Venice, Italy: Surprise Engagement!

Exactly 30 days ago the man of my dreams proposed to me in Venice, Italy! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this than to share our special moment with my followers. Sean is the most handsome, special, and caring soul I have ever come across. He makes me feel so at ease, so incredibly loved, so beautiful, so safe, and so special. I am so thankful God brought him into my life. I thank him everyday because it is truly such a blessing. I promise not to get too sappy in this post, but the love I have for this amazing man is unexplainable. Before meeting Sean, I always use to wonder how and why people would say, “OMG like I’m going to marry my best friend, OMG” Honestly, I thought this comment was kind of annoying because I couldn’t relate. I honestly thought that it was impossible! I have my best girlfriends. How could a guy become a best friend? But falling in love with Sean changed it all. He did not take over my best friends’ role of being my best friends, he became my partner, my confidant, my everything….so much more than a best friend. Anything I could ever want in a best friend, he became, and it is so much better than that because we share a one of a kind love that I get to cherish my entire life until we are old and frail. We know I am a hopeless romantic, this is not new news. I have always been a believer in true love, and I believe everyone will find it. However long it takes. I have finally found my forever love. To say Sean and I are happy is a serious understatement. We laugh in normal conversation because we have fallen more deeply in love since our romantic proposal….in just 30 days.

When my parents renewed their wedding vows on their 25th anniversary in Kauai, they said they loved each other so much more than the day they got married. I wondered again how that could happen when “you are the most in love on your wedding day.” I was wrong again. Love teaches your young soul so many things. In just 30 days, I have loved Sean more than when he proposed to me, and a heck of a lot more than  when I first told him I loved him on January 2, 2012. I can’t wait to love him more and more each day until our hairs turn as grey as our silver fox, Tucker (cue laughter). I love you, Sean. Thank you for changing my life for the better each and every day. Thank you for being mine.

DSC_0450So this is where our love story begins: Sean proposed to me on August 30, 2014, the day after his 26th birthday. Each detail of our engagement will forever play a beautiful movie in my heart and soul. We woke up bright and early in Florence, Italy. Excited for a new change of pace, we jumped on the Italian fast train to the beautiful Sunken City, Venice. To contrary belief, the canals do not smell! You have no idea how many people have asked me that. After arriving and making our way to the cruise port, we were completely exhausted. I will have to detail this gruesome process in another post, but I will NEVER EVER EVER take another cruise from Venice, Italy. I don’t even think I would take one if someone paid me. The embarkation process, the 2-mile trek with luggage and zero transportation, the heat, the old cobblestones, the amount of times I stubbed my toes. NOPE. Never will I ever take a cruise from Venice in my entire life. Needless to say, I was completely surprised when Sean proposed. We had a bit of a hectic and incredibly frustrating morning by the time we finished checking our luggage. Upon finishing the embarkation process, we decided to get on a gondola to turn our day around, and little did I know it would turn my life around. The below pictures will show each step of our wonderful afternoon in Venice. It starts on the water taxi through the Grand Canal to St. Mark’s Square, choosing our Gondola, going through the canals and admiring the architecture, and then BOOM a beautifully romantic proposal. We then enjoyed a beautiful stroll around St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace.DSC_0408 DSC_0410

The beautiful Grand Canal below. Who would have thought the water was so blue? Not I! DSC_0418 DSC_0419 DSC_0422

Gondola’s outside of St. Mark’s Square:DSC_0428

It is amazing how low the Gondoliers bend down to get under these bridges!DSC_0432 DSC_0433

Hmm, I wonder what Sean is thinking about in this picture? LOL DSC_0434

The wonderful Bridge of Sighs.DSC_0435 DSC_0437 DSC_0438

I was obsessed with the old rusted gates. They were so beautiful.DSC_0439

I also loved the shutters.DSC_0440

Just look at that charm!
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Sean asked the Gondolier if he could take a picture of us, we then walked to the front of the Gondola, and he proposed. It was perfect.DSC_0450 DSC_0451 DSC_0452

My absolute favorite picture of us:DSC_0453 DSC_0454 DSC_0455

The below picture perfectly shows my “OMG IS THIS REAL LIFE” face.

He did REALLY GOOD. I am obsessed. Still staring at the beauty of my sparkler, and boy does it sparkle. DSC_0461 DSC_0464 DSC_0465

Of course, I had to show it off. Definitely needed a picture of that. DSC_0466

The below 3 pictures show Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. DSC_0468 DSC_0469 DSC_0470 DSC_0471Venice will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you for following along. It means so much to me.

Until next time, Love Bugs! xoxo.



6 thoughts on “Venice, Italy: Surprise Engagement!

  • Hey christy I have never commented on your blogs, but I always read them. When you were away I made a shortcut of your blog to my home screen because
    I was checking it so much to see what you were doing on your trip! Congratulations on everything, Love you ❤️❤️

  • Christina I know I like all your posts….but this one touched my heart and brought tears of happiness to my soul! You have found your love, your best friend, the person you can’t imagine being without, the one person you know will always be there for you and the person you will run to first before anyone else!! That my friend is your soul mate!!
    May God continue to bestow his blessings on the two of you Sean & my dear sweet daughter Christina.
    PS. Sean we love you, welcome to our nutty.

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