You knew that, of course. At least, if you've been reading this blog recently. Or if you follow me on some kind of social media. But in case you didn't, or in case you, like me, want to say it one more time...I'm getting married.
We set our wedding date today. We went to the most beautiful place in Central Florida (if you want my opinion) with my mom, and as soon as we drove through the gates, we freaked out. It looks like something out of Tuscany. The trees. The hills. The stone. The ironworks. You'll forget you're in Florida. The three of us took a tour of the property. Took pictures of the views, the different aspects of the place.
That's the view from where our actual ceremony will be held. We're saying our vows on this beautiful lawn outside, and right over the stone wall is this amazing view.
We all pretty much knew we'd be setting a date today. For about a month or so now (prior to our engagement), Rob and I had an idea about our wedding date. My birthday is July 1. Rob and I started dating on July 8, exactly a week after my birthday. I always enjoy that time of year, because we get to do a lot of fun things and celebrating in a two-week period. Rob's birthday happens to be November 1. So we thought, why not November 8? It just so happens that in 2014, it's a Saturday. I liked the idea, and thought it was easy to remember and kind of a cute thing that has significance only to the two of us. Plus we'll get to celebrate twice a year, birthday plus anniversary.
When my mom originally called our venue, they said November 8 wasn't available. I thought, "Sad, but okay. No big deal." We would find another date. But today, they told us that November 8, 2014 is open. I had no idea how much it really meant to me until we heard it was available. So we went about the process of making plans, discussing food and locations and vendors. We set our date.
Rob and I came home from this amazing place and all these incredible plans. And I said to him something that I'd been telling him all day: None of this stuff means nearly as much to me as the fact that I get to marry you.
I'd marry Rob in our backyard, or on the corner of the street. I'd marry him anywhere, any place, any time. I look at the future ahead of us and I am so overwhelmed with the joy of knowing the blessings and the firsts we have in store for us. Not just this year, but in the decades (I hope!) to come. It's all so exciting because I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. The person I can't hide a single thing from. Who knows me inside and out, good, bad, and very ugly. And next November, I get to stand up in front of the people we love and promise him forever. No matter what.
I can't wait.