Bridal Shower

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!

Cutest Prizes!

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Saturday Inspiration

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.

Happy Saturday!

The Proposal 2.0

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!

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A reenactment of the proposal!

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Thumps Up & All Smiles

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Our Celebration Dinner

Wedding Planning

Although this blog will be devoted to our RV Honeymoon, I wanted to also include some wedding details because, you know, we have to have a wedding before we have a Honeymoon!

Mark proposed on May 11, 2013 and we are getting married May 10, 2014. Funny story about that.

As previously mentioned, we have rental properties in Arizona and were in AZ when he proposed. Arizona has SIGNIFICANTLY better weather than Ohio. Significantly. Arizona has 290+ days a year with sun. Ohio has barely 160. Not to mention Arizona’s winters are roughly 40 degrees. Yes, thats their winter cold. Anyway, we were in Arizona for most of the end of what most call late winter/early Spring. It was around 80 degrees and I was swimming and laying out at the end of March. I had a horrible perception that Spring is 80 and sunny and decided I needed to have our wedding outside… but in Ohio. I wanted romantic, rustic, elegant outdoor white tent. By the time we arrived back in Ohio and started looking at venues, it was full on summer – June – and the weather was gorgeous. I was having the hardest time finding a venue that would a.) hold our reception size, around 200-300 we were guessing and b.) was outside and pretty. I had heard of this winery, ThornCreek Winery but was having a hard time getting in contact with someone (botched email address correspondence, phone tag, etc). This venue was my last chance. I had driven around and visited at least 20 venues in the greater North Eastern Ohio and was slowly telling myself I was going to have to settle for an indoor, reception hall vibe.

In a final act of desperation, my mother and I just showed up one day at ThornCreek Winery. It was a Monday, they were closed. Luckily for us, the winemaker was in and he happily showed us around (& gave us wine, bonus!). It was love at first sight. After I came down from cloud nine & realized I had yet to ask the most important question yet… is it available for any Saturday May-August. I was very flexible in all details relating to venue at this point. Being the winemaker, he looked at me and said in the nicest was possible “I make wine, not wedding plans.” Not ready to accept that I would have to wait xx hours before finding out if there were any dates available, I kindly complimented his wine again and asked if there was anyway he could find out. He said he would check the event coordinators office because “he thinks he keeps a folder for each wedding.” He came back with a piece of notebook paper that, at first glance, every Saturday it seemed was filled until into August. Not Good. Panic swept over my body.

A look at the list of taken dates

My mom found a small hole in the date he had written down. May 10th was available. Quick check of the phone showed that it was in fact a Saturday! It is also almost 1 year exactly from the date Mark proposed. It was fate mostly!!! My mom points out it is Mothers Day Weekend. I’m okay with that. I quickly ask/demand that he allow no one to even breath in the direction of the event coordinator until May 10th officially becomes our wedding date.

After several emails and phone calls over the next 24 hours, the event guy finally tells me that the day is ours and I am head over heels. Now I just have to show it to Mark and get his approval….

Luckily, he LOVED it as well!

See you May 10, 2014 ThornCreek!

With The Gals Before The Vows

It really was one of the greatest weekends of my life.

It really was one of the greatest weekends of my life.

One time, I went to Vegas with 10 of my best girlfriends for a weekend I will not soon forget. We went to see the queen, Britney Spears as she recently took residency at Planet Hollywood. Amongst other things we drank, danced and celebrated “the last fling before the ring.” Although our wedding is 3 months away, we celebrated my bachelorette party a little early because at the time of planning, Britney had only released the first few dates of her residency and we could absolutely not miss out on seeing her.

we flew in style with "team bride" shirts.

we flew in style with “team bride” shirts.

Sarah, Myself & Melissa

Sarah, Myself & Melissa

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those city lights!

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A little daytime sight seeing!

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So happy with my veil and sash!

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Hanging out at Tao!

nothing can stop us this weekend!

nothing can stop us this weekend!