The Ashley Maria Blog: BEST DAY EVER- The proposal
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BEST DAY EVER- The proposal


Radio silence may have taken over this weekend but I promise for good reasons! This Saturday Joe and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary and it was literally the best day of my life.. Why you ask? Well if you follow me on instagram  then you already know our exciting news.. WE GOT ENGAGED!!!! So today I want to share with you the amazing story of how Joe actually proposed!

Long Beach Island in NJ holds a special place in our hearts. The family shore house we try to visit every weekend we can in Summer is just a hop, skip and boat ride across the bay away. I always thought it would be so romantic to get engaged at the top of the Barneget Lighthouse on the island.. but always figured that would be just tucked away in the back of my head. Well until Saturday... We started off the weekend by driving down to the shore house in a snow storm- yes end of March and we received 6 inches of snow. So even thought that put a damper on our weekend, we stopped at a mall on the way and I stuffed my face with a large piece of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, which made the night so much better! Once we got down there it was after 10 so we decided to cozy up on the couch and watch some TV. Waking up Saturday morning with the sun beaming in the windows and my weather app informing me it would be high 50's was just what I needed. We got ready for the day and headed out to our little bagel shop for some quality breakfast. I wanted to go to the island to some boutiques I love that just happened to be opening that day for the season! and off we went.. who would have thought when we got back to the house I would be engaged!

We got to the island around 11 and went to the block of boutiques to find out some of them didn't open yet.  I think at this point Joey was freaking out since he had a strict schedule to stick to! But he made up for the time with three trips back and forth to Wawa to use the restroom and grab snacks.. I knew someone couldn't pee that much especially not drinking any water!!!  After shopping the south side of the island we decided to head to the north side (where the Lighthouse is) to look for an antique store I wanted to visit. Apparently, Joey already knew where it was and that it was going to be closed Saturday, but for the sake of time sent us on a goose chase trying to find it!

After finding out the antique shop was closed still for the season, we headed to the lighthouse, since I wanted beach pictures. Mind you it was still freezing even though the temp's said it was 46 degrees, Joe insisted we walk the beach walk to the end pier. Now that my hands were numb and nose may have broken off, we climber the lighthouse. You could see my breath as we headed up the 218 steps but we did it anyway.  We finally reached the top to be greeted by so many people.  We walked around the top to look at all angles of the beach and bay. Joe started telling me a story to remember  a couple years ago when we saw a rock formation in the sand of a proposal someone did at the lighthouse. Next thing I know Joe is on one knee (in the only place on the top that still had snow!!!) and pulled out a little ring box. He was crying, I was tearing up.. a photographer was snapping pictures. It all happened soooo fast. Me being me, of course wanted to make sure the photographer was with us, so that some random guy wasn't taking my picture! To make this proposal even more special, he gave me my grandmother's ring that I adored! I was beeming and could not stop smiling!








Check out the rest tomorrow to find out the rest of our amazing story!

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