Mary and Ricky's Love Story!

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I am so excited to be sharing this with you today!  One of the things I'll be adding to my blog in 2015 is sharing Love Stories with amazing couples that I am planning weddings with!  I think this will be one of my favorite additions ... and I am hoping my couples will enjoy looking back at their pre-wedding memories in the future as well! The first pair of lovebirds I'm sharing with you for 2015 is Mary and Ricky!  They are two of the sweetest people I've ever met.  They live out of town, but Mary drives in monthly for us to meet in person.  Every single time we meet, I leave our meetings with butterflies of excitement of things we are working on together, because she is just so excited about her wedding day!  Goodness their wedding is going to be fun. And sparkly. And romantic. Just plain swoonworthy. Thank you to Megan of Southern Grace Photography for sharing the photos from their engagement session with me, and I can't wait to see what she captures on their wedding day!

Read about their love story below, and Mary and Ricky, enjoy these last few weeks of your engagement together!

Your Names:  Mary and Ricky

How did you two meet?  We hopped on the band wagon and met online!

When did you know that Ricky was the one for you?  I would say less than a week of knowing him, I knew he would be the man I marry.  I remember telling him that if we didn't get married, we had to be best friends. I'm so happy that I get to marry him AND he's my best friend!

Ricky, when did you know that Mary was the one for you?  Around the same time she knew, I knew she was the one for me.  It just made sense and was so easy being with her.  If there are such things as soulmates, I knew early on she was mine.

Alrighty Mary.  How did Ricky pop the question??  Were you surprised?  Did you have any idea??  It was in the most magical place in the world, Disney World! We had been planning a trip for a few months and I had my suspicions that this trip was it, we were going to get engaged. I was so excited. So we made it to Disney and I started doing some digging. I asked him if I needed to paint my nails for anything and snooped around his luggage to see if he was hiding the ring in there and nothing. He didn't break a sweat! So I decided that this wasn't it and I was going to forget and enjoy my vacation. Well the next day we made a plan to go on my favorite ride first. We boarded the Haunted Mansion (I'm obsessed!) and about a minute into the ride, he leaned toward me and said, "Babe, I know this is your favorite ride and I want you to remember this forever.  Will you marry me?" I was in shock!! I didn't even say yes at first! I just turned to him and said, "Are you serious?!" It was perfect.

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When and where are you going to tie the knot?  Our wedding is in late February at the Museum of Commerce in downtown Pensacola. When we were deciding what date we wanted, it took us a while to figure it out. I wanted it to be cold (I can't sweat on my wedding day!) and he wanted to make sure it wasn't close to Christmas, so we decided on the end of February!aa

Describe your wedding day in three simple words:  Best. Day. Ever.

Now, share a few of the details!  Do you have a theme or feeling your wedding day will encompass? There's going to be a lot of purple, pretty gold and lace! It's going to be unbelievable! I basically just put together all of my favorite things and it's turning out to be perfect!

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Out of everything, what is the most important to the two of you on your wedding day, other than becoming husband and wife?  Since the beginning it was really important to us to have all of our families and friends there celebrating. Our families live so far apart that most of them have never met! So we wanted to make our wedding really fun. It's the only time all of our family and friends will be together. It has to be epic!

Do you have a favorite wedding blog or magazine?  Is Pinterest an option? Haha!!

What have you loved most about planning your wedding?  I have to be honest, wedding planning is not my thing. I have so much respect for wedding planners! Without Kristin, I would be lost. My favorite part of the whole process was early on. We were deciding a venue and I was trying to tell Kristin what I was looking for. It was like she was in my head! She suggested a venue that would be perfect for us and told us how we could make it extra special. I was so happy, I cried!

What has been the most difficult part when it comes to planning?  Planning a wedding is overwhelming. The most difficult part for me, was trying not to get too overwhelmed!

Have you always dreamed about your wedding day?  Or, was the day you got engaged when you first started thinking about it?  I had always known the colors I wanted but I didn't really know anything else until we were engaged.

Are you going to celebrate with a honeymoon after your wedding? We're going where it all began, Disney World! I can't wait! We're going to do all the things we did the first time.

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Mary, what makes you the most excited about becoming his wife?  I'm mostly excited for things to stay the same but get better at same time. I can't wait to continue to see him come home from work everyday but as my husband. It makes me giddy just thinking about it!

Ricky, what makes you the most excited about becoming her husband? Waking up to her everyday and figuring out life together. Having a team mate for the rest of my life!

When it comes to marriage and your life together, what are you looking forward to the most? Besides the obvious stuff, we're both looking forward traveling with the same last name. It seems silly but that will be our favorite part.

Picture your lives five years from now. What do you see??  We see a lot of adventures and so many new memories.  In five years, starting a family and just enjoying every day together!

Do you have any advice for newly engaged brides, or those in the middle of planning? Don't panic! It's a lot. Just enjoy it. Enjoy every minute of it! Remember what it's all for. It's going to be great no matter what!

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Congratulations Mary and Ricky, I am so excited for your wedding day to be here!