Sep 24, 2011
Lets see where do I start. I met Cody the Wednesday before thanksgiving in 2008. I had swore off dating people because I was so tired of the endless run around of relationships that were going no where. So my mom and I went out with a bunch of friends for a pre Thanksgiving celebration. We thought it was a great idea to go listen to a band and dance the night away. It was a type of therapy for me on the holidays to be with friends because i moved 5 hours away from my family to start a new life away from the city and the suburb life. We were sitting at a table closest to the band that way we could just jump right up and hit the dance floor. I was sitting back at the table when i seen 3 guys walk into the bar. One was Cody, who is now my fiance and his 2 best friends Zack and Luke. The 3 of them sat at the table right behind us. Thankfully that was the only table. HA HA. I seen Cody as soon as he walked in. He was attitude was different than anyone i had ever met. To make a long story short my mother being the big mouth she is...even tho I love her...turned to the 3 guys and said my daughter is single if none of you want to dance with her then I will. At this point I was hoping that Cody would walk up but no his best friend Zack did. To this day he still considers himself the wrong one and is also our best man so i figure that will be in the speech at some point. Finally toward the end of the night he finally got up and danced. Little did I know the boy could not dance. So there was about 6 girls on the dance floor that I was with. He made us all get around him in a circle and he stood in the middle and did the sprinkler. We all laughed and I said what was that his exact words were "I was watering the roses" Call me crazy but i knew this was a keeper. After a few weeks we started dating. It took only a few months for us to realize that there was something different about our relationship. As of right now we have been together for almost 2 years and not once have ever got into a fight. We understand that we are two different people that come from two different ends of the worlds. So that makes our relationship alot easier. We balance each other out. He calms me down and keeps me grounded while i bring him out of his shell and make him do more things. I am truly the luckiest girl in Central Pennsylvania. I love him with everything I have and can not wait to become his wife.
Cody an I are HUGE and I mean Huge Pittsburgh Penguins fans. We started dating on December 7 2008. My birthday is on November 3. So for my birthday I got a call from my mom to tell me that her and cody got me penguins tickets for my birthday. I was soo excited. But the game wasnt until December 7th. Are you serious i had to wait that long. Then i figured well maybe he wanted to take me for our one year anniversary so i didnt complain much. A little bit of background on the penguins tickets. We had been to 6 games in our first year together and watch the pens win the stanley cups. We are not just your average fans. We have get togethers every game with our friends to watch and i even have 2 towels and a iceburgh (the pens mascot) that i take to every game. Im a bit of a guy when it comes to hockey I yell at the tv and get mad when they play horribly. Anyway so we are getting ready to head to the game which is about an hour and a half away from our house. So as we get ready Cody puts on his khaki cargo pants. I ask him why hes not wearing jeans like he always does he says that are all dirty. I call bull cuz i just did laundry but whatever im too excited to really care. As we are heading up I keep asking him where our tickets are and he says its a surprise. So we get to the arena and to my surprise we are 4 rows up from the ice right next to the pens locker room where they come out onto the ice. At this point im in total happiness. I get to watch a game right on the ice and see the players come out....JACKPOT! So halfway through the first period Cody starts rubbing my left had. I had a ring on there that he had bought me from ireland that wasnt an engagement ring it was just a ring that i wanted. He tells me that he thinks its time that I take that ring off. Once again me being so wrapped up in the game i looked at him and said why. Thats when he turned to me and attempted to get down on one knee but it didnt quite work sitting in seats in the middle of melon arena. He looks at me and says will you marry me. In total shock i looked at him and asked him if he was serious about 10 times. Im still not sure if the words yes came out of my mouth. So he puts the ring on my finger and at this point i didnt even notice that there was a hockey game going on. At that point in time the whole world stopped and it was just me and him. Finally after the end of the first period we go out to call everyone. Everyone was so exctied. As is turns out the Pens lost that game but i really didnt care. It was the best way that he could have purposed to me. We both love hockey and we both loved mellon arena. Im just glad i could say I got engaged in Mellon arena before the tear it down. That year was the last year for the old arena. They are now in the new arena. Which hopefully we are going to real soon.
Our wedding will be held at Heartland Hall in Bedford PA on September 24, 2011. Our guest list is about 300 people. We both have huge familys. The theme of our wedding will obviously be Pittsburgh Penguins. The girls will were black and gold dresses and the guys will wear white tuxes with black shirts and gold ties and vest. The guys did want gold tuxes but i refused and we compromised on white. Cody and I have agreed that since he can not see my dress that i will not see his tux. Yes ladys there is a catch. Im smart enough not to let them go in and pick out their own especially when they wanted gold tuxes from the start. I will go in and pick 3 tux styles that we like and they can pick from those 3. My FI did the same thing with my dress. We looked online and he actually picked out a bunch that he liked and i tried one of them on and fell in love with it. As far as everything else its still a work in progress. Seeing how we are having a pittsburgh penguins theme for out wedding I am making everything myself. So ladys get ready to have some ideas bounced off of you all. Cody is really good at helping but sometimes you just need a womens opinion and im so far away from my family that its just my best friend and I doing everything.
As i said before my FI actually picked out my dress he just doesnt know which one I got. My dress is the perect dress. Its very simple but very elegant. It has a cathedral train that I am in love with. If only I could figure out how to bustle it. The dress is pictured below. Once i go in for alterations i will have pictures of me in the dress.
When it came to this it was very easy for me to figure this out. My MOH is my sister April. My bridesmaids are my best friend Emilea, my cousins Kim and Nicole and my best friend from childhood Kristin. My flower girl is my cousin Nicoles daughter. My 4 year old brother is our RB and he wanted to walkdown with Alyssa. I thought it was so cute. All my BM are wearing different dresses but they all match. I love love love their dresses. I wish I could wear one. Below are the bridesmaid dresses. Now to only figure out jewelry for them but not take away from the dress.The dresses will be a light gold with black lace.
This is my MOH dress
This is Emilea's dress
This is Kristin's dress
This is Nicole's dress
And since Alyssa is Nicoles daughter she will have a matching dress which is