I love history, especially old architecture. Michael loves movies. Ann Arbor has two historic theatres - the State Theatre (opened in 1942) and the Michigan Theatre (opened in 1928). One weekend, one of Michael's favorite movies, True Romance, was playing at the Michigan Theatre. He was so excited to take me, and I was so excited to see the inside of the theatre! It was gorgeous! So much of the original still intact with a breathtaking lobby staircase and chandeliers. It even still has the original pipe organ, which is played before evening movies Thursday - Monday. It was a great evening for both of us, sharing things that we love.
Months later I was at Painting with a Twist and saw that you could do a painting of Michigan Theatre. What was weird about it, though, is that on the display canvas they had in the window, they had True Romance painted on the marquee! I was like oh my gosh this is perfect! I have to paint this for Michael! So I did - listing on the marquee True Romance and one of my favorite movies, Roman Holiday. It was super cute!
Fast forward like six months and we find out that Roman Holiday was going to be playing at the Michigan Theatre on February 14. How perfect is that? Naturally, we made plans to go. There was a special reception before the movie for members of the theatre... this detail will become important a little later.
After the movie, we were standing outside and Michael commented that I should take a picture of the marquee to match my picture from when we saw True Romance and the painting I had painted. I was bummed to see that they had already changed the marquee to list upcoming movies, but when I turned around, Michael was down on one knee! Of course, I said yes!
Later I found out that my dad's cousin was at the theatre that night. A friend of hers is a member of the theatre and invited her to the reception. She said that they were given little chocolates with the Michigan Theatre marquee stamped on them from Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Wouldn't that be the most perfect wedding favor? They obviously already have the mold, so we wouldn't have to get anything specially made. I thought that was such a cute idea to incorporate something we love/our engagement story!
We're planning a Fall 2017 wedding but Michael needs to meet with his advisor to hash out his last few semesters before we make a final decision. I keep going back and forth between having a small ceremony and reception (about 60 max), or doing a courthouse wedding with a dinner of about 30 afterward and using the money to go to France. Either way, we're going to France, but when depends on what we do wedding-wise. After Lucie's, we both just really want to keep it super small and simple and as stress free as possible. The idea of spending all of that money on people we rarely see just doesn't sit well with me. I don't care if we're blood relatives - if we don't ever see each other, why would I want to invite them to my wedding? I want a wedding that feels close, like a backyard BBQ. Just the people that are in our lives.
Anyway, I'm sure there will be tons of wedding talk in other entries, seeing as I can't quite make up my mind just yet.
The last big thing going on with us is Maisie, our 3-month-old Shih Tzu/Pomeranian mix. She's an absolute doll and has been wearing us out! She was rescued from a puppy mill and her foster moms pad trained her, so right now we're working on teaching her how to potty outside. We've had her for like three weeks now and she's doing alright with it. There are very few accidents in the house anymore, so she either goes outside or on the pad.
Isn't she the cutest?!