I am very excited to share with you that this past weekend, a weekend I thought was devoted to house hunting, was actually the weekend the love of my life proposed! Although I originally planned to post about our weekend getaway in Philly, the weekend turned out to be so much more. We spent Thursday and Friday night at La Reserve, a luxurious bed and breakfast comprised of of two beautifully well-preserved, 1850’s four-story townhouses located only three blocks from Rittenhouse Square in the heart of historic Center City.
On Friday night we enjoyed classic French bistro cuisine at Paris Bistro including the best French onion soup I have tasted on the North American continent. On Saturday morning we dined on a delicious breakfast in the main house of La Reserve, enjoyed our coffee and read in the parlor. Then we made our way to Chestnut Hill to look at our potential new home, grabbed a healthy lunch and fresh juice at Green Soul, wandered around the Chestnut Hill Farmer’s Market (a post unto itself) and made our way back to the city to look at “one last property.” We walked to Independence Hall and most unexpectedly, he got down on one knee and asked me to start our married life together. It was such a special moment, made even more special by the fact that his brother, sister-in-law and baby nephews were there taking pictures. To add to the perfection, my fiancé designed my ring himself and I have never seen anything more beautiful or more “me” in my life.
Afterward he told me that we were staying at the Ritz Carlton in Center City where we were greeted with endless amounts of champagne and a rose petal covered bed (always wanted one of those!). I immediately got a manicure (I had chipped Costa Rica nails!), and then primped before meeting some very close friends at the downstairs bar to celebrate our new status as an engaged couple! Afterward, my fiancé took me out to Talula’s Garden where we enjoyed more champagne on the house and a ten course tasting menu containing fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. The following morning we enjoyed a brunch buffet at the Ritz with my fiancé’s best friend with plenty more champagne. I am looking forward to continuing the celebration and falling more in love with my fiancé (saying that word really does not get old) every day for the rest of our lives (cheesy, but true). While I promise not to turn this blog into a wedding planning extravaganza, I will be adding some light wedding posts in to the mix as we plan our nuptials!