So here is the rest of the story on how we came to be married on Valentine's Day.
I will present it in a time line:
Key words here: 1968-1971 husband to be aka HTB was a Marine Reservist
the drills were once a month, every month on the weekends, all day Saturday and Sunday. They were rarely in Raleigh and almost 100% of the time in a remote area that took hours to drive to/from via bulky military vehicles.
DRESS. I actually found the dress of my dreams in the store No ordering. I did have to order all the bridesmaid's dresses but that was done through the same store. I was set. Men's tux's no problem either.