REAL PROPOSALS | Patrick + Kimberly | “Completely overwhelmed… All I could think to do was hug her.”

Bad news: it’s Monday morning.  Good news: I have dresses upon dresses upon dresses to share with you very soon.  Better news: I have tons of real weddings to slam into your faces, with equal haste.  Even better news: we’re bringing back Real Proposals.  And if you’re anything like me, you’re gripping your hands and smiling with glee over this, just like that lovely little bride up top…

But, perhaps the best news of all: this is how we’re kicking it off…

The Story, from Patrick:

Kimberly and I met through a campus ministry called Campus Crusade for Christ at FSU.  We had been dating for a little more than three years when I asked her to marry me.  The day I proposed, she thought I was headed down to Orlando to play music at a church called Summit, where I often volunteer. She had decided with her roommates to go to Thomasville, Georgia (about 45 minutes from Tallahassee) for the afternoon to spend some time taking photos and having some girls time.  What she didn’t know is that I had been out in Thomasville all day with a few of her friends and some of my roommates setting everything up.  We brought 300 balloons to a place very special to Kimberly and I, “The Bookshelf.”  She had always said she wanted her proposal to be magical, so this was my best attempt at making her dreams come true.  I wanted to set up the art gallery to seem to be a place dedicated to Kimberly and I.  Re-telling ourselves our story.  Lots of photos and notes and such.  Hanging from all the balloons were lots of little keepsakes from our relationship.  Photos, receipts from dates, and little notes and things.  It all couldn’t have gone better.  When I first saw her, I completely forgot everything I wanted to say. We were completely overwhelmed with joy.  All I could think to do was hug her.

The only thing the video didn’t capture, which was the perfect end to all of this, was directly after leaving “The Bookshelf” we walked a block down the street to a restaurant called “Jonah’s Fish & Grits.”  I had been talking with all of her friends and family and had invited them from all over the Southeast to come and celebrate with us afterwards, assuming she would say yes, of course!  We walked in to a room full of all of our loved ones.  It was beautiful.

I’m so grateful that people have enjoyed hearing about our engagement.
All I wanted to do was to give Kimberly a story to be proud of.
She is worth it all.

The video was shot by our dear friends Nathan and Lori Puhr of Shutter Life Productions.  I don’t have enough nice things to say about working with them.  They did such a beautiful job of helping us tell our story and are so much fun.  The music use in the video: ”Generator ^ First Floor” by Freelance Whales, and ”Blindsided” by Bon Iver.

And now… The Proposal:

Congratulations, Patrick and Kimberly!!!  Amazing :)

Seriously.  I’m like, beyond in love with this one, you guys.  What do you think of how it all unfolded?

Also, I’m curious… are you a public proposal, or a private proposal kind of person?  Or are you open to anything?

xoxo!  - Alison

P.S. – obviously, much more to come today.  Stay tuned.

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  1. Dana on April 23, 2012

    Dangit Alison. I cried. I hate how good you are at making me cry!

    Congratulations to the adorable couple, that was the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

  2. kat on April 23, 2012

    AMAZING! thank you for sharing with us! :) congrats to the happy couple!!!!

  3. Lauren on April 23, 2012

    I legit cried! This is wonderful! What a sweet man!

  4. Lexi on April 23, 2012

    Stuff like that happens in real life?! Who knew?!

  5. Jenna on April 23, 2012

    there may have been tears:)

  6. Maria Popo on April 23, 2012

    What an adorable proposal, oh my gosh! Had me in tears!

  7. Kristine Rhome on April 23, 2012

    Yes yes yes! This is the sweetest video :) I love this couple!
    My favorite parts are her reactions, esp at the end. Sooo adorable

  8. gigi on April 23, 2012

    I’m crying. Happy tears. What a great couple.

  9. Lena on April 23, 2012

    Weddings and dresses and happiness, oh my! It’s all my favorite things! This proposal is ALL KINDS of keeeeey-ute, but I’ll admit to being a private proposal kind of girl. That’s just because I’m crazy shy, and I think if someone got all my friends involved in his proposal, I would melt from all the love and attention!

  10. Jennifer on April 23, 2012

    Such a cute proposal. So sweet! Congratulations

  11. Lauren - Southern Aisle on April 23, 2012

    I made it a whopping 30 seconds without crying. Pure sweetness!

  12. Bridal Wear Hertfordshire on April 24, 2012

    This was so beautiful- to take a glimpse into such a personal and special moment- filled with SO much love. I watched the whole thing with a big, goofy grin on my face- definitely made my monday! Congrats to the happy couple!!

  13. morgan @ {xoxo, me} on April 24, 2012 This is the sweetest thing I have ever seen.

  14. Belle Mariee Bridal on April 24, 2012

    So beautiful, what a lovely romantic man!

  15. Lacey on April 24, 2012

    Cried and smiled for ~6 mins of that. Lovely!!

  16. La Bella Planners on April 26, 2012

    This video is magical! Congrats to the newly engaged couple!

  17. Estefy on May 24, 2012

    Soooo Romantical!


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