The Adventure Starts Here: October 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Busy Weekend

So this weekend was extremely busy for Chris and me. We knew it would be so on Friday night Chris just brought Chinese food over and we watched my Tivo'd episodes of Monk (we were a few weeks behind lol). It was a good thing we didn't go out, we were both falling asleep at 10 pm!

Saturday, I went with my mom dress shopping... but I won't go into much detail there, because it is a surprise... to EVERYONE except my mom and I. Meanwhile, Chris went with his family to the Highlands (where he'll be moving to in December) so he could measure everything. We then met up in the afternoon to go furniture shopping.

Chris really doesn't have any furniture that he's bringing to the new apartment, so we have to get everything new. And I'm helping him pick it all out, because in less than a year it will be OURS! So we went to Crate and Barrel and found some stuff we liked, but not absolutely loved. Then we went to Pottery Barn and didn't find any comfortable couches! Then we went to Raymour and Flannigan - that was a let down :( Next was Ethan Allen, but they take 10-12 weeks to deliver! Chris can't sit on the floor until Christmas!!! So we left that store pretty fast. We finally decided to go to the Macy's furniture store.... and that's where we hit the jackpot. We bought a leather sofa, chair, and ottoman, 2 chairs/bar stools to go under the kitchen breakfast counter, and then we got our King Mattress!!!! It was a very productive day to say the least. Now we just have to find a TV stand (for the huge TV Chris just bought), a desk, and some dressers. Everything else we need we can take our time since he can live as long as he has these things right when he moves in.

Right from there we drove to meet Elena and Brian for dinner. We felt like we were in a movie while we were trying to parallel park while the rain was coming down like crazy and branches were flying at the car (Chris obviously was parking... anyone who knows me knows I can't park in perfect conditions!). Elena is one of Chris' best friends and I had never met her or her fiance yet. Dinner was fabulous and the night was just really fun! We were half an hour late due to our furniture purchases, but everything worked out in the end. I even got some embarrassing stories about Chris from Elena. I guess I have to promise not to share these :(

Sunday was just as busy... I went to Dolce (where we are having the wedding) with my mom and Chris' mom for a Bridal Expo. Chris' mom had never been there before, so we gave her the tour of the Ballroom, the Deck, and the Courtyard. We got some cool ideas for flowers, met with some photographers, and got to try some of the cake that I will be having at my wedding. It was a lot of fun. I then ran home, changed, and Chris picked me up so we could go to the Giants Game. It was my FIRST pro football game ever! We first drove to my friend Patrice's house to meet up with her and her boyfriend so the 4 of us could drive in together. We met up with our other friend at work Jaeger and Jenn. The 6 of us tailgated (burnt some hot dogs) before the 8:20 game. It was cold, but nothing crazy... fortunately Chris brought the Penn State blanket for me to use. Unfortunately the Giants lost :( But still, it was a fun first game!


Our seats were in the 11th row!

Patrice and Mike


The 4 of us trying to stay warm!
(Mike and Jenn had seats across the aisle)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Date and Venue are set!!!

Chris and I have officially picked our Wedding Date and the Venue....

It will be on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Dolce in Basking Ridge... see the pictures below!

The hotel

The ceremony

Where the cocktail will be held

Reception Hall

We hope to be able to have our Ceremony and Cocktail Hour outside... so hope for good weather!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Meghan's contact info



Well here's a picture from the exact day that my brother gave me Meghan's phone number and email address. It was January 11, 2009. It was freezing out, as you can tell. My brother Justin and I were at the Giants-Eagles NFL playoff game, which was my Christmas present to Justin. The Giants were eliminated from the playoffs that day, but I ended up winning the relationship playoffs, and 4 days later (not a week or two, as was previously stated by my better half), I emailed Meghan for the first time, and that got the ball rolling....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pre-engagement

Chris and I were set up by his mom. In high school I worked at a dentist office where Chris' mom worked. Years later I still went to that dentist for my checkups and cleanings. In January 2009 Chris' mom asked if I was seeing anyone. I wasn't and she asked if she could give my number and e-mail to her son. I said yes, and a week or two later I got an email from Chris and obviously the rest is pretty obvious.

Below are some pictures from the fun times we had while dating:



At Joe's Wedding in Williamsport, PA

Aimee's Birthday

Chris and Me in Central Park

Chris and Me at McCormick and Schmick

Chris and Me going to my first Mets Game

Mini Golfing

At the Meadowlands Fair

Celebrating Jenn's Birthday

Chris and Me in Philly

Chris and Me visiting Luke and Tyler in Toronto

Chris and Me at the CN Tower

Chris and Me at Niagara Falls

Chris and Me at Laura's Wedding

Chris and Me at Carmine's for our Anniversary

The parents meet for the first time at Alfie's

Chris and I at Taylor Swift

Chris and Me at the US Open

Chris and Me at Kristin's Housewarming

Friday, October 16, 2009

Chris proposed!



So this is the first post for Chris and my blog! We decided to start one when we got engaged so we could document the engagement process.

Chris and I got engaged on October 10, 2009 while we were visiting Penn State. We went to the Eastern Illinois game where Penn State crushed them... 52-3! It was my FIRST game, so Chris took care of me... brought me a seat cushion and a blanket all for myself! When the game was over we walked over to the Nittany Lion Statue. Chris was surprised that I didn't complain at all since it was a long walk lol (I guess he knows me well)! When we got to the statue we waited in a short line to get our picture taken. I had no clue what was about to happen!



Chris and I at the game... and the AMAZING band!

So we asked this woman in line to take our picture, and after 2 pictures, Chris asked her to take "just one more", and that's when he got down on his knee and pulled out the ring! It was beautiful and I said "Of Course!". Everyone in line was appropriately oohing and awwing. It was a very nice moment and I'm so glad that we got it on camera even though we don't have a shot of Chris on his knee.... even though he did do it and has the dirt stain on his jeans to prove it!




My gorgeous ring!

Afterwards we made all the appropriate phone calls to family and friends... and I found out my mom and dad knew since the Wednesday and when I look back my mom almost ruined it about a dozen times! Thank goodness I had been in Pittsburgh for work the whole week or else she really would not have been able to keep it in.

The next day we came home to NJ and both of our parents as well as Chris' brother Justin and Justin's girlfriend Ingrid all went out to dinner with us to celebrate! We went to Hoboken to Chris' uncle's restaurant, Amanda's. It was great for everyone to get together... too bad David, Trisha, Kaitlyn, and Luke all live far away :(

Chris and me at Amanda's

Anyway... so that's our engagement story, and now the fun/stress begins of planning a wedding! Wish us luck!
 
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