Archive for August, 2009

Selecting a Church

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Almost guaranteed, selecting a church will be the easiest step in our wedding preparations. I have been a parishioner at St. Joseph the Worker my entire life, and Clarissa has been a parishioner since fourth grade when her family moved here. After Clarissa and I graduated from eighth grade at St. Raphael’s School, Sunday Mass […]

How We Got Together

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

After grade school, Zachary and I went to different high schools. We saw each other during church, but didn’t have any contact besides that. In college I decided to sign up for AOL Instant Messenger and started instant messaging Zachary. He guessed who I was on the first try, and we continued messaging throughout college. […]

Because of a School Bus

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

A lot of people have been asking how long I’ve known Zachary, so I thought I would write about how we met. Zachary and I met in fourth grade at St. Raphael’s Catholic School. I was new to the school, and didn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus. I probably looked pretty scared […]

The Significance of the Date

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

It turns out that neither the proposal or the wedding will fall on our “ideal” dates. My plan was to propose on August 14, 2009 and get married on August 14, 2010. August 14 is significant because Clarissa and I began dating on August 14, 2008, and we somewhat informally and non-verbally decided that a […]

Did you get down on one knee?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

I did not. I am amazed at how often I get asked this question. I was planning on getting down on one knee, but the situation just didn’t lend itself to it. Clarissa and I were sitting on one of the semicircle outcroppings along the Milwaukee river. We were right next to each other, and […]

Calling the Parents

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

When we called our parents, we decided to call Donna first. Donna had known that Zachary was going to propose, and evidently so did my dad. Zachary had called him the Tuesday before to ask for my father’s blessing. Really my mom was the only one who “didn’t know” that  we were getting engaged. Even […]

Initial Reactions to our Engagement

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

After the initial excitement had worn off, we decided to call our parents. We called my mother first and put her on speakerphone. Since I had gone engagement ring shopping with my mother, she already knew. I said, “guess what?” She said, “congratulations!” We talked for a while, and then decided to call Clarissa’s parents. […]

The Proposal

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Clarissa drove down to Milwaukee on Friday, July 24th and got here around 2pm. The plan was to tailgate with about 15 other people before the Milwaukee Brewer’s game. Since there was a chance of rain, we had our cookout at the Men’s Catholic House (my house), and then we went to the game. After […]


Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Clarissa and I decided that having a website for our wedding would be very appropriate for us. I set up the site, and Clarissa designed the banner image. I was surprised that good WordPress wedding themes are a bit hard to come by; however Clarissa and I both liked this one. With a new banner […]