Our Engagement Story

We are about to hit the double digit mark in the wedding countdown, today is 100 days until wedding day!

Photo Credit: Stephanie Culbertson

I am so excited to marry my best friend and start the next chapter and adventure in our lives! I’m taking a break from the nurse talk to share my engagement story today! If you have no interest in this, feel free to skip this post and check back next week for some more nurse related fun! Also, I apologize for how long it is. I can be a tad long winded. 🙂 For my birthday last year, Bradley gifted me a weekend in the mountains. Going to a cabin in the mountains in the fall is one of my favorite way to travel. If I’m being honest, I had a feeling that this weekend may be the weekend he proposed. We have been talking about marriage for years, and it was not a matter of if but a matter of when. We had gone to look at rings. We had discussed marriage and weddings. This seemed like the perfect time!

Arbor at Lake Lure Cabins- HIGHLY RECOMMEND! The owners are fantastic and we loved the cabin!

We went to Chimney Rock, NC- the cutest little mountain town that is next to a gorgeous state park. If you ever have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it! The first night we arrived we went to dinner at a local Italian restaurant. Bradley pulled out a gift and the second he handed it to me, I realized it was an Apple Watch (this wasn’t the first time he gifted me one!) When I opened it, sure enough, it was the new Apple Watch. I loved it and had been wanting an upgrade, but my mind immediately thought, “if I am getting an expensive watch, there is no ring this trip.” A little disappointed, but still so excited to spend the weekend with my guy, I knew it would happen when it was meant too. The next day we spent most the day relaxing in the hot tub at the cabin. That evening we decided to venture out for a wine tasting at the winery in town. Again, Bradley tells me he has a gift. As we sat sipping our wine overlooking the mountains I thought, “could this be it?!” He pulls out Mumford and Son tickets. Again- so much excitement! This is a band we both loved and have wanted to see forever! But also, DEFINITELY no engagement now! Cabin + concert tickets + Apple Watch = NO RING.

Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting Room

The next day Bradley was insistent we go hiking. It was 50 degrees, gray, and had been raining. We love to hike, but I would have been fine sipping wine in the hot tub all day. He was really excited, so I decided to go. We enjoyed a beautiful hike at Chimney Rock State Park full of so many gorgeous mountain views. We would go to a look out point, talk, and then keep hiking. At the end, he even set up his tripod to take a picture and I thought for sure this was it! Nope, we took the picture, packed up, and hiked down to the end of the trail. At this time he looked at me and said “you ready to go get a post hike beer!?”  

Views from our hike- it was all so beautiful!

The Tripod Picture

At this point I was cold, tired, and hungry. He decided if we were there were should walk up to actual Chimney Rock. An absolutely beautiful place to go, but I was ready for some food. However, I decided he was right. It was only a few more steps. At the top I pulled out my phone and started taking pictures and putting on Social Media, I figured the proposal wasn’t happening and we had spent the past 4.5 miles relatively phone free and I wanted to share these views! I KNEW it would not happen. The top has a lot of people and we always said he would never propose with an audience! Bradley put his backpack down, kept patting his pocket, pacing back and forth, and I am totally oblivious to what is going on, because again- it’s not happening!

Me, totally oblivious to what is about to happen

The next thing I know, I hear a “Hey Megan!” and turn around to see the love of my life, my best friend, on one knee! And my reaction was not the cute, cup your face, teary eyed reaction you see in pictures. I throw my hands in the air and scream “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?” Not in a mean way, in a totally shocked way. It wouldn’t be Team Bragan (our self made nick name, judge if you want) without me being really awkward. Ha.

Chimney Rock where he proposed! We were standing at the top of the rock near the flag pole.

Bradley on one knee, look at that view!

He gave a short but beautiful speech, with a slightly shocked expression due to my reaction. Then the tears came. And the OMG is this REAL!? And then he put this beautiful ring on my finger!

All the heart eye emojis over this ring!

Thanks to my sister for suggesting I should paint my nails, “just in case” 🙂

We went to a brewery in town at the entrance of the park for a post hike brewski, then back to the cabin where Bradley made us a steak dinner, we had a champagne toast, and basked in the happiness of the fact we were ENGAGED!

Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery at Chimney Rock

I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal! It was so perfectly us. We love to hike and be out in nature and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place to propose! 100 days until the next adventure begins! My heart is so full.

Photo Credit: The Talented Stephanie Culbertson

3 thoughts on “Our Engagement Story”




Megan that’s such a beautiful story. I felt as if I was reading a chapter of your book. Thank you for sharing the proposal with me and I hope you 2 have a wonderful Life Together. Bless you guys.

Aunt Marie

Thanks yall! I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face! Y’all are true Soulmates and I wish you the best for many many years!

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