Andy and I first met 7 years ago at a summer camp. When we look back I remember knowing Andy as "the funny guy" at camp, and Andy says he remembers me as the girl he wanted to dance with. Being a summer camp, everyone collected each other's emails including Andy and I. That was how he and I got to know each other, with long emails back and forth and constant talking on MSN messenger. We very quickly became really good friends and eventually we decided to start dating. We had a long distance relationship for 3 years (him being in Edmonton, and me being in Mission BC)... it was tough but we made it through and he was eventually able to move here 4 years ago.
On April 22nd 2012, it was a beautiful warm sunny day and Andy and I had decided we would go down to the park for a walk. It was so nice to enjoy being outside and in each other's company. We sat on a park bench for a good while just enjoying spending time together. With slushies in hand we chatted, goofed off, and people watched together. After a good couple of hours we decided to start heading back. As we passed a really pretty area Andy suddenly suggested we go through there instead of following the path. It was there under all those trees that he asked me to marry him. It couldn't have been more perfect.
So now it is 26 days until the wedding (June28th, 2014) and time has flown by! Our wedding colours are black, white, and crystal, and we are getting married at Langley Golf and Banquet Centre. The best thing about planning the wedding is seeing everything coming together. When you buy or rent decor, you really get a sense of how your hard work is paying off, and how beautiful your day will be.
What surprised me the most was just how much work is involved in planning the wedding. Tiffany and Lindsay have been life savers in terms of breaking it all down and making things work. (It's easy to book people, but actually figuring out delivery times, and schedules, and who's doing what is something I majorly needed help with!)
The main thing I needed to consistently remind myself was that at the end of the day, it's about Andy and I and about us getting married and celebrating our love for each other. It isn't about getting everything 100% perfect all the time with no room for mistakes, it isn't about pleasing everyone else, and it isn't even all about just the one day either (we have a whole lifetime ahead of us :)
There are so many things I am looking forward to the day of the wedding. There are two honourable mentions though that stands out from everything else:
1.Seeing Andy's expression when he sees me walk down the aisle towards him
2.And standing there amongst our friends and family being able to share this special day with each and every one of them.