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A Magical Engagement

by Meghann on December 20, 2010

No, not mine.

Theirs!!

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My little brother is getting married!

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Ahhh!!!! :)

It has been one hell of a morning!

First of all, I am terrible at keeping secrets, so the fact that I have kept this one for so long is truly amazing. My little brother kind of sprung it on me at the mall last weekend. He asked what I thought of him getting engaged and then hinted that it would sooner rather than later.

Of course, I started with the older sister talk about “make sure you’re ready” and this is a big deal, before I began jumping up and down in squeals of excitement about how happy I was he was asking Ashley to join our family (even though it feels like she already is – this would just be official. ;) )

I was there as he purchased the ring – beaming from ear to ear the whole time – and I was there as he told the story countless times of just how he was doing it. He had big plans and I had every faith in the world that he was going to pull it off.

His ‘plan’ actually began earlier this week when he convinced Ashley it was her idea to go to Universal today. She had friends in town and they needed something to do to celebrate the beginning of winter break. Ashley called Kelly to see if she wanted to go then Kelly called me and I ‘just happened’ to have the day off today and was free to go too. After spending the weekend in Orlando Derek decided he wanted to take Monday off and tag along too. (Obviously we put way too much thought into this).

Ben wanted us to all get there early. The parks opened at 8:00. He made it perfectly clear he wanted us there at 7:30. Ouch.

Derek and I were both so excited for what the morning held that we had no problems getting up.

I made oatmeal before we hit the road.

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Pumpkin oatmeal with chia seeds, raisins, apple, pumpkin butter, and granola.

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I didn’t want to be late and I was afraid of traffic, so we left early. Really early. We were in the first row of cars to park early.

We weren’t the only ones though. We parked and saw my Mom (obvious, much?) and walked to the entrance of the park.

Then we waited.

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And froze. Brrr…. it was a chilly one this morning and nothing was opened yet.

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20 minutes later…

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Here they come!

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Does he look nervous or what?

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Lots of plotting going on.

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And she doesn’t have a clue. 15 friends and family members randomly deciding they want to go to Universal on a Monday? Totally normal.

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We all headed to the Harry Potter island in the park. Her friends had never been before and wanted to go to Olivanders before the line grew too long. ;)

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We popped in line

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And I shared a cookie with Kelly

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The line went quick. Really quick. Thank goodness too, I think we all were going to burst with excitement!

The Proposal!

If you’ve never been to Olivanders before, it’s a one of a kind experience. They pull 25 – 30 guests into ‘Olivanders Wand Shop’ and then Olivander selects one guest to test out wands. After a few bad spells, an aurora of light forms around the guest when the right one is chosen.

As soon as the door was closed Olivander walked up to Ashley and asked if she was ready to choose her wand.

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The first wand caused the top shelf of wands to break.

The second one created a storm in the middle of the store.

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But, before he could get to the third one my brother stepped forward.

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Ashley, there are a lot of boxes in this room, but I think I have the one you are looking for right here…. will you marry me?”

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SHE SAID YES!!!

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And after all that, a wand finally chose her!

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I think everyone in the room was bawling. They’re engaged! They’re really engaged!

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Ashley’s friends came prepared they immediately pulled out two hats – one said “She Said Yes!” the other “Future Mrs. Anderson” –and a sash that read “Just Engaged” for Ashley.

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Let the celebrating begin!

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No two people deserve this more than Ben and Ashley. Congrats guys!

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1 Sara December 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Congrats!!!!!!! so exciting and adorable!!!
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2 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair December 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

This is the cutest engagement story I’ve ever read! And OMG I LOVE that they got engaged at Harry Potter World – seriously, that just makes my day! So sweet :)

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3 Dori December 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I choked up. This is so sweet. What’s with our baby brothers getting married before us!
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4 Theresa @ActiveEggplant December 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

What a fun proposal! Congratulations to your brother and his new bride!
(And I can’t imagine how many of us readers immediately thought “OMG, Meghann got engaged!!” when we saw your post title!)

Have a wonderful time at Universal today!
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5 Mindy @ just a one girl revolution. December 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Congratulations, Ben and Ashley! I’m getting all teary eyed just reading this! :)
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6 Marina December 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

What an awesome proposal!
Congrats to your brother and his beautiful future wife ;)
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7 Amanda (Eating Up) December 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

WOW! What a story! I’m speechless! Congrats to them!
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8 Kelly December 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Awww so cute, congrats to your brother!!!!
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9 Ali @ Ali on the Run December 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Aww, so cute! And SO great that you were all there! They’ll be so happy to always have photos on hand from their engagement, so well done. Now onto the planning! Congratulations to your brother, his fiance and your whole family!
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10 Theodora December 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

And I just teared up at my desk. Thanks.
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11 Fallon December 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

That is the most creative proposal ever! I love it. Congrats to you brother. So exciting!!
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12 J @ Js Everyday Fashion December 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I love how well you recorded this day for them in pictures! So sweet of you!! Looks like a really fun day, congrats to your brother and future sister-in-law!!! :-)
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13 Phoebe December 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Oh my god what a cute story! Seriously – getting engaged at Harry Potter world is crazy and adorable. They look like a fantastic couple. Congratulations to Ben and Ashley!

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14 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

That is SO exciting! Congratulations to Ben and Ashley! What a cute way and place to get engaged. :D
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15 Lauren December 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Getting engaged at Harry Potter world is so creative & thoughtful! How sweet!
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16 sarah December 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Aw! That made me tear up!! So sweet :D CONGRATS TO THE WHOLE FAMILY!

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17 Melissa @ TryingToHeal December 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Ah, congrats to them!!! They’re certainly perfect for each other!!!
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18 Laura December 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm

What a sweet story! Congrats to Ben and Ashley! :D
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19 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm

AWWWWWWW CONGRATULATIONS to them!!! :) That is SUPER adorable! :) What a GREAT story! :) And super creative!
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20 Julie December 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

oh my god, that was adorable. Her face is priceless. Congrats to them!!
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21 Christin@purplebirdblog December 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Awwwe, I love a good engagement story in the morning! Congrats to them!
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22 Heather @ Side of Sneakers December 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Ahhh congratulations to them!!! SUCH a cute, wonderful story! They’re gonna love having the pictures of it all happening too :)
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23 Molly December 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm

yup you have be crying. LOVE this. CONGRATS :)
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24 Katie G (http://justrollwithitblog.blogspot.com) December 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Your post title totally got me…I definitely thought it was you!
SO cute, and planned out very well! She looks really surprised! Your brother chose a gorgeous ring! Did you have anything to do with that?! Wishing them a long and happy lifetime together!
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25 kate December 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Such a cute engagement story! Congrats to the happy couple!!

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26 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston December 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Congratulations!! What an adorable proposal story!!
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27 Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous December 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

CUTE!!!! The pics are great. It definitely made me tear! And in Harry Potter world…a man after my own heart.

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28 Ali December 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Oh my gosh, this literally gave me chills! I’m so happy for them :):) what a wonderful story and so great that you were all there to document it & celebrate it together!! Congrats Ben & Ashley!

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29 Maddi December 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

wow, how fun! Congrats to them!!! :)

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30 Runeatrepeat December 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations to the couple!!! This is a very happy post on a gloomy day over here. Thanks for sharing :)
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31 michelle December 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

That is such a cute story!!!!! Much better than mine (I proposed to my husband…. not very traditional!)
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32 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

what an AWESOME proposal. your brother and ashley look so in love and so happy. SO excited for your family! ashley is one lucky girl to marry into such a fun, close-knit group!

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33 Jenn (eating bender) December 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

This is amazing!! The planning, the words he chose…everything. I’m so happy for Ben and Ashley! CONGRATS!
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34 Anne Marie December 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Aww!! What a fun story :)
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35 Jessica @ Jessica Balances December 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

This made me tear up! What a sweet, unique proposal! And they look so happy :) awww… I love when people get engaged. Can’t wait to read about it when you get your ring! <3

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36 Lauren December 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Cutest engagement story ever!!!!!! Congrats to your brother and his new wifey! :)
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37 Caitlin December 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm

That is such a cute engagement story!!!
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38 Gwen December 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

PRECIOUS! Congrats future SIL!
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39 Krystina December 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

That is ridiculously adorable. Congrats to them. <3
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40 angela December 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

So cute! I love that it was in Harry Potter world!!! Totally made me tear up! Thanks for sharing!!!

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41 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Congrats to the little bro! At first I thought you were going to announce yours. You tricked me!
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42 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Yay, you’re going to be a sister-in-law!!!

Congrats to Ben!

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43 Allison @ PickyEatingRD December 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

OMG congrats!!! I love reading engagement stories and this one is too cute!!
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44 Ashley December 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

This is soo amazing! Congratulations!!
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45 Kristina @ spabettie December 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm

aw! this is an AWESOME story!! <3
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46 Matt December 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Aww… So cute!
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47 Lacey @ Lake Life December 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm

This is definitely the best blog post I’ve ever read on an otherwise mundane Monday. Congrats to your bro!

Is it killing you that your younger brother is engaged before you?

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48 Amanda December 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

congrats! what a special story and fantastic reason to get up super-early on a Monday morning!

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49 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

So sweet!! Congrats to them :)

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50 Marg December 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

How sweet! Congrats to them!

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51 Regina December 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Goosebumps much?! How exciting and sweet! Congrats!!!
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52 Deirdre December 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Congrats to your brother and future sister-in law! It was so cool you could be there.

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53 Evan Thomas December 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

That engagement story is incredible. Tell Ben to stop setting the bar so high; he’s going to make us all look bad!
Congrats Ben and Ashley!

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54 Derek December 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

True that =)

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55 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 December 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Congrats to your brother and his fiancee! What a cute story!! :)

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56 Alicia December 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

that is SO sweet!! what a sweet story!!! LOVE the Harry Potter idea, my inner dweebness is all over that!
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57 Jordan P December 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Ahhhh this is the second engagement blog post I’ve seen today!! TIS THE SEASON!

congrats to the bride/groom to be!!!!!!

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58 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Aw wow that is SUCH a beautiful way to propose!! Welling up here!
CONGRATS to the happy couple :)

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59 Sara December 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Your brother propsed at HarryPotter World?! That is SO BEYOND AWESOME!! :) My hubby proposed to me at Disneyland, but I think Harry Potter World beats that. Congrats to them!
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60 Hangry Pants December 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm

That is all so cute!

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61 Brittney December 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Awww, that’s so adorable! I have a little brother too and when he got engaged/married it was touching and emotional for me as his big sis. Actually, my brother’s wife is an Ashley too!
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62 Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Oh my goodness, Congrats to the two of them! What a fun engagement story :).

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63 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

congrats to them!!!!

and what a super cute story!

love alll the pics!!
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64 Ali December 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm

That is so sweet! I love the story and that you got to be there. I am so happy for them :)
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65 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

These are such great photos!! Congratulations to Ben – that’s great news! And I adore your boots. SO cute!
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66 Sana December 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Congrats to your family this is SO amazinggg!
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67 Kate@andwhenshesays December 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Congrats to them, and so fun that they have photos documenting the moment! It happens so fast – it will be really special for them to have these. Plus – less phone calls to have to make since you guys were there to share it with them. ;)
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68 Dee December 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Aww, that was beautiful! Congrats to the happy couple!

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69 Denise December 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

First of all, congrats on gaining a new sister!

Secondly, WHERE can I find a bag just like the one you are carrying? I LOVE IT!
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70 Jess December 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

This might be my new favorite engagement story. I’m a huge HP fan – love that it happened in Ollivander’s!! And the crowns are great, too!!

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71 RunningOnCoffee December 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

What a great story – Congrats to your brother and his fiancee!

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72 Faith @ lovelyascharged December 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Aww, how adorable! Congrats to them both!
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73 Ann December 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Wow, her face is priceless right when it happened! So great that you were all there with them. I love that y’all had a sash and crown and everything for her! On a side note, I am dying to go to Harry Potter world at Disney!
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74 Julie @SavvyEats December 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm

This is one of the sweetest proposal stories EVER. Congrats to them both!

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75 movesnmunchies December 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

he is so adorable- i LOVE the way he proposed!!! so cute!.. congrats to both of them :)
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76 Alison (Fueling for Fitness) December 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

What an amazing story!!!! I loved the picture play by play. Thanks for sharing and congrats to your brother and his fiance!
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77 Kim @ girlevolving December 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I love that she bought a wand, too, for a keepsake of the engagement! Very cool.
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78 Kristen December 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

OK, I hope I’m not the only one who just TEARED UP READING the story! I’m such a sap! I swear I cry at any engagement story – even if I don’t even know them! Ha! Congrats to them both! I hope they have a blast planning their wedding!

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79 Lindsay December 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

That was one of the sweetest most awesome engagement stories! Congrats to both of them!!

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80 Ashley December 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

This is PERFECT! How sweet… and it has me in tears!

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81 Erica December 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

How many hearts do you think fluttered this morning when we saw that post title?! At least you cleared it up in the first line. ;-)

What a great way to pop the question. They look precious together! Wishes to them for a bright and happy future! Congratulations to Ben and Ashley and your family. <3

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82 erica December 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

that is the cutest engagement ever!!!

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83 Ilene December 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm

That’s so wonderful – congratulations to them both!

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84 Erin @ Big Girl Feats December 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm

As an older sister myself, you must be so proud of your little brother :) I know I would be if mine proposed in such a creative, loving and adorable way!! Totally amazing – I would have the WORST time keeping that a secret too! Congrats to your family!
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85 Sarah December 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Congratulations to your little brother!! How exciting and what a great story, I totally was smiling ear to ear reading how he proposed.

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86 Kiran December 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

What a sweet proposal! Congrats Ben, Ashley and the family :D
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87 Kacy December 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

That is so adorable! I love how much thought he put into it!

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88 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

my god that is so freakin’ adorable! And everyone looks so very very happY! Congrats to your little bro and Ashley!

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89 Nicole December 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Wow, what an awesome way to pop the question!

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90 Tami December 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Time for Derek and Anthony to step up and follow in your brother’s footsteps!! Happy holidays!
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91 Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook December 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

how exciting!!!!

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92 Melissa @ Running with Needles December 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

What a perfect proposal! I got a little choked up reading it – reminded me of when I got engaged. Can’t wait to read about his wedding!
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93 Lauren @ Running Examiner December 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

That is an incredibly sweet proposal story! Congratulations to your brother and his fiancee! What a cute couple they make.
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94 Vanessa December 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Gosh I love cute engagements!! Congrats to them!
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95 Sarah December 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I love proposal stories and this one tops them all!! (It may or may not have to do with the fact that I am a huge Harry Potter nerd!) Many congratulations and well wishes sent their way!

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96 Anne December 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm

What a creative proposal! Congrats to your brother and his soon-to-be wife!!
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97 Georgia December 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm

What a seriously delightful proposal. Inspired, romantic and fun – congratulations to the new couple! :)
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98 Halley(Blunder Construction) December 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Exciting!!! How lucky they are that you got to photo-document it all. That must have been nerve-wracking!!!
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99 Sherry December 20, 2010 at 7:09 pm

As the bride to be’s Mom and a spectator it was a fantastic day. Meghann you did a great job recording the day for prosperity. Thank you. Congrats to my lovely daughter and my soon to be Son-in-Law Ben. I love you both.

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100 Allie December 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Awesome post! SO happy for EVERYONE and glad you had a nice morning :)
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101 Allison December 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Aww, I love engagement stories (which makes my boyfriend nervous)!! Especially when they’re creative and fun like this one, congrats to Ben and Ashley, and it’s so cool you all got to share it with them! Thanks for sharing this and brightening my work day!

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102 Tara December 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm

What an awesome engagement story!
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103 Katie December 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

omg! I just teared up reading this!!! How sweet and awesome and romantic!!!!!

CONGRATS to your brother and his beautiful soon to be wife Ashley!! What a great way to ask her!!!!
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104 Heather December 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm

that is so cute! I love it! I bet your poor brother was so nervous! I love my sweet husband to death but that just isnt his thing. he proposed in my apartment, in the living room. while we watched an episode of friends. haha
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105 Janet December 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Ashley and Ben…Congratulations to you both. What a great story to start your wonderful journey together. Your faces were priceless and showed the love that you have for each other.
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106 Erica December 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! So freaking adorable
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107 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) December 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Congrats to Ben and Ashley! I love reading the engagement story!
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108 kirsten December 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm

so cute!!!! :D

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109 Dianne Harris (Aunt Di) December 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Congratulations Ashley and Ben! We are all so happy for you! Ben, you did an awsome job in planning the proposal! What a beautiful memory!

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110 Sarah December 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Congrats to Ben and Ashley! They are the cutest!
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111 kathleen December 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I like that he didn’t do it on a holiday. That’s awesome. Congratulations.
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112 Marika December 21, 2010 at 2:02 am

Awww, they are so gorgeous and happy together! What an amazing way to kick off the week of Christmas :-D.
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113 marie December 21, 2010 at 8:04 am

Everyone in the room was balling?! That’s hot!
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114 Kim December 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Oh WOW! Congrats to your brother and Ashley!
What a lovely proposal…. ahhhhh! And her ring! Beautiful!!!! :)

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115 Ffion December 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

ha you had me going there… congratulations to your brother and his fiance!
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116 Jessi @ Quirky Cookery December 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I’m late to the party and celebration here, but congrats!!

And great job on keeping the secret, hehe.
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117 kimi January 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

OH. MY. GOODNESS. This is amazing.
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118 Becky March 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

That was too sweet. What a thoughtful man she’s marrying! And how unsuspecting she was – so many going on a Monday! ;)

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