Oh my gosh, my heart is so full right now, it feels like it could absolutely burst.
This weekend, Steven and I were showered with so much love in Ohio at our engagement party this weekend — and my ornament shower!
Saturday morning, my best friends’ mothers all threw me an ornament shower — where each person brings an ornament for Steven and my first Christmas tree!! How sweet is that! It was a beautiful tea party, and they served all delicious food that was “Caralyn-friendly” — meaning on the Specific Carb Diet! I almost cried at how thoughtful it was!!!
My besties all flew in from New York and California, and Steven’s mom and sister and niece were there, and my sisters-in-law were there with their daughters, and it was just this beautiful mother-daughter morning.
We got so many personalized ornaments of Steven and I, or of New York City, or of wedding-theme. It was so thoughtful!
And then that night, my mom and dad threw us our engagement party at their house! There were over seventy people there! We had a bunch of friends in from New York and Miami — and of course my besties from Cali and NYC — and friends from high school and middle school I hadn’t seen in years, and all my parents’ friends from church and the community and past seasons of life — it was just surreal.
It was so beautifully overwhelming to have everyone we love all in the same room, at the same time, there to celebrate…well…US!! It was humbling and amazing and just honestly the best night ever.
So much so that I literally did not take a single picture all day or night!
These photos were all sent to me by others!
But the love in that room was just absolutely amazing. My brothers gave the most heartfelt, thoughtful — and wickedly funny! — speeches about Steven and I, and how happy they are to not only welcome Steven into our family, but also how happy they are for the two of us to begin our lives together.
And all of this was so much more meaningful because we’re moving here in a week!!
It was just the most beautiful night. Steven and I had such warm and wonderful conversations with everyone there. My elementary school music teacher was there! And people that I haven’t seen in ages, but we picked up right where we left off! It was just amazing. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more special night.
And I am so grateful to all of our friends and family who took off work on Thursday and Friday to be there and flew into Ohio just for the occasion! And of course, to my wonderful parents and family who threw us the most gorgeous evening. It was a weekend we will never forget.
So now, we’re flying back to New York City tonight, and I’ve got 5 days to pack up my apartment and move back to the city!
Can you believe it!!
PLEASE pray for me that I can get it all finished in time!
And thank you for giving me grace as I navigate this hectic period of my life! It’s moving central here right now, but it won’t be forever! 🙂
I hope you all have an amazing Monday! And I’ll talk to you on Wednesday! (When hopefully I will have made a great dent in the packing!)
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41 responses to “A Weekend We Will Never Forget”
What a lovely idea! And beautiful party! Congratulations!!!
Thank you so much! it really was one of the most beautiful nights of my life! Hugs and love xox
Praise God!!! XO😃❤️
Thank you Tonya!!! Oh my gosh it was the most beautiful night. God is so good, honestly, I am just over the moon right now. we both are! Hugs and love xox
That’s so amazing! All the stuff before the wedding is so fun and it’s awesome to see all the people there to support you! Good luck packing! I’ve been mia reading your blog. I missed the part about you leaving New York.
Thank you Rachael! Oh my gosh you’re right — pre-wedding things ARE so so fun! Thank you for sharing in the joy with us! YES! We are moving back to Ohio! My fiance and I bought a beautiful place that’s 20 minutes away from my family, and we’re absolutely PUMPED about it! haha so glad you stopped by! have a wonderful evening! Hugs and love xox
Caralyn,….I’m so happy for you both!! What a beautiful post of family, friends, love, and celebration! I’m so happy you both are moving! I’ll be praying for these transitions! Welcome to the rest of your life, sweetheart! 💕💛💚🙏🏻
thank you KL – I really appreciate you sharing in the joy with us! it was such a special weekend! and thank you for the prayers! we will absolutely need it! hahah Hugs and love xox
You’re welcome!! Xoxo!!
and if this is the rest of my life, I am one incredibly blessed girl! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Wow, Caralyn, what a wonderful party you two had! The photos are beautiful as is are the smiles. I’m very happy for you guys! I hope you get your packing complete in such a short time, such a busy time. ☺️❤️
Hi John! Oh my gosh it really was such a spectacular party! 🙂 we felt so loved. I still feel like i’m floating! Hugs and love xox
That is so sweet! God bless. ❤️☺️
Great for you both.
thank you JB, we had the best weekend ever! Hugs and love xox
You are very graciously welcome.
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thank you for the link up! Hugs and love xox
What a truly special celebration. So much love in this post! 😊so happy for you!
thank you Mackenzie! It really was so special. I am STILL flying on cloud nine. i think my cheeks gained new muscles this weekend for the amount of smiling i did!! hahah Hugs and love xox
How wonderful to have such a great celebration. Thank you for sharing. You have an absolutely beautiful family.
oh my gosh thank you Jan, it was truly a weekend i will remember forever! thank you so much!!! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
So happy for you. These blessings could not have happened to or for a better person. Congratulations my friend! Be and stay blessed.
thank you so much CF! oh my gosh that is so kind of you to say! God has definitely been good to me! Hugs and love xox
I’m so happy for you, best wishes with the move
Thank you so much Alice! I will definitely need it! I’m swimming in boxes! haha Hugs and love xox
I wrote recently on my out of character blog on the topic of growing apart from people as you get older and life changes (https://gregoutofcharacter.wordpress.com/2022/11/12/where-are-you-now/)… it’s good to see that all these people from the different parts of your life were able to come together for this.
oh wow, i really look forward to reading that. it really was such a blessing to have all those different people from various seasons in my life there! Hugs and love xox
thank you so much Sheree! it really was a beautiful evening! Hugs and love xox
Sending hugs and love back to the two of you
Congratulations, Caralyn! May the Lord look upon you both and shower you with many blessings.
Thank you so much Amy!!!! I really appreciate that. We felt so loved after that night. Gosh, I think I’m still floating from that weekend. What a giant blessing! Hugs and love xox
Looking forward with you to the soon coming happy occasion
thank you Ian!!! That is so kind! It’s going to be here before we know it!!! Hugs and love xox
Congratulations Caralyn! It all looks wonderful. Very happy for you.