So, yesterday morning I receieved an email from Michelle, the woman we have been speaking to at DFTW for about 6 months now, that my DF Rich and I had been given our first time choice of 5:00 pm for our Escape wedding at SBP on May 16, 2011. We were thrilled!!! I have been browsing the posts on here for a while now and since everything is starting to fall into place, I figured I would start our PJ. I'll start off with a little background info about who we are and how we met. In Dec 05, I was checking my myspace (yes, Myspace...before I got sucked into the FB trend LOL) and realized I had a message from someone I didn't know. Rich had sent me a PM asking if I would interested in becoming friends with him. I was hesitant at first, not normally being one to talk to people online that I didn't know, but figured what could chatting online really hurt? After a couple months of talking, he asked if I would like to meet up with him at the mall and grab a bite to eat. I had just recently ended a bad relationship and wasn't interested in starting a new one, but went anyways and we really hit it off! We began dating shortly after, and in June '06 my mother decided that she needed out of NJ and wanted to relocate to SC. I had just turned 19 at the time and couldn't really afford to live on my own and was a little excited about the move, until I realized that would mean one of two things. Rich and I would either have to have a long distance relationship or we would have to break it off. When I brought it up to him, to my surprise, he asked "You think your mom would let me come with you?" We sat down with both of our parents and discussed the situation and both sides were fine with him joining us. We hadn't been together long, but we both knew that a long distance relationship wouldn't work and that neither one of us wanted to end things. So away we went to SC, been living here a little over 4 years now and things have just gotten better and better. I am a full time pre-nursing student and wish to join the US Navy after the wedding, and Rich is a cook at a local sports bar, saving up money to go to culinary school. We became engaged on my 21st birthday, May 20th 2008. It's not a very romantic story, but it's ours. About a week before, my Dr had found a suspicious lump that she wanted to biopsy, so on my birthday, we went together to have things checked out. When we arrived back home we found that our cat, Lola, had knocked my water that I had mistakenly left on the dresser onto my laptop and that was the end of that. It had just been a horrible day and I just broke down and started crying. Out of nowhere, Rich comes up to me and says "I wanted to do this in a more romantic way, but I hope that this will make you feel a little better. Will you marry me? And he pulled out the most beautiful ring, and of course, I said "YES!!!!!" So here we are, 2 years AFTER our engagement and 4.5 years into our relationship, starting to plan our wedding and we couldn't be more excited!!! I have a few pictures that I will post later on of my dress and my MOH and BM's dresses.