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WOW…I have heard pregnant women say that nine months goes by fast, but now I truly believe them! Nine months later, I am so grateful to all of you for your creativity, honesty and mostly your willingness to share. Who says people in this world donâ€t care about strangers. You are all amazing and I wish you all the wedding of your dreams, but more importantly, a lifetime of happiness. Thank you Tammy for putting this up for all of us in the planning stages. I am posting this with a month to spare as things are starting to get a little hectic at work and with the wedding so better to put up what I have now than not get it up before I go...as we know how much everyone likes pics.

My FI proposed in St. Lucia in May on the 5th day of our vacation after caring the ring (uninsured) around in his pocket everywhere we went for 5 day. My ering (was designed by a jewelry designer we know)

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Our wedding bands, made by same jeweler for us (FI designed/chose mine and I designed his off a vision I had). He made two for me (one for each side ) in case we were traveling and didnâ€t want to take the erring, I still have 2. very sweet. I will have to post next week as they are still being finished

 

We are getting married at Capella Pedregal. A new resort that is not open yet but our residence side is. We are the first wedding their ever (wish us luck, site visit went very well here is the thread http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t34318).

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STDâ€s ordered from eInvite - Browser Detection

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Invitations designed and assembled by me (encore studios was my inspiration). Printed on Envelopments. I did a thread on these (http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t35522)

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BD Shoot being done on 3/14 and photographer is bringing it to the wedding as she only has 2 weeks to make the album and get it printed. Will be shot in a suite at the Ivy Hotel in San Diego. My oufits are all Agent Provocateur. I am very nervous!

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Pre-Travel brochure & Luggage Tags. I borrowed this from BDW ladies (thank you!). Each guest received 2 luggage tags each, there were four in total so with a couple there were no duplicates. All photos on luggage tags were taken by me except for the palapa.

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Co-Ed Shower: I have the cutest girlfriends. They started a checking account and have been depositing money each month to pay for our shower (party as he doesnâ€t like the word shower and it is co-ed) and my bachelorette. They have been meeting in secret 2x per month to arrange it…so sweet! Especially as we are not having a wedding party.

My Outfit (BCBG) & Shoes

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FI Outfit (the original suit we bought for him for the wedding and then changed)

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OOT Bags (see Thread http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t34310 )

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Towels with keycard holders

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First Aid Kit

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Lip Balm

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Moms and best Friend Gifts (we are not having bridesmaids). Special bags with extra items, personalized robes, jewelry boxes with Silpada margarita earrings and each gets a different Silpada bracelet or necklace.

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Earrings

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Welcome Party is a Spanish Tapas dinner at Capellaâ€s private Yacht Club on the marina Thurs. before the wedding as most guest arrive that day. We will be having a live Chicken and sausage paella serving station and lobster taco/sea bass taco station along with passed Tapas and a consumption bar. Guest will be served signature margaritas upon arrival, have Spanish wine tasting station and red/white sangria with a full bar. My Outfit BCBG white linen embellished dress with silver mirrored Jimmy Chooâ€s

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Tank for day of the wedding

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Dress: Lazaro with an Ines Di Santo veil

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On me at the first fitting (more alterations to go)

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Veil from the back (I had an extra 18†added to this)

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SHOES: Christian Louboutin. They are my something blue. I loved them as they are my Peacock blue which is my wedding color (nothing comes in this...it is all baby blue, Turquoise or royal blue). It must have been meant to be (and they have a little wedding button on the top.

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and I got these to wear in the sand after the ceremony for photos so i don't ruin my

pretty ones prior to the reception.

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Hair/makeup being done by Beauty Lounge (purple flower will be replaced with a feather/jeweled flower)

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Handbag was given to my mom on her college graduation by her great aunt

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Pennies for my shoes. I have the 2 pennies from my grandfather (who passed away) that he put in my momâ€s shoes when she got married. And a 1945 gold Peso my mom bought in Mexico in 1973.

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JEWELERY

I am wearing a necklace FI had made for me for the wedding. I showed the jeweler the dress and he designed this to match the lines on the dress. I am going to wear plain matching studs FI had made for me for my birthday. No pics yet as they are not finished until next week with our wedding rings. I will post when I get them.

 

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FI OUTFIT: This is the 2nd suit we bought him and LOVE it. He will be more comfortable.

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FG Dress (our only wedding party). His daughter is 4. This is before I had it altered and the green embellished ribbon was just tied on (added this and green sashes to the back to match the chuppah.

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Ceremony: will be on the beach, it is our legal ceremony

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We will have white chairs with lime green sashes. I took my fabric down for our chuppah to keep costs down. I bought it all at the fabric mart in LA for $1/yard. I am using ivory, lime green (same as chair bows which we made), and peacock blue in the middle. These will be tied back with fresh green cymbidiums on the posts. Mazarte is our florist and is assembling for us.

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Fans will be on the chairs wrapped in our wedding colors: Peacock Blue, Lime Green with hints of aqua (the white was removed)

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There will be two 4 foot vases with 2 stems of green cymbidiums, standing in the sand at the beginning of the aisle and two at the alter. I brought 8 stems of real touch green cymbidiums down to keep costs down as they are $180 each fresh. I paid $24 each at Orchid Affair in LA flower mart. From a foot away you cannot tell they are not real so I figured they would be fine for being placed on the sand.

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I have a basket my grandma and I made with left over fabric to hold the pashminaâ€s (not sure yet if I am going to put these out for the ceremony or the reception yet.

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The harp Trio will play for the ceremony

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COCKTAIL RECEPTION:

The property has a large Palapa right above the beach where we will hold the cocktail reception while we take photos. The mariachis will line up around the outside of it (there are 10 of them). Seats will all be removed and high top table with silk blue and green alternating table cloths Click the image to open in full size.

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Personalized water bottles I made and assembled

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Dinner Reception: This will be held on the area surrounding the pool overlooking the ocean. All pool loungers will be removed and this is where the tables will go. The area right next to the pool will have those loungers swapped out for couches/chairs for people to relax during the party after dinner. The Jacuzzi will be surrounded by different sized candles and will have floating candles/flowers in it (couldnâ€t do in the pool as it is an infinity pool).

Location for dinner (ignore the beach loungers)

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I bought all of my vases, candles, submersible lights, etc at FSS (wholesaler) and took it down in December. Mazarte is charging us a loose flower fee for the dinner table arrangements as she only has to add one single stem. I bought silk fabric and made all our linens as they did not have the right colors to match our wedding colors. Turned out less expensive, higher quality and a perfect match. Here are the sample tables I set up (ignore the bed sheet table cloth and fold up table/chairs I was using as my work area). I bought the chargers at ZGallery (they have me a 15% discount for buying in bulk) and it ended up cheaper than renting and they were a better match for our crystal theme. Flowers being placed on the arrangements are green cymbidiums, belles of Ireland (Fi is Irish), white cattaleyaâ€s.

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Place card holders

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There will be a camera table with disposable cameras, just in case. I bought the ivory ones and my girlfriend did crystal designs differently on each one

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Frames to hold the bar menu, camera instructions, guest book instructions as well as this photo of FI and I on the beach in Cabo where we are getting married (in the 8x10)

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Guest Book is Elegant Chiffon Guest Book & Swarovski Engraved Crystal Pen. It will be on itâ€s own table with a solid blue silk table cloth which matches the dinner runners sprinkled with diamond confetti, accompanied by pictures of us in the crystal frame 8x10 along with a 5x7 frame with instructions to write their thoughts and wishes for us

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Guest table and place card table will have candle flower displays like this, except with mini green cymbidiums instead of dendrobiums

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Toasting Flutes-Swarovski crystal with crystal filled stems

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Cake: design to replicate the details of my dress, 3 tier. Each tier wrapped with peacock ribbon and Swarovski crystals at the bottom of the tier. Green cymbidiums on cake.

Servers (from my mother, my Great Gma gave them to her on her wedding day)

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Cake Stand-already owned it, crystal

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Table Names as we only had six tables we opted to use some of our favorite places we have been together instead of numbers. I made these exactly like I did the invitations. Name card will be the blue paper backed to the ecru with name calligraphy in blue like the invitations as well.

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I think that is all for now....I will add any final items I realize I forgot in coming weeks. Thanks again!

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Wow Kerry great stuff. I know i told you this yesterday or today maybe but your dress is absolutely gorgeous. I love your hair, the style is beautiful. All of your stuff is great. I love your colors. And your royal blue shoes I love love them!!! Your resort looks gorgeous I cant wait to hear all about it. Have a great trip.

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