Connecting Dots

Irony [ahy-ruh-nee] -noun- an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.

My sophomore year of college, I had a German teacher who was really unconventional. He was incredibly laid back, in his mid-twenties, and since he was actually still an undergraduate himself, he became buddies with most of his students. He was this crazy ska trombone player, and I always had a lot of fun in his class. He’d do things like invite all of his students over to his house to have German-style dinners with him and his wife (who was equally as cool) and watch the nutty videos he and his brothers made when they were kids. One day after class he drove me and a couple other students home from campus. When I was the last one left in the car, he and I got into a conversation as we drove to my apartment. I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about… it must have been something like my philosophy on dating. Surely I made some comment peppered with feminism, because he laughed as he concluded decisively, “Man Kelly, you’re never going to get a guy to marry you.” We chuckled at my desperate plight as I climbed out of the car.

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One day after Bryant and I were engaged, he was telling me about a random road trip he took in high school with a couple of friends, including this crazy trombone player who was a ska purist. I sat amazed as the dots connected. My zany German teacher, who had pegged me as a life-long celibate, probably had no idea that I was about to marry an old high school buddy of his. Weird how these things work out, huh? ;)

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Engagement photos

I’m sorry that we haven’t put up any photos yet, but I found a few of our engagement photos on our photographer’s blog. They’re only some of the photos, but in the interest of blogging, I thought I would share them:

Our photographer’s favorites of our engagement photos

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Two weeks left!

Hey, everyone. Just two weeks left until the wedding!

We really would like all of our friends to come to our reception if they can, so if you haven’t already, please R.S.V.P. You’re welcome to bring friends or dates or whatever. (It’s a free dinner after all!) ;)

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At Last!

Bryant’s right. It’s been difficult to know how to write this post to tell all of you that we got engaged. Goodness, it happened two Thursdays ago. I am in such a time warp right now.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to write this post for a while now. I was working on a giant story with all the gory details about how I almost popped a blood vessel as I tried to be “patient” while waiting for the proposal. It had grown into three excruciatingly long pages. You probably would’ve popped a blood vessle just trying to get to the bottom of it. But Bryant’s post made me realize that that’s really not the message I wanted to share with you right now. (That’ll be a story for another time, if you really want, when we all would like to get a good laugh out of how neurotic I am.)

It’s hard to know how to make you understand how amazing it is to be with Bryant and how exciting it is to be making these plans that will let us continue living a life together. It’s hard because I feel like I’ve got no words for this feeling. A year and a half ago, I never even knew anyone could feel this way. Plus, it’s incredibly difficult to tell you this story without being intensely mushy and grossing all of you out. As I probably just demonstrated.

So let me just add my two cents to what Bryant has said, and then later we can have stories with lots of details if you really want (and let me tell you, there are stories).

We got engaged two Thursdays ago up in little Cottonwood Canyon, on a hike that we’ve been wanting to go on since we moved to Salt Lake (up to Lake Blanche, for those of you who know the area). You know, when Bryant suggested that we do the Lake Blanche hike, I thought it’d be the perfect place for him to propose. But he had already bluffed a few times (like by taking me out to a super nice restaurant on our anniversary and making it seem like he was going to pop the question) that I decided to put the idea out of my mind and just be excited to go on a great hike with my boyfriend.

It was so wonderful. It was the perfect day. Around every turn of the trail, we had another amazing view. Bryant and I really were having a good time. And then, as we came out from under the treetops into a big, beautiful view, he took me by surprise… It’s amazing how Bryant kneeling there in front of me suddenly pulled all of our plans and intentions into reality. We had already started making wedding plans, and we obviously were already committed to one another, so I wasn’t expecting the “official engagement” to have a very big effect. But I was wrong. Something about him kneeling there and asking me to marry him caused the whole feeling to change. Our wedding wishes were suddenly no longer a fantasy. Everything became completely real. And I love it. What an amazing feeling. Bryant is absolutely, without a doubt, the person I want to be with forever. I’m pretty sure he feels the same about me, too. ;)

And here’s a funny side-note. You know how when you go on a long hike in the mountains, your fingers swell up and feel like they’re going to pop? Well, Bryant and I couldn’t help laughing as we tried to slide this gorgeous ring he designed for me onto my big, fatty, about-to-explode finger. It took a couple attempts and some knuckle-wetting, but we got that sucker on! But let me tell you, I was floating all the way back down the mountain with that ring on my finger. I wouldn’t have wanted to take it off even if I could have!

All in all, things couldn’t be more perfect right now. Life is so good, and I am so grateful to be sharing it with such an amazing man. I really hope you all get to come out and celebrate with us. We’ll have more information about all our arrangements up in just a bit. Until then, keep checking back; hopefully we’ll get some more stories and pictures up soon.

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It’s Official

So, Kelly and I got engaged officially on Thursday.

I’m not exactly sure how to tell this story. It seems like there are a bunch of different angles I could take.

I could explain all of the events (and lack of events) between now and talking to Kelly’s dad back in April, but I’m afraid that if I talk about how long we’ve been planning on this it will make it hard to tell how long I’ve been hoping for it.

Of course, I could just write about how we struggled to find a ring and make plans that we felt good about, but it would probably end up sounding like a political post instead of a story of growing and learning together, so I think I’ll save that for a different blog.

Instead, maybe I could write about how I bought the ring as soon as we settled on a design. But then, I’m not exactly sure I could write about a commercial purchase and still explain how I did it because I was so excited to marry Kelly.

It might be fun to tell about how I tried so hard to keep the purchase a secret from Kelly, and how I enlisted help from her friends and made a front like I wasn’t sure I could afford it yet. Although, that secret ended up being kind of stressful since it took almost twice as long as anticipated to have the ring made. I guess that’s still the wrong focus.

I guess I could just write about the proposal itself, and about taking Kelly on a hike in the mountains on a trail that was special to us, and about kneeling next to each other in the forest as I proposed. But I’m not sure I can really tell that story without recounting what I said to Kelly about how much I love her and want to be with her. So I’ll probably have to leave that out so I don’t embarrass myself.

Well, I’m all out of ideas, and I still don’t have anything to write about. I hope people will understand how lucky and in love and loved I feel, even if I don’t know what to write to explain it.

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