She Said Yes!
It’s tough to believe, but my son and his wife just passed their first wedding anniversary. Can you believe it? Only a year ago I dragged you with me on my quest for a mother-of-the-groom dress (post links are here, here, and here if you missed them back then). It was a journey of epic proportions, a seemingly impossible task given that I was shopping in February, in Georgia, for a Florida beach wedding. And now my daughter, Stephanie, has become engaged. So here we go again with the dresses.
Steph and her beloved are planning a fall of 2016 wedding, so we have plenty of time to shop, but of course we’ve already started the process because we’re female and that’s what we do. I’m not even thinking about a mother-of-the-bride dress yet. We’re having too much fun scrolling through online pictures of wedding gowns at theknot.com, and I’m happy to report that Steph and I are on the same page style-wise. It’s her wedding, so I would have kept my mouth shut had her preferences leaned toward something I didn’t like, but—whew!—no worries, we love the same dresses. And I know it’s a long way off yet, but I’m already tearing up thinking about my baby girl taking that walk down the aisle.
My son was 32 when he tied the knot last year. Stephanie will be 29. My youngest daughter, Christina, just turned 21 and though she has a steady boyfriend, they are both still in school and have no plans to marry any time soon. I’m happy about all of this and understand, now that I’m a mother myself, why my Mama almost gave birth to kittens when I informed her, at the ripe old age of 18, that I was getting married. Her words: “And when does this momentous occasion take place?” She calmed down a bit when I assured her we were waiting a year, but our youth still concerned her.
In a real twist, my Daddy, who I was certain would come unglued at our news, took it all in stride. “You can just tell when two people go that kind of crazy,” he said, and wished us well. Like Mama, Daddy loved Joe, which was nice as it smoothed the road considerably.
Of course, the hubster and I are coming up on 35 years now, so it all worked out. And I’ve never regretted finding the love of my life early on. We’ve been blessed to spend our whole lives together, and not everyone has that. Still, I was only 19 when we said our vows; he was 21. We were babies! I’m glad my kids have some maturity going into their marriages.
When David talked to us about proposing to Stephanie, he said he wanted to pop the question during Christina’s birthday weekend so the whole family would be there (Joey and Ashley came up from Florida to celebrate Christy’s 21st). No private setting for an intimate proposal, he insisted. Nothing but the whole family in attendance would do. His reasoning? “It will be one of the happiest moments of our lives, so we should share it with all of you.” That sort of “family first” thinking is vintage David, just one of the things I love about him, so why argue? The only unfortunate thing is that his family lives in Miami, and so they weren’t able to be with us, but the kids called them immediately after.
Stephanie was beyond surprised when she realized what was happening, though David never had a chance to get past, “I love you so much, you make me so happy—” He was en route to one knee, but Stephanie said, “Yes!” so fast they were hugging and smooching, and we never got to hear David’s whole spiel. No worries, though. The laughter and happy tears pretty much said it all. Here is the happy couple at dinner a few hours prior to the proposal:
Before sitting down to write this post, I spent some time looking up quotes on marriage and weddings. There are a lot of great ones out there, and it was a toss up between the one above and this one below. Since I couldn’t decide I’ve used them both. Here’s the quote over a photo of Steph and David, taken a few years ago:
Congratulations, Stephanie and David! Love you two!
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