Stephen and I met through his brother, Michael Stagliano. Michael and I know each other because we were both on different season’s of the ABC hit show, The Bachelorette. Michael thought it would be fun if Stephen and I began dating so we could all hang out! I don’t think any of us thought we would hit it off as well as we did!
Stephen planned out my proposal perfectly. My dad was in town visiting Memorial day weekend, 2010. It was a Sunday…the end of the weekend. I knew we had to take my dad to the airport that evening to head back to the east coast. Stephen kept insisting that we go to the beach, an hour out of our way..I might add, to have dinner with his parents. When we arrived at the beach, everyone was being kind of strange…so, I excused myself to the restroom. When I returned, the only person standing in the room was Stephen’s mother, Lynn. She was holding a bouquet of flowers and she was crying. My first instinct was, “This is it!! He’s proposing!!” But, seconds went by for what seems like forever and Stephen’s mom was still crying. Then, my feeling turned to fear as I blurted out, “Mama Bear, you’re scaring me.”
We laugh about it to this day because she cried which was so special but, I could not prepare myself for the beautiful things she was about to say. Stephen’s mother told me about how she had prayed for a woman like me to come into Stephen’s life, how she is happy to have me as a daughter, and that she loved me so much. Then, she hugged me and walked me about 25 yards down the beach to Stephen’s father, Frank. Frank did the same thing, told me that he already considered me a daughter, he loves me very much, and that he wants me to know that I now have two father’s to trust and confide in. Frank then walked me another 25 yards down the beach to Stephen’s twin brother, and my friend, Michael. Michael and I just cried because we were both so happy! Michael told me he loved me and was happy to call me his sister. Michael then walked me 25 yards down the beach to my very own father. My dad hugged me and kissed me, told me he loved me, and how proud he was of me. My father then walked me down the beach toward the ocean and in between two sand dunes, standing in the middle of flowers laid around him; my father handed me off to Stephen. Stephen told me how much he loved me, how happy he was that he found me, and that he wanted to love me forever. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes and then noticed the gorgeous 2 carat, asher cut diamond ring that he designed with my best friend and her jewlery store in Boston, King Jewlers. My mouth hung open and I fell in love with my ring so much that I have yet to stop staring at it to this day! This will forever be one of the best days of my life. It was a perfect moment and a perfect proposal….
When we started planning our wedding, the part that I was most excited about was picking out my wedding gown. I could not wait to try one on and feel the moment when I knew it would be the one. The wonderful team at Alfred Angelo was kind enough to invite me to the fashion show in New York last October to view their new Disney Collection. After seeing the gorgeous gowns glide down the runway, I was so excited to finally put one on! With my dear sister Chrissy, and my best friend Jamie, at my side, I tried on only 5 gowns before falling in love with one special wedding gown…my wedding gown. Now, I am not going to reveal which one I chose but, I will say this….IT IS TO DIE FOR!!! I decided to go with an Alfred Angelo gown because, not only do I LOVE everyone on the Alfred Angelo team, as well as the designer, the dresses aren’t like any others. The detailing on the gowns is so unique and prescise that you cannot compare it to any other gowns out there. Not to mention, Alfred Angelo offers so many different styles and designs, that I never felt the need to shop anywhere else! The best part of all this….the dresses are totally affordable!! I have never understood how women can pay thousands and thousands of dollars for a dress that you will wear one time. In this day and age, with this economy, I am proud to say that I am a savy bride. Alfred Angelo provides gorgeous wedding gowns, at affordable prices, that even I cannot deny!!
With all of that said, why did you ladies choose to go with Alfred Angelo? I would love to hear your thoughts and reasons, makes me so happy!!