Hello! As a fellow bride, and blog-stalker extraordinaire, I am just thrilled to get to share some of my experiences with the loyal EAD readers out there. I am especially excited to be working with E and A since I’m such a big fan. I enjoy writing, and since I come across, or dream up, so many exciting ideas each day, and I’m psyched to share them with girls just like me…. stalking blogs for wedding porn!
I guess I should start with a wee* intro, so y’all know a bit about my background and story. Well, here goes!
I am a 30-year old actress from Chicago. I moved to Los Angeles nearly 2 years ago with the love of my life, Hunter, and our doggie, Paco. Hunter and I met in Milwaukee in 2002 and celebrated our 5 year anniversary last October 7th.
I’d been waiting not-so-patiently for a proposal. But Hunter told me it wouldn’t be coming yet, to avoid any possible disappointment on our anniversary. I didn’t know what on earth he was waiting for, but I was prepared to wait for him. He’s so worth it.
The weekend of Hunter and my 5 year anniversary, he completely surprised me with a trip to San Felipe, on the eastern coast of Baja Mexico on the sea of Cortez. He thought of everything, from packing everything I might need (and more) to making sure I got a manicure and pedicure before we left, to getting Friday and Monday off from my bosses. Best of all, I had no idea what was going on until 6am Friday morning, when we were already on our way there!
It was such a beautiful, remote and peaceful place. Our hotel only had 3 rooms, and our room overlooked the pool which overlooked the sea and mountains. It was a block from the beach, and a lazy 2 mile stroll into town. Barely anyone spoke English, so we got to learn a lot of Spanish – everything from ordering more margaritas to bartering for mexican wares in the shopping bazaar district. The food was amazing, as were the friendly folks that live there. We drank, dined and danced the nights away under a sky full of stars on the gorgeous sea.
Saturday night, the 6th, Hunter took me to a secluded beach just before midnight, with the bottle of wine he had arranged to have in our room upon arrival. They almost didn’t let us on the beach, as it was closed, but in that moment, I magically knew enough spanish to say “Today is our 5 year anniversary. We would like to go to the beach and look at the stars. Its romantic” – It worked! No one was around for miles and miles. We sat and watched the stars, listened to the crashing surf, and reflected back on the last 4 years. He said, “At midnight, let’s stand up so we can give each other a biiiig hug!” So, at 12:00am it became Sunday, our official anniversary, and at that moment he got down on his knee and proposed! It was utterly magical. He designed the ring himself, with a local Los Angeles jeweler (more on that later), and its so beautiful! The whole thing was just a fairy tale. Coming home on Monday was bittersweet – as hard as it was to bid Adios to our romantic vacation, we were thrilled to get to come home and share the news with all of our loved ones! Pretty dreamy, eh?
We’re getting married over Memorial Day weekend next year. True, a 19-month long engagement may seem like overkill, but we needed to save save save, and planning in LA is… complicated (to say the least) on a limited budget. Hint: it took us 7 months to find our venues. But, again, more on that later.
So, there you have it! I can’t wait to tell you more details, so stay tuned…..
until then…. xo
*lengthy. I suffer from Blogorrhea.