Sunday, May 22, 2011

Surprise!

As I mentioned the other day, Saturday was The Scientist's birthday. What I didn't mention was that I planned a huge surprise party for him! I didn't want to mention it here on the blog, because even though he doesn't read it regularly, he knows it exists and reads it here and there.

So. The surprise. I began planning in early April. I sent out an evite to all of our closest friends in family, including several out-of-towners. The Scientist hasn't celebrated his birthday in a big way since college, so everyone was super excited for the party. There were several times during these weeks when I almost let it slip, but I managed to keep everything hush hush, and felt pretty proud of myself for planning such a big surprise.

The party was held at Pintxo in Seattle, and it's owned by my friend Amanda's boyfriend. The back patio was reserved for the party, and it was the perfect atmosphere for the evening.


We arrived around 7, after sending and receiving several hundred texts from our friends that everyone had arrived and was in surprise position. We walked into the restaurant and Amanda let us know that our table was ready in the back (I brought The Scientist there under the guise that I was just taking him out to dinner).

What happened next was so incredibly mind-blowing, I'm still in shock. As we walked onto the patio, I could see the faces of all our friends and family. Everyone yelled "SURPRISE!" and I was so overwhelmed with emotion and joy of being able to put together this party. But then, The Scientist said "And I have a surprise for all of you!"


The Scientist pulled a ring out of his pocket, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. And apparently he DID know about the surprise party, but didn't let me in on that fact. So here I am, thinking I'm soooooo slick for surprising him and he turns it around and surprises me and everyone else there!

The rest of the evening was spent laughing, eating and drinking with all of our favorite people. Amanda took amazing care of all of us throughout the night. Seriously, if you're in Seattle, hit up Pintxo. You will not be disappointed.

Right after the proposal went down




My future sister-in-law!


My future mother-in-law and aunt-in-law!


The Scientist's periodic table element cake! Suzanne did an incredible job!

Something's funny...


The ring!






Fun story about the ring: we were actually together when he bought it. He bought it in early December when we were out Christmas shopping. It came from my favorite antique store in Seattle, Pike Place Antiques. I always told him I loved the estate jewelry in there, and every time we're at the market he would indulge my need to drool over the gorgeous jewelry. In December, he suggested we go in and at first I didn't really want to, but changed my mind. There was a ring in one of the cases that I'd seen before and loved and I pointed it out to The Scientist this time around. He asked the lady if we could take it out to get a closer look. I tried it on, but figured that was it. The Scientist had something else in mind, though. He took it up to the register and bought it right there. It's over 100 years old, from the Edwardian Era. The stone is a diamond and it's white gold with gorgeous filigree on the sides. It is gorgeous and fits perfectly!

After the ring was purchased, he hid it and told me the proposal itself would be a surprise and I would never know when it was going to happen. It was most definitely the best surprise of my life.

We stayed over night in the city and joined some friends for brunch this morning. Afterward we did a little shopping downtown and had coffee. We were grinning ear to ear the whole time. It has been such a fantastic weekend and we're SO excited to enter into this next phase of our lives together!

33 comments:

  1. I'm so, so excited for you, and that ring is amazing!!!

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  2. So happy for you honey! And so glad I was there to see the surprise!

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  3. I'm so happy for you two! You make such a goodlooking couple. Now comes the fun of planning your wedding!

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  4. So happy for you! Love the ring, and you look so pretty, happy and in love!

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  5. Oh my goodness CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can't believe that he turned around your surprise! What a great story. :-)

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  6. Awwww, congratulations! This is such a cute story and reading it made my morning so much happier :)
    Happy wedding planning!

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  7. So sweet! Congrats!! And your ring is gorgeous!!

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  8. Congratulations! That's sooooo exciting and a very very cute story! Love love love the antique ring! Gooooorgeous!

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  9. Wow! What a fantastic surprise! Congratulations to you both!

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  10. Best story ever, congrats again!

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  11. WHAT?!!!!! Congratulations, I love it. Gorgeous ring, gorgeous proposal. Nice job!

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  12. Oh my gosh congrats!! I'm so happy for you!!!

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  13. That's so exciting! And what a beautiful ring. :)

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  14. SUCH a great story!! Congratulations!!!

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  15. Holy cats! So exciting. Definitely good news to come home to and read. I'm so happy for the both of you and your ring is gorgeous! Yay!

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  16. Congratulations!!! That sounds like such a wonderful engagement! I love the ring!

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  17. YAY!! Congratulations! That is an awesome proposal story. :D

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  18. that is the best engagement story! you two are such a beautiful couple, i can't wait to see your wedding pics :)

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  19. How perfect. You two seem like such a wonderful couple. Congrats again!

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  20. I'm so excited for you, and I love the story behind the ring - plus it's gorgeous! :)

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  21. I love that your ring has so much history! Congratulations :)

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  22. That is the BEST surprise! Way to go, Scientist!

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  23. Ah, here it is. That is an amazing engagement story. Sounds like you two make a great match. Best wishes!

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  24. This is such a sweet engagement story, so fairy tale perfect! Your ring is gorgeous!

    Congratulations to you both!

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  25. THIS IS AMAZING! Huge Congrats to you both :)

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  26. I LOVE THIS! major props to mr. scientist. I love that he turned the surprise on you. Congratulations!!!

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  27. I know this is incredibly belated but congratulations!! What amazing news!! :-)

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  28. I am way behind, but congratulations! This is such a great story and I love that you got to celebrate with all your closest friends. I hope you are enjoying wedding planning!

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  29. wait till they get a load of your real husband

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