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Just a heads up, this is a photo dense post! :)

In case you're new around these parts, Rob and I are huge Disneyland fans. We got engaged right in front of the castle and it was a clear winner as the location for our engagement photos. Luckily Emily agreed to be our wedding photographer and we randomly picked May 24th for our photoshoot. Much to my dismay, Disneyland ended up making May 24th a (SUPER rare) 24-hr day, meaning Disneyland would be open from 6 am - 6 am the next day. I had a panic attack lost a lot of sleep worrying about what the crowds would be like on this day but we were so fortunate to have the park practically empty! Probably because I begged Emily to take these at 6 am... yes, as you guessed, I am clearly a high maintenance bride and Emily is just THAT amazing.

No really, she is AH-mazing, take a look for yourselves...

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It's incredible how well Emily captured us and our love for the park while staying true to her vintage aesthetic. She went above and beyond to cater to us that day (including fighting LA traffic at 5 am to get to Anaheim), following us around to every corner of Disneyland and I cannot sing enough praises about how easy (and how much fun!) it is to work with her. [To all my engaged buddies: Just do it already, book her now! hehe]

And we did eventually do a clothing change, but a minor error occurred and we'll be taking a few more pictures in December at California Adventure (just in time for us to shed some more lbs!). So, I'm terribly sorry if you're sick of my obsession with Disneyland, its not going away anytime soon! Emily shared some of her favorites on her blog too!

What do ya think? Show Emily some love and let us know which one you like best!

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Oh Friday, will I ever stop looking forward to you?

Today I'm starting a new (not weekly but occasional) segment called Casual Friday. Basically, it's the blog version of wearing jeans to work and letting my hair down, I just share whatever's on my mind!

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I've been doing a lot of daydreaming about Disneyland again lately (Why can't I get over that place?!?). Did you know CA Adventure has an official Starbucks in it? This is a picture of the salted caramel mocha Rob bought me moments before he proposed.

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I crave sushi on an daily hourly basis.

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One of my best friends, Eva got me this Christmas present that I've been obsessed with. She knew I wanted a "big girl" perfume (since all I wear is Bath and Body Works) so she bought me this sampler from Sephora. The box comes with a gift certificate to get 1 full size version of any of these samples! I'm personally enamored with the Michael Kors (surprise surprise...).

Donut via Simply EvaniOnce upon a time there was a Krispy Kreme down the street from my house. Then the Atkins diet stormed the nation and it closed...Booooo Atkins. A friend and I stumbled upon the only Krispy Kreme left in Northern California and my heart did a little dance. I promise I only ate 1 and took the rest home for my family (pinky swear!).

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I don't think I've ever mentioned how much I LOOOOOOVE free stuff. So when Influenster rolled around, I knew it was for me. Someday I plan to do a full post on the 3 packages Influenster has sent me so far but for now, a big THANK YOU for these 3 full size dish soaps! When I first opened the box, I was so impressed they were giant bottles and I loved the lime one.

What's on YOUR mind this casual Friday? 

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Monday everyone!

I tried my hardest to come up with the words to describe how the proposal happened and I found that I was mostly unsuccessful. So instead I made a video to speak for me. I'm so excited for you to see it! (It has audio, just fyi :) )

Click here for the video: http://vimeo.com/56882952

And here's the best I could come up with in words:
Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty castle on December 22, 2012 Rob asked me to marry him.  As he dropped to his knee, my eyes began to flood and my hands flew to my face in shock. As I started to seriously ugly cry, I was too emotional to speak  so I nodded yes and leaned in to kiss him. Rob put the most beautiful ring I've ever seen on my finger (I put out the wrong hand of course ;) ) . While I struggled to get my emotions in check so the Disney photographer could photograph us, my entire family, his parents and my best friend come charging towards us from the crowd, popping out from hiding locations. I started to hysterically cry all over again seeing tears rolling down my my families' faces and we're engulfed in a giant hug by the people we love most. I've never felt so much joy in my entire life, like my heart was going to explode from happiness. Just talking about it makes me want to cry again. :)

After the 30 seconds I had to process the actual proposal, our families explained Rob's master plan piece by piece:

  • How Rob asked for my Dad's permission back in September.
  • How Rob just knew which ring to get (before looking at my Pinterest!!) and has had it for months. <3
  • How our families were sequestered in their hotel rooms the night before because Rob booked rooms in the SAME hotel for everyone 3 months in advance. They also had to time breakfast so we didn't run into them!
  • How my aunts and uncle drove and flew down to Anaheim, just to attend.
  • How my best friend Auva and Rob's parents rode in the same car with my crazy family for 7+ hours from Sacramento to Anaheim (definitely the MOST time they've all ever spent together).
  • How I looked straight at Rob's Dad seconds before the proposal (who was wearing a wig and disguise) and even commented on how "that stranger"should take our picture because he was just "standing around filming nothing" (my exact words!).
  • How Rob drew and e-mailed detailed maps for everyone on where to park, where to hide, etc. and planned the whole amazing trip!

After I said yes, it turned into this epic family vacation with both sides of our family. We rode a ton of rides and spent 13 hours at the park, from the time the proposal happened to park closing. We had a mini engagement party at the Cove Bar in California Adventure and basically it was the best day ever, I'll never ever forget it.

I have to admit, I may have underestimated Rob a bit. He did an amazing job planning an engagement and family vacation all in one! And although I never presumed Rob would propose at Disneyland, I'm really glad he did because we will ALWAYS have an iconic spot to return to, that's close to our heart. I told him we'll come back on all our important anniversaries, take our photo at the castle and be able to do a fun photo time lapse for the rest of our lives.

So PLEASE feel free to send me any and all wedding advice you have! I feel like 2 weeks after it happened, I'm finally back on earth and able to comprehend the extent of savings we'll be required to have for a wedding. But man, does this ring make me swoon...

I'd love to read up on anyone who has a love/engagement story, what can I say, I'm a sap. Please feel free to share them in the comments! :)

Also a shout out to our good friends Teagan and Justin, who just got engaged on Saturday! We're so happy we were able to celebrate such a wonderful day with you  guys.

Thank you to our families for their unending support (and all the espionage you had to undergo) and of course all of you, our friends, who make our story worth telling. We love you!

I love you so much, Rob! Thank you for creating my perfect day and I can't wait to start our next chapter together!

 

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Is it really already Thursday?!?

Good grief, I am behind on updating my blog. And although I may have stated my imminent return (on Twitter) to blogging today, alas I am here to say, I'm working on it! Specifically, I'm working on my engagement post, which is taking me a lot longer than it should. I'm annoyingly a perfectionist, even with simple things like text messages and e-mails so you can imagine how long it's taking me to even put into words what that crazy day was like. So don't leave forever, I am coming back!!

And because I have to post at least one picture, here's a sneak peek:

That's about when the ugly cry commenced. 100% unscripted and surprised Evani because I would have definitely tried to make a much cuter face.

I'll be back, I promise!

Are you back to work/school? How were your holidays?

Have a great day everyone!

P.S. Please don't feel obligated to say congratulations every time I mention the engagement. I figure some of you lovely people are getting engagement overkill from me right now so just wanted to throw that out there. :) I adore you all!