Aug 23, 2010

Coffee and Sunshine

Since Roomie M and I are too cheap to worry about getting internet any time soon, I have been frequenting coffee shops in town to "steal" some. I had every intention of getting a cup of coffee, checking my mail, and then using the internet to nail down a rough draft of my guest list for the wedding.

I'm half a cup in and have yet to even think of my guest list until, well, now.

Hi, my name is Cara and I'm a blog stalker.

Amidst (is that even a word? it sounds right!) my blog reading, I remembered, "Hey- now that I have wedding to plan, I ALWAYS have something to blog about!" This is not completely true, but I figured I'd go ahead and fill you in on what I do know so far.

Date: June 11, 2011
Place: Mesquite, TX
Colors: Grey, white, and yellow (grey outfits for bridal party, white table linens, etc, and pops of yellow everywhere)
Time: Evening
Bridal Party: 6 bridesmaids, 6 groomsmen, 4 honorary bridesmaids, 4 ushers, 1 flower girl, and 1 ring bearer. (I still have a few people to inform... hehe- that's been my favorite part next to showing off my bling!)

We will be having a dessert bar, cake, cupcakes, and dancing following the ceremony. The ceremony will be outside, with dancing on the deck, and food, restrooms, etc inside the house.

I have no idea where we will be honeymooning or anything like that, but thanks to my amazing venue and wedding coordinator, I already have a TON of stuff arranged.

ceremony/reception location...check
flowers...check
officiant...check
food...check
beverages...check
dj...check
decoration...check

Considering that I still have 9 months until the big day, I'm feeling pretty at ease about wedding details.

The only thing pressing right now is nailing down the guest list. Since our venue is kind of small, we can only invite around 150 people. Luckily, Tim and I have a TON of mutual friends. :)

I am loving every bit of being engaged (minus living 400+ miles from my fiance). Since he proposed over the summer, I am just now seeing some of my close friends. I'm still getting used to people grabbing my left hand and asking about the proposal, the ring, the wedding, and everything else Tim&Cara related.

That's about it for now. Have an amazing Monday, loves.


ps- Did I mention that I bought a dress? :D

Aug 22, 2010

Life as I know it...

Tomorrow marks my last first day of school... ever. :)

Unfortunately, my tiny, new apartment doesn't have internet. My blogging has been sparse (along with my blog stalking,) but this will be remedied soon, friends.  Scouts honor. 

For now, I will leave you with two countdowns that make my heart go boom:

Graduation: 117 days
Wedding: 292 days

Life as I know it is about to change completely... and I couldn't be more excited. 


Aug 9, 2010

Engagement Story

(deep breath) Here it is, folks!

I was on vacation with Tim and his family in San Antonio. Now, to fully understand the irony of this story, you must know that I am the most impatient person in the world. Tim and I looked at rings back in March and I had been a mess ever since. Every time we were together between then and the proposal, I was on my toes. After what I thought were perfect opportunities to pop the question came and went I started to give up on it happening this summer. By the time our San Antonio trip arrived, I was done hoping. In fact, the day Tim proposed I had made a very pathetic comment to Tim's middle sister about my disappointment. She sweetly reassured me that he would probably do it closer to school starting and that I shouldn't worry about it. That night, I told Tim that I was done talking about a wedding that wasn't even worth planning yet and that I wanted to enjoy dating, leaving the possibly engagement/wedding talk out of it.

Yeah, I'm a jerk.

Convinced that a ring was not in my near future, Tim and I headed to Fogo de Chao along the Riverwalk to celebrate our anniversary and enjoy some "us" time. If you have not eaten there, bless. Save a small fortune and go. It's amazing.

I was in culinary heaven.
Seriously- the best meal I've ever had. 

After dinner, Tim suggested that we take a walk and try to find an island our tour guide had told us about the day before. The island is in the shape of a heart and, apparently, is very popular for weddings. I was excited about seeing it, but was a little hesitant because my knee had been hurting all day. Tim assured me that he had located the island on his iPhone and so we headed down the Riverwalk to find it. Twenty minutes later, no island. We had been all over with no luck. Being the lovely girl that I am, I continuously whined about my knee and insisted that we give up and head back to the hotel. Tim convinced me to walk a little bit further and not long after that, we found the island. The tiny and very crowded island. We admired it briefly from a bench nearby. After a few minutes, I asked if we could leave. Tim agreed, but as soon as I stood up, he pointed out a beautiful bridge and suggested that we go across. 
You might recognize the area from "Miss Congenialty."
One of the stages featured in the movie is right behind the bridge.
 

When we got to the top, Tim grabbed my hand and started telling me different reasons why he loves me. I thought nothing of it and assumed he was being mushy to make up for making me walk all that way in the Texas heat. However, at the end of his little speech he said, 

"So, um, I lied to you." 
"You lied to me?"
(Thinking, "So you don't love those things about me?!")
"Yeah. Do you remember last week when I told you that I drove straight home from OKC?"
"Yeah..."
"Well, I didn't go straight home. I drove to Dallas to talk to your Dad."

He went on to tell me that he didn't even have to ask and that my Dad gave him permission to marry me. Before I had a chance to say anything, he was already on his knee with the ring in hand. 

"Will you marry me?"

Simple. Classic. Perfect. I'm pretty sure that I said, "Of course!" instead of yes and hugged/kissed him repeatedly before even looking at the ring.  After I put it on, we found someone to take a picture for us. 

We were both sweaty and my face was a mess from happy tears. 
My phone was about to die, but I was still able to make a few "We're ENGAGED!" calls.

Giddy and without my GPS, we ended up getting lost on the way back to the hotel. What should have taken twenty minutes took about an hour and a half. We didn't care. Tim kept yelling, "We're engaged!!" out the window and I admired my ring while continuing to call friends and family. 


We finally made it back, told his family the story, uploaded some pictures, and then crashed. 

I wouldn't change anything about the entire night. Tim did an amazing job and I cannot wait to marry him. Keep June 11, 2011 open, friends! :) 





PS- the format/text/sizing of this post is not cooperating with me. Sorry :(


Aug 4, 2010

Just checking in...

I promise I'm not dead. I've just been going non-stop for the past two weeks. Tomorrow morning, I leave good ol' Branson and head back to OKC. Then it's off to TX for Blythe's wedding.

The engagement story, more pictures, tales of Branson, and Blythe's wedding weekend details are coming soon. For now, here's a sneak peek of my Branson trip...