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Our proposal story, by Brian:
I bought Kaitlin’s engagement ring on January 26, 2012. I made sure to capture the moment after I signed for the ring by snapping a picture of my ear to ear smile. I would later use this picture. The next 15 days were extremely difficult. Not only was I eager to propose but I had to keep the ring a secret from Kaitlin. This is generally impossible as Kaitlin has this uncanny ability pick up on the slightest clues and piece any puzzle together.
Several months earlier, after I made the final decision to start saving for a ring, I shared the news with two of Kaitlin’s best friends Tania and Lauren. After buying the ring I became nervous the news would some how make its way back to Kaitlin. I had also told our friends Josh and Stefanie; our friends that set us up. I needed Josh’s help for the actual proposal. I needed him to take a really good picture of me down on one knee holding the ring up. I would later use this picture also.
After the start of the new year 2012 we both started thinking ahead to Valentines Day. Because the holiday fell on a Tuesday and we both had a lot going on that week I suggested that we make our own Valentines Day and celebrate it earlier at the end of the week before the holiday. This was the perfect opportunity for me to propose to Kaitlin. She would be completely thrown off by the holiday plans and not suspect anything. We settled on Friday February 10th. We made reservations to our favorite restaurant; The Grill Room in Portland.
I couldn’t set up for the proposal until the day of so I needed as much time as possible when I got home from work that day around 12:45pm. I enlisted the help of Kaitlin’s Manager at work for this. I made contact with him and requested that he keep Kaitlin at work that Friday as long as possible. Evil I know! This was easy for Kaitlin’s manager as he was conducting performance reviews that day. He simply scheduled Kaitlin’s last.
While Kaitlin was at work I lit many candles around the house and set out a bouquet of a dozen roses. I also set out Kaitlin’s 3 “Valentine’s Day” gifts. The first gift was a photo album. I had rehearsed a rough dialogue for all the pictures which I had arranged in chronological order to tell the story of our relationship. On the last page of the album was the picture of me, smiling ear to ear and the picture of me down on one knee holding up the ring. When Kaitlin looked up at me after she realized what the last picture was I down on one knee actually holding the ring up. She said yes!
Maine wedding photography: Blush Imagery, Beth Fitzgerald with Second Shooter Kyle Burnell
Event Planner / Cordinator: Dierdre Gonsalves
Gown designer: Sottero & Midgley
Purchased at Andrea Bridal
Dress purchased at: Andreas Bridal, Portland
Bridesmaid Dress By: Twobirds
Bridemaids Jewelry: No Answer Provided
Florist: La Flora Couture
Ceremony Venue: The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Church, ceremony venue host: No Answer Provided
Officiant: Dave MacEhliney (Grooms uncle)
Reception Venue: The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Music Reception: DJ Shyne, ECF Entertainment
Cake or Treats: Fredericks Pasteries
Favors: Stonewall Kitchen