I think Beau's proposal and our months of wedding planning was our best-kept secret from the blog. My motivation for the secrecy was two-fold.
- I wanted to control the narrative of my own story of sex and virginity. I didn't want to force the blog conversation before I was ready.
- I thought announcing our wedding by linking this video was HILARIOUS, and so did both Beau and my best friend Lauren. That was actually planned before we even got engaged.
I present to you...
Our Love Story: A Timeline of Events
July 7, 2011- First Contact (aka Beau messaged me on okcupid!)
July 29, 2011- First Date
August 4, 2011- First Kiss
August 26, 2011- First Skype Date
September 2, 2011- Beau drunk-texted me.
October 16, 2011- Beau asked me to be his girlfriend!
Thanksgiving 2011- Beau and I first said "I love you."
December 17, 2011- Beau and I kissed at an iconic place with the legend that couples who kiss there get married. He intentionally kissed me there and said, "We'll have to wait and see if the legend comes true." That night we attended the wedding of two friends who had shared their first kiss at that place.
February 10, 2012- Beau took a last-minute flight to visit me in New York. He showed up without even a carry-on bag.
|So romantic! My family claims this Big Gesture was when they knew he was the One.|
May 18, 2013- I gave Beau a powerpoint presentation on why we should start premarital counseling.
June-July-August 2013- Beau and I completed the online course of Marriage 101, and we both read two books.
October 20, 2013- Beau asked me to marry him!
November 30, 2013- Beau and I took engagement photos near my hometown.
|All the cute pictures of Beau and me in the last several months have actually been our engagement pictures.|
January 1, 2014- Beau moved into our rental house.
February 9, 2014- My friends threw me a bridal shower!
February 22, 2014- I moved in with Beau.
March 20, 2014- Beau and I met with the minister of The Little Church of La Villita. Then we ended up being interviewed by a reporter for a news segment about saving the church's food pantry.
March 22, 2014- Beau and I got married in San Antonio with our immediate family in attendance.
March 24-April 1, 2014- Beau and I honeymooned in Puerto Rico!
April 5, 2014- Beau and I celebrated with my friends and family in my hometown at our first reception.
April 26, 2014- Beau and I will celebrate with his family at a lunch reception and with our friends at a dinner reception, both held in the Small City where we now live.
As y'all can see, these past few months have been a whirlwind of activity, and we're not done yet! But after April 26, I still won't be able to rest because we put "unpacking and moving in" on hold to finish our wedding prep. We still have boxes of my stuff everywhere, and very little of our art is on the walls.
But what's most important is that I love falling asleep next to Beau almost every night. When I think about how amazing it is to live with him and be his wife, the messy house just seems less important. ♥
Linking up with Nancy J and Mary for Wedding Wednesday!
*I've always casually used the Midwest to refer to where we live. From now on, Big City will refer to the state capital where I lived for a year and a half, and Small City will refer to where we live now, which is about an hour and a half away from the capital. Lauren and Hardy both still live in Big City, and we visit them (and stay with them!) often.