Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Post Engagement...

Post Engagement- stick with me as I get all of this out. One day I will be glad I did. You see, when Georgia was born I began a blog to remember. Surely you think, "Oh, I'll remember all of those things" and you do...the thing is- what MAKES you remember them? I've spent countless hours sitting back and re-reading what I wrote about her growing up- some is "published" some is not. But it's her life story. I cherish this. Sure- I remember her birth- but to go back and re-read her "birth story" that I wrote as soon as I was able.... I'm glad that I did.

So piece by piece I want to write down and remember every little detail of how Lee and I became one. I skipped a lot- our meeting, dating, etc. and hopefully I will get to that one day, but for now our engagement and marriage is where we will begin...

So we were engaged!! The moment I had waited for. First up on the list- tell our children!!! Georgia came home that Sunday. She pranced in and plopped on the couch to begin chatting with me.... "Mom, wait, what's that?" as she grabbed my hand. "Oh...that's nice- did Lee give that to you?? WAIT! MOM IS THAT AN ENGAGEMENT RING??? ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED???" Yes Georgia, Lee proposed! "OH MY GOSH I'M SO EXCITED!!!!" She jumps up and runs to give Lee a giant hug then begins to ask the question a million others did "When are you getting married?" Well- we don't know yet. "Well, Where?" Georgia, I have no idea. little did I know, my daughter was a wedding planner as she whipped out a clip board and began to take notes on the 'best places to get married' see picture below...
1. Bayou Bend
2. Beach
3. Disney World (If only she knew....)
4. Horse Back Riding
5. Castle in California
6. Castle in Austin
7. The Alamo (that would be classic...)
8. Cruise Ship

So the question resounded from all...."When are you getting married?" , "What's the date??". I thought to myself, "Ummm we JUST got engaged!! We don't have a date!"- oh but I spoke too soon. These questions prompted us to look at a calendar.... many of you know Lee and I have opposite weekend schedules with the kids- meaning when I have Georgia, he doesn't have the boys and vice versa. Meaning we never have a weekend together with our children, a holiday, etc. EVER. Last year was bit different but from here on out- nothing. EXCEPT for summers. My schedule with Georgia changes, his does not- which enables us to about 4 weekends together with our kids, 3 weekends to ourselves and a few weekends split. As we looked at the calendar we realized after summer 2015 we would not have our children together on a weekend until June of 2016! Obviously the three of them being present was our main concern. That- coupled with the fact we still had separate households pushed us to the only possible date to wed- August 8, 2015. Lee didn't want to wait almost an entire year to be together as a family, nor did I. So after throwing around a few different ideas we settled on this date. 2 months and 8 days away.

First things first though- regardless of the date and location- I needed a dress!!! My wedding dress appointment was 3 days after our engagement. (Can you tell I've dreamed of trying on wedding dresses since the day I was born?!) My sweet friend Gina led me to a little boutique that sells off the rack custom and designer gowns that you don't have to wait 6-8 weeks to be shipped then altered. I cannot believe I found my "dream dress" in one day.... but I did. I knew the moment I tried it on, then after at the tailor- that it was perfect. I could envision my future husband's face when I walked down the aisle and I knew- he would love it. I can tell you now- I hit the nail on the head. ;) he was blown away and has told me almost every day since he has never seen me more beautiful.

After deciding on the date you think it would be easy! Not. We wanted a destination wedding but that fell through after Lee's work schedule played out. I thought a wedding in Houston would be "too much" considering we both had children and wanted something intimate with our closest friends and families present. After about a month of going back and forth we realized our only option was Houston. We went one day to look at venues and found the perfect place. I'm still in awe this happened.

Lee was off work and I "conned" him into going to look at a couple of places. We checked out The Bell Tower and last minute The Houston Club. Jeana (who ended up being our wedding coordinator) stayed a bit late to let us come by and see it. We were both blown away but tried to not let on. We knew *this* was the place. I signed the contract on July 7- that's right, one month and one day before our wedding. A month to go. Let's do this.

When people say things are "meant to be", "kismet", "fate", etc., never I have believed that more than with our wedding. If this wasn't the *right* thing so many forces would have never combined to make our day what it was.... too many things fell in the right place than was necessary. I know I was suppose to marry this man, and I'm so glad that I did.

So we sign the contract July 7 and I'm handed a list of "preferred vendors" of which I stare at for a week. The next week I go back to The Houston Club for our tasting. Jeana asks me who my florist, DJ, Officiant, etc is. I have no answers. She and Michelle (her assistant) look at me quizzically? Worriedly? I am three weeks from my wedding and have nothing. Jeana tells me to go home and call the preferred vendor list. I do.... and this is where the magic started...

Call number 1: DJ
I call the DJ- we get on the phone and he gives me a deal better than I could have imagined. I was skeptical- why? Turns out The Houston Club was holding their very first Bridal Open House earlier int he day.... this DJ was going to set up for the open house, for him to stay for my wedding was easy- and naturally he could upgrade everything! Sold!

We pushed through everything else- bridesmaid dresses- worked out uncannily well, all the mother's  and grandmother's dresses- found them and they were gorgeous! The flower girl dress, the boy's outfits. I hacked out invitations, we set a room block at the hotel. RSVP's were coming in...we even decided to use my mom's pastor- met with him and LOVED him. Things were really falling into place. All done. The one last thing was the flowers.... I had my heart set on something and couldn't let it go.....

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