Hello hello! My name is Katie Evans and I'm going to be blogging about the last three months leading up to my November wedding.
Who am I? I was a graphic designer and illustrator at Kate Spade New York for many years and I recently started a new adventure designing for West Elm. I live in Brooklyn, New York, with my fiance John Reeves. In my spare time, I illustrate the monthly issues of Matchbook magazine, write and illustrate an advice column on designlovefest, and bake in my pint-sized kitchen. And I'm planning our wedding! I wish there was a wedding leave—like maternity leave. It feels like a full-time job, but thankfully it's fun too.
John works for Frito-Lay as a district sales leader in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is an avid skateboarder, enjoys anything Google-related, and loves the city. We both grew up in south Florida and met through a mutual friend during college—I was in Baltimore, he was in Florida. There was a definite spark. Text messages led to emails which led to long phone calls. I was smitten. He's my tall, dark, and handsome.
We agreed that we wouldn't start a relationship until we both graduated and could live in the same city. Well, that idea didn't last very long. I convinced John to help me move to New York after I finished school and in the U-Haul, somewhere on I-95, I asked him to be my boyfriend. Our first date was at a Chick-Fil-A on the side of the road. We dated long-distance while John finished school. He got a job transfer a couple months after and we moved in together.
John and I had talked about marriage from the beginning. We both knew that we were each other's special someone. We looked at rings, I collected bridal magazines, and I sorta-kinda told him we had to get married before 2013. Thirteen isn't a lucky number and, well, I didn't think 2013 looked pretty. 2012 sounds like a solid year and would also look really nice typeset on a save-the-date. (I'm a graphic designer—I can't help it!) John proposed last November in "our spot" at Madison Square Park. Our wedding is coming up this November (that year went by way too fast) and I feel pretty good about where we are right now. There is a never ending to-do list, but we're getting through it. We have a few months left and I can't wait to share the adventure with you!
[photos by valerie noell]