Friday, January 20, 2006

E is For...

I know it's late but I've been meaning to do this all week. I had been trying to think up a good way to post the big news here and then Illustration Friday popped up with the perfect opportunity. I know this illustration is not super complex but I think it accurately captures the elegance and simplicity of the moment Nick and I shared. Now, I bet you want the details, am I right?

As alluded to in earlier posts, Nick and I recently took a vacation out East. Of course, this presented the perfect opportunity for Nick to pop the question and make our engagement official. Before we left we had planned to stay in New York City for one night (we primarily stayed with Nick's Dad in Hartford, CT). So on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 we headed off to the Big Apple. After multiple delays (mostly us lolligagging) we checked into the hotel and began talking about dinner. Nick suggested I take a shower and start getting ready since it would take me longer than him. While I was in the shower (I found this out after the fact) he got on the phone to his Dad and apparently his Dad's collegues and got a multitude of suggestions for restaurants. He decided on Tavern on the Green and made a reservation. He got ready and debonairly got us to the restaurant, which I have to admit is a side of him I've never seen.

Tavern on the Green was like nothing else I've ever experienced. The dining room was still decorated for Christmas and it was beautiful. Nick ordered us wine and I had lobster bisque soup followed by Seafood Fra Diavolo (Pasta with scallops, lobster, and huge shrimp) and Nick had crab cakes followed by Filet Mignon. The food was excellent and it was nice to sit and enjoy each other's company in the romantic surroundings.

Since the restaurant is right on the edge of Central Park, after dinner Nick and I went for a walk. It was a little rainy, but after a few minutes we found ourselves completely alone in the middle of the city. It was then that he took his opportunity and asked me if I would be his wife. Of course, I said yes. I think his choice to propose in the park was the perfect symbol of our relationship. I'm a pretty high strung person and he takes his responsibilities very seriously so a lot of our relationship has been supporting one another as we take on whatever comes our way. To be in the park, alone, in the middle of such a chaotic city like New York, I think captures the level of comfort and security we depend on from one another.

I used to spend a lot of time imagining that moment, and I can honestly say that Nick exceeded every single one of my expectations. I love him and I couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Our Labor Day Weekend!

This past Labor Day Weekend Nick and I made our second trek to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the nearby Jewel Box in Forest Park to scope out potential wedding sites, except this time we brought my Mom along for the ride to get her opinion. I've posted all the pictures from our trip here, but I'll highlight the wedding related ones below.

The pictures to the left are of the Jewel Box which is in Forest Park in St. Louis. They have just recently begun having catered events there after a massive rennovation and it is totally awesome. Nick and I came here a few months ago and fell in love. I'm 99.9% positive that this is where our reception is going to be. Can't you just imagine it all light up by candlelight at night? Unfortunately, on Sunday they were having a wedding so we weren't able to take my Mom inside, but take my word for it, it's gorgeous and just the right size. It's set in a very secluded area of the park on spacious grounds with lily ponds and gardens all around it. It holds 200 people without a dance floor and 160 with, so it's just the right size for us.

They hold ceremonies there as well, but it has always been my dream to get married outside, so I think we are going to try to avoid that if we can. However, it's the perfect blend of outside and comfort for a sit down dinner and I will be very disappointed if it doesn't work out for us to have our reception there. I would highly recommend, if you have the opportunity, a visit to The Jewel Box, it only costs a buck and it's a breathtaking place.

Next we headed over to the Botanical Gardens to check out the Lehmann Rose Garden and Gazebo and the Japanese Garden as possible ceremony locations. The gardens were hosting a Japanese Festival over the weekend so there were many many more people there on Sunday, than when Nick and I first visited the garden, which made it uncomfortable. But I was still able to get some great shots of the gardens. I think that we have decided the Lehmann Rose Garden and Gazebo will be better suited to our wedding than the Japanese Garden, which is why I have included only the pictures of it below. I mean come on, who doesn't want to walk down a winding aisle, bordered on each side by lots and lots of fragrant and colorful roses?
The gazebo is spacious and shady, both for us and the guests, which is an important consideration since we are looking at a late May wedding and it could potentially be very warm. Nick and I were fortunate enough to see how the chairs would be arranged the first time we visited. They set them up in a semicircle around the outside of the gazebo and the actual ceremony takes place underneath it.
It's a very beautiful place and almost exactly what I envisioned for my perfect garden wedding, so again I will be very disappointed if we can't have our wedding there.

We do have the advantage of time and planning ahead on our side, so I hope that we can make this a reality. Comment and let us know what you think about our choices and I hope everyone is looking forward to spending the day with us in such an intimate and beautiful setting.

Nick & Megan...September 6, 2005 @ 4:31 pm