Monday, June 30, 2008


"I've got some good news and I've got some bad news," my Dad said as he approached me and Aaron at my sister's graduation party. He was holding a file folder and Aaron and I glanced from his face to the folder and back to his face, getting more and more worried by the second. "The bad news is that you're going to have to re-visit the place were Aaron was attacked by the shark.  But the good news is... it's because you're going to be staying at the Four Seasons for your honeymoon!"

Cue an ear-splitting scream from me and stunned silence from Aaron. And then I went from screaming to crying and Aaron stayed with stunned silence.

Once we got over the initial shock my dad explained what was in the folder- two gift certificates for 4 days at the Four Seasons. Apparently they're the discount certificates given to travel agents by hotels, my dad found them on eBay. Apparently when travel agents don't have enough time to use the certificates they're given they can sell them instead! So my dad put each one in one of our names so that we could spend an entire week at the Four Seasons for our honeymoon.

I'm not a high-maintenance bride at all, but now I can admit that part of me was a bit bummed by the fact that we were going to be spending our wedding night sleeping on my cousin's futon in their remodeled garage.  But I told myself that, for a dream wedding in Maui, I'd sleep on bed of nails in a crack-house basement. And Aaron and I can really have a great time anywhere, we'd make the best of it and it was going to be an great honeymoon anyway. But NOW it's going to be an incredible, too-good-to-be-true, this-isn't-my-life, walking-around-the-Four-Seasons-waiting-to-be-kicked-out-of-this-fairy-tale-at-any-moment, honeymoon!!!

Of course, no one thought to take pictures of us when we got the news but these pictures were taken shortly after, just to give you an idea of how we we took the news:

happy (future) honeymooners

Oh happy spurt of happy spurts! We really feel like the luckiest couple that ever decided to get married. It's an incredible feeling. Man, do I love surprises.

What about you, loyal few blog followers? Did your family ever completely catch you by surprise with something like this? (It can be wedding related or not, since I don't know many married people.)


Drew said...

To answer your question, no. Family has never surprised me in this fashion.

Does this mean you have to name your first born some terrible family name?

Can you name your first born "Tharpe-Tharpe"?

megan said...

HA! Actually, I was thinking Drew as a first name (whether it's a boy or a girl) and Tharpe as it's middle name and then doing a hyphenated "Tharpe-Finley" thing.
Drew Tharpe Tharpe-Finley

Kimmmmmmmy said...

Ummm...yea, surprises like a WEEK at the FOUR SEASONS don't come too often in my life, but you guys DESERVE it and your Dad knows it! What an awesome tip for the future though - who knew to scavenge ebay for great travel deals!?!?! AHHHH-MAZING!!!! xoxoxoxo

Michelle a.k.a. MOM said...

Yep....For me the surprise was being proposed to in front of Cinderella's castle at Disney World. I had no idea it was coming, AT ALL. And I just couldn't figure out why he had been so worked up about our flight being delayed, our plane having mechanical problems and having to be swapped out, and all this other stuff that happened that day. I just could not figure out why he was so upset about maybe missing ONE little dinner reservation...and at Cinderella's Table of all places. Why would he care about that? Who knew? Poor guy was a wreck ALL DAY! But he pulled off a great surprise, I'll tell you that!

Oh, and I knew about the 4 Seasons like 2 weeks ago, so I'm glad you guys know now too! :)

Morgan said...

...why yes my family did completely catch me by surprise when you (my sister), mom and kristin planned a SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY for my 18th BIRTHDAY!!! That was my favorite Birthday party ever because we got a Limo to LA and then to the Ananova show which was on a Thursday night and then mom didn't make me go to school that next morning! =)

I'm so glad they finallllllly told you...i wanted to BURST out and just tell you a lot of times, but i held it in! =) Dad didn't even want to tell me!!!... so mom did!

megan said...

I can't believe all of you guys already knew!!!!
Wow, this family is gooooood at keeping secrets. Hopefully that will make for more surprises to come over the years. :)