Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Skippy Says: Where It All Began, Part I (Skippy Gets Engaged)

Thank you all so much for your congratulations and kind words on yesterday's post. Since I've told you we're having a baby, I figure I should go ahead and tell you where it all began.

Ryan and I met and started dating in high school, the summer after my junior year. Well, technically, I was in high school and he had just graduated, since he is a grade above me. For this reason, Ryan likes to constantly remind me that he is my high school sweetheart, but I am not his. And then I like to punch him in the face.

We planned to just have a fun summer fling together for a month or so before he went off to college, but we both fell for each other faster and harder than expected. So the month turned into a year, then another, and then a third. Four years of cross-country and cross-continent long distance dating and lots of fights later, we finally moved to the same city. A year later we moved in together, and another year after that he took me to Cape Cod and told me he wanted to make an honest woman out of me. And I told him I couldn't wait.

I love animals, and for our four year anniversary Ryan took me to the San Francisco petting zoo. I decided I wanted to go back there for at least part of our engagement photoshoot, since you'll never see a bigger smile from me than when I'm hugging a goat. Or sheep. Whatever.






After the zoo, we headed to one of my favorite museums-- the Legion Of Honor.



While there, we decided to have a runway walk-off. You know, America's Next Top Model style. Ryan totally won.


A quick stop by Queen Wilhemina's Garden:


Before finishing off the day at the beach:



Stay tuned for part II, the wedding ceremony, tomorrow!

41 comments:

  1. Wow these are the cutest pictures ever!

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  2. Aww you guys!!! This post made me remember my engagement! You two are so lucky to have each other :)

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  3. Inna,
    Thank you for sharing such lovely photos! You guys make a lovely couple and your child is winning some pretty amazing genes :) ANTM shot...totally nailed it.

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  4. Skippy,

    This was so sweet of you to share. You two are adorbs and I am so happy to hear about the new addition to your family. So happy for you two!!

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  5. This is a wonderful post and he seems like a wonderful guy. Oh, and you look so amazing and cute and little in these photos. By little I mean, like a teenager little. I'm complimenting you, I swear.

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  6. Congrats on your pregnancy! I love your "runway walk off" pics, that's too cute. I can't wait to see your wedding pics...I am a huge sucker for weddings! (I'd wear my wedding dress on a weekly basis if I could).

    -Sharon

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  7. These are SO cute! I love the runway picture haha! I love that you went to several different locations around SF (LOVE the Legion of Honor). You two make such a beautiful couple, so I can only imagine how adorable your baby is going to be!!

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  8. Oh my gosh. You two are SO adorable! I love all the photos and all the different locations. Thank you for sharing these sweet pictures!

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  9. Congratulations!! Such beautiful pics!!

    From Brooklyn with love,

    Jen

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  10. Best engagement shoot ever! I love that you guys went to the petting zoo. We did ours at the pumpkin patch in Petaluma because that's my favorite place in the whole world ;) Can't wait to see your wedding pics.

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  11. Oh my goodness! You guys are too cute! Love the pics with the animals....and congrats on the AMAZING news :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  12. Those are THE CUTEST engagement pics ever!! So sweet to see y'alls smiling faces! :)

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  13. this is adorable

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  14. You guys are SOOO cute in these photos! Haha I love that you planned on a fling too. Oh how silly we are to think we can plan love :)

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  15. bestdressedinthenestFebruary 1, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    OMG you are so stinkin cute. Both of you!

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  16. Precious and so romantic story and all pics, u're utterly cute!! Can't wait the second part!:)
    kisses

    Jelena
    glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com

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  17. YOU GUYS! So cute. Your baby's gonna be adorable.

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  18. OMG! You guys are too cute! I'm so excited for you, Inna!!!

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  19. These are GORGEOUS pics. You guys are such a cute couple and look so happy...you'll have an absolute darling of a baby.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  20. Love these pics. Two of my favorite people <3

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  21. Beautiful photos!! Loving those runway photos! haha

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  22. I LOVE all the pictures!! You guys make such a beautiful couple!!

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  23. Inna! This is the first time I believe I've ever seen Ryan! You two make a great couple and the engagement photos are stunning! You had a great photographer and I love that green cocktail dress :)

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  24. such a cute post. Congratulations on your new bun in the oven! ;-) Can't wait to catch pictures of your wedding! I just got married myself and it's so much fun looking through the photos...people always look so happy in those photos. =)
    xo,
    nancy

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  25. You two are adorable - congrats on EVERYTHING!!!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  26. Wine Taste Girl NashvilleFebruary 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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  27. Obviously I am way behind in blog reading! You are having a baby? SOOOO EXCITING! Congratulations :) Love these photos of you and Ryan too. You both look so happy! Heather

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  28. Congrats to you and Ryan. Very excited about baby Skippy.

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  29. chillairandperfumeFebruary 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Such a great post, girl! Thanks for sharing your story and all your cute photos :) You two are adorable.

    xo,
    Hannah
    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  30. AWWWW! <3
    :D
    I adore your story, this is too cute. Thanks for sharing these giddy-making photos. Haha, this makes me look forward to whats in store for my future ;)
    You two are adorable, and I'm so happy for you!
    Also, love how you went to a zoo for photos xD Haha, now that's original!

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  31. Way too cute. How fun that you got different locales and outfits for the engagement shoot. :)
    I really hope you do a family photo shoot at the zoo once baby arrives! :)

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  32. Great story! My favourites are the second from last pictures at the zoo and the second picture from the museum.

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  33. aww!! this is so romantic! And u guys look so adorable and so in LOVE!!And congratulation on having a little one in ur lives for that extra happiness in ur lives!!

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  34. First of all congrats on your news!!!! Secondly, what a beautiful blog!!!! I love your pictures and the story how you met Ryan was so adorable!!! Love it!

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  35. I love these photos! Everyone loves wedding pics, but my favorite are engagement pics because that is when the couple is all wrapped up in each other and that comes across in the images. In your case, you are literally wrapped around each other in the last photo. That one is my favorite. ;-)

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  36. wow..I am so happy for you! Congratulations! I missed your previous post. What lovely pictures, you two look beautiful together. Engagement photos in the zoo...how cute! Have a really wonderful pregnancy. You look fabulous!

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  37. Such adorable photos...and what a cute/unique I idea going to the petting zoo! I've definitely never seen that before in engagement photos.

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  38. I've fallen in love with all of these adorable engagement pictures. You two are so cute together! Congratulations on your wedding!

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  39. You look like the loveliest couple on earth! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos.

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  40. Oh my god these pictures almost made me cry. How beautiful...
    God you are so much fun and so full of personality. How can anyone not love the FACE off of you?
    Hugging a goat? You are one brave girl. That picture is AMAZING.
    Congratulations honey.

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  41. These are amazing photos! And that green dress is amazing on you :)
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