Engagement Pictures… Well Kind Of!!!

I’m so excited to share these!!!  We got our engagement pictures and they are amazing!!!!  There aren’t enough exclamation points to express how psyched I am about them.  I have been excited to see them since we did the shoot.  Our photographer was so much fun.  His name is Joe Sanfilippo and he was fantastic!!!  Despite the fact that Mr. G was not excited to do this, because he hates pictures, we had a great time.

Although we haven’t received our CD yet, I have looked at them in his proofing gallery and he was nice enough to post some on his blog.  Of the ones that he posted, these are my favorites!

b and w headshot

 

boardwalk sign

walking b and w

far

 

b and w

 

sitting

 

b and w laughing

So far, those are our favorites.  There are a few others that are super “us” so we love them too, but obviously they weren’t the best pictures so I will share them when we get our CD.

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Post Eloping Engagement Pictures!

I know, I know.  That doesn’t make sense.  We planned on getting engagement pictures taken but as I have said, plans changed and we didn’t.  Well in my obsessive browsing of Weddingbee.com I came across a few photographers who were offering free E-Pic sessions to expand their portfolios or try out some new techniques.  So we decided to do it…even though we are already married.  There aren’t a lot of times when you have a good excuse to get professional pictures taken.   So this weekend we had our shoot with Joe Sanfillipo.  Obviously, I haven’t seen the pictures yet but we had such a good time and the pictures on his site are fantastic.  We went out to Sunken Meadow Park on Long Island and took our pictures.  Man it was hot but it was awesome!  Joe was hilarious and a good time.  I am so excited to see them!  I promise that I will post some of them as soon as I get them!

(link to the pictures)

Mr. Wonderful

heartI think I should take a moment to write about how utterly amazing MR. G is.  Before I started dating him I had no idea that men like him existed!  It sounds silly and trite but it is true.  He opens the car door for me and always holds the door.  He does laundry and cleans the kitchen.  He regularly brings me flowers and takes me to dinner.  He is Mr. Wonderful!  Everyday that I see him I think  “he is the most fantastic and amazing person I have ever met”!

I just never knew it could be like this.  I never thought I could feel so complete.  I never thought I could be so happy.  I never thought someone could love me so much.  I never thought everything could be so wonderful!  Now I know!  I know that everything and anything is possible when Mr. G  is by my side!

The Dress

 
The sample dress I bought.  Made by Watters and Watters.
The sample dress I bought. Made by Watters and Watters.

The instant I got engaged all I wanted to do was go wedding dress shopping.  I am one of those girls that would wear a formal dress 100% of the time if it was socially acceptable.  So the idea of a wedding dress was oh so exciting!  I found out about a week after I got engaged that Priscilla of Boston was going to be having a sample sale the following week.  I wrangled a friend to go with me and took the day off of work.  I had read so many horror stories about sample sales that I was prepared for it to be a disaster!!!  It opened at 8 and we arrived at about 8:15.  It was totally calm.  There were only maybe 5 other brides there.  It was well organized and not chaotic at all.  I tried on a ton of dresses and ended up finding one that I really liked.  Additionally it fit me perfectly.  I figured that I would buy it and if I ended up finding something else I liked more, I could sell it on Oncewed or Weddingbee.                                                  

 

I wanted the experience of dress shopping.  You only get to do it once!  So I went shopping in NYC with my mom and future mother in-law.  We went to a place called RK Bridal, which I really liked.  It’s not a super high end bridal boutique.  It’s kind of like a big wedding dress warehouse.  We looked through the hundreds of dresses and I tried a bunch on, including the one I already bought.  I was glad that I got to try it on for them.  I didn’t find any dresses that I was completely in love with.  We went to another place called Bridal Garden which is a non-profit that sells designer samples. Ugh!  I hated that experience!  It was crowded and tiny and not worth the time we spent there!  After the fact, there was one dress I couldn’t stop thinking about but it hadn’t been on my shortlist so I didn’t know anything about it or who made it.

The following week I went shopping with my future mother in-law and my future sister in-law.  There I found a dress that I loved.  It was made by Casablanca and it was soooo flattering on me and it made me feel like a bride.  I was excited but sad because my mom didn’t see it.  Luckily, when I went shopping with her the following weekend the bridal salon had it!  I tried it on for her, along with a bunch of others, and despite the fact that she didn’t love it, she loved it on me.  

This was the first dress that I thought I loved... until I tried on the other one!

This is the Casablanca dress that I thought I loved... until I tried on the other one!

They also had the dress I couldn’t stop thinking about.  I tried it on again and I was disappointed because I loved the top but hated the bottom.  It was too fitted.  I went on to Maggie Sottero’s website and was SUPER excited to find that the dress comes in 3 different skirt styles!!!  Including one that is big and flowey!!!  There was a bridal salon that had that dress as a sample near by and I was excited to try it on.  Again, I went with my FMIL (mother in-law) and tried on a bunch of dresses, making sure that one was last.  OH MAN!!!!  The second I put it on I knew.  I got that feeling that everyone talks about.  It is unbelievable!!!  I’m trying to find a store near where my mom lives so that I can show it to her… which is hilarious because she will hate it!  Se is a lot more about simplicity than I am.  I think I onlyget to get married once and I only get to wear a ridiculous over the top gown once!!!  I think what I am most excited about is that the bridal salon I went to that I liked the most (Bridal Suite of Hamilton)can order the dress for me and it’s a great price!!!  I had such a great experience there!

THIS IS THE DRESS!!!!

THIS IS THE DRESS!!!!

I will keep you updated on my dress situation!

The Proposal!

So I think I should start by telling the story of how Mr. G proposed to me.  When we first started hanging out, we went to the beach all the time.  As a matter of fact, the first time we hung out we spent hours at a diner talking about everything and then went and watched the sunrise on the beach… even though it was 35 degrees! 

On the one year anniversary to the day we met (March 4th) we were going to go to the beach after class.  It had just snowed and we thought it would be nice.  I had class after work so it was late by the time we headed out to Jones Beach.  We were all bundled up and excited to walk on the boardwalk.  When we got there all of the parking lots were blocked off!  We were bummed but oh well.  Once we got back to the apartment Mr. G said “I was going to do this at the beach but I guess the place doesn’t matter.  This is for you”.  He handed me a hard cover journal and told me to read the first page.  The page was dated September 31, 2008 and it said (roughly) “I decided today that I want to marry you.  You make me a better man and I love you.  I will write in this book until the day I ask you to marry me.  If you are reading this you know it means I want you to be my wife.  Will you marry me?”  I looked up and there he was with a  ring more beautiful than I ever could have imagined!  I cried!  Yes, little Miss Tough Guy cried.  After I said yes I looked through the journal and he had written in it almost everyday for the entire 5 months before he proposed to me!  They were letters to me.  Sometimes about his day, sometimes about the reasons he loves me and sometimes about nothing at all. 

Of course, when I called my parents to tell them my news, they already knew because in standard good guy fashion, he had called both of them to ask permission.  My dad apparently said “Sure, but you know she’s smarter than you right?”  I thought that was hillarious… especially since Mr. G said “Yep, I know that”!!

My lovely lovely ring!

 

I thought I should put in a picture of my ring, which I couldn’t possible love any more than I do!  Mr. G is beyond fantastic for choosing this ring!  Everytime that I look at it I can’t believe that it is mine!!

So that’s it for the proposal!  He’s amazing and I’m sooo excited!

Hooray! I’m Finally Starting a Wedding Blog!!!

I have been thinking, and occasionally talking, about starting a wedding blog for the entire 2 months that I have been engaged.  I have so many ideas about things I might want to do so I want to post everything here.  I think it will help me stay organized and keep me on track.  I have a bad habit of being all over the place.  After Mr. G proposed to me he told me that I drove him crazy with engagement rings because there wasn’t one style that I loved.  I liked tons of designs and none of them were similar (he managed to pick the perfect one).  The same thing happens when I go wedding dress shopping.  I love them all!!!  So again, if I post my ideas as I go I can see what I gravitate to and maybe give some other people some good ideas!  I hope you enjoy!