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5.14.2013

A Post: Wedding Bells & Other Jazz

Hi! I'm going to come right out and say it: I don't know how to begin this post.

I've shared so many moments in my life these last three years and have always received encouragement and support, so thanks! Especially since most of us have never met in real life. To state something I've said again and again, it's just one of the reasons I'm so happy I decided to start blogging. You guys are awesome!

I'm actually bringing good news despite what the introduction might suggest. You see, I'm still somewhat in a haze of what this transition means (if anything) and can barely accept the enormity of the task that now lies ahead.

So... here it is: I'm an engaged woman! Yes, we've gone and done it. J got down on one knee and stumbled through all the things he had planned to say to me in that moment. We were shaking and blushing. It was clumsy and completely awkward and perfectly perfect for us. To say I'm happy is an understatement.


I'm just going to give a short bio: J and I are the type of couple most people hate. Hey, you've probably thought it yourself once or twice while reading something gushy I've shared. No shame. Some examples: we haven't used our real names to address one another since we met (our families find this especially entertaining), we make up new nicknames for one another (and our cats) every couple of months, we frequently hug, kiss, and even slow dance in the aisles of the grocery store (SERIOUS PDA), and have an arsenal of inside jokes and weird cat voices that no one finds funny except us. So! If you've decided to stop reading my blog from this point moving forward, I'll understand. However, we're generally really fun to be around and enjoy a good adventure.

We were introduced, through friends, four years ago and quickly realized we were kinda AWESOME together. We started hanging out A LOT and just decided to keep doing our thing, you know, together. And here we are.

I won't go into the details of how awkward we both were while Justin looked up at me from one knee, or discuss the way he barely managed to get the words out, or, you know, mention the fact that I had one new sandal on my right foot and a Van authentic on the other when he spun me around. Yes, all of these things are true. Honestly, it was a moment that passed before I even had a chance to grasp it. I can sit and mope about the fact that it was a total blur, or I can recognize that this just means I'm committing to years and years of these type of moments with this man for the rest of my life. I'm going with the latter with an occasional mope.

SO... I've just emailed a venue about dates! Can you believe that? I didn't even think about it until every person we shared the news with immediately questioned when they would be expecting an invite. Yeah, we didn't really think that far ahead. To be perfectly honest, I haven't been planning this day since I was a little girl. Now it's in front of us and I refuse to let what lies ahead lead to a level of stress that is beyond healthy, or forget what the whole thing is really all about (a really epic PARTY!!). Ok, ok... A commitment and love and all the other important stuff.

For now, I'll look at places to have it. I'll stare at my obnoxiously fancy ring. Dream of all the beautiful dresses I'll soon be trying on. And then continue to put off all the other detail stuff until a much later date.

Without further ado, here are some gratuitous photos of the stunning sparkler I'll be sporting from now on:

To a life filled with happiness and love! 

31 comments:

  1. Let's clear something up, I was extremely suave in my proposal, no stumbling or anything of that nature. Hehe. :)

    But the two shoe thing is all true.

    I am looking forward to absolutely EVERYTHING.

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    1. Definitely suave. If suave suddenly means red in the face and staring blankly ahead. Whatever. I still kinda like you & am looking forward to all the things as well. :)

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  2. I'm so excited for you, and that ring is GORGEOUS. I'm going through the same process right now (planning, planning, planning), so we can virtually be stressed together when the time comes. Enjoy the ride!

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    1. Thank ya, thank ya! I know! Very exciting. We'll have to share stories!

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  3. When I read the intro to this post I was seriously convinced you were going to announce that you were retiring your blog. I'm so happy you're getting married instead! It sounds like you two are a perfect fit, all around, and I love the two shoe story. You'll always have something interesting to say about your proposal in that. Also, that ring. DAMN.

    Good luck with the planning! I was like you - hadn't planned a thing when he popped the question, never gave it much thought besides epic party - and it all came together in the end. And it was an EPIC party :-)

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    1. I just read over and realize that's exactly what it sounds like! Not anytime soon. Well, if I ever read another book again.

      The two shoe situation is just too perfect for us and completely unplanned. I think he was so nervous, he just had to go ahead and do it!

      I will be making it's the party of the year. & THANKS!

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    2. Now, if I'd paid more attention to the title of the post I may not have been so startled... but seriously, congrats again! So fun!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I got all teary eyed while I read this :) I'm so happy for you both!! How exciting and romantic and YAY!

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    1. Thank you!!! It's very exciting and a bit overwhelming but completely wonderful!! I'll never forget it!

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  5. Beth, CONGRATULATIONS!!! How exciting!!! I'm so happy for you and your husband to be ;) You two sound perfect for one another and the proposal sounded beyond sweet. Your ring is beautiful!! Enjoy all the planning and definitely don't let it stress you out.

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    1. Thanks, Nadia!!! We are both thrilled at the idea of forever but not the planning bit! Haha. I refuse to let this be an experience I dread so here's to planning and keeping my cool!

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  6. Aww CONGRATS!! and look at you already reaching out to venues. I didn't realize when you tell people you're engaged that everyone asks "So when's the wedding?" cos that is something that still needs planned, people!

    Your ring is so pretty and that is such a cute proposal story :) YAY

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    1. Thank you, lady!!! I really have nothing figured out but knew about these places because my family lives nearby. It will be quite a while from now but from what I understand you need to plan a year or more in advance! Crazy. & YES, EVERYONE ASKS THAT! It's like, I have NO CLUE YET.

      Thank you & thank you. It was fun!

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  7. Aw that's so exciting! CONGRATULATIONS! And no need to be embarrassed about your weird awkward adorableness - you remind me of me and my husband, cat jokes and all! I wish you all the happiness.

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  8. Gorgeous ring, but first and foremost, what a lovely and happy couple! I perfecly understand the extreme PDA and dancing where we are not supposed to. We also do it and it fits perfect because it makes the moment ours :)

    Huge congrats to both. To a life together full of happiness, love and respect!

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  9. Congratulations. Gorgeous ring. Looking forward to pictures of the dress already... ;-)

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  10. Holy toledo you guys are SO cute together. And that ring is just gorgeous. Congrats!!! Are you getting married in Atlanta? My husband and I got married at Naylor Hall in Roswell (oh, 13 years ago) and had the craziest but best wedding ever. Can't wait to hear all about your planning.

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  11. Congratulations! I hope you have a fantastic wedding and a long, happy life together.

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  12. Ok, so FIRSTLY I just squealed over J's comment, because awwwwwwwwww!!! (I can definitely imagine that irl I'd be like 'UGH, those guys..' BUT on the internet it's kind of adorable so don't even worry man!)

    And, all the rest-ly, congratulaaaaations! (again) And I know I've said it before, but that really is a gorgeous ring! :D

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  13. Awww, congrats, Beth!! If it makes J feel any better, my husband also stumbled and was all nervous when he proposed - he said everything you've rehearsed and planned to say goes all out the window as soon as you open your mouth!

    I'm so glad you're sharing this on your blog and I hope you continue to share wedding-related posts! :) You are going to be a STUNNING bride!

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  14. Warmest congratulations!

    HA! one of the word verifications for this post is "kneels" !!!

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  15. Oh, yay! Congratulations! I love your ring SO MUCH. You are a great-looking couple, too.

    My husband and I are the kind of couple people love to hate, too. Hee!

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  16. Congratulations Beth!! What a beautiful ring.
    Keep on with your dorky coupleness - it keeps things fun! That's how the husband and I like to roll, too. :)

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  17. Beth! I enjoyed reading about you a Justin! You are right - you are the kind of couple I hate, but it's more like the couple I love to hate simply because I wish I could have the same. I am so happy for you and I know I've already said it but I will say it again - the ring is stunning! Congrats :D

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  18. Congrats! I love y'all a little more hearing how adorable you are;-)

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  19. Loved the details that make your proposal all the more special and you! And I'll say it again - adore that ring! Your fella did a great job picking it out :) So excited for you two & hope we get some wedding updates along the way!

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  20. Fantastic news! Congrats to you both, and may I say : that's one gorgeous ring you got there! :D

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  21. Congratulations - beautiful ring, beautiful hair, beautiful man - may you be forever happy. Judy.

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  22. Thanks for all the best wishes, everyone! I can't even express how happy I am at this moment!!!

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  23. Congratulations, Beth! Boy, take a couple of months off, and things get really exciting! Wishing you and your fiancé the best of everything!

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