The day before Thanksgiving, Kevin proposed on the steps of the New York Public Library. He wanted to propose before the holidays; we were spending Thanksgiving with my parents and Christmas with his mother's large family. It wasn't our first holiday together, as we had already spent Thanksgiving together in Charlottesville in 2006 with his mother, brother, and cousin Katie. But it was our first holiday together since wedding magazines had suspiciously appeared in our apartment.
Kevin texting his friend Briggs right before proposing.
He proposed in New York, where we plan to live when I graduate law school because I have a job waiting there. Presumably, he chose a library because as the wife of a writer and writing professor, our home will be one? He made his high school friend Jon jump out and take pictures as it was all happening. Clearly, Kevin gets me.
I said "Definitely!"
This is the only time I have seen the planet spin while sober. It is really something.
I am happy.
Popping some champagne!
We stayed overnight in New York and checked out just in time to miss the Macy's Day Parade. Ha! Actually, I think I saw one float. That totally counts right?
Macy's Day Parade (sort of)
Thanksgiving dinner with my parents the next day - very happy!
(More in next post on Thanksgiving.)
Sunday, we went to the UVA basketball game yesterday. I sat in the student section with Roger, Brian, and Katy. Kevin sat in the grown up seat with Brady and their two friends visiting from DC, Cory and Chow.
Roger, Brian, Katy, and me (I'm not really this short am I?)
Megan and Ed got married! The wedding was in Florida where Ed is from, and Ed's mom helped with a lot of the arrangements. In Florida, there's always a threat of rain, so they kept the ceremony short and sweet. Thanks to their strategizing we were all inside right as it started raining outside.
Megan and her dad
Megan's mom doing a reading
Vows during the ceremony
The first thing we did before cocktail hour was take a big group photo of everyone at the wedding. I'd never seen that before and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Kevin and I copied that and the style of their invitations for our wedding. Suffice to say, I like their style. The cocktail hour was really fun in part because Megan and Ed actually attended their own cocktail hour. Again, it was the first time I had seen that, and Kevin and I copied that too.
Awesome group photo.
Darren and Janice with the bride and groom during cocktail hour
It's been five years but I still remember that the reception was beautiful, and the dinner was delicious, and they had an amazing cordial bar (with chocolate and coffee liquors) and a chocolate fountain. I loved that bar. And we all had a wonderful time celebrating and dancing together. It was really fun.
Laurie, Jamie, and Janice
Fake table photo missing Laurie (I think she was dancing?)
The beautiful cake
We were all so happy for the two of them. By the time they got married I had known Megan for 10 years. I had seen her be very happy before, enjoying herself with her friends, but since she met Ed, it seemed like she was permanently in that state of happy. When I met Ed in 2005, I thought he was great anyway. The reason I thought they were great together was that Megan was her best self with Ed. And all that beaming back and forth they did- wow. In five years, you can just look at them and see they haven't lost the magic. In many ways, they're even better now. They even run marathons together and have an amazing baby boy William.
Even though this picture is from far away, I think you can see how happy they are.