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#1 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:05 AM

First, I am so indebted to Tammy Wright for creating BDW. I could not have planned my DW without this site! Thank you Tammy, for everything you do! And thank you mods also - this is a better place because of your diligence to keep it a certain way. I also could not have made it through the planning without so many of you there to cheer me on along the way, even when things got tough for me. I am so so greatful for all the wonderful friends I’ve made here.

I cannot believe it is finally my turn. When I joined BDW in Oct. 2007, my wedding seemed SO far away!

ok, on to the planning... I apologize in advance, this is going to be epically long.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILS ON MOST THINGS IN MY BDW BLOG IF THE DETAILS ARE NOT ALREADY LISTED HERE. I will post all my templates when I get back from Mexico. Please understand if I don’t get around to answering all questions left on this thread before I go, we have a hectic few days left before we go. I promise anything unanswered before I leave will get first priority when I return.

BRIDE
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GROOM
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THE E-RING: custom made, white gold cathedral set, cushion cut diamond in the center. micro pave diamonds set into the band.
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THE DRESS: DaVinci Bridal, Style: T8167, color: IVORY (designer’s website is Click the image to open in full size.

There is a little back story behind my dress... I saw a photo of it on a website right when I got engaged. I fell in love with the photo of the dress, but unfortunately, the photo did not have any info about who the designer was. I spent weeks and weeks trying to figure it out on my own, and finally I posted a thread asking for help and within a few hours, I had an answer! : Click the image to open in full size.

Detail on lace on bodice of dress:
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WEDDING DAY ACCESSORIES
Custom made earrings from Etsy seller Opheliax
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DRESS TAG
sewn into my dress (see blog for details), made by a family friend with a scrap from her wedding dress from 1972.
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VEIL
Occansey Designs
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#2 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:06 AM

HAIR & MAKEUP INSPIRATIONS:
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makeup – darker lip and no eyeliner on bottom, but very similar to Holly’s
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GROOM’S ATTIRE:
tan suit from banana republic
(him modeling it in the store the day we bought it)
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with his tie from brooks brothers
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BM DRESSES
From Ann Taylor Celebrations – off the rack! Best decision ever.
Two girls are wearing this one:
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My SIL is wearing this one:
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The custom earrings I had made for each BM:
Etsy seller Opheliax, her name is Sabrina, she was great to work with.
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#3 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:06 AM

MOB/FOB & MIL ATTIRE
stepmom’s dress
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dad’s suit & tie
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MIL’s dress
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sorry, no FIL attire photo!

INVITATIONS

SAVE THE DATE (ENGLISH)
I made these myself. Details are in my blog.
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SAVE THE DATE (SPANISH)
These were purchased in Mexico City and sent to the Mexican guests only.
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INVITATION (ENGLISH)
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#4 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:06 AM

INVITATION (SPANISH)
These were purchased in Mexico City and were hand delivered to each Mexican guest. The invitations are white linen paper with navy engraved lettering.

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#5 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:07 AM

THE CATHOLIC JAZZ
We couldn’t get a ceremony time that worked for us, and in the end we are glad it happened this way. We have to go to the church in San Jose del Cabo at noon on the wedding day with our parents and priest to do the sacrament of marriage inside the church sanctuary. (So yes, this means our ceremony on the beach is technically a vow renewal ceremony, but our guests don’t know that)
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We did our marriage prep with our local priest, and did our PreCana with the archdiocese of Chicago –Family Ministries

The priest marrying us is actually an extended family member of Jose’s, he is a Jesuit priest that lives in Louisiana and we are flying him to Cabo. We are doing a full Catholic mass on the beach (which is totally illegal in the eyes of the church haha - but since its not "real" because it isnt inside the church, it doesnt matter)

#6 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:08 AM

THE LOCATION: The Westin Los Cabos Resort & Spa (WC: Maira Gallegos)
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CEREMONY – on the beach
Our ceremony setup will look like this:
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RECEPTION – Restaurant La Playa
Our reception setup will look like this (but with dif centerpieces):
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CENTERPIECES
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CAKE
The photo below is the cake from my legal day, but I sent the Westin pics of it, so let’s hope this is what our Tres Leches cake looks like on the wedding day!
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WEDDING BANDS
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#7 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:08 AM

wearing them on our legal day:
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FAVORS
Candies purchased in Mexico
Mini organza bags purchased from Oriental Trading Co
logo tags made by me on PaperSource cardstock, and cut with an xacto knife by my dear old dad
(see blog for more details)
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Mint candies that will go inside the organza bags:
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GUESTBOOK
totally stole this idea from amyh. I will post photos of how mine turned out when I get back.
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$10 stand at bed bath & beyond
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dry erase boards (I bought 2) from target - $3.99 each
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#8 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:09 AM

WELCOME BOOKS
I am still working on these and trying to get them printed this afternoon. Here are two sample pages, I will take photos and post pics ofthem finished when I get back
this is a page about all the places to eat and drink at the westin
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this page is about san jose del cabo
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PROGRAMS
I designed and printed these myself on Fabriano Medioevalis 206 S cards. They are 4.5x6.7 inches and 260 gsm. They are soft white, deckle edge, and match my White Aisle invitations (I even used the NatVignette swash from the background of my invitation on my program). The paper is really beautiful and soft to touch, and it is mouldmade in Italy, although it looks and feels totally handmilled. They come 100 to a box and I got them at a Blick Art Store near where I live. I printed both sides of each card (on a Canon i960 inkjet) so each person gets one card. You can get them online here, they are the regular single cards, code 10032-1040, listed at $21.30:
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Front side:
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Back side:
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Now, those of you who have seen my program prototypes will notice I made a few music changes for the ceremony. I like classical guitar, so I went with a Pachelbel’s canon in D on a lute for the bridal processional and I also changed our Communion processional to a song called Cavatina, composed by Stanley Myers. You can find it on iTunes. It is 3:34 seconds long. My Dad suggested this song to me and I love it. Very romantic and would be perfect also for a bridal processional. There is a version that also has words, and the words are really beautiful too. In the end I went with the all instrumental.

I will post a full script of our Catholic ceremony melding American & Mexican traditions when I get back because I know it could probably help some future brides to know how we did it.




CABO VENDORS
Photographer: Bradley Fraser
Cabo Wedding Photography, Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Cabo Weddings, Los Cabos

Videographer: Baja Video Productions (Enrique & Marci)
Cabo San Lucas Wedding Video Services, romantic destination wedding videos in the los cabos area, Cabo San Lucas Mexico

DJ: Adan Mijares
DJ Mijares Dj Music, Guitar Performing, Los Cabos M©xico.


I think that is everything.... if you notice I left something out let me know LOL. Ask as many questions as you’d like. We leave around 4 am Wednesday and I will be on the forum only here and there over the next couple days. Love to you all! I’ll post pics as soon as I possibly can when I get back, and...if I can manage to give you a couple teasers while I’m still there, I’ll see what I can do, but no promises! I get back Sunday, August 17.

#9 Maura

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:09 AM

ah shit. i just noticed some of my photos are not behaving.... i have to go through and fix, please bear with me for some reason some are showing up as duplicates.

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    Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:16 AM

    Wow Maura everything looks great! Your ceremony is long!! Are you simulating a mass outside since nobody really knows you already did it?

    I used White Aisle too and they were awesome to work with :)

    (I was going to say some pics are wrong but you're on it!)




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