It all started on the eve of Thanksgiving 2009. I met a drunk Scottish guy and I gave him my phone number with the instructions, “I don’t call boys, boys call me.” A phrase that haunts me still, but believe me, I didn’t mean it the way it sounds! I was merely expressing my nervousness at my calling him.
He did call and our first date was lunch and window shopping down Michigan Ave in Chicago. It was amazing. By June of 2010 I was on a plane leaving the country for the very first time to visit his home in Scotland. He proposed on February 19th, 2012 at the top of the John Hancock Building and we were wed on March 9th, 2013. Now we live in the Kansas City area, but our ultimate goal is to raise a family in Minnesota. (Speaking of, go Minnesota for passing a same-sex marriage bill back in May; you make me proud! Number 12 baby.)
I know it’s easy to get wrapped up in a big wedding bubble when you’re deep in the middle of planning. I know that some people in real life have lovingly and not-so-lovingly called me wedding-obsessed and/or crazy, but if I’m going to be crazy about one thing, it’s love. I will always cherish and enjoy weddings. They represent beginnings, blending of families, and unfiltered bliss.
If I may indulge in one last piece of advice, here are my three best tips for a stunning and fabulous wedding:
1. Personalize, personalize, personalize.
2. Think like a guest.
3. Go for the deal! (Life is short. And if you can save ten bucks per head by having a March wedding in Minnesota then go for it, because April will not be any better weather-wise.)
Blogging for this community has been such a rich blessing for me as a woman, a writer, and especially a bride. To all of you who have followed my journey since the beginning, I commend you! (I realize I can be a bit verbose at times.) To the blogger friends I’ve made along the way, thank you for your amazing support. To those of you who kept it real with me, your opinions were always appreciated as was the reminder that I can’t possibly please everyone.
From the moment I woke up after a vivid dream with the words “A Highland Fairy Tale” in my head, to the day it was all so beautifully executed, I’ve had a blast. Mr. Sword, you are the most amazing man I know. Our wedding was perfect because our relationship is solid and a happy, loving couple is all anyone should expect at a wedding. I look forward to many more special moments with you as my husband.
HOLD ON A SEC…who is that sneaking into our family photo??? Oh yes, that’s our new baby girl. She’s a one year old hound mix with a brindle coat and she’s kind of amazing. We got her from a shelter in mid-August and we LOVE being doggie parents. Should we call her our dagger or just a small sword?
Her name is McKenna. Of course it’s a Scottish name because that’s exactly something I would do. Isn’t she the cutest?
I’m still planning on writing and well, being me, so if you’re so inclined, please feel free to check out my new relationship blog, Drama Happens. I’d love to be able to share more of my life with you all!
With that, The Swords are leaving the building. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
(all photos personal)
One last thought! The fact that I could never make a Sword in the Stone wedding reference in my year of blogging really upsets me. Anyone got anything good?