Our Engagement Story

April 9, 2013

I’m sitting here drinking my second cup of tea, recovering from a late night flight and some lingering California allergies all with a crazy level of euphoria. What an amazing weekend we just had. I hate to use the same word over and over again but it feels like a whirlwind. Thursday’s arrival in SF feels like 6 months ago and yet 6 seconds ago all at the same time. Engagement aside we had a wonderful trip to California. The food, the yoga, friends, family, the city, everything was perfect. I will try to share some of that other stuff at a later date. I’m having a hard time encapsulating the whole weekend right now so I’ll start with the engagement piece. Mostly because I’m so excited and I want to get it down in words while it’s still fresh in my mind.

Okay, here we go.

Saturday Michael was supposed to play golf with his brother David and I was supposed to spend the morning with my mom and then have lunch with friends. Michael left in the morning but around noon called to say that Dave had to leave golf and that he was headed back to my mom’s. Around that same time my girlfriend called to say her son wasn’t feeling well and could we reschedule for Sunday. Maybe this should have been a clue but I didn’t think twice about it.

With a free afternoon in front of us we packed up to head into SF. We already had plans for a game night around 7 with some friends in the city so we figured we would spend the afternoon in our old haunts.

It was a warm, sunny, perfect spring day. We walked from Dolores Park to the Castro then up to our old house. There is a big hill called Corona Heights behind our old house with amazing views of the entire city. When we got to our old neighborhood Michael asked if I wanted to head up. It was a very special place for us and I happy for the chance to hike up again.

When we got to the top we were greeted with these amazing views.

Corona Heights SF

We took some pictures before I knew what was happening.


And then there at the top of the hill were we first began our relationship, where we so often hiked with Eli, where we’d spent many evenings watching the sunset over my favorite city on earth, the love of my life asked me to marry him.

I, of course, said yes!


About three seconds after this photo was taken Michael hurried me off the hill so we could go celebrate.

We headed to our other old neighborhood to a bar we both loved.

We ordered drinks but after about two sips he said he wanted to go somewhere else.

That somewhere else was a friend’s house. When I opened the gate to the house I was greeted by Michael’s two brothers and their wives. I was completely overwhelmed and started to cry. But that was only part of this incredible day of surprises.

As we came upstairs I walked into an apartment filled with our friends and family. I completely lost it as I looked from one familiar face to another.

My SF book club friends.

Book Club Friends

Dave and Nicole.

Dave and Nicole

My best friends from college and their husbands.College Friends

My friend Lupe’s husband Ben and their 3-month old daughter Milu.Ben and Milu

Andy and Cathy.

Andy and Cathy

My mom.

Me and Mom

Unfortunately my brother and sister couldn’t make it but we still enjoyed an amazing afternoon.

I literally felt like I was overflowing. I’ve never had so many people I love in one place before. It was overwhelming in the most wonderful way. The afternoon went by way to fast.

Here are a couple of other shots from the day.

Playing with Milu.

Lupe, Michael, Milu

The Chase brothers.

Chase Brothers

The Chase couples.

Chase Family

My mom taking pictures.

Mom taking a pic

Our engagement toast. I couldn’t seem to keep my mouth closed all day!Engagement Cheers

Making a phone call to my sister.

Talking to Sarah

Late night visiting on the couch.

Engagement Party

And one last one of me and Michael.

Engagement Party

He did such an amazing job planning this whole surprise. It was weeks in the making and a lot of coordination between him and my sister. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect proposal or engagement party. I am one lucky, lucky girl to get to spend the rest of my life with this thoughtful man.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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  • Reply Leaf Parade April 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Oh boy. I’m getting all teary-eyed here. Michael is the absolute sweetest! It’s like an engagement from a movie. What a glorious series of surprises!

    • Reply Lisa April 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

      It was like a movie engagement. Part of me can’t believe it actually happened. Love the new blog layout. Finally got everything working I see! Sorry for sending you down the self hosted rabbit hole, haha!

      • Reply Leaf Parade April 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

        It was a lot of work, but I’m glad to have listened to you! Thanks again for your help 🙂

        • Reply Lisa April 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

          So glad it worked!

  • Reply The Healthy Flavor April 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Lisa wow!! Congrats again!! What an amazing surprise and exceptional day your fiancé did. You have a real gem there. I really enjoyed reading your beautiful post and photos. I wish you many years of happiness 🙂

    • Reply Lisa April 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thank you Brandi. He is a keeper 🙂 Thank you for being such a great supporter of my blog!

  • Reply nicole April 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I love how my face is partially (mostly?) obscured by that glass of champagne …. Mmmm, champagne 🙂

    Hope you are still celebrating! So great to see you. xox

    • Reply Lisa April 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

      I know, I laughed about that when I posted it too. So good to see you last weekend. Thank you for joining in the festivities! xoxo

  • Reply angieeatspeace April 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Sounds like an amazing time! Congrats!

    • Reply Lisa April 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

      It really was! Thanks Angie.

  • Reply Kim April 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Congratulations Lisa! What a fun story!

    • Reply Lisa April 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Kimo, it was a really great weekend and proposal!

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