“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
And I thought my trip to San Francisco couldn’t get any better 😉
Ben and I are thrilled to announce that we are engaged! Cheesy loved up story after the jump + the uber nerdy gif we made to celebrate.
The day after we got tattoos (more on that soon) Ben asked me to marry him.
It was our last full day in San Francisco. We popped into Mr. Holmes for some quirky pastries, checked out of our hotel, Ben had his first Sushirrito then we headed to the Mission where I, at last, tried a Little Chihuahua burrito.
We had a lovely chilled afternoon in the Mission, drinking horchata from Dandelion and Bluebottle coffee-flavoured ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery. We read in the sunshine in Dolores park, taking turns to nap: basically, an idyllic San Francisco day.
As sunset approached, we headed to Alamo Square, as I wanted to photograph the famous Painted Ladies for Cara. One of the most photographed attractions in the city, I picked sunset on a Tuesday in the hopes that it would be a bit quieter than usual.
There were still some tourists milling around taking selfies and lots of locals going for jogs. As I was shooting, Ben pulled me up to a quiet hill, ostensibly to get a better shot. I fired off a few frames, and had just finished saying that, actually, I didn’t think this was a better spot for a shot (lol). It was right around then that he pulled a ring out of his hoodie pocket and asked me to marry him.
I was proper shocked. Like, hilarious-open-mouth-wide-eyed-“are-you-serious?” shocked. Not because I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this fun, funny, good-hearted, open, caring man. (I was definitely sure of that, especially as those tattoos were still healing.) But because we were in a very content place, had both just started new jobs, and this seemed like something we might get around to down the line. It’s so wonderful getting honestly, truly surprised as a grown up, though.
The ring is from the 1940s had been Ben’s mum and his grandmother’s engagement ring, so you know that alone was enough to well me right up. Teary, shocked selfie below.
After I said yes (of course!), we just got ridiculously giddy – we Uber-ed down to The Buena Vista, which held a lot of sentimental value for us, as it’s where we’d brought in our first new year together (Irish time) in the home of the Irish coffee. We headed down to the beach and took some sunset snaps (up until that day, I had been lamenting how few pics of the two of us we had from this trip, ha).
As the sun dipped lower, we decided on a whim to walk up to Lombard Street, another famous SF highlight, panting our way up the steep hill (the one I mention in this post, actually!), literally chasing the sunset. Then we had an amazing meal in Lazy Bear, before waiting until 1am SF time so we could call and message our Irish family and friends.
We’ve been wandering around in a loved up, surreal haze for the past few days, but as you can tell, we’re pretty excited and wanted to share it.
Top quote: A line that makes me think of us and makes me happy, which we have framed thanks to this great Oh My Deer print on Etsy.