Engagement Day

IMG_8499Well, friends, Jonny and I are engaged! It has been a whirlwind couple of days, but we are extremely happy and could not be more excited to embark on the road to wedded bliss. Ready for a little engagement day story time? Alright, sit back, relax, and read on!



The Sunday started like any other, except for the fact that it was a three day weekend and we were stoked to have an extra day off. We had planned to go to Sorella, our favorite Italian restaurant in Marin, and we were excited to leisurely make our way there. As I’m sure you’ve read here, it has been freezing lately so we were excited to escape the fog and spend some time in the sun! 


When we got to Marin, we stopped at one of our favorite shopping malls to look for some clothes for our trip to Italy (only three weeks away!). Jonny does not love to shop like I do so usually getting him to look at clothes for himself is a trying task. However, he seemed like he was in a good mood (I wonder why!?) and was more than willing to try on a bunch of clothes. I found out later that he was trying to stall me.


We left the mall in search of a particular shirt for Jonny at another store. On our way there, Jonny’s car started to make a horrible sound and Jonny was having trouble braking. We pulled over on the side of the road and noticed that one of his tires was smoking. For the next hour, we were on the phone with his insurance company and frantically trying to look for an open auto shop (no such luck, thanks to the long weekend). We ended up getting Jonny’s car towed to a local auto shop and had to leave it there since no one would be able to look at it for the next two days. All this time, Jonny had the ring in his pocket and was frantically trying to think about how he was going to get me to the restaurant so that he could propose (he must’ve been freaking out, but he remained SO calm and collected). Our tow truck driver, Eduardo, kindly agreed to take us to the small town where the restaurant was located and we thanked him profusely!


As we made our way to the restaurant, I noticed Jonny was constantly on his phone but figured he was trying to attend to car-related things (he was actually coordinating everything with our family and friends who were waiting at the restaurant!) and so I ended up chatting up the tow truck driver to give Jonny the time to sit silently and think. Usually, these social roles are reversed for us (Jonny is more extroverted and I’m more introverted) but in that moment, I just knew I had to step up and take control of the conversation. Jonny later thanked me for this.


We finally made it to the restaurant! As we got closer, Jonny started to walk me to a beautiful small bridge that we had discovered a few months back and said “I have to show you something.” I followed him. When we got to the bridge, it was decorated with the prettiest tulle and blush roses. I assumed that someone had gotten married near there that day and didn’t even realize that it was for me until we reached the middle of the bridge, Jonny dropped to one knee, and proposed! 


It was the sweetest most perfect proposal I could’ve ever asked for. When I said “yes!” and he slipped the ring on my finger, my sister and my friend Caitlin came out from hiding with their cameras! I had absolutely no idea that they were there and it felt so special to share that moment with them. Honestly, the moment was so shocking and sweet I felt like I blacked out and only remember the feeling of intense happiness.


When we got back to the restaurant, we were greeted by both of our happy families and friends and had an amazing celebratory dinner together. After dinner, my sister snapped these pictures of Jonny and I (can you believe I wore white that day?!?!?) so that we can look back and remember this moment forever. 

I could not be more excited to spend the rest of my life with Jonny, my soulmate, my best friend, and now my fiancé. He completes me in every way and it is clear how well he knows me by how perfectly he planned every detail of the proposal. 

Here’s to our wedding!


  1. Sara
    May 27, 2015 / 8:02 am

    Congratulations!! This is suuuuch a sweet story. He sounds like a really great guy and the two of you are adorable together! I wish you two all the best and pray blessings for your beautiful marriage and upcoming wedding! 🙂

  2. May 27, 2015 / 8:32 am

    What a lovely story! Congratulations 🙂 and what luck to be wearing white!


  3. Amber
    May 27, 2015 / 8:34 am

    Congrats!! Cute photos and I’m so happy for you!!!!

  4. Chris Petrucci
    May 27, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Congratulations Johnny and Tamyrn. That was beautifully written and Arianna the pictures were fabulous!! I am so excited for the both of you. Love you both and see you hopefully before Christmas. lol

  5. Miranda
    May 27, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Tamryn, this is so great! Happy times indeed!!! Seems like you had a special day and I’m very excited for you 🙂

  6. Bumma
    May 27, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    It took me forever to get this post, but it was worth the wait. Our wifi connections have been spotty at best and none at the worst. A beautiful post that celebrates two beautiful people, who are entering a new phase in their lives. Our love to you both and our congratulations. Bumma and Gerry

  7. Debrah Hutchings
    May 27, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    I ‘m still crying! I know, that’s a stretch for me! What a sweet day we had, it pretty much went off as planned, except for the car problems, but cool, calm and collected Jonny pulled it off! Dinner was perfect and celebrating you two as you enter this next chapter of your life was indeed special for us. We love you both and can’t wait to spend it with you! Smooches!!

  8. Sandy
    May 29, 2015 / 11:42 am

    Congrats! Very happy for you both. The pictures are so sweet and so great to mark the occasion. You make a lovely couple.

  9. May 30, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    CONGRATS! You looked so cute!
    What a sweet proposal! Have fun planning the wedding! x

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