Hello! I fall into the lurker category and have finally decided it was time to start my planning journal. I hope that someone will find my PJ as helpful and entertaining as I have others on the boards. Please feel free to comment at any time. Here is a brief background on us: Patrick and I have been dating for 4 1/2 years. Patrick proposed to me the night before we were to celebrate our 4 year anniversary. (Story below.) I grew up going to Disney about twice a year. I have family in FL and it was always the perfect stopping point for a family vacation. I am a huge Disney fan! I just finished with graduate school and now have my teaching license in early childhood education. Patrick had never been to Disney until December 2009 when we went for vacation. It took a lot of convincing on my part, but he finally gave in. Patrick really enjoyed himself (I knew he would)! He has slowly started to become a Disney fan as well. Patrick owns a car lot and is opening another one next week, which I will end up running. (I am going to put my teaching career on hold for now.) Our Engagement Story (short version): After church on a Sunday afternoon, Patrick sent me on a scavanger hunt around town. Each clue had significance from our relationship. Starting at our house with stops at Brown's Island, the studio (Patrick is in a band and records music on the side), the River and ending at a Bed & Breakfast in Williamsburg, VA! Patrick had arranged for dinner at Opus 9. Towards the end of a lovely dinner, Patrick stepped away for a moment and ran into the waiter. The waiter told Patrick that the restaurant had heard that he may be proposing that night. At that point Patrick ran to the car and got the ring. I was still eating dinner when Patrick retruned. Patrick wisked two chairs out of the way and dropped to one knee while saying "Amy "last name here", I have one question...WILL YOU MARRY ME?" And with those words, I busted into tears and knodded "YES"! Our waiter appeared out of no where with champage. After an amazing day/night Patrick still had another trick up his sleeve. A tour of the Williamsburg Winery and lunch the next day! I was competely surprised! Patrick and I will be getting married on Monday, December 12, 2011 at Disney's Wedding Pavillion. Our reception will be held at The Contemporary. Our planning session is THIS UP COMING FRIDAY!!! I am so excited but feel a bit unprepared! I have done so much research and feel like I am still coming up short. We have a wonderful planner (Lisa Smith) and I know she will help tie up any lose ends we will have on Friday. I will make sure to post pics and let you know how it goes once we get back. I would like to add that I planned our PS over Star Wars weekend just for Patrick. We have watched eposides IV, V, VI & I so far. We plan on watching II & III before we leave for our PS/Star Wars weekend. I had only watched IV & V with Patrick years ago. I guess now is the perfect time to watch them all. We are also going to have our engagement pictures taken while we are at Disney. I will let you know how it goes. Really excited to meet our photographer, Amy. Sorry for the ramble and jumbled mess...I hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day! I will update soon.