We’ve announced to family and friends, but I haven’t shared with you guys on the blog yet that I am getting married this coming summer!

Reed proposed to me in August while in Montana and I immediately began planning. Now that I’ve made the announcement here, I will be sharing with you my adventures in wedding planning and am SO excited to hear your ideas and feedback!

Before that, I’m going to get really sappy below with the proposal story.




The proposal was a TOTAL SECRET and absolutely perfect. We had already planned to go to Montana for a trip to Lake Como with my family. Reed left a few days before me to embark on a multi-day backpacking trip, and I met him in Montana a few days later.

Here comes the part that makes my heart melt: before heading out on his backpacking trip, Reed paid my parents a visit and asked my dad’s permission to marry me.

This meant SO much not only to me, but to my family. As you may or may not know, my family is my life. We are the ultimate wolf pack and I was beyond happy that Reed asked for their approval.

My dad being my dad, was totally caught off-guard. He thought Reed was going to ask him for a roll of toilet paper to take on his hiking trip (SO my dad).

But he of course said “YES” and my family managed to keep it a secret for the next few days.


Upon my arrival in Montana, Reed and I jumped in the car and headed to the market to grab some snacks before meeting my family at the lake. Me being a total blonde thought nothing of it when Reed grabbed a bottle of Veuve “just for the hell of it” and we were on our way.

Things seemed normal for the next couple of days and I was loving just relaxing in the great Montana outdoors with my family. I remember the night before the engagement, Reed and I were lying in the tent about to go to sleep and he said “tomorrow is going to be such a good day.” I thought “hmmm, yeah it will be fun?” but obviously didn’t know why he thought it was going to be particularly stellar.

After some huckleberry pancakes for breakfast (have I mentioned how awesome Montana in the summer is?) Thursday morning, my sisters, my niece, my aunt, Reed and I headed out for a little hike along the lake to some waterfalls. I wasn’t sure why, at the last minute, my pregnant sister decided she must go on the hike, but thought “the more, the merrier” and we were off.

An hour or so later, we arrived to the end of the hike where there is a gorgeous bridge with these little waterfalls.
I was busy snapping selfies and turned around all of a sudden to see Reed down on one knee, holding a ring.

I immediately went into FULL-ON girl mode and started crying. My sisters, niece and aunt were all there to witness the proposal and snapped some pictures (which Reed has adamantly insisted I not share with anyone).

I was shaking and put the ring on the wrong hand (I guess I was kind of in shock?).

And the proposal was on a full-moon day, which was so perfect for my superstitious/obsessive thing with full moons.

Thus, on August 18, 2016, I became Reed’s fiance!

Reed and I had obviously talked about getting married many times (we’ve been together for 9 years now, guys, so the idea of marriage was not new to us). However, it made me beyond happy that he decided to make the proposal a surprise. The way he talked about us getting married before, I never thought he would do the romantic/fairy tale thing I had dreamed of: a super cute plan and the whole down-on-one-knee thing.

But I was totally wrong and he outdid the dream I had created in my head.


So I am officially the most indecisive person EVER so planning this wedding has already been tough for me. Reed is super laid back about the wedding (honestly – if it was up to him (and my father) we would just elope), so I’m having to make all the decisions over here which is SO HARD, guys.

Thankfully I have a rad wedding squad to help me through the next 6+ months.


I can’t wait to share things with you guys during this wedding journey. Now that the proposal post is out of the way, I promise to hold off on the sappy-ness for a bit.


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  • Reply Dee December 12, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    LOVE the story Leslie. Making me teary to read it.
    Reed is one VERY Lucky guy to have you by his side. … and through thick and thin the last NINE (really?) years.
    Looking forward to reading about your plans. Montana next summer!!

    • Reply Leslie Hughes December 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Dee! I am so lucky to have Reed and his fabulous family in my life 🙂 xoxo

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