh, I love you too!”

And then he repeats himself, “Grace, I love you.  And I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

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I look at Erin and literally say “What’s happening?”

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J gives me the sweetest spiel {which is a little too intimate for me to share}, and then ends it with a request — will I be Mrs. Grace Noel White?

I honestly kind of blacked out for a little bit.  I was shaking — I couldn’t believe that the day I had been dreaming about since I was a little girl was here.  I had prayed to God for a selfless, compassionate, and caring man that I could spend the rest of my life with and create a family with.  The day I met Jordan, I knew he was the one I had been praying for.

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He got down on one knee — a moment I will never forget — and asked to spend forever with me.  For me to be his partner in crime, to be the mother of his future children, to be his lobster.  He made me promises that shook me to my core.  I had never felt so loved and cared for.

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So, OBVIOUSLY, I said hell yes.  Well, to be honest, I kissed him and then told him “I’d be honored”.  {‘Honored’, Grace? Really? You couldn’t just say ‘yes’?}

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Gosh, didn’t he do well!? The ring is absolutely stunning and more importantly, I love having a reminder on my hand of our devotion to each other.

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After it finally sunk in…we both got giddy.

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*shook*

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*always making me laugh, even during the most important of moments*

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*another wave of tears came for me*

*cue Kim Kardashian ugly cry*

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I will never forget this moment.  After it all, we held each other in an extremely long embrace — it felt as though the world had stopped.

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In J’s own words, “when you have the best, you lock it down.” {He’s so sweet.}

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Photography by Erin Trimble Photography

Afterwards, J had planned quite the night for us.  We got into the car and FaceTimed our family and friends.  Marilyn, Alex, and Autumn were already planning my bachelorette trip during the calls haha.

We drove to our first pitstop — but before walking in, he handed me a letter to read.  A letter that I will cherish forever…and a letter that brought way too many tears to both of our eyes than we’d like to admit.  We arrived at Side Bar to grab a drink, sitting at the same table {and ordering the same cocktails} as we did on our first date. The manager congratulated us as it was clear that J and I were on cloud nine.

Following our drink, we went to Seviche, my fave restaurant in Louisville, to celebrate our engagement at a personal candlelit dinner. {J’s dinner plans weren’t so bad after all…}

Right when I thought the night was over, he drove me to one last surprise.  He walked me into Saints, the bar where we first met.  He guided me to the spot where we shook hands and introduced ourselves, and in that spot, was my family and our close friends, all there to congratulate us and celebrate.  It was such a meaningful evening, and we of course, took a tequila shot as our night cap {we took a tequila shot the first night we met}.

It’s crazy what can happen in a year.  I met the love of my life and the rest is history.

I was having a hard time ending this post, because frankly, I think I could talk about that evening forever. Then I realized that this post doesn’t have an ending, but instead, a beginning. Thank you so much for all of the love, excitement, and gratitude.We look forward to sharing our journey with y’all!

…Now, let’s plan a wedding!

82 Responses to The Proposal

  1. A says:

    This is such a beautiful story! Congrats!

  2. Angela K says:

    Reading this gave me chills and I started to tear up!!
    Thrilled for you two and the love that you have (that will continue to grow)!
    Here’s to a great season in your lives!!

  3. Kayla Trujillo says:

    Now, I’m Kim Kardashian ugly crying.. Oh my goodness, magically beautiful! Wishing you both a lifetime of love, embarking God’s blessings together. <3

  4. Shannon says:

    I’m emotional and I don’t have a personal relationship with either of you. What an incredible surprise! I’m so glad you have these memories to cherish and the day unraveled perfectly. I think Jordan including you in making sure the ring would be perfect is an amazing gesture. It’s on your hand for the rest of your life! My favorite picture is your look of shock. It definitely reads “what is going on here!?” Cheers to celebrations and wedding plans. I can’t wait to follow your journey!

    • Thanks, Shannon! and thanks so much for reading this post. I love that photo of shock! It’s my fave ha! It was such a beautiful evening and we can’t wait to share the rest of this journey with y’all! Xx

  5. Lauren says:

    What a beautiful proposal – so incredibly sweet and thoughtful. I am so happy for you two. I wish you nothing but the best in your marriage. Cheers to endless years of happiness!

  6. Karissa says:

    Such a beautiful couple! Brought tears to my eyes remembering my own engagement. Congrats to you and have fun on your wedding planning adventure!

  7. Ashley says:

    Congratulations Grace! Your ring and the story is amazing! I recently got engaged myself in September, and I too helped with the ring as my parents gave him the sapphire that was once my grandmothers engagement stone. I just didn’t know when he was. I was constantly thinking any little moment might be it! Congrats again and from one bride to another, good luck on all your planning and just remember to breathe and enjoy this whirlwind of a new adventure together! Xoxo

    • Thanks, Ashley! ME TOO! We would be going to get coffee or something and I’m like *oh is it going to happen* lol! Thanks for reading and we’re excited to share this journey with you! Xx

  8. KD says:

    I have loved watching you find love with Jordan. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us! Wishing you two all the best!

  9. Autumn says:

    I don’t know you,but stumbled across your insta & started following your blog…love your style & workout info! I recently got engaged in October & we are planning an April wedding {fast, but when ya know…ya know} anyway just wanted to say congrats and I’m excited for all your wedding posts! Also we are going to be at the Derby after the wedding, so I’d love tips of fun things to do in Louisville during that time! Thanks and congrats again!

    • Hi Autumn! Thanks so much for reading this post and I’m so glad you’ve been following along. We’re both so excited for this fun time! P.S. Congrats to you! Derby is a blast here, I would definitely check out Lola/butchertown grocery, feast bbq, and proof! Xx

  10. Kim says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! This story is precious and the pictures are so amazing.

    KIM

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  11. Dani says:

    Congrats!!! Beautiful story! Literally brought tears to my eyes reading it, because I am still currently on my journey to finding the man God has for me. I know your wedding will be amazing!! Can’t wait to see what it looks like!!

  12. Pam A. says:

    Congratulations! Such a sweet story! Have fun with all of the wedding plans!!

  13. Jenn Lake says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Couldn’t be happier for you both! Yayyyyy!

  14. Alaina says:

    Grace! Congrats! Brought tears to my eyes! So happy for you both! Love this photo shoot!! Stunning!

  15. Roshni says:

    There’s not enough words – this is just so beautiful. Congratulations to you both!

  16. Bonne says:

    Congratulations!! I love all the photos! They truly capture the love y’all have for each other! Many blessings to both of you as you embark on this journey together. ❤️

  17. Anna Daniel says:

    Absolutely beautiful story! Your engagement story brought me to tears and made me hopeful. I love that you shared this with all of us.

  18. Anna Daniel says:

    Congratulations! My husband and I️ picked out my ring together as well. And I️ truly think I­t­ was just as special as him proposing ❤️

  19. Nicholle says:

    Gosh, this literally made me cry!! Beautiful. So excited for you! The best is truly yet to come. Congratulations you two!

  20. Katie says:

    I do not know you personally; only from your blog and insta. Congratulations to you and J! Your post had me in tears- so happy that you have found your lifetime partner in crime and love!

  21. April Lanman says:

    So happy for you! Such a sweet story!

  22. Ashley says:

    Love love love this sweet beginning!! So many congratulations to both of you!!

    xox
    Ashley

  23. Patricia says:

    Congratulations! I love the line “it’s crazy what can happen in a year,” because I always think about that. As much as I try not to look back at a traumatic break up and being completely blind sighted of over a year ago, it haunts me sometimes. I love reading about other women’s experiences of surviving it and finally finding the person who was truly meant to be in your path. It’s difficult to find gems in this dating world with an old soul in my 20s, but it gives me hope! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Kelsey says:

    This is so sweet, I teared up reading it! Congratulations to both of y’all! Can’t wait to follow along on this journey with you guys!

  25. Claudia says:

    Congratulations!!! 🙂
    Greetings from Peru

    Claudia

  26. Dee says:

    I’m such a huge fan of you and your blog and have been following you right around you posted that horrific time in your life about your ex 🙁 I’m so happy to know god had a way better plan in mind for you! Enjoy every moment of this beautiful fairytale, you deserve it !!!

  27. Adina says:

    I literally got emotional reading your story! I’m so happy for the two of you! Congratulations and all the best! : )

  28. sarah says:

    Congratulations to both of you !!! Thanks for sharing tihis story 🙂

  29. Paula says:

    I am just so happy for you. I have followed your blog for a long time and all of this is so well deserved. I am just thrilled for you and can’t wait to hear about the wedding!

  30. Laura B. says:

    I’M NOT CRYING, YOU ARE… What a freaking lovely story! Ya both did good, and I can’t wait for the wedding posts!!

  31. Heather says:

    Omg!! I LOVE everything about this post and I am so happy for you two! I feel like I know you guys but seriously, I started following you right before Jordan came into the picture so I feel like I have been invested in your relationship, ha and I am so glad you found your one! Enjoy this time together, it all goes so fast!

    Heather

    • Hi Heather! You started following along at the right time then haha! He really has changed my life for the better. Super excited for what’s in store for us! Xx

  32. Meg says:

    “What’s happening”

    This story was so sweet and you two are so great together. I remember reading and commenting on your first post about Jordan- you two are clearly just meant to be. God obviously had a plan!! Wishing you all His blessings during this amazing journey.

    • Marci says:

      So sweet! ♥️ Would love to read this first post…is it still somewhere that we can catch up on this love story? (I’m new here)

    • God definitely had a plan! Thanks for taking the time to read this! I love the photo capturing my confusion — too funny! Xx

  33. Definitely tearing up over here at my desk…haha. I’m so happy for you, Grace!! Marriage is awesome, by the way. You’re right to be giddy! 🙂

    Chelsey
    http://www.chelseynelson.com

  34. Caroline says:

    Congratulations!! This was such a sweet story and these photos are beautiful. I definitely teared up while reading this too. 🙂 Enjoy this special time together and every moment of the planning!!

  35. Fran says:

    I’M SO FREAKING HAPPY FOR YOU!!! I love your instagram and story and can’t wait for you!!! ENJOY THIS TIME!!! It flies by!

  36. Heather says:

    I am so happy for you two. Best wishes for all the love and happiness in the world. Be giddy all you want!!! Celebrate every day together. If you think you’re happy now — wait until you’ve been married a while. It will be a 1000x better.

    • Thank you so much, Heather! We’re so excited! I can’t wait for married life — I’m sure it will be 1000x better even though I can’t seem to fathom that right now ha! Life is good 🙂 Xx

  37. Brooklyn says:

    This was such a beautiful story! You can tell he put so much thought into every part of it. Congratulations to y’all

  38. Carly says:

    OMG I DIE BEST POST EVER!!!! Where can I get a J

  39. Whitney says:

    So so so happy for you guys! It’s such an amazing feeling to know you have found your forever! You guys look so incredibly happy and it warms my heart! Enjoy this whirlwind of wedding planning because it will go by so quickly. Cheers to a blessed and happy life together!!

  40. Marci says:

    Very, very sweet story! You two are adorable! I just started following you this morning!…..What a great time to start! I look forward to riding along for your beautiful journey! CONGRATS!! ♥️

  41. Allison says:

    You’ve got a stranger in WI tearing up over this story. Congratulations! May God bless you both and the life you will create together. Oh, and way to go J. Very awesome planning.

  42. Southern & Style says:

    Ahhhh! So many congratulations to you two-I’m so excited for you, Grace!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

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