After deep thought and soul searching, dad2b "popped the question" and asked both Riley and myself if he could ask mom to marry him. Riley was his usual excited/obsessive self and kept saying "roo, roo roo roo" over and over and over...well you get the picture. I was a little more skeptical but was finally won over with the presentation of a liver treat - admittedly I am a much harder sell than Riley!
During the summer of 2007 dad2b conspired and consulted with many over the surprise proposal. Finally, on October 31st (yes, Halloween) it all came together. Dad2b lured my mom to Salem, MA under the pretense that they were meeting up with friends there. On the way to the meeting place mom had to change out of her Crocs into the more uncomfortable shoes that went with the "Beer Garden Girl" costume that she was wearing (Dad2b was dressed as a beer keg). While she was changing shoes dad2b knelt down to "help" mom. While kneeling dad2b explained that they were not going to a bar to meet friends, they were going to a party instead...they were going to a SURPRISE engagement party...THEIR engagement party and oh by the way would she marry him?
(please note that this past Halloween marked the 3rd anniversary of the day they met - or rather when Riley and his border collie, Maile, forced them to meet due to somewhat inappropriate behavior)
Here is a picture taken that night:
To read a funny congratulatory blog post from "ES," a guest of said party, click here. She even has a brief mention of Riley and I at the end of the post!
The wedding is scheduled for July 19th, 2008. Yes! My *sigh* brother Riley and I are in the wedding party - we are the RINGBEARERS! Mom and dad2b carefully chose their wedding/reception venue based on whether it was "dog friendly" or not - strangely this really narrows down the list of venues real fast! They finally decided upon a seaside wedding with a poolside reception at a club nearby. I am so excited I could pee! (but not in the pool because that is not acceptable).
Here is a picture of the ceremony site - please note that this picture was taken in November. The structure to the right is a functioning lighthouse.
Here is a sign that is posted at the ceremony venue...I wonder who's in charge of carrying doggy bags on the wedding day? My mom says that there is plenty of room in the "chest" part of her dress for numerous bags...
Here is a picture of the maid of honor, her husband and the flower "bee" (photo taken night of the engagement)
Mom has already bought me a pretty dress and a little suit for Riley, seriously. We have tried them on once however, I will wait to share those photos with you. In fact the whole wedding is a combination of a nautical theme and dog theme. For a peak of the invites that were sent out click here. To see the photostamp of me click here.