“I knew the way you know about a good melon.”

Ed Note: I’m beyond thrilled to welcome another EAD Weddings bride blogger into the fold!  Natalie is absolutely adorable and I know you’re going to love getting to know her and reading and commenting along as she plans her November 2009 North Carolina mountain wedding!

Hi EAD readers!  I almost can’t believe I’m here blogging to you – I have been religiously reading EAD (and seemingly countless other wedding blogs – I’m obsessed!) and it’s nutty that I’m on the other end now, but I can’t wait to hear all your thoughts and ideas about my upcoming wedding.

To start, let me share with you where the title comes from (just in case you aren’t as obsessed with When Harry Met Sally as I am): When Harry Met Sally – the Couples.  I just love the older couples talking about how they met… plus Brian secretly (well, maybe not so secretly) thinks I have some similarities to Sally (especially the restaurant ordering).

Now, let me tell you all about me (well not aaaaall about me – if you want more goodies, check out my blog I think I might be a grown up…).  I moved around a lot growing up (my dad’s a doctor in the Air Force, which – along with his love of change and all things new – was the reason for all the moving) so I don’t really have a hometown.   For college, I came all the way from Northern California to a small (top ten!) school in North Carolina (a state I hadn’t lived it yet!), Davidson College.  Not only did I fall in love with Davidson (I work here now), but I fell in love with Brian at Davidson – talk about being happy I took a chance on a school I had never heard of!

Davidson's main academic building

Now for the boy: Brian.  Brian is from Louisville, KY and has lived there his whole life.  He played baseball at Davidson (and double majored in math and economics – yes, I am bragging) and was drafted by the LA Dodgers after he graduated.  He finished last year on their AAA team before having Tommy John surgery last August.  He’s spent this season rehabbing at the Dodgers spring training facility in Arizona – he started a blog, too, but his is more for the grooms than the brides (unless you’re really into baseball or Brian’s random thoughts, which actually are pretty entertaining…).

Brian (Vero Beach Dodgers - High A)

Brian and I meet early my freshman year at Davidson (his sophomore year), but didn’t start dating until April of that year.  This was partly due the high school boyfriend I had when I came to Davidson (Brian was very respectful) and partly due to Brian’s shyness/nervousness which always kept him from saying more than a few words to me at any one time (one of Brian’s friends/teammates who was dating a friend of mine was the one who finally told me Brian liked me… thanks, Tim!).  After a few months of hanging out in his dorm until all hours (don’t worry, we sat on opposite ends of the couch most of the time and he would give me the “two pat” when he was really feeling brave), Brian got up the nerve to kiss me and we’ve been together ever since!

Brian and I (Connor Formal)

Now Brian and I are planning a November wedding in Cashiers, NC (a small town in the mountains of Western NC) – time has really flown by since freshman year (even though it doesn’t really feel like it has!), but I can’t wait for all that is coming up next!

Stay tuned for my next post – the proposal!