Blog /I'm Getting Married

August 09, 2015 19:26 +0000  |  Christina 14

It's hard to get around to everyone when you know people all around the world. I've already called one person and woken them up because I got the timezones wrong, and these days, most of us don't even use phones. I've broken the news to all of my immediate family at this point, so I guess it's about time for a proper announcement: Christina and I are going to get married.

A brief FAQ if you will:

What? When?

We're not sure yet. Hell, I just proposed yesterday. The reality of our move to the London in November along with the end of her PhD and her starting a new job at the same time dictates that we won't be having any sort of shindig until well into 2016 at the earliest.


Because it's Christina. It's always been her. It just took me this long accept it. Thank the gods she's so patient.

What's the story with the proposal?

Some time ago, Christina mentioned in a rather off-hand sort of way that she always imagined that when she was proposed to, it would be on a hill. This sat in my brain for a good long time, in no small part because we live in the Netherlands, where hills are at a premium.

She also told me in no uncertain terms, that if/when I got around to asking, she wanted to pick her own ring. Whether this is a remark on my taste in jewelry, or her own investment in lifetime-hardware, I leave that to the reader to decide.

With these two bits of information in hand, I decided to put together a little jewelry box with a piece of string, knotted into a circle to look like a ring. I then convinced her that we needed a day off from work, and that we would best burn that day off, at the old fortress around Naarden -- also the site of our (sort of) first date. We made sandwiches, chilled out under a tree (atop a man-made hill), and that's where I gave her the box.

Was she surprised?

Yes. Which surprised me. I was sure she'd seen all of this coming.

Is this because you need visa help entering the UK?

Absolutely not. In fact, we won't be hitched until we're settled in the UK anyway. Besides, from the looks of things on the visa front, our marital status won't really help us.

Where is it going to be?

My Grandmother asked that if I did get married, that it'd be in Greece, so she'd have an excuse to go there. That, coupled with the fact that we both love Greece, and that it's the kind of of place that could really use the money right about now, are two very compelling reasons to hold it there.

Obviously, it's way too soon to settle on anything at this point though. We've got time to work out the details and I'll keep you posted at our fabulous new domain name (It redirects to this blog post for now).

Can I come?

Sure! Probably. It depends on who you are, how big the wedding's going to be, etc. etc. I hope so.


10 Aug 2015, 5:15 a.m.  | 

Congratulations to you both!

10 Aug 2015, 8:56 a.m.  | 

Blessings and congratulations to both of you, I'm delighted for you! Hugs & Love, Mom #2

10 Aug 2015, 7:16 p.m.  | 

congrats you two!!!! was waiting to hear this. :D

10 Aug 2015, 7:26 p.m.  | 

Congratulations to you both! :)

11 Aug 2015, 6:40 p.m.  | 

Wow, congratulations! Looking forward to meeting her the next time you're in Toronto!

Daniel Quinn
11 Aug 2015, 7:14 p.m.  | 

Honestly, I didn't think anyone read this blog anymore, and here you all are, coming out of the woodwork.

Thanks so much for all the happy messages everyone. I'll keep you all posted :-)

12 Aug 2015, 4:57 p.m.  | 

AHHHH!! I'm so happy for you both!

12 Aug 2015, 7:14 p.m.  | 

this is such great news. <3

Kelly L
15 Aug 2015, 11:31 a.m.  | 

:o SOOOOOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU TWO! I mean..... congrats on your engangement, you two.

Shawna B
2 Sep 2015, 12:35 a.m.  | 

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys! ^^

3 Sep 2015, 2:29 p.m.  | 

Yay! Congrats! I randomly logged onto Google+ from an actual computer (gasp), randomly saw your new blog post and then saw this headline! Yay!

Sarah Jeong Yeon Sowe
4 Sep 2015, 10:26 a.m.  | 

OMG!!!! Cogratulations! I am so happy for both of you! What a beautiful news to know! πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’•I'm so sorry I found this out just now. πŸ˜…πŸ˜πŸ˜ A wedding in Greece is awesome~*

Chrystal Waddington
28 Sep 2015, 6:07 p.m.  | 

A little bit late, but congratulations to you and Christina :)

Ruth Sebastian
25 Jan 2019, 9:18 p.m.  | 

Mothercare now insists on having Christina's phone number. Would you mind emailing it to me. If the next try doesn't work, I'm resorting to mailing you a gift card. Hugs and Love, Mom #2

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