Hello there! As many of you I'm sure have seen from my Instagram or Facebook, I recently became engaged over Memorial Day Weekend to my very best friend in the whole world. I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends and from many of my insanely awesome clients.
As a wedding planner, I thought it might be fun to share my journey through engaged life and planning our wedding (while balancing the ups and downs of life and my own client's weddings). My goal in doing this two fold -- I hope by providing glimpses into my world of how I'm approaching wedding planning, I can help to inspire others out there who might be struggling in what seems to be a never ending planning to do list and secondly, to provide more transparency into my life of who I am and what I place the most emphasis and importance on in my own wedding. That is not to say that you should find the same aspects important, but it may shed light onto pieces that you can step back from that might not actually be that important to you either, but are taking up so much of your time and thought process.
First, I'd love to share my engagement story with you!
Dave and I met about six and a half years ago while I was in college in Seattle at University of Washington, and he was in 2nd Ranger Battalion based in Fort Lewis, WA (just over an hour south of Seattle). My sorority was doing pen pals and was matched with Dave's unit -- I signed up because I wanted the chance to thank someone for their service and send them a care package to help make life overseas a little brighter. Somehow, someway I was matched with David. We wrote to each other throughout his first deployment, getting to know each other better and better. It seemed so easy to talk to him, I was so surprised how easy it flowed. When he came back from overseas we decided to meet in person, so he came up to Seattle one weekend with a friend, and we met for the first time. He went to the wrong Starbucks, of course. After calling him and realizing where he was, I quickly walked over and I will never forget seeing him standing there waiting for me. We spent the afternoon together and I knew he was someone different, someone special, and that I was already falling for him, quickly. I was so hesitant to date someone in the army because I didn't comprehend how I would get through deployments and the danger of his job. After one more year, another deployment, and many more emails, we re-kindled our relationship - I couldn't get him out of my head. We continued our relationship through another deployment, a broken leg, Ranger school, promotions to Sergeant, my graduation, getting out of the Army after 4 years, moving back to California, and living together for 3 years. There was no question in my mind that he was the one for me way back when, I would not have put myself into the situation of deployments and army life if I didn't already know it was forever. Fast forward 5 and half years....
Dave had been away for the majority of the month of May at National Guard training in Central California, and at an academy training in Los Angeles for a new job, so I was getting pretty used to my alone time around the apartment with the cats (upped my cat lady status by about 12 points that month). He was returning Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and we were just going to take that weekend to relax. We planned a hike on Sunday with my brother's family which wasn't super unusual, and I had been talking with my sister in law the previous week about seeing them that weekend anyway.
Sunday morning rolls around and Dave is very excited to get out of the house early and get on the hike by 9am. I'm still laying in bed so confused why he has this sudden burst of energy this morning (he is usually the one in bed until late). After pulling myself out of bed and getting ready for the hike, I realize Dave had changed his shirt three times from a polo shirt, to a dress shirt, to another dress shirt. He is extremely athletic, and I knew the hike we were going to take with two little children wasn't going to be difficult for him, but I was a tad confused as to why he was wearing a dress shirt. I let it go as one of his weird quirks and moved on.
We arrived to my brother's house, said hi to the girls, looked at their new bedroom they are sharing and headed out on the hike! It happened to be a super windy day in Tiburon, and my brother kept talking about how it's usually not this windy and how sorry he was that it was such a windy day. I still thought the view was gorgeous, so I was content!
When we reached the summit, my sister-in-law told me that Dave and I should continue on this path that goes out a bit farther while she gave the girls some snacks. I planned to wait for her, but she continued to insist that we go without her. Off we went!
The hike out was beautiful down this little trail with the hazy view of the city. It was so windy, but all of the golden brush looked gorgeous blowing in the wind. Because it was so windy, I reached a point that I didn't think we should go any farther. I saw my brother trailing behind us but didn't think much of it. All of a sudden I turned to my right after looking out at the view and saw Dave down on one knee.
I was in complete shock when he was down on one knee and continually asked if it was really happening. We've been together for over 5 years and lived together for 3 years - I knew our engagement was coming, but I had no idea it was coming on that morning on that hike. It was such a nice surprise to be that surprised!
He proposed with a gorgeous Heidi Gibson rose gold petite rhapsody ring and I couldn't love it any more!
Can't wait to spend my life with this guy! After taking the last month and a half to enjoy being engaged, we're ready to start with getting some plans into place to get married. Today we are off to Yosemite National Park for some venue visits and some amazing hikes for some potentially ceremony location scouting!