My Newest Project

Whenever I go to Walmart, I always find myself in the wedding isle. I'm not really sure why, because every time I peruse the isle, there is nothing ever new there. This time I happened to pick up a little idea book and got some inspiration for some of the centerpieces. I bought some sparkling ice decor and set out in my backyard to find some branches. This is what I have come up with so far....I found the picture below for some more inspiration. I plan on adding some orchids to the branches and maybe spray painting the branches brown.

So happy

There is nothing that I love more than flipping through a bridal magazine at Barnes and Noble with my caramel latte in one hand as a gloat over the good deal I got. I happened to come across these ADORABLE candle holders at Michaels for only $6! I can't help but think how wonderful they are going to look next to the centerpieces. Now I just have to wait for the store to get more in stock so I can buy them all!


I didn't think it was possible for another event to be occuring the same weekend we are getting married besides the Plumber's Convention and the Nascar Event in Detroit, but apparently there is! Kayu and I originally wanted to stay at the Bellanina Day Spa Guest House until we were informed that there is a "coming out party" on the streets right outside the guest house that Sunday evening. According to the lady from the Spa, it is quite the event where hundreds of people crowd the streets...not exactly the quiet evening we were hoping for on that night.

We did find a quaint bed and breakfast on the other side of town called the First Street Garden Inn that we will be staying at. Since we reserved the master suite, we have the option of having breakfast in bed. I can't think of a better way to start off our marriage!

All that's left is a band of gold....or tungsten!

Our wedding bands are finally in, and that just means that we are that much closer to the wedding! And since it is already is really fast approaching.

Pimp Ride

I think it would be really sweet if we left the League in this little get-away car. And how cute would it be if it had a "Just Married" sign on the back with soda cans rattling as we drove off?

Bridal Fashion Show

The Bridal Shop where I bought my dress asked me if I wanted to be in their fashion show. I figured sure, why not! Who doesn't wanna try on wedding gowns and strut down the runway?

*Disclaimer: This is NOT my actual wedding gown!

Delectable Menu

For dinner, our guest will have a choice of a beef, chicken, fish, or vegetarian entree. Try not to drool as you read the descriptions...

New York Strip: Eight ounce New York strip steak, topped with ground pistachios, cracked black pepper, and breadcrumbs. Finished with an infused reduced veal stock.

Tuscan Chicken: Herbed sauteed boneless breast of chicken finished with rustic artichoke, zucchini, mushroom, and herb marinara sauce.

Maple Soy Salmon: Wild caught salmon, marinated in pure maple syrup and soy, encrusted with cracked black pepper and broiled to perfection.

Oval Spinach Agnolotti: Small crescent shaped basil pasta stuffed with spinach and served with a butternut squash sauce.


Her Point of View:

I finally found live-in boyfriend! Okay, maybe I am in a little bit of denial about being engaged since I have claimed for years that I was never going to get married. I finally gave in, but for good reason of course. I have decided that I will never find anyone that is as patient as Kayu is to put up with my difficult personality. I think Abby summed it up best when she commented to Kayu "I am very impressed with the way you handle Shannon's unpredictable mood changes." I have also come to realize that I will never find another being to tell me that I am right 90 percent of the time. And that no matter how mean I am to Kayu, he will still love me in return. The biggest thing that I have discovered is that I found a good catch and I don't plan on throwing him back into the sea anytime soon.

His Point of View:

So when did I know? Was it when Shannon's mom called me a sucker for dating her? Or was it when I survived a week in the Dominican Republic with her? I can't tell you. But I do know that I've found the girl of my dreams. I can't tell you what her eye color is because it changes all the time, but I can tell you what her smile looks like. I can't tell you what she is thinking most of the time, but I can tell you when she is angry (probably because usually it's my fault.)

One night after dropping Shannon off at her house, I listened closely to a song that was playing on the radio. If you know me, you'll know that I usually don't pay attention to the lyrics of songs. However, this time, the lyrics caught my attention. You would almost think that the song was about Shannon:

And she'll promise you more than the garden of Eden
Then she'll carelessly cut you and laugh while you're bleeding
But she'll bring out the best and worst you can be
Blame it all on yourself 'cause she's always a woman to me

She's frequently kind and she's suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases, she's nobody's fool...
But she's always a woman to me

I can't wait to "put up with her" for a very long time. (Until she throws me back into the sea, of course)

How We Met

We first knew of each other's existence from ROTC. I can't say that I liked Kayu very much when I first knew him. I have a not-so-fond memory of him hogging the fog machine when we were working together on a haunted house my freshman year. He was acting like I was incompetent and didn't know how to operate the fog machine.

I will even go as far as to blame him for me not being a part of the Honor Guard team my sophomore year. I distinctly remember him making the comment "We will not be having fun like this when I am the commander."

Ironically, three Halloweens later we would fall for each other. Who wouldn't fall for Splinter? I think I have Abby and Breanne to thank for this since they were the ones bugging us that we would be perfect together. And the rest is history....

The Proposal

After a long anxious weekend wait, the FedEx guy knocked on my door on Tuesday morning (Feb 6) to deliver a shiny ring. As it sat on my desk, I knew it was time to make the hardest call in my ask Shannon's dad for permission to marry her:

Kayu: So you've probably been expecting this question, or maybe not. I'm not sure how to phrase it, but I was wondering if I can have your permission to marry Shannon.

Shannon's Dad: Wow, um, sure. Wow...

(conversation continues...)

Shannon's Dad: That's great. As long as you're sure you know what you're getting yourself into.

The plan: On Friday night (Feb 9), I would have Shannon distracted when Oliver would jump out into the living room with the ring box tied to his body.

What actually happened: While trying to tie the ring box to Oliver, he decided that he was not willing to participate in my master plan. He jumped to and fro, thus the ring box would not stay tied. Backup plan - keep the ring in my back pocket and do it the old fashion way. While Shannon was distracted with a delicious Molten Chocolate Cake (which didn't turn out molten), I dropped to one knee and while trying to open the ring box, managed to ask her to marry me. Before I could finish, Shannon was already trying to kiss me. (Note: Due to the fumbling, the ring box was still not opened yet.) Shannon answered yes before she saw the ring...which she didn't realize until about 5 minutes later.

Favorite Memories Together

  • 1. Halloween night.....when we obviously had crushes on each other but were too shy to say so.
  • 2. Going horseback riding in the Dominican Republic and getting covered in mud.
  • 3. Picking out our precious baby kittens at the Humane Society.
  • 4. Kayu screaming in the middle of the night because the rain was leaking in through the roof and getting him wet, while Shannon ignored him by covering her head with a pillow because sleep was much more important to her.
  • 5. Kayu's grandmother giving Shannon the thumbs up and saying "good, good."
  • 6. Hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes and having the view of Lake Michigan to ourselves.
  • 7. Our first kiss at S'keepers.
  • 8. Taking "creative" pictures in the Arb with Brenda and Tim.
  • 9. Watching My Super Sweet 16 and A Baby Story together (or perhaps it is more like Shannon's favorite).
  • 10. Kayu on one knee fumbling with a little wooden box.