Wedding Wednesday– We’re Engaged!

27 Aug

Close readers may have noticed that there was no Malaysia Monday this week–and that’s because our weekly alliterative blog post has been usurped by exciting and amazing news–BFKef is now FianceKef! We are doing our happy dance, big time.


There is so much to say, but first I have to give so many, many thanks to the love of my life for putting together such an amazing surprise. He really took the time to make a moment that was as meaningful as it was memorable. I’ve always known a life with this guy would be full of surprises–now I know just how great they will be!


Last picture as BFKef!

One of our favorite places to relax is PurplePenKef’s country house near Charlottesville, which was formerly a one-room school house (and, thus, is known as the School House). We try to make a trek with friends every summer, and this year BFKef was especially excited about going down with a group for our anniversary weekend. MamaKef didn’t raise no fool–once BFKef started hatching this plan I pretty much knew it was also going to be our engagement weekend, but I played along and secretly planned an outfit and a hair cut for the Big Day.

Little did I know, KMBGKef was on the case. Just a few days before we left for the School House, this master of deception took me out to dinner and gave me this big speech about how she figured I was expecting the engagement to happen over the weekend, but BFKef was working on something else and so she didn’t want me to be disappointed when it didn’t happen at the School House. Since I have been waiting on pins and needles for this engagement since about our fifth date, the thought of waiting even a few more days was absolutely torturous to me. I was trying to maintain some perspective–what’s a couple days when we’re talking about the rest of our lives?–but perspective is not really my strong suit so I spent the rest of the week trying to give BFKef the stank eye only when he wasn’t looking.

We got down to the School House on Friday and had a most lovely evening–SummitKef earned her spot as the only person I will ever share a kitchen with, NinjaKef and JetSet made it down with MollyMarymountKef, and good times were had by all. Lots, lots more to say about the food and the company, but let’s stick to the task at hand, shall we? #ImEngaged

Saturday morning I woke up like a little kid the first year she finds out Santa isn’t real–hoping against hope that maybe there was still some magic to be had and that KMBGKef had just been throwing me off the scent. I wore an uncharacteristically put-together outfit just in case I was getting engaged later that day, but since I had cancelled my hair appointment I had to wear my glasses because I still only had one eyebrow. We headed out for a local winery, which I thought had been JetSet’s idea–turns out, BFKef and KMBGKef had somehow stolen a Sunday without my knowing to scope out Virginia wineries. Their little secret Sidesways trip brought us to Prince Michel, who couldn’t have been more gracious hosts.

After a tasting that was really fun–seriously, you need to try a wine that tastes like chocolate–we took a tour. I was starting to think it really was just a a nice day at the vineyard… but then I noticed the tour guide (who was hilarious) checking his phone a lot and start to stall. When he started telling us about the pallets they use to stack the boxes of wine on top of one another, I realized I was either on the strangest tour in wine’s history or maybe something was going on. We got to the “final room” of the tour and the guide made a big point of being loud and knocking on the door, so at that point I knew something was up… but all I figured was that KMBGKef had come and that she was part of the surprise engagement.

Wrong. Turns out, BFKef had gathered all of our closest friendfor the loveliest surprise of my life. It was so amazing to open that door and see BFKef’s sisters (WokeUpThisWayKef and SoulFoodChefKef) who came all the way from NY, my sister (who drove 1.5 hours to VA, then had to drive 6 hours to NY that night!), ThisIsYourLifeNowKef behind her fancy camera, and pretty much everyone else whom I love all in one room. I am not often speechless, but BFKef managed to render me so!

engagedBFKef said some lovely words about how I will be his #1 Goddess for the rest of all eternity  (well… that’s what I heard, anyway) and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said a very, very enthusiastic yes! I was so surprised and just kept looking at him and saying, “But I was so mad at you!” And then, I had to give KMBGKef a stern talking to about playing with the emotions of a nearly-engaged woman–safe to say she will pay for it in humiliatingly-shaped pasta at her bachelorette party. We got in touch with our family (even my grandfather had known before me!) and enjoyed such a special afternoon with our friends.

Obviously this is an exciting time–but none of it would be as meaningful without t the absolutely overwhelming support of our family and friends. I cannot say enough how much I appreciate each and every contribution to this amazing day–from BabyKef’s stunning decorations to the awesome playlist to all the traveling and planning, it really was the perfect afternoand I am so thankful to you all. More pictures to come once ThisIsYourLifeNowKef recovers from her own romantic weekend!

I can’t imagine I’ll post something about engaged life or the wedding every Wednesday–my friends have already provided more than enough gracious “uh-huhs” about engagements and weddings and all that for one life time — but when I have something to say, I’ll put it here. I’m excited to link up with Courtney, Jordon, Meredith, and Mary for this week’s edition of Wedding Wednesday–make sure you check them all out!

7 Responses to “Wedding Wednesday– We’re Engaged!”

  1. SeizeTheGlobe August 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Omg I got engaged a week and a half ago! That’s why my blog had been dead lol. Are we seriously the same person?!!

    • cookingupkefi August 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

      Seriously?! Okay it is settled–we have to honeymoon at the same time in the homeland to see if our fiancees are twins, too!

  2. Eat Pray Run, DC August 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    YAY! How exciting! I’m so pumped for you — this is such a special time 🙂 Sounds like a lovely lovely weekend 🙂

    • cookingupkefi August 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

      Thanks, Courtney! It was truly one for the books!

  3. KMBG August 28, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Yay! Such a fun weekend and I’m so happy for you guys 🙂

    • cookingupkefi August 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      You= the best. Hope we find the perfect track suit this weekend!


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