Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Exciting news

Safety first, when it comes to fiberglass shower demolition.

Johnny and I have decided that after many years of dating and living together, we are going to get married. While I'm excited about the impending legal benefits and health insurance coverage, I am probably most excited about the actual wedding festivities. Why? We're having a Kentucky Derby party/wedding!

Lest you think I am forcing my poor, un-horsey significant other into a frenzied, horse-themed affair, it was totally his idea. 

As all of our real life friends can attest, we aren't particularly romantic people. We love each other, sure, but you're not likely to hear of grand romantic gestures or even see us holding hands. We are relatively level-headed, pragmatic people; the thought of an elaborate wedding is terrifying anathema to us. However, we wanted as many of our friends and family as possible to come celebrate with us. Johnny said, "Why don't we just have a Derby party wedding?" 

And so a Derby party wedding it is. We've tentatively planned on having a short, secular ceremony at a friend's barn, followed by a reception filled with mint juleps, Southern food, and of course, a broadcast of the race. Moe and Gina will be there, of course, decked out in roses and their best leather halters. (Because what's the Derby if there aren't some Thoroughbreds?) 

Best part: instead of an engagement ring, I get to pick out a dressage saddle. Perfect.

30 comments:

No Hour Wasted said...

Congratulations! And yay for dressage saddle!

the900facebookpony said...

ok, that's a pretty awesome wedding theme.

Laura @ Bit by Bit said...

Best wedding theme ever! Congrats!!

SprinklerBandit said...

Engagement saddle?! Jealous. Your party sounds brilliant. If I lived within two states of you, I'd be fishing for an invitation and I hate weddings as a rule. Congrats!

Stephanie said...

Thank you! I'm pretty excited for dressage saddle.

Stephanie said...

I'm excited about it- we love hosting the Derby party every year, and it's way more fun to think about this as "giant Derby party" than "awkward ceremony thing"!

Stephanie said...

Thanks!

Stephanie said...

Thanks! I figured if I had an engagement ring, I would probably lose it at the barn or never wear it for fear of losing it at the barn. If you've ever wanted to up and visit Oklahoma in the spring, you're more than welcome to come haha!

SheMovedtoTexas said...

aw congrats! That's so exciting and fun sounding :)

agifthorse said...

SO FUN! Congratulations and I love that you get in include your ponies in the party :) It'll make for amazing photos!

Hillary said...

Congrats! Woot for the wedding saddle!

jumppretty said...

Awesome! Congrats!! Sounds like a super fun idea!

I was also lucky enough to get an engagement saddle rather than a ring. It is currently (probably will be for a long long time) my favorite thing ever.

Carly said...

Sounds like a great idea for a wedding and engagement present!

redheadlins said...

Engagement saddle, totally bad ass!

Allison E said...

Perfect engagement 'ring' and party theme. I might not be able to pull it off, I was the one who skipped senior prom in HS so I could stay home and start my Derby coverage watching at like 6am.

Beka Burke said...

Congratulations! That's freaking awesome! I had a short secular ceremony on the beach and then a small reception with close friends and family. Really, really low-key, because what's the point in dropping all that money?! I'm so excited for you and you'll have to keep us posted on all the details! (I actually just wanted to start searching etsy for tasteful horse invitations and it's not even my wedding.)

And congrats on the saddle! Good man!

Katie Ferguson said...

Wonderful! So happy for you to! Cant wait to see what Button wears!

Stephanie said...

Thank you! We're definitely excited to have some fun!

Stephanie said...

I straight up told Johnny and my mother that the horses were going to the wedding, non-negotiable. Horses have been part of my life for my entire life, so why leave them out now?!

Stephanie said...

Thanks! I'm excited to just HAVE a dressage saddle, lolz.

Stephanie said...

Thanks! And I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who would rather have a saddle (or the only person with a S.O. who's fine with that)!

Stephanie said...

Thanks!! We are excited!

Stephanie said...

I figure for the money you'd spend on a ring, you can probably get a decent saddle. Which will be useful!

Stephanie said...

You sound like my friend Holly, who immediately asked me "Uh, there be be wifi at this wedding so I can stream the race!" (I assured her we were planning to make the race itself part of the reception for sure!)

Stephanie said...

I am going to have to email you! You know I'll be posting details on the blog. ;)

Stephanie said...

Thanks, Katie! Maybe we can find a bowtie collar for Buttons, because I'm sure she won't tolerate a hat!

Kit Marie SavvyEquus said...

What a fun idea!! :D

jumppretty said...

I was super surprise when Evan suggested it, half jokingly, but I JUMPED on that opportunity. Silly boy, shouldn't say things like that.

Aoife said...

Congratulations, what an amazing way to make a memorable day even more amazing.
Ps: best engagement ring ever!

Sarah said...

CONGRATS! I am late to the party in commenting, but wanted to give you my best wishes =)

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