Bride Blogger Runner-Up: Megan & James

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From the bride-to-be: James and I met in college, in my hometown of Mt. Carmel, IL. James is from a small town in Kentucky and was offered a scholarship to play baseball at my community college. Upon meeting, James and I hit it off but went our separate ways when I left our small school to finish my degree in a different town. 

A year later, all it took was a Facebook "like", a wall post, and a text and we once again became inseparable. Our relationship was as if the last year apart had never happened and we were ecstatic to finally find each other again. A year later, James planned a fun-filled trip for our one year anniversary weekend. We are both huge Atlanta Braves fans, so it was fitting our anniversary consisted of a trip to Atlanta to watch a three game series with our favorite team. It is a tradition of sort for us to make each other playlists for longer trips like these and put them on CDs. The morning before we left, James loaded the truck and we were on our way. First CD was mine, "Atlanta...what can I do? I'm falling in love." Next was James', "Georgia on My Mind". (It was funny how we both chose song lyrics as our titles: Mine-Allison Krauss, His-Ray Charles). As I was driving down the interstate, I looked down and had to do a double take at track 17. "Our" song had come on but the title had been changed to "Will You Marry Me?" I looked over and there was James with a beautiful ring in hand. With tears streaming down my face, I had to pull over and to the love of my life, I said "YES!!!"

Little did I know James had been working for months to personally design the perfect ring for his future wife. The morning of our trip, he hid the ring in the truck for easy access. Our anniversary weekend turned into an engagement celebration and we could not be happier!  We are planning a beach wedding on Jekyll Island, Georgia, in a small, intimate ceremony. We are then coming back to Kentucky and having an outdoor, tented reception at James' grandparents’ estate for all our family and friends.

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