love is in the details

One brisk, December morning I got a call from my friend Blake.
Blake: Hey Mia it's Blake, I was wondering if you could help me out.

Mia: Of course I can, what's up?

Blake: I'm going to ask Angela to marry me, and I need some help bringing my plan to fruition.  I want to create a vintage picnic in a grove of trees.  I've spent hours on Pinterest and I know exactly what she loves. I drove around and found the perfect spot, I just need help putting it all together.  I'm going to grab our favorite take out for dinner and her favorite cup cakes for dessert. 
I found these old light bulbs that I want to put flowers in and hang from the trees.  Angela will love them.  She also loves roses, birds, and vintage books.  Can you tell me where to find the perfect flowers and help me arrange them?

Mia: Count me in.

I hung up the phone and had weird thoughts, like even though I'm happily married, and probably old enough to be his mother, maybe I want to marry him!

So Blake came over to show me his pins and talk over some ideas. 

We spent a good part of the morning putting his plan in motion.

I had just rained for three solid days, but today the clouds parted and the sun came out. 

Blake was adorably nervous, but I assured him it was going to be perfect. 

He drove Angela to the designated spot, took off the blind fold, and read a poem. Every line was meticulously thought through.

Then he pulled a diamond ring out of his coat pocket and asked her to marry him. 

She said yes.

Angela and Blake's parents snuck over to congratulate them and I snapped a picture of her dad getting his first look at her engagement ring.  Worth 1,000 words.

With Valentine's day just around the corner, love is in the air.  I have two friends who are planning their weddings right now.  Such an exciting time in life.  With wedding planning comes wedding gifts.  I designed two note cards just in case you know anyone who is tying the knot too.  Click on the image to download and print.

On the 7th of January, my man and I celebrated our wedding anniversary.  He surprised me with a trip to San Francisco, booked a bed and breakfast in an old, Victorian mansion, took me ice skating in Union Square, secured tickets to the Michael Jackson Immortal Tour (which was incredible), took me shopping at all the local thrift stores, and was my personal guide on a culinary tour.  So blessed that after all these years, his desire is simply to make me happy. 

If I could give Blake and Angela a little advice, here's what it would be. I can't say we've never gone to bed with unresolved issues, or that I've always been a pleasure to have in "class", but after 17 years of marriage, here's what I know, for sure.

-Two unselfish people can always make a marriage work
-Agree to disagree (thank you Dr. Phil)
-Surprises keep love fresh and unpredictable
-Marriage is simply about two people helping one another reach their ultimate potential.


  1. What a sweet and thoughtful engagement story. And WOW a beautiful ring!

  2. What a keeper of a guy and What a ROCK! Absolutely gorgeous pictures! I know they will never forget that moment!

  3. Wow what an amazing proposal! An amazing ring too! It's great that they have so many pictures of the moment as well... lucky!

  4. oh my goodness; he is definitely a keeper! That is such a sweet and well thought out proposal, and it was awesome of you to be there and capture it all with photographs for them. beautiful.

  5. My favorite blog to date... Mia doing what she does best- helping others celebrate the biggest moments by taking care of the smallest details. Brava.

  6. What a blessing to help with such a special moment. Beautiful!!! What a sweet guy to put so much thought into his proposal. My husband did a themed Christmas stocking with my ring at the bottom. (You inspired me to blog about it!) I sooo wish I had pictures.

  7. Love her parents! Our dads go way back!! How fun to scroll down and see that it's someone I know! Janae in Mesa

  8. Quelle romantique demande de mariage ! Nous leur souhaitons tout le bonheur du monde !


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