The first date - Kj's perspective I showed up at the restaurant early because I was nervous as heck to be meeting up to hang out and chat with such a... View More

The first date - Kj's perspective I showed up at the restaurant early because I was nervous as heck to be meeting up to hang out and chat with such a handsome and charming guy! Originally we were supposed to only be meeting up for a drink, yet the bar area was overflowing. So, I messaged Chris and asked him if he wanted to grab dinner as the restaurant host mentioned that he had a table opening up. Lucky for me, he accepted! Dinner time conversation was incredibly easy and was filled with laughter. Mostly because I HAD NO IDEA THAT IT WAS AN ACTUAL DATE! It wasn't until mid meal when Chris reached across the table and grabbed my hand that it struck me that we were out on a date together! After dinner, Chris walked me to my car. We kissed goodnight. And kissed and kissed and kissed! When we finally left each other to jump into our separate cars, I had to sit still for a bit. I was seriously dizzy and filled with an emotion that left me breathless! From that very first date and kiss, I *KNEW* that Chris was special. He has become my best friend, my partner in crime, the man whom I call home. He is my greatest love story. To Have and To Hold One of the most cherished items that we share is a simple gesture. It happens daily and if we are lucky on weekends multiple times a day! It is a small celebration of sacrifice, time and energy spent and an appreciation of the other person: Kiss the cook. It doesn't matter who does the cooking (Although for the most part, Chris mans the oven and Kj is often found at the sink afterwards cleaning up). In that moment before sitting down to eat and share time together, we put aside the hustle and annoyances of the day and refocus on what truly matters to us: each other. As the wise Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” and we are determined to not to miss a moment together. For Richer, For Poorer - Kj's Perspective My past was difficult and challenging and it left me with a horribly scarred vision of family love. My fear of being hurt left me reclusive and distrustful. Over the years I created a wonderful network of friends that I would cherish as my chosen family who helped love and guide me and I am forever honored and grateful for their deep love. Yet no matter how fiercely my chosen family loved me, there was a hole in my heart where the treasure of family by birthright ought to have resided. I was at the time, poor as poor could be. Yet in all honestly, it was my own darned fault because I didn't give many family members a chance to get to know me as the man that I had become. Along came Chris with the Cockshaw clan in tow! Each one of them was a priceless gem. Each gem uniquely flawed which made them sparkle and shine in beautiful ways. I saw how they filled Chris' chest and found myself aching to become a part of his abundant treasure. In time, I was nestled among them and seen as one of his priceless gems. It was a beautiful gift to be accepted and loved by Chris and his family, yet that is not how Chris bestowed riches upon me. Chris actively challenged me to reach out and open my head and my heart to my own family. Each time that we hung out together, we all got to know each other more and more. Sharing our laughter, sharing our stories, acknowledging our past and sharing our pain. It was as if we spent time carefully inspecting and polishing tarnished stones. Those stones that once looked gritty are now nestled as cherished gems in my own treasure chest shining next to Chris, my chosen family and the entire Cockshaw clan. I am so blessed to have Chris in my life who patiently helped me redefine my vision of family love. I feel as if I am the richest man in the world! Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.” – Wanda Hope Carter

October 12, 2019
Who’s getting married this week? (10/7/19 -10/13/19)
Sinéad, on October 7, 2019 at 7:14 AM

Congratulations to everyone getting married this week!! Make sure you come back to post pictures and share advice from your big day! Comment below if your special day is coming up so we can be...

Alexandria, Oct 12, 2019 89 5
Too soon?
Jessica, on October 5, 2019 at 12:35 PM

FH and I have been engaged since January and the wedding isn't until 10/2020. I`ve been mildly planning here and there. buying stuff for DIYs and getting basic ideas for what i want but TBH everyone...

CourtneyBrittain, Oct 7, 2019 24
single digits People!
Tbear, on October 3, 2019 at 2:32 PM

So my wedding is in 9 days! **Insert happy dance here** I’m so excited, but at the same time it hasn’t fully hit me yet. After almost two full years of planning, DIYing and buying, it all seems so...

Tbear, Oct 7, 2019 11 1
Want to lose weight and also be body positive!
Analysa, on September 25, 2019 at 8:31 PM

Hello all! I recently got married and I think I looked stunning! But that little bird “society” is in the back of my mind telling me I should have tried harder to lose some weight. Does anyone ever...

Danielle, Oct 16, 2019 18 2
1St Dance Lesson
Paula, on September 13, 2019 at 10:24 PM

We won 2 free dance lessons at a wedding expo and had our 1st lesson tonight. We chose our 1st dance song and they helped choreograph a pretty simple routine. We have our 2nd lesson tomorrow and am so...

Tbear, Sep 24, 2019 10
Doing a happy dance at my desk!!!
Tbear, on September 20, 2019 at 10:14 AM

I *JUST* got confirmation that the company WILL have my replacement custom kilt jacket ready and expedited to me in time for the wedding!!!For those of you catching up1) I started the process of...

Rachael, Sep 21, 2019 8
Our cake topper finally arrived!
Ivy ORP, on September 18, 2019 at 8:02 PM

It took two months and two separate shipments to get to us from the UK, but it finally arrived and it's perfect!!! Before we ever dated, we were good friends and heard I Choose You by Sarah Bareilles....

Ivy ORP, Sep 19, 2019 42
Vanessa, on September 18, 2019 at 8:23 AM

Give me your best wedding reception songs! And GO! ❤️

Stephanie, Sep 19, 2019 11 1
Feeling a little disappointed about Rsvps
Brianna, on September 19, 2019 at 1:09 PM

So, I have read other people's posts saying this same thing, but I didn't think I would feel this way. We invited 127 people and it looks like 68 or 70 is going to be our final guest count, which is...

Andrea, Sep 21, 2019 20 1
Picked up my dress!!!!!!!!!!!! 16 days away!
Misty, on September 18, 2019 at 6:12 PM

I am getting pumped!!! 2 weeks and 2 days till I do!!!!

Misty, Sep 20, 2019 118 8
Bathroom baskets
Tbear, on September 18, 2019 at 11:55 AM

I had not yet thought about this idea but I kinda dig it - Baskets in the bathroom with essentials that guests may needBeard OilLotionToothpickshand sanitizerMintscomb/brushStain remover penSafety...

Alexandra, Sep 18, 2019 12 4
How many days till your big day??
Maddie, on September 12, 2019 at 9:13 PM

3 weeks never went so slow. Finally got my ring back from being resized and I couldn’t be happier!! 400 days till I go from Miss to Mrs 💕

Lisa, Sep 25, 2019 202 1
So angry i could spit!
Tbear, on August 29, 2019 at 10:49 AM

I am having major issues from the company that I bought my custom kilt jacket. Read below for the entire saga. Worse case scenario, I won't have my jacket in time for my wedding even though I started...

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