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Save The Dates

Our save the dates have officially gone out, so it’s time to give some details about our wedding weekend!

For everyone who’s traveling, we have blocked off rooms at La Quinta on Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City for Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th.  The ceremony will be at 2:30 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.

If you have any questions about travel, give us a call!

Engagement Shots and More!

This weekend, my awesome sister flew me to visit her in Dallas so I could go to the bridal boutique where she bought her wedding dress.  Philip’s mom and sister also came along for the wedding dress hunt.

We had a lot of fun, and also major success!  I got a dress off the rack which is the EXACT opposite of what I thought I wanted, but I knew right away.  I tried on about 7 or 8 dresses, but the first one was the one.  I’d love to show pictures, but you’ll all just have to wait!  The second bonus was that the dress was an insane bargain.  For real.

Philip drove down, also, so on Saturday we spent some time with his extended family.  It was fun getting to know his awesome family, playing games and looking at baby pictures of my future husband.  Saturday night we got sushi with my sister and brother-in-law and they gave us very helpful wedding planning advice.

This morning we went to my brother-in-law’s church and had a really great family style lunch and spent time with my sister’s sister-in-law and her twin boys (who will be some awesome ring bearers!).

The other plan for the weekend (besides wedding dress and meeting the grandparents) was to get some engagement pictures, and they’re awesome!  My sister is not a professional photographer, but she did a fantastic job!  We put together our save the dates and will be ordering them soon, but here are some shots we loved!

The best part about this weekend is that this goodbye between us was the last one we’ll have as long distance couple.  Next time we see each other, we’ll be moving me up to OKC!

Wedding Shower

Due to the fact that none of my bridesmaids or family members live in the same state as me, I went into this engagement knowing that I probably wouldn’t get a traditional surprise bridal shower with all my family and friends.  I’m loving the engagement period, and my friends and family are incredibly supportive and helpful, but because my fiance and family and bridal party don’t live near me, it will be an untraditional time for me.  Which I’m completely ok with!

So when my Young Adult friends from my church told me they wanted to throw me a shower, I was pleasantly surprised!

The shower was a lovely combination of women and I was thrilled to get to feel like a real bride for a night.

 

Before the shower, I realized that because of the wonder of the internet, I have the capability of checking to see which things on my registry had been bought, thus allowing me to know what I’ll be getting.  But, while I received several items from my registry that were absolutely necessary to Philip’s and my life together, we also received some awesome stuff I never even considered!

Phyllis cross-stitched these pillowcases for us!

Our first nativity!

My favorite part of the evening was the craft the girls came up with.  They had all kinds of ribbons and things to decorate these tea lights with our wedding colors.  They came with a little note that reminded those who can’t make it to the wedding to light the candle at the time of our wedding, so they can be with us in spirit.  I really appreciated this, seeing as the majority of our guests will be coming from out of town and may not be able to make the trip.

I am so thankful for my “family” here in Louisiana!

(Thanks to Lane for the photos I stole from her!)

Out of the hospital

Great news: Courtney was discharged today.  We are now at the Holiday Inn in Nashville where she is, rightfully, getting some sleep.  We are heading back to Louisiana tomorrow evening around 6.  Thank you to everyone for the prayers and good wishes.  We love you all.

The True Test

When Philip and I first started dating, I was in the process of being tested to see if I was suitable kidney donor.  I did tell him pretty early on in our relationship about it, but it’s not really first date-appropriate topic of conversation.

This week was my surgery (for more info on it, go to my blog The Ultimate Gilmore Girls Movie Night).  My amazing fiance drove down to my house for the first few days of the week, then flew with me to our destination for the surgery.  He has hardly left my side since we got here.  He has heard me complain and cry and ask him for 10 million things (Possibly the best thing I’ve asked for him to do was to scratch my legs for me since I couldn’t bend down.)

If I needed any more proof that this is the right man for me to spend the rest of my life with, these last few days have solidified it for me.  He will be flying home with me in the next few days and spending a little over a week with me taking care of me.

I can’t wait to spend my life with him. 🙂

Bridesmaids

While Philip opted to call his groomsmen to ask them to be a part of our wedding, I decided to steal an idea from my sister’s wedding.  When my sister asked me to be in her wedding, she sent me a note card with a personalized note officially asking me to be her maid of honor.  I’ve kept that card for years and I always thought it was an excellent idea (I’m not sure if it was just my sister’s idea, but I’ve never seen anyone else do it, so I’m giving her credit for it).

Leanne's Card

I sent out 1 Matron on Honor card (who will henceforth be known as the Hot Mama of Honor because she’s opposed to the term Matron), 1 Maid of Honor card, and 4 Bridesmaid cards.

I gave mine a little more of my style.

Each note had a little personalized message to my girls and an official request for them to be in my wedding.  And all have agreed!

The Proposal

Philip had tried to plan a surprise engagement for Courtney, but she kept trying to ruin it.  She conned him into telling her that he was going to be driving down to visit her on Monday June 6th.  So, on Sunday, June 5th, she had planned to have dinner with a friend.  The two girls came back to Courtney’s place where Janine said she had a CD for Courtney to listen to.  After listening to the song for a while, Courtney thought it sounded an awful lot like Philip, but was in such denial because there was no way Janine could have gotten a CD from Philip in Oklahoma.  Right when she had realized how much it sounded like Philip, the song reached the last line which was “Will you marry me?” except that part wasn’t recorded on the CD.  Instead, Philip came through the door and sang it in person with the ring in hand.

After some hugging and shaking and shock, Courtney finally said yes.  And they immediately set to telling their friends and family.