The Engagement ♥️ 💍

Remember when I told you I had some news about a month ago and that I’d share it with you all today? Well, I’m not going to be able to share that news today. Something magical happened over the weekend, and I thought I’d share that with you instead. I hope you understand.


5-6-2016

Kyle and I had our first official date. Neither of us were into the whole “let’s grab drinks” thing, so I suggested we grab a coffee and take a walk instead. We met up at Freedom Park on the most beautiful spring night. We walked with each other for hours talking about everything and got so distracted in conversation that we somehow got a bit lost (ok, a lot lost.) We finally found our way back to the park but were greeted with the locked park gates. We had just missed the closing hours, which meant that Kyle’s car was locked into the park. I guess it wasn’t in our cards to end the night there. I had parked on the side street, so we hopped into my car and headed to his place where he made me dinner, and we watched Hope Floats until we both drifted off to sleep. I knew from that moment that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Kyle. I had never felt a connection so deep with someone, and I never wanted that feeling to go away. Lucky for me, Kyle felt the same way. Even though so much time has passed since our first walk in the park, I still feel the butterflies when he walks into a room, and my love for him is so deep that I have a hard time putting into words. Our relationship has always been easy, and I cherish the strong bond we have created. Time never faded the love letters we write or the number of laughs we have. I love him more than anything in this world, and that night at Freedom Park was one of the best days of my life.


Grumples met Kyle the next week. If you know my dog, you know he has a bit of an attitude problem. He growls and protects me from anyone new, but he didn’t do that with Kyle. I warned Kyle about Grumple’s temper and prepared him for the proper way to approach him. When Kyle came into my apartment the following Saturday, Grumples ran up to him, wagging his tail, and they both sat on my kitchen floor while Kyle rubbed his belly for a good hour. I stood there, dumbfounded. After overcoming the shock of what just happened, I felt good knowing that Kyle was Grumples approved. A girl’s dog’s approval is a big one.


The following week, my parent’s met Kyle. We headed to my favorite restaurant, the Garden Cafe. That night, my parent’s fell just as hard in love with Kyle as me. My brother met him the following New Year’s and approved within the first five seconds. I mean, they were even wearing the same outfit.


Months later, I met his Dad, and then met his mom, and it clicked why Kyle was such a perfect man. His mom is the sweetest, most creative, and outgoing mom on the planet. I love her and hope to be 1/4th of the mom she is one day. My favorite thing to do is sit on the couch in the morning with coffee and chat with her for hours. If you let us, we could talk for 24-hours straight. His dad is hardworking, has a great sense of humor, and I see so much of his personality in Kyle.  And if I had to describe his sister in one word, I’d say badass. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but she’s so sweet, and I know Kyle really looks up to her and values her advice. I fell in love with Kyle’s family.


Over time, I fell in love with his friends, and my friends fell in love with him. Caitlin jokes with me that I created Kyle from a boyfriend machine because he’s truly one of a kind.


We went skydiving, took a lot of weekend trips, adopted Leo, watched a lot of Netflix series, cooked a lot of food, and continued to make the best memories with eachother.


3 and a half years later…


I was out of town, celebrating my best friend’s bachelorette party in Miami. Kyle was supposed to be attending his boss’s work picnic that afternoon, but they rescheduled when the skies looked cloudy. Kyle decided to bring the dogs over to my parent’s house to hang out by the pool, play some backyard games with my dad, and they even went out for ice cream. It was nothing out of the ordinary because Kyle loves hanging out there, and he also gets crazy cravings for ice cream out of nowhere. And if anyone loves ice cream as much as Kyle, it’s my dad


Kyle asked my dad for my hand in marriage over ice cream cones. My dad shed a few tears, said a few sweet words, and then immediately started cracking out the dad jokes to recover from his emotional moment.


My mom avoided me all week. I’m assuming it’s because she can’t keep secrets from me. I knew everything I was getting for Christmas months before.


A week goes by, and it’s Saturday morning.

I’m exhausted from catching up on work all week. I woke up at 4:30 am so I could edit a blog and video from my refurbish project the day before. I wanted to spend my morning drinking coffee in my cozy pajamas and relax before it was time to go to Kyle’s work picnic. Kyle said his company had rented out one of the pavilions at Freedom park, and it made sense to me since a man he works with lives nearby. The weather was 80-degrees, and there wasn’t a drop of humidity or cloud in the sky. It was honestly one of the best days for a picnic. When I asked Kyle what he was going to wear, he said probably something he’d wear to work since it’s with his colleagues. Again, it made sense to me. I decided to pull out my favorite go-to red dress because it’s the most comfortable dress I own, and after I tried it on, Kyle said: “yes, I love that dress, please wear it.” Kyle always compliments me, so again, nothing out of the ordinary. Kyle accepted a new job a few months ago, and since this was my first time meeting the people he worked with, I wanted to look a little more put together. I wasn’t going to get away with yoga pants at this picnic. I took the time to curl my hair, put on makeup, and I even managed to paint my nails in the car on the way to the park.


There was a huge festival going on in the park. It was hard to find parking, so we ended up creating our own parking spot by the tennis courts. It was a bit of a walk to the pavilion. Luckily, the weather was incredible, and the breezy walk felt nice. Kyle said he wasn’t sure where they were holding the picnic, and if you’ve ever been to Freedom Park, you know it’s a big one to navigate. I told him that I’m very familiar with the park since I’ve run it a hundred times and I could show him where the pavilions were. Kyle was so set on telling me that it’s in a different location. I was starting to get a little frustrated after pointing Kyle to the visual Pavillion right across the park. He insisted that it was up the hill.  I was almost 100% sure that it was a parking lot with a building and no Pavillion up the hill. There were a ton of people in the parking lot, so I thought they had maybe rented a big party tent since they had to change the date of the picnic last minute. And with the festival in the park, I figured it was hard for them to find space, so I just went with it. He was texting his boss for directions, so I let him take the reigns on this one. I put my stubbornness on hold for a bit.


As we were walking up the steep hill, he pulled me close and said to me, “what if I were to tell you that there wasn’t really a work picnic.”


Why wouldn’t there be a picnic? I asked. Before he could answer, he pulled me to the left where I was greeted with a long path of white rose petals leading to a giant heart of pink rose petals. I caught the eye of a photographer, lost my breath for a second, and went into complete shock. It was only five seconds ago that I thought we were going to a work picnic and I was going to meet everyone he works with. How did he do this? How did I not pick up on any of this? He held my hand and led me to a giant heart made from pink rose petals.


There we were standing in the park where we had our first date, my hands were shaking, and I was holding back every ugly cry that wanted to be let out. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was speechless for the first time in my entire life, but still managed to let out out the word “YES.” I nodded my head just in case.


I was still in a bit of shock and trying to process everything that just happened. We stood there holding each other as I finally let those tears flow. I couldn’t believe he pulled this off. How? He told me he spent weeks meeting up with the photographer and the florist to find the perfect spot in the park to bring this magical moment to life. They even added Gerber Daisies to the bushes behind us to add more color since he knows I love colorful things. The thought out details and time put into this moment made every second so magical. He even had a photographer there capturing the entire moment.


After experiencing the most incredible moment of my life, we made our way back to the car and headed uptown to see Aladin at the Belk theater. I was happy that Aladin was still a part of the plan, unlike the work picnic. It ended up being one of the most amazing shows, and we had seats right by the stage. I felt like I was floating on a cloud all day.

Kyle surprised me with reservations at my favorite place on earth, The Garden Cafe. This spot is magical, romantic, and such a gem in the small town of York. This picturesque restaurant could never be replicated. My parent’s met us there, just like at the beginning of our love story. Kyle thought of every single detail that would make my day the best day of my life. We celebrated with a bottle of champagne, and I finally had the chance to order some food since there was never really a work picnic…


Many of you have been with me for the past ten years, and I’m just so excited that I get to share this moment with you. Life is changing, and I can’t wait to take you with me on this next chapter of life. It’s safe to say that I’m just as shocked as you guys.

I love you all ♥️

I want to give a big shoutout to Deevo, the photographer, who captured this magical moment! He does fabulous work, and I am so excited him, and Kyle worked hard to capture these images. Kyle knew I would have wanted to share this moment with my readers since you all are a big part of my life, and Deevo helped make that possible! Here is a link to his website and Instagram if you want to check out his work! ♥️🎥 📷

And don’t forget to check out Flower Diva! She did such a fantastic job with the flowers! 💜

As for the other news, I’ll share Friday!

 

Comments

  • Gigi Graciette

    I love a love story! Congratulations!

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  • D

    Congratulations!! He seems just perfect for you.

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  • Hannah

    I’ve been following your blog for 8 years, and when I found out this news I got so excited for you! I’m so happy that you’ve found someone as amazing as Kyle and wish you both all the happiness! xxx

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  • Heather

    Congratulations!!!!! I am SO happy for you both. You two have always seemed so happy together so I couldn’t wait to hear about your engagement. Wishing you all the best as you enter this next phase of your life together!

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  • Cammy

    Congratulations Tara! Been a silent follower of yours for the past 10 years from Vancouver, BC Canada, and have never commented until now. What a perfect surprise proposal- sweet, simple, and colourful. Wishing you and Kyle forever happiness 🙂

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  • Milena Wojcieszek

    Dear Taralynn,

    I am so happy for you, congratulations! I’ve been following you for around 6 years and I almost cried reading this post. I’ve seen your journey, before Kyle and then with him on your side and he really seemed to be your soul mate from the beginning. You two are such a very cute couple and completely deserve all the happiness in the world. The engagement was so beauiful and it was totally you! Enjoy this new chapter <3

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  • Shantel Jones

    Congratulations! I am so Happy for you guys! You both seem so happy <3

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  • Katie Meshko

    Awhhhh I LOVE your love story!! You guys are so cute together!! Congratulations I am so excited and happy for you!!! <3

    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

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  • Danielle

    Congratulations!!
    I have read your blog for probably 7 or 8 years and never commented. I am so happy for you and wish you and Kyle all the best as you start this new chapter!

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  • Natalija

    Yay! Congratulations!!! Reading your blog basically from the beginning I was just holding my breath for this moment ever since you’ve met Kyle!I knew it would happen, I believed that all the way. You two are perfect together. I’m so,so happy for you! I shed so many tears reading about the proposal, it was just so thoughtful and so emotional and beautiful and it’s what you completely deserved. Many,many,many congratulations! Lots of love and hugs from the UK

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  • A

    Yay!!!! You deserve so much happiness and light and love. Congratulations!!!

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  • Veronica

    Congratulations Taralynn! You deserve ever happiness. Can’t wait to see all the wedding DIY posts 😊

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  • Kelsey W.

    Ummmm my heart just exploded! CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so happy for you both <3 I started following your blog right around the time you two met actually! You both are perfect for each other! xoxo Kelsey

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  • Lauren

    Taralynn I am so happy for you! I have followed you since the beginning and I have seen your ups and down – and I could tell that ever since Kyle came into the mix you have been a whole happier new person! He seems great, and I am so happy for you to two! You deserve nothing but the best!

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  • Jessie Blucker

    Omg I am in love with this blog post 🥰🥰 I have followed you for I know close to 10 years and I have loved your journey . I am so happy you found Kyle he seems like a dream and such a romantic. Congratulations to you both and thanks for sharing this beautiful story. 💕

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much, Jessie!!

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      • Olivia

        Yayyyy finally! I’m so excited for you, like I’m gonna cry! Such a sweet engagement story. I can’t wait for you the experience the magic of being engaged, the journey up till your married and married life! Such a sweet time in life, enjoy every moment!

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  • Anna

    Ahhhh I am so so behind on reading blogs!! It’s been months since I’ve been able to come catch up on yours. I had a feeling I’d come to it and see you were engaged, but I didn’t expect it to be the latest post!! I just KNEW I needed to come check out your blog today apparently haha 🙂 this is the sweetest post ever. Huge congrats to you both!!

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  • Danie

    LOVE is written all over your faces. I am crying!

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  • Candace

    Congrats Kyle and Taralynn! I can’t wait to see this next chapter of your life unfold with marriage and motherhood!

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  • Katie Henry – Produce On Parade

    Congratulations!! What a sweet story!

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  • Thanasis

    Discovered your site by accident (My Relationship With Running). Since then I read occasionally your blog but this is the first time (and probably the last because I don’t like to disturb other people) that I will comment: I needed to hear some good news and yours really made my day (just as when my sisters were getting married). I wish you quys all the best sincerely from the bottom of my heart and have a nice rose petal life. ΒΙΟΝ ΑΝΘΟΣΠΑΡΤΟΝ.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Aww, well glad you landed here ♥️ Don’t ever think you’re disturbing. I love getting to chat with everyone who stops by to read! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for your kind words! xo

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  • Sarah

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you two!

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  • Brooklyn

    Oh my gosh, this is my favourite post that you have ever written! And I’m one of the ones that has been with you the last ten years.
    Congrats! You and Kyle seem perfect. I’m so happy for you both!

    http://Www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Danielle

    CONGRATULATIONS! I totally teared up watching the vid on the photographer’s instagram. Wishing you and Kyle all the best!

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  • LeeAnne

    I have followed you for so long but I never comment. What a beautiful and thoughtful proposal! Congratulations to you both!!

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  • Sami Broadstock

    I have been waiting for this post!!!!! Fighting tears! So happy for the two of you!!!

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  • Julie

    I just clicked on your site to see if there might be a new post, saw the title, and immediately stopped everything I was doing so I could read it. What a great story! Congratulations to you both!

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  • Caitlin Reyes

    Been with you since the beginning so a HUGE thank you for sharing this milestone with us too! I loved reading about all the details and people that make up your love story. I was giddy and fighting back tears. Then on the literal edge of my seat reading about the actual proposal! When my husband proposed I too was a little resistant to walking barefoot on the hot sand in the “wrong direction” so I chuckled at your stubbornness. And Kyle’s attention to detail oh my.. I mean adding flowers into the greenery?!?! Talk about thoughtfulness and knowing your heart. Total recreation of your first date that you cherish so much. I’m over the moon for you Taralynn! Can’t wait to continue following along as you two keep writing your love story <3

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Caitlin!

      Thank you so much 😊 Love hearing your thoughts on the story! I had such a hard time writing this because I was still speechless and couldn’t get my words together! That’s funny you had the stubbornness too 😂 I was like I KNOW FREEDOM PARK SO WELL! haha I would have NEVER thought of adding flowers to the greenery. Apparently, he’s more creative than I am! 😃 Thank you again for the kind words!! & following along so long! xo

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      • Stacy Leigh

        OMG! I’m freaking out! I’ve been waiting to see this post for years! I was literally in tears reading this. It reminded me of when my husband proposed to me. What a wonderful and exciting time this is! Congratulations! Let the fun begin! ❤️

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  • Sam

    Sooo happy for y’all!

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  • Adrienne

    Congratulations! The proposal was beautiful. I wish a lifetime of happiness for you!

    PS – that butterfly ring pic is amazing!!

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  • Whitney

    Sat here at my work and cheered out loud and ugly cried!!!!! I am so happy for you two, and just knew this was coming soon, as you are meant to be together. Congratulations and best wishes to you both!!!!!!

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  • Sophie

    Dear Taralynn

    Oh wow, that sounds amazing! Congratulations! I follow you since almost 10 years and when i saw the first picture you posted with Kyle, i knew that he’s the one for you! You guys are such a beautiful couple!
    I can only dream from an engagement like this… wow….! <3

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  • Ashton Jury

    HOOOOORAY! I’m so excited for you and Kyle! I’ve been a long time follower of the blog and I’m so happy you’ve found Kyle you two are perfect for each other.

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  • amy

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I have tears of joy running down my cheeks for you! You both are beautiful souls, of COURSE you are together! Thrilled for you!

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  • Elodie

    God bless you both, such great news!
    I wish you lots of wonderfully happy years together. x x x

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  • Melissa

    Literally brought a tear to my eye reading this. I think a lot of us have been waiting for this post lol! Congratulations to you both!!!

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  • Kailey Davis

    Taralynn!!! I am so beyond happy for you…I have been following you from the very beginning and seen your different paths in life unfold and how fun it has been to see you find your soulmate. The engagement was beautiful & how funny I got engaged two years ago and we saw Aladdin the night before…that script brings magic!

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  • Elodie

    God bless you both, that is such great news! Wishing you many wonderful years together xxx

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  • Jenna

    Congratulations Taralynn!! I’m so happy for you guys! I’ve been following your blog for at least six years now – you’ve grown/changed/matured so much over that timeframe and I feel like I’ve been right there with you through it all!! You’re such a beautiful woman and now you can continue to build the beautiful life you started with Kyle back in 2016. I’ll be sipping your recipe for PSL 😉 while continuing to follow – congrats again!! (PS: Don’t mean to be all sappy but it’s such a fun time! Love your ring too!!!!)

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  • Jamie

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your journey since your Tumblr days and I am so, so excited for you! I let out a gasp at work when I saw your IG post and couldn’t wait to come here to read the story. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t shed a tear reading about your love story and the sweet proposal. You are so deserving.

    A couple years ago I was having doubts in my relationship due to how I was being treated. Seeing the love Kyle and you had for one another had me yearning for that kind of companionship. You gave me great advice about not settling. It gave me the confidence I needed to want more for myself and look for the kind of love you two have. Thank you for letting me view a sliver of your life for all these years and I can’t wait to see where this next chapter takes you. I hope I’m as lucky at finding love! ❤️

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Wow, thank you so much, Jamie!!

      That really touched my heart. Sometimes we have to go down a bumpy journey before we hit a smooth path. I’m so proud of you for DOING WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU!! Life is always greener if you let it be! xo xo

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  • Courtney

    Yayyyyyy!!!! I’ve been waiting for this! I had a feeling it was coming really soon! I am so thrilled for y’all! Enjoy every second 😄❤️

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  • Holly

    YAY! So so happy for you! I’ve been following your blog for quite a while, and I’m just so happy for you! Kyle truly seems like a great man. Being engaged is such a wonderful feeling, and marriage is just like that, but only better! I always thought it couldn’t get better after our wedding day, but each day is better than the last 🙂 Congratulations!!!!!!

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  • Shelby

    Congratulations! So happy for you both! Thanks for sharing. I have been reading your blog for a few years now and always enjoy reading your posts.

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  • Ashley

    Congratulations! I’ve been waiting for this announcement! Sounds like a beautiful proposal and what an amazing guy to make the day so special for you!

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  • Krista VonVett

    I’ve been with you all this time, reading your blog and following you on instagram. Even though we’ve never met, I feel like I’ve known you for years since I have been a long time fan! I am just so over the moon for you! I was smiling ear to ear reading your post today, and maybe crying a little. Wait, I am not crying, you’re crying! (Okay, maybe we are both crying!) Lots of love! <3

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  • Rachel

    Aw Tara, I’ve never commented before but had to for this post. I’ve also been following you for years (since I hit a bad, pretty hopeless rut in college) and your approach to wellness and happiness really helped me dig myself out of it. So psyched that you found your forever partner. You give us all strength and hope to create happy lives for ourselves, and I love to see you continue to live yours to the fullest.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m so happy I was able to be there for you during those years, as all of my readers have been there for me during my lows! Keep on thriving and smiling! xo xo xo xo

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  • Sara

    Yayyy!!! Im so happy for you !!!
    Congratulations !

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  • Christine

    Congratulations Taralynn! This story brought tears to my eyes. It is such a sweet love story and proposal and I am happy so for you.

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  • Danielle D.

    I have never commented before (despite sometimes wanting to) but to say I am excited for you is an understatement! You deserve this! CONGRATS!!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much, Danielle!! MEANS SO MUCH TO ME! & please don’t be a stranger! I love getting to know everyone who stops by to read! xo xo xo

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  • Megan

    That is so exciting! Congratulations 🙂 What a perfectly planned surprise <3

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  • Brittany

    YEEEESSSS!!! I have been waiting for this for so long!! I was so excited when I saw the news on Instagram and just had to rush over here! Congrats congrats congrats!!!! <3

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  • Susan

    Congratulations to you both! It’s about time…and the time has to be right! Be happy!!!!

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  • Lauren

    Congratulations! I’ve been following you for years. Kyle’s lucky to have found such a kind, generous and creative woman. May you have a life filled with happiness together!

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  • Jess

    You look so stunning in that red dress! Kyle did a great job, and the photos turned out great! We will look into using Deevo for your wedding!

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  • Harriet

    So beautiful, Kyle pulled of the most amazing day for you, thank you for shearing your incredible news with us. So happy for you both, Congratulations!!!

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  • Mindy

    Beautiful story and congratulations! What an amazing and exciting time for you both. Enjoy it all!

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  • Alissa @ PositiviTEA

    Oh my goodness. This is dreamy! I’m so so so so excited and happy for you. I got engaged super young (19) and married three years later. I still get giddy over my wedding rings!!
    I’ve said it before, but I’ve followed you since your first Tumblr blog in 2009. I’m so happy to see your journey so amazing and beautiful as you deserve!

    Congratulations and enjoy every moment.
    Xo, Alissa @ PositiviTEA

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  • Susie

    So so happy for you!! I’ve followed your blog for years and though I don’t know you personally I just know you are a good person and deserving of all the wonderful things in life! What a beautiful love story and proposal and pictures! Wishing all the love and happiness to you and your soon-to-be husband!

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  • Chelsey

    Ugly crying. You deserve all the happiness in the world.

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  • Amy T.

    OMG! Congrats! So very happy for both of you! Can’t wait to follow along with your wedding planning! 🙂

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  • Lisa

    Congratulations to both of you!!

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  • Megan Bressler

    CONGRATS LADY!! He is a lucky guy!!

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  • Caroline

    Congratulations! You two seen absolutely perfect for each other. I’m so happy for you! You deserve nothing but the best! Enjoy this exciting time ❤️

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  • Robyn Pratt

    Been following your blog for about 8 years now, and I must say that this is BY FAR MY FAVORITE POST, thus far. I ugly cried reading this. I am so incredibly happy for you both and wish nothing but the best for y’all. ♥️

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  • Marjan

    This is the best news I heard all year! Congratulations!!

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  • Anna

    Wow, I’m so, so happy for you!!!!! I began following you on Pinterest many years ago, then FB/blog and have really enjoyed watching your life unfold the way it has. You and Kyle make a beautiful couple and more importantly, make each other really, really happy. You always seem like a pretty smart cookie, so I’m glad you had a “surprise” moment throughout all this. So wonderful. Congratulations

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  • Melissa

    Oh my goodness! I am so happy for the both of you. I’ve been reading your blog for so long (since Tumblr) and I have loved getting to go along with you on your journey. I am so excited for you and Kyle. You can see how happy you two are together!

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  • Jeni

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’ve been following your blog since your Tumblr days of 2011 and have been so inspired by your personal journey. You’ve found a new healthy lifestyle, a new home in Charlotte, and a man who will give you all the love and happiness that you deserve. The proposal spot was so meaningful as well— Kyle did such a good job of making it “YOU!” I’m SO EXCITED for both of you and can’t wait to see what your wedding will be like! Please keep us all updated!

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  • Chelsea Spargur

    Awwwe Congratulations to you guys!! How special!!! I have followed you for a long time now and you seem happier than ever!!

    My brother lives in Charlotte and we are planning on moving there soon!

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  • Chassidy Anasky

    Congratulations !!! Such a sweet story it made me tear up . I wish you both a lifetime of happiness !

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  • Jen

    Congratulations Taralynn & Kyle! May you have a blessed and happy life together – I know you will!

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  • Taylor

    So happy for you! Everything turned out beautifully <3

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  • Irene

    Congratulations, Taralynn! I’ve been following you since as long as I can remember (2010/2011? Not even sure!) And I am just SO elated you are finding this happiness with an amazing guy. Wishing so much happiness and love to the both of you 🌺

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  • Holly Danielson

    Congratulations! What a beautiful story of your love! You are so deserving and so positive. Kyle is the perfect fit for you – blessings to a beautiful future together!

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  • Elisa

    Oh my god!
    I just cried reading your post (PMS makes me REALLY emotional).To be honest, I’ve been waiting for these good news for years (since Leo’s adoption)!
    Congratulations to you and Kyle!!!!!!!

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  • Dana

    This was the sweetest story. I’m totally crying. And very happy for you and Kyle.

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  • Dana

    Awwwwwww…congratulations to you both! I couldn’t help but get a little teary eyed while reading..

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  • Meg

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and Kyle!

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  • Vivianne

    Congratulations Taralynn! I am so, so very happy for you. I’ve been quietly reading your blog since your tumbler days and have always enjoyed reading your stories. I wish you and Kyle the most happiest of ever afters!

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  • Peggy

    I am so happy for you two! May you continue to experience all the blessings a wonderful relationship gives for a lifetime! Congratulations! Your ring is beautiful!!!

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  • Kate

    Crying! Congratulations!!!

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  • Annie

    Omg!!! I’ve been following you since the Tumblr Days on Tumblr. Maybe you even went with another name before that. The point is, I’ve been a reader for a LONG time! When you met Kyle, like most readers, I think we all knew he was your One based on the posts – they read different and the two of you seemed so in sync. So happy for you!!!

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  • Brandi

    Congratulations- I’m so happy for you! I found your blog in 2011 after having my first child, needing to lose weight, and feeling very overwhelmed. Today, I still follow you because of the wonderful content. I love how genuine,caring, and relatable you are. I’m so happy for you and Kyle! ❤️

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  • Alexa Muncy

    Annnnnd I cried reading this. I’m so happy for you! You and Kyle have seemed like a perfect match since you first shared him on the blog! These pictures are beautiful and such a fun memory! Congratulations!! Your ring is GORGEOUS.

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  • Becky

    CONGRATULATIONS! Last month when you said you had news to share I thought, “Oh she’s totally engaged!” Looks like I was both right and wrong! I’m so happy for you! The way you wrote this post is beautiful and I’m sure you’ll cherish it along with the photos and memories for the rest of your life. <3

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  • Hannah

    I am so happy for you!!!

    I have been following since the beginning. This made my whole day to see this wonderful, thoughtful, meaningful proposal!

    I am so excited to follow you as you plan your wedding and enjoy your engagement!

    Congrats to you and Kyle! I could always tell he was the one.

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  • Danie

    Currently breaking up with my boyfriend and looking for my Kyle! Way to go!

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  • Veronica Hendrix

    This is an excellent way to start my week, Taralynn and I couldn’t be more happy for the both of you! Congratulations and many blessings to you both!

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  • Hannah D.

    I am so happy for you!!!

    I have been following since the beginning. This made my whole day to see this wonderful, thoughtful, meaningful proposal!

    I am so excited to follow you as you plan your wedding and enjoy your engagement!

    Congrats to you and Kyle! I could always tell he was the one.

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  • Angela Cooper

    Not going to lie, I’m crying at work, ugly crying! Such a sweet story and oh my, the thoughtfulness of that Kyle! Every detail just perfect! So happy for both of you and the dogs, of course! Cheers to many wonderful, happy and healthy years as husband and wife!

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  • Danielle

    Congratulations! <3

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  • Nicole Llewellyn

    I am so happy for you! I’ve been following you since the tumblr days (was it really so long ago?!) and kind of feel like you’re a friend now. I’m so happy to see you so joyful. Wishing you guys the happiest future!

    Reply to Nicole Llewellyn
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Why is time going by so fast!! & yes, I love that you feel that way. That’s my goal with this space. xo xo xo Thank you so much for the kind words, Nicole!!

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  • Trista

    I’ve followed along for years and have been WAITING for this moment! I’m so excited for you and Kyle and I look forward to continuing to follow along on this next adventure.

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  • Lakeithea

    I been following you for 10 years and I am so excited for you.

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  • Jessica

    Totally teared up while reading this at work… Congratulations, Taralynn! So happy for you two!!

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  • Ashley

    This is better than any work news!! I’m SO happy for you both!! This is wonderful. It’s so special that he put so much thought and detail in planning it, and really love that he brought you back to your first date! Congratulations!!!

    https://www.makelifemarvelous.com/

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  • Maureen

    Dear Tara,
    Congratulations to a wonderful couple!! Your blog has been a constant in my life through being single to getting married, and I’m as happy for you and Kyle as I have been for my best friends! You are a wonderful, kind, thoughtful person, and you deserve every happiness! Enjoy every moment of this special time with Kyle and all of your loved ones!

    ❤️ Maureen
    P.S. Even though I’m already married, I look forward to any and all wedding planning posts!

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  • Orsi

    Congratulatioooooooooons! I have been reading your blog for 7 years now. I am so so happy for you, you deserve to have such an amazing man by your side! Wishing you guys lots of happiness!

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  • McKayla

    Taralynn, I am so happy for you! I’ve been a follower of your blog for the past ten years and feel like I’ve been through so much with you! You’ve helped me so much. I am seriously so overjoyed for you! 🙂

    I just got married two months ago, and marriage really is the best thing in the world!! Lots of love and best wishes for the both of you!! <3

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  • Shelby Grant

    Congratulations!!! You deserve all the happiness in the world! How did you and Kyle meet? Was it a blind date? So happy for you guys – reading this made me cry happy tears!

    Reply to Shelby Grant
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks so much!!! We briefly met through mutual friends, exchanged numbers and ended up texting for weeks before I finally got the guts to meet up with him. xo xo xo

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  • Danielle

    I’ve followed you so long and am so excited to see this exciting news! Congratulations!!!

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  • Tracey Giannola

    ah congrats!!! such a beautiful story 🙂

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  • Hallie

    You look so beautiful and grown-up.

    Reply to Hallie
  • Kayla

    This is so perfect!!! I’ve been following you for so long and respected how Kyle lives his separate life from the blog, but it’s so great to see how perfect he made this moment for you. What a perfect love story. Congratulations!!!

    Reply to Kayla
  • Megan Karin Tyndall

    I’ve been waiting for this! I knew it was gonna happen just because of how you portrayed your relationship with Kyle! I’ve been a long time follower too and you deserve this! I wish y’all a forever’s worth of happiness!

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  • Kristin

    Ahh, crying at my desk!! So happy for you and Kyle! What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing everything with us! <3

    Ps still excited to hear about your news, was actually thinking maybe it was something along these lines but excited we’ll get another set of news on Friday!

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  • Katie @ Katie Wanders

    Long time follower as well…. Beautiful! LOVE how he did everything. Congratulations girl!

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  • Aileen

    I am one of those long term long readers and I couldn’t be happier for you! You can really feel your emotion in this post- it’s palpable. You’re adorable and you and Kyle make such a lovely couple. Congratulations, such wonderful news and a beautiful post! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness <3

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  • Tori

    What a precious, romantic proposal! I am SO excited for you! Congratulations! Marriage has been one of my favorite adventures in life so far 🙂 I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both!

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  • AD

    I think when I originally started following you it was on Xanga..? Ive been a quiet follower but have always loved reading your blog posts and following your recipes. Reading this brought tears to my eyes. CONGRATULATIONS !

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  • Patricia

    Congrats Taralynn!! You guys seem so perfect for each other, so so happy for you ❤️ So grateful that you let us into your life like this, I honestly feel like I just found out a friend of mine got engaged lol. Enjoy this time in your life, you deserve all the happiness and love 💕

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  • Ashley Lynn

    Trying to not ugly cry at work- this is the best thing ever! I’m so happy for you Taralynn, I’ve been following you for what feels like ten years (since you were the undressed skeleton) You deserve all the happiness! I’m so happy for you! Congrats <3

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  • Amanda Lee Peterson

    OMG! HOW EXCITING! Congratulations!

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  • K.S

    OMGGGG YESSSSSSS! You absolutely deserve every bit of happiness you’re feeling! Such a beautiful story! I’ve also followed you forevverrrr (8 years now) and am incredibly happy for you both!

    …. YAYAYAYAYAYAY! Congratulations Tara!

    K.

    Reply to K.S
  • Stacie

    Congrats! You look beautiful and the ring is gorg!

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  • Madeline

    OMG congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you two. What a beautiful time in your lives. I wish you all the happiness.

    You don’t know me, but I feel like we’re friends since I’ve been following your blog since 2010 (throwback to the Undressed Skeleton days)!

    Reply to Madeline
  • Casey

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your fiance!
    I’ve been following you for so long and you’ve been an inspiration for me for years!
    I’m so overjoyed that you have a life that’s filled with love, joy, and laughter!

    I wish you and your fiance many years of love, memories and adventures!

    Reply to Casey
  • Liz

    I’ve been a follower for several years now, and I am just so happy for you!!! I am in literal tears of joy…congrats to you both! 🙂

    Reply to Liz
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Oh my gosh! Biggest congratulations to you, Taralynn!! This is soooo sweet!! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  • Cayse

    I don’t know you personally but as a doodle mom I feel like I do 😜I am so happy for you and excited to see this new stage of your life. Congratulations 🎉🎊

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  • Natalie

    I am GIDDY as heck for you! Congrats, Tara! When I saw your Instagram post, I nearly squealed at my desk. Congrats, girl! <3

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  • Courtney Moore

    I’ve been following your blog since right before you met Kyle, and just reading about your love story in words over the years made it clear you two were meant to be! I was just waiting patiently for it to happen 😉

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  • Mary Beth

    Congratulations! I got a little teary eyed reading this.

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  • Hayley

    I got goosebumps just reading this! Congratulations!!! <3 I've been following you from the beginning and am so happy for you and Kyle! 🙂 P.s your ring is GORGEOUS!

    Reply to Hayley
  • Morgan

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! I cried reading this.How did yall meet?

    Reply to Morgan
    • Taralynn McNitt

      We briefly met through mutual friends, exchanged numbers and ended up texting for weeks before I finally got the guts to meet up with him!!

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  • Jennifer

    😭😭😭

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a perfect day, he did an AMAZING job! And the ring is gorgeous!

    Having followed you for so long and having you shared so many life experiences in these past 10 years, I could tell how differently happy you were when you introduced Kyle to us! I’m so happy for the both of you as if you were my real life friends lol I’m so excited to read more about the future as plans and events unfold 🤗🤗

    Reply to Jennifer
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so so so much!!!!! You’ve ALWAYS made my day with your comments! Thank you for bringing light to my life all these years. xo xo xo

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Jennifer W

    Congratulations! So happy for you!

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  • Emily

    Totally crying! I’ve followed you for almost 10 years and I am SO happy for you! You deserve this type of love so much, my heart is so overjoyed for you. Congratulations to you and Kyle!!!

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  • Tricia

    Oh my goodness! I am so happy for you, Taralynn! What a sweet proposal. You two are such a lovely couple and I can’t wait to follow along with your proposal journey. Sending you both happy congratulations!

    Reply to Tricia
  • Lablune

    Congratulations to both of you, I’m so happy for you guys, I’m almost crying of joy!

    Reply to Lablune
  • Zoe

    CONGRATULATIONS! I hope this next stage of your life is as wonderful as the beginning of your relationship has been. As long as you always choose and make time for each other, I’m sure it will be.

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  • Amy

    WHENS THE WEDDING!!!

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  • Emily

    Aw Tara I’m so happy for you!! 😀 😀 I’ve been reading your blog for the past 7 years and I just can’t tell you how excited I am for you! 😀 You deserve the best!! 🙂 I’m glad you found such a great guy!! 🙂

    Reply to Emily
  • Ariel P.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! I can’t lie… I’ve been waiting for this day. I’m so happy for you guys! You make such a beautiful couple!

    Cheers!

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  • Sarah

    Omg! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you!

    As a reader that’s been following along since the Tumblr days, I’ve seen you blog about a few different relationships, but nothing has ever seemed to make you as happy as blogging about you and Kyle.

    Thank you for sharing such a special moment with us!

    Congrats again!

    Reply to Sarah
  • Kristin

    Ahhhhh congratulations!!!! Such exciting news!!!!!

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  • Andrea

    I’m so happy for you. I’ve been following you for many years. I’m crying with happiness for you both. Congratulations.

    Reply to Andrea
  • Nicci

    Congratulations to you both!!!

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  • Jenn

    Oh my goodness! What beautiful photos of such a special moment! Congratulations and wishing you all the best!

    Reply to Jenn
  • Charne

    I’M NOT CRYING… No, wait, yes, I am. I am so over-joyously happy for you! I’ve followed along for years, and I had a feeling this news would be coming soon. Congratulations!!

    Reply to Charne
  • Kathy

    This is so SO beautiful and wonderful! Congratulations!!

    Reply to Kathy
  • Nicci

    Congratulations!!!

    Reply to Nicci
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you!

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      • Piret

        Congratulations Tara! I’ve followed you for years..wayyyy before Kyle came into the picture and I’m so happy you’ve found the man of your dreams. I don’t even know you personally but I might’ve shed a tear or two when I read it☺️

        (On the side note… that light blue dress is gorgeous!!! Where is it from?”)

        Reply to Piret
        • Taralynn McNitt

          awwwwww!! Thank you!!! that means so much!

          Honestly, I took it from my mom’s closet before dinner! 😆 She bought it on amazon! i’ll make sure to get the link from her!

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  • Chelsea

    That’s the sweetest thing ever! Congratulations to you both!!!! I know your wedding is going to be beautiful!! Can’t wait to see how you plan every detail!!

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  • Miranda Neff

    CRYING <3 I have been following since 2012 and have been inspired by you in everyway possible. This is so amazing and I am so happy for you! Thank you for sharing with us!!!! Love from another Hawkeye!

    Reply to Miranda Neff
    • Taralynn McNitt

      2012? WOW! Time goes by so fast! Thank you so much! GO HAWKEYES!

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      • Marianna

        Wow such an incredible new! Congratulations!!! This post is perfect to celebrate fall today! 🍁 I got married on October 13 last year and it was perfect… It was my absolute dream to get married during fall! Married life is amazing and I wish you the best! I have been following you for the past ten years from France and I’m so happy that you share this with us!

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          Thank you so much!!! And fitting since today is my favorite day, the first day of fall!!! Congrats on your marriage! my best friend is getting married around that time and I can’t wait!

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  • Emily

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for both you and Kyle. I’ve been a long time follower of the blog (and you’ve taken me through my own engagement and marriage) and I’m so happy to see you so happy 🙂

    Reply to Emily
  • Joyell

    So happy for you!! Congratulations!!!

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