Aug 19, 2011
Oh boy Oh boy I am so incredibly excited. Today I was perusing the usual blogs and discovered STD coasters.....um, how fantastic would those be to use for us.....and on the front they'd say something like "Love is brewing" and on the back it would have our hoppy in love logo.
I woke up yesterday morning thinking that it would be like every other Saturday we've had. We stayed in bed until 9, made breakfast, and sat down on the couch flipping through the newspaper while sipping our coffee and tea. Nothing out of the ordinary here. I asked Bobby how we should spend our Saturday and he said, "Don't worry. I've got it all figured out already." So he went upstairs to shower while I putzed around on the internet for a little bit. When he returned I asked him what I should wear since he didn't seem to be willing to give up any details. "Wear something warm. We're going to be outside for a while." Hmm....could today be the day? Nah! I decided to prepare as if that were the case anyway. I did my hair and makeup and put on something cute, in the event that there would be some photo ops later...if this was indeed the day. We hopped in the car and I had a million different ideas running through my head. Were we going to Fort Tryon Park (one of our first date spots and really the time when we both realized this was it for us) or down to the promenade in Edgewater (the place where we should have had our first kiss but Bobby chickened out)? Was this really the day or was this just one of his many fakeouts he had planned? The car headed over the GWB and onto the Henry Hudson North....ok, so we're heading to Fort Tryon. Is he really going to do this today or is he just messing with me? We got up to Fort Tryon and Bobby opened the trunk to reveal that he had packed us a picnic lunch, just like the date that we had here in the summer....only about 40 degrees colder. We decided to explore the park a little more before sitting down under our tree (above, left). While taking in the rather chilly, but beautiful scenery, I explained to him how I thought today might be the day so I wore something cute just in case. He said that I should get used to this happening every weekend and that next weekend we might head up to Edgewater. I playfully hit him and called him a terd....How unfair! Toying with a girl's mind is just cruel! After strolling through the gardens and taking a moment to look out over the Hudson at the GWB we finally headed back to our spot. Thankfully this time around there was no one there. Bobby pulled out a blanket and we sat down to enjoy yummy wraps, pickles, and my favorite, chocolate covered strawberries. I explained to him how I figured it was a fakeout and that he wasn't very nice for doing so. We stayed in the sun for about an hour before getting trampled by high school kids who didn't speak English. No, literally they were playing tag around us and one of the kids ran into us....even though they had the whole rest of the grassy area, they chose to play right on top of us. I decided not to get bummed out, that it was kind of fun being kept on my toes with the whole ring thing and we packed up the picnic and started walking back to the car. We made it about 50 feet when Bobby realized he must have dropped his cell phone so we turned around and headed back (after I called him a dope, of course). I took out my phone to call his and told him to double check the backpack since I didn't see it on the ground. And that's when Bobby remembered he had a book in his backpack to give me. Apparently the little sneak had skipped out on his Wednesday night meeting while I was out of the area having dinner with my girlfriends and happened to go see our favorite author at his book signing. Bobby handed me the book and I was eager to see what Harlan wrote....but, wait, this wasn't Harlan's newest book....I opened it up to read, "Melanie, Will you marry Bob?" and looked down to see Bobby on his knee with the ring in his hand. I dropped everything and hugged him while I began balling my eyes out which, ps: I never thought I'd cry at that. Obviously, I said yes! But our day wasn't over yet. We hopped back in the car and headed home. I was told that I could call and let people know it happened but couldn't give any details until the night was over because there was even more planned....crazyness. We got back to the house and I noticed Bailey, our rottie, was missing.....his dad came to pick her up so that we wouldn't have to worry about her all day. After a little cuddle time, we went to show my parents and sister and get the ring appraised. Everyone was ecstatic! And such a beautiful ring! Bobby called up his parents and sisters to let them know the good news and we headed back to our house so that I could make my 4:00 nail appointment. That's right. Bobby had scheduled me to get my nails done so that they would look pretty in pictures with the ring and when I show the ring off to people...is he not the greatest ever or what?!? I got back from my nail appointment at 5:15 and we got dressed to go out to dinner. We had a 6:30 reservation at The Melting Pot, the place where we had our very first date. The hostess seated us in a private booth for two in the back and even brought us champagne on the house in honor of our celebration. After a wonderfully stuffing meal, we headed home and I couldn't imagine the night being any better... Until I opened the door to find the above. There was a trail of red, white, and yellow roses leading from the front door up to our bedroom with candles lit everywhere. We had a bottle of champagne waiting for us on the dresser. When the heck did this all happen? It wasn't there when we left for dinner. Apparently Bobby had one of his friends come over to the house and set everything up while we were on our way home from dinner. Ralph had literally just finished lighting the candles when we headed up the hill to our street. And to top everything off, my fiancee is downstairs making me strawberry covered pancakes for breakfast. I am the luckiest :)
check it out :)
Is it sick and twisted that we already have this planned out?
Bobby makes his own beer and it's kinda become our thing to bottle it together so we think it would be neat to give his homebrew as our favors with our engagement pictures on the labels. For those people who may not want a bottle for whatever reason we will also have the Jones sodas made up with our engagement photos in the wedding colors. I love this idea because it is something personal and it's what we do. I tried to get my sister and brother in law to bottle wine as their favors but the timeframe didn't allow for it. The beermaking process takes anywhere from 1-3 months from start to finish so we'd definitely be able to get this done. We (and by we I mean the dude) will make a couple of different brews based on the ones we really like thus far. We can use green bottles with purple labels and have the caps custom made as well....it'll probably cost $4 a beer when all is said and done.
This is the current brew's label......so you can kind of get an idea. Bolero Snort is an acronym for Robert Olson. His big dream is to have a microbrewery so this is totally up his alley
I'm a big music snob so there will be no organized dances at my wedding reception....however these are the sappy songs that are a must (as of right now...not sure for what):
David Gray - January Rain
David Gray - This Years Love
Ben Folds - The Luckiest (first dance)
Ray LaMontagne - Best Thing
Marie Digby - Say It Again
Plain White Ts - 1, 2, 3, 4
HelloGoodbye - oh, It Is Love
Indigo Girls - Power of Two
Dashboard Confessional - Stolen
Beach Boys - God Only Knows
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Jack's Mannequin - MFEO
Old 97's - Question
Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Taylor Swift - I'm Only Me When I'm With You
Obadiah Parker - Hey Ya (acoustic version)
Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
ps: I'm now completely in love with the Vitamin String Quartet
Every Tuesday night we take dance class with one of Bobby's friends and his fiancee. We had originally all hung out while watching a Giants game a couple of months ago, right after Dave proposed. They were telling us that they're going to have 8 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen. This is something that I've put some thought into. I have a lot of girlfriends. I was in a sorority in college and had an additional, closer group of girls who joined a different sorority who I've been friends with for the past 6 years. So when I thought about who I'd want in the bridal party, it was very difficult to figure out who stays and who goes. My sister is the automatic maid of honor (well, matron of honor) and so it became who would be the bridesmaids. Well Bobby has two younger sisters and I want them to be a part of our special day in addition to my friends. Thinking about everyone I'd want involved, the bridesmaids side seemed to become a ridiculously large number. That's when I decided to limit it to my sister and his two sisters (although I had considered just having a MOH and BM). This seems to be the idea that we're sticking with because it'll be my sis and his 2 sisters and on his side, his best friend from college, best from from elementary school, and best friend from high school (the one that we take dance classes with).
I know that I want purple dresses and green accents.....and so we're looking at Aubergine and Avocado to match the invites (or something similar).
This dress is from AfterSix
This is from Alfred Angelo.
I like the idea of a tea length strapless dress, though that's what we wore for my sister's wedding (notice the snow on the ground).
I'm fairly certain that I want flowy dresses vs. the satin stiffer dresses that we wore. Heather's wedding was November 1st....we're planning a mid-August wedding so I like the idea of the flow.