Saturday - December 12, 2015
8:00 AM: Safi and I wake up to take Harlowe for a walk early so that we can get on the road for a day of wine tasting in Napa to celebrate our 8 year anniversary. We'd been planning the whole week to go to Wine Country to celebrate and were so glad that the rain had subsided for our drive there.
Around 10:00 AM: We head out on our way, me thinking that we're en route to brunch at noon in Napa and then off to some wineries to celebrate. As we're driving along, I'm Snapchat-ing away the beautiful bridge. Then Safi pulls off the road at the exit for the Marin Headlands overlook, which gives you views of the entire city from Alcatraz all the way to the Sunset and beyond. We could locate where we lived, see the mountains and the bridge clearly.
As soon as he pulled off the road I freaked out inside. I knew, this is going to happen, right NOW. I was so nervous inside I couldn't handle it so as soon as we parked the car I just jumped out! I started Snapchat-ing the view and waited for Safi to get out of the car. He was taking forever!
Apparently, he had his friend sneakily park there hours before us and he snuck over to the car to grab my camera out of the backseat, knowing what was coming next.
Safi and I stand on the lookout, talking about the landmarks we see and just admiring the beautiful view. Then we're silent and I feel as if my heart might burst out of my chest. And being the impatient person I am, I ask, "well, are we good to go? let's head to brunch!" Safi asked me right then. He pulled out the most beautiful, stunning ring and right then and there our 8 year relationship flashed before my eyes and we went from boyfriend and girlfriend to fiancés. My heart felt the most full it's ever been in my entire life. Not only was it stunning and so shiny, he designed it himself without any help from my friends or family, he designed it specifically based on what he thought felt like, "Me" - so there isn't another ring out there exactly like mine - which makes it so much more special to me.
10:30 AM: We drive back to our apartment, because Safi forgot his wallet due to his nerves.
10:35AM: My parents greet us at our apartment steps with flowers, a big bottle of champagne, pastries and balloons of congratulations. Then my sister, her boyfriend, and Safi's closest friends greet us with a huge bouquet of flowers and cards, all here to celebrate out engagement. Safi tricked me to bring us home, and turns out we still had plans to go to Napa!
The rest of the day felt like a complete whirlwind. Safi booked brunch for us at Brix Restaurant in Napa (it was delicious), and then we went to Jessup Cellars for a private tasting and then to Kathryn Hall to close out the night. My mom, dad, sister, her boyfriend and Safi and I all went to a family dinner afterwards.
It was the most special day of my life so far, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with this amazing man.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us from the very beginning of our relationship, everyone that reached out with a phone call, a sweet text or a nice message on Facebook and more - it means the world to us and we are so excited to continue this exciting chapter of our lives together.