Sep 18, 2009
This has been a big challenge. I feel like I looked at almost every venue in Oklahoma. (OK, that's an exaggeration). I've never really wanted a church wedding. I guess I've always imagined an outdoor wedding, but in Oklahoma that is risky. (wind, rain, tornadoes, heat, humidity, etc.) Steve is Catholic and I'm Protestant so I thought something neutral like a Wedding Chapel might be the best. We looked at several wedding chapels and almost signed at one. Just in time, Steve's parents found some online reviews for the place, and I'm so glad they did. The reviews were horrible and I'm so glad we didn't end up booking there. In the end, after 2 bridal fairs and numerous tours of other venues, we've decided on The Dominion House in Guthrie. (www.dominionhouseguthrie.com) It's an old Masonic Orphanage that's been renovated for weddings and events and the outdoor garden is BEAUTIFUL. (It's also rumored to be haunted, which Steve LOVES). I have already started praying for good weather. :) They do have a back-up chapel but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the garden! Our budget is $15,000 (Thanks, Dad!) and it will be a challenge to stay within that at the Dominion House. (The food is PRETTY expensive.) But I'm saving my money and so is Steve, so hopefully we'll be able to cover anything additional. These are some pictures of the actual house, the garden, the ballroom (Oh the reception is in the ballroom also on the grounds.) the Bride's room, and the groom's room. I'm so excited!
We have had to set a date of September 18, 2009 for our wedding. We wanted it to be much sooner, but since Steve is in the Air Force we have to think about all the people that are currently deployed. Basically, mid-September was the earliest date we could find where EVERYONE we care about should be able to attend. Knowing I had a little bit more time to wedding plan I decided to hold off until after Christmas. (I don't recommend doing this--venues and vendors book SO quickly. We got very lucky, but our venue/vendors could have easily been booked by the time I got around to planning...what can I say? I procrastinate.) The day after Christmas I flew to Florida to be with Steve and his family. His sister was in town for the holidays from Germany and she offered to take some engagement photos for us. She is an aspiring photographer and wanted to get some more practice. We shot on the beach as well as some other spots around Destin/Ft Walton Beach/Niceville. Here are some of the pictures.
Steve and I met in August of 2007 and started dating in October that same year. We dated for 3 months before he deployed to the desert in December of '07. While he was deployed we agreed that I would move into his house, with the intention of me finding another place either before he returned or soon thereafter. Due to job uncertainty, I remained there and we eventually decided we didn't want to live apart anymore. :) We celebrated our 1 year anniversary on October 5, 2008. I gave him a mandolin (we are both musicians and he'd been wanting to learn the mandolin) and he gave me a beautiful record player system. (It looks really old but it has a CD player and MP3 hook-up). 15 days later, on a normal Monday, I came home from work to make dinner. We decided to watch a movie as we ate. At one point I paused the movie to take a quick bathroom break. When I came back into the living room, Steve asked me to come stand by the record player and listen to a new song he had written. I said "it's about time you wrote me a song". :) I saw the title of the song was "Janie's song" but it didn't even enter my mind that it could be a proposal. The song was really sweet and talked about how he used to hate cats but now he loves mine (Gabby) and how my 20 pairs of shoes on the floor only makes him love me more. Then at the end of the song he told me he would love me for the rest of his life and asked me to be his wife. He then lifted the record player lid and pulled out a black ring box. I was so stunned. He got down on his knee as tears rolled down his face. Of course I said yes! The ring belonged to his Omi and he had diamonds added to it. I've always loved antiques and I've always wanted an antique ring, but this is so much better because it's so meaningful! It's beautiful! Little did I know that the day prior to his proposal he asked my dad for permission to ask me to marry him! I also had no idea that he'd been getting the ring ready starting in July! He really surprised me.
"The goal of life should not be to find joy in marriage, but to bring more love and truth into the world. We marry to assist each other in this task". --Leo Tolstoy