Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Our Engagement Story, by Phillip

Hello internet,

I am SO excited about today's post! I mentioned in my previous post that I'd like to share Phillip's perspective of our engagement ...several of you responded, eager to hear his side of our story. I mentioned it to Phillip and he was very keen on the idea and began writing the next day!

I'm going to let him take it from here!


My side of the engagement story begins the week before the engagement. My stepmother, Kristi, and cousin, Savana, called Brittney, my fiancé-to-be, one day about a week prior to the engagement to invite her to go dress shopping with them. Savana was selected to be homecoming attendant and wanted Brittney to help pick out a dress. Luckily, their plan was to shop for dresses in Oklahoma City. So I seized the opportunity and contacted Kristi and Savana to let them in on the plan, telling them to keep Brittney in Oklahoma City as late as possible when they went shopping.

The timing was perfect because Brittney and I wanted to get moving on booking a venue and talking with wedding planners, etc., and we knew that, to be safe, we would need to get started about a year in advance. I had known that Brittney wanted a personal, intimate engagement that involved just the two of us, so I decided to ask her to marry me at our home.

Now, I’m not the most romantic person…by a LONG shot, but I do consider myself perceptive and had taken note of the type of environment and ambience that would be suited to Brittney’s taste.

On Thursday, September 6, I wrote down everything I would need for Saturday and asked my mother to come down from Norman to help me with the set up. On Saturday, after Brittney left for Oklahoma City with Kristi and Savana, I had to make three stops. First, I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased close to two-hundred candles of various sizes (no cheapo Wal-Mart candles for this fancy guy), and additional décor to go with it, including mirrored plates to place some of the larger candle arrangements, and an energy drink. I probably looked like a crazy person with my basket FULL of candles.

I also knew that I wanted to string lights in the back yard, so I made a trip to Home Depot for my second stop and purchased all of the soft white Halloween lights I could find, and crossed my fingers that they would be the same color of white lighting that I already had in our shed at the house. The lights came in boxes of one hundred bulbs, so I bought ten or twelve boxes and an energy drink.

Lastly, I stopped for flowers at the Latta Flower Shop. The women at the flower shop were really excited when I told them what I was doing and were a great help. I picked out yellow and pink giant lilies for the main flower arrangement, white roses for the second arrangement, and white hydrangeas accompanied by two red roses for the engagement arrangement, all to go along with new vases and the appropriate greenery. I am proud to say I picked everything out myself! On the way home I decided to purchase some nice wine (Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut and an Icelandic white wine made from frozen grapes, the name of which escapes me now) and a much needed energy drink.

My mother met me at the house and helped decorate. She strung lights while I made the flower arrangements. Then we set up the crazy number of candles I had purchased and my mother left.
After my mother left, I put on my black suit and my pepe le pew socks and waited.

I had been keeping up with Brittney’s location through Kristi and Savana and had been pushing them to keep her in Oklahoma City as late as possible. However, now I was ready. Eventually Brittney called me and told me that she was in Stratford to pick up her car and would be getting gas before coming home. Stratford is about twenty minutes from our house, so I decided to start lighting the candles. I lit three candles before our only lighter went out of butane. I panicked big time! I knew time was of the essence, so I broke numerous traffic laws as I drove to a nearby grocery store and purchased a new lighter. I was terrified that I would pull into the driveway and see Brittney’s car sitting there; I knew everything would be ruined. However, when I pulled into the drive, she wasn’t home yet, so I still had time. I unpackaged my new lighter and began igniting all of the candles I had purchased. I began with the candles I had placed indoors, and made my way to the back yard. I knew that she was getting very close. Eventually, I made my way to the back yard and finished lighting the rest of the candles and plugged in the lights my mother and I had set up earlier.

Eventually Brittney pulled into the drive. I was waiting for her in my suit (and pepe le pew socks). She made her way through the house and into the back yard. When she came into the backyard she was crying and I asked her if she had seen the card sitting on the dining table. She had not seen it, so I told her the best way I knew how to go back inside and look at the card! She loves cards and I knew she would love this one. The card spoke my feelings for her and let her know that she was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. When she reappeared in the back yard, she was still crying, and I told her to come to where I was standing. I then spoke to her some sweet nothings and told her that I wanted to marry her. I then got on one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes.

After saying yes to my proposal, we both went back inside and danced to our favorite song, “La Vie En Rose.” Then we popped open a bottle of the fancy wine I purchased and ordered some pizza, because nothing says “engagement success” like pizza and wine!


One of my favorite memories from this day is sitting in our living room floor, surrounded by candles, eating pizza and sipping on wine (with our favorite music playing in the background)...anyone that knows me IRL knows that pizza is my love language :-)

Funny story about the pepe le pew socks. Phillip loves crazy socks. He wears them every day and has developed quite the reputation around the courthouse for his funny feet! He has a pair for each holiday...well last Valentine's Day I made him wear the pepe le pew socks for our date. He wasn't very eager to wear them but alas, he did it to make me happy. So I was pleasantly surprised to see he chose that pair to mark the occasion!

He didn't mention this in his story, but he selected white florals and candles as a nod to our wedding. I always envisioned all-white florals with lots of greenery and candles as our wedding decor. Classic and Romantic. He was so thoughtful in incorporating it into his proposal. The white hydrangeas are in reference to our favorite neighborhood in OKC, Heritage Hills. We love walking up and down the sidewalks, admiring the stately homes. I especially love all the beautiful hydrangeas and dream of planting them at our forever home one day. Our wedding venue, The Gaylord-Pickens Museum, is located in the heart of Heritage Hills -which is one of the many reasons we chose this place to exchange our vows.

I cannot imagine how panicked he must have been to run out of lighter fluid! I am SO thankful he was able to get it replaced and all the candles lit before my arrival.

If you missed my side of the story, you can read it by clicking here.

Months later, I am still on cloud nine! This was the most perfect day, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

Soon I hope to share more details about our wedding, a planning update and the story of how I selected & asked my bridesmaids. If there is anything else you'd like to read about, please feel free to give me some ideas in the comments (either here, on Facebook or on Instagram). I want to get back into posting regularly but coming up with topics is hard! Please send help! :-)

P.S. Phillip Morton!! You have GOT to slow down on the caffeine! Three energy drinks in one day is TOO MANY!