Well, we are officially married!!! It was the perfect day! Although we had to go with plan b for our ceremony because of some heavy rain the days prior to May 10th, everything else went off without a hitch! And most importantly, I’m married to my best friend!!! I’ll post probably 100 more times about our wedding day but here are some sneak peeks from our photographer! She does GREAT work! You can check out her Website Here or her Facebook Here!
At some point she told me she has already taken 1000 pictures, I don’t think we had even started the ceremony yet…
Where to start with this story?
Perhaps here: Mark is very busy with work. He is trying to get systems in place, people hired and ready to thrive in their roles and new initiatives planned out and ready to roll all before we leave for our RV Honeymoon. He can’t just walk away from his companies for a few months without putting in some serious time right now. That being said, he didn’t really have the time to plan a bachelor party and/or actually take time away from work to go on a bachelor party. A few weeks ago he had sort of decided that he was going to do a “post bachelor party” [he made this term up, it is NOT a real thing] and that was the last I heard about a bachelor party. Side Note: I was perfectly fine with the idea of no bachelor party 🙂
Mark and a few of his business partners had to go out west to Vegas and then to San Francisco for a few trade shows this past week starting on Tuesday. These are annual trade shows, nothing out of the ordinary. Tuesday – Thursday pass without anything out of the ordinary happening. Friday morning, I get a text message from Mark that is a video.
I first notice my brother, Jason in light blue. Weird. Why is Mark sending me a video that has my brother in it while on a work trip. Then I notice that I know all of these people sitting around the table. But they DO NOT BELONG TOGETHER. ever. for any reason. ever.
Turns out, Mark has some pretty great friends including his business partner and longtime friend Vinnie Fisher that planned a Surprise Bachelor Party on the tail end of this business trip! How Fun!! Everyone (who wasn’t already on this business trip) had flown in Thursday evening and was ready to party Friday-Sunday! They did the standard bachelor party heavy drinking on Friday night (I’ll spare you the onslaught of videos I received in the wee hours Friday night) but they also did some non traditional party things!
Boat Ride Around San Fran Bay
Outside the Google Office!
Some of the Group!
They visited the offices at Google, Nasa (one of Mark’s friends works there – wow!), took a boat trip around the San Fran bay and walked around Muir Woods! I’m told there was no drinking Saturday night because everyone was whooped from the night and day before! I’ll play along with that story for now….
It made me so happy to hear the surprise in Mark’s voice and the excitement to spend a few days with his friends. I’m so glad he got to experience a real bachelor party and not a “post bachelor party!” The only issue is: I was banking on his fall “post bachelor party” as a convenient excuse to have another girls weekend. So, I’ll have to work on a different approach to that.
39 days and counting!!!
Last weekend marked my bridal shower! The seemingly last wedding related event before the actual wedding. I’ve now experienced the engagement, engagement pics, bachelorette party and each one brings me more and more excitement for 5.10.14!
The shower was thrown by some of my aunts and a cousin and my mom. They did a great job and I can’t imagine a more perfect day! It was held at a wine bar, so really, what more does someone need?
I was spoiled with gifts from family & friends and immediately came home and rearranged the kitchen.. twice, to make room for all my new kitchen toys! All I want to do now is throw dinner parties every night. Nothing makes you feel more special than having almost 50 people come spend a Sunday with you celebrating your upcoming marriage ❤
Some Of My Best Friends
My Lovely Mother!
I am a huge fan of quotes. I could post hundres of thousands of quotes, especially those creatively displayed (thanks Pinterest). This one speaks to both my wedding brain & my travel brain! I’m saying yes to new adventures as husband & wife and new adventures traveling the USA in a RV!
Say Yes To New Adventures
Other things I’ve said yes to (in no particular order): the groom, the venue, the cake, the photographer, the dress, the second dress, the shoes, the theme, the colors, the DJ, the videographer, the menu, the signature cocktails, the favors, the invitation style, the linens, the timeline, the rehearsal dinner, the decorations…
But perhaps the most important thing I’ve said yes to… the new adventures.
I know I have a page dedicated to the proposal, but I wanted to revisit the day with PICTURES this time!!
What a perfect day it was! The sun was shining, I was oblivious that my world was going to change (for the better) and I was head over heels in love.
Short version of the proposal: We were out on Lake Havasu, just the two of us and Mark starts playing music on his phone. The second song being “Faithfully” by Journey (our song). He comes over, gets down on one knee & asks me to be his wife!!!! I.am.in.complete.shock. I like to think of myself as pretty aware of my surroundings/able to pick up on things. I had no idea he was going to propose. I didn’t even know he had a ring.
For those of you who know me, you would think was reaction would be loud shrieks and screaming. WRONG. I was dead silent. My whole body was shaking and my throat was dry. I think I eeked out the words “are you serious??” Once I finally realized what was going on and was able to come to grips I was able to scream out yes and I couldn’t stop shrieking for the rest of the night!
I think my favorite part of the proposal was that it was our little secret for several hours. We were out on the boat all day and didn’t call/text anyone until a good 5 or 6 hours after the fact. How magical!
Here are some pics – enjoy!
A reenactment of the proposal!
Thumps Up & All Smiles
Our Celebration Dinner