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Bridal Suite: A Glimpse into the Lives of Three Engaged Roommates

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Catherine's Story

Style: How did you meet Bill?

Catherine: During freshmen year at Washington and Lee University. It's a small school, so everybody knows each other there.

Style: Tell us about the moment you became engaged.

Catherine: Bill and I actually took a trip to NYC the weekend before Hannah's wedding - where he had intended to propose, but he found out the week before we left that the ring would not be ready. So, Bill unofficially proposed in NYC (although we decided not to tell anyone about it), and led me to believe that the ring wouldn't be

ready until Thanksgiving or Christmas. So, the following week when he proposed at Hannah's wedding - I was surprised and excited that it was sooner than I expected!

Style: What was your reaction?

Catherine: Surprised and so excited! I knew we would get engaged, but Bill had indicated it would happen later in the year, around Thanksgiving or Christmas. We'd been living in different cities for the past 2 1/2 years, so I was very excited about the thought of starting our lives together in the same place.

Style: Who did you share the news with first?

Catherine: My parents. They knew, as Bill had asked my dad for permission about a month before. My parents were at Hannah's wedding too and Bill had told them of his plans to propose to me later that evening. Looking back, I should have known something was up. My dad was mysteriously sentimental all night long and mom gave me a big wink as we were leaving and asked me to call her when I got home. The next morning, Bill, Mom, Dad and I all went out to breakfast to celebrate.

Style: What kind of wedding do you envision?

Catherine: A traditional formal wedding with bright summer clothes. We're getting married in Richmond at the First Presbyterian Church and having our reception at the Tuckahoe Woman's Club.

Style: What was the first thing you planned/booked?

Catherine: Besides the church and the reception site (I knew I wanted to use them before I got engaged, just from living in Richmond), the band. It's Casper, which is a Motown band. The music is one of the most important things to me as I want people to have a good time.

Style: What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Catherine: The geographical distance between Bill and me as we make plans and finding the time to do everything.

Style: Is there anything you're dreading?

Catherine: Everything's been really easy. Though it's difficult for Bill and me because of the distance and a challenge for us to do everything by phone and email, my Mom is helping out. She and I work well together. After I got engaged, the two of us sat down and made a list of what was and wasn't important to each of us about the wedding. We split the list, with each of us taking the tasks that were important to us. For instance, I'm not really worried about the cake, so my mom is handling that. In fact, I won't even see my cake until my wedding day. Mom wasn't concerned about the band, which was important to me, so I took care of that.

Style: What are you the most excited about?

Catherine: Being married to Bill and moving to Nashville to start our lives together. Also planning my wedding with Lindsey and Kara, who I've known for years. It's fun and makes the planning process a whole lot easier. We've got a huge basket of bridal magazines that we share and we're always bouncing ideas and information off of each other.




Lindsey's Story

Style: How did you meet Tripp?

Lindsey: My best friend at Hollins was dating his best friend at Hampden- Sydney College. They introduced us when a group of girls from our school joined some of Hampden-Sydney boys for a weekend getaway at a mountain retreat. Tripp came to Hollins the next weekend to see me and we went out on a date. We've been dating for four years now.

Style: Tell us about the moment you became engaged.

Lindsey: Tripp proposed to me on our four year anniversary. We take little weekend trips here and there and this time went to The Homestead. We took a walk right before dinner. He proposed to me then, which completely took me by surprise.

Style: What was your reaction?

Lindsey: When he reached in his jacket pocket, I kind of had the feeling it was coming but was I was still very excited and surprised. Of course I said yes — after I calmed down.

Style: Who did you share the news with first?

Lindsey: We called our parents, who were the only people we called that night. Since Tripp had asked my parents in advance for my hand, they weren't surprised. They were happy for us and were waiting by the phone for my call.

Style: What kind of wedding do you envision?

Lindsey: One that is somewhat small and not overwhelming. I don't want to have to say hello to 500 people in one day. We're getting married in an outdoor ceremony at The Homestead, probably not black tie or formal. It's going to be a weekend wedding where we hope our guests can relax and enjoy themselves for a few days.

Style: What was the first thing you planned/booked?

Lindsey: The site. We picked The Homestead because that's were we got engaged and because that way we didn't have to choose between Richmond and Birmingham. It's such a pretty place. We decided that if people are going to have to travel to attend our wedding, we should make it a really fun destination for them.

Style: What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Lindsey: Everything's really going pretty smoothly. I heard that the guest list could be bad, but it wasn't. Same for registering, which was fun. Agreeing on the invitations is the trickiest at this point.

Style: Is there anything you're dreading?

Lindsey: I can't really think of anything. Tripp's taking the bar in July and then we're getting married in August, so it will be a busy time for us. The worst part is that we're not married yet.

Style: What are you the most excited about?

Lindsey: Being married to Tripp and living together. I'm also looking forward to our wedding, which will be fun. But it's just a party, a celebration of the beginning of our whole life together.




Kara's Story

Style: How did you meet Mac?

Kara: We were best friends from high school and stayed close throughout the years.

Style: Tell us about the moment you became engaged.

Kara: Mac's family has a place on the James River so we often go canoeing there. One evening, we decided to canoe down the James and watch the sunset. We paddled out to a rock and it was then that Mac proposed to me, complete with

champagne to celebrate. I wasn't expecting it and was completely surprised.

Style: What was your reaction?

Kara: I was ecstatic and elated. I was really ready for that phase in my life, but wasn't expecting it.

Style: Who did you share the news with first?

Kara: Mac's parents. We came up from the river and told them.

Style: What kind of wedding do you envision?

Kara: An island one. We're getting married on Dafuskie Island, which is a small island off of South Carolina. It'll be elegant, but not formal and will have a tropical feel to it.

Style: What was the first thing you planned/

booked?

Kara: The wedding and reception site on Dafuskie Island. We're getting married outside near the beach.

Style: What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Kara: Finding a wedding date that was available because there are 500 weddings on the island each year.

Style: Is there anything you're dreading?

Kara: Bad weather.

Style: What are you the most excited about?

Kara: Having all of my family and friends celebrate this special day with Mac and me.




Look for updates on Catherine, Lindsey and Kara's wedding plans in future issues of Bridal Style.



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