Hey everyone!  I am honored and excited to be guest blogging this week for Elizabeth Anne Designs.  After finding this website more than a year ago, EAD has been a fantastic resource and incredible inspiration to me as I moved through the engagement process.  And as I have watched it grow over the past year, I am happy to say that it continues to inspire me as I adjust to married life!

Since my wedding not quite two months ago, I have been pinching myself pretty frequently – trying to believe that after thirteen months of planning, I really did get married!  I got engaged December 15, 2007 (our three year dating anniversary) and got married January 24, 2009.  The time flew by, and I can’t believe that I am now writing after the fact.  Having the opportunity to share my story with all of you feels somewhat like ending a chapter of my life and beginning the next.

Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself and my husband.  My name is Annie, and my husband Ryan and I live in Atlanta, Georgia.  We met through mutual friends at the small college we attended in central Florida.  After being acquaintances for a year, we randomly went on a walk one night and ended up talking for hours.  Not only did we have a great conversation, but more importantly I realized that being with Ryan felt like being at home.

Engagement Ring

As I was graduating soon after we started dating (he is two years younger than me), we agreed to give long distance a try.  I moved to Atlanta for graduate school, and he stayed behind in Florida to finish his degree.  It was a rough two years, but we made it through and got engaged the first Christmas we were both living in Atlanta.  We love it here, and were thrilled that our friends and family could all travel to join us for our wedding in the city we call home.

Engagement Walking

All photography by Blue World Studios.