May 28, 2011
After a totally of 8 years (we had our 8th year anniversary on 03. April 2011) Manuel and I made a lot of vacations to different countries of the world. Every holiday was perfect, but the last one was the best one!
Last year Manuel and I flew for 2 weeks in Turkey. We were in a 5-star resort in Konakli/Alanya. It was a wonderful holiday, especially because we came back as an engaged couple from the holidays <3 At the beginning of the 2nd vacation week Manuel get an ear infection. He could not sleep or swim with me in the sea because he had in such pain. On 27.07. I was up early because we wanted to spend the whole day at the pool, so Manuel had time to could recover. Manuel wanted to stay a bit more in his room and follow because he wanted to went to a doc later.
He ask me of the room key - I gave him the keys because he have to change clothes after he came from the doctor. After I had breakfast, I went to the pool for the day to enjoy in peace and wait for Manuel. After about 2 hours of Manuel finally came back and we could enjoy the rest of the day at the pool. Around 17:30 clock, I wanted to go back to our bedroom, as I have lie all day at 35 ° C in the shade at the pool - I felt like a grilled chicken :o) We took our towels and went towards the hotel room. In the hotel lobby Manuel stopped me suddenly and blindfolded me with a scarf. He said: "You don't have to open your eyes before I say it." I couldn't see anything anyway because of the scarf - very funny. I heard how he opened the door and I went after. At that moment, it has made me click and I could think about was what now. My heart beat up to the neck. Manuel took off the scarf and I opened my eyes. I saw a sea of roses, flowers and balloons. On the bed were two swans, which were made of folded towels. It was super sweet. And then he went on his knees and asked the question which I’ve been waiting so long for. “Kathrin, with this ring I would like to ask you, if you will marry me”. I was totally flabbergasted and of course I said yes. We kissed and hugged each other and I was just super happy. Just as this moment I had always imagined the proposal - just the two of us, all alone. It was such a nice intimate moment only for both of us! In the evening we went to dinner at a very fancy restaurant. And also there Manuel had organized everything. The table was strewn with rose petals and we drank champagne. Till now it was the best day of my life - and the best thing will follow soon - our dream wedding on 28th May 2011.
How we met!
In August 2002 I moved from grammar school to a business college, because after my school days (2004) I'd like to make an education. So then I moved to the private commercial college Middendorf in Rheine. The classes were ordered by subjects. Once for the languages French and Spanish and once for IT-specialist. I decided to Spanish (and Manuel too - luck for me). After we were assigned to the classes we were in our classrooms and then I saw Manuel for the first time. He and his cute red hair - totally different in case of the "normal" men. At that time I had a relationship with another boy (the relationship was a total of 5 months), but somehow there was something I could not go Manuel out of my head.
In the next few months we became friends more and more for each other and the interest was aroused. In February 2003 we were invited by a classmate for his birthday. Just 2 days before I did end the relationship with my ex-friend because I knew I want Manuel and I had to take the opportunity at the party. The party was in a club room of the tennis club. The party was not really a hit, so Manuel, myself and four other friends decided to do a little crazy. We sneaked secretly into the great tennis hall - it was totally dark. We have done crazy things and had a lot of fun. At some point, we all laid down on the floor and then all this happened, where I had been waiting all the time on it. Manuel groped in the dark my hand and pulled me towards him. We whispered as the others should not hear us. Then we kissed and it was happend to me. It was so beautiful. But until we were really a happy couple, it has still lasted to 03 April 2003. On this day I have visited Manuel for the first time at his home - it was a really good day with a great end.
A second chance!
Our relationship started out as quite difficult, although we were very much in love. The fact that we were in a class, we saw us the entire day. As we began both our training in 2004 everything came better and we always met after work to chill together. In August 2007, after over 4 years of relationship, it had become so complicated again. He began to miss our dates and only want to chill with his friends. When I had saw him smoking with his friends a joint, it was over - I could not and did not want to! I ended our relationship at the same evening.
Then came the weeks in which he apologized a thousand times and said that he would improve. But I don't want to believe him.
In November 2007 I met another man. I can’t tell you why we became a couple - maybe I wanted to annoy Manuel simply. Within the next few months, Manuel hasn't an easy time - his parents filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage. Although I and Manuel are no longer a couple, I know everything. This situation has changed Manuel completely. He noted that what he has done so far can't be everything in his life. He wanted to do everything better than his parents and wanted to change himself. He changed his circle of friends and we met up again more often.
I wasn’t really happy in my new relationship, because I compared my friend in any situation with Manuel. I realized more and more how much I missed Manuel and what he meant to me. From my boyfriend I separated in April 2008 because it wasn't really easy to be with someone that I don’t love.
In May 2008, Manuel and I met at the very first time again after 8 months. I was totally surprised - he had completely changed. He now went regularly to the gym and looked very very good. And what can I say - it had caught me fully at the first moment . Just then I had to admit to myself that I had been the stupidest person in the world, because I had separated myself from this great guy. We talked all night and it was like just before - Manuel was much more grown up and matured. We wanted to try again with each other and we kissed for the first time after so long. It was the best kiss I have ever received. The sweetest was when Manuel told me that he wanted me back all the time and did not want any other woman but me.
For the catholic ceremony we want to have all over white roses and other white and green flowers - therefore I would like to have a white roses bouquet with grass like the left picture but without any kind of perls. I don't like them in a white rose bouquet.. I love white roses; I think every women loves roses :o)
Here are some of my inspirations for me and FI's boutonnier:
I have found these cute playmobil - figures on amazon.de while I was looking for some wedding accessories. I could not help - I have bought them. They are so adorable.
The pianist can play two different wedding - melodies. OMG this is really really cute. Don't know what I will do with this - perhaps on the front of the cake stand or at our civil ceremony. What do you think???
First I have to say - I REALLY LOVE SHOES. I have more then 60 pairs and every month I buy more of these great accessories. I will be a two-shoes bride on our Big Day. I couldn't decide for only one couple of my shoes.
The first pair is for the reception / party because they are so pretty comfortable: Sophie Sposa Belle "Capri". Bought them from Great Britain and save 40 $ instead if I had bought them in Germany (140 $) *Yeahh*. Here are my shoes in action - on the right with my garther (simply lace one)
The second pair I will only wear for pictures and the ceremony - I love these adorable red shoes:
Carlos by Carlos Santana Women's Prestige Open-Toe Pump. Bought them from amazon.com. Finally they came a little bit expensive because of the shipping cost to Germany (45 $) and the customs duty (40 $). But no matter - these shoes rocks <3
These are our wedding bands. We want simply bands, because FI don't like to wear "glamour rings" - so his is without *bling bling* and complete white gold. Mine is simply too but with three small diamands on the front; white gold too and both were satin gold. First look - first love at the jeweler :o)