June 29, 2015

the real marrying types with danielle miller

When Elliot Lynch learns her family’s wedding planning business is in danger of bankruptcy, she’s willing to whatever it takes to save it—even participate in “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show that takes viewers behind the scenes of wedding drama. Elliot’s reality show adventures—which include run-ins with a dramatic bridesmaid, rival wedding planner, and the one who got away—are told in my novel, The Marrying Type. While Elliot’s wedding stories are fiction, there are plenty of wonderful real stories out there. In The Real Marrying Types of Change the Word, real women are sharing their real wedding stories. 

In today’s new The Real Marrying Types of Change the Word, Danielle Miller shares memories of meeting her husband, the proposal, and their wedding.

I’m so honored to be part of Laura’s The Real Marrying Types of Change the Word. I never pass up an opportunity to tell my love story and today I want to tell you about how I met my husband and how wonderful our wedding turned out.  So here it goes…

Kyle and I met on the fateful night of March 5, 2011 at (the now defunct) Dillon’s Irish Pub located on the infamous corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood. I was there with a bachelorette party, while Kyle was there as part of his birthday festivities. He always tells me that I was the best birthday present he ever received.

Kyle caught my eye as I was participating in a bachelorette party scavenger hunt. As he passed by, I asked if he was single and replied to his positive response with the rather forward query of “Wanna buy me a shot?” He obliged, and we proceeded to the bar to order a suggestively titled shot whose name doesn’t bear repeating here.

We immediately hit it off and Kyle helped me to complete the remaining tasks on the scavenger hunt. I wound up winning (in more ways than one). From that day on we spent as much time together and talked on the phone almost every night. Then on July 4, 2011, Kyle told me he loved me for the first time and of course I loved him too.

I had never met anyone like Kyle and never thought I could find someone so perfect for me. He makes me laugh and smile everyday. We always have fun together no matter where we are.  I can always count on him to be there for me and I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

Then in April 2014, Kyle and I spent a long weekend with friends in Yosemite National Park. Highlights of the weekend included hiking up to Vernal Falls, biking through Yosemite Valley, and making s’mores. It was the perfect weekend. But, the biggest highlight of our trip was yet to come…

As we were making our way out of the park, we stopped at Tunnel View, the scenic overlook that’s home to one of the most spectacular views of the entire Yosemite Valley. I had wanted to stop there to recreate the photo we took together there 3 years before (during the first major road trip we had ever taken together). Little did I know that Kyle would use the occasion to propose to me.

After I thought we were finished taking our photos, I started to walk away, but Kyle asked me to sit back down on the stone wall at the edge of the overlook. I initially thought he just wanted to take some more photos together, but then he told me that I had “waited long enough” while reaching into his coat pocket.

Then he got down on one knee and opened up a little black jewelry box. I immediately started crying tears of joy. Kyle wound up so focused on my reaction that he forgot to pop the question!

“You have to ask me,” I urged. So with an assist from his better half, he finally asked, “Will you marry me?” Of course, my answer was an emphatic yes accompanied by many more happy tears.

Shortly after, Kyle told me what he had been planning to say in the proposal, before getting so lost in the moment that he was unable to articulate it…

“The most beautiful girl in the world deserves to be proposed to at the most beautiful place in the world.”

I should point out that we have a large framed photo of that view from Tunnel View hanging in our living room. He told me that he wanted me to be reminded of the moment we got engaged every time I saw that photo from now on.

I couldn’t have asked for a more romantic proposal. He did it in a place we both love and will continue to visit in the years to come.

Fast forward to April 25, 2015, the day of our wedding, and I’m putting on a wedding dress I know he will love. My friend is touching up my makeup and I’m trying to make sure I don’t sweat too much. There wasn’t a first look, but Kyle and I decided to write each other a note accompanied by a cocktail we chose for each other. There were so many butterflies flying around my stomach that I could barely finish my Midori Sour Kyle sent over to me.

As the minutes passed in the bridal prep room, I started thinking about my mother. She passed away in 2008, and I wished she could have been there to see me in my dress and see me marry the man I love. Even though she couldn’t physically be at my wedding, I know she was there in spirit and I made sure she had a presence in the prep room by placing a photograph of both of us in there (see photo below).

When it was time for the ceremony, surprisingly I wasn’t thinking about whether the flowers looked right or if the decorations were where they should be. The only thing I was thinking about was getting to see Kyle waiting for me at the end of the aisle and I couldn’t wait to see his face when he saw me round the corner.

Our ceremony was short and sweet. It was the perfect length for us since the main focus was that we get to the “party” portion of the wedding day. Kyle and I wanted the day to be more about drinking and dancing than about the formalities of a traditional wedding. Our photographs can attest to the amount of time that was spent on the dance floor. We did keep to a few traditional aspects by having close friends and family members give toasts and visiting each table throughout the evening, but after that we just wanted to party.

I absolutely loved our wedding. I got to marry the man I love and have an amazing night celebrating with those close to us. What more could a girl ask for?

Thank you again to Laura for allowing me to tell my story. Now to share some of my favorite engagement and wedding photos.

We'll be back with the final installment of The Real Marrying Types of CTW tomorrow with a new story from Francine Lasala.

About Danielle
Danielle is a lover of all things books!  She writes book reviews and anything related to books on her blog Stories Unfolded.  She started her blog in March 2012 because she loves writing, telling stories, and helping share the stories of others.

She’s currently living in California with her husband and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Woodbury University. She plays softball 2-3 times per week and tries to spend as much time with her family as she can. Her day job (something all aspiring authors have) is working in Motorsports & Sports commercial insurance.

She also holds the Social Media Chair position for the Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles Chapter and for the last four years has been working on a few books of her own.

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About The Marrying Type
When Elliot Lynch's family business is on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it). With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

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