In answer toterra_mardevac 's question regarding how the wedding planning is going, I figured I was due for an update anyway, so here we go. The short answer to the question is that it is going very well, however, very busy! For the long answer, perhaps I should start at the beginning since I have not posted to LJ since before I was even engaged..
What's the Story?
For months I was planning on asking my girlfriend, but I was waiting to go away somewhere and for the perfect opportunity. I also had been telling her that due to the fact she was working on her Master's Degree in Counseling, any ideas of engagement or marriage should be saved until after she graduates in a few years. I did, however, manage to figure out the perfect ring for her in random conversations over a long period of time. Her birthday came up in September, so for her birthday, I let her choose somewhere to go on vacation since she had little to no money due to grad school expenses. She chose Walt Disney World since she had always wanted to go and had never been there. Our vacation was set for mid-November and was looking to be the location where the question was to be asked. Even though the Disney thing had been done millions of times in the past, I knew that I had to ask her there and that I had to make it ours.
I had planned to do it on the first day of vacation at the Magic Kingdom just so I wouldn't lose the ring (since it was in my pocket) but we ended up at Hollywood Studios on the first day instead. So, on the second day of our vacation, November 12, 2008, we finally made it to the Magic Kingdom. I had several ideas on how I was going to do it, but each one was not the right mood due to the Christmas decorations that were up all over the park.. and since Sarah is Jewish.. it was definitely not the right setting. Even with the Christmas themed park, I was able to find a way to make it special and to make it ours.
While out to dinner on vacation at Tony's Town Square Restaurant inside Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (the restaurant from "Lady and the Tramp", also one of Sarah's favorite movies as a child), I took an eyelash off Sarah's cheek, placed it on my thumb, held it up to her face and told her to make a wish. Sarah blew the eyelash off of my thumb and made a wish. We had always done that to one another in the past. Later in the evening, immediately after Disney's Spectro Magic Parade and firework display in front of Cinderella's Castle, I asked Sarah, already emotional and teary from being in Walt Disney World for the first time, what her wish was earlier in the evening when she blew her eyelash off of my thumb. She replied that she wasn't allowed to tell me because then the wish would not come true. I replied that we were in Disney World and wishes always come true in Disney World. She answered that she wanted to one day be a mother and have children with me. I replied that I loved her with all my heart but in order for that to happen; we would need to first get engaged and then get married to which she agreed.
Again, any time engagement would come up in the past, I would tell her that it was several years off due to her being in graduate school. I would also tell her that since I wasn’t asking for a while, if she wanted to ask, she would need to buy me an engagement ring and ask me, which always led to a rather humorous me asking where my ring was and her answering me with the same exact question of where was her ring. This time, it happened a little different.. I then asked Sarah where my ring was to which she immediately replied asking me where her ring was. I responded again asking where my ring was because I had her ring. I then dropped to one knee, pulled the diamond engagement ring out of my pocket and asked her if she would marry me, to which she replied, "Yes, of course!" I then proceeded to place the ring on her finger in front of Cinderella's Castle. She was in total surprise and was not expecting it at all.
After the news spread to our families and friends of our engagement, it was time for our families to meet, throw an engagement party, look at catering halls, and narrow in on a date. We knew the holidays were just around the corner, so we planned on having our engagement party in mid January to avoid the holiday rush. During a weekend in December, we went to Long Island, NY to look at 9 catering halls with her parents and her maid-of-honor. We went looking for a Spring 2010 date.. and after the busy weekend was over, we decided the Chateau Briand was perfect for us and we chose a 2009 date instead! We were now booked to get married on June 28, 2009.. just 2 days after my 29th birthday (BOY AM I GETTING OLD).
From that moment on, it has been utter chaos!!! Right away, we finished our holiday cards, ordered our engagement invitations, got engagement photos taken, updated address lists, sent out the engagement invitations, ordered the save the date cards, built a website (www.sarahandanthonywedding.com), did the holiday thing, went to our fraternity's national convention in Boston, enjoyed New Year's, attended a bridal show and other things in NY, as well as bought and ordered all the necessary things for the engagement party.. then we had our engagement party with 64 close friends and family at our home! LOTS OF FUN! After the "engagement party" was over.. the "after party" began with the traditional beer pong type things. Since the party less than a month ago, Sarah found her dress and her bridesmaids’ dresses, we have booked our DJ/MC, Photographer, Videographer, Photo Journalist, Flowers, ordered our formal invitations, sent out thank you's to our engagement party guests, and are now working on clergy, limo, and various other things. Things are going very smooth, however, very busy!
On another note, our roommate is moving out at the end of the month.. and since I shouldn't say bad things on a public forum, I can warn the poor bastard who ends up taking her in of all her malicious antics and drama, as well as several things I can show them about her malice. If you have any questions, there are many ways you can reach me! SAVE YOURSELF!!! On the other hand, my sister and her fiancée' asked to move in.. because my mom is driving them nuts. Although I was kind of craving the peace and privacy again, especially since we are getting married, Sarah was completely for it due to them being family and due to us never being home anyway.. so they are moving in the day after the current roommate moves out. And through all the craziness, Sarah and I are still involved with APO, she still works 2 jobs and has 2 grad classes while I get to play housewife and taxi :-D (Trust me, cleaning the house and driving her everywhere is heaven and very rewarding, and I do not say that with any sarcasm).
That's the Story!
PS. Although I rarely write in LJ, I still read everybody’s LJ every week just to keep up to date on what is going on with all of you. Some of you are also planning weddings, congrats! Some of you are a little depressed, I feel for you with every entry you make and hope things get a lot better. Some of you seem to rant about things that upset you at home, while some of you hate your jobs.. I hope things get better, just keep your spirits high! Some of you are extremely detailed in the inner-workings of your mind with desires, fears, getting older, etc.. I enjoy every bit I read and it reminds me of just how human we all are.
Thanks for reading, and take care everyone!!!