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Friday, June 27, 2008

Our Story Part II

This is the round up of courtship story begun earlier. After our first date, we started spending a lot of time on the weekends together, but it wasn't until about the fourth or fifth date that I agreed to be exclusive with Santiago.

At about week six (mid July 2007), we were at a party, and someone commented on my non-pierced ears. It is somewhat unusual for a 30+ year old woman to not have her ears pierced. I explained that my mom wouldn't let us get them pierced when we were younger, and then when I was grown, it didn't seem that important. Then I made a joke about "waiting for someone to buy me sparklies before I get them pierced". Well, little did I know that Santiago was paying very close attention to this conversation! Later in the week, I called Santiago to chat, and he said that he would call me back, because he was at the mall. I asked him what he was getting, and he was cagey and nervous and wouldn't tell me what he was doing, so I knew something was up! Friday night comes, and when I answer the door, he has his hands behind his back. He comes in, and shows me what he has in his hands, which is a burgundy bag from Helzburg Diamonds. In it was a beautiful pair of princess cut diamond stud earrings! AND he also got a pair of pearl studs! So we ran to Claires and got my ears pierced. Five weeks later I was wearing my earrings.

We continued dating through the summer and fall. He met my sisters at a family dinner in October, and spent Christmas with us, when he met my mom, of course she liked him! It was during the winter that we started to talk little more marriage, and in January we went ring shopping. I wasn't quite ready to make that commitment yet, so Santiago was very sweet and patient for me to catch up. Then in the spring 2008, we decided that the Fall was when we wanted to get married, and started looking at wedding stuff. But it's weird to be planning a wedding when you're not engaged, so Santiago proposed, and I said yes! (that's all in another post) And here we are at the present!

And here are some pics, because Santiago likes them!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Engagement Photo's

I'm so excited that we have a couple of official engagement photos to post! More will be forthcoming when the disc comes in, but this will do for now!

Monday, June 16, 2008


Before I post our registry information, I must give my most humble apologies for putting it on our blog at all. Santiago and I don't require gifts, but people tend to give them anyway. Emily Post says that it is OK to list this information on the couples wedding website, so we are, as a convenience for the guests who are interested. We are registered at Bed Bath & Beyond and Lowes.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Our Story Part 1

We've had a few requests that we put the story of how we met, and our courtship up on the blog, so here's the Readers Digest Version:

We met in May 2007 at a church Single Adult dance. I (Holly) love to dance, but there were very few men that actually will dance at the dances, so when I saw Santiago on the floor dancing away, I was interested. A little later in the evening he asked me to dance, and we shared a couple of dances. After the dance, we went to IHOP with a few other people and talked a little. He asked for my number, and I gave it to him. We talked on the phone a couple of times, but nothing happened. We met again in June at the church SA dance, and this time, something clicked. After the dance, we went to this awful sports bar and watched and laughed at some drunk housewives dance on each other to a bad cover band.

Santiago called me the next day and arranged a date for the following Saturday. We arranged to go to Stone Mountain, which is a local attraction. We met in the afternoon and drove down, and there was not a lack of conversation at all. We rode the train, and went to the top of the mountain, and then took our picnic to the lawn.

This is really where Santiago hit a big homerun. He had the best picnic packed, in a Real picnic basket! And to top it off, he had a beautiful rose for me tucked away in there as well. So we had a wonderful feast of cold ham, smoked gouda, crakers, Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, and chocolate covered strawberries. (see why I love him?) As we were finishing dinner, the only cloud in the sky covered the lawn and burst open. We shrieked and pulled the waterproof ground cover out from under the blanket and threw it over our heads and the basket. Of course we had to huddle close together to keep from getting wet, and while we were so close, of course it's very natural to, well, you know! ;)

It continued to rain for the next hour, and we "waited" it out under the waterproof cover. We still ended up getting soaked, but we did not care at all. After the cloud moved on, it was dark, and the laser show started. This is a fun event in ordinary times, but that night, it was magical. The fireworks of the show served as exclamation points to the fireworks between Santiago and I. The whole day was like a movie, and the evening was the happy ending of a RomCom.

After the show,we cleaned up as best we could and made our way back to Santiago's car. We were wet, tired, and very happy with the events of the day.

The next steps in our courtship will follow....

Monday, June 2, 2008


This weekend, on a whim, Santiago and decided to go look at wedding dresses, which is funny, because I already have my dress. I tried a couple on, took some pictures, and it was awesome being a "princess bride" for a minute, but it was good to come back to reality aftwards.

BTW... Don't we make beautiful brides? ;)
(also, sorry the pictures aren't that great, they were taken with Santiago's camera phone)