Saturday night Tim and I had our engagement party at his parents house, and there are no words to express the happiness that the party brought to us both. It is really hard to put into words how special we felt without feeling like everyone had to focus only on us. We had around 65 people there, and while everyone was able to mix and mingle, we got to talk to everyone for different periods of time.
Tim’s step-mom, Rhonda, decorated their whole house in Christmas decorations and made sure that she incorporated our main wedding color, Eggplant, into the decorations. She had the event catered, and the food and the entire setup was beyond perfection. To know the time and energy that she put into the perfect setup and preparation added to the amazing feeling of the whole night.
As people started coming in, it was a bit nerve wracking to know what to talk about with who and how to introduce people that have never met, but it worked out so well. People mingled, and I looked around and enjoyed knowing that in some way these people who made an effort to come to our party care about us. While people all have their own things going on, they came to celebrate this special occasion with us.
The whole wedding experience is very different from what I’ve seen on tv and movies and read in other people’s blogs. I thought I knew what it would be like going into it, but last night made me really realize that it’s just like life, only a little more special. The world doesn’t stop spinning for you, but it spins on around you while everyone looks at you with a little smile and a special place in their hearts. I love that feeling. I don’t want to be the center of attention; I just want people to smile for us and know how happy we are.
It’s really the best feeling.
I bought my wedding dress last week when I was home over Thanksgiving, but I had this little inkling of doubt in my mind and was a bit disappointed that the whole experience wasn’t like Say Yes to the Dress. And almost as though I had called God on the phone, I received a phone call from the bridal salon that they couldn’t make the changes that I had wanted. Now, I have a week to sit on it, think about if I want it, and ultimately get to have that whole experience again to really be 100% sure and love everything about my dress.
Life goes on, but along the way the wedding planning experience makes you realize how lucky you are.
The party was amazing, and of course after the masses left our closest friends stayed for another hour or two and we got to just relax and sit back and take it all in.
So to all my girlfriends who attended the party and read my blog, thank you so much for coming and for everything last night. Your presence was so appreciated.