The Philly Fakeout

The best friend will probably acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is founded on the talent for friendship.

– Friedrich Nietzsche


I got to be in on one of my best friends secrets. Not a little secret either. A big one. A life altering one. Oh, and a happy one too. Those are always the best.

With the intention of asking his perfectly wonderful girlfriend to marry him earlier in the day in the near future, my friend asked for my help planning a gathering for family and friends to come together and celebrate. Offering me an in on a secret and the opportunity to host a gathering? I was obviously game!

We had to start by getting guests to save the date. Luckily, my friend has a birthday coming up, and I was just going to happen to be out of town the week leading up to his actual birthday. The obvious ploy was to throw Wade a birthday party. Now that we had our excuse to invite people I just needed an invitation to send.

Wade's BDay Blog

Happy 30th!

30th birthday invites for males are kind of tricky. I wanted it to be visually appealing without being cheesy, and knowing that this was just a place holder invite I didn’t want to spend too much time on it. Ultimately, I just downloaded a simple chalkboard background and a few fun fonts. Simple and easy, but bold and it draws lots of attention to the fact he is turning 30!

Luckily, everyone seemed to take the bait and we got the date on their calenders. With the placeholder invite out of the way, I could work on a much more exciting invitation.

Engagement Party Invite

Engagement Party Invite

This is, by far, the most fun invitation I have made to date. Not only are there sparkles, but it is for their engagement party!

As you might have already figured out, that ring was just burning a hole in his pocket and Thursday just wasn’t coming soon enough. On Sunday afternoon, under the guise of going for a run Wade led Jamie under a pair of ancient oak trees on her mother’s property and asked her to marry him.

The question.

The question.


Needless to say, B and I are over the moon excited for them, and eager for Thursday to arrive to celebrate them fully. Congratulations to them both!

Wade, we couldn’t be happier for you. You came into our lives about 5 years ago and instantly became part of our family, we cannot thank you enough for finding someone that fits just as easily into our lives. I know that sounds totally selfish, and it is, but it is a bit more. You found someone you can be yourself around, someone that required no pretense. Someone who would love and appreciate every little thing about you from your fanatical but fleeting obsession with restaurants to your unfailing loyalty and integrity.

Jamie, we are so excited to officially welcome you into the little family Brandon and I have made for ourselves in Columbia, even though, you were in from the start. From the first time we officially met I knew that you just had to meet Wade, and it didn’t hurt that you were tall. 🙂 Brandon and I are so thankful for your friendship, but mostly, how happy you have made Wade.

Now let’s celebrate!