Between Cody and I, we had a ton of emails, back and forth, planning his Austin proposal to Abby. He was so meticulous and considered every detail, big and small. Not being that familiar with Austin, he needed help and suggestions for romantic locations that would work until we narrowed it down to Zilker Botanical Garden. The prehistoric section of the park with its nearby cooling, rushing water, and the privacy it gave was just perfect. So perfect.
And, of course, Abby said yes! With happy tears. Of course.
This very verdant area of the garden also provided ample space for me to hide. Abby had no idea until Cody pointed me out!
And thank you, Cody, for noticing the mark on the ground where you could ask. Yes, we did a lot of pre-planning! Their schedule included some time for a few engagement photos at the gardens.
It was such a pleasure to be around a couple so giddy and happy to be engaged! And to get to see it all happen, well, that was such a huge blessing.
Cody was not content with just a proposal and a short session. Abby is his perfect one so the evening had serious standards to meet. After a several-course-dinner at the historical Driskill Hotel, Cody had arranged for a carriage ride around downtown Austin. Fiona of Angeli Carriages was called on and she brought a really lovely carriage that was drawn by the handsome Elysian. Cute was my first choice of adjective for him but I think he likes handsome, too.
The neat thing about the ride is that Fiona was kind enough to let us stop along the way at different points in the ride where the view or the light was particularly lovely.
Fiona was such a great guide and shared a few really choice spots for photos.
Towards the end of the ride, I had noticed Cody gently touching Abby’s ring finger. Was it hard to believe it just happened? I didn’t ask, I didn’t think it was something to interrupt. It was definitely a deeply special occasion for them both. And it was really and truly such an honor to be a part of it.
And the ring? Simply: perfect. Just like the whole day was.