Happy New Year! I'm back from my blogger break and wedding planning hiatus. I am so excited about 2010 - the beginning of a new decade and the year I will start my married life with Big Spoon! 2009 went by so quickly and I have a great deal to be thankful for. I'll work backwards from today ...
New Year's Eve 2009:
We invited our closest friends over and had a ton of fun ringing in the new year. Also, it appears that 2010 is the year of weddings: three of our close friend couples are engaged and planning summer/late summer weddings. Oh my! We are so excited for all of them.
We had such a wonderful, low-key Christmas this year. It was our first year to celebrate Christmas together. We headed up to my family's celebration on Christmas Eve to be with my parents, maternal grandparents, brother, sisters and brothers-in-law and niece and nephew. Christmas day, Big Spoon's parents flew in from Colorado and were here through Tuesday and they totally spoil us. I am always sad to see them leave and miss them like I've known them forever.
Oh, and Big Spoon gave me a Tiffany's charm! Isn't it cute?
Oh, let's see ... we booked Down South Delights catering in November, celebrated our 1st year dating anniversary and chose Rose Mont Mansion for our wedding and reception in October.
We (as in my parents) purchased my wedding dress in August, celebrated Big Spoon's birthday, had engagement pictures made in June and celebrated my birthday! Oh, and I bought a new car :)
This quarter of 2009 was marked by travel - a weekend trip to Colorado and a romantic getaway to New York City. Big Spoon proposed in Central Park on April 13. It all felt like a dream and sometimes, it still does. I started our blog in 2009 as well.
Shopping for engagement rings in January is definitely an experience I will never forget. Both surreal and exciting as this experience was, the most shocking part was falling in love with classic solitaires. I love my ring more every day. Big Spoon did a great job matching my personality to my engagement ring - classic brilliant round with a flat, small modern band. Even down to the surprise side diamonds, its perfect.
Although there were some shadows - work, relationships, the economy - overall, I couldn't have asked for a better year. I am so lucky to be in love with my best friend, to be surrounded by family and friends and continue my career in design into the new year.
Thanks for reading, folks. Happy New Year.