Hi I’m Sarah, a new bride blogger here on The Budget Savvy Bride! I'm a 29 year old modern seamstress living in the lovely Central Coast of California. This here is Charles, or as I was introduced, Chuckles. We haven’t always lived in California, actually my fiancé and I met when we were both living on the East Coast. Several years ago I moved to Pennsylvania from Chicago. After I graduated college I stayed in the area because I loved being outdoors hiking the Appalachian trail, I had started a career in the non-profit sector, and my social calendar was always full. In my fourth year there I was shockingly diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and during my treatment I made a decision to put dating on a back burner to focus on myself.
A year went by and I continued working for the American Diabetes Association, but I went back to serving nights at my old restaurant for extra cash. Now it’s not uncommon to trash talk in the back of the kitchen with co-workers and sure enough, my first week back and the new dishwasher is talking trash to Me! We didn’t hit it off very well at work, but a few times after our shift the staff went out and I had more time to get to know him. Turns out, he spent time in the Merchant Marines which allowed him to travel the world; I was intrigued to know more. A couple months and a handful of dates later I learned we shared many similar views on family, community, and we both enjoyed traveling. I knew he was my forever.
He Put a Ring on it!
Last Christmas time Chuckles took me on a month long holiday to Puerto Rico where his parents live. He’d grown up on the island for most of his childhood and eagerly waited to show me all the glory Puerto Rico offered while introducing me to his family. The night before December 21st, 2012 we were discussing the possibility of the World ending the next day and because I already knew he’d been ring shopping I put 2 and 2 together… I began to cry buckets of tears while laughing, he was mad I figured it out like all other surprises, but nevertheless, we woke up the next morning and traveled to a secluded 50 foot waterfall only locals knew how to access. The beautiful tropical background to our engagement was special to say the least. 🙂 His proposal however, was spectacular. Good job babe.
Luckily the World did not end and now we are planning a small destination wedding in Las Vegas on April 15th, 2014. It sounds cliché but it truly suits us. We also really like the lights and glitter of Vegas! Our budget of $10K for 55 guests was created around 3 “Got to Have It” priorities and no rules. We will gladly work with what we have and pass each wedding hurdle as they may come.
Excited for this opportunity to share our story and plans for a successful wedding and happy marriage. Along the way I will share my DIY wedding décor projects and advice for our budget savvy destination wedding.
All the best, Sarah
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