Jason and I met on our very first day of college; he was the dorm neighbor of a new friend of mine. We came from polar opposite sides of California; I had never seen such spikey, tall hair and he had never met a girl whose attention span was so short. We became friends fast and remained so for a while until we had our official first date on Valentines Day of that school year.
Spill the beans on the how he popped the question.
Jason had a very big plan for the day, which I promptly ruined by saying I had no desire to go to the tide pools, but he proceeded to drive to the beach anyhow much to my dismay. As soon as he realized I really wasn’t going to change my mind and go to the beach he said, “Fine, we will just head home then.” We turned back onto PCH and headed to what I thought was home. Next thing I know we are pulling into a beautiful beach side hotel. He gets out of the car, grabs his suitcase, and I am left standing their suitcase-less and in my gym clothes at cocktail hour. We get to our room and I am feeling a little confused by this point and nervously start rummaging around. I swing open the closet doors and there hangs a beautiful dress, shoes, jewelry, the whole nine yards. I turn to ask about it and I see Jason on one knee. It was the perfect moment we had time to celebrate just the two of us before we quickly called our families, who had been waiting in anticipation as he had already asked their permission.
What are some must haves & specific details for your wedding?
For us it is all about family, friends, and celebration. We want everyone to feel that they are being treated to an evening out and that they had a hand in the evening. One thing we did to achieve this was on our RSVP cards we left a section where we asked our guests to provide the names of a couple songs that they would love to dance to at the reception. In addition, since it’s all about our family and friends spending time together, we opted for a Friday wedding so Saturday can be a planned day for all guests to hang by the pool, feast, and hang out!
What’s been the best part of being engaged?
The best part of being engaged is being given time to think about what our marriage means to us, what will it look like, and what we want to achieve as a couple. It is the only time in your life where there is an emphasis on preparing a relationship for joy, hurdles, compromises, and successes. It’s wonderful to feel so connected and strong.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
As cliché as it may sound it is so true, ENJOY the moment because it is just that. The time you are engaged passes so quickly. Celebrate the little things, connect with your family, and most of all, do what you want it’s your day. If there is a tradition you don’t like, don’t do it. If you have a vision in mind, make it happen.
What is your honeymoon plans?
We are going to a little island in the Bahamas for some serious R&R. Since our wedding date is only a few weeks away from Thanksgiving, then Christmas quickly follows, we opted to wait until January. We are excited that we will be settled from all the wedding excitement to enjoy some time just the two of us.
As your wedding quickly approaches, which part of the big day are you most excited for?
Honestly, I am excited to have all of the most important people in our lives together at the same time, who could ask for more?
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The RiL Girls