There Will be Music… Any Requests?

I do not have an ounce of musical talent.  But I do enjoy music.  Luckily Derek is musically minded and talented and will be able to make most of the music decisions.

When discussing our options for the musical entertainment portion of our wedding, we both agreed that we wanted to include live music in our selection.  Since live strings seem to be either popular or readily accessible, that seemed like a good choice.  It’s elegant and neutral, classy.  So we’ve booked a string quartet, and I can’t wait to hear them.

We have also decided on a traditional DJ service to get the party going.  We didn’t put much thought to live music for this part of the reception, mainly because it does not allow enough variety and sometimes a band can be too loud and that doesn’t allow the guests to have comfortable conversation.

I expect that we will be more than satisfied with our chosen vendors: Hartshorn-Walton Music and Sight & Sound DJ services.  Now we have to start thinking about what kind of music, and which songs in particular we want to hear.

Any requests?

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The Date Has Been Set

You may have already noticed the countdown clock to the right. It’s counting down to May 9, 2009, the date we’ve set for our wedding.

We picked that day because we decided that is the soonest we could feasibly organize the kind of celebration that Kim and I want to have.

We also have the venue picked out, but we’ll wait until we have some more details and some pictures to post about that.

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She Said Yes

I picked up the ring on Wednesday and hid it in my camera bag. Kim is used to me carrying it everywhere we go so she wouldn’t suspect a thing. We went out for dinner Wednesday night at Grazie. The idea of proposing in a crowded restaurant didn’t appeal to me. I considered proposing during the walk home but decided the light wasn’t right. Maybe tomorrow.

Thursday, we went to the gym after work. No good openings for a proposal that night. Maybe tomorrow.

Kim worked from home on Friday. Surely there would be a good opportunity that day since I work at home regularly and we’d basically be spending the day together. Nope. And then Kim went to the New Kids on the Block concert with her mother that night. Maybe tomorrow.

By Saturday I was feeling like I had been holding onto the ring forever. We went to brunch at La Vecchia. It was a beautiful morning. It would be the last beautiful day of the summer. Sometime during brunch I decided that I would propose on the way home.

As we walked down the tree-lined path from Eglinton towards Eglinton Park, I pulled out my camera and asked Kim if I could snap some pictures of her.

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After taking that picture, I put my camera away and pulled out the ring. I’ll never forget the surprise on her face… or how nervous I suddenly became. I told her I couldn’t wait any longer, got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.

She said yes. The happiest, most exciting moment of my life.

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Planning

The actual planning of a wedding is a dream come true for a super-organized-plans-her-whole-life kind of girl like me. This may be disappointing for my maid of honour and bridesmaids, depending on how much fun they think wedding planning is, but I just can’t help but be in control of the planning and organization of this event. That’s not to say that I feel the same way about the decision making.

Lucky for me, Derek and I are equally excited about the wedding we are about to plan. Which means we are equally involved in the decision making (despite my obsession with planning).

A promise I always made myself was that I would not let our wedding take over our lives. It deserves time and attention, but if we spend all of our time planning one day what will we do afterward? So, fun and planning and excitement must come with some perspective and reality…is what I will keep telling myself as we experience these coming months.

Priorities one and two were choosing a date and venue. Derek will write on these topics.

A close third is The Dress. I was skeptical about the craze that surrounds The Dress, but now that it’s The Dress that I will wear…I get it, I really get it.

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My First Blog Post

Engaged

Welcome to our blog.  We hope to be able to chronicle the most important and memorable times in our lives here.  So we have reached a very memorable moment and would like to share it with you.

We’re engaged and couldn’t be happier.  On Saturday September 20th, 2008 the most wonderful person I have ever known proposed marriage to me.  Of course I couldn’t pass up an offer so outstanding.  Derek chose a spot we frequent so that we would remember as somewhere extra special every time we pass by.  The picturesque tree-lined path of Eglinton Park was the setting for the most important question I would ever be asked.  He dropped to one knee and asked, simply, if I would marry him.  Of course I said yes.

I know that this is “our” website, but I just need to say publicly how much I love Derek, and how excited I am to commit to spending the rest of our lives together.

We spent the weekend visiting our families to announce our big news, and collapsed Sunday evening still buzzing with happiness.  Both of our parents were very happy, and are excited to help us plan the big day.  Knowing that we will be married seems to have also put many of our grandparents’ minds at ease…go figure, there are still traditional old-fashioned grandparents out there.  Our friends have also been very supportive, and we thank everyone for their kind words and support.

Let the fun begin…

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