My Cowboy

Erika Alercia & Kyle Berardinucci

The day we got engaged was the most magical moment of my life.

I had a feeling that something day something great was coming. I don’t know if it was just excitement that we were leaving for vacation, or that it was a great sunny day to go horseback riding in the summer. At work that day, I had tons of butterflies.

After work, I had met up with my best friend Amy & her boyfriend Jeff at my house to all go horse back riding. Kyle (my fiancé) was “running late” from work so he told methat he would meet us there.

We got in the car, drove to the ranch and met with the Instructor. Amy and Jeff had to walk to a separate barn being that “their horses were located there”. But really, Amy and Jeff were walking to the proposal site.

I have rode horses before so as they left, I continued to get saddled up and get the horse ready. Kyle had been texting me letting me know he was running late and stuck in traffic and that he would be there soon (when he was already waiting for me on the other side of the ranch). The instructor asked if I wanted to get started so I said yes, and we saddled up and trotted up the hill.

About 5 minutes into the ride, we trotted around the corner and in the midst, I see a lot of people. I asked the instructor, “why is there so many people here?” He answered, “I’m not really sure”. As we got closer, I started to realized WHO was in that crowd. It was my mom, my dad, my sweet 90 year old grandmother, my best friends and my fiancé’s close friends.

When I approached the crowd, I jumped off my horse and started to cry. I said hi to everyone and couldn’t believe what was happening. Each family member and friend held an individual rose with a photo attached of memories of Kyle & I from the previous years. I had walked through the line of friends and family and said hello and gave hugs & kisses while crying tears of joy.

When I reached the end, I had been facing all of my friends, not knowing where Kyle was. As I turned around, my cowboy trotted towards me on a beautiful horse while dressed in the cutest clothes (cowboy hat, boots, belt buckle, western shirt and jeans), you name it, he looked like a COWBOY! He jumped down from the horse, and walked towards me. As he approached me, just seeing him took my breath away. As if I had never seen him before.

He said to me.…“Erika, you know how I always call you my princess, well today I am your prince. We have been through a lot together, but you’ve always stuck by my side, every step of the way. You are my best friend, you’re my world, you’re my everything. There is no person in this world I would rather be with than you. So will you make me the happiest man in the world, and be my wife.…Will you Marry me?”

My response.….“OH MY GOD YES!”

I will never forget 8.18.14. My fiancé truly out did himself.

The proposal continued with a gorgeous hayride into the sunset and a catered reception with the cutest decorations and delicious food & drinks.

To feel as if you were there, here is a link of my proposal video!



Their special dates

Erika Alercia & Kyle Berardinucci were happily engaged on 08/18/2014 and celebrate their anniversary on 08/01/2015.

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