So, want to know the really exciting part of the hiking trip yesterday that I left out of my earlier post until we could tell family and friends?
Matt and I got engaged!
I was COMPLETELY shocked!! He proposed on the summit of Old Rag with sweeping views of the mountains behind us. It could not have been more picturesque.
As I’ve said before, Matt and I have come to Charlottesville/the Shenandoahs almost every year since we started dating — it’s sort of “our place” in a way, so proposing on the top of the mountain on our favorite hike was absolutely perfect.
I’m not sure who was more shocked — me or Kath and her husband Matt, who were hiking with us! Matt asked if I would take a picture with him on one of the rocks, so I gave my camera to Kath’s Matt. We did take a picture — and then Matt proceeded to get down on one knee and propose! It worked out quite nicely that we had someone standing right near us with a camera still!
Since I know what you guys really want to see — here it is: THE RING!
Matt designed it himself with a jeweler in D.C. — the band is platinum and as you can see it’s two tear drop shaped sapphires surrounding a round diamond. The diamond was Matt’s great grandmother’s engagement stone — isn’t that cool? It makes it so much more special to have something that’s been in his family for so long. And why sapphires? They’re my birth stone and I love them.
I surprised my grad school girlfriends with the news this morning right after class. It’s going to be hard to focus on any school work today, that’s for sure! I so wish I didn’t have an exam tomorrow morning!!
Matt and I first started dating in 2004. We don’t like rushing into things, what can we say.