a year from today...

Today the sun is shining, the sky is blueberry-blue, the ocean is glimmering and in the distance the Gargano peninsula maintains its rocky, constant role as backdrop. It's another day in Barletta. Everything is normal. Except that in exactly one year and two hours, Manu will be my husband. 

Yes, adorable Manu with his surprises, genius ideas, hilarious English mistakes, zest for life, and unparalleled positivity. It's going to take all my strength to not completely bust from the anticipation.

Now, you have no idea how many people have asked me to reveal our engagement story. Friends, friends of friends, blog besties, roommates' friends of friends, and the list goes on. I haven't told you yet because it was so sweet, that I don't even think I'll be able to capture it in words. But here goes.

It was Christmas morning. I was in my new pajama set that Manu's mom gave me, coffee-spiking the hot chocolate that Brittany sent us. The silver bells were ringing on the iPod, our one ornament hung from an Ikea bonsai tree, and I was doing my best not to cry while opening my mom's gift package. I was doing so well! But then Manu simply got up, all nonchalant, and reached into our closet. He pulled out an orange box. He set it on the table, turned bright red, and said, "...just a little something...for our wedding..." His reaction was precious. I think it was the first time I ever saw him nervous.

And that was it. No kneeling down, no involved family members, no sunset, fireworks, or horse drawn carriages - just me and Manu in our pj's opening presents under the bonsai tree. But you know what?
I wouldn't have it any other way.
[summer, 2009]

I literally cannot wait to marry you Manu! 

48 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and special engagement story.  It sounds like Manu is a keeper (though, I figured that out from many of your earlier posts too).  I wish you a year full of engagement bliss!  May 30, 2013 will be here before you know it!!!

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  2. This is so so sweet!  I was actually just telling Jurgen the other day, that sometimes the sweetest proposal is simple, heartfelt, and not overdone.  It sounds like exactly how Manu planned it.  It sort of reminds me how Jim proposed to Pam in the Office.  Outside, in the rain, in front of a gas station.  So random, but so so perfect :)

    Congrats Marissa, you two have so much to look forward to together!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  3. oh i LOVE jim and pam! thank you so much jenna! :)

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  4. thank you lindsay! and you're right, the time will fly by! :) 

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  5. Rachael O'Banion5/30/2012

    What a sweet story! It's so true that the simplest ones are the best ones. The year will go by fast and you'll be Mrs. Manu before ya know it :). Congrats! 

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  6. I was wondering if you were ever going to share the proposal :) You must of known something was up when he "handed" you a gift which is a departure from his usual tactic of hiding it! Just lovely, I'm happy for you both.

    (My proposal was similar only with me in pj's AND an acne mask).

    xM

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  7. haha, mrs. manu! i'm gonna use that. thank you rachael!

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  8. ahahahah super classy, i love it! now thats true love right there! :)

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  9. Mary Krulia5/30/2012

    Awww! How sweet! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Elizabeth Remes5/30/2012

    so sweet and lovely - much happiness for you both!  this year will go so fast :)

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  11. Very sweet story. The best engagement stories are the ones that happen in a relaxed way. It really shows how much you love each other!

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  12. La Chapstick Fanatique5/30/2012

    so sweet! i got engaged on xmas eve under out tree and it was also the first time i had ever seen rich nervous.

    your engagement story is perfect!

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh that is SO SWEET!  I'm in love with BOTH of you!

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  14. it's like a minus 1 year anniversary!  that is so fun. and such a sweet holiday engagement story!

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  15. Brittany5/30/2012

    Awww best friend, this post almost made me cry (and I am at work gosh darnit)!  I can't wait until next year to see two wonderfully fantastic people come together and be married:)

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  16. Liz {Sequins & Stripes}5/30/2012

    Oh my gosh, so sweet and simple. I love this story so much. So happy for you and Manu! xo

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  17. Wilybrunette5/30/2012

    HEAVEN!!!!!!!!! i love this, many, many congratulations!! and oh yea, your blog is rockin' lately-im loving all of your recipes!!

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  18. jillian5/30/2012

    this is SOOOO sweet! i just teared up at work! SO excited for you two to tie the knot :) xoxo

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  19. 2Anchor5/30/2012

    Cutest thing ever! I never told anyone my engagement story, because I feel nobody would understand our simplicity(if that makes sense?). But mine was simple and sweet as well. You two are the cutest!

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  20. Joelle Duff5/30/2012

    I love this! What a sweet, sweet story. And I can guarantee that this next year is going to just fly by. Congratulations my dear!

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  21. This is so sweet my teeth hurt.  You've got a keeper there :)

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  22. I love this! Thanks for sharing. Congrats, darling! xo.

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  23. That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard!  I'm sure it was so much better than the story and the story is pretty awesome!  You guys are going to be the happiest married folks ever!  I mean you already are really happy!  Congrats you two!

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  24. Anna Hecksher5/30/2012

    That is so sweet! And all that matters is how much love there was between you two - not all those crazy things that people talk about. Congrats!

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  25. Aw, what a sweet engagement story. Congratulations! 

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  26. i love this engagement story. so simple and sweet. 

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  27. :) glad you liked it mary!

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  28. yes, i hope it will! thank you elizabeth!

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  29. very true! no bells and whistles necessary! :) thanks laura!

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  30. aw, a nervous guy has got to be the most adorable thing! :) thank you morgan!

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  31. ahahaha thank you joanne! 

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  32. yes, like a futureversary! haha! thanks brittany!

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  33. thank you brittle!!!!!!!!!!! no crying at work!! :) you are going to be the best italian mad of honor a girl could ask for!

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  34. thank you so much liz! :) :) 

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  35. oh, YAY! i'm so glad you like them! and thank you so much! :) p.s. i listen to your tunes while editing photos...bliss!

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  36. aww, you are too much! :) and i'm excited for YOU! xo

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  37. yes, it makes perfect sense! i bet it was beautiful. :) thank you dear! 

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  38. thank you joelle! i knew you'd be psyched to hear some wedding stuff! :) i've got lots of funny italian wedding planning coming your way! :) thank you!

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  39. i'm so happy you liked it, thank you nicole!

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  40. my thoughts exactly. :) thank you anna!

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  41. i'm so glad, k! thanks! :) 

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  42. what a sweet engagement story! congrats! :)

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  43. Ahhh so simple yet so sweet!! So happy for you ;)

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  44. That's my kind of proposal. Congrats, you two! 

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  45. No fancy proposal needed. Just a lot of love.

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