Well, it's been quite a while since I updated...which is ridiculous because I actually have had a very exciting summer!
Campus ministry is going well, I have moved in with Sarah Gotell near Broadway and Oak....AND Paul and I are getting married!!!
I have been blogging about this at our wedding blog: http://www.momentville.com/PaulandTara
Feel free to peruse the site...from our stories, to the proposal, wedding party details AND wedding blog.
But for now...here are the wedding blog entries to keep you all up to date. So exciting!!!!!
For the week of August 15th to 22nd I (Tara) was working as a Camp Counsellor at Day Break Point Bible Camp at Anvil Island (off the coast of Horseshoe Bay). I didn't expect to see Paul all week since I was on an island working with kids, and I knew he was working all week, and visitors aren't normally allowed up to camp. I also didn't expect to be getting engaged before the fall, because Paul had talked about waiting until the fall to get engaged. What I didn't know was that week while I was away at camp, God spoke to Paul. He felt that he was to come to Anvil and ask me to marry him. Unbeknownst to me he spoke to the camp directors, and arranged to come to camp Friday, August 21st. He let me know that he was coming to check out the camp, but I didn't realize he had more than that planned.
The day was great, we ate breakfast and lunch with campers in the dining hall, sat together in cabin time, went out seperate ways for cabin time, and played dodgeball for team pink. During free time we took a walk to Irbie Point which is a beautiful spot where rocks and woods meet water. I love it.
Paul told me that he has a suprise for me since he so often forgets flowers (it's true, each anniversary he means to get me flowers and always forgets). He told me to look out at the ocean, handed me his cell phone and told me there was a clue on it. I looked at the phone and it had a picture of a ring. I turned to face him and he was down on one knee.
He said "Tara I love you. I want to spend my life with you. Will you marry me?" I obviously said yes. We hugged. It was awesome. We sat and looked out at the water, talking, sharing, calling family, sharing a first kiss, and praying together.
We decided to head back to camp, where we were swarmed upon by people who knew what was about to take place. I got to share the cool news with many campers and co workers and they were all so excited!!! When I told a group of girls from my cabin they shrieked extremely loudly and dog piled on me, eventually throwing me in the water. It was super fun. It also got announced over the camp radio, at dinner and at chapel in the slideshow. Awesome.
We have had such a fun few days sharing the new with friends and family and beginning to plan a future together.
First Days of Prep - Wednesday Aug 26
Paul and I have been engaged for 5 days and already the plans are off and running. Sunday we spent time looking through Bridal Magazines and I showed him the pictures that caught my fancy. We picked our colours (Blue, yellow & orange). We are going to make our own bouquets.
Tied at the base with a blue ribbon.
I think I will wear an orange sash with my wedding dress, I believe the Bridesmaids will be in Blue with an yellow sash, and the groosmens will wear suits with a orange boutineer.
We are trying to figure out where to get married because there may be a glitch with getting married at the kids camp I grew up going to in the states. It seems that some family members don't have passports and others aren't able to leave the country due to health reasons. We would love to find a picturesque camp around Vancouver somewhere...otherwise I'm not quite sure where to get married!
Alright while I type this Paul has fallen asleep on my shoulder; I should wake him up and send him home. Night!
Tuesday Sept 1.
Wow...I didn't realize people had been leaving comments on the guestbook here...I just found it and am so pleased! Paul and I are pretty lucky to have a lot of people that care about us.
Today Paul and I are exhausted! Yesterday we moved my from my Aunt and Uncle's house, and in to my friend Sarah's aparment where I will live until Paul and I get married! So exciting!
This past weekend Paul and I went over to the Island for my wonderful friend Lisa's wedding. We stayed with our also wonderful friends, Megan and Tyler, and had a great time! Over the weekend we also created our first guest list for the wedding. At the moment we want 240 people there!!! Super crazy! We are pretty much trying to save all our money so we can have people. This is important to us.
Yesterday I tried on my sister's wedding dress. My sister is pretty much half my size; but her wedding dress is done up with corsets on the back, and therefore, can pretty much fit many sizes. It turns out it totally fits! I have a friend who will hem, and alter it slightly so that it looks perfect. So I will be wearing her dress, which I find super exciting. This means that if I don't have to buy an expensive dress we can have more people at our wedding. This is good news.
After today I will have more info on our location...I had to wait for the big move across town until I could take the time to get all the location details.
Alright, I have much work to do today...better get started!
Ring + Location woes - Wednesday Sept 2
Tuesday was such a long, but good, day!
Paul and I both worked all day, we met up for sushi around 5, and headed over to get my official engagement ring picked out! I totally picked a man's ring, hehe.
After that we headed out to Delta for Katie's going away party. There was a large showing of family...so I got to spend some more time with the family members I have only met once. It was great! We got many congratulations wishes. It was a great party for Katie. She is obviously very loved. We will miss her while she is away!
Now...to the negative. We found out today that we can't get married at the camp we wanted to in White Rock. Right now our guest list is at 240 people. The camp can only hold 130 people. They want to charge $30 a head; I know we can find something between $20 and $25.
So we don't know where we are getting married.
Here is what we want:
Location for our reception that holds around 225people. We want the food to be $20 a person; though we know we may have to pay more...this may be a pipe dream.
Ideally the Ceremony location would be near the reception location. We need a ceremony location that doesn't cost a lot to decorate and fits 225people.
Yup. That's what we want.
Lets see if we can find it!
I think we are done wedding planning for the week; I am headed on a Campus retreat and Paul is going hunting.
South Hall v Alpen Club - Saturday Sept 9
I lied. We weren't done wedding planning for the week.
We are stuck between two locations: Alpen Club or South Hall.
Alpen Hall is offering appies, hall rental and service for $1100 less than South Hall.
South Hall is offering hall rental, full dinner and service.
Alpen hall will need more decorating to cover up the intense lodge feel. South Hall is nicer without decorations. We want to keep our decorations to a certain price so that allows us to stick within it. Though if we save on cost of rental we can afford more on decorations.
Oh well....we will decide when Paul gets home.
This brings us up to date on the Wedding blog front.
I will have photos and an update about my place shortly though here is a blurry shot of my new bedroom that I share with Sarah:
And this is my new hair colour: