Our Story | The Proposal

If you’d like to, you can catch up on our story here.

So, 6 days after we started dating, we decided to get married, and started planning our wedding. We’re crazy kids. Of course, he didn’t have a ring, because… well you know, most guys don’t buy an engagement ring before asking a girl out.;)

We planned to go to Disneyland on December 7th. It’s sort of complicated for us to get away at Christmas-time because we both work at our (very large) church, and the Christmas season is the most hectic/busy time of the year. But he insisted that we go. Since two of my favorite things in the world are Disneyland and Christmas, I had a feeling it was going to happen there.

We were planning to leave early from work on Thursday December 6th and head down to Orange County. (A 7ish hour drive for us.) Then my mom called. My sister was in labor. Change of plans. We headed up to the bay area instead, to be there for my nephew’s birth. Which, of course, was amazing.

Don’t we look cute with a baby? Mmhmm… Someday.:)On the right is my beautiful sister, and her two older ones with their baby brother.

So now it was 9 pm. If we did not go to Disneyland the next day, we could not go until after Christmas. We were 8 hours away. Dave said, “Let’s do it.” I said, “Ok!”

So we took turns driving through the night and arrive at his aunt’s house in Orange County at almost 4 am. We got a few hours of sleep and then we were up and off to the happiest place on earth!

Dave hadn’t been to Disneyland in years, and his opinion of it was less than stellar. (I allowed this not to be a deal-breaker for me, although it was a close call. Ha.) He thought that seeing it through my eyes would improve his opinion. He was wrong. Seeing it through his OWN eyes did it! He was amazed by everything, like a kid in a candy store. Our first ride was Finding Nemo, and he thought it was the coolest thing ever. So I knew at that point, it was going to be a magical day.

I told him as a little girl I’d always dreamed of wearing the Minnie bride ears someday, so he bought them for me. Even though we weren’t officially engaged yet. (For a few more hours!)

We went on pretty much every ride. Including Indiana Jones, which was closed that day (which I was crushed about because it’s one of my faves), but opened a few brief times throughout the day for “test runs” – and we made it to one – no line! Magic.

By the early evening I was exhausted – I realized, sadly, I’m not a teenager anymore. The lack of sleep and running around all day had worn me out. We got some dinner and planned to go on one more ride before leaving.

I had convinced myself at this point he was not going to propose. He had acted completely normal all day, and I thought for sure he would act weird and nervous on the proposal day. Plus I had no idea where he would be keeping the ring, and how he was hiding it. (He is terrible at keeping secrets – which is actually a quality I quite appreciate about him.)

We were heading to Fantasyland to go on Peter Pan while all the little kids were watching Fantasmic, and then head home. On the way, there was a huge crowd of people on Main St. We asked someone what was happening, and were told that the fireworks were about to start. We had read online that they were cancelled. Magic again.

With his arms wrapped around me, we watched the wondrous Disney Christmas fireworks show. Toward the end, I could feel his heart beating against my back. I thought, “This is happening. What do I do??” I just stood there. Haha. Then I looked back at him and smiled.

As the Disney “snow” began to fall, and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” began to play, he pulled out the ring, and said “Colleen Marie Ryan, will you marry me?”

I said yes! Duh.

We kissed. It was our first kiss! It was a little awkward. Lol. He’s very tall. But the moment was magical and the kissing magic came later.;)

For the record, he did not get down on one knee. This was a great relief, because I had told him I didn’t want the proposal to be a spectacle. (I don’t like a lot of attention from strangers.) No one noticed our proposal, except one lady right behind us, who snapped a picture. Ha. It was just him and me. Alone in the sea of people. It was perfect.

The joy and adrenaline revived us, and we stayed until the park closed. Best day ever.

^A much prettier ring shot from our engagement shoot with Laura Hernandez Photography

Katie - July 8, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Sitting at my desk crying! I love all the little things that happened to make it such a special day! I am so happy for you! Emailing you back right now…

Oh, and I think God called in a favor for those fireworks ;)

Happy 4th of July!!

I am heading off to the wilderness to celebrate the 4th with my husband and both of our families!! Weee!!! I will leave you with these gorgeous photos by Laura Hernandez Photography, and a playlist for the holiday. Enjoy!!

America The Beautiful – Ray Charles

Summertime – Billie Holiday

In America – Charlie Daniels

Firework – Katy Perry

Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John

Summer Wind – Michael Buble

American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Yankee Bayonet – The Decemberists

Born In The U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Route 66 – John Mayer

America The Beautiful – Frank Sinatra

Pink Houses – John Mellencamp

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Fireworks – Plain White T’s

One Summer Night – The Danleers

Party In The U.S.A – Miley Cyrus

This Land Is Your Land – Woodie Guthrie

The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

Living In America – James Brown

Long Hot Summer – Keith Urban

The US Blues – The Grateful Dead

4th of July (Fireworks) – Kelis

Happy Fourth everyone!! Come back tomorrow for our proposal story!

Your Soundtrack | Andrea (Backyard Wedding + Country/Indie/Rock Playlist)

Your Soundtrack = My response to brides asking for music help. If you would like help with music for your wedding day, contact me! I’d love to do what I can.

Today’s soundtrack is for Andrea. Here’s what Andrea had to say: “I just discovered your website and it is wonderful! I am getting married in August 2013. We are having a small backyard wedding with immediate family and friends. Our ceremony will go right into the reception, which will consist of outdoor games like horseshoes, and some dancing. We have been trying to put together a playlist that is fun, romantic and possibly a little funny. I never knew it would be this hard! We would love if you could help us out with some suggestions! I grew up listening to country and still enjoy it, I also listen to indie and alternative. He on the other hand likes more rock, classic to punk to alternative and he loves grown-up children songs. We want some songs that are cutesy and romantic but also some upbeat fun songs that everyone will like. We do not want to hit the skip button! :)”

Groom: Bryce Covey Photography via SMP Lemonade: Uplift Photography via SMP Couple: Michelle Gardella via Emmaline Bride Flowers: Tana Photography via SMP Horseshoe Sign: Jose Villa via SMP Windmill: Captured by Aimee via SMP

Happy to help Andrea! Sounds like a fantastic shindig. Here are A LOT of tunes that I hope are what you had in mind to set the mood for your festivities.:)

Barry Louis Polisar – All I Want Is You
Modest Mouse – Float On
Keith Urban – Better Life
Rogue Wave – Everyday
Coldplay – Paradise
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Conway Twitty – I’d Love To Lay You Down
U2 – Beautiful Day
Shades Of Blue – Oh How Happy
OneRepublic – Good Life
Finley Quaye – Your Love Gets Sweeter
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
Sol Hoopii – I Like You
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
Regina Spektor – Us
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
She & Him – Oh Boy!
Brad Paisley – Toothbrush
Minnutes – Sunshine Goodtime
The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year
Matt White – Best Days
Rascal Flatts – Life is a Highway
Ingrid Michaelson – You And I
John Mellencamp – Small Town
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue
Vetiver – Can’t You Tell
Keith Urban – Kiss a Girl
The Format – Inches and Falling
Leif Garret – Home Sweet Home
Blake Shelton – Honey Bee
The Weepies – Same Changes
Steve Miller Band – The Joker
A Fine Frenzy – What I Wouldn’t Do
Johnny Cash – Rose Of My Heart
Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
Easton Corbin – Lovin’ You Is Fun
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
The Icarus Account – Favorite Girl
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
Chris Young – You
Dr. Dog – I’ve Just Got To Tell You
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
The Beatles – Ob-la-di,Ob-la-da
Zee Avi – Just You And Me
Lady Antebellum – I Run To You
Dokken – In My Dreams
Miranda Lambert – Fastest Girl In Town
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend
Regina Spektor – Fidelity
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Josh Turner – Would You Go With Me
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Van Morrison – Crazy Love
U2 – Sweetest Thing
Conway Twitty – Tight Fittin’ Jeans
the bird and the bee – How Deep Is Your Love
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings
Keith Urban – Put You in a Song
Forest Sun – Morningbird
AC/DC Tribute Band – You Shook Me All Night Long
The Strokes – Someday
Miranda Lambert – Heart Like Mine
The Waifs – Love Serenade
Coldplay – Clocks
John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
Vampire Weekend – White Sky
Lenka – Don’t Let Me Fall
The Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
The Cure – Lovesong
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
Zac Brown Band – Free
Phoenix – 1901
Eddie Vedder – Tonight You Belong To Me
Keith Urban – Somebody Like You
Peter Bjorn And John – Young Folks
Tyrone Wells – Happy As The Sun
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner
Ingrid Michaelson – Everybody
Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Barry Louis Polisar – I Love Your Eyes
Keith Urban – Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me
Tyler Ward – Teenage Dream
Lady Antebellum – Our Kind Of Love
Dave Matthews Band – You & Me
The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby
The Weepies – Gotta Have You
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Band of Horses – Marry Song
Wilco – You And I
Barry Louis Polisar – You’re As Sweet as Sugar on a Stick
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
The Avett Brothers – January Wedding
The Beatles Tribute Band – A Hard Day’s Night
Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
Fun. – The Gambler

Real Couple | Us!

If you have not been following our story, and would like to, the most recent post is here, and contains links to all the previous posts.

So, once we got together, because of various ministry and family events, it was a couple weeks before we were able to have a real, official, full-day date. We went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, because we both love it, and we had two free tickets! It just so happened that our dear friend, Laura Hernandez, who happens to be a fabulous photographer, was there with her family that day. I asked her to snap a couple of photos of us. This is what happened…

Laura Hernandez Photography

And now we have amazing photos of our first real date that we will cherish forever!! Laura is the best!!!

Laura Hernandez - July 3, 2013 - 12:32 pm

What it isn’t normal to have a photographer follow you around on your first date? ;) I was honored to be able to capture this day for you guys. Love you and thanks for the feature! :)

Updated Playlists + Find Us on Spotify

Since our wedding, I have been working on the playlists on the blog. I finally have them all updated. (Something I’ve been wanting to finish for-ever.)

Jessica Velarde Photography

If you are looking for specific songs for your wedding, you can find a smorgasbord of playlists on our Listen To The Music page.

Also, if you do not have a Spotify account, you should definitely get one. It’s free. (They do not pay me to endorse them, I just genuinely appreciate their product.) It will help you organize your music, and if you have a DJ, you can just send him or her the link to your Spotify playlist, and easy peasy, they know what to play! And even if you’re not planning a wedding, it’s just a great way to listen to music.

If you do have a Spotify account, or you just went and got one because I convinced you how awesome it is, come and see us! All of our playlists are right there for your convenience so you can give them a listen. (Note: A number of songs/artists are not on Spotify, though not many – some of our playlists have covers of the original song, so you can still get an idea of the vibe of the song if you aren’t familiar with it or need a refresher.

Click on the link below to check out our playlists, and follow us if you feel so inclined.

And as always, feel free to contact me if you need individualized help with your wedding soundtrack!