Our Engagement Story!


Hey there! :) It’s been way too long, and in the 3 years I’ve been blogging, this is the longest I’ve gone without a post. Today, I found myself thinking, I really miss blogging. The story behind all that is for another time, but in case you missed the announcement on Instagram… we’re ENGAGED! And here’s our engagement story…

L to R: Before a concert during summer 2012; New Year's Even 2012; enjoying a trip to San Francisco in 2013.
L to R: Before a concert during summer 2012; New Year’s Even 2012; enjoying a trip to San Francisco in 2013.

Ryan and I have been together for almost four and a half years (anyone remember our two year anniversary post waaaaay back when?). One thing not very many people know is that Ryan and I talked about getting married after only two months of dating. I always thought it was a cliche when people say “I just knew,” but looking back on that moment, I see the truth in it. We spent a majority of our relationship in two very different places – I was in school, he was working. At times, it was hard – but I think in the end, it’s what taught us the most. We’ve gone through a lot of change during our relationship (both exciting, saddening, unexpected, and totally planned!), but being engaged is by far my favorite change.

The evening of July 31, 2016, we were wrapping up the first full-day of a trip to Hilton Head. I was already so excited to be in South Carolina, I didn’t think it could get any better. That night we ate at a restaurant in Harbour Town, a really cute little area filled with waterfront restaurants, bars, and tourist-y stores – it’s a spot we always go to at least once when in Hilton Head, so I wasn’t suspicious at all! After dinner, we walked down to the pier. Ryan asked if I wanted to take a walk down by the water, which I agreed – it was a cloudy night, but beautiful.

This is where it gets kind of funny. As we are walking, this is our exchange:

“Do you want to go kayaking?”

“Not really…” (I was kind of sassy. How random?! lol!).

“Well, do you want to marry me?”


So, we went from kayaking to marriage in a split second. It caught me completely off guard and I immediately started crying. After everything settled down, he explained how nervous he was and he didn’t know how to start. Once he asked about the kayaks, it just “came to him.” Weird but cute, right?

We celebrated that night by the water with champagne, surrounded by my future family (who were all mostly in on it! Only one person was surprised). It was the most memorable day of my life so far – my heart is so full, and I am so blessed to be able to celebrate these life events here on this little corner of the Internet. Love you ALL!

More wedding posts to come…. :)


  • Reply Rachel Ritlop August 24, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Awe that’s so sweet!! I love reading peoples engagement stories!

    – Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  • Reply Mckenna Bleu August 24, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Awe this is too cute!!! Congrats! And your ring is beautiful!

  • Reply Tiffany Khyla August 24, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Oh my goodness! This is such a sweet and adorable story. I’m sassy too, so I can completely understand that split second change of mood haha. Y’all are the cutest and congrats, girl!

  • Reply Bella B August 24, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Oh my gosh this is so stinking cute!! I cant wait for more wedding posts to come.


  • Reply Mindy Thompson August 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    What a sweet story! congratulations! I just got engaged over the weekend and am on cloud nine!!! I’m sure you still are too!! :-)

  • Reply Alejandra August 24, 2016 at 11:50 am

    OMG Alyssa this is SO sweet!! Congrats!! Always reading your blog across the world.

  • Reply Cat August 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I got goosebumps reading this! I always love reading stories of two people who truly love each other getting ready to take that next step. Congrats!

    Class Meets Couture

  • Reply Rachel August 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Oh my goodness SO sweet! Your ring is gorgeous! So excited for you! Congrats!

  • Reply Alix Maza August 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Aww how adorable! Love how he went from kayaks to marriage haha-so random.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • Reply Ruya August 24, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Congrats! That’s such an adorable and unique story!


  • Reply Maegan Clark August 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    AWWWW…. CONGRATS! That’s so exciting! Keep blogging and updating us on the plans!

  • Reply Tori August 24, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    That is so funny and sweet! Can’t wait to read more about your wedding plans!!


  • Reply Makayla M. August 25, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I love this story and I love the both of you. So completely happy for you guys and can’t wait to celebrate!! Love you Lyss!

    Fashionably Kay

  • Reply Meagan | Love by Meagan August 25, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Your relationship sounds just like mine! I’m so happy for the both of you!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

  • Reply Heidi August 31, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    This is so sweet and I’m so very happy for you! I totally love how he asked you too… You definitely won’t forget that!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • Reply Christine September 2, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Of course I love your story!!! Xxoo

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