Keri and Josh

hikingHow we met: Josh and I met while working in a bookstore during college. I was a barista in the cafe, and he was a bookseller. Josh was very quiet, so it actually took over a year before we really started to get to know each other! We made plans to have a Harry Potter movie night at my house with a few of our coworkers, but neither of us ended up inviting anyone else. I guess you could say we both had the same idea. We spent the evening talking through every movie we watched. Our relationship grew from there, and it’s now been three years.

How he asked: Josh and I took a trip to Traverse City, Michigan, to visit his mom. The trip was planned during our three year anniversary. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for a proposal on our anniversary.

We spent a few days hiking and enjoying the beautiful fall scenery of Traverse City. Our anniversary day arrived, and I was looking for every clue I could find that a proposal was about to happen. Every time we went somewhere, I thought, “okay, maybe he will propose here.” Scenic views and gorgeous trails all came and went, but no proposal! I assumed if a proposal didn’t happen on our anniversary, then he probably wasn’t going to propose on the trip.

On the last day of the trip, we drove up the Old Mission Peninsula to check out some of the local wineries. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we went on a weekday, so it was incredibly peaceful and not too crowded. At the last winery, Chateau Chantal, we attended the wine tasting and then took a stroll around the grounds. The view was just incredible. Rolling hills of grape fields, framed by trees at the peak of their fall color, and a panoramic view of the bay.

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Josh and I walked down between the rows of grapes, taking in the scenery. It was there that Josh got down on one knee, said some of the sweetest, most heartfelt words to me, and proposed with a diamond that his mother had passed down to us. Of course, I said yes!Processed with Rookie

We spent the next few minutes sitting on a bench overlooking the winery, letting it all sink in. There were several exclamations of “we’re ENGAGED!” as well as our first tries of calling each other “fiance.” We then began calling family, and then met his mom and had a champagne toast. As of now, we are still in the “Oh my goodness, we’re engaged!” phase, but we are so excited to take the next steps of the process; finding the perfect setting for my gorgeous diamond, planning the wedding, and starting the next part of our lives together! I like to think of this as only just the beginning.10636023_10203126369022453_6169053882374107710_n