Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Year Ago Today...

We got engaged!!!

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. I guess when you are a full-time college student and planning a wedding at the same time, time flies.

Clint and I's engagement was so romantic and special. Clint did such an amazing job planning it and it turned out perfect.

Here is the story:

Last January I went on a ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado with Clint's family. Harmful right? Little did I know that as soon as his family told us about the trip a couple months before Clint had been planning on proposing to me during the trip. He chose the unique date of 1-11-11. :)

After five days of skiing and enjoying the city, Clint told me he was going to take me ice-skating. I had been wanting to do a fun winter activity and ice-skating sounded perfect. He then told me that we were going to be picked up by a car service so we wouldn't have to walk in the -5 degree temps outside. I was super excited.

So the car picks us up and the driver is this older man who was one of the sweetest guys I have ever met. We chatted with him the entire ride about Colorado and his family. After almost 20 minutes in the car I asked Clint where this place was. He said it's a little farther out but not to worry because this place was the best.

The driver's phone rang and he said "Good Times Nordic Sleigh Rides this is Gus". I looked over at Clint and he smiled and said "Surprise! We are going on a sleigh ride!".
**Clint was secretly heart broken that Gus spilled the beans by answering his phone. He kept apologizing to Clint lol

So we arrived at the sleigh ride place and I was sooooo excited. We met with our driver and horse named Clyde and took a picture with him. We snuggled under a blanket and took in all the sites.

After about 15 minutes the driver stopped at a beautiful lookout and told us she needed to give Clyde a little rest if we wanted to walk around.

Clint and I walked down a gorgeous trail in the snow and little did I know that my life was about to change...

I remember that as we were walking Clint kept randomly stopping and would hug me and then we would keep walking. He seemed nervous which is really unusual for Clint so in my mind I was thinking "What the heck is his deal?"

The next part is kind of a blur, I wish I could remember every single word Clint said to me but I can't. I remember him saying that I was his best friend and how he loved me so much and knew from day 1 we would be together forever. He dropped down on one knee and took my hand and said "Will you marry me?" (I am tearing up as I write this, ahh I love that man!) I of course said YES! I didn't even notice that there was no ring yet, I was just so happy. He then stood up and pulled out a leather string and said "Your ring is stuck in a snow-storm in Georgia but it will be here in a couple days and it is gorgeous". I started to cry because that leather string had just become one of the most special things I will ever recieve. I didn't care that there wasn't a ring, my heart was so full of love for the person standing in front of me that nothing else mattered. We kissed and hugged for so long until we went back and told Clyde the good news!

The sweet driver took our picture standing in front of "our" trail. Do you see the snow on Clint's knee from proposing :)

Here is that special leather band...

And of course here is the trail we walked down and got engaged!

The next day after skiing Clint and I built a snowman and named him "Clyde" after the horse and put our engagement date by him.

The day we left Colorado I went to breakfast with Clint's parents and Clint met up with us. When we got back to our condo we took another walk (this time I knew what was gonna happen) and he dropped down on one knee and said "Will you marry me?" and opened up the a small box with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. My mouth dropped and I could not believe this ring was mine! What is even more special is Clint designed this ring from scratch all by himself. It is custom made and there is not one ring out there that will match it. The diamond in the center is almost 100 years old! I loved everythingn about it. I said YES again and a couple random people by us started clapping. (Little did they know we had already been engaged for a couple days, but we milked it and gave them a show!)

How lucky am I that I got proposed to twice in the same trip, by the same perfect man, got two engagement rings and said yes twice! I am so blessed :)

I love you so much Clint. Thank you for giving me the most romantic day of our lives!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Flower Girl Dress

I am so excited that I have found the perfect dress for my three darling flower girls! It is so cute they will probably "up-stage" me but I don't care, I had so much fun searching for a dress and Nina found this one yesterday and as soon as I saw it I knew it was the perfect fit.

I initially wanted to go with an ivory dress with a black sash but after I thought about it for awhile it seems that is what EVERY flower girl dress looks like. My girls are going to make a statement in this dress! Thank you so much Nina for finding it! <3

All three of them are going to look so precious in it :) I love each of my little girls so much.

Amelia is the youngest and I have known her since she was born (a whole year!) but I've been besties with her mom since we were SIX. Her mama, Nina, is a bridesmaid and has been my rock lately! Amelia is the most mature one year old I have ever seen. She never cries, she just always smiles and giggles. I love her like my own and have about 100 pictures of her on my phone!

Addison and Chanie are sisters and their mom, Amanda, is Clint's cousin and one of the coolest and most beautiful people I know. When I visited them in Arkansas I was blown away by these two cuties. Addison reminds me of myself when I was a little girl from her look to her personality. She is HILARIOUS. She was making everyone laugh the entire trip and I love her!
Chanie has the most beautiful eyes you will ever see. They are so blue and I am so jealous! I think Chanie looks like Clint in a way when he was a baby with her blonde hair and blue eyes. Chanie is like Amelia and is always smiling. She has the most precious dimples. I can't wait to see these girls again when I go to Arkansas next week!

It feels so good to get another thing crossed off my wedding to-do list! Everything is coming together and I am SO ready for July 21st when I get to be Mrs. Clint Carr!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Engagement Photos

Maybe I am biased but Clint and I have the most unique, gorgeous and perfect engagement photos!! We are SO LUCKY that Nina is a photographer!! She had so many cool ideas and they came out beautifully.

Her husband Travis (<--Check out his website) along with Nina will be taking our wedding photos obviously! They are the BEST! Here are some pictures from our awesome engagement photo shoot, to see more check out Nina and Travis' photography blog here!

OW OW! Clint is one good looking man:)

This is a picture of the trail we walked down in Breckenridge, CO to get engaged! He proposed with a leather string because my ring was lost in a snow storm. So the string is framed right under the picture:) I treasure that little leather string more than anything! Clint--I love you!