1.08.2014

THE ENGAGEMENT.

I can't believe I'm writing this story.  In bed.  With my fiancé!
The happiest day of my life finally came last Friday in the little town of Rincon, Puerto Rico.

After an amazing few days in San Juan with Dom's family (which I will be writing about soon) we headed over to Rincon, where my family is from, for the last few days with both our families together.  My father's birthday was Sunday, so Dom's parents were amazing actors and decided it would be fun to book a sunset cruise to celebrate his birthday.  Little did I know the cruise had been booked for months!

There were about 20 people on the cruise, but the little boat that brought you to the catamaran only fit about 10, so the 9 of us headed on the first ride over.  Once we got there we started taking a million pictures by the back of the boat.  After taking a bunch my dad said there was something weird about Dom and my picture and he wanted to retake it. 

I had no idea my life was about to change forever.
I got to the back of the boat, and instead of posing next to me Dom took my hands and said, "I want you to listen very carefully to what I'm about to say..."







"...no matter what I promise to always live colorfully with you." 
And then I blacked out.
Okay, not really, but to be honest I don't remember what happened after his speech!  I remember him going down on one knee, but don't remember him asking me to marry him or saying yes.  Apparently I said yes before he even finished the question! What can I say? I was excited! I am so thankful there were 7 people and a million cameras documenting it!

Then there were tears and hugs, so many congratulations, and once the rest of the people got on board the cocktails started flowing!  

Fun fact: The actress who plays Detective Collins on Law and Order SVU was on the catamaran too (I was one of the only ones who didn't know who she was apparently!) and she came over and asked to see the ring and congratulated Dom and me.  I wish I had known who she was before we got off the boat!

For the next 3 hours we cruised around and watched the sunset, all while talking everything wedding and staring at my bling!

The ring on my middle finger is my promise ring from Dom.  I am seriously loving the upgrade! ;)
The ring is absolutely gorgeous and exactly what I've always wanted.  Even more, I loved hearing how Dom picked out each diamond himself, and knew immediately which setting he wanted.  He knew exactly what I would love, and it is just perfect!  Even now I'm trying to type but it keeps sparkling at me!  

After the cruise we headed to a restaurant by the water to continue the celebration.  Over cocktails and some of the best seafood I have ever had I got to hear the stories that lead up to that night.  It turns out Dom has been planning this since July, and asked my father for his blessing in September.  Dom's mother also had been my own personal Frodo and had the ring in her purse the whole vacation!  She was too worried to leave it in the safe, so regardless of if we were at dinner or the beach, it was with her.  Needless to say she was relieved it was finally out of her hands!  It was so much fun to hear everyone's stories and share in the excitement of the day!


I can't believe how lucky I am to get to be Mrs. Marino.  Dom is one of the greatest men I know, and I don't know why I get to be his forever, but I am so happy.  Friday, January 3rd was the happiest day of my life, but little did I know the engagement surprises were just beginning! That fiancé of mine had quite a few more surprises up his sleeve... ;)

Love Always Nancy J

63 comments:

  1. I'm in tears. So happy for you and eek everything was just perfect! Enjoy the process my love!

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  2. OBSESSED with every last picture and detail :) Couldn't be happier for you two!! Cannot wait to see that gorgeous ring and your HUGE SMILE in person!! Love you!!

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  3. Seriously SUCH an adorable engagement story!! Congratulations!!!

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  4. sooo sweet!!! So happy for you!! Gorgeous pictures!

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  5. That is so exciting, congrats! Can't wait to hear all about wedding planning and everything :)

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  6. Seriously THE SWEETEST! You both look so stinkin' happy and I'm so stinkin' happy for you both! Congrats lady!

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  7. Congratulations! So happy for you guys! Also..."I'm trying to type but it keeps sparkling at me." and "Dom's mother was my own personal Frodo..."
    I can't even. You're way too cute :) Looking forward to hearing all the wedding plans as they take shape!

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  8. I am so beyond excited for you both sweet girl! You finally get to have your dream come true! I know he will make a wonderful husband & you will make a wonderful wife.. Congrats sweetie!!

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  9. This is such a fun perfect story and if course yor ring is absoloutely gorgeous! Congratulations to both of you!!!

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  10. Awwwwwwww yay! That is so exciting! Get ready for the best time of your life. Seriously, engagement and getting married is so wonderful. As a newlywed of just four months I have to tell you the last year was the best year of my life :)

    CHEERS!

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  11. Squeeeeeee!! I'm so happy for you, sweet girl! And my favorite picture out of this whole bunch? The very first one when Dom took your hands, because you can see the outline of the ring box in his back pocket and it's just so sweet!! I smiled the whole time reading this whole post and I can't wait to follow along as you plan your wedding!

    (Fun fact: Glenn and I also have pictures of our whole proposal because we were taking photos and Glenn or my dad, I honestly can't remember now, said "Just one more!" :) Could we even twin more if we tried?! Happy happy heart.)

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  12. Were you completely surprised?? So sweet :)

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  13. OMG stop!!! I'm like crying. This is so sweet and thoughtful. I love that you have pictures to capture it all too!!!

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  14. I have the biggest smile on my face reading this!!! I love that you had the whole thing documented! I bet it's so fun to hear all the stories from the others about how they hide things! Can't wait to hear about the other surprises and looking forward to reading about your wedding planning!! :)

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  15. Congratulations! What a great story and a beautiful ring to match! :-)

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  16. Okay so crying tears tears tears and CHILLS while reading this. I am so happy for you and the fact he said I PROMISE TO ALWAYS LIVE COLORFULLY WITH YOU? Damn right he's a keeper/the one for you! I am so excited and I know that these posts will only get better and better closer to THE WEDDING. WHAT! Okay, clearly I love weddings and engagements so I'm living vicariously through you <3 So happy for you lady!!!!!!

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  17. 1. I am crying.
    2. The pictures are PERFECT.
    3. Y'all are PERFECT.
    4. I had a feeling this was going to happen and about spit out my drink when I finally saw it on Insta!!!!!!!!!

    SO SO HAPPY FOR Y'ALL!!!!!!!

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  18. I'm am so happy for you that I actually got teary eyed reading this! I'm guessing the "July 3" at the very end is supposed to say "January 3"? And what other surprises did Mr. Dom have up his sleeve?!? You can't leave us hanging like that lol!

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  19. Ahhh!! This makes me so incredibly happy for you :) Can't wait to hear all the details as you plan!!! Just remember: This is the happiest time of your life, don't wish it away or let wedding planning stress get you down ;) XO

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  20. Oh I love engagements stories!!!!!! How sweet and perfect!! And the pictures, oh my gosh. Love that it's documented and you can hold on to those since you can't remember much (I was the exact same way!) Congratulations girl, beautiful ring!!!! :)

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  21. Congratulations!! That is just so exciting. Can't wait to hear more about the surprises!! Enjoy engaged life!

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  22. Ahhhh!! this is so perfect, I am so happy for you girl! The ring is gorgeous and this story couldn't be any cuter! enjoy your time :)

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  23. So sweet, so exciting, so awesome! Loved hearing this story, and I seriously can't WAIT to see all of your wedding planning! I know it's going to be the most colorfully gorgeous wedding ever, and I'm thrilled to see it all! Congratulations again, girl!! :)

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  24. SO perfect! I am so stinking excited for you! These next few years will be absolutely perfect in every way! I can't wait to follow along on your journey! Thanks for linking up :)

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  25. Oh my gosh I can't believe he kept it a secret for so long! Congratulations lady, that ring is gorgeous, I know you are over the moon about the engagement!

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  26. Congratulations! You two make the most beautiful couple. It sounds like that night was incredibly special, with a lot of thought put into it. I'm excited to hear more stories!

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  27. I got goosebumps reading this story and looking at the pictures! You guys are just the sweetest couple. :) Congratulations! And he did a fabulous job picking out the ring, wow!

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  28. awesome story and beautiful ring :)

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  29. love love love this!!! I am so excited for you.

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  30. you are such a beautiful couple, it's like not even normal.
    i have CHILLS at those pictures of him holding your hands "listen very carefully to what i'm about to say" omggg. so many congratulations to you!

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  31. What a sweet engagement story! Your ring is gorgeous and you look absolutely beautiful and so HAPPY in all of your photos! Love it! Congrats!

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  32. Congratulations! I also give you props for being dressed so cute, my engagement moment, not so much! have fun wedding planning :)

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  33. I can't even handle all the excitement right now.
    Totally tearing up over here.
    You two seem to just GET each other and I love that!
    I've been waiting for this day! :-) So, so, so happy for the two of you and I cannot wait to read all of your wedding planning talk!!
    Eek!
    Dom did AMAZING, as did everyone else involved.
    Congratulations to you and Dom!

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  34. Congratulations!! What a lovely story, and an amazing ring!

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  35. Too Cute!!! :) Wedding planning is the best, you'll love it!

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  36. Congratulations! What a beautiful proposal and a gorgeous ring! I look forward to reading about your wedding plans!

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  37. My heart is just so happy for you friend. YAY no more subtle comments about him asking! hehe This is going to be a GREAT year for you my love. The ring is gorgeous and your smile is priceless. All women deserve happiness like this has brought you. Congratulations!!!

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  38. Congratulations!!!! That is so exciting!!! Enjoy this time because it FLIES by! (Even my 2 year engagement flew by!)

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  39. Ahh!! Congratulations!!! What a special proposal and your ring is stunning!!!

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  40. I love a good engagement story! Congratulations to you two and as a newlywed I can say that being engaged is simply AWESOME so enjoy it!!

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  41. What a sweet story! Congratulations!!
    Gorgeous ring!! Enjoy looking at your ring finger, it never gets old. How special that you have photos of the moment.
    I remember blacking out too. I can't remember what hubby said!

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  42. Congrats!!!! Have fun wedding planning!!!!!!!!!!

    Renee @ www.thechiway.weebly.com

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  43. welcome to the best part of life EVER! lol. okay so I just saw your blog shout out over on Erin's page (Love, fun, football) - I have to admit, I had no idea I was following your blog. I HATE when that happens. you start following a blog for some reason or another and it's a legitimately cool blog but you somehow forget about it :( taking a blogging break didn't help with that either. ha. thankfully i'm using bloglovin now and can put you under my daily reads. woot woot! happy new year, and congrats on the engagement. married life ROCKS!

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  44. I Seriously LOVE being Engaged! And I am So happy for You and Dom. All of my FAVORITE Bloggy Couples have gotten engaged in the last couple of months and I couldn't be more excited for everyone!

    Have fun Wedding Planning.

    -Ashlee Michelle

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  45. I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago...love it! Beautiful couple and beautiful ring! Congrats!
    -Amber :)

    http://amberbeautifullife.blogspot.com/

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  46. Sigh….so so sweet. Love the story and the fact that you have so many pictures. Congratulations.

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  47. ahhh I love that story! congratulations dear! So exciting and what abeautiful story to share and a gorgeous ring to add :)

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  48. ahhh I love that story! congratulations dear! So exciting and what abeautiful story to share and a gorgeous ring to add :)

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  49. Congrats robin (:
    I'm so happy for you!
    SLAM,
    Karin

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  50. Congrats!! What a great story :) Love all the pictures!! I recently just got engaged as well...after three and a half years of long distance we are finally together. Sounds like we have a bit in common! Congrats, again!! Look forward to following along via Wedding Wednesdays...so pumped to be a part of it now, too!!

    Andrea
    http://alhadventures.blogspot.com/2014/01/were-engaged.html

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  51. What a beautiful story! & so awesome that you got to share this with your family. Your ring is gorg!!! Enjoy every minute of this engagement high & all the planning, it's so much fun!

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  52. Congratulations Robin! I am a little late to the party but just saw this ... wow, what a gorgeous ring and the backdrop of that proposal? Very nice! Dom did well and I am sure you are on cloud 9! Enjoy it! xo.

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  53. Such a fantastic engagement story!! Gotta love when the guys surprise us by finding us the perfect ring and planning the perfect proposal!! Happy Wedding Planning!!

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  54. Congratulations!!! It sounds like it was such a sweet engagement moment and spending time surrounded by family too. I remember when my hubby and I got engaged, it was just the absolute happiest time. Everyone was so happy for us and we were on cloud 9. Enjoy all the fun, love & celebrating. It is such a fun time. I loved being engaged because it is such a small chunk of time in your life together. Obviously, marriage is amazing but I loved calling Brian "Fiance" for that year and a half. xo, Ashley

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  55. Congratulations!!! Such great photos! It is such an exhilarating blur having the man you love ask you to marry him! Can't wait to follow along as you plan the wedding!

    Tiffany
    www.StyleSidebar.com

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  56. This is such a beautiful story, and how amazing to have the photographs to go with it. Congratulations!!!

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  57. Amazing news...and what a fabulous dress to wear on your engagement!!! Congrats! I knew the day would come soon!

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  58. Oh, you've got me all warm and fuzzy!! Congrats! You looked drop dead gorgeous and your ring is almost as pretty as you are ;)

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  59. awww soo soo cute!

    i love hearing people's engagement stories, they are always so sweet and personal and every one is so good!

    i just found you through the monogrammed life, i am one of their new contributors so i thought i would check out my company and i am loving your blog already! :)

    xo mk
    thegoldhattedlover.blogspot.com

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  60. Holy GORGEOUS, you two!!! Can't wait to be roomies at Blogcation!!!

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  61. Gorgeous, gorgeous couple!!! Congratulations!!!! I can not wait for all of the wedding posts and more! :)

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