Wednesday, July 23, 2003

A very engaging experience

Rachel and I got engaged Monday night. She knew it was coming - I mean, we were practically planning our wedding already - but I was still able to surprise her. So much that she did a double-take when she saw the ring.

We are getting married on 23 August 2003 at 9:30am at the Provo Temple. We both love the Provo temple very much. We've been there together so it holds sentimental value to us. Rachel grew up next to it, also. She only lives a few blocks behind it. It is also my "favorite" temple because it is the one that I've gone to the most. I've had countless special and sacred experiences there. When we talked about places to get married, Provo stuck out in both of our minds. We also both agree that the recent exterior changes they have done to the temple are good. The new white spire with a Moroni is excellent.

We chose August 23 because, quite frankly, it's the only time that works - not because it is my birthday, but you got to admit, that is kind of cool. I will never forget my wedding anniversary for the rest of my life. And even if I do, it's okay because she can't get mad at me because it's my birthday! haha. If we did it any later people would be in school and it would be hard for people to travel. If we did it any earlier that would just be insanely fast and wouldn't be enough time to plan things.

We will most likely be having our reception that night at 7pm at the Art Museum on BYU Campus. More details to come on that. My bride-to-be (B2B - I don't like the word fiancee very much - it's French) is taking care of getting that place scheduled for sure today or tomorrow. As of yesterday, when they closed, it was still available. So I think we will be able to get it.

I think we found a place to stay over close to our friends Larry and Krista. There is a small townhouse community over there and we looked at a few yesterday and found one that we love. I just figure it'd be better to buy a home and live frugally for a month or two than to throw money down the drain renting for a year or two. Rachel loves the place and is very excited. More to come on that, later.

Wedding planning is a lot of work. I will most likely be very busy for the next few weeks. Any recommendations on photographers, reception ideas, honeymoons, etc are more than welcome...

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