My dear, dear friend Tiffany got engaged over the weekend. You better pull out your kleenex before reading any further, because it was swoonworthy.
All of her closest friends were in on the gig. Her sweetie had been planning the surprise for weeks.
About five years ago they met on a sailboat called the Seaward and it was back in town on Saturday.
Little did she know, Tim had contacted all of us and asked us to plan to be there to witness the proposal. One of Tiffany's friends Karen made plans to hang out with her that day, but then literally two days before that, Tim emailed us all to say that they were having trouble filling up the sail.
He invited us all to come sailing (with Tiffany included on the email) even though we were all already committed.
Tiffany firmly believed that Tim had to work that day and wouldn't be able to join us.
A few hours before the sail (little did she know), Karen and I snuck onto the boat to adhere letters to the sail (at Tim's request and with his specific instructions). Here we are. The captain gave us MARGARITAS:
Here I am raising the sail after our lettering:
So after this, we left the boat (made the captain and first mate swear they'd never met us), and then Tim snuck onto the boat and hid down below before anyone boarded.
Like I said, Tiffany thought he had to work and couldn't join us that day on the sail.
She had no idea he was on the boat!
Here's the two of us just chatting and hanging out as the boat left the harbor (I was trying to stay calm and distract her):
But finally I had to convince her to raise the main sail. Mostly that involved me lying about wanting to do it but being scared and needing her help, so she just did it. She was so focused on raising the sail that she didn't look up at it until the very last moment:
and then it was just pure joy:
Tim told everyone about how they had met on that very boat five years before and how his life had been dramatically changed from that moment because he met her (=no dry eye):
and then there was just pure happiness and lots of celebrating:
I couldn't be happier for my dear, dear friend. I love you Fanny! It was an epic proposal and an epic day for an epic lady. I'm sooooo happy for you guys, and I can't wait to celebrate you more!
Love you guys so dearly,
*PHOTO CREDIT: With the exception of the first few shots and the last shot (all taken on my iphone), all the pictures were taken by Hilary Smith