by Ryan Conner
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.
Last week, while my face was still lit with a post-bridal-gown-purchase glow, I came to a realization (or three). Planning a wedding in four months is rather difficult. Planning a destination wedding is even more difficult. The fact that Fiancé lives all the way in North Carolina? That’s most difficult of all.
First off, I just miss him. Like, all the time. Second, his geographical location has necessitated the adoption of a “whatever” mentality—kind of a new thing for this (recovering) perfectionist. Take this week’s agenda, for example. After my plane landed in North Carolina on Thursday, Fiancé and I hit the ground running. Almost literally.
Read on for this week’s list of “to-do-before-I-do” accomplishments:
1. We nailed down those guest lists and went fishing for addresses. Completely necessary, since our wedding shower invitations could have gone out yesterday and still been considered late. And speaking of showers…
2. We tore through the likes of Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel, and Target on a whirlwind of a wedding registry experience that I have only just begun to recover from. In the heat of the moment, we ended up registering for approximately 8,000 drinking glasses, 2,000 beer/wine glasses, and nothing else. Thank goodness, everything is update-able online.
3. We held hands, kissed, and smiled for the camera during an engagement photo shoot that—by the way—I booked all the way from Texas. My selection process for our North Carolina-based photographer Miss Jee’s Photography went like this: I asked Fiancé’s mom if she knew any photographers. She recommended two. I picked one. My goal? One solid picture (just one!) that we could use for save the dates, wedding invitations, et al. Our happy surprise? We fell in love with all of them.
The moral of our story is simple. We don’t have time to think—much less rethink, over think, and/or scratch all of our ideas and start over. Crate & Barrel only has Ecru table napkins in stock? Love ‘em. No time to Pin examples of super romantic engagement photos? Wing ‘em. Don’t get me wrong—we’re not being impulsive. We’re just making decisions and sticking to them.
The irony, of course, is this: In letting go of my stranglehold of specifics, everything’s begun to work out even more perfectly than I could have imagined.