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Prince William and Kate Middleton Set To Marry (& Why We Care)
November 16, 2010 at 10:31 am 0

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We don't really follow celebrity weddings, or royal weddings, or really anyone's wedding, but we have to confess we're thrilled about the wedding between William and Kate! Why? We're so tired of all the crappy news about the economy, about rising debt, about bombs in Mexico and every other little depressing piece of news that gets beaten to death by the media. Bring on the good news! We want international news coverage of pretty dresses, fancy hats, nice finger foods, gorgeous shoes....all of it! We want to have our minds focused on frivolous and pretty things - happy and positive things! Every newspaper will cover every detail....and hopefully bad news will take a backseat for a few weeks! Thank You William and Kate!
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Great Bridesmaid Dresses at Great Prices
August 6, 2010 at 7:53 am 1
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Recently we discovered this great resource for finding just the right bridesmaid dresses for a great price. This has been such a huge relief! When we were shopping for all the bridal stuff for our wedding it was really kind of nightmarish! Rushing into different stores, going back a few times, waiting for the change rooms to empty out…so many headaches…it was actually really stressful. Not to mention that we ended up buying 3 different dresses because we just wanted to get out of the stores as soon as we could – only to find out we didn’t really like what we actually bought! So, if you don’t like stress, or having to go back several times to stores to find just the right dress try out David's online store. They have a great selection and great prices. We’re even thinking of buying dresses from the site for other parties, not just weddings!
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Fun Wedding Pictures We Can’t Resist Sharing
July 18, 2010 at 12:51 am 7

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Earlier in the blog I wrote about our destination wedding (including some destination wedding do's and dont's for what we'd change if we could do it all again!). I was a tad worried about what our destination wedding pictures would look like since all the samples the photographer gave us were sooooo cheesy! Parrots, pirates, and poses, sums it up well. Nothing looked natural, or relaxed, or stylish. It all looked very posed, and silly, and not like us at all. So, to make sure we had a least a few great shots we decided to do a photo shoot post-wedding in Toronto, with Stephen Sager, a recommended wedding photographer. The photos turned out so great I can't resist sharing - check out the full post on Stephen's blog here The other great part? It turns out our wedding photos from our destination wedding were quite nice, so now we have two full sets of fabulous photos!
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Super Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas
June 2, 2010 at 11:23 am 0
It's wedding season, and that means Bachelorette parties! But they don't have to be about lollipops taped to your shirt and penis tattoo all over you face! A new era of bachelorette parties is upon us, so now everyone can get involved in the silliness AND you don't have to hit the clubs and get totally humiliated if it's not your thing. Themed Bachelorette Parties Instead of just making the party about getting married, add some other ingredients into the mix so all of your friends can celebrate with you. Some great ideas are Madonna themed "Like" A Virgin parties and Smurfette parties. Get Ready With Your Girlfriends Most of the fun happens when you and your girlfriends are sipping cocktails, loading on eye makeup and getting really silly together. So start your party a bit earlier and enjoy all the giggles you and your girlfriends will have as you crimp your hair, mix up your lace outfits, and scream in delight over who has the most ridiculous outfit. Have A Secret Santa Outfit Party Want to take your party to the next level? Set up a secret santa and assign everyone names for who they have to bring an outfit for. Make sure that everyone writes down the sizes, and you cap off the spending at around $25. Your friends will show up with their ridiculous outfits for each other and you will have an absolute blast revealing the clothes and making everyone dress up. Skip The Club And Hit The Track If you are not the clubbing type there are loads of fun activities like horse racing (think of the gorgeous hats and outfits you get to wear!) and go karting, or even car racing that can make for a really memorable bachelorette. Don't stick with the club tradition if it's not something that works for you. Keep in mind if you are planning a bachelorette party, or if you are the bachelorette the cheaper and easier your party is the more fun it's likely to be. When everyone is spending a fortune to go to Vegas for your bachelorette the expectations are so high, that it can be really hard to hit it out of the park. If you do something fun, easy and accessible for all there will be less drama, fewer money worries, and more great memories.
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Destination Wedding Dos and Don’ts
March 12, 2010 at 11:40 am 4


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Destination weddings are supposed to be fun, easy and enjoyable. So why am I totally exhausted and broken after our week long wedding celebrations? In hindsight there are some things that we did right, and some things that we did very wrong – combined that meant that our guests had a great time (which of course makes us happy) but that we were totally worn out, and in reality, didn’t have that much fun until the end. If I could do things all over again there are many things I would have done totally differently – so I thought a Do and Don’t list would help other people that were considering a destination wedding. DO have one wedding If you have a destination wedding, or are from different cultures you don't need to have multiple celebrations. I’m from Canada and my husband is from Argentina. I’m so happy we had a destination wedding in one location instead of having one wedding in Canada and one in Argentina. More of our friends would have been able to join us if we’d had two weddings, but it would have been a total nightmare to organize. One wedding is a ton of work, I can’t imagine planning two! find a location that’s easy to get to and is central for most guests With people coming from all different locations it's great if you can find a place that's somewhere in the middle. Since we had people coming from South America, and the East and West Coast of Canada/ the US, Mexico was a good choice. It also meant that everything happened on neutral territory and neither of the families would feel like they were being favoured or disadvantaged. try and spend quality time with each guest The reality is that people travel very far, and pay quite a lot to celebrate with you, so make sure that they know you appreciate it. Spending a bit of time with each person makes the whole affair seem more personal, and your guests will be happy that they got to have quality time with you at such a busy time. make a wedding night party that is unique to you This is your chance to do something different - you don't have to follow rules. Do what's right for you! While we were away two other guests had birthdays, so we included a special shout out and birthday cakes for them at our reception. It isn’t the typical thing to do, but it made the event extra special for those guests. make arrangements for all your guests to enjoy Each wedding has a special set of needs/wants and personalities. Keep those in mind when planning and anticipate your guests needs so that you can make arrangements and they can enjoy the whole party with you. For example, we had lots of young families at our wedding, so we made arrangements for kids meals (fries and chicken fingers) to be served before adult meals, high chairs to be at tables, and baby sitters to be on hand to either take the kids to their rooms, or watch over them in the seating area. That way the kids were happy, and the parents were free to relax and enjoy the party. Our plans worked out too, almost all of the parents stayed until 2am because all of the normal headache details were taken care of for them. have your bachelor/bachelorette parties on the same night That way all the messy stuff will be taken are of in one night, and one of you won't be left at home wondering what's happening with the other. have the wedding early on in the week The early you have the wedding, the earlier you relax. We decided to have the wedding on day five of our seven day stay. It was a mistake. If you get there on Sunday have the wedding on Wednesday. You will allow yourself a few days to take care of details and then you can relax with your friends after. We arrived on the Sunday and had the wedding on Friday – it meant we spent five days receiving guests, making plans for our wedding, spending time with everyone – it also meant we spent no time relaxing and enjoying the fruits of our labour. The only time we relaxed was for four hours on the day we left. Seriously. stay after the wedding You and your forever mate will be exhausted after the wedding - so plan some downtime for after the wedding. My biggest regret is not spending time together alone after our wedding. We were both totally exhausted after our wedding – and we had not spent any time together alone for a whole week. It took a toll on us, and for a whole week I didn’t feel that close to my (now) husband, which is a real shame when you are getting married. With everyone around it’s understandable, so if you are planning a destination wedding make sure you set aside some “you time” after the wedding to relax, enjoy and reminisce about the wedding. DON’T expect the wedding coordinator to be a lifesaver They are coordinators…which means they coordinate, it doesn’t mean that they do everything. What we thought was going to be an easy event to organize because we had a coordinator on board was not so easy after all. The coordinator was the middle man, so saved us from negotiating directly with different suppliers, but it still meant that we had to make all the plans, come up with all the choices, provide all the direction, and solve all the problems. The only thing the coordinator did was show us a few rooms that we could get married in, show me a few flower samples, and call the suppliers to order stuff we asked for. We thought we’d be out sipping margaritas because we had a wedding coordinator…but we were sooo wrong! over extend yourself Yes, you are a host, but set limits for yourselves. We spent so much of our energy worrying about our guests, and if they were having fun, that we drained ourselves. We had almost no downtime, and as a result we were both very testy, edgy, and we spent no time on the beach relaxing or enjoying the resort. The only things we saw were restaurants, the spa, our wedding coordinators office, and the banquet room for the party. We need to go back next year to see what we missed out this time! put your guests requests above your own desires It's hard when everyone is asking for things and wants something different, but you need to be able to brush it off and do what you want. Both my husband and I are very accommodating people, and my husband loves to host people. So that meant that we spent so much time trying to help people out, finding fun things for them to do, letting people interrupt us all day long. It’s great to wear the hostess party hat, but when it takes a toll on you, it’s time to put the hat away and let people figure some things out for themselves. pay for friends and family to come if it’s outside of your comfort level When you have a destination wedding it means your guests will have to pay a lot to join you - and that means not everyone can afford it. Some couples will help their friends and family get there, others will not. Half our wedding budget was set aside for helping certain people come to our wedding. When the actual wedding came it was great to see our family together and some of our friends were sooo helpful and we were thrilled to be able to help. But others were a huge disappointment. One guest didn’t even thank us for helping, never made any effort to see us at the resort, and if anything did some things that took away from our wedding experience (i.e. totally inappropriate stag party). I felt like we bankrolled his family vacation. If I could do it again I would only pay for close family (maybe 3), and one close friend on either of our sides. Keep in mind that when you cover guests travel expenses your destination wedding will end up being just as expensive as a North American wedding (upward of $35,000), if not more.
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Our Wedding
March 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm 8


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On March 5th I officially became a Mrs, and it was quite a celebration to mark this event! In my mind I pictured this being a relaxing and pampered day…but it’s a lot of work to get pampered! In the morning I had my nails done, followed by hair and makeup in the afternoon. I wanted to have pictures taken with my husband when we had our wedding outfits on, and while we had full sunlight, but I didn’t want to interrupt our event between the ceremony and the reception…so we did things a little differently. We had our pictures taken before our actual wedding! It’s a tad unconventional for the groom to see the bride in her dress before the ceremony, but we’re not really conventional people.

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coming to pick up the bride



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When the photographer arrived we spent an hour and a half having our pictures taken. We posed and chatted and kissed for the camera. So much kissing! I’m not much of a camera kisser, it seems kind of cheesy to me, but every second picture our photographer wanted a smooching pose, until I said “enough!”

so much kissing!

so much kissing!

After our pictures I went back to our room where my aunt and uncle were waiting for me. Originally I was going to walk down the aisle by myself, just because I’m that independent kind of girl, but it didn’t seem right. My aunt and uncle are like my second parents, and they, more than anyone, have mentored me, and guided me to become the person I am today. If anybody deserves the honour of walking me down the aisle it’s them. So with my aunt and uncle we went to the gazebo where our ceremony was going to take place. We practiced our walk in the room, but when we walked down the aisle we were all in a different step! But even funnier than that…I forgot to show my train! My dress stayed in the bustle while I was walking down the aisle and throughout the ceremony. Even in the pictures before the ceremony. Ooops!

Aunt and Uncle walking me down the aisle
When I got to the gazebo and was ready to exchange vows I felt really excited and a tad nervous. I just remember having a huge smile on my face. It was a nice environment and I totally forgot that there were a bunch of people watching us in what I think is a very intimate experience. The only funny, and cheesy thing, was that when we exchanged our vows the justice of the peace gave us a microphone to repeat after him. Is that normal in weddings? It seemed very strange to me, but if we didn’t have them no-one would have heard us.

not so intimate - using a microphone to say "I do"
After the ceremony we had a champagne toast with the guests, followed by an outdoor cocktail hour. The whole week the evenings had been really chilly, but luckily on this night we had a nice warm breeze that was perfect for our cocktail hour. We had chairs outside, great music, some snacks and an open bar – everything you need for a cocktail hour!

finally a chance to relax!

finally a chance to relax!

After an hour or so of cocktail hour we went into the reception room and got ready for dinner. Since some of our guests had birthdays on our actual wedding day we decided to incorporate that into our wedding party. First, we had a three year old Isabella’s birthday song and cake. It was very cute! We also had a birthday at midnight for my new sister in law. When dinner came we arranged for the kids meals, chicken fingers and French fries, to come out first, followed by the four course adult meals. Our first course was tomato and mozzarella salad with a pesto drizzle, followed by a Mexican lemon and chicken soup, and our main course of beef tenderloin. The food was excellent! We had crème brulle for dessert, but I was too busy having fun to eat any. When the dinner was over we started dancing and getting wild. For Argentininan’s weddings are not formal affairs where everyone is on their best behaviour – instead it’s a time to get silly, have fun, and act wild!

the groom being thrown by friends

the groom being thrown by friends



taking the groom to the bar

taking the groom to the bar

When the cake came out we were too tipsy and wild to enjoy cutting it, so we let it sit on the table, and decided to cut it the next day with just our family around. It was the perfect way to do it, because really we wouldn’t have enjoyed it doing it on our wedding night. We had done our obligations all week long, and the last thing I was interested in was doing one more thing that was formal and planned and involved us passing out cake and making sure we included everyone. So instead on our wedding night we kept on dancing, drinking, and letting loose all night long. It was a very fun event, and definitely memorable.
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Today Is Wedding Day!
March 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm 0
EEEKS! I'll let you know all the juicy details after the big do!
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Wedding Party Room Upgrades Are Always Worth It
March 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm 0
When we arrived in Mexico it was late, we were hungry, and none of the restaurants were open, nor where there any front desk managers avaialbe. So we all checked in and got ourselves sorted and just kind of "made do". But when I woke up the next day I was not a happy camper. Because we are having a wedding in the resort we've helped to bring in more than 20 room reservations for our guests, and we have a hefty tab to cover for our reception...so why were we in this dark little room. I woke up at 730 the next day enraged at the situtation...and quickly tried to figure out all our upgrade options and where we could move to and how much extra it would be. When I talked to the reception desk folks they were totally indifferent to my requests to get upgraded without paying since I'd help to bring in so much business. So, our option was to upgrade our room, pay the difference and cut back the amount extra we had to pay on our room from our reception tab. It doesn't make sense to give a resort more money when they don't consider how much business we're bringing in. Happy with our solution to keep on budget, but just move up to a bigger and more expensive master suite, we packed once again and moved on. And when we got to our new suite it was wonderful! For me it was really important to have a nice big place where people would want to come visit us, and also a place where family can gather and relax where young parents don't have to be so on guard with their children wondering off, and in case you just want to have a relaxing time with friends and family and gather and relax together, without the million other distractions an all inclusive offers. It really is true, room upgrades are always worth it!
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Panic Attack! The Wedding Is One Month Away!
February 5, 2010 at 12:57 pm 1


I'm a pretty relaxed girl, and I'm not worried about having a super planned wedding. But...today is the day that our wedding is one month away! Oh my god! I'm totally unprepared! The only wedding planning we've done is selecting the resort, and sending out invitations...and also thinking about all the tricks and pranks we're going to play on our friends - if that even counts as wedding planning. We can't find our sheet that lists all the things we have to do, but I know that we haven't done any of them! Eeeks! How do you plan a wedding in one month??? Photo Credit: Sex and The City The Movie 2
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Destination Wedding Invitations
January 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm 1
It's official! Our wedding invitations have been sent out! It was a lot of fun creating them and making something that looked fun, sophisticated, and adventurous. I wanted to go with bright and fun colours that represented the kind of experience guests will have at our wedding. Also, I must confess, I chose orange and blue as the theme colours so we could plan a cocktail menu with these fun colours! Here's what they look like.

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Wedding Dress Shopping
January 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm 0


Just for the record I’m not a typical bride. I’ve never dreamed of what my wedding would be like, I’m not that worried what my dress looks like, and dealing with everyone’s requests and suggestions makes everything seem more like a hassle than fun. And it’s not that I’m not excited to get married. I’m very excited to share my life (officially) with my chosen one. It’s just the whole procedure of the wedding seems a bit much. If I had my way we’d be going to city hall, sharing a glass of champagne and then going on a cool trip. But…my Latino fiancé and his big family would never have it. And I don’t want to be the evil gringa in the eyes of his family. So, a big wedding it is! Our compromise is to do it in Mexico, as a destination wedding. And based on all the schedules in the wedding magazines I’m already late. Everyone says you should do this 18 months to 6 months prior to your wedding. Holy Cow!

So three months out I hit the streets in search of a suitable wedding dress. I had a vague idea of what I wanted. Fun, light, flowy, pretty basic – and not expensive. I am blown away at the $2,000 price tags on so many dresses! And I’m a girl that likes to spend money on things I love, but a dress I wear once just seems crazy to spend so much money on. I’d be happy with a $50 dress. I can digest $300, but more than that makes me wiggle inside.

Armed with friends and family we went on a search for a dress. We went to three different stores, and tried on a few different dresses at each place. It was so much fun to wear princess dresses and try everything on without looking at the price tag. Of course that wasn’t my reality but I just wanted to have fun and pretend I had no limits. It was fun but also pretty tiring. Who knew wedding dress shopping was so much work!
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Wedding Plans With An Open Budget
November 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm 1




Since we've decided to have a destination wedding there are heaps and piles of details that need to be figured out. Are we going to have an event each night for our guests? Are we planning daily activities like boat trips, and snorkelling and cultural excursions? Is there a theme? How will the wedding day work? Yup, there are many, many questions coming our way. And just about everytime we get one of those questions the answer is "We don't know". And we really don't know. But one of the cool things about not knowing what you're going to do on our wedding day is that all your options are open. You can look at crazy fancy decorations. Or tiny little seating cards. Or simple and sleek flower arrangements. You can look at pretty much anything. So until we have a budget figured out, the world truly is our oyster. Photo Credit: Wedding Chicks
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A Destination Wedding It Is!
November 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm 0


It's official, my fiancé and I have decided on a destination wedding. I wanted to have it in the winter as there are no great holidays from Christmas until Easter. That way, if we have our wedding in that lull period we'll have something exciting to celebrate every year. Since that's a very chilly time of year it seems only fitting it's a destination wedding...why not have a getaway during our most freezing months of the year? Plus, I'm from Vancouver Island, and my fiancé is from Argentina, and we have family coming from Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Washington DC, Chicago, England and South America. How could we find a central place for all these people to meet? Any which way you throw the dice it was going to be very complicated. So.....we put it in the middle. It's official, we'll be getting married in March in the Mexican Riviera. I can't wait!
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3 Questions Every Bride-to-Be Faces
October 14, 2009 at 11:55 am 1
Like many recently engaged women I was a bit nervous to announce that I was engaged. After I told one of my good friends we were engaged I told her I was worried because I didn’t know what was going to happen when I told other people. She told me that there are three questions everyone will ask. As soon as I told my work mates I was getting married I got cornered outside of the elevators. The seven girls around me all asked: Can I see your ring? How did he propose? Have you set a date? It turns out my friend was right!
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Sharing Engagement News
September 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm 0

Now that I have my ring I'm starting to let people know about this exciting event. For some reason the sequence that I told people was very important to me. I wanted to tell my aunt and uncle first, and then good friends, and then I would be comfortable to wear it to work and have everyone inquiring. So on Friday night we went out for dinner with my aunt and uncle. We got there a bit before to make some arrangements and surprise them with our news. I was a bit nervous, because my aunt and uncle have only met my fiance one time. I wasn't sure what they were going to say. But it all worked out wonderfully. When everyone was sitting at our table I cued the waiter to bring over the champagne. My aunt was watching everything and was wondering what was going on...but somehow resisted asking what we were doing - I don't know how she contained herself because she usually wants to know everything! So while the waiter was pouring our champagne I slipped my hands under the table and took my ring from my purse, and slipped it on my hand. When it was time to says cheers I said "Let's celebrate!". My aunt asked "What are we celebrating?" to which I responded "Well, what looks different about me?". My aunt couldn't figure it out...and she was so anxious to know what I was talking about. She just wanted me to hurry up and tell her whatever it was I was going to tell her! I think she even said to me "Oh, get on with it...what is IT?" Then she looked down at my hand and saw a sparkly ring on my ring finger. And then she screamed. It was so exciting to share the news with my family and see how happy they were for us. My aunt kept on saying "This is exciting, I'm so excited!" We called my cousin's and told them, and I couldn't really hear what was going on because my cousin's wife was screaming so loud. And then her kids were so excited their mother was screaming that they started screaming too! It was such a lovely way to start spreading the word. It couldn't have gone better. But of course, this is only the beginning!
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Big and Wonderful News – I’m Engaged!
September 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm 18

Something very wonderful, exciting and beautiful is brewing in my life - I'm engaged! I'm sure there are lots of questions like "how did it happen?", "how did he propose?" "did you get a ring?", so I thought I'd just head those all off. Here's the engagement story: For me I knew he was "the one" very early on but I needed to pass some milestones together before making it official. I needed him to meet my aunt and uncle (who are like second parents to me), I needed to meet his parents, and I needed some time to pass together so I knew it wasn't just a new thing, but everyday love. Over the past few months we've passed all these important milestones and as the time keeps moving on we feel closer and closer together, we become more and more connected and I can't imagine spending my days without him. He's my everyday bread and butter.

We've done some very fancy things together like going to top notch restaurants and 5 star resorts, we've done some very basic things together like renovate my apartment and sort through his tax receipts(fun, I know), and we've taken long trips together and endured everyday hardships with work stress and other little life tensions. And through it all we were growing together, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

I wasn't surprised when he proposed. He'd given me some hints that he was ready to get married. He had even asked me casually a few times if I wanted to get married...he would just slip it into conversations with things like "when do you think you'd like to get married?" and "where do you want to get married?". One time we were skipping rocks on the lake and he asked me point blank "will you marry me?" but I didn't take it that seriously. We had only been dating six months and I wasn't at that point yet so I answered "in the future, yes". In total he asked me three times before I accepted his proposal! It's a good thing he's persistent! The last time he asked me I knew there was something different. We had been together for ten months, and I'd met his family and he'd met some of mine. A good amount of time passed so I knew it wasn't just a fun new thing. We'd even traveled together and spent every minute together for ten days straight and not made each other crazy. Quite the opposite actually, we had a lovely time together and became the very best of friends. So after all these events I realized this was my man. He is sweet, kind, caring, responsible, hardworking, funny and is all around lovely. After asking me two times to get married I couldn't resist his third proposal. We were at Langdon Hall having a very romantic last minute getaway. We had spent a wonderful day and evening together and just relaxed and did romantic things, like sitting in front of the pond watching the fish swim by while holding hands, or napping on the grass together underneath a tree with a light breeze blowing on us. It was just perfect. We woke up the next day and were chatting in bed. After a few minutes of chatting away he looked over at me and asked "Will you marry me?", and without a blink I said "Yes!" It was a wonderful moment. Even though it was 9am we opened some celebration wine.

Since it wasn't a planned event he didn't have a ring or anything. But he'd done his research. He'd read online that it's very important to get a ring that you know your lady wants, instead of what you THINK she wants. So he'd been collecting information along the way to figure out what I'd like. But he wasn't totally confident. So, instead of proposing with a ring, he decided that he'd let me pick out my own ring after we were engaged. And that's exactly what we did. We went to the jewelery store and had a custom ring made based on an earring that I liked. It took about 6 weeks to get the ring, and I didn't want to tell anyone I was engaged until I had my ring. I knew the first question that every girl was going to ask me would be "What does your ring look like?" I wanted to have a ring to show them. So last Tuesday my ring was finally ready. We went out to celebrate at a fancy restaurant we'd had our third date at. The anticipation was killing me. I was so excited to see it, but also didn't want to open it right away...I wanted to enjoy the excitement! So we had a glass of champagne and the lovely package from the jeweler made its way over to my side of the table. And then we had our appetizer and the package was right next to me. When we had our main course I'd opened the lovely letter my fiance had written to me. After our tea I finally opened the package. It's beautiful. My ring is exactly what I wanted. But an engagement ring isn't something that carries no weight. It's a huge deal! So instead of focusing on the ring I kept on telling my fiance how much I loved him and how excited I was about this step in our lives. He thought I wasn't that excited about the ring because I wasn't focusing on it, I was focusing on him and us.

Of course I'm super excited about the ring! It's gorgeous! But even now when I look at it I'm excited about the idea of sharing our lives together.
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