Her ring is beautiful. She had to have it resized to fit her hand but is quite excited to be wearing it.
Now the fun has begun and we are in full wedding planning mode. First item checked off the list was finding a venue. I drove to NC in early February and we drove to about five different venues in the mountains and finally settled on one in Asheville, NC called Laughing Waters . It has a nice lodge with housing for our family and the girl's side of the wedding party. There is a creek running in the back of the lodge and there are several great locations on the property for holding the ceremony. If it rains we can always set it up in the lodge as well.
My next visit was in early March and we worked on wedding flowers. I met her at her local Michaels and we got the flowers for 50% off and then went back to her apartment to put the bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages together. I showed her how to wire flowers and she was a pro in no time. She said she enjoyed doing it and I'm sure she will find other ways to use that skill in her home decor.
At the end of March I made another trip to NC to look for wedding dresses with her. Hannah drove over from Goldsboro for a girls' day out. Amber had shown me several months before this a dress she'd found online that she liked and was hoping to find something similar at the shops. She found one at David's Bridal that she liked but it was a little more formal than she had hoped for. She wanted less of a train. After talking about it that evening she decided to order the original dress she saw online and take a leap of faith that she would like it when she tried it on. We put in the order the next day. I'm hoping it will be the dress of her dreams when it arrives in June. Next up will be "Save the Date" postcards and Invitations. She will be a most beautiful bride. I'm enjoying sharing all the planning time with her. So nice to see her smiling so brightly these days.