Sunday, March 15, 2009

some wedding change of plans

so over the weekend we had some BIG change of plans as far as wedding plans go. We pretty much have officially decided to get married here in Abilene instead of in Beaumont like we had originally planned. We have just realized how harder it would have been to plan a wedding out of town, with going out of town so much during the planning phase and with work and school it was just going to seem impossible since its seven hours away. So we decided that we want to do everything here in Abilene and are so excited at some of the different location options we are looking at and just how much easier the whole process is going to be with everything being right here. And one of the other main reasons we have decided not to do everything in Beaumont is because the location we had our heart set on we have realized after counting even just immediate family on my side, not even close friends or extended family just on my side we are already up to 120 on my side and the location in Beaumont, my aunt's beautiful house to do it outdoors is just not big enough that it really would only hold up to like 75-80 people which is obviously way under what even my family is haha.

Anyways here a few pictures of the location options we are looking at right now...I want your feedback on what you think would be the best most beautiful location for our wedding :)
here is the website to the location we are leaning most towards
one of the others we are going to look is the windsor hotel in downtown abilene that I have not yet found the official website yet, sorry :(
Anyways let me know what you think...I would love to hear your opinion on everything :)
Until then we will update as things change

Monday, March 9, 2009

Change of plans

So nothing really super spectacular has been happening so far, I can still hear the wedding bells ringing...but they are much more in the distance than I had ever hoped for...but I know thats for the best! Well so Jake & I recently decided to wait until spring of 2o1o to do the big wedding, we both really think its a much better plan and really feel happy about that decision. I guess the main reason we decided this is because he won't be graduating from his undergrade at ACU till May 2010 or summer and just felt like it was a smarter plan for us and lets just be honest I did not want a winter wedding AT ALL! I know everyone is probably laughing at me because I am looking in all the wedding magazines I can find and doing all sorts of planning in my head and such, but to tell the truth I don't care that its a year away because I have been waiting to plan this day since I was about six years old :)

Other than the few wedding changes...I need ya'lls help, anyone & everyone who actually read this I want your help coming up with a new name for this blog instead of "double j life" neither I nor jake care for that one too much. Just comment on this post and give me your suggestions if you please.

Sorry this is such an uneventful post, but sometimes those happen. Please help me with the name. Until another time....

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

so the story begins...

not the best picture of the ring...but its still beautiful and I LOVE it!!!!
my best friend Lindy...right after the proposal

after Jake asked still shocked

Jake & I after we were ENGAGED!

the amazing arrangement the best florist in Austin made me, especially for our engagement

so it finally happened!!! I'm writing this post a little late, but yes the day I have been dreaming of for quite some time actually happened about two weeks ago, Jake & I got ENGAGED :)

I was of course completely overwhelmed with shock, so surprised, but so excited at the same time since I was under the impression this day was not going to be happening for a least another year or so, well apparently that was a bunch of bull ha!

I'm sure everyone wants the story and the details...but most importantly it was absolutely PERFECT like I had always pictured it in my head. So here it goes..the weekend of Febuary 21st-23rd we went to Austin to visit my best friend, Lindy that moved there a couple of months ago to be a full time florist. We had such a great weekend doing all the fun Austin things and all along Jake & I had been planning to go on a special date on Sunday night, keep in mind Jake was doing all the planning for this date night all along, which is not unusual at all, he is always planning fun surprise date nights for us, so I of course didn't think anything of it. And at about 4 or so Lindy & I went on a coffee date and would meet Jake at this special "date location" at like 6:30. And at about 6 we leave and are on our way to the location which just happened to be Mt. Bonnell in Austin, which if you are not familiar with it, it's an awesome cliff type hill place that is gorgeous that you can climb and take pictures and has a spectacular view over Towne Lake and these amazing milliondollar homes. So I get there, Lindy drops me off, me thinking that she is leaving, so I head up and look for Jake at the top of the hill and there he waits with a beautiful flower arrangement made by the talented florist lindy. And so after awhile of talking he tells me he has some present for me thats a surprise, which again is not unusal for Jake, so I close my eyes and open and he has made me an really cool black and white scrapbook of pictures and things from the very beginning of us dating till up to about now, and on the last page he tells me there is a special picture to go there and he has one last surprise to show me, so I close my eyes and then open and the page is turned and says "Jillian will you be my wife?" and has open a ring box with my perfect most beautiful engagement ring!!!!

Well oh my gosh I never even said yes to him because I was so so overwhelmed and shocked, I mean granted the answer was automatic, but still. Well then I turn around and out pops stalker lindy out of the bushes with her camera, so apparently she had been there the whole time and basically followed me up mt. bonnell...which did I mention I was totally oblivious to!?

So then we proceed to freaking out about what is really happening and taking pictures and having random people come up and clap and scream congratulations, which I loved ha! And then we leave and the all the massive amounts of calls to be made parents first, which Jake had talked to in depth about all of this about 2 weeks before all this was going to happen. Then my sister, Jake's sister, my aunt, cousins, Jake's mom, friends and the list goes on....

Well needless to say I was and still am so overwhelmed with happiness that I could probably just burst into a bubble!!! We are both just so super excited for everything to come in the next year that we cannot even keep it to ourselves! But here is a few pictures of my beloved ring & a few from the special weekend, ENJOY!