Okay, it would have ruined my previous, brilliantly-written dramatic post (ha!) to include this, but I would be extremely remiss to leave out our engagement photos.
In the interest of time, money, etc., and plain love of her photos, we DID hire Carla Gates (http://carlagatesphotography.com/) to take our engagement photos.
They are everything I wanted and more.
You can see them for yourself here. And to preempt your question: Yes, our life together really is that beautiful. ;)