Fireworks

A year ago yesterday (Jul 2), Tony asked me to marry him. Actually, he didn’t ask out loud, instead he just held the ring in a box and waited for me to nod. If you read our wedding website, you probably already know how we met (friends and OK Cupid) and where he proposed to me (Victoria BC). So I thought it would be fun to share some photos from our 8 months of engagement.

Our engagement period wasn’t as crazy as some say it would. I pretty much planned 80% of our wedding within a month. I was very lucky to find my perfect dress (perfect in look and price) at the third wedding dress shop I visited (third time’s a charm). We visited about 4 venues, some in Snohomish (too far) and some in Seattle (too hard to find parking). We started our venue hunting without a guest number so we were falling in love with cute barns/farms that could only fit 150 people. When we were putting our guest list together, we realized that it would be around 300 people. Quickly, my rustic wedding idea vanished. With that kind of number, only a few hotels can accommodate it. Since I’m in downtown Seattle Monday to Friday, I really didn’t want to come here again on the weekend for my special day. I live and work in the concrete jungle, so I wanted something outdoorsy. As we were doing research, Newcastle Golf Club came up. I browsed the website to see what kind of pricing and options there are…and of course it was out of our budget! I had been to the Golf Club previously for brunch and dinner. I always knew that place was beautiful and their wedding photos looked amazing. For a couple weeks, Tony and I didn’t think about Newcastle and kept visiting other golf clubs. We started getting questions from the family on what our wedding date is and I knew we couldn’t plan anything if we don’t have a venue. So finally, I got a little frustrated and scheduled a visit to Newcastle. I was hesitant to see it because I knew I would love it and then I would let my emotions take over and pay a hefty price for the venue. Tony and I visited Newcastle on a Thursday and we booked it on that Friday. For those of you who know me, I did negotiate a better price. In fact, I negotiated every aspect of my wedding. With 300 guests, every penny counts.

Since 80% of the wedding planned, I decided that I could take a break from wedding planning. So I took a really long break (Sept – Dec). Of course that also meant I took a break from every aspect of wedding planning including the “wedding diet”. When 2017 rolled around, it was time to kick into wedding planning gear (minus the diet part). Pretty much from January to March, I did almost nothing (maybe 5%). When Spring came along, Tony and I went into panic mode. That was also when family started giving their input on what they want to see at the wedding. With last minute program printing and seat charting, Tony and I only yelled at each ONCE. Wedding planning was a lot of fun for me. My besties and I spent a lot of time talking and doing girly things. Tony and I spent a lot of time learning how to work with each other under stress.  We even learned a new skill (waltz – thanks Lisa).

The wedding day was perfect! We went into it knowing that something would go wrong (slideshow didn’t work, accidents, not enough time for pictures, etc.). I couldn’t ask for a better day. I got to celebrate with my friends and family. People had a great time taking pictures, eating and dancing. AND most importantly, at the end of the day I got to go home with my groom!

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