10 Feb We’re Engaged!
January 2014 was a crazy month for us. On New Years Eve we signed the sales contract for a house+lot that we had been eyeing and working on for the past few months, getting down to the wire. About a week later we heard that we got it! We had the floor plan and lot already picked out, but we had until the end of January to get all of our interior design choices picked out. It’s a lot harder work than I ever thought it would be! Unfortunately during this time, Matt also lost his Grandmother, making him the last Callaway (until the wedding!). Not to mention the crazy un-Austin-like icey weather.
So as soon as we were done with the design center, we planned a great date night evening out. The plan was to get dressed up, head out to the lot with a bottle of champagne, and finally have a moment of celebration for everything we had accomplished with the house, then go out for a nice dinner. We just wanted to stand on the piece of property (one of last few possible days before they started building) and take it all in.
Which leads us to Saturday, February 8th, hopping out of the car and walking onto our lot. All dressed up. Everyone always asks WHY in the world we were dressed up out in the “hill county” – well, there ya go! Looking around the lot, I saw a red box hanging from one of the trees. I pointed and asked Matt what he thought it was, and I told him that I thought it was some sort of construction button (ha, oops). He told me to go see, and as soon as I got a little closer…
As soon as he asked me, I bent down to hug him. We had a few minutes alone, then I said I was going to call my parents to tell them. Our first fight as an engaged couple was caught in pictures as he was adamant that I just texted my dad only “We’re engaged. Don’t tell mom.” Of course I didn’t like that idea. Finally I became suspicious and gave in. As soon as the text went through my parents car came honking around the corner and my whole family jumped out! Win had skipped a huge Fiji party and Christy had flown in from California. Major props to Matt for organizing the proposal in such a way that hit all of my high-maintenance expectations!
Then one of Matt’s best men, Mike, appeared out from a blind he created out of our twigs, in his full army camo, with Janet’s big camera around his neck. He had been out there since noon, when he and Matt went to hang up the ring and pick a good spot that would be good for photos. He joked that he spent that time “landscaping our backyard”.
Once the big moments at the proposal site had concluded, we did end up going to that nice dinner we had been planning all along at Ruth’s Chris (the family’s staple steakhouse). But of course, the highlight of the entire night was by far getting engaged! YAY!
xoxo Alison & Matt
A little more background: After a year of dating we had the late night “dream proposal” talk and I told him I wanted the proposal to be somewhere special, which he definitely did! We have plans of putting a bench underneath that tree (he picked a perfect one that didn’t get chopped down during construction and that we would be able to visit again if we ever moved). Other requirements included my whole family in attendance (check! flew in Christy! and Win skipped a huge Fiji party!), a photographer hidden (check! Thanks Mike!), and so many more requirements that at one point, my dad actually told me to quit being high maintenance about it or Matt would never propose, but I knew he could pull it off, and he wanted to make it happen perfectly!