You and Me & Chasing Little G

Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement Story

Sabra Gilbert1 Comment

So apparently I'm a terrible blogger!
I haven't even shared my engagement story yet!

So to begin, let's take you back to the morning of August 9th, 2013.

I was scrambling around the house running late as usual. Simeon knocked on my apartment door and I went running with my hair half done and a no make-up face. And there he was with a giant smile and my favorite flower, lilies.

(Flowers, though they didn't have the ring in them when I got it)

I excitedly put them in water and finished running around my apartment getting ready for our big date today. A day at the Sioux Empire fair that would lead to a Hunter Hayes concert that I had been begging to go to for months!

We finally arrived at the Sioux Empire fair around 11 o'clock in the morning. Where we then spent the rest of the day watching horses, and visiting the petting zoo. We wandered around almost every single booth I'm pretty sure. We watched some acrobatic dogs and chowed on corndogs.

Around 4 o'clock, I decided that it was time to jump in line for Hunter Hayes (who wouldn't even hit the stage until 8 PM). We weren't even close to the beginning of the line at this point! We were already hundreds of people behind.So Simeon and I camped out in line on the hard ground playing war for about an hour before the line started to slowly move. We talked with people around us and made some friends. Soon the line was moving fast as they finally let people start to go into the stadium.

I was like a little kid on Christmas. Jumping up and racing when the line moved. I was so excited for the night. I even commented on how memorable these next 24 hours would be. I had already had a wonderful day with Simeon, we were about to see Hunter Hayes, and we were leaving to see my Grandparents in Colorado around 2 in the morning. Simeon just laughed at me.

We finally were standing in front of the stage (About 30 feet back but STILL!). Going through my, "I"m a photographer" stage, I tried to take a ton of super artsy photos, with Simeon protecting me from the bunch of randomly shirtless boys that appeared around us and all the girls trying to push us back. Even though it was really hot out, I enjoyed getting to cuddle with Simeon (we also had no other choice since it was soo packed!) People were insanely rambunctious though! By the time the concert started, I had already been given a bad headache since someone thought it was a great idea to throw a water bottle up in the air with ice in it.

Finally, the concert started and I was soo excited. Hunter Hayes is great in concert and makes THE funniest faces while singing and playing his guitar. I was having a blast with Simeon's arms around me singing along.

Soon the concert was over way too fast and Simeon and I were racing the crowds to try to get out before the rush. We were both starving so we went to our favorite place in Sioux Falls, Frying Pan! We enjoyed goofing off and cuddling and just going on and on about what a wonderful day it had been so far.

Next, we decided to head off to The Falls as we had planned to sit in one of our favorite places.

When we got there, SImeon told me to close my eyes and not turn around. Well, I suck at surprises and totally didn't listen and just had to peak at what he was getting out of the trunk.

He had wine glasses and sparkling grape juice!
Along with a blanket to cuddle up on.

We enjoyed some time sipping our sparkling grape juice and talking about all the different memories that had occurred in this area. We had taken our first Prom pictures here, before we were even dating. We had just a few months earlier had our three year anniversery picnic in this exact same spot.

After we were done with our glasses, we decided to look at the stars for a little bit. I put my head on Simeon's stomach and all I could hear was this giant pounding sound. I laughed and made a comment to which Simeon told me he wasn't feeling too well. So I got all motherly and made him sit up and asked if he wanted to go or anything.

He told me no. So we sat for a little bit longer when Simeon started up his new game that had started in the last month.

"Will you marry me?"

"No, you don't have a ring and you aren't on one knee." was the same reply I had been giving all month. When he did get on one knee.

"Now, will you marry me?"

I laughed and told him there was no ring, how could I marry him.

He got a mischievous smile on his face and pulled something out of his pocket. All I saw was glitter and I remember faintly hearing him repeat those words again, to which my first response was

"ARE YOU SERIOUS!? yes, yes yes yes yes."

I know he had more to say after that, but we both honestly don't remember anything that he said while i was tackling him with kisses and hugs and crying and just being an emotional wreck. Somewhere in that he slipped the ring on my finger,

and the rest is history.