cornflake dreams.: portland recap.

3.22.2011

portland recap.

we arrived in portland on a thursday afternoon after a long flight from chicago. after taking the train from the airport to downtown (so cheap and fast!) we tracked down kenny and zuke's delicatessen and ordered two ginormous sandwiches. after lunch we ran around the city and tried to take it all in. portland is so green, trees and moss everywhere and i dare you to try to find trash or litter on the ground (quite the change from some parts of chicago). there are recycling bins everywhere and the clean and quiet train that runs downtown is free in some parts! craziness. we stopped in the infamous powell's books for a cookie break (me) and a little reading time (h). the store was a maze of books with multiple levels, absolutely a must-see for any avid reader. that night we met h's brother (who teaches law at university of orgeon) and went to dinner along with his girlfriend to lovely's fifty-fifty. we ordered a few pizzas, with v interesting and delicious toppings:: salumi finocchiona with mama l’il peppers & green  olives and one with wild nettles with taleggio, pancetta & parmesan.

day two was a foodie day. we stopped by stumptown coffee for some local coffee and then hung out at the ace hotel lobby (it has a comfy lounge area). afterwards we hit the food carts downtown. i had my first philly cheese steak sandwich and it was ahhmazing. h attacked a giant burrito and enchilada. we snuck out of the rain into our hotel lobby to eat our lunches (the only drawback to the food carts). after lunch, we headed to voodoo donuts... hellooo, sugar. we waited in line for a few minutes to buy three cereal/sugar coated donuts ($5 total!) the wait and sugar comma was totally worth it. chicago needs to starts to put cereal on their donuts. stat. 
day three. the day we got engaged! saturday started off with h singing in the shower... and i was annoyed (full disclosure: i'm not always a morning person). so crab cakes (me) wanted to do photo booth photos at the ace hotel because h didn't want to do them the day before (little did i know he was waiting for a special occasion). we took a few (far left) but the first two didn't really turn out. 

we headed to the river to go to the saturday market. while we were down by the river h got a call from the hotel, there was a package for him in the lobby. he told me his mom sent me something in the mail. weird. but she is pretty sweet so it wasn't totally unbelievable and i was excited to open up whatever she sent. we walked back to the hotel, picked up the package and then walked back to the river and sat on a bench (it was finally sunny outside!) h told me to turn around and open the box so he could take a photo of my reaction. i opened the small box and i was surprised to see it was empty! 
when i finally turned around i was absolutely shocked to see h holding a sparkly diamond rosegold engagement ring! i started crying and i barely heard him say "will you marry me." i was in total disbelief... was this really happening?! after i got over the shock and surprise, it sank in and i said yes. (needless to say my mood drastically improved and i realized why he was so giddy that morning). the rest of the day we were on cloud nine... we called and friends, i starred at my sparkly ring and shared lots of smooches.

i would love to hear your engagement story! were you surprised? 
xoxo, 
jillian

68 comments:

  1. I really like your collages :) Portland is such a great city and every time I have been has been memorable; thanks for bringing back the memories!!

    http://ladyonaroof.blogspot.com/

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  2. I just stumbled upon your blog, and it's so darn cute! I love your layout and collages.
    This is an awesome story- CONGRATS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! very exciting.
    xo
    L

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  3. i definitely was suprised! here is my engagement story: http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com/2009/12/wedding-warning.html

    congrats again! can we see a close-up of the ring?

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  4. Congrats! So exciting... I hope to get engaged soon and share my story with you ;) Stay tuned...

    In Pursuit of Style

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  5. I love this - it's so heartwarming! Congrats again!

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  6. soooo exciting! i love this :) congrats again, friend!!!!

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  7. Love all the pictures! Y'all are so cute! Congrats again! xoxo

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  8. Sounds like a great trip! Congrats again!

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  9. such a cute engagement story! So happy for you!!! :)

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  10. Adorable photos and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I such a sucker for the photo booth! :)

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  11. you two are beautiful!!! :))
    P.S.
    have a look to my last post..there's an award for you ;)
    http://cihc.blogspot.com/

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  12. Congratulations on your engagement!

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  13. WHAT A PERFECT WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!! My engagement story...it involves a snuggie, need a say more?! LOL My now hubs wanted one so bad for xmas so i gave in, he was wearing it around the house and 'slipped' laughing i went and picked him up only to have him get on one knee! ;)

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  14. aw it looks like you had soo much fun! Congrats again on your engagement! So exciting!

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  15. I wish you could see my face! mouth wide open and then BIG SMILE!! Congratulations Jillian!! You deserve all this happiness and more. I'm sooooo happy for you (:

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  16. Congratulations! What a beautiful engagement story!

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad you had such a great memorable trip to Portland.

    As for me, I knew a proposal was coming soon but was still surprised when it happened.

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  18. Congrats again Jill! I wish you guys nothing but the best!

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  19. Awww! Congrats Jill! SO happy for you! :) I love the photobooth part, hee! I'm pretty much like you - always wanting to snap some photos but the boy isn't too keen at times.

    But that is such a sweet proposal! :) And the ring sounds lovely too. Hehe.

    Glad you had an amazing time at Portland! x

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  20. Looks like you had so much fun! Congrats again :)
    xxoo, ashley {a little dash of ash}

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  21. Oh my gosh, Jillian!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting!

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  22. Too cute Jill! What a great story. :) Congrats again!

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  23. congrats! what a great story. I too was a big crabby pants the day my husband proposed to me! haha. best wishes!

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  24. YAY YAY YAY! Congrats girl! This is such an exiciting time, enjoy it!!!!!

    Love all the pictures and a rose gold ring... what a keeper! :)

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  25. Cute, lady! Looks like it was definitely a trip to remember! :) (congrats again!)

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  26. What a fun and beautiful engagement story!! what a sweetheart you have!!
    Congrats again!!
    And ROSE GOLD??!! I need a close-up of that!! I'm obsessed with rose gold and hoping mine is the same one day!! ;)

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  27. Congratulations on your engagement - you look so happy!

    Portland is such a unique city and I think it's pretty special that you got engaged not in your town. That way, you'll always have that place to return to for anniversaries and special occasions. :) My husband and I have been married for just over a year, but we intend to visit our engagement spot once a year around the holidays (which is the time of year we were engaged).

    Congrats again! Enjoy being engaged - it goes too fast!

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  28. sounds like the perfect weekend getaway, jillian. so exciting and lovely.

    xo
    i wander, i wonder

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  29. wow what a trickster that fiance of yours! are you so so so so so excited?? will you be giving us all the nitty gritty wedding details? please please!
    xoxo and congratulations again!
    marissa

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  30. Congrats!! My (now) husband proposed the night we moved into our first house. I was completely shocked...in fact, I might have said 'are you serious' rather than 'yes' when he asked! Oops!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and following too!

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  31. eeeeeep!!! cutest story EVER!!! i was smiling the whole way though. congrats again!!

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  32. awwww this is such a cute story, what a wonderful trip!

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  33. love all the pics, but of course, my fave are the engagement ones! congrats!!

    xoxo.ashley

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  34. yay yay yay!!!!!!!!! i am sooo happy for you!!! what an amazing and unforgettable trip!! now can we see a close up of the ring?? :)

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  35. Congratulations!! That is such a great story!
    I wasn't surprised because we had already talked about when we wanted to get married, but he took me up a spot in the countryside with a view of Florence below (where we had our first "date"). It was adorable to see how nervous he was
    Good luck with everything!

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  36. LOVE ALL OF YOUR PICTURES and COLLAGES as always! Congrats again on the engagement!!!

    http://missblondiexoxo.blogspot.com

    I'm hosting a WHERE DO YOU LIVE one-time link up if you're interested. I'd love for you to visit and participate ;)

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  37. congrats again! what a great story. :) from what I can tell, the ring looks really lovely too!!

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  38. that is so cute! you look so so happy. i wish you both all the best and a huge congrats.

    ps: really really really enjoyed guest posting for you. and hey i posted the day you got engaged...hehe.

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  39. Cutest engagement story...ever! Congratulations again. I'm gonna look forward to wedding goss! x

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  40. this makes me smile as i live in portland. all those places are familiar :) glad you enjoyed your stay.

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  41. Oh my gosh how adorable!! Congratulations to you!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  42. Congratulations!!!! How sweet and exciting!! I love a good engagement story! :)

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  43. OMG what an amazing trip and to get engaged at the end??? So much fun! Love that you were absolutely surprised! That is the best! I definitely knew it was coming for me...but was surprised the day it happened too! Congratulations love!!! xo

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  44. BEST DAY THREE EVER! Although I'm desperate to see more photos of that sparkler-it looks gorgeous!!

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  45. What a greay story. H is so romantic and I love the surprise part ... I was totally surprised too ... my hubby proposed to me while we were lying on the beach, it was very casual and unexpected.

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  46. EEE! So excited for you! I plan on posting about my engagement sometime in the future, possibly on the 3 year mark from when he did; April 24th. :) :)
    <3 leigh

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  47. aww this is like super cute n' romantic. wish u all the best!!
    new follower here :) plz drop by my blog n' follow bck.. thnks! <3

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  48. Congratulations!! So excited for you - it looks like you had the best vacation ever!

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  49. This is so frickin' Exciting! Congrats... can't wait to follow along your engagement story.

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  50. you're a photo genious! i love the way you recapped your trip. looks like you had so much fun! you and your man are too cute!!

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  51. OMG, HUGE congratulations!! I'm so happy for you!! I'm so excited for you!!

    And I love these photo collages. Great way to tell the story!!

    <a href="http://cuteandlittle.com>cute & little</a>

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  52. Congratulations!! I love these photos recapping your trip... so happy for you!!!!! :)
    ~Lindsay

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  53. you have such a nice blog!...and a really cute and creative name, lol..now following, hope you can also stop by soon :-)

    p.s. congrats on your engagement!

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  54. I want to go to Portland - I keep reading all these articles about how ridiculously cool it is.

    Congrats again x

    Andrea
    andreareh.blogspot.com

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  55. Oh man, congratulations!!! What a great way to propose :) You two are very lucky.

     PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

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  56. these photos are so lovely,
    Portland looks so great!
    xx

    my-fashion-fairytale.blogspot.com

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  57. congratulations darling!!
    My story is too long for this little comment spot-but yes, I was VERY surprised!
    <3 Cara
    Lilac and Grey

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  58. Congrats!!! What a beautiful post!

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  59. So excited for you guys!!! what a cute story too! now the best is yet to come!!

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  60. Congrats on the engagement!!!!!!!! YAY!

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  61. oh my goodness, engaged in Portland? Love love love! What a SWEET story! Awww. CONGRATS!!!

    If you haven't already seen it, our engagement is on my blog, here:
    http://fromportlandtopeonies.blogspot.com/2010/02/our-engagement-story-ring.html

    Can't wait to follow along the wedding planning! Congrats again!

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  62. Well, it looks like you have more than just a good time!! CONGRATULATIONS Jillian!! You know I a feeling it was a special trip!!!! I am soo happy for you. You are going to make a gorgeous bride and an amazing wife! I can't wait to see how it all transpires! xo Samantha

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  63. Looks like you had such a great time! Congrats on your engagement lady, how exciting!! :)

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  64. congrats, i'm so happy for you-and what a place to do it! i love portland.

    http://adorablydeliciouslp.blogspot.com/

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  65. That is such a cute proposal! Yayyyy congratulations!!!! :)

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  66. yay, just went back to read the engagement story. love love loved it! soo sweet of him to catch you off guard like that (and with such a pretty ring!)

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  67. What an amazing trip and those photos are beautiful. So sweet and Im over the moon happy for you, darling
    Hugs and kisses

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  68. i love your whole Portland re-cap and the picture collages are rad! but okay the proposal is better than anything. he is a wise one, very tricky to pull one over on you like that and so romantic!!! ah i love LOVE. ♥

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