Oct 21, 2006
It was DH birthday weekend but he did not let me plan any of the festivities. He just told me to prepare for a day and evening out. We began the day with lunch at Casa del Mar ( my favorite hotel). DH pretended to forget the directions to our next destination so we had to go to his office to pick them up. On our way to his office we met up with his coworker. DH said he would be right back while I talked to his coworker and finally she had to go so she took me to his office. I was greeted by an aisle full of petals, a violinist and DH wearing a suit standing next to a roman pillar with a red rose. He had recreated the rose ceremony from the show the Bachelor. It was so special and moving and exciting. So much more than I ever expected or imagined. After getting on one knee and saying his romantic proposal we enjoyed some champagne and he told me there was one more surprise. He planned a surprise dinner with all of our friends and family at the restaurant where we first met.
My DH and I met through yahoo personals. I had been online dating for about 4 years on and off. He was new to this venue and I was the first person he contacted! We emailed for about a month. I knew he was the one before I met him. He was like no other person I had ever met. His emails, were intelligent, fun, inquisitive and I got a sense of his personality and humor right off the bat. We finally met for brunch about a month and half after we began communicating. It was short and sweet, we both were so nervous we did not eat! Meeting and getting to know him felt so comfortable, it felt like coming home. We both knew we had met someone special and the rest as they say is history.
I have to admit that I was already planning our wedding well in advanced to becoming engaged. We had a lot friends getting married as we were dating and I picked their brains about the planning process. I researched ideas for invites, decor, music and the wedding dress. Once we became engaged a lot of decisions regarding these aspects were easier to make.
I had such a great time planning our wedding.I would love to offer advice and support to future brides via this website. I echo the advice given by other brides, the best research you can do is to go with suggestions and recommendations of vendors other couples have used. This saves so much time and leg work which is the majority of stress that makes planning a wedding so daunting. I had an idea of what I wanted my wedding to look and feel like before I began making lists of vendors to call and meet with. I also recommend buying a planning book which helps keep you organized and can be taken to all of your vendor meetings. There were moments when I told my then fiancee, we should have just gone to Vegas (weddings can bring out drama with family and friends, its just a given)but in the end our day was beautiful, special and I wish I could experience it all over again!