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How to survive a long engagement (without losing your shit!)

I was engaged for about four years before my wife and I tied the knot. Long engagements can be stressful, regardless of the reason why you’re stretching out the timeline. For us, we treated our engagement as a time to set the foundation for our newly formed family, rather than exclusively as a time to actively plan a wedding. When it came time to get married, our small civil ceremony was put together in about a month. So how did I not lose my shit while being engaged for longer than the WIC standard? Here are my tips…

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5 ways NOT to announce your engagement on social media (in GIFs)

It's the start of the holiday season. You're full of tryptophan and ready for a nap. OR you're totally celebrating your freshly diamond-ed finger because your spouse (or you!) has just proposed. It's the holidays, love is in the air. It's engagement season, y'all.

If this is you, CONGRATS! We're so happy for you! And we want all your friends and family to be happy, too. So here are five ways NOT to announce your engagement on social media so you don't wreck all the fun with your wild antics.

A REAL rainbow totally blessed this same sex engagement shoot

Are you kidding me with this serendipity? William and Rob were taking engagement photos around downtown Omaha when they ran across this gorgeous fountain with sunlight hitting it just right. SO right that it cast a practically perfect in every way REAL rainbow. Come on, this is adorable. I'm going double rainbow wild over here. Okay, maybe not that wild (that was pretty flippin' wild, if you remember), but it is pretty rad.

We've got rainbow heart eyes for these two and their real rainbow engagement. Let's see if you do, too…

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This satyr cosplay engagement brings serious magic to our Renaissance-loving hearts

Janee and Bill love all things Renaissance, and in unique fashion, Bill proposed to Janee at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. They also love cosplay and Janee creates all of their costuming herself, including these amazing satyr costumes for this year's Ren fest. On the opening weekend of the festival, Bill proposed with a gorgeous leaf silhouette ring.

For this satyr cosplay engagement session, they capitalized on all her hard work by spending the evening at Fountain Creek Nature Center, south of Colorado Springs. The pair passed out wildflower seeds to passersby and stole our nerdy hearts in the process. If THIS is their engagement session, what will their wedding bring? No pressure, guys…