(To see what already happened: Proposal Part I)
The whole proposal and photo shoot has been amazing. I am still in shock. After the photographers leave us Josiah brings up towards the back of the Belmont Mansion. I thought we were going to the front so I told him we were going to wrong way. He said, “no, this is the right way.” He was saying, “let’s see if we can go inside.” I was saying, “we can’t do that, they may be having an event there” or “we aren’t allowed.” For some reason he convinced me to ring the door bell and he opened the door and we walked in. I thought a private event was going on. I saw tables set up beautifully, food, waiters and a man playing the guitar. But there were no people there. Honestly, it still did not sink in that maybe this was something he did. I just thought we were in the absolute wrong spot and were going to get in trouble.
It was, for us! The look of trepidation on my face is apparent because I had no idea what we were walking into! The photographer was able to catch my, “what the heck is this” expression. Josiah then turns me to look up the staircase and up at the top is my dad, dad’s girlfriend, my sister, brother-in-law, my brother, my mom and then even Josiah’s mom, brother and brother’s girlfriend who he flew in from Texas for the proposal.
I break down crying. Then friends (Ashley, Chelsey, David, kids, Lena, Jason, Megan, Ryan and Avery) come out from the side. Again, more tears. Thankfully Josiah stayed right by me to catch me!
We give hugs all around, then there is food catered from Maggianos. The tables were absolutely beautiful and I am shown where to sit. I then go to get the food. The food (I barely touched it) was absolutely delicious looking and delicious for what I did eat. I think I ended up eating some of the ravioli, but that was all I touched. I also had some water and some sparkling grape juice.
Then Josiah tells me he may have a song for me. Josiah sings worship at church and he plays piano, guitar and drums. I am always asking him to write me songs. Normally he writes me silly short songs that he comes with spur of the moment. He brings me up to the front and gives a speech. He tells everyone how we met, how much I mean to him. Everything he said was perfect and was the sweetest thing. Watching back on the video I wish I would have made more eye contact with people and looked around but I was still just in shock. I said nothing. I couldn’t look at people or I would have cried.
He sits down at the piano and starts to play my song. It is beautiful. I just looked ahead, couldn’t look at anyone and listened. It was absolutely beautiful. He had actually sung me the song about 8 months prior but he had changed it a little bit and I actually had not heard it since. We then go sit back down and have cheesecake for dessert. I think I did eat more of the cheesecake than I did of the actual meal. Afterward we actually did head to Opryland to look at the lights.
The day was incredibly long but I could not have imagined anything sweeter than what he pulled off for me. I am so blessed to have found someone that makes me as happy as he does.