Every love story is beautiful… but ours is my favorite. It’s true. I’m in love with the story that my husband and I have been writing.
If I had started blogging before I got engaged, then I could have posted real-time updates about the entire process of planning a military wedding. Unfortunately, I was too busy student teaching, planning my wedding, and planning a cross-country move to even dream of having free time.
Fortunately, that’s where the beauty of blogging comes in handy… I can go back in time and write about my experiences! So that’s what I’m doing. I’m doing this to relive the past year and to offer any advice or guidance to girls who are going through the process of planning a military wedding now.
When my husband was going to school at West Point, I was basically holding my breath waiting for a proposal so I could start (officially) planning my military wedding. I always dreamed of having a military wedding, and after dating my husband for over three years, I was ready to start make those dreams a reality.
Then came the summer of 2014, the summer before our senior year. Connor had an entire month off from his military duties (which was extremely rare), so we decided to go on a little vacation. We chose Washington, D.C. because he was looking at a medical school there (which is actually where we are right now) and because I am a huge history nerd. I’ve always loved Washington and always wanted to live here.
So we spent six days exploring Washington D.C. together! It was one of my favorite adventures that we went on. I could go on and on about our time, but I’ll focus on the big day, day three…
We woke up early and took the metro from our hotel to a dock on the Potomac River. Connor surprised me with a lunch river cruise! We spent all afternoon eating great food, dancing, and gazing at the Washington D.C. monuments from the river. It was extremely romantic.
Then, we started walking along the tidal basin and started approaching the Jefferson Memorial – my favorite monument. The memorial is away from the rest of the mall, so it’s quiet, it isn’t crowded, and it’s just beautiful. It’s one of my favorite places in Washington. Connor knew this.
We walked up the steps of the memorial and Connor told me that he wanted to get a picture of both of us. So he walked up to a security guard at the memorial and asked him to take our picture. He didn’t take one picture… he took over thirty.
Because as we were having our pictures taken, Connor got down on one knee, told me how much he loved me and couldn’t live without me, and asked me to spend forever with him. I was so overjoyed I couldn’t even speak, I just stared at him through tears of joy, smiled, and shook my head yes. And he slipped the ring that held his grandfather’s diamond on my finger.
It was one of the happiest days of my life. It was the day I could start planning for my future with my best friend. The rest of the day, we talked about all of the plans for our wedding, and he told me all the things he knew about planning for a military wedding. I had the biggest smile on my face all day long. I was blessed with this amazing life, and with this amazing man who has made all of my dreams come true.