A Parking Lot Love Story.

Hello hello EAD world!

When Ami asked me a couple weeks ago if I wanted to become an EAD weekly columnist after I sent along our engagement photos, I couldn’t believe my luck. I’ve pretty much been reading this blog since I got engaged, so I’m THRILLED to be sharing my wedding planning journey with you all over the next few months. Many thanks to Ami for bringing me on board!

Today marks 112 days until our September wedding here in Boston (eeps!). Like most brides to be I’m feeling excited, frantic, emotional, nervous, overwhelmed, but mostly — happy and full of love.

With only three full months left until our wedding, I’m happy to say we have most of the major things checked off the list, but there’s still tons of little details to coordinate and decisions to make! Before I take you through our tireless search for the perfect venue, my newfound talent for negotiation, the ordeal that was outfitting my bridesmaids, our decision to finally hire a wedding planner and everything in between, from making our save the dates to choosing all our vendors and booking our honeymoon, I’ll tell you a bit about me.

Well, us.

Andreas and I met at a football game during our senior year of high school in Maryland (if you can bear the cliché). We were in the same psychology class together that year and I noticed him from across the room on the first day of class. I had heard nice things about him and wanted to meet him but didn’t have the chance until I noticed him standing nearby during the first football game of the year. That’s when I asked a mutual friend to introduce us and from that night on we’ve basically been inseparable.


Though we have crazy different interests and come from very different backgrounds (he was born on the other side of the world of Ethiopian and Russian descent and I’m an east coast American girl through and through), something about being together just made sense and always felt so natural to us.

Senior week

After being together for almost seven years, it was hardly a surprise to our family and friends last Christmas when Andreas got down on one knee proposed in a parking lot. (“Can you not tell anyone how I did it?” Sorry, darlin’.) But as I wrote on my own blog after we got engaged, When you’ve been dating since high school, when you’ve grown up together in college, when you’ve seen each other through deaths and depression and semesters abroad and graduations and first jobs, it ceases to be a matter of “if” and becomes a matter of “when.”


As you’ll learn, the wedding planning process hasn’t always been the easiest for me. But I’ve learned a lot. I’m still learning.

And I can’t wait to share the journey with you.

Next week: finding the perfect place to tie the knot and the beginning of planning our “not-your-average” wedding.

Stay tuned!