How Ty Popped the Question!

Wedding Wednesday:

So, I just realized that even after a month of wedding posts I never told you the WHOLE story of how Tyler proposed!  Well – Here it is 🙂

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For my birthday, we planned a romantic getaway to the Windy City to see the sights, hit up the shops, and dine like we’ve never dined before. After a chilly Friday night ice skating in Millennium Park, dining in a fancy restaurant, and getting into The Roof of The Wit Hotel for free (& enjoying one too many cocktails), we endured an even colder Saturday morning strolling Michigan Ave.

Later that afternoon we found ourselves back in the hotel room frostbitten and worn out. We then proceeded to buy an $8 bottle of Barefoot Moscato and head down to the hotel lobby to play checkers and chill in the grand leather furniture. Eventually we decided it would be a good idea to grab some grub so we headed to an Irish Pub for an authentic meal (because I had a coupon, of course), and afterward headed back to the hotel. After 30 minutes of debate on what to do next, we called a cab and ended up at The Cite…70+ floors above the city.

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The restaurant was decked to the nines with floor to ceiling windows, a stunning view of Chicago, the finest of dishes & wine for company, and goers with shoes that cost more than my whole wardrobe combined. Anyway, we were seated at a table for two and ordered a fancy bottle of wine (because hey, we’re on vacation). Not even two minutes later Tyler said, “I have to go to the bathroom,“ and I said, “go for it, sweetie.” A few minutes later the waiter came by and told us the wine would need some additional time to chill and to just sit tight for another 10 minutes. We were happy to wait because we were definitely not in a hurry to escape the amazing view and, let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than warm white wine.

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About 10 minutes later the waiter returned to drop the wine off at the table…then walked away. “How rude,” I thought to myself once I noticed that the cap was still on the wine. Then I did a double take. Tripple take. Could that be, is it, no…that’s just one sparkly freebee. Nope – that’s no freebee, THAT’S AN ENGAGEMENT RING! Before I knew it Tyler was on one knee (taking nearly the whole table cloth with him) and proposing right there in the middle of the restaurant! Of course I said, “(heck) yes” and the rest of the night was full of toasts, laughs, super fancy cheese, and spirits.

(((Later that night I discovered why he seemed so nervous to use the bathroom…It was because he had given the ring to the host to tie to the neck of the bottle of wine we ordered. How sweet ❤ )))

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What’s your dream way of being proposed to?  Or, if you’re already engaged/married, how did he pop the question?

Well, Apparently DJ Stands for Disc Jockey

Wedding Wednesday:

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Ever since Tyler and I jumped into the pool of “newly engaged” couples I’ve been asking myself:

What aspect of the wedding do I believe is most important?

AKA What’s worth the splurge.  A couple elements came to mind, and unlike everyone’s assumption, my wedding dress is not the on the list 😉  Tyler and I both agreed that having an excellent photographer and a skilled DJ top the list for services that we’re willing to throw a few extra dollars towards.  Why the DJ?  Well, I’ve only been to a few weddings in my day, but from what I’ve experienced, the DJ is what keeps everyone on their feet and having a good time.

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Have you ever been to a wedding where the DJ played one too many cliche 80s dance songs, polkas, or unrecognizable rap montages?  Yeah – We don’t want that, so we went with Audio Excitement in Appleton, WI.

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We know Audio Excitement because they’re known for keeping the party rolling until the wee hours of the morning at Plan B in Kaukauna.  They’ve also played in a few of our friend’s weddings, so the recommendations were endless.  Not only are they a fantastic group of disc jockeys, they also take pictures and immediately add them to a continuous slideshow after the photographer has left for the night!  An added plus is that Tyler and I will get to keep the hundreds of photos that Audio Excitement snapped and make a reception album of our own.  Ohhhh the memories will be FANTASTIC 🙂

When planning a wedding, what service do you believe is worth the splurge?

It’s By Your Side I Make My Home: The Wedding Venue

Wedding Wednesday:

Welcome to my very first Wedding Wednesday blog post!  Now – when debating which alliterative word to use for this particular day of the week I considered classics such as ‘Workout Wednesday’ but then thought, “Hey, I’m getting married in a year and a half, what a perfect excuse to blog about my wedding!”  I’m going to use my Wedding Wednesday posts as an outlet to update you on our definitive wedding plans, what we’ve found in terms of vendors, and some of our dream purchases, gifts, crafts, and dresses are!

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Since Tyler and I just got engaged a month and a half ago, we’re not too deep into the wedding planning process but we do have a couple important aspects sorted out, such as our venue, location, date, and wedding cake.  Yes, you read that correctly, the cake.  The beautiful, tasty, sweet, memorable cake.  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.  Anyway!  Today I’m going to introduce you to our venue: High Cliff State Park!

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High Cliff is a very special place for Tyler and I because it’s where we officially had our very first date!  Let me give you some background 🙂 Although Tyler and I had known each other for years before we started dating, we decided to hold off on officially becoming a couple until I got back from my vacation in Europe the summer of 2012.  The week I returned to the US we went on a romantic camping trip at High Cliff State Park.  There’s something about sleeping outside in a tent, hiking through the trees, and cooking marshmallows over a fire that just drives us crazy.  Needless to say…we’re a perfect match ❤

We also share a favorite season: Fall.  If you’ve never experienced fall in Wisconsin I can say with certainty that you’re missing out.  There’s nothing quite like the smell of sweet grass, the beauty of the orange and red leaves on the trees, apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin carving, and lots & lots & lots of candy corn!  Mmm 🙂  High Cliff State Park is notorious for its fall backdrop from the escarpment and magnificent cliffs.  The combination of us agreeing on a fall wedding and High Cliff being the venue of our first date was a perfect sign that this was going to be the ideal place to host our happiest day.

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High Cliff also has a fantastic history!  The land was originally owned by a company called Western Lime and Cement Company where limestone was quarried & crushed to make buildings and roads for the town.

Apparently High Cliff was a bustling village back in the day with a hearty 250 residents, taverns, churches, schools, and shops.  There was even an amusement park and dance hall on top of the cliff!

Unfortunately the quarry closed n 1956 due to the production of faulty limestone and when Wisconsin took ownership of the land it was considered “the beginning of the end” for this new age town.  Today, the park provides camping, hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching and lakeside fun for the citizens of Wisconsin as well as a marina, General Store museum, Lookout Tower & Pavilion, and fantastic restaurant (which will play host for our post ceremony reception)!

Although I have not explored the park in it’s entirety, I love the lookout tower, roomy campsites, beach area, and hiking trails.  This summer Tyler and I are hoping to spend a few of our weekends camping and hiking though the State Park to get a feeling of where we would like to take our wedding pictures and have our ceremony.  I’ll keep you posted on our adventures this summer, but until then I’m so relieved that we found the venue of our dreams!

Tyler and I are thinking about having our ceremony outside in the State Park.  Did you get married outside or inside?  Why?  I would love to hear your stories!