Well, in all fairness, we actually decided to get ‘hitched’ almost a year and a half ago. It was Christmas morning and we were hanging out in our nearly finished apartment enjoying some peace and quiet together before the hustle and bustle of the day began. We didn’t even have carpet (just a cold cement floor), but we had our cozy couch and each other, so it was wonderful :). The exact series of events is pretty fuzzy in my mind, but at some point Rob slid off the couch and down onto one knee. He held my hand and said a lot of wonderful and sweet things to me (neither of us can remember exactly what was said, but it was lovely), then opened up the beautiful box holding my ring and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I accepted without hesitation because I already knew exactly where I wanted to be for the rest of my life. It had only been 3 months since I moved to the western suburbs of Chicago from my small town in Ohio to be with him, but we were soulmates from the beginning and I would have said yes even if he’d asked me the day I had moved in.
Our original wedding date was going to be May 15, 2011. We chose that date based on a fortune cookie and some interesting coincidences. However, that date came and went because I was not quite ready to take my walk down the aisle. I have regained the 100lbs that I lost in 2007/2008, and I refuse to be this version of myself on my wedding day. As a result of that, I wanted to work on losing weight, and we hadn’t actually announced the 15th as our wedding date. I figured once I started making progress and I was comfortable that I’d meet my goal we would start making solid plans, but it never really happened. I was very sad when May 15th rolled around. All I could think was that I should be getting married to my best friend that day and that I had screwed it all up. We took comfort in the fact that it was only about 42 degrees and pouring rain all day though, I’m sort of glad we dodged that bullet! (especially since we want an outdoor wedding).
So that brings us up to a couple of days ago, when we finally decided to pick a date and stick with it. Rob actually brought up the 26th, initially because it’s still in May (which we really like) but also because it falls on Memorial Day weekend (3 day weekend, woo!!). I thought it was a great idea right away, and just like that, we had a date! I called my mom the next day to let her know and she was very excited. She joked about having to get a job hehe, but I don’t want to be super-traditional and expect them to pay for everything. I then made things ‘Facebook Official’ as Rob and I both announced our plans to the world. So there’s no going back now! I either lose the weight I want to lose, or I walk down the aisle as an overweight bride. I’ve waited long enough to become Mrs. Mandy Ringe damnit. So as far as I’m concerned, LET THE PLANNING BEGIN! ❤