Every relationship begins with an introduction, and because you're reading my blog, I want you to know I consider this a "relationship" in the truest sense. Not only is this my documented journey to marriage, it's also a chance for you to share your stories, advice, and (it goes without saying), wild frustration.

My fiance and I made it official on December 31-- in the early morning hours of New Years Eve. He took me on a surprise trip to Paris, and proposed on the steps of Notre Dame cathedral. The only witness to the moment was a headless saint carved in stone, and we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The other surprise was this: I hadn't yet known that he reserved 4th of July weekend at our favorite vacation spot - Carmel, California - MONTHS ago - and that we now have 6 months until we say "I do."

So join me as I navigate everything in between...the fabric, the flowers (is it a tussy mussy or a mussy tussy?), and the frenzy of it all...the most exciting time in this Midwest girl's life...and I can't wait to share it with you.