The Whole Story - The First Look & Bridals/Groomals

I love first look wedding photo shoots! My favorite is when the bride sneaks up on the groom, taps him on the shoulder and the photographer captures the groom's reaction to seeing his bride as he turns around. Joe got his "first look" at me in my dress when we took our bridal/groomal pictures about a month before our wedding. And while I would like to tell you that our first look was cute and happy, like this...

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The Whole Story - Getting Engaged

The week we got engaged, I was really impatient and annoying because I just wanted it to be official and thought Joe had plenty of opportunities to propose before he actually did! On Friday he insisted we go to a dance together because he was sure I'd regret it if I didn't and he knew I really wanted to go. I told him I wasn't feeling the greatest and would be really happy if we stayed home and snuggled in front of a movie, but he was persistent so I thought something was up.

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The Whole Story - Ring Shopping

I never really wanted to go ring shopping, the whole process seemed overwhelming to me. While my best friend was ring shopping a couple of years before, I found a ring style that I really liked and I decided that I didn't need to look around for anything else. I shared the picture with Joe, told him a few specifications that I wanted and why and let him go for it on his own.

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The Whole Story - Becoming a Couple

Any time I think back to how Joe and I made our relationship official, I can't help but giggle. I still think I was so clever and I can't wait to share this story with my future kids. My entire family was involved in the process and it provided hours of entertainment for us. Rather than writing it all up here (because I already have a post about it), I'll just invite you to go read the story of How I Applied to Date My Husband. I promise, you won't regret it!

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The Whole Story - Anticipating the First Kiss

I remember a couple of things about the day of my last first kiss (yes, it really was that big of a deal and requires that dramatic of a sentence). On my way home from somewhere (I don't remember that detail), I stopped to pick Joe up from his house. Rather than just meeting me in the driveway like normal, he had me come in and meet his mom, she was the first family member of his I met. I also remember what I was wearing that day, but only because that shirt is now Joe's favorite and he likes it so much because it reminds him of that day.

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The Whole Story - Our First Few Weeks of Dating

I think we can all agree that the early stages of dating are great! The whirlwind of emotion, flirting, excitement, nervousness, etc. is a whole lot of fun! Dating Joe and getting to know each other was exactly that, a whole lot of fun! I was excited when I got a text message from him, I couldn't wait to see him every day, we never ran out of things to talk about, we laughed a lot, and every moment together was exciting!

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The Whole Story - And Then We Met Again

The day that Joe and I "met", they had all of the chairs in class set up in groups of three and there was an empty chair left next to me. Joe came in late and took that seat and I have to admit, my hands got a little clammy and I was excited that I had an excuse to talk to him, but I didn't expect to be his friend or anything. When it came time for the class activity, everyone else got placed into groups of three or four but Joe and I were left to be in a group by ourselves.

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The Whole Story - Where Life Took Us

After high school I didn't see much of Joe because we both went on with life and didn't really cross paths. I heard about him occasionally if I was around some of his friends or people who knew him and every once and a while I would go past his house. However, I was up at school for 14 months and he left the country for two years a couple of months before I graduated, so moments like that were rare. 

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The Whole Story - When I Was a Creeper

You should know that Joe and I grew up about three blocks away from each other, in the same LDS stake, in neighboring wards. When we were dating, Joe would never wear his seat belt when we were driving between houses (it drove me insane) and the incessant beeping would always turn off at the stop sign between our houses, no matter which direction we were coming from! We went to different elementary schools (we were both on the border for our schools), and then went to the same Jr. High and High School, but somehow we never talked or officially met until we'd both been graduated for about five years.

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