I Said Yes!

I Said Yes!
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I Said Yes!

Surprise!  We’re engaged!

Okay, not that much of a surprise anymore because we got engaged in August and announced it on Instagram that very night … but after some not-so-patient waiting, we’re sharing the engagement story and photos so all of you can celebrate with us!  If you haven’t already seen the video of the night Brandon popped the question, you should definitely do that first!

Brandon works at an elite fitness center here in Richmond, and through him, I have a membership.  I’m there almost as often as he is, whether that’s because I’m working out or because I’m just popping in to visit him while he works.  It’s turned into a second home to us, and the team there has quickly become like family.  When Brandon decided to propose, he sent out a team-wide email and involved a bunch of the staff in preparing for the night.  In order to fool me (fun fact: I always figure out surprises. Somehow B has managed to get away with several, so I guess we truly were meant for each other), Brandon told me that there was going to be a team dinner and he could bring a plus-one.  They were to cater Chipotle and I should definitely come because there was a chance he would be getting an excellence award.

The day of this “team dinner,” (which also happened to be the night before our 2nd dating anniversary) I had one of the worst gastroparesis flare-ups since being diagnosed.  I didn’t even leave my bed and I was in excruciating pain.  B came over after he got off work and asked if I needed anything.  He then proceeded to beg me to “please, please come tonight.”  Of course, I thought he was nuts for even wanting me to get out of bed in my state.  Little did I know…

About thirty minutes before the dinner, I forced myself out of bed because I really wanted to be there for Brandon.  My mom was making dinner for my dad in the kitchen and I practically stumbled out the door, saying, “I’ll only be there for a little bit and then I’ll come home and get back into bed.”  When I showed up at the gym, a couple of our friends were waiting with Brandon at the front door.  Brandon’s first words were, “they’re almost out of sour cream” – and anyone who knows me knows that Chipotle’s sour cream is my favorite ever, so I didn’t want to miss out on that.  It put a little fire under my arse and I jetted down the track with Brandon towards one of the group fitness rooms.

The moment I walked in, I knew there was no dinner happening that night.  The lights were down, but the disco ball was on.  Tea-lights and rose petals lit up a pathway towards the instructor’s stage, where there was a bottle of champagne, two glasses, and a table decorated with more rose petals and photos of the two of us from the past few years.  I kept asking Brandon, “what’s going on?  What is this?” assuming that it was some special two-person dinner he put together to celebrate our anniversary.  He just held my hand and kept silent until we reached the stage.

Then he turned to look at me and his eyes welled up.  This was when I realized what was going on.  To be entirely honest, I barely heard a thing he said until, “will you please do me the honor of becoming Mrs. Stephanie Ramson?”  Up until then, I just kept thinking oh my gosh he’s proposing, oh my gosh he’s proposing!  Then suddenly we were both crying, and the room was flooded with all the staff and a few members at the gym, along with my parents, our best friends, and I realized the person standing in the corner with a camera the entire time was Brandon’s roommate (thanks, Chandler, for capturing that moment)!

It was an overwhelming chain of events, filled with so much joy and love that I will never be able to put it into words.  Of course, I immediately said, “YES!” and slid that beautiful rose gold ring on my finger.  I was pretty glad that I didn’t let my health get in the way of the most romantic, special night of my life, that’s for sure.  Oh, and don’t worry – Brandon still got Chipotle for me after we left the club.

A little over a month ago, I found out that I won engagement photos with J & D Photo LLC, a husband-and-wife photography duo here in RVA.  Brandon and I met up with them for a golden hour engagement shoot and they did an incredible job capturing our happiness.  Take a look through if you want an intense dose of mush and sappy cuteness.  And stay tuned for more couple and wedding-related posts coming real soon!

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Mega thank you to J & D Photo LLC for capturing our joy and excitement in these photos.  We will cherish these memories forever.



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    December 18, 2017 at 6:12 AM

    Nothing could make me happier. May you have a lifetime of good health, prosperity, happiness and love. You two are beautiful and deserve the best! I’m so glad that God brought you together!

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    December 18, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    This is such a beautiful story!! Congrats and I can’t wait to see the wedding details!

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    December 18, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    You two were made for each other and though I’m a little jealous I know that B is you’re one true soulmate (and then me, of course) <3 I love you both beyond words and I cannot wait to catch that bouquet at your wedding because hell I wanna be next!!!! 😀

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    Helena Marz
    December 18, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    This is so sweet and so romantic! I love how he planned the proposal and it was definitely romantic! Congratulations and I wish you both all the best❤️

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    December 18, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Such a beautiful story! Your ring is gorgeous! And congratulations!!!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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    December 18, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Such a lovely story! These photos are just gorgeous!

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    Stephanie Konkle
    December 18, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Congratulations!!! This is such a sweet story & so exciting! Happy for you two!

    xo, Steph

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    December 18, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    So so happy for you girl! You guys make the cutest couple and will have such a happy life together 🙂 LOVE the engagement photos!



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    Laura Leigh
    December 18, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    So happy for you lady! Y’all are truly adorable and these photos are so sweet. Wish you the absolute best!

    xo Laura Leigh

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    December 18, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Aaaah!! So thrilled for you Steph! Congratulations to the happy couple!!

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    Amber Nall
    December 18, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    What a wonderful story! Congratulations!

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    sarah lindner
    December 18, 2017 at 9:11 PM

    You two are such a cute couple, so much congratulations! <3 <3 <3 <3
    Sarah Lindner

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    December 18, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    aw congrats to the both of you!!! love this post!

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    December 19, 2017 at 4:35 AM

    Aw such a sweet proposal story babe!! So excited for you!! & love these pics, they are beautiful!!

    cute & little

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    December 19, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    CONGRATS!!! I’m so happy for the both of you. These photos are so gorgeous, too.


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    December 19, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    You all are the cutest! What a sweet love story. I absolutely love reading engagement stories and this one made me tear up! You all look so happy together. Wishing you both the best!!!

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    Taylor Mobley
    December 19, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    This is so so so sweet. Congrats to you pretty lady (even if it did happen in august). Marriage is the best!

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    December 19, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Oh my gosh congrats!! So happy for you! xo

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    December 19, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Congrats! Such a sweet story, your photos are amazing and that ring… that ring is GORGEOUS! Super excited to see more of your wedding plans here on your blog 🙂

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    December 19, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Haha Brando sure did an awesome job surprising you for your proposal. Keshaun wasn’t very subtle at all with his. I knew it was happening before he did it, haha! He sure did a great job picking out that ring too and I’m glad you still ended up getting your Chipotle!

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    December 19, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Congratulations!! Your engagement photos are beautiful. Cheers to a beautiful wedding and fabulous future life together!!


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    Tonya Tardiff
    December 19, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    This is beyond adorable!!! I love hearing how much thought he put into this. Congrats to you guys!!

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    Anna English
    December 19, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Congrats on the engagement lady! Loved reading this post.

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    December 19, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Ahh!! CONGRATS!!!! XO

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    Samantha Mariko
    December 19, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    I saw the video on your Facebook, and ugh it was the cutest!!! I can’t believe you were feeling unwell that day, I mean what are the odds right? I am absolutely in love with these gorgeous engagement photos, the photographers did an amazing job capturing you two in love <3
    xo Samantha

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    December 20, 2017 at 2:53 AM

    What a sweet story! Such a romantic proposal.

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

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    December 20, 2017 at 2:58 AM

    I want to see the video! Such a sweet proposal.

    April | http://www.thebluehydrangeas.com

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    Emily Wilkinson
    December 20, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    These are so pretty! I just got married & it’s such an exciting time!

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    December 20, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Aw this is so sweet! Congrats! Getting married is the best thing.


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    December 22, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    Congrats girl!! Cherish this time of being engaged- it’s so fun… and your ring is gorgeous!!

    xo, Kristina

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    December 25, 2017 at 10:34 PM

    Congrats! Such beautiful photos!

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    December 26, 2017 at 10:45 PM

    What a sweet proposal! Congratulations to you both! Love your ring and your photos!

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    Annette Dattilo
    January 23, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Congratulations on your engagement. So exciting.

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