Hitched in a Hurry: The Backstory

by Ryan Conner

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Ahhh, aren't they cute?

Karley Osborn is a bride-to-be living in Plano. Her fiancé proposed in March. They’re getting married in July. No, she’s not crazy, and yes, she’s confident she will be able to order a dress and have it triple-fitted in plenty of time — no matter what the experts have to say about it. Karley also happened to intern for D Magazine and work as a social reporter with People Newspapers. Every Wednesday, she’ll be documenting her planning process. From flowers to fittings, she will use her first-hand experience to help other brides in the event of a last-minute love affair.

A week and a half post-proposal, I’m thinking most brides-to-be are doing things like smiling, fielding phone calls, smiling more, and doing their best to avoid taking excessive glances at their ring finger while driving home from work (dangerous, but that engagement ring is sooo pretty when it catches some steering wheel sun). I can relate — but in the midst of all the happy butterflies, I’m also scrambling to throw a thousand color-cake-and-china-plate pins on a brand new Pinterest board, book an engagement shoot, schedule dress appointments, interview wedding planners, and order invitations (not to mention, um, script an entire ceremony). Did I say anything about bridesmaids, shower dates, or registries? That should all be in the mix, too.

You just got engaged! Enjoy it!

Yes, I did. And trust me, I am! But we’ve also decided to get married in July (along with, apparently, everyone else on the planet). Which means, as my fiancé said while looking over my shoulder at a timeline in the latest issue of D Weddings: “We’re like, a year behind.”

Tell me about it.

The good news: He was so worth the wait, and marrying him is so worth the rush. A shorthand version of our story is after the jump. Read it, and I think you’ll see why we decided to say “we will” to pressing fast-forward to “I do.”

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Karley and Fiance as towheaded kiddos.

Fiancé and I attended the same church growing up — in fact, we have pictures taken together at a pumpkin patch when we were just two years old. But in the third grade, Fiancé’s family moved away, and our families lost touch.

We stayed out of touch until the summer of 2011, when Fiancé’s dad moved back to Dallas for a work opportunity. We went to see the Rangers play together, and Fiancé and I talked all the way to and from the game. But he lived in North Carolina. And I was moving to France to work as an au pair for a few months. Big things were coming up in both of our lives, so we decided we would just pray for each other from afar.

The next summer, my dad invited Fiancé’s family to meet up with us for a few days while we were on vacation in Hilton Head. Minus the overseas praying, Fiancé and I hadn’t really kept in close contact. It could have been awkward. It wasn’t. I couldn’t stop looking at him over the dinner table that first night. “You’re obvious,” I told myself. “Stop being obvious.” I couldn’t. The next day, he sat down next to me on the beach. “Don’t come on too strong,” he told himself. “Play it cool.” He couldn’t. We started talking, and for three days, we didn’t stop.

“I hate goodbyes,” he said on our last day at the beach. “So I’ll just say see you later.”

The happy couple. They don't look stressed now do they?

Later turned out to be six months. During that time, Fiancé and I wrote to each other weekly. I sent him a care package around the time of his birthday. He sent me a card at Thanksgiving. He was always so encouraging, always so friendly. And although he never asked for my phone number, his family did invite mine to rent a cabin with them in Tennessee for New Years.

A week of late-night conversation led to this: He was convinced I just wanted to be friends. I was sure he’d gotten tired of writing me a long time ago. As it turned out, we were both just plain in love. Even though he still didn’t have my phone number.

Just two months later — after finally popping the “can I get your number” question — Fiancé proposed. In four months, he’ll change his name to Husband (and we’re getting married in Hilton Head, where it all began). So, fellow brides-on-the-fly, take heart! You are not crazy (no matter what all those, ahem, helpful bridal consultants may lead you to believe).

Let the planning (and pinning) begin.

7 Responses to “Hitched in a Hurry: The Backstory”

  • jan burger | March 13, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations Karley & Taylor!!! Obviously, God had this in “the works” a LONG time ago!! Enjoy each and every second of your wedding preparation but more importantly, enjoy your marriage as “Mr. & Mrs.”!!!

  • Kristen a | March 13, 2013 | Reply

    I was Engaged December 24th and we will be married April 27th. People will look at you like your crazy when you tell them(especially booking venues and ordering everything). But your not…or else you and I both are. It’s doable and at the end of the day you will be husband and wife! Can’t wait to watch your journey as you write each week.

  • Michelle H. | March 13, 2013 | Reply

    Karley, congratulations! What an AMAZING love story, with the fun and romance to boot. Couldn’t be more happy for you and “Fiance!” You absolultely can make it work, and it seems that the two of you will do an amazing job of keeping the focus on your relationship and not a “too big” ceremony. (But BIG is definitely ok for a Texas girl if we want it!)
    You’ll be a beautiful glowing bride! Sending you lots of love from your fellow MTO sister!

  • Jill | March 13, 2013 | Reply

    Ah, nothing like a shotgun wedding!! Hope that baby bump isn’t showing in July!

  • John Cain Sargent | March 13, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Karley! Not to play a spade– but a client of mind got engaged– and then married nine days (YES, you read that correctly) NINE DAYS later!

    You can read a little bit of their story here:

    I am confident that even in the course of a few months you can plan a wonderful wedding that genuinely reflects you and your fiancé. If I can be of any help I’d love to connect.


  • John Cain Sargent | March 13, 2013 | Reply

    *mine… highly aware of the typo. 🙂

  • Karley Osborn | March 14, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you for the well-wishes, everyone! Looking forward to sharing this journey with you all. And John, wow!! 9 days? I am more than inspired. Can’t wait to read their story!