Kyle found this wedding cake and had to show me.

And I had to show everyone else.

So I started the first day of work last week. I’ve been pulling long hours each day, coming home filthy and tired, but happy from the long hours I put in. It means a bigger paycheck squeezed into the short time I’ve got for work. And I found out today from my first paycheck that I got a raise. Thanks, boss!

We got a reception site booked. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! My mother and sister found a lovely place, and it got my approval 5 seconds after I saw the place myself. That was mainly because I’ve been there before. All of my old high school contacts might recall the Garden Terrace Room in the REd lion Hotel?

DUDE: pretty, trees and lights, catering package included, big enough to hold my family, decorations, set up and clean up and accents already thrown in. There are several catering options available. They also have a few other sweet sweet deals that will be revealed later. Remind me to let you folks know about these sweet sweet deals :) In short, we’re really looking forward to NOT having to deal with all these things. Whee!

Oh, I should probably tell everyone about the ceremony. If you’re not familiar with Catholic Weddings, they actually take about an hour long. Most other ceremonies take about a half hour, but we Catholics — well. If we’re gonna make such a big deal out of this day, why not stretch it out a bit more, eh? Or something like that.

This Friday, Jill, Mom, and I (And possibly Kyle’s mom) are going dress shopping in the TRi Cities. Previous business with David’s Bridal has left me pleased and satisfied with their service, efficiency, patience, and speedy delivery. They are my first choice for dress shopping, so there we shall go. I’m getting pretty excited!

It’s interesting to hear the variety of comments I get when I tell people the actual date. It ranges from shoulder shrugs (”yeah, we did it in three weeks”) to jaws dropping (”There is no WAY you can do that! We’ve been engaged for 2 years already!”) to perplexed looks (”Are you purposely asking for a nervous breakdown?”) to even raised eyebrows (”What, are you pregnant or something?”). Speaking of which, the answer to that last question is a definite and resounding NO.

Our wedding colors are black and white and red. Simple, Elegant, Classy, Timeless.

PS. If anyone has any old or used bridal magazines to donate, I could really use them! Thank you!

A shout out to my mother and older sister Jill who are right now looking for a place to hold the reception, and have found some very good results.  Thank you!

Another shout out to my other sister Janice who has given me some good wisdom recently when it comes to wedding plans.  Thank you, as well.

Stacy Rush has agreed to be my maid of honor!  Huzzah!

For all you cynics out there, I found this article to be just for you.

And I also deemed it to be ‘fall-out-of-your-seat’ hilarious. Teehee

The wedding date has been set!

November 1st!

- All Saint’s Day for all you Catholic cats out there

- Those who know their Celtic culture, it’s also Samhain — the festival to celebrate the harvest (I wonder if we could do a bonfire for the rehearsal dinner?)

- Day after Halloween for anyone else

We were thinking a fall wedding would be just right for us. Neither of us wanted a winter wedding (winter is ugly and plain and grey weatherwise and already riddled with holidays anyhow.)

Spring weddings are nice, but they are very common and it’s hard to book anything at that time.

And we didn’t want anything that would clash too much with the school year or with any other family birthdays or any other major serious holidays, etc. Yes, I realize that Nov 1st is the day after Halloween. I could also mention that it’s very close to Raina’s due date as well, but whatever, that’s cool. Better that than Thanksgiving. That tricky holiday can’t even figure out which day it wants to be on. Nooo, it has to be ambiguous. Feh. We showed it up.

So there you have it, folks. November 1st.


Next stop: Finding a reception hall in the Yakima Valley. Does anyone have any suggestioons? Keep in mind it needs to be big enough to have lots of people, a place/area for a dance floor, and a kitchen for the caterers.

Yeah, I’ll be posting how our parents reacted soon.

PS: Our first meeting with Msgr is on Friday, the 13th. Isn’t that just awesome?

Yup, we’re engaged, everyone!

And hooray, you made it to our website! Huzzah!

Anyhow, there’s a blog for both Kyle and I to post dates, updates of plans, registry things, and even thoughts and ramblings of the bride and groom. We even have an admin logon for when we do our posts together.
So it was the last Friday of May and I was really stressed out about work and school. Kyle then told me that he had a picnic planned and wanted to know if he could take me and help me de-stress. He had everything all packed up so all I had to do was lock the apartment door and follow him. I live right next to the Greenway, which is like a park that’s 50ft wide and 6 miles long and follows the river. Very pretty! We found a nice spot with a bench along the riverbank and ate our favorite picnic meal - complete with expensive cheeses and salami and delicious-licious grapes. We were just relaxing, talking, and dreaming. I had actually completely forgotten my stress at work.

I asked him what he was thinking. I do this often, so I wasn’t really expecting anything spectacular.

He put his arm around my shoulder and leaned in close. He does this pretty often, so I was still not surprised. Then came the words:

“Marry me”

Oh-EM GEE!!!

Of course I said yes, as you can see. But I certainly wasn’t expecting this. Well, I’ve been hoping and waiting for awhile, but I wasn’t anticipating that question for at least another six months!

He did not get down on one knee, (tsk tsk) and he didn’t use ninjas or any high tech gadgets, but it definitely fit. It wasn’t a big spectacle, and I kinda prefer it that way.

The wedding reception on the other hand….is gonna be awesomely different

Anyhow — After I said yes, Kyle pulls out a big jewelry box. It’s bigger than a ring, so I was confused. He then told me that he really wanted me to be a part of picking out something that I was gonna wear for the rest of my life; but still wanted to propose with a diamond. Inside the box was this beautiful, delicate diamond necklace. I’m wearing it now and will wear it on my wedding day.

And then we had a sushi party. With Rock Band. We couldn’t tell anyone before telling our parents, so my apologies to all there for not saying anything. It was soo hard to not blurt it out!

After we told my parents the next day, we had to keep it quiet for another WEEK because we wanted Kyle’s folks to hear from us and not someone else. We told them this last Friday. Painful!

Those two stories of telling the parents is later. For now, be content with this .

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