I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be sharing this with you! I love reading planning threads and I’ve been looking forward to this moment since I found this website almost 2 years ago. I wasn’t sure when to start my planning thread, but now that my planning has gained major momentum now seems as good a time as any.
Just a warning my planning thread will be long =p I have been engaged for a while and my wedding vision has changed during that time. It’s been a bumpy ride getting to where I am in my planning today and I want to share it all with you. I hope that you enjoy reading my planning thread as much as I enjoy reading yours.
I suppose I should start from the very beginning…
How We Met:
Dan and I met in September 2012 during a Networking event hosted by Mississauga Rotaract; this is not our typical scene at all. During this time I was going through some major changes. I had recently lost my grandmother whom I was very close to, I just graduated from York University, I left my dead-end receptionist job to go to back to College, and I was in the best shape I had ever been in, in my entire life. I was happy being single and just enjoying life and trying to embrace all of my life changes. My brother’s friend was always trying to make us go to his Rotaract events and my brother had asked me to go with him. It was a Wednesday evening and I figured I had nothing to lose since I wasn’t doing anything anyways so I went and never regretted it.
Dan was going through a really rough patch in his life and his friends pretty much forced him to go out and be social even though he really didn’t want to.
I arrived late at the event because we couldn’t find parking and immediately noticed him when I walked into the building. I was so attracted to him, he was very tall, blonde, and had the bluest eyes I had ever seen. I knew that I had to talk to him (it’s in my nature to make the first move). During the icebreaker I made it a point to approach him and the rest is history! Instead of moving on to other people we talked the entire time and learned that we had so much in common. At the beginning of the event we all received raffle tickets for a Starbucks gift card. We got so lost in conversation that we forgot to check our numbers when it was announced. At the end of the event we exchanged numbers not knowing where it was going to go. During our relationship neither of us could remember the exact day we met or went on our first date so we arbitrarily picked October 4 as our anniversary date.
We both learned that life really begins when you leave your comfort zone.
The Defining Moment of Our Relationship
Early in 2013, Dan’s family organized a family vacation to Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba and invited me to come with them; even though Dan and I had only been dating for four months. Dan really wanted me to come even though I was hesitant about it. Neither Dan nor I had been on a vacation before, so again we decided to escape our comfort zone and go. We went to the Melia Cayo Santa Maria in mid-April and it was heaven! I would totally recommend it to anyone wanting to go to Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba. I really felt that this is where our relationship really took off. We spent the whole week together and had a great time! We experienced so many firsts and learned so much about each other. I also learned that I LOVE the beach and travelling!
One day, while we were on the beach there was a wedding. Being creepers we decided to watch. It was so beautiful and the bride was simply stunning. The whole moment was so perfect. I always thought that I would have a traditional wedding as it is what I dreamed of since I was a little girl. I didn’t understand the concept of a destination wedding or why a bride would even want one. After watching that wedding something like a light switch went off in my mind and I knew that I wanted a beach wedding! After we got back from our vacation Dan surprised me with a sparkling sapphire promise ring.
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In August 2013, we began talking about our relationship which we considered very serious. All of a sudden Dan asked me how I would feel if we were to get engaged sooner rather than later. We had already discussed our future and had agreed that we would wait until I was finished school before we would take the next step. I wasn’t expecting him to ask that, but I was thrilled to be engaged sooner than later. We both knew from very early on in our relationship that we would be together. We have the same goals in life and we complement each other well.
Personally, I hate surprises and Dan knows this lol. We made a compromise that I can choose the ring as long as Dan gets to completely surprise me with the proposal. I thought that it was fair since I feel I should love the ring that I get to wear for the rest of my life. I e-mailed him a few different styles that I liked. A few weeks later he took me to People’s so that I could try them on and what do you know I actually completely fell in love with the cheapest ring on my list. I would never want to upgrade my ring I LOVE it!
I knew that Dan had purchased the ring well before he proposed as I just had a feeling. He really made me sweat it out though. I believe that he bought the ring in August and he didn’t propose until November! I thought he would have proposed on our first anniversary and got all prepared for it and everything. I started to lose hope that it would happen and let my guard down.
In late November Dan took me to the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade in Mississauga. I had never been to a Santa Claus Parade before as my family is Muslim. We watched the parade then went to Second cup to get a coffee to warm up as it was a bone-chilling negative 15! We walked to our usual spot overlooking the Credit River when all of a sudden he dropped onto one knee. I can’t remember what exactly was said as I was in shock, but he was so cute even though he had dropped the ring. All I remember was that I cried and could barely speak so I nodded, then a few seconds later said yes!
P.S. My display picture was taken right after I said yes.
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