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By: Elizabeth Ries | Posted: 07/19/2013
For some reason I thought time would stand still for a while after Jay and I got engaged. I was so wrong. So, so wrong. It's not only not standing still, it's flying by at an incredibly rapid pace.
I joke that every time I cross something off my to-do list, I immediately think of five things to add to the bottom. I also make wisecracks about the money that is literally hemorrhaging out of our bank account. Except I'm not really joking. About any of it.
Those are the overwhelming parts of planning a wedding.
And then there are the incredibly beautiful, soak-it-all-in moments that I never knew would be this lovely. Like the snow melting and finally being able to visit our wedding site and see the exact place where Jay and I will say our vows. Working piece by piece on so many wedding details and then being able to really visualize how it's all going to come together. Receiving notes from my future extended family expressing how much joy they are feeling about our upcoming union.
And it all started to feel real at my very first shower.
I'm lucky to have a wonderful group of my mom's friends (who also happen to be the moms of some of my closest and oldest friends) who love to throw parties. When they asked to host a shower for me, I was delighted. My sisters and Grandma flew in for the event and it was beyond wonderful. They made a signature cocktail, delicious and super-girly salads, herbed popcorn, and lots of reminders of chickens (which I happen to have living in my backyard!). I'm looking forward to more showers with friends, family, and future family, a weekend bachelorette party and of course, the big day.
In between all of that though . . . I'm going to run and add a few more things to my to-do list. :)
Carly is manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C. See her engagement story.
Vanessa is creative director and co-founder at Bow & Arrow Magazine. See her engagement story.
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