How me became we: Why are we up so early? The proposal

Hubby and I dated for over a year and a half and had talked about marriage, but he always said he wanted to be able to afford a nice ring and just wasn’t able to at the time. I was like NO BIG DEAL, my life is not defined by what age I am married, I AM SECURE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP (and I truly was). When we started planning our summer vacation to St. Augustine, FL, in May 2006 it wasn’t even on my radar.

I purchased my first new car that Spring and we were going to drive it to Florida, stopping first in Charleston, SC on the way down. We left unreasonably cold WV for Charleston after work on a Friday night. The trip to Charleston was only about 7 hours, so we were there close to midnight and checked into our ghetto fabulous hotel. Hubby was, like, a FREAK about locking my car. He did the thing he STILL does to this day, where he will lock the trunk, then push down on the trunk, then lock it again. He looked out two or three times just to make sure the car was OK, and I was all, buddy, listen, I know you’re excited about my new car, but honestly, take a chill pill.

We left Sunday for St. Augustine. Once we got to the hotel and carried our luggage in he started acting weird and quiet and I only noticed that looking back on it. It was sort of late and we were tired from the drive, but he still wanted to get up for an early morning walk on the beach. I’m such a grump in the morning and I was not having it, but he insisted. I’m like whatEVER, I GUESS I can take a nap in the afternoon BLAH.

Dark o’ thirty in the AM rolled around before we knew it. We put on our beach walkin’ clothes and started to head out. Hubby was holding his binocular bag and I couldn’t figure out why, I mean a) what did he think he would see at 6:30 am? cruise ships? dolphins?  and b) why would he need binoculars for it?

We started out and walked and walked and walked and walked, then turned around and walked, then he stopped and bent down to pick up a shell (or so I thought). I turned around in a huff because sister ain’t drank her coffee yet if you’re picking up what I’m laying down.

Before I had a chance to yell, he was on his knee ON THE BEACH AT SUNRISE with a diamond ring. I don’t remember what he said because he truly caught me off guard. All I knew is that the answer to that question was a resounding YES.

Approximately 3 minutes after he proposed.
The person we stopped to take our picture wasn’t
nearly as excited about it as we were.
It turns out he couldn’t figure out how to fit the ring box into his shorts without me noticing, so he put it in the bionularless bionocular bag. And the obsessive car locking? Three months salary was in that trunk. Now how was I supposed to know that? 
We were married almost a year to the day later at our outdoor amphitheater.
 
Should I go ahead and tell the photographer story? It’s such a doosey, but this is getting long and it’s my third post this week….do you guys mind? Here we go.
The photographer we chose was nice and cheap. Please, please, please, for those of you getting married, do NOT, under any circumstance, allow “cheap” and “nice” to dictate your wedding photographer choice. She was a nightmare. Her behavior included:
  •  Even though I told her to NOT photography my sister and I without makeup, she did.
  • She messed with my sister’s dress and said “Let me just tuck you in….even skinny people can have back fat.” and if looks could kill, my sis’s gaze could have killed her instantly with white-hot firey rage.
  • She told me my smile was cheesy.
  • She booked another wedding while shooting ours and BRAGGED about it.
  • She jumped in line before my in-laws during the buffet. 
  • Hubby likes kissing me on the forehead because I’m so short and he’s so tall, right? He probably did it 40 times during the reception. Toward the end she goes, “Hmmph. I swear, he just keeps kissing you and I miss it.”
  • At one point she said, “Well there are some shadows here, so I’ll just put it on this setting and hope things come out” THANKS FOR INSTILLING CONFIDENCE.
  • She overcharged us for our prints and took 3 months to send them. Out of 500 shots, we could barely find 100 that we liked enough for our album.

Please look beyond cheap and nice. The only good thing to come out of this experience was our ability to laugh at back fat.

Everything else was perfect — perfect weather, yummy food, surrounded by my family and best friends. It was stressful, but beautiful. Here are some pictures!

My brother-in-law is a pastor and married us.
Us posing by the fountain,
yes, there is a copyright all up on that picture
but who has two thumbs, a cheesy smile, and doesn’t give a crap? *this girl!*
Official-ness is a-ok!
After the wedding, we spent a week in Mexico at an all-inclusive — I called it Wedding Rehab 2007.

Thanks for indulging me on this little trip down memory lane! I hope you enjoyed. I love hearing love stories, proposals and wedding stories, so you guys should share yours, too!

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31 comments to How me became we: Why are we up so early? The proposal

  • The Step In Mom. . .

    So cute! And it is always good to be able to look back and laugh at the little things.

    My Hubby proposed almost the same way, except it ws on the beach at sunset. We were staying at my Grandparents farm in the middle of NO WHERE and he kept freaking out about locking his truck…

  • Hutch

    Awww how cute are you two? And you looked absolutely glowing in the wedding pics so screw the photographer! I love seeing your various hair colors too :)

  • Salt

    Love! We had the unfortunate photographer also. She came with the resort so we had no choice. She definitely had much better manners then yours did, but most of our pictures sucked ass.

    I like your hair brown! And this is such a cute proposal story! You definitely don't look like you minded not having coffee in the picture that stranger took!

  • Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic

    I love the proposal story!! I would have totally ruined this moment for SURE! What a douche of a photographer!!! Thank you for the tip sister!

  • SmartBear

    Awww…so sweet. You had a proposal on the beach and I got married on the beach! I'll tell you my proposal story sometime. It involves a few homeless folks, below freezing temperatures and attempting to break in to a college campus building.
    Your story is better.
    Best,
    Tina

  • KLZ

    That back fat comment is priceless. You should hire the same woman for all future events and come up with ways to insult HER.

  • Liz

    YAY! First, you looked BEAUTIFUL! I love your dress, veil, everything!

    Is that your natural hair color?

    Never heard "dark o' thirty", but plan to incorporate it.

  • Jackie

    Love the proposal story! I'll have to share ours soon – our anni is coming up in July, so maybe then! you look pretty happy for being up on the beach that early!

    I think I would have killed the photographer. Ours was good, but it was 1995 and a small area, so we got the basic stuff but I would do it sooooo differently now. If we got married today, I'd spend the money on music and photography. Hands down, those would be the things that would matter most. not counting the people and the whole vow thing and all. ;)

  • Sarah Mac

    I still remember when you called me at work after he proposed because you were like "soo, i'm engaged. Don't act surprised like mom did because I know you already know!!" hahahaha!

    I was about to go murder train on her when she said I had back fat and also when she said your smiley was cheesy.

    The "don't go with the cheapest photographer" lesson was the best thing I ever learned from you, Sister!

  • Kiera

    ohhhh how i miss you!!!!!!!

    we went for the cheap and friendly photographer too. im planning on bloggin gbout it comes our anniversary in july.

    whateve, you're beautiful and happily married. pictures- eh!

  • Sarah P

    More pictures, please!

    I carried pink peonies, too.

    Our 5-year is next week.

    I knew I liked you.

  • Le Sigh of a Fashionista

    Awww precious. You looked beautiful!!

  • mariahsmile

    Love all your stories this week!

  • Aimee

    Gosh I love reading all these engagement stories. So cute and perfect :)

    Good advice about the photographer. My sisters wedding sucked but at least her photogopher was FANTASTIC so we have tons of awesome pictures. Beautiful wedding from what I can tell

  • My Husband's Watching TV...

    Congrats! Every time I read your blog title I think of Wayne's World, "I'm not worthy…I'm not worthy…" Just my two cents on this Friday AM.

  • Jamie

    You looked freaking gorgeous!!

  • Laura E. Sanchez-Gonzalez

    nice memories about your wedding, you guys look so cute together, I really don't want anything like a weeding or ring, I just want to have a nice honeymoon with my husband.

    Thoughts of a Career Woman

  • purseblogger

    I love your blog! Visiting via Ian's. You are so funny and I love the way you write. :)

  • The Only Girl

    Great story! We also got engaged on a beach down south – except it was late at night & dark and I couldn't see what the ring looked like!

    You were a GORGEOUS bridge!

  • notquiteawake

    Beautiful. Never apologize for telling great stories. NEVER!

  • alonewithcats

    I am *so* relieved to learn that super-skinny girls get back fat, too. Thanks, sucky photographer!

  • Tracie

    You're so beautiful!

  • The Random Blogette

    Super cuteness! We had a cheaper photographer too, who was a friend of my dad. Most of the pics turned out good, but I was insistent on several pictures and he never took them. Also, my dad was too cheap to hire a videographer and now that he looks back on it he knows that he made a HUGE mistake. Oh well, we had cameras on all of our tables so we got some super great shots! I will have to share them in August for our anniversary since I have already shared many of our wedding photos!

    I also love your different hair colors and styles! It's good to know I am not the only one who does that!

  • Wombat Central

    Sweet story!

  • Rachel

    found you via jaime @ daydream believer and she is right you are so funny! gal after my own heart.
    favorite quotes from this post
    "dark'o thirty" lol
    and that the photographer said even skinny girls have back fat.
    OMG i would have died!
    im so obsessed with not having back fat, the bf tells me "rachel, thats not fat thats called your skin" lol but seriously jeez who was that lady?!

  • Allyson

    Oh my gosh! There is very little in this world that is more romantic than being proposed to on the beach. Ex fiance number 3 did it while we were in Orlando and if he hadn't been so into porn when we were supposed to be getting married, that would be my proposal story. Also?? Your photographer needs to be on Angie's List…as in "this bitch is crazy. Don't let her within 430 miles of your wedding." I don't know how she could have messed up the pics of 2 such beautiful people, but if you ditched 400 pictures, then she did a helluva job.

    Thanks for sharing. I'm a sucker for a love story!

  • The Empress

    Love this. Makes me remember how my husband kept patting his front pocket at dinner,a nd I thought he was a perv.

    TUrns out huge diamond in that pocket he was anxious about losing. HUGE.

    ALmost dumped him that night for his perverted patting of hisself..

  • The Empress

    Hi! Just linked to your post on this, as the inspiration for telling my engagement story, which is SO very much like yours. Hop over, if you can.

  • kallaydoscope.com

    Wedding Rehab!! LMAO!!! That's awesome.

    Could you guys be any more cute?

  • jules

    St. Augustine is beautiful! I love the proposal story too! You guys are cute!

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