May 29, 2011
The one in the box is Squirt before he turned into a faty(Note the fat ferret in the photo below- we call him Panda now) The grey one Mike is playing with is Feivel, and the dark sable is Baxter Terwilliger. Or Baxty/Baxty-poo.
Left to Right: Baxter, Luna, Squirt, and Feivel.
Squirt and Feivel came to us the day Michael proposed- which I suppose completed our family. Parents aren't supposed to have favorites but we had Baxter long before the others and he gets spoiled often. I personally have a big soft spot for Squirt. I mean, look at the two bottem photos- he's the cutest!!
We also took in a hedgehog named Doyle because a friend wasn't taking good care of him. He is extremely antisocial now because the only attention he ever got was from the friend's cat who sat on his cage day and night. So we love Doyle even though he curls in a hissing prickly ball whenever we try to hold him.
The Ceremony: Elizabeth Park Gardens
The aisle down to the gazebo where the ceremony will be!!
The Reception: The Pond House
You can't see it in the left photo but behind the camera on the left is all exposed brick wall with giant canvas art pieces, and a huge fireplace on the right side behind the camera. We can have the ceremony inside if it rains. LOVE it!
I found these from succulentlovedesigns.com but I think they'd make an adorable DIY project for the low centerpieces.
I was thinking of setting the bowl on a stack of classic hardcover love stories(The kind with the gold detail on the spine), and adding fuscia orchids. I'm not sure how to work a table number into it yet.
For the tall centerpieces: manzinita branches set in sand in a clear cylinder vase, with succulents at the base of the branches and white/purple orchids up top. Votive candles around the tables as well.
labels for the table numbers- go on the centerpiece vases!
Other pretty things I like!
This story is funny because I almost ruined it multiple times. It started in August of 2009.
I happened across an article called "Clues That He Is Going To Propose". I jokingly brought it up and said "So hunny, according to this article you're getting ready to propose to me." It took him awhile to respond and at the time the time I atributed it to the video game he was playing. I now know he was choosing his words carefully because he WAS planning to. ".....OH? What makes you say that?"
"It says that men who are planning to get married start organizing money to consolidate debt, discussing money with their partner, and saving monday- which you're doing." The day before he had told me he was planning on taking out a small personal loan to pay off his credit cards, that way he could start saving the money he'd save on interest. I was confused because I thought he had already paid them down, but he said "stuff just added back up again" My half joking/half hopeful theory was that the loan was really for a ring, and I told him so.
In response he started playing mind games with me to make me think he was going to propose, on purpose. When I walked into a room he would say things like "oh no, you walked in on the proposal plans!" and when we were at the mall a day later he took me to the jewlery store "So that you think I'm looking at rings." I gave up trying to figure anything out.
3 months later I figured it out.
Michael always said he had to date someone 2 years before he'd propose. Our two year anniversary was next July. He suggested that we vacation to Iowa (where I'm from and where we met) so I could see my friends and family. And he suggested we go there over the 4th of July since that's when we met. Then we could go back to the bridge where we met during the fireworks. DING DING DING! I figured it out! He was going to propose during the fireworks, on the bridge where we met, in front of all my family and friends. Yes!
One month later(December) Michael and I decided to have a date weekend. It was perfect. We were both in romantic bliss after getting couples massages, and dinner was great (despite the waitress ignoring me, and full on hitting on Michael, which is hilarious in retrospect haha)
When we got back from dinner I noticed that all of the lights in our condo were on. I KNEW I hadn't left the lights on and thought someone was in our condo. Michael insisted I must have left the lights on so I begrudgingly dropped it. When we got inside the complex he offered to get the mail, and told me to go on without him. Me: "It's ok hunny, I'll wait for you." Him:"No, go up to the condo." Me:"No- what if I'm right and someone is up there?" Him:"Samantha just go to the condo, please?"
Alright, I figured something was up. I walked up alone and I noticed something on the door. It was an envelope with a letter inside!! The letter told me to enjoy my surprise scavenger hunt but not to open any doors or envelopes inside the condo unless instructed to; otherwise my Christmas present would have to wait. When I walked inside the whole place was covered in candles and flowers. How did he do this?! My favorite chocolates were on the table next to the first envelope and the letter told me to take a few seconds to enjoy them while I finished reading, before moving on the the next envelope in the next room. Each of the envelopes had letters that took me through a journey of our relationship. Pictures and memories all leading to the next envelope and candle lit room. I was giggling like a crazy person and a couple of them made me cry.
At this point any warm blooded girl would know that a proposal was coming. But I was SO convinced that he would propose next summer- we hadn't been together two years yet- There is NO way he would propose now! So I thought this whole thing was just a romantic Christmas gift!
The 2nd to last envelope told me to open the front door, because he'd been waiting there the whole time. When I opened it he gave me a blindfold and guided me to the bedroom- the one room I hadn't entered yet. I could hear him opening a bottle of champagne and he handed me a glass to sip. When he took the blindfold off I saw more candles and red roses but my vision narrowed in on one last envelope laying on the bed. He told me to read this one out loud.
I didn't even realise what was happening until I read the last line. I started bawling and I couldn't read it out loud. When I finally did, he got down on one knee..... I honestly can't remember how he asked.
But I cried, said yes, and giggled like an insane person.
All the envelopes together!
Come to find out later, my future mother in law had set everything up, using a three page diagram that Michael had been making at work with the help of all his female co-workers. Apparently, the suprise was almost ruined because my FMIL was walking out of the condo when we drove up- and Michael even saw her dive behind the bushes!!!!! But I had no idea :)
So that's it! Squee!
ME: I'm 22 and I grew up in a small midwest town in Iowa until Michael(my fiance!) swept me off my feet, to the East Coast! Connecticut to be exact- or Newyorkachusetts as I've learned from the Dunkin Doughnuts commercials. I do photography (wedding/engagements/family- send an email!), love to read, and study psychology.
Our Story: Love At First Sight
Its funny how something so seemingly simple and innocent can grow into something you never expected so quickly. Early July 2008 Michael was vacationing in Iowa to visit a friend from highschool. Bored while his friend was at work, Michael browsed myspace. After coming across my profile, he wrote me a message and not with the most honorable intentions. After a week of ignoring him, and my mom's encouragment, I told Michael if he REALLY wanted to meet me he could meet my friends and I at the 4th of July fireworks. It was his last night in Iowa. Nothing special. Until I met him.
The FH's point of view:
When I walked up to Samantha on the bridge she wasn't facing me, and I was on the phone with her while she was taking pictures of the river. When she turned to me I could feel my heart beat faster and my legs get weak. As ridiculous as I thought to myself I was being, I was in love. I never was a believer in love at first sight. I'm too logical for that kind of stuff. I guess sometimes logic can't explain everything in life. I'd never met somebody so perfect in my life, and my feelings for her grew in leaps and bounds over the few hours I spent with her. Not only was she beautiful, but she was funny, witty, intelligent, and engaging.I was at my wits end to figure out why I would meet somebody so perfect so far from home. As I was flying back to Connecticut all I could think about was how upset I was that I'd never get to see her again. The wonders of the internet allowed us to keep in touch, and I never would have expected her to have feelings for me the way I had them for her. Again, some things in life just can't be explained. Our feelings were mutual and it finally came to a point where we decided that we wanted to be with one another forever. She moved to Connecticut so we can start our lives together.