We’re Engaged!

Alex and I are thrilled to announce that we are ENGAGED! Alex was a total genius and planned a surprise sail yesterday afternoon. He asked me to marry him as we sailed down the Hudson River, along the Manhattan skyline. After I said yes (of course!!!), he brought out a bottle of Champagne. The sun was shining and the boat was flying along. It was such a magical and thrilling two hours! Afterwards, we went to an amazing Austrian restaurant, where we enjoyed a delicious meal and couldn’t stop staring at the ring (the waitress liked it, too). We are now obsessed with calling each other “fiance.”

We’re so excited and wanted to share it all with you.


  1. congratulations! my goodness 305 comments and counting…
    are you inviting us all to the wedding ?? ;)

  2. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to catch up on my blog reading…congratulations to you both! An engagement with the NYC skyline in the background…how utterly romantic. I love all of your pics.

  3. WHAAAAAT!?!?!?! Im so behind…congrats congrats congrats….im so happy for you :)

  4. OMG! Mazel tov! Such a gorgeous couple.

  5. I didn’t know you, AND it’s the first time that I visite your blog, but I’m moved by your announce so : CONGRATS and by HAPPY all your life ! :-)

    (I’m french… so, that explain my approximate english…)


  6. This is so awesome! Super, super congrats! Very happy for you guys.

  7. how exciting! congratulations!

  8. Congrats, it will be fun to see all of your creative wedding ideas.

  9. OHH so great!

  10. Congrats!!!

  11. OH Joanna, CONGRATULATIONS! This made my afternoon. I’m so happy for you. Very best wishes!

  12. congrats! how exciting. . .enjoy every second!

  13. sounds awfully perfect, congratulations!

  14. oooh i’m so excited for you! i can’t wait for this to happen to me!

  15. Yahoo!

    Congrats, my dears…..

    Do we get to see the ring??? – oh, maybe I should check your Flickr first before I make demands! ha!


    Leah xxx

  16. so many congratulations to you. your engagement night photos are magic!!

  17. Oh, hurray! I KNEW it.

    Yay, this is perfect timing- one of my close friends is getting married soon and I’m sure there’ll be an abundance of delicious ideas over here.


  18. Darling, so excited for you! Boatloads of congrats to both you and Alex – wishing you all the happiness :)

  19. Many congratulations on starting your new adventure together! Your expressions in the photos from your engagement cruise show how happy you are; your eyes seem to be sparkling! What a wonderful way to celebrate a wonderful partnership.

  20. Congrats Joanna! I have been following your Smitten blog and personal blog for a while and it’s fabulous!

    When’s the wedding??!!!

  21. I haven’t posted before, but I have been a faithful reader for a short time now. I got all choked up reading that you were engaged! I am so happy for you and Alex. I told my husband as though you two were close friends of mine who had just gotten engaged. I’m genuinely thrilled for you both and I wish you all of the happiness that marriage can bring!

  22. Joanna: Are you going to share your wedding planning fun with us on your blog? Please do! Yay…Samosasforone

  23. Yay for you! Congrats, and good luck on your future marriage. I just got married a few months ago, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m sure you will continue to be, too! :)

  24. Congrats! I’m sure you guys will have a lovely future together…

  25. congratulations1 I was wondering when this was going to happen, you both seemed to be so perfectly keyed to each other! I’m very happy for you both!

  26. OMG thats so awesome congratulations! YAAAAY!

  27. I’m a bit late reading this but congrats! You guys look so happy. I think I’m going to nudge my bf who’s sitting next to me and make him read this. :)

  28. I just got all veklempt reading this! congrats!!

  29. joanna,

    big congrats to you both. how exciting. i wish you both a lifetime of happiness full of tiny warm and fuzzy moments throughout.

  30. How cute are you two?! Your matching glasses made me fast forward a lot of years and seeing you mix them up….like in Somethings Gotta Give. Congrats and enjoy this magical time!

  31. oh i am sooo excited for you both!!!

  32. Gosh, this is late, but CONGRATULATIONS! You two look so happy and I’m thrilled for you both!

  33. CONGRATULATIONS! What a perfect proposal. Are we going to get to see a little bit of wedding planning?

  34. Belated congrats!!!!

  35. oh my goodness, congratulations!! ahhh, that is so incredibly exciting!! i’m so happy for you!! (as you can tell by my overzealous exclamation mark usage!!)

  36. CONGRATS! i’m so happy for you. from your posts, it’s clear that you’re completely in love and a great match.

  37. congratulations you two!! i love that he proposed while you two were out sailing!…so fun & romantic! :)

  38. What a beautiful proposal. Congratulations. Enjoy the bliss.

  39. alexandra says...

    Congratulations to you both.
    Best whishes!

  40. wonderful news!

    all the best.

  41. Congrats congrats CONGRATS!!! How exciting! Wishing you alllll the best. xoxoxo

  42. WOW WOW WOW – sorry for the delay, but BIG congrats!!!

  43. Congrats Jo! I love the two of you (from what I know from your blog) and just know you’ll be happy, happy, happy!

  44. that is the sweetest. congratulations!

  45. I’m a little late with congratulations but congratulations nevertheless! It’s wonderful news! Now we will definitely have to have lunch again soon so you can tell us all about it.

  46. Congratulations!! You two are so adorable. I love that proposal.

  47. Just found your blog today and look where I landed … a happy and joyous post. Congrats!


    What a {lovely} story & engagement to boot !!!

    The pictures are {FANTASTIC}

    Can’t wait until the {Bridal Blog}:D

  49. Congratulations!!

    Oh, best wishes to the both of you!!
    Cannot wait to hear and see all about your plans!!
    Whoo hoo!!

  51. You are so adorable! That is great news and what a gorgeous and memorable day and way to propose…


  52. Not that you need another “congratulations,” but I can’t resist… CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  53. jill from cincy says...

    i’m so happy for you – couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. you deserve the best!

  54. The A&J betrothal! Such news! Congratulations to you both, you young lovers, you.

  55. oh my gosh, congratulations!! sounds so romantic and absolutely perfect!!!

  56. Well congratulations miss Joanna. I bet you’re smitten, huh? (And I bet NOBODY has dropped that witty line on you yet, right?!) My engagement year was the best of my life. Enjoy it…really enjoy it…because the actual wedding day is a quick blur. What a sweet story, too:)

  57. yahoo!! congrats!!!

  58. congratulations!! :)

    i want to see a close up of the ring!

  59. Oh my goodness, how exciting! Congratulations!

  60. Congratulations! :)

  61. Congratulations! Your post made me smile. Thanks for sharing your happiness.

  62. 234 comments, wow.

  63. Yay!! Congrats to the happy couple!

  64. Nanda says...

    Awww… lovely : ) Congrats!!!

  65. anh-minh says...

    How super sweet! And I love the photos from your sail. Everything looked beautiful! Congrats.

  66. Is it strange that I am excited. I don’t even know you. Congrats!

  67. What a perfect proposal! The flickr photos are incredible. They really capture the energy, joy and happiness of it! Congrats! Can’t wait to hear all the wedding planning details you’ll come up with!!!

  68. Yay! Congratulations!

  69. Congratulations! I am so excited for you!

  70. What wonderful news! Congratulations!

  71. felicia says...

    Congratulations! Enjoy this time together!

  72. Oh! Congratulations Jo! That is absolutely fantastic!
    All the very best and 221 comments…that is lovely!
    So happy for you!

  73. CONGRATULATIONS!!! So happy for you guys!

  74. congratulations my beautiful friend!! xoxo

  75. thats amazing! congratulations! and best wishes for your future happiness

  76. Congratulations you two! That might be the most gorgeous engagement setting ever. ENJOY every moment.

  77. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. 215 comments, holy cow.

  79. michelle says...

    oh my god that is so romantic!

  80. Wowwww congrats!!!!

    You know what’s really really weird? I’m a Smitten reader too and on Friday I was wondering if you two were already engaged; looked at one of your posts and saw you weren’t yet (but I was so sure it would be soon ;) ). This kind of ‘telepathy’ happens to me all the time, even with people I don’t know! lol

    Again, congratulations and I wish you both lots of happiness :)

  81. emily says...


  82. Italian congratualtions :-)

  83. How romantic….congratulations from germany

  84. congratulations!

  85. Congratulations Joanna!! That is fantastic news. What a happy-looking couple :)

  86. Congrats! What a romantic proposal, and you got probably the cutest engagement photo ever in the middle of the sea with a fantastic view!

  87. Cheers to both of you! Wishing you lots and lots of happiness!

  88. OMG!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! my bf was watching tv on the couch and i was reading your announcement on the lap top in the dining area and screamed and he goes, “what?” i told him, “my friend is engaged!” :) ha, i know we haven’t met, but reading your blog and smitten, it’s like you are a friend :) sigh. Your pictures are GORGEOUS and you guys look so happy and in love!!! awww CONGRATS!!!! too cute about the “fiancee” calling ;)

    I just KNEW it was a matter of posts before this annoucement came out xo :)

    awwww sooo happy for you and your alex!

  89. happy engaging of one another!

  90. balletdancer says...

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you and Alex! The picture just makes me smile. I truly wish you both the best.

  91. congratulations!! that sounds so perfect! champagne and manhattan all tied up with a ring!! very happy for both of you…

  92. Awh… your photos are super cute! COnGRats!! you guys will be SOo sOo happy and hopefully we can all watch you wedding plans unfold here… yay!!

  93. dana says...

    So happy for you!! Much, much happiness to you both!

  94. congratulations!
    it all sounds so lovely.

  95. congratulations!!! how wonderful and exciting for you both :) i hope i can make a post like this sometime soon. now go enjoy each other!! :o)

  96. congrats…enjoy saying fiance….

  97. rr says...

    congratulations!! your photos are beautiful. thanks for sharing your news!

  98. Congratulations!

  99. congratulations! you guys look adorable

  100. Congrats to you!

  101. Jen says...

    Congratulations! Lovely picture!

  102. Congrats!!!! What a great way to get engaged!

  103. Congrats!! What a great picture!

  104. wow congratulations!! <33 i wish you and your fiance (heh) all the best!

  105. congrats! cant wait to hear about the wedding plans!

  106. aaaw, congratulations joanna!!!!what a lovely news, iam super happy for you both!!!

    that is so wonderful! Sounds absolutely amazing I’m so happy for you!

    p.s. you look AMAZING together in this photo! <3

    congratulations again! xoxo

  108. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you guys! He’s a lucky guy!


  109. Congratulations!! I’m so terribly excited for you both! (You’ll have to post pics of your ring!)

  110. Congratulations!

  111. congratulations!!!!! what a lovely couple you are!!!!

  112. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You make a beautiful couple.

  113. As the 177th commenter, let me extend my deepest congratulations to you!

  114. I am a new lurker on your blog but I just had to comment. This photograph (along with the caption) is so lovely! I worked in Lower Manhattan for many years and I recognize the location. Many congratulations! This is a special time. Enjoy.

  115. Congratulations!!!!

    what a happy day!!!!

  116. You 2 are my Monday morning FEATURE! so, so, so lovely…come over and see!

  117. Oh my gosh, congratulations!! How romantic, I love the sailboat ride proposal on Halloween. Absolutely lovely – again, many congrats!!!

  118. CONGRATULATIONS! How romantic!

  119. Congrats!!!!

  120. Congratulations! You are so tiny and pretty and you two make such a cute couple. Like many, I love your blog and am adding it to my links page! Congratulations again on such a huge and special event in your life! xo

  121. Congratulations! What a happy, magical day. Such a sweet engagement story too to boot.

  122. that’s sooo romantic.just in a fairy tale.

  123. kate says...

    CONGRATS! you two look beautiful and happy. kate

  124. oh my! just to add to the 166 others: congratulations! i actually miss being a fiance! but being a wife is pretty great too!

  125. ÅÅÅÅ what a lovely post. Great, Grattis , as we say in sweden. (congrats)

  126. Congrats lady! I’m selfishly excited that your blog might get a little wedding-y….

  127. congrats!!!! I’m going to married on december 5th so… I’m like you right now haha

  128. Anonymous says...

    Aawww, this is great! Congratulations!!!! :)

  129. oh.. how great is that! how romantic! everything you wish for yourselves, I wish for you as well.


  130. this is a happy announcement! i wish you many many more joyous occasions to celebrate

  131. Congratulations!! Marriage is fabulous!!

  132. Congratulations!! I was just reading Vows in the NY Times & something made me click over here to this very happy announcement!

  133. Congratulations!!!!!

    <3 :D

  134. congratulations, you two! the ring is beautiful!! the photos are also great. i wish you both the very, very best and a lifetime of happiness together!

  135. Oh my god! Joanna, a million congratulations, how exciting! You two are so adorable!