So after much lurking I am starting a PJ! My wedding is still almost 2 years out, but I have so many ideas floating around in my head I'm hoping putting them all in one spot will help quiet my obsessed mind! First off, I want to thank all of you lovely ladies on this board! Reading all your PJ's and TR's have given me so many great ideas... and you'll see I have borrowed lots...so THANK YOU ! The initial plans are: Escape Wedding Monday, December 6, 2010 Sunset Pointe Ceremony 2:30 pm O'Hana 5pm Wishes Cruise OR Grand 1 if I get my way or Pontoon Celebration boat if DF gets his way... more on this later So meet us... Adelia (27) and Ryan (26)... We are both nurses and are currently living in Minnesota (we are from Michigan). I am working as an ER nurse currently and DF is back in grad school getting his master's in anesthesia (which is why we moved to MN). We are waiting to get married til he graduates in 2010... hence why the wedding date is so far out. Sometimes it seems like Dec 2010 will never come but everyone says it goes fast. We got engaged in April 2008 and set the date shortly thereafter... atleast it's under 2 years now! We met in 2004 when we were both working as nurses in a Surgical ICU in Michigan. We aren't really sure when we started dating but it was sometime in 2006. I know... you're thinking how can you not know when you started dating...it's a long story but here's the summary. I got married in 2002 at the age of 21... unfortunately my first husband didn't end up being the amazing Christian man I thought I had married and I found out he had been cheating on me. In 2005, we finally divorced and I was devastated to say the least. Ryan and I were work friends up to this point and had the same group of friends but never hung out much. After I left my husband I moved into the same apartment complex that Ryan happened to live in. A bunch of people from work helped me move and Ryan helped as well. I was pretty depressed at this point and Ryan started coming over to check on me a couple times a week... I figured my friends put him up to it. Then he started bringing me food or cooking me dinner... and finally he was like... you need to get off the couch... and would take me to a movie or dinner...and before I knew it we were hanging out a couple times a week and after several months I finally realized... "oh my gosh i think this is what people who are dating do... oh crap we're dating". It took me awhile to come to grips with the fact that I was dating again and I had some major trust issues but he was very patient with me through the whole thing. One day shortly after I admitted to myself we were dating but was having an exceptionally tough day for one reason or another, Ryan looked at me and he said... "You know what you need? You just need to go to the Happiest Place on Earth!" And he went that week and booked us a week long trip to Disney in Sept 2006! I had been to Disney a few times as a kid but never stayed on property. I liked Disney but thought of it as a "kid place" but I went along with it anyways... needless to say after that trip I was hooked! Here we are on our first Disney trip... After we went to Disney we went and saw my parents who now live in Naples, FL. My dad is not usually very friendly towards guys I date so when we were taking pics on the beach and my dad put his arm around Ryan- we (Ryan, my mom, and myself) were all shocked... My dad just laughed and said "Anyone who can make my little girl smile-after all she's been through- like I've seen her smile this trip is alright by me!" My dad has now deemed this "the best pic ever" and after that I realized I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and move on with my life. We continued to date the entire next year. I had never been happier in a relationship and realized that so much had been missing in my previous relationship. None the less, I just felt the need to get away on my own for a bit so I decided to do travel nursing... I originally thought I would go somewhere warm and fun but August 2007 I ended up in Wisconsin with 7 of my girlfriends- the pay was great but not the most exciting place to go! I went back and visited Ryan several times during the 5 months I spent there and realized I never wanted to be without him again. He had gotten into anesthesia school in Minneapolis and knew he would be moving there in May 2008 but we decided to move there early to be together so we both got travel jobs in January and moved in together on New Year's Eve. Up next... the proposal and the wedding plans!