it was a chilly winter day, december 22, 2009…
anna and robby’s families were at the camps’ home to make gingerbread houses. the room was overflowing with gumdrops, sprinkles, icing, candy canes & coconut snow. the fire was roaring. christmas music was playing.
everyone ate dinner together & opened gifts near the christmas tree while admiring their gingerbread creations. after dinner, the tradition was carried on to take pictures with funny holiday-themed hats.
it was a perfectly sweet night.
as the families were parting ways, robby and anna sat on the antique loveseat in the entry, saying their goodbyes. anna remembers saying that she wished robby never had to leave.
as everyone was gathered near the door, robby stood up. he said he had a few words to say. anna was confused and wondered if he had a few too many glasses of wine with dinner…
robby spoke about his admiration and respect for both of their families, how grateful he is that they are all good friends, how thankful he is for anna, & how very lucky he feels to be with her. robby remembers saying that anna is his hero.
anna started to wonder what was going on. she still had no idea what was about to happen.
robby then pulled something out of his pocket and knelt on one knee. anna’s eyes welled up with tears (& the moms were tearing up too) as robby looked at her with excitement & hope to ask her to be his wife. robby held a beautiful, sparkling ring and said, “will you marry me, anna?”
anna was still in shock and remembers saying, “are you serious? are you SERIOUS?!” in her heart, she knew robby was serious. she’s known they would get married for a long time, but she couldn’t believe it was happening at this perfectly sweet moment with both of their families standing with them.
anna said “yes!” both families rushed at them with hugs & congratulations. and to commemorate the occasion, champagne toasts followed at the smiths’ home.
click here to view a slideshow of our engagement pictures.