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Welcome to our wedding story! Ross has been working hard to get this website running so that we can share the planning of our wedding with our friends and family. We hope you enjoy it and find the information useful for the big day!

May 12, 2006 - 2 Weeks To Go!

I just can't believe the wedding is only two weeks away. Ross and I are just so excited to see all of you soon (really, really soon!). What a blessing it will be to have so many friends and family members in the same room, celebrating our marriage with us.

Plans have come together so nicely over the past few weeks. We've had many "final" meetings with our vendors to confirm the details and Ross and I are feeling so confident in the Lord's plan for our big day. We know that even if our plans don't go according to plan exactly, it'll be ok because God is in complete control of that day and every day that follows.

Speaking of the future, we decided (very last minute) to drive to Michigan this weekend to start looking for an apartment. I suppose it's a good sign that we can take a break from wedding planning, with two weeks to go, to do some life planning. We're excited for the trip and hope we find something we both love. Please pray for God's direction and guidance over our search.

While you're at it, if you could pray for PERFECT weather for May 27th, that would be great, too.

We love you and can't wait to see you soon! Back to Top

April 2, 2006 - Showered with Love

I just returned home from a wonderful weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana (Ross's home town). Cheryl Summers (mom to Eric Summers, who is a close friend of Ross's) threw me a bridal shower where many of Mrs. Chasey's friends attended. My mom and Elisabeth traveled from Cincinnati, too. It is so hard to put into words how grateful I am for each person who came and showered me with love. I had a great time and everyone contributed to making me feel special. I was exhausted by the end (present opening can be tiresome!), but I had an absolute blast with the special women in Mrs. Chasey's life.

A week before, Meagan Niese (an amazing friend) and Ashlee Knight (also an amazing friend and one of my bridesmaids), had thrown me a shower in Bloomington. The coolest thing was to see women from various facets of my life all together in one room, celebrating my upcoming marriage. Everything about that day was fun and exciting. I especially loved the Italian themed food and drinks!

Now, as I look forward to a third shower (yes, I'm a bit spoiled!) in Cincinnati, I am overwhelmed with gratitude towards everyone who has put time and effort into throwing a party in my honor. Ross is relieved that he doesn't have to be the one to open gifts in front of people, but I know that he is extremely thankful for everyone's contributions to making this a very special time in our lives.

I have to admit, though, that part of me is sad that these last few weeks are flying by. I am more than ready to get married but, there is a part of me that wants to hold on to this special period in my life for a little longer. I had been looking forward to the bridal showers with great anticipation for a long time. And now that two of the three are over, I miss them! They were just so much fun for me (and others, too, I hope!).

You all are so good to us. We love you! Back to Top

March 28, 2006 - Time Change

Effective Sunday, April 2, 2006, Indiana will "spring forward" to Observe Daylight Savings Time. The Hoosier State will be on Eastern Standard Time Zone. Please make note of this for traveling purposes. Back to Top

March 27, 2006 - Two Months To Go

Is it time to go the beach yet? We are SO ready to get married! With only two months to go, Ross and I have been putting the final details of the wedding and reception together (with some help from family and friends). We met with the Tudor Room last week to finalize the menu and the room set up. This week we're meeting with the photographer to finalize details with him. Woohoo!

Mommy O has been calling me daily to update me on who has RSVP'd so far. I must say that I am super impressed with all of the punctual friends we have! THANK YOU to all of you. We can't wait to celebrate with all of you. It's going to be one heck of a party! Back to Top

January 28, 2006 - Wedding Work Day

Today we designed our monogram! Now, when I say "we" what I really mean is that Ross took orders from me the entire morning while he sat in front of his computer and used an Adobe program, I'd take weeks to figure out. Ross has a really good eye for what looks good, though, so, together, we came up with something that we both really like. We hope you like it, too (you'll be seeing it a lot)!

In addition to the monogram, Ross worked hard to update our website with information we hope you all will find to be useful. Out-of-towners will find the "directions" page to be very helpful with a map of downtown Bloomington and written directions to and from Evangelical Community Church and the Indiana Memorial Union. We'd like to emphasize (one more time) that the online map websites give incorrect directions to and from the church and reception/hotel. So, please use the directions we have provided. Otherwise, you'll find yourself at a dead end. Back to Top

January 27, 2006 - Four Months To Go

Does anyone else feel like time is just flying by all of a sudden? Ever since 2006 hit, Ross and I have been in full wedding/marriage/life planning mode. I guess this means we're adults! Sometimes it's easy to forget that Ross is still a student. In addition to working for Tech Services at the Business School, updating our website, designing miscellaneous wedding items (programs, invitations, etc.) and showing a general interest in the many details of our wedding, he also must balance class assignments and group projects. Luckily, amidst all of the future planning, Ross and I continue to make time to have fun and relax with friends and each other. Back to Top

January 23, 2006 - Just call me Vera

Today, I redesigned my dress with the help of Barb Campbell, my local seamstress (Bloomington gals, she's great and would love more business). After owning my dress for less than three months, I decided it needed a facelift...I just hope I don't change my mind back again! Some of you are probably thinking, "Does your mother know?!?" The answer, of course, is, "Yes." Mom was incredibly supportive with the alterations, for which I am more than grateful. She just wants me to be happy. Back to Top

January 10, 2006 - Premarital Counseling

We began premarital counseling today with Bob Whitaker, our pastor for over four years at ECC. Ross and I agree that the weeks to follow will be challenging as Bob "creates conflict" for us. At the same time, though, we're looking forward to learning more about ourselves and each other in the context of marriage.

For those who are interested, we're using the "Before You Say I Do" workbook. Ross and I go through a few chapters each week and then discuss some of our responses with Bob every other week. Our time with Bob, however, is not limited to only the topics in our book. Ross and I enjoy the freedom to talk about various aspects of our relationship with Bob. He offers a great unbiased opinion that we both respect. Back to Top

January 8, 2006 - Michigan, Here We Come

After much praying and many conversations regarding the pros and cons of Ross's job offer from Ford, we decided to accept! (For more details, click on the "future" tab at the top of the "our story" page.) Back to Top

November 28, 2005 - I am thankful for...

...each of you. Thank you for being constant sources of encouragement and love towards both of us. We hope everyone had a fabulous time with their families over this special holiday (it's one of my favorite). Ross spent Thanksgiving in Fort Wayne, Indiana while I traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit the Olsen side of the family. It's crazy and exciting to think that we'll be spending the holidays together next year. Back to Top

November 27, 2005 - 6 months to go!

Time is flying by! We can't believe that May 27th is only 6 months away. Please continue to pray for the remainder of our engagement. Soon we'll be making some big decisions regarding relocating and jobs. Eeek!

P.S. We hope everyone is enjoying the new addition to their refrigerator! Back to Top

November 22, 2005 - What's the deal with those numbers?

Maybe it's about time we explain the 13 and 14. You see, Ross and his friends from high school have always held their athletic jersey numbers close to their hearts. 14 has always been Ross's soccer number (see "His Story" for other 14 references). 13 has always been my favorite number for some reason. I, too, played soccer and had a habit of requesting the ever unlucky number 13. Well, if you can do your math (and I'm sure you all can), you'll realize that those two numbers, when added together, just happen to equal the day of the month we're getting married. No, we did not plan that, but we think it's pretty wonderful. Back to Top

November 17, 2005 - We Are Family

So, I was emailing with Elisabeth (Maid of Honor) today at work. We were both having slow days and decided to talk about some of the wedding details. No complaining here...I love talking details and she knows that...very well, in fact.

Elisabeth has had the wonderful opportunity to get to know many members of my family over the years. She knows their quirks and absolutely loves spending time with them when she has the chance. She humors us when she laughs at all of our really ridiculous stories. We always joke that our interactions with each other are strangely similar to those of the characters on "Everybody Loves Raymond"...funny, but true. Just'll see.

Talking about my family made me think about how special May 27, 2006 really is. It'll be a time when all of the people that mean the world to me and Ross will come together to celebrate our marriage. (We're getting MARRIED! It's still exciting to remind myself!) Our future is really unknown at this point, but our families will remain a constant part of our lives forever and we are so very thankful for that. We love you all and can't wait to share our special day with you. Back to Top

October 24, 2005 - Congratulations, Angie and Ryan

On October 22, 2005 Angie Koons and Ryan Chasey were married in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The celebration of marriage is truly unique for each couple and they were no exception. Ryan and Angie had a gorgeous wedding. Ross was the Best Man and I assisted in the bride's room with dresses, pins, veils, etc. I was in my glory of running around and making things look pretty. I loved it. Angie, I'm so glad you're a part of the Chasey family. Ross and I couldn't be happier for both of you. Oh, and the reception was smashing, too. Back to Top

October 4, 2005 - Honeymoon, check!

Mexico, here we come! Ross booked our honeymoon! We'll be spending a week in the Riviera Maya and we can't wait. With Ross attending grad school and working, he's been quite the busy bee. So, he's glad to have made a decision and finally book the trip. It seems so surreal that we'll be walking hand-in-hand as husband and wife...along the beach...on vacation...together...

Classes, group meetings, and work aren't the only things keeping Ross busy these days. He's also been attending job fairs and setting up interviews. At this point, we have some preferred cities in mind, but we have to be willing to go just about anywhere, which can be an exciting, yet scary reality. We're both confident that the Lord will open and close doors where necessary, but we continue to pray for direction and discernment when making important decisions. October is a very busy month for both of us - lots of weddings and interviews to attend! Please keep us in your prayers as our future unfolds! Back to Top

September 27, 2005 - Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

Ross and I are three chapters into "Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts" by Les and Leslie Parrott. Great read - we highly recommend it. We are constantly falling more in love with each other as we talk through the topics and questions discussed in this book. We tend to have our "discussion dates" at one of the many local Bloomington coffee shops. Starbucks is a given, but the Bazaar Cafe is just great, too - I LOVE it. Time flies when we talk about what our lives will be like when we're married. We smile a lot, too.

There's a lot of preparation that goes along with being engaged! Sometimes we forget that our lives are going to be very different in a few months. While I do love the details of planning this wedding, the future we have before us is what really matters. Chances are no one will notice how I crafted the ribbons on the centerpieces or if the green candles match the green in the bouquets. The details are fun and they allow us to personalize our big day. But the commitment we're making is much longer than a day and, therefore, requires more planning and preparation. (Laura, you know what you're talking about!)

We're still trucking along in the wedding plans, too. I found "the" dress and ordered it a few weeks ago! Mommy O, Elisabeth and Katie accompanied me to Bridal and Formal to try it on before ordering it - they all approved. All of my bridesmaids are absolutely amazing and I love them all so much for ordering their dresses on time, as well. No last-minute orders here! Back to Top

August 14, 2005 - And the Planning Begins!

Well, Ross and I have been engaged for two months now and the planning process is well underway. I can't believe all of the decisions we've had to make together already!

The location was something that was of utmost importance to me as we began the planning journey. The location would not only bring us wonderful memories when we looked back, but would also set the precedent of how everything was going to fall into place. It's like a blueprint - an opportunity for structure...and I need structure!

When we first started to think about where I wanted my wedding to take place, I knew it had to be somewhere memorable and special. Ross and I quickly started to look into Cincinnati reception sites. We made multiple trips back and forth, visiting site after site. There were many places in Cincinnati that would have made for a beautiful wedding. However, none of them were "the" place.

Sidenote: "THE" is a very important word in wedding planning. Every groom looks for "the" ring and every bride knows when she has found "the" dress, or "the" reception location. It sure is a funny, wedding planning world....

Anyway, Ross and I finally came to the conclusion that Bloomington, Indiana was our wedding location. It was a true blessing that plans didn't work out for a Cincinnati wedding - Bloomington, Indiana has become a very special place to both Ross and I. We met here, began dating here, got engaged's only appropriate that we get married here, too.

We have been attending Evangelical Community Church since we were both freshmen and absolutely cherish the community we have with fellow believers there. At the suggestion of Mr. Wood, Elisabeth's (MOH) dad, we began to seriously consider becoming members in the fall. With that in mind, we really wanted to get married at ECC - our home church in Bloomington. So, we needed to get in touch with someone at the church who could find an available date.

At the same time, being the event planner that I am, I know that reception sites tend to book really quickly. Since Bloomington isn't a huge city, there are only so many options to choose from. I quickly got my heart set on the Tudor Room - I LOVE the Tudor Room. Never been there for anything - but I just love the way it looks. The fact that it's right on the IU campus makes it all tie together nicely. I come to find out that the availability of the Tudor Room was slim pickin's. The event coordinator there said that May 27, 2006 was available - and we took it.

ECC was also available for the 27th, so we started sharing the date with our families and friends. Ross and I have confidence that God's hand was in the whole process from the start - He had this wedding planned long before either one of us had any knowledge of it.

The next step was the photographer. Over the past few months at my job at the Convention Center, I've gotten to know some of the vendors in the area personally. Alistair Blair is a local photographer who has had over 20 years of experience of wedding photography. He's originally from South Africa and his work is just absolutely amazing. He's a favorite of the Convention Center staff - we refer him to brides all the time. So, it's a privilege to have him photograph our wedding.

In the meantime, we wanted to take some engagement pictures. Now, you have to understand that Ross and I aren't exactly the best at posing for pictures - ALL of our pictures together are smiling head shots. We knew that we needed to ask someone who would be willing to A) do it for free and B) be creative and have fun. Ashlee Knight was the perfect answer. She's one of my bridesmaids and did such a great job with them - we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Ross and I have spent many evenings after work planning some of the other aspects of our wedding (this website, honeymoon plans, save the date magnets, colors, invitations, etc.). He'll be starting grad school at the Kelley School of Business in a few weeks, which will take up a lot of his time. He'll also be looking for a job within the next few months. Your prayers in this area are more than appreciated. He'll need guidance and direction as he makes important decisions for the both of us.

Wish us luck as the planning continues! Back to Top

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