I would describe this wedding as woodland elegance with a modern twist. Many brides might be hesitant about wearing a short dress, but Cassy pulls off the look flawlessly. I think she resembles Kate Middleton, in a mini! The lush green setting of Olympia ,Washington, the bridesmaids in gorgeous cream, cocoa, and blush dresses, and dozens of DIY details make for such a genuine celebration. The bride did pretty much everything besides take the photos – she even made the pretty pearl cake! Cassy and Josh have a long-distance story that will pull at your heartstrings. Read below for the details.
Before the Ring:
The first time I met Josh was early July of 2009 during freshman orientation at Washington State University. I was completely smitten by him and he tells me now he knew it was love at first sight. We spent all weekend together and when it was time to go our separate ways he finally asked for my number. We talked a lot that summer and had tried meeting up a time or two but our plans always ended up falling through. Actually that’s kind of a lie, he always held up his part of the plans and I would bail. Dating was not something I was good at and I was under the impression that I’d see him again when classes started in the fall. Until he called one day to tell me that he was going to attend another university. I was honestly a little heartbroken, we had signed up for some of the same classes together and I was looking forward to seeing him in Pullman. But we stayed friends over the next few years and would text often. I knew he was someone special and was hopeful that we would see each other again one day and that the strong connection I felt towards him at orientation would happen again.
In the middle of January 2010 Josh asked me if I would be his Valentine. I thought he was silly for asking so soon since I’m such a last minute planner but he told me he knew if he didn’t get to me first someone else would. So Valentine’s Day ended up being the first time I had seen him in person since orientation. Our date was absolutely perfect, he melted my heart in every single way he could have. We began dating here and there until May when he finally asked me if I would be his girlfriend. It didn’t take long for me to become absolutely head over heels in love with him. He was more than I had ever hoped I would find in a man, I felt complete when I was with him and just knew that he was my soul mate.
While we had been dating we both made some really big life decisions. Josh joined the army and I applied to transfer to a university in Hawaii. Fortunately for us his MOS kept him from leaving for basic training right away and my semester didn’t start until late August. We knew that our time together needed to be cherished and we made the most of it. I don’t think we could have been prepared for the long distance relationship that was soon to be in front of us, but the love we have for each other was and is what continues to get us through each and every day. We have also been extremely fortunate to see each other about every two months.
Josh made his first trip to come see me in Hawaii back in October. We spent the week on the beach and enjoyed life like a same-town couple would with plenty of dates to make up for lost time. Then in November Josh was off to South Carolina for boot camp. Those were a few of the hardest weeks of our relationship this far. Not being able to talk to my best friend hurt every day but I found comfort in writing him love letters, which I did every single night he was gone.
In December we both were able to go home to Washington for two weeks, where we spent every possible second together. On New Year’s Eve we decided to get dressed up and spend the night in Seattle. Little did I know Josh had a huge surprise planned for me. Once we got to our hotel, checked in, and made it up to the room he told me he had a surprise to share with me and to go sit in the chair and close my eyes. I did,
and once he finally stopped pacing back and forth around the room I opened them and he was down on one knee with a ring box in his hand. I cried happy tears until I finally crawled off the chair and onto my knees in front of him and just hugged him continuously saying yes and my catch phrase “oh my goodness.” The ring is absolutely perfect and he designed it himself which I just love.
Our vacation couldn’t last forever though. Josh flew back to Ft Jackson, SC to finish up basic and I flew back to Hawaii. In February he graduated from basic training and his mom and I we able to fly out for the weekend. I’m so grateful I was able to go and support him on his accomplishment and show him how proud I was of him! After the ceremony I had to come back to Hawaii and Josh flew to Arizona for more training. This time he was allowed his phone and his computer, so we were and still are able to talk much more often than before, which makes the both of us VERY happy and thankful!