The Engagement Story – A Guest Post from Mr. EBF

Happy Friday friends! Today marks the one week anniversary of our engagement and to celebrate I have convinced Isaac to write a guest post with our engagement story. I thought it would be a awesome to have Isaac share his perspective and I’m really glad I did because reading his post makes me have a permanent grin on my face. The words below are totally his, except the few comments I added, which are italicized. 🙂


My name is Isaac and I am one third of the Eating Bird Food Family. You may remember me from famous posts like Pizza Every Night, Taking Up Cooking Space with Brew Kettles and Missing in Action the Summer of 2009. <–He’s a jokester.

I am here today to retell the story of Brittany and her engagement to me. As most of you know our relationship began many moons ago during our college years at George Mason University. We got to know each other through some mutual friends and cemented our friendship when we both worked at Dominos Pizza. It was not long before sparks were flying and we began our relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend. However, it would be a long…LONG…time before I finally asked Brittany to marry me.

This past summer I was hanging out with a dear friend of mine who sat me down and said, “Seriously, when are you going to go ahead and do what we all know you are going to do and get married?” I made some silly joke, attempting to play it off like I had for many years retelling the quote my dad had ingrained in my brother and I – “You can either get married twice before your thirty or once after.” Now, in my mind I knew that was not the case with Brittany but it was kind of funny the first 150 times and it bought me a little bit of time. He shook his head and said, “You’re ridiculous.” I assured him I had a plan and was going to be getting everything together by November or December.

True to my word, I went to the jewelry store less than half a block away from our house. The store is called Studio K and is owned by the Kamborian family. It just so happens that an earlier generation of the Kamborian family made my parents wedding rings as well. On November 15, 2011 with a stone in hand and an idea in my mind I went and spoke to one of their master jewelers and together we designed a ring around the diamond that I thought was both elegant and slightly antique.

The next 6 weeks were quite hard. I had numerous ideas of how I wanted to propose, but I am notorious for giving people their birthday or holiday gifts before it is time. My original idea was to wait for the first snow and take Brittany and Olive on a walk to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where they have a beautiful water fountain accented by lights and cascading water falls that follow down a set of stairs to a wonderful sculpture garden. Sounds nice, right? Unfortunately, over those six weeks we had an average temperature of 60° and there was no chance of snow in sight.

Skip forward to Friday December 30, 2011… I had decided in the wake of the spring-like December we were experiencing in Virginia I better move on to Plan B.

When Brittany and I were first visited Richmond together during the honeymoon of our relationship, we visited Maymont Park (a private estate that was donated to the City of Richmond and turned into a park in the 1920s) and spent a number of hours curled up together in one over-sized tree getting to know each other better. Friday morning I asked Brittany if we could go to the park since it was going to be one of the last nice days of the year. She liked the idea and around 4 o’clock we traveled with the sun setting to enjoy a little stroll around the park.

When we arrived I suggested we find the tree that we sat in that day 7 years ago and perhaps take some pictures. We walked past the petting zoo, rounded the bend by the grey fox and traveled up the hill to the tree of young love (kidding…kind of).


We took a few pictures. (Of course, I was wearing workout gear for the special moment.)

There we climbed the branch and hung out for a while chatting about what we needed to get done before our New Year’s eve party. All the while, I am nervously fumbling the ring around in my pocket wondering when the right moment would arrive for me to “pop the question.” I will admit, I was a bit nervous despite the fact I already knew the answer. Looking up into the tree I honestly can’t remember what was even being said because I was simultaneously going through what I was going to say to her when that “moment” arrived. The sun was setting (which means closing time at the park) and I knew I needed to get it out or I would be kicking myself the rest of the night. I ask Brittany about some branch way up in the tree so she wont see me reach into the interior pocket of my jacket and pull out the ring. “Phew” I say to myself, “It’s out…okay…you really have to do it now” Then, of course, I procrastinate. I spend the next five minutes talking to Brittany who is sitting on a raised branch with me standing on the ground looking up at her. I have the ring balled up in my hand behind her back. We kiss…I pause…look her in the eye…and ask…”Will you do me a little tiny favor, maybe, by chance before the new year? ” I’m thinking in my head that it didn’t come out quite as eloquently as I anticipated but I had the ball rolling. She looks me in the eye suspectingly and says “hmm, sure. What do you need?” Heart pumping, feeling a bit like a 13 year old boy I respond. “Will you marry me?”

I think everyone knows how the rest of the story goes but I wanted to share the story from my perspective. It’s really unbelievable how nervous a guy can get, even around his best friend in the world when he is asking the her to marry him. I mean, I knew she was going to say yes and there has never been a doubt in my mind that we were a perfect fit. But, there I was reduced to the nerves of a 13 year old boy at the middle school dance asking the girl on the other side of the dance floor to a slow dance.

The past few days have been awesome, thanks for all the congratulations and support!! Knowing that I am going to spend the rest of my life with my best friend has truly made me the happiest person in the world. Brittany is pretty excited as well…


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  1. I just stumbled on this post and aww, he is such a sweetie! 🙂 Loved seeing how a proposal was from a guy’s point of view, and truly amazing that even though he was sure of your answer and that you two were IT, still that moment of popping the question makes everyone tiedtongued. Loved reading about your love story and engagement/wedding, and hope that some day soon I’ll experience my very own proposal with Boyfriend (I’d love calling him fiancé, every time my heart would skip a beat with excitement and love for him 🙂

  2. I know that boy! He was one of my customers (I recently changed professions), and is very dear, as are you, Brittany. Congratulations!

  3. Isn’t it funny how even though you’re 99% sure she wants to get engaged and that she’ll say yes, it can turn you into that “13 year old boy” with that awkward feeling of not knowing when to make your move. Romantic story! I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. […] We did some of our photos at Maymont. It was the place Isaac proposed to me and it has a ton of beautiful places to take photos so it just made sense. The tree in the photo above is actually the exact spot I was sitting when he proposed. You can read the full story here. […]

  5. Brittany and Isaac, your father and I really enjoyed reading your story this morning! We are so happy and excited for the both of you! We look forward to the wedding and your bright future for the both of you.

  6. I can’t believe what a cute idea it was for you to have him share his side on your blog. I hope you don’t mind that whenever the time comes for me that I copy this idea! Girls always tell a fantastic story but not many know how the boy is feeling and I can see why you guys are so great together! Congratulations and best wishes for your future 🙂

  7. I missed the original engagement post, so I was so excited to click over today and see this!! Congrats to both of you! Funny story about how it never snowed, but I bet the moment would have been perfect wherever it happened 🙂

  8. I cannot wait to see how you incorporate all of the USA traditions plus cultural/religious traditions represented in both of your families! congratulations and thank you for sharing the details of the proposal! …brittany just HAD to be wearing yoga pants 🙂

  9. Congrats!! I’m obsessed with the ring!

    I don’t know if this is more personal that you’d like to be on your blog, but I would love to hear about how you guys plan to do the multi-religion thing. My boyfriend is also Jewish (I’m not) and I just love seeing how you incorporate both holidays, traditions & RECIPES!! in your blog & life.

    this story is so adorable. great idea.

    • Thank you Caty. I met so many other women who are in multi-religion relationships through the blog! Isaac and I are both very open people so it’s been pretty easy thus far. As for the wedding, we are still planning out the details but I know we are going to include some Jewish traditions. 🙂

  10. Sooo exciting! Really happy for you guys. I love that Isaac was nervous– my husband was the same way when he proposed and it speaks volumes about their character I think.

  11. Dear Isaac –

    Thank you so much for sharing your perspective of this story! Such a treat!

    Also – please continue to take great care of that little family you got going over there. [we shall call you the trio of awesomeness!]

    So much goodness comes out of Brittany – kindness, encouragement, brilliant conversation about all sorts of subjects, inspiration, and general awesomeness. Getting to know her was a highlight of the last year – You are one lucky man!

    hugs to you guys!

    • Heather,

      This is Brittany responding and I just have to say that you are the sweetest! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment and for the congrats.

      Getting to know and meet you in 2011 was definitely a highlight for me as well. 🙂


  12. OMG I LOVVVVE this post! I like that you put your thoughts in italics, too! The engagement was so sweet! I was smiling the entire time I read it. I have no doubt that you two will have a happily ever after. Congrats!!!!!! 🙂

  13. What a cute story and so well told from his point of view. I love it! And I love that you’re in workout clothes. Congrats and happy wedding planning!

  14. Congratulations again! Isaac did a great job! Kyle and I got engaged last month too and of course I was also in yoga pants for the special moment (and subsequent photos) so you’re not alone! Haha.

  15. Absolutely love this! Thanks for writing Isaac 🙂 Two questions – and just let me know if they’re too personal (or you could respond in email). First, what does the Missing in 2009 mean? Also, I know Isaac is Jewish and you’re Christian, are you planning to convert or keep your religions? The only reason I ask is because I have the same situation with my boyfriend and I would love to get another couple’s perspective.

    Congratulations again!!

    • Hi Jillian – All the blog titles that he mentioned were little jokes and that one was a reference to the summer of 2009 when he lived in DC for Montessori training. I was on my own in our new apartment for a few months during that time.

      As for converting- having different faiths hasn’t been a huge issue. I think for now it’s working out fine but I’m sure we’ll need to discuss everything in depth once kids come along. 🙂

  16. I love this!!! My husband and I had a similar trail of events leading to him proposing. We got engaged on April 30, 2011 – but he wanted to do it at the beach in July w/ my friends around… but after the April tornadoes in our area he could let another day slip by. I did a post similar to this his story and her story and i love being able to read the mans point of view. Thank you so much for sharing I’m all welled up over here it’s so sweet and perfect!!! [You went to a place that was special to your relationship, my husband took me to a bridge he had shown me on my first visit to his home town] – sneaky and PERFECT! CONGRATS to you both!

  17. Ahhh, this is so adorable! I definitely can’t stop grinning. 🙂 It’s so fantastic to hear the story told from Isaac’s perspective. You can feel his excitement and how much he loves you, Britt. I’m so happy for you both. Congratulations!!!!

  18. Cogratulations to the both of you!! Love hearing it from the guys perspective. My fiancée proposed to me this summer when I got home from a run.. Definitely not my cutest moment 🙂 he was so nervous too and sputtered something out, while I kept saying “are you serious?!” Haha

  19. This sounds so adorable. A private engagement in a meaningful place–exactly what I envision for myself one day! Congrats, and good job Isaac!

  20. This is adorable – nice job Isaac!

    My husband had several different proposals planned – on my birthday, on a cruise we were taking, etc but ended up doing it the day he got the ring at his house. He was so nervous, I thought something awful had happened. It was spontaneous and awesome. And don’t worry, I was wearing a cut up Led Zepplin shirt and gym shorts for th big moment haha.

  21. How beautiful! I am so happy for you two! I had the pleasure of meeting your soon to be wife in August and she is such a beautiful person inside and out! I know you are a great guy and you two are a fabulous couple!

    My husband was so nervous when he was going to propose to me, he was pouring wine for us before hand and was clenching the glass so tight that he broke it! lol! I know how nervous you were for sure after seeing my husband that nervous!

  22. This is so cute!! Thanks Issac for sharing!

    I’m sure my now Hubz was the same way. I could tell he looked like he had seen a ghost when he asked even though we too both knew we wanted to get married. I think that’s the way it should be! The guy needs to sweat a lil bit. 🙂

  23. THIS MADE ME SMILE A LOT OH MY GOODNESS. I’ve been dating my boyfriend for around 4.5 years. I know we are gonna get married some day (we talk about it all the time) but we both are in grad school right now. I love the fact that we will have been together a really long time before that happens, though.

  24. this is the best!!!! and tell Isaac don’t worry, Justin says his proposal didn’t come out much like he had anticipated either, but it was amazing all the same! it is definitely a nervous moment.

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