Colin and I are engaged!

Colin and I were friends for most of our four years in college. Freshman year went so fast, sophomore year zoomed by and my first semester passed like a blink of the eye when I ‘studied abroad’ in Hawaii…I got back to Merrimack for our second semester and we lived in Santagati, right next door to Colin and our other guy friends. That’s when my big, fat crush started! I thought Colin was the most handsome guy ever, and I always gushed over him to the girls (and they made fun of me, because I’m a huge nerd!) The rest of junior year passed and I didn’t think it would ever happen…

Then, senior year came. We became better friends, and by January he finally came around — I knew he had a crush on me too! By March, we were dating and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

After graduation we both had big plans — Colin was off to a one-year graduate school program at Lehigh in PA and I was off to volunteer for a year in Chicago. There I was, finally in love with such an amazing guy, and we had spend the year very far apart. It was really hard — every time we visited each other and then had to go back to our respective states, I lost it! To this day airports can still make me weepy-eyed (again…huge nerd!) But I knew if we could make it through a full year apart that we were good to go.

And now here we are…engaged!

This past Thursday – during the day – Colin asked me if I wanted to go to dinner after work. I thought, ummmm yes! After a long, busy day of workΒ  I was totally game. I got home to my apartment and Colin showed up just a few minutes later. I was going to change for dinner and before I did Colin told me he had something I could “accessorize with” and started laughing. I was confused, but intrigued. Then, all of the sudden, he was on his knee telling me he asked my father, got my families’ blessing and wanted to know if I would marry him.

I feel like I totally blacked out after that, but I do remember running around the room like a fool and then, obviously saying yes! It was such an amazing, special moment. After Colin slipped the (beautiful, if I do say so myself!) ring on my finger, we popped open the bottle of champagne my best friend Mary gave me a couple years ago (she told me to save it for the day I got engaged) and made all the fun phone calls to tell our friends and family. Everyone knew and kept the secret from me! Such sneaks!

Afterward, we had a fabulous dinner at Salvatore’s and Meg stopped by for a bit to celebrate with us – she even treated us to dinner!

This past weekend I went out with my girlfriends Friday night to share the excitement with them, and then Saturday Colin, Meg, Matt and I headed up to Vermont to celebrate with Colin’s family. I was sitting on the couch enjoying the appetizers Saturday evening gearing up for the delicious meal Mrs. T was cooking up, when BAM! My Mom, Dad and Grandfather appeared out of nowhere! They drove all the way from Long Island up to Vermont to surprise me! I was ecstatic! It was the best weekend ever. :)

I could really babble on and on about Colin and how much I love him, but I won’t do that to you all. I will tell you though, that he is my best friend and I am currently the happiest girl in the world. I am so ready and so excited to embark on this journey with him. I am also so lucky because I love the Temple’s like my own family, and my family loves Colin like he’s one of us. It’s a wonderful match all around!

Engaged for about 3 minutes!

Our champage courtesy of Mary, one of my best buds!

Look what they did for me at work on Friday (the day after we got engaged)...SO nice!

Hanging at the Temple's in VT!

So fun!!!

Obsessed with this now!!! Deeeelicious!

The amazing bottle of wine my pops brought!

The ring! Woohoooo

Mrs. T's FAB cooking!

Skip's wonderful salad :)

Some of the fam <3

Skip serving everyone their dinner :)

SO Good!


"Papachodies" as my Grandpa was calling them! hahah

Tasty treat

Love birds xoxo

So happy!

Showing off the bling!

Yay presents!

Mom and Skip!

A lovely breakfast on Sunday at Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice


Some fab pictures from Mrs. T:

Martha, Skip, Colin and I :)

Having a grand 'ol time!

Col and Coll


Par in VT!

Still can't believe you guys came all the way up to VT! I LOVE YOU!

Love this pic! hahah

Stay tuned for the wedding plans…..

16 thoughts on “Colin and I are engaged!

  1. So excited for all of you! Love the ring Colleen. It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to hear about the wedding plans. Congratulations! Love you!

  2. That’s awesome! Congrats! After a number of long distance dating years, airports still make me a little sad too. I’m sure you agree that it was all well worth the wait!

  3. Hey C & C,

    I am so excited and delighted for you both. I am nearly in tears reading the blog as it is so lovely…. I love the ring.. I wish ye both all the happiness in the world… xx p.s we can talk wedding plans together…

    • fiFi u are soooooo damn cute,I luvya, hope all is well with you!! let’s skype this weekend…James birthday!?! da’ s also? Luv2 All

  4. YAY!!! Congratulations again! So excited for you!! Love your story too…my husband and I started dating senior year of college too :) You’re going to have a blast planning the wedding!!

  5. Congratulations on your engagement. I loved reading your story. Thanks for sharing it with us., The pictures are great. I can actually hear your mothers’s laughter. You and Colin are a very special couple. I wish you only good luck and happiness as you start this chapter in your life. Cannot wait to hear all about the plans. Enjoy this time of your life, it will go by very quickly. Hope to see you soon. XOXO

  6. We had such a wonderful time up in Vermont with you and Colin,Meg and Matt and the Fabulous Temple family and their friends…ESP my new friend Skip!! I m still laughing out loud every time I think about it!
    …we just can’t be more happy for you both , you are an awesome couple, good luck and Godbless, We Love you dearly!!

  7. Congratulations!!!!!!! The ring is gorgeous and so are you. No wonder I was drawn to your Blog, I’m originally from Ny and moved to Boston (now in NH) too funny. He did a great job choosing Barmakian! That’s where my fiance went too. Looks like a great weekend, congrats again.

  8. Coll, I’m so excited for you both. I’ve never met Colin we need to change that soon. You two look so happy and it will only get better. Miss and love you girl!

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