In case you were wondering after reading part 2 of our love story, I obviously said yes when Zach asked me to marry him. If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2, go ahead and check them out before continuing. Or, just go ahead and read this post since I already told you that Zach proposed and I said yes. This is the best part of the story, anyways!
Remember how I said back in part 2 that we were going to college and would be apart for 5 years? Well after getting engaged I still had a year of grad school left. Almost everyone I knew at school expected Zach to follow me to Utah so that we could be together, but it just wouldn’t have worked out. I ended up moving 5 times that school year for my student teaching and it would have been insane for Zach to try and chase me around from city to city and state to state. Plus, we figured that since we had already survived 4 years of long distance we could handle one more.
The part that we didn’t consider, however, is that trying to plan a wedding is really hard. It is even harder when you are trying to plan a wedding when one person is in school and that person thinks that she wants to make all the decisions. Between trying to study to pass my comprehensive exams, packing up everything I owned to drive to my next place to live, and finding time to talk to my new fiancé every day, I had absolutely no free time left for wedding planning. It was incredibly stressful (Pro tip for anyone in this position: DON’T DO WHAT I DID) and so Zach and I decided that we would wait until the year after I graduated to get married. I also worked with my mom to plan the wedding and by worked with I mean she did 90% of the planning and just let me do the fun detail part of it.
After I graduated in May I moved home to Southern California and Zach and I finally got to liven the same state after 5 years apart! If you have never been in a long distance relationship before, you probably have no idea how big of a deal this is. If you have been in a long distance relationship before then you get it. For the first time in 5 years we had less than 10 miles between us and loved doing all the things we used to do in high school. We went to the movies, we took trips to the beach, we went to dinner, and we did lots of hanging out at each others houses. We also did plenty of wedding planning.
After what seemed like endless hours of answering questions like “Do you like ivory or cream napkins better?” and “Which napkin fold would you like for the table setting?” (and remember, my mom took care of TONS of this stuff for me) our big day was finally here! We got married on a beautiful golf course in Southern California in a garden looking out over the 18th hole. I can honestly say that it was everything I had hoped it would be. The sun was out, all of our family was there to support us, and everyone had a great time. Zach and I couldn’t be happier about how the day went.
Just like any fairytale, the wedding is the end of this story but that doesn’t mean it is the end of Zach and I! If you want to stay up to date on what we are doing and our adventures in marriage make sure to check back every Monday for a new bog post! In the mean time, let me know in the comments below if you have had or have heard of any must-have marriage adventures. We are always looking for new adventures to plan and things to try together!