As many of you will remember, I was very busy this spring with making a Regency suit of clothes for Brian the Engineer. My fiendish plan was to ensure he can no longer use the excuse "But I have nothing to wear!" when I drag him along to future RSV events. Little did I know that all the while I was sewing his waistcoat and tailcoat, he was planning a romantic surprise for me for when I completed his ensemble!
He was very systematic about it, too. He casually mentioned back in February that we should get his friend Tammy to take some photos of the two of us sometime. Then in April he scheduled the photo shoot for May 31 at Jamestowne, after he was favorably impressed by the scenery when we were there for the Pocahontas wedding. Somewhere along the way he floated the idea that we both wear our Regency costumes for the shoot, which I was more than happy to go along with.
So on the appointed day we traveled to Jamestowne Island with Brian's son Jordan and of course our awesome photographer Tammy. All photos in this post are by Tammy Bruce, unless otherwise noted.
First, after our journey, we had to primp a bit.
|I fastened Brian's cuffs (which don't have buttons yet - shhhhh!) for him (with safety pins)|
|And he kindly held a mirror for me to fix my hair|
Stopping wherever we felt would be particularly photogenic:
|Tammy clearly had fun editing her favorite photos from the day. I rather love this one, too. :)|
We paused for some individual shots:
And some silliness:
And wound up at the Jamestowne Memorial Church, where we pretended to be ghosts:
|Re-enacting is serious business.|
|Doesn't he look good? Very pleased with himself, too. That's because he knew what was coming.|
But then Stacy came back.
She asked me if I'd been to this church before.
I said I had, as we had peeked inside briefly when we were there back in April.
Stacy said that William had found a letter, and it was addressed to me.
She gave me the letter.
I was very confused.
It was sealed with wax and addressed to me in flowing handwriting. I turned to Brian and asked "Did you do this?" He said nothing. (Brian never says nothing.)
My heart pounding now, I opened the letter and began to read.
At the words "My Dearest Chelsea" I recognized Brian's handwriting.
I found out later that he had gotten together with Stacy the previous weekend - while I was in Iowa for my sister's college graduation - to use Stacy's dip pen, ink, paper, sealing wax, and seal to create a beautiful and elegant love letter for me to read.
And when I looked up he was on his knee:
I said yes. Obviously. :p
I was a little emotional.
My beautiful aquamarine ring
|The newly engaged couple|
|William, Stacy, Brian, Jordan, and me|
|Photo by Stacy Weissner|
...Or the beginning.