looking ahead.

On Monday, I got a phone call from one of my closest friends sharing some very exciting news: she received a surprise proposal from her long-time boyfriend in Switzerland!! I squealed so loudly, I'm surprised our entire apartment building didn't come running! Though she's celebrating in Europe for the  next few days, I am itching for her to get back States-side to hear all of the details :) eee!

{photo sources} left column from top: Jose Villa - A Bryan Photo - Tec Petaja - Jose Villa
right column from top: A Bryan Photo - Jose Villa - A Bryan Photo - Jose Villa - A Bryan Photo

This talk got me thinking about the early days of our engagement, the first six months of which were spent apart. It made for an interesting ride, but it brought {cv} and I even closer together. One of the best pieces of advice I got during the beginning of our engagement was to look ahead--and think of your life together, beyond the wedding. 

Though the questions about the date and the venue will come, the end goal--being together--trumps those queries any day. When {cv} and I were long distance and engaged, this thought helped us survive many a long night on the phone working through wedding budgets and guest lists. It just takes a few close friends and family to help keep that end goal in check ;) 

Maybe that's the reason I adore photos like the ones above: you can't always see the faces of the bride and groom, but you just know they're sporting smiles. And they're looking ahead! Coincidence? I think not.

Sending all of my love to my dearest {k} and {p}: I cannot wait to celebrate your engagement  soooon! Have a great Wednesday--and be sure to leave a few pearls of wisdom on engagements below :)  Don't forget to enter to win $50 to jazz up your jewelry box this summer--this giveaway ends tonight!


  1. I love this sentiment. I completely agree with the advice you received. Congrats to your friend!

  2. Distractions are the only way I got through my long distance engagement! Our wedding had so many little details that I personally made and I spent time with friends and family almost every day of the week. The days I just sat around and missed my hubs were the longest days of my life :)

    Congrats to your friend!!

  3. congratulatins to your friend! as someone who is getting married in november i know the exciting feeling of getting engaged...it's so easy to get carried away with all the wedding plans....just remember why you're doing it in the first place...and enjoy every moment!

  4. Love this - congratulations to them! I would say - enjoy the engagement, it goes so quickly and it's the only time in your life you'll say "my fiance". :)

  5. I remember getting engaged! It's totally the best feeling. I agree that you need to look past the wedding day, but I'd also say that living in the moment and enjoying the engagement time is important too. I know I got so caught up in the planning of our wedding that sometimes I would forget to enjoy where we were and the excitement and joy that comes with being an engaged couple. Congrats to your friend!

  6. Hmmm, newly engaged advice . . . :)
    Don't just plan your wedding, plan your future together! & read a great book like the Five Love Languages so you can study up on being the best husband or wife that you can be.