*If you missed the first part of our engagement story you can read it here!
After the cruise and our celebratory dinner, we went back to our house where the surprises kept on coming. When we came down from changing out of our fancy clothes, we found our first "married" towels waiting for us!
It was so crazy and amazing seeing Mrs. Marino on the towel and knowing that would be me! It still hasn't hit me that I'll be a Mrs. They're displayed in our bathroom now, but I don't think I'll ever be able to use them. They're just too perfect!
Then, Dom disappeared and returned with a final wrapped gift. I knew immediately it would be good, since it was a Lilly bag! Inside was the sweetest note (signed, Your Fiance!) but what was inside was better.
When the Lilly Resort '14 collection came out I obsessed over everything, and while sitting at the table I said offhandedly that one of the dresses would be perfect for my rehearsal dinner some day. Dom already knew he was going to propose, so he immediately logged on and bought it!
I am so excited to wear it next year! :)
The next day was filled with sun, cocktails and an explosion of wedding talk! It was so weird to talk about my actual wedding, not my imaginary one on Pinterest. The excitement didn't stop there, though. My family had some surprises waiting for us too!
They planned for a photographer to come take family pictures of both families (since it's so rare for everyone to be in one place), but the first hour was just for Dom and me to take engagement pictures! I love that we got engaged and took our pictures within 24 hours. You can really see the excitement in every photo. Plus, the beach is a much nicer backdrop than snowy Pennsylvania!
We just got the proofs back a few days ago and I can't wait to share them all!
While we were getting our photos taken, my father had Chef Oscar, one of the head chefs at an amazing restaurant on the island come and cook us dinner! It. Was. Amazing. My mouth is literally still watering thinking about it! At some point I knew what everything was, but let's just say there was a ton of fresh seafood, mango, avocado happiness, and gluten free flan-cake. That's really all you need to know, right? ;)
After dinner my parents gifted us gorgeous crystal and diamond champagne flutes for our wedding!
It's going to be so hard to look at them for the next year and a half and not use them!!
Needless to say, it was so hard to get on a plane a few hours later and end the most amazing week of my life. Thankfully, I was able to replace my sadness with wedding planning! It was truly an amazing week, and I am so thankful I got to spend it with the people I love most in the world!
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