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Behind the Curtain: A Peek at Pete’s Photobooth Proposal

It seems to be true that good things come in threes and yesterday was proof of that little theory. When Pete came home from work, I spent a good twenty minutes rambling about how giddy I was since: 1.) I managed to land a job interview with an amazing company and 2.) I found our foster dog, Charsi a new home with a loving family. I asked him about his day and we exchanged our usual stories about each other’s latest happenings. He asked what I wanted for dinner and I told him we could make pasta since we are in need of groceries and it’s one of the only edible things in the house right now. Apparently since he made dinner last night (which consisted of scooping tuna salad I had made onto bread), it was my turn to do the cooking since we switch cooking and cleaning every other night. I cluelessly didn’t realize at the time that he was trying to lead me into the kitchen.

So, to the kitchen I went, where I asked what type of pasta he wanted. I rattled off our options and asked boring inquisitive questions like “what’s the difference between linguine and fettuccine?” When I went to grab a pot from our cabinets, just about our entire cookware set came toppling over. Typical Shannon spazzery was taking place. I started boiling a pot of water and filled our Brita water pitcher, which I put in the fridge without realizing this was waiting for me:

To give you a little backstory, during one of our first outings as a couple, we went to a restaurant and had photobooth pictures taken. Since then, we always take photos together whenever we see an old-fashioned booth and we hang the pictures on our fridge (below). Without me realizing it, he swapped the five strips of our photos with the pictures of him spelling out “Will you marry me?” across the rows.

I had no idea the photo strips were on the fridge until he said “WILL YOU PLEASE LOOK AT THE FRIDGE!” The poor ginger was nervously waiting to ask me to marry him for a good half hour and I was totally concentrated on boiling water and rambling about linguine and had no idea he had alterior motives. Once I looked at the fridge I flailed and turned around excitedly to find him on one knee. He said, “Well, will you!?” and I said “You have to ask in person to make it all official-like!” so he asked (he’ll kill me for sharing this, but I believe his words were, “Will you marry me, my poopins?”), to which I responded with a flail-filled yes and hugged him and danced in place for a good two minutes before he told me we had reservations at my favorite sushi spot. My hands were trembling and the only thing I could think to say was, “Does this mean I don’t have to make pasta!?”

We went ring shopping together in late August and chose a beautiful art deco/victorian style vintage ring from the 1915-1920s era. I had told Pete how much I loved diamonds with a subtle pop of color, so we picked out a lovely yellow diamond with the help of theĀ fabulous jewelry designer behind the Philadelphia jewelry shop, Halloween.

I’m not very skilled in the department of taking photos of my own hand, so I photographed the ring on linens and piles of leaves around our house since I’m a photo geek (I realize rings never hang out on bushes, but bear with me anyway).

Pete had the wooden letters he held in the photobooth custom made by an Etsy shop called RivalryTime, which is why I was left in suspense, since I knew he had the ring for a few months. He even arranged to take the photos at El Vez, the restaurant where we had our first photo booth photos together. He told me he only had the exact change for five strips because he didn’t realize they were $3/piece, so he was really nervous that he was going to mess up the order of the letters. Thus him making a “oh my god, I hope I got this right” face in the last photo with him and the ring box. He said he wanted to take it again so he was smiling, but I like it better this way because he’s rarely nervous so it’s nice to have it documented for life!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the proposal because it really suited our personalities and our backstory, plus now I have photos to look at whenever I want to relive the moment, and you all know how much I love me some photos.

Speaking of photos, I went a little crazy snapping so many ring shots, but I wanted to share them with family and friends who aren’t able to see it in person just yet.

I really love the vintage setting and would definitely recommend Halloween if you want to find rare antique pieces with a lot of character that they are willing to customize in any way you’d like.

The mister sure did a good job. I feel like the luckiest girl alive and am shocked that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend (no offense, Betty White). He gets me and I get him. When he’s being quiet, I am full of pasta rambles. When I’m being a control freak, he helps me enjoy spontaneity. We might be the opposite in a lot of ways, but we balance each other out and at the end of the day, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I am so thrilled (and not just because there are sushi leftovers in the fridge) and look forward to documenting our offbeat journey along the way.

Thanks again to the ginger for the best night ever (I promise I’ll actually make dinner tonight).

As a side note, my night came full circle when I saw I had a super sweet voicemail from our foster dog’s new parents, which was just another sign of how awesome they are!

I’ll ask Pete to take a photo of me being like “look at mah purty ring” while wearing my embarrassing Charlie Sheen shirt tonight per your request! Did anyone else ramble away cluelessly while your significant other was trying to propose? I love proposal stories, so feel free to comment with yours below!

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    • Aw…….CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha, so typical of Shannon to be blind and not see the proposal on the fridge. Great idea Pete! :)

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      • haha thanks Kelly!! 2011 is quite good stuff.

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    • Jen

      Congrats!! That is a really sweet proposal :-)

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      • Shucks, I can’t take any credit for it : )

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    • Jenn

      That is so sweet!! I am so happy for you both. Welcome to the family cousin!! XOXOXO

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      • Thanks so much, that’s so sweet! Honored to be joining the fam!

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    • Very nice! That’s a great way to incorporate a tradition you’ve created into the proposal!

      I’ve been doing a 365 project this year and I’d been trying to find a way to pop the question to my girlfriend (now fiance).

      We did a photo booth style shoot of some photos of the two of us, and right before we finished up, I surprised her by asking (so I could get at least one good, candid shot of her surprise). It turned out pretty well!

      Here’s a link to that blog entry, where you can see the photo strip: http://bit.ly/rJWQX1

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      • Mandy

        CONGRATS!!! So happy for you! Will you come back to the bee and blog about it??

        My story is similar in the fact that I was rambling on about nothing, in the bathroom getting ready for dinner, while hubs was sitting nervously on the bed waiting for me. He finally told me to come over there, grabbed me, said a bunch of things neither of us can remember, and popped the question :)

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        • Absolutely, I’ve already drafted my Weddingbee post, so it should be up within the week. I’ll be the encore bride talking about throwing a super intimate, DIY, backyard celebration.

          Ha, I knew I was going to forget everything because it went by so fast, that’s why I wrote a blog post, asap! :)

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      • What a great proposal, really cool that you were able to capture the exact moment, I’m sure she was blown away. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Awe, I’m all teary eyed! I’m so so so happy for you two!! :)

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    • great post, love you, very excited

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      • Love you, sweets. Thanks for spoiling me so much.

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    • Awwww! So sweet! And, wow, that took a lot of planning to get those photo-strips just right: kudos!

      T didn’t so much propose as state that he loved me and wanted to marry me. And since there wasn’t really a question, all I could say was “Yay!”

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      • Right!? I’m impressed he didn’t need to redo any…I definitely would’ve gotten nervous and grabbed the wrong letter at some point. Cute about you saying “yay” to T! ha

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    • Yay! Yay! Yay! The ginger did good! Congrats to you two!

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      • Woot, lots of points for the ging!

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    • Congratulations! This is a really wonderful story! Best wishes

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      • Thanks Brianna! I hear Charsi captured the attention of a certain famous musician recently. Too funny! Hope all is well! We must meet one of these days <3

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    • Marcy

      I am so excited for both of you!! I can’t wait to see the ring in person. What a fantastic proposal story too!! I look forward to see how your plans progress. : )

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      • Thanks so much Marcy, I really lucked out with the best in-law-family-to-be ever! Can’t wait to hear about your plans as well! <3

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    • Annelies

      yahhhh!!!! So excited for you guys!

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    • lindsay

      peter’s so cute. congrats guys :)

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      • I agree, he’s sort of a stud. Thanks love!

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    • This is SO SWEET! Congratulations – I’m so excited for you!

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      • Thanks so much, I’m really excited!

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    • Congrats to both of you!!! This was such a great and unique idea.
      Phil

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      • Thanks for helping make it happen, I loved the letters!

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    • Oh. MY. GOD. This is an incredible, romantic, sweet, perfect proposal and I am crying and SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! Hoooooray!

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      • Awww, you are so sweet haha. Thanks for the lovin’.

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    • Karl & Dawn

      I officially release my Ginger title as I am no longer worthy of it. Pete, you rock and I’ve never even met you. I hope Dawn doesn’t read this post. LOL Congrats to both of you – off to the rest of your charming 200 year life, full of memories and countless sets of $30 photobooth snaps.

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      • Nahhh, you can keep the Ginger title as well, since you are saving a pooch that makes you just as cool. Thanks again for the awesome voicemail, you guys made me smile big time.

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    • Oh! Congratulations you guys! I’m totally thrilled for you both! And what a great story.

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      • Thanks Marisa! You definitely inspired us to start canning asap–we want to can our own homemade jam for our favors. Since we’re having an intimate guest list, it should be do-able.

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    • Cutest. Proposal. Ever.

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    • Lydia

      I had tears in my eyes as I read this. Such a great story. I love you guys and I couldn’t be happier for you

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      • I’m so excited and feel super lucky. Can’t wait for you to come over so I can flail! Love you guys too <3!

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    • So cute!

      A condensed version of my proposal story: We have a tradition of writing our names in the sand with rocks on beach vacations (original, I know). On a vacation in Mexico, my husband announces that he is going to continue the tradition. For some reason I’m not in the mood, and the beach is almost totally devoid of rocks, so I nap on the beach. Husband goes manically hunting for rocks for almost an hour. Wakes me up, tells me to go look for one more rock. Annoyed, I tell him to stop bothering me, there’s no more rocks on the beach. We bicker about the likelihood of finding more rocks. He finally tells me GO LOOK OVER THERE. My ring is sitting on a rock a few feet from the beach towel. Oopsie!

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    • I big, glittery, pink puffy heart this story SO MUCH.

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    • Congratulation! What an awesomely sweet and sentimental proposal. (One of our first dates was El Vez.)

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    • Yay, so excited for you two!! No proposal story here yet but I promise to share when it happens!!

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    • Awwwwwwwwww congratulations! Such a freaking cute proposal!!

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    • Joy

      This is such a cute proposal!!, he’s a very original man =] HUGE congratulations to both of you!! <3

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    • CCCCCUUUUUUTTTTTTTEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Shannon, I couldn’t be happier for you. What a fantastic story, I just love it so much. I’m so happy for you! Sending lots of hugs your way. I love watching your projects through blogs (always have!) and I can’t wait to see as this beautiful wedding unfolds!

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    • I want to high-five Pete for the most AMAZING proposal! I would’ve screwed that photo booth session hardcore. I am so happy for you both! <3

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    • Congratulations!!! :) The ring is beautiful and I love the story. So sweet!

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    • This is just the sweetest story! Congratulations to you both!

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    • …AWWWWWWWW!

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    • So sweet! Congratulations!!! I love a good proposal story! I wrote about my engagement on my blog as well.

      http://bklynstitch.blogspot.com/2010/06/proposal-story-warning-gushy-post-ahead.html

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    • You two are adorable, what a fabulous proposal and memory! I would have been so nervous to mess up the letter order!

      I definitely rambled and lolligagged along the way to my kow husband’s proposal plan. He had everything all set up, but all I wanted was to collect seashrlls for myniecs

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    • Sorry… Seashells for my nieces upcoming birthday. He was so annoyed as he tried to patiently urge me along :) i was clueless!

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    • natalie

      stumbled across your blog today, i’m a 27 year old philly lady as well (and big el vez food and photobooth fan) I’m so happy for you and really impressed with your man, great job!! super cute photos too! :) looks like a dream engagement!

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    • Shannon! What a beautiful and loving proposal. :) I love your new blog!!!! and incase you aren’t sure who I am… I’m poppy from WB. :)

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    • I absolutely love your blog.. Pleasant colors & theme.
      Did you build this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my very own site and want to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Thank you!

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      • Thanks for your kind words! The blog was co-designed by my husband Pete (www.peteschuster.com) and I, and coded by Pete.

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