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Announcements are OUT!

We’re nearing the end of the fourth month of our engagement, and we finally have mailed out our announcements to spread the news that we’re engaged. If this is any indication as to how the rest of our wedding will go, we’ll mail the invitations out after the ceremony.


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I’m always on top of things. I’m really good at quickly and thoroughly completing menial tasks.

So, when the idea of planning a wedding started to creep around the corner it didn’t faze me.

I’ve heard horror stories about wedding planning but so far I’m enjoying it. Whitney always has good ideas but goes terminally psychotic when it comes to making “tough” decisions. I’ve learned that’s where I step in and all is well.

We’re still almost two years away from the Big Day so, Whitney and I are still in the very early stages of our to-do list. Up first: Engagement announcements. I’m a little clueless when it comes to all things wedding. Whitney, in her anxiety-ridden crazy lady hair all over the place psycho way, does her best to guide me through what things we should do.

We made it through the designing and printing of our photo engagement announcements (albeit slowly) and the next step was easy, right? Find some decent looking envelopes in which our 4″x6″ announcements would fit snugly. Well would you believe that no big-box, niche, mom & pop or hole-in-the-wall office supplies store carries the A6 size envelope?!! It was as if someone knew I was out to find one hundred or so A6 envelopes and carefully extracted them from every Staples, Office Depot, Office Max, Kinko’s, Wal-Mart, Target, CVS and Walgreens in the greater Orlando area.

After weeks, yes, weeks, I finally broke down and ordered the envelopes online. The whole goal was to avoid the shipping charges, but, to no avail. I, alone, have depleted the country’s oil supply more than entire state of South Dakota during my envelope extravaganza.

Now, I have only this to say: Anything awful you’ve ever heard about planning a wedding…it’s true. But at least I get to go through all of this stuff with the love of my life.


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Moments to remember

Most photos of Patrick and me were obviously taken by one of us, showing only our faces and an occasional arm blocking out a chunk of one side. It was a breath of fresh air when a coworker of mine approached me and told me about her fiance’s growing photography business, E&G Photography. We were offered a deal we couldn’t turn down, and we knew engagement photos would make the perfect announcements to share the good news with our families.

We began the shoot on our apartment complex property. Patrick wore a cotton shirt and jeans, and I wore a casual little dress and jeweled sandals — both of which I had bought earlier that day. When I bought the dress, I asked one of the store employees whether it was a dress or a shirt. “How do you want to wear it?” she asked. Good tactic, I thought. “Honestly, is it too short to wear as a dress?” I asked. “Well, for me, anything that I can pull off as a dress, I do,” she answered. Sold.

Our earth-tone clothing blended well with our natural scenery — the overhanging trees and the hills overlooking the lake. It was a beautiful day, and while I struggled a bit with the sun in my eyes, Graham, our photographer, did a great job of capturing those special moments. We didn’t feel at all embarrassed or pressured. Elizabeth and Graham worked well as a team of photographer and assistant, both giving us suggestions offering us compliments.

We changed into more casual outfits and headed to a park to get a few more shots. It was a beautiful day and a successful photo session.

Elizabeth also happens to be a graphic designer, so she was able to color correct and process the photos, which turned out amazing. If you’re in the Orlando area and are looking for a photographer, I definitely recommend this company. We are grateful to both Elizabeth and Graham for a pleasant photo shoot experience, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the way our photos turned out.


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After my engagement surprise, I felt a strange new closeness not only to Patrick, but to his family. I only felt more excited when his father called to congratulate me.

I must preface the following conversation by explaining the relationship I have with my future father in law. He and I could sit on the couch and share some chocolate until, well, until we ran out of chocolate. Then he’d talk to me about investing and saving my money and not buying frivolous things and then we would both be distracted by something on the television. We’d watch for almost an hour before getting bored and going our separate ways to fall asleep in the middle of the afternoon. I admit that a relationship such as this is lacking in complexity, but that’s ok with me. I really enjoy him, even the side of him that seems like a bully because underneath I know how much he loves his wife and his kids and me. And I know that the kind of love he has for all of us is contingent upon our accepting of his sound financial advice, living by it and being forever grateful. Kidding. Mostly.

“Welcome to the family!”

“Thank you! You’ve always made me feel as though I was a part of your family.”

“Well, I treat you as badly as I treat everyone else, and now that you’ve started treating me as mean as everyone else treats me, I guess it’s official.

“HAHA! Well, thank you.”

“Do you like the ring?”

“It’s absolutely perfect. I love it so much. It makes me feel like even more of a part of the family that the stones are family diamonds.”

“Well, don’t lose it. And don’t lose any more crock pots.”


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The diamonds in my engagement ring are estate diamonds — they belonged to Patrick’s late grandmother. Wanting to give me a ring that is truly unique, Patrick worked with Bay Hill Jewelers to design a custom setting for me. My ring truly is the only one of its kind. :)


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Our first photos as fiance and fiancee.

In our pajamas, capturing the moment


Hooray for being engaged!

Thanks for this ring. I\'ll give you one kiss.

Sorry for the grainy quality — these were taken with a camera phone.

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We’re Engaged!

We got engaged on March 29, 2008.

He woke me up and said, “How about we work on our dream board this morning?” A task we’ve been meaning to do and had been unintentionally putting off. I was excited, and we went to the dining room where it is proudly displayed.

The dream board is a tangible way for us to think about all of the things we want for our lives. The higher on the dream board the clipping is, the more desired the item.

He waited for me to leave the room, and he hung the engagement ring in place. When I returned, he gave me a clipping to hang on the board. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the ring hanging there. He came over to me, got on his knee and asked me to marry him.

What do you know, the dream board really works. :)My engagement ring hanging on the dream board

Here’s to love that lasts forever.


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