One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, my best friend asked me to marry him on a rock in Central Park.

One year ago today, we experienced a whirlwind rush of excitement like I’d never experienced before.

One year ago today, we walked hand in hand through Times Square fully feeling that this. was. BIG.

Today, I’m finding it hard to believe that was one year ago. And if life is going to decide to keep moving this fast, then there’s no other hand I’d rather be holding onto for the ride than his.

One Month In

I want to offer a deep reflection on marriage now that we’re one month in.

Ha! That was a joke. Here’s my ‘deep reflection’ — being married is a lot like before being married. Only now when I yell at Joey to stop playing stupid video games all night long, I’m yelling at my HUSBAND instead of my boyfriend or fiance. And when he yells at me for being on the computer all the time, he’s yelling at his WIFE not just his girlfriend. It’s so romantic.

Now about planning that honeymoon…

Our Wedding Day in Photos

Sick of all the wedding talk? No? Cool. Me neither.

If you thought I spent a lot of time looking at the last three photos, you can imagine how much work I didn’t get done yesterday after discovering that Raven had posted our wedding preview on LeahandMark.com. The pictures are beyond words incredible. Our photogs were equal parts ridiculously talented, creative, cool and down to earth.

Hey Wedding Day, consider yourself captured. Oh, and that magic — bottled and corked.

Check it all out here: Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Diana & Joey Wedding Preview | +Raven.

Quick story. Many moons ago, back in 1999, Joey said if I wanted to be his girlfriend to ‘give him five.’ I feel like this photo is our full-circle, ‘we did it‘ moment. Love.

Photos by Raven & Nick of LeahandMark.com

Holy Crap We’re Engaged!

The story of our engagement really starts way back in 1999, when the cutest guy in High School gave me his pager number (no joke!) and I paged him the next day to wish him a Happy Birthday. If you told me then that I had just met my future husband, I would have said you were crazy.

That’s where our story starts, but for the sake of time , I’ll fast forward to March 5, 2011 – the story you really want to hear about – the proposal!

As you know, we were in NYC for the weekend – a trip I gave to Joey this past Christmas. After arriving we went to lunch, followed by Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Then we decided to take a stroll through Central Park. We made our way to the Lake, and were trying to find somewhere to sit, relax and just enjoy the weather and the park. That somewhere ended up looking a little something like this:

In true tourist fashion, and being completely oblivious to what was about to happen, I pulled out my “list of things to do” and started checking off the things we had done already. Joey asked to see the list, and started writing something on it. I assumed when he handed it back it would say something to the effect of:

  • Stop making lists and hang out with me

Instead, it looked something like this:

  • Check out Times Square
  • See St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Visit a Museum
  • Get ring from Joey in Central Park

As I comprehended what I was reading, I looked over at Joey who had pulled a ring box out of his pocket and was down on one knee. His words were simple and perfect, “Will you marry me?” Of course I was already crying at this point, but managed to squeek out a YES.

Thank goodness for iphone cameras because it was the only camera we had at the moment! My memory is honestly fuzzy from this point forward – there were phone calls to parents, text messages to friends, and lots of “holy crap this really just happened”exchanges between Joey and me.

It was perfect.

O, and speaking of perfect, Joey, with the help of my little brother, picked out this beautiful, most perfect, ring.

It’s funny, because Joey says he had no set plans for the proposal and all his friends told him he was crazy. He says he felt like he’d just know when the moment was right. I’d say that by following his instinct he hit this one out of the park (no pun intended).

And so that’s how we turned the page on the next chapter of our story – on a rock, at a lake, in New York City more than a decade after coming into each other’s lives.

Thank you so so so so much to everyone for all the well wishes, messages and calls! We are lucky to have such an amazing network of family and friends.

All You Need Is Love

The 2010 wedding season went out with a bang with Chris and Kat’s big day. Kat was stunning, Chris was handsome, the weather was perfect (I could go on and on about how awesome it was) but the best part of the whole weekend was seeing how incredibly happy they both were to be marrying each other. They didn’t even have to say it – being around them, you just FELT it.

Now I know life isn’t always smooth sailing and rainbows, but sometimes when you’re lucky enough to witness something really wonderful happening between two equally wonderful people, I can’t help but think the Beatles had it right when they sang, “All you need is love” (bum bum badda dahhh).