No I did not spell Happily wrong! It has been forever since I have posted a blog about anything! But our family has big news! Sunday was quite an eventful day for our little family. Surprise (or maybe not) WE ARE ENGAGED!!! Never would I ever have known that my Boyfriend of few words would pull off the best marriage proposal yet! I am officially trading in the Spencer last name for Happley. What a dream day Sunday was! WOOT WOOT!
Danny is a very reserved, quiet, and a crazy handsome man. He never does anything too quickly or without thought and always strives for perfection. It is what has pushed him to be successful at work, being a Father, and a great boyfriend. So when he popped the question on Sunday evening FROM THE AIR I quickly jumped to say yes three times over. He tricked me though. Weeks before on the sly Danny kept asking what time of the year I had wanted to get married, kept asking me to check in with friends to see if those times lined up, but never had he given me a confirmation of anything.
The whole week prior to his proposal he had been out of state in Guatemala on a mission trip. We had little contact since service is both spotty and expensive down there but he had mentioned having surprise plans for both Madi and I on Sunday. Well as he came home and the start of Sunday began both Madi and I were confused when Danny kept asking us what we wanted to do for the day. I didn’t think anything of it honestly I just thought he wanted to spend time with us after being gone the whole week.
We ended up spending the day at a DriveIn Safari and playing with baby goats. When we were finished there with dirty feet Danny brought us to get Mani/Pedis. It was unwrapping to be an awesome Sunday already! Little did I know tt was going to get even better. Danny still had one surprise and Madi was in on it!!! What a great secret keeper. Danny was acting a little strangely. For the jokester he is he hadn’t really been pulling out the Dad jokes and was just generally acting a bit odd for himself. At the time I attributed it to Jet Lag but I would soon find out he was a nervous wreck!
We went home to quickly change for what I thought was going to be a dinner out somewhere mysterious and headed out on another car ride. Since Madi was in on it she helped picked out my dress for the evening. I didn’t recognize anything as we drove to a random property with a gate to which we were buzzed into. Interesting…
As we rounded the corner up a windy hill I noticed a helicopter. What?! A helicopter?! Are we going for a Helicopter ride??? I was crazy excited!
“You need the microphone to be extremely close when you speak otherwise no one can hear you.” The property owner said winking at me as I clipped my seatbelt in and pulled on my headphones. As we started taking off in the Helicopter Danny pulled out his phone for a picture of the two of us. I thought this was unusual since Danny HATES taking photos of any kind. But he was actually taking serious photos with a real smile. Hmm…
I kept thinking WOW THIS IS COOL. I was quiet taking everything in when Madi and Danny mentioned flying over our house when the pilot asked where we wanted to go. The Pilot agreed but he kept flying the other direction? It didn’t make sense but I was just quiet watching all of the horses and scenery below. As we flew over Wimberley I started recognizing friends houses, buildings, and family homes. Finally I recognized one of my favorite places in Wimberley the Montesino Ranch, the place for the last several years that Danny and I have talked extensively about getting married at. I was looking at the clear blue water of the River that surrounds the property and admiring how beautiful everything was when the pilot started getting closer and closer to the Pavilion of the venue. I noticed there was white fabric whipping in the wind left over from a previous wedding and heard Danny over the microphone tell madi she could “get a better picture with his iphone camera”. Apparently this was her cue!
I’m still looking out the window when Danny started over the speaker, “This is the spot right here Taylor, next year sept, I wanted to know if you’ll marry me and make me the happiest man.” You have to know I am the most socially awkward person alive and I said yes like three times but Danny couldn’t hear me! Of course I hadn’t pulled my microphone close enough to my face for anyone to hear a response! Lucky for us Madi filmed the whole thing! It wasn’t until after Danny told me the venue was indeed officially booked for September of next year and put the ring on my finger that I started crying. Weeping like a baby and of course Danny took photos of this. Something funny to remember I suppose!
We spent the rest of the trip looking at different areas of Austin and Wimberley. As we were coming down the Pilot mentioned there was one last surprise. He gave Madi the garage code and told her to go open it up. Inside there was a bottle of chilled champagne for us to toast with. It was so much better than I imagined a proposal could be. I was in serious shock though! I couldn’t talk properly for like an hour after he popped the question and finally I came to with my feet on the ground.
BEST DAY EVER! There were so many emotions and details that I want to keep for myself and Danny. Things I don't want to write about because it's special to keep how I exactly felt in that moment between us. But I can say without a doubt I am beyond thrilled to marry Danny! Our journey over the last couple years has has been nothing short of exciting, annoying, and full of love and memories to cherish. He is my person and I am so proud of him. I am so thankful that we got to spend our engagement night with Madi so she can share in the moment with us and hold high expectations for herself in future relationships. I cannot wait for the year ahead of planning and new adventures SEPTEMBER we’re coming for you! I love you Danny Happley! #HappleyEverAfter #FinallyAHappley