Our Engagement Story

Bryan and I have been engaged since June 10, 2014.




I can remember every single detail of the day and the days leading up to our engagement. We set off to Catalina for our annual mini vacation; we fell in love with the island the year before spending three beautiful days basking in the sun while enjoying some much needed time together.


This time around didn’t feel any different, I can usually sense a surprise looming but what was to happen next completely threw me off guard. A couple days before our trip, my friend Hannah kept insisting that I would come back an engaged woman, I brushed it off because I didn’t believe that it would happen and I had warned Bryan that he had to ask my dad for my hand in marriage.


June 9, 2014, we arrived at Redondo Beach to drop off Kodiak, our Pomeranian fur baby, to stay with his grandpa for a couple of days. We were a little early from when our boat was to depart so Bryan’s dad took us out for some lunch, my vacation started as soon as I sipped my first drops of whiskey. We were so excited we definitely needed this vacation and we were so excited for it to start. As soon as we got onto the Catalina Express we sat on the top deck and Bryan proceeded to order some champagne, we arrived to the island a little tipsy but just so excited to start our vacation!


We stayed at the Hotel Catalina the year before and loved it, Bryan was smart to book the same hotel and room! All we wanted to do was sleep but we knew that there was a ton of things we had to do. We put on our bathing suits and rushed to the beach, I brought a floatie to lounge about while everyone else swam around me. It was a perfect afternoon, I watched Bryan leap off of the floating dock and canon ball into the ocean making all the nearby kids laugh at his silliness. I thought to myself I am going to marry this man one day.


The next morning was a bit gloomier then it had been in a while, we woke up to have breakfast at our favorite place, Original Jack’s Country Kitchen, we walked through the city back to our hotel room after filling our bellies. Bryan proceeded to walk to the beachside on his own, I stood there watching him from a distance as I saw him looking out into the ocean and thinking. I prompted him to come back to me and we proceeded to make our way back to our hotel room to prepare for another day of swimming and fun. Again we were exhausted from our beach adventures, Bryan insisted that I get ready because he was going to rent a golf cart to drive around the rest of the island. Last time we were here we didn’t have enough time to explore so I became excited and quickened my pace in applying my makeup. We were going to dinner right after so I dressed pretty casual, in a mini skirt, heels and an oversized cardigan. I should have known Bryan had something up his sleeve, he was wearing khaki pants and a short sleeve button up, I remember asking him why he was dressed like that and he stated that he wanted to look like a local.


Within 15 minutes Bryan was back with our golf cart, I hadn’t realized how scary it was to be inside one, there were no doors or anything else besides a flimsy seat belt to keep you in. I put a brave face on as we made our way through the town, making a stop at lovers point and awing at the wonderment of the island once again. I saw in the distance that we were approaching a mountain and I panicked, I began to cry begging Bryan to take us down. It felt so steep on the way up and I couldn’t help but fear for our lives. To take my mind off of it all Bryan asked me to play some music and take pictures at our scenery. I obliged as best as I could, putting my phone in the air hoping to take some good pictures while holding onto him. We reached a point of the mountain where you could see all of Avalon, I was in awe at its beauty but refused to get out of the cart because fear had overcome me.  Bryan asked if I trusted him and I said yes of course, we made our way down the mountain side and I started to regain my composure. We stop at a dirt hill in front of 3 teenage boys, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next, I honestly believed that Bryan was going to buy weed off of them. I paid no attention to the boys until I heard one scream, “Oh my god, look at what he’s doing,” I thought, “wait what is he doing,” I look down and I see Bryan on bended knee, I say out loud, “What is that,” he stops me and asks me to marry him. I black out just a bit just shocked at what was happening, I cried again only this time tears of joy, how he pulled this all off without me knowing was still as shock to me, asking my dad for permission was the best part of it all. I love this man and I cannot wait until we are officially married, forever and ever.


Oh, We’re Getting Married

We haven’t even made a deposit yet but now I am just anticipating the day when we do, then everything well be set in stone! I am debating on whether or not it would be easier to just hire Ally from Moniker to be the Day of Coordinator or have my friend Karla help me out. Is it easier to be a bitch to and at my friend or to a stranger I won’t have to see again?


That’s definitely a good question.


My ideal wedding aesthetic includes long family style tables with candle lit lanterns, with books and planter boxes as our center pieces; I want something very rustic bohemian chic. If it’s not a thing, it definitely will be now. I want Baby’s Breaths any where I can get my “Bridezilla” hands on, overall very simple, clean and elegant. Since we can host the bar, it is a lot easier to plan a Signature Drink menu for Bryan and I.


For example, my drink would be called “Bridezilla’s Bourbon Smash,” basically Honey Bourbon with mint, smashed black cherries and a little sprite. Bryan on the other hand will have some sort of beer that he’ll brew up specifically for the wedding. I want people to have a good time, but I would really like to remember my wedding as a fun, not too intoxicated event. Other drinks will probably include, white wine spritzers, lemonade (that you can spike) including your basic sodas, juices for mixed drinks and an assortment of alcohol, preferably whiskey, tequila and vodka. Our wedding hashtag will be #alesandveils.


Nothing is more important in a wedding, other then the love of the bride and groom, then the food. The food is what everyone really critiques a wedding on, no one wants to go to a wedding, spend a couple hundred dollars on an outfit and a gift to eat shitty food. I went to a wedding where the food was take out L&L and Chinese Food, but by the time it was our turn to get any food it was cold and there was barely any left, it had to be one of the worst weddings I had gone to. I rate weddings based on food and fun and I want a wedding that food is abundant, drinks are flowing and the dance floor is never empty. So food and liquor are very crucial to a successful wedding.


Bryan and I spent at least two and half hours making a list of what we really want to serve at the wedding, food that would keep their temperature and their quality as the night passed. There will not be a smores bar, which I am really upset about. If we end up eventually choosing the Moniker Warehouse, we can have everything we wanted within our budget frame. Like I said, food is really REALLY important at a wedding.


Biscuit Bar – We both wanted a biscuit bar he more so then I, but all and all it is a great idea. It’ll be right next to the table with sweets and our wedding cake. It should have all the amenities, like butter, honey and assortment of jams that Bryan’s mom can make.


Candy and Sweets Buffet – Especially for the kids and the kids at heart, Bryan and I both love sweets and I think this is a VERY appropriate buffet to have. I want there to be navy blue rock candy, the mini tiny jawbreakers, blue raspberry rips, candy hearts, mini recess, mini white chocolate anything. For sweets I would want to do some shortbread cookies or sugar cookies with a “B+K” decorated on them and mini s’mores bites, basically marshmallows dipped in chocolate and ground graham crackers. We also want to have a richer more decadent sweet like a fudge brownie and some mini red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.


Cake – I want a naked cake, I detest icing and fondants especially on cakes, so I would prefer to have one that was simple and classy. In comes a naked cake, not sure what flavor it will be quite yet, but I want a butter cream frosting between each layer with fresh strawberries, black berries and blueberries dressed along the cake dusted with powder sugar and honey. I am very specific and I have a very specific cake in mind.


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