bikgirl: Thanks! I did spend some time looking through Mrs. Lamb's site visit pictures (super helpful, Mrs. Lamb, thanks for sharing). We're still a little unsure about what we're going to do, but will just play it be ear. We'll probably do the beach regardless of the lookiloos...there's just something about walking barefoot down an aisle of sand to my fiance that makes me really happy :-)
Also, I'm interested in learning the answers to your questions above, especially those related to the dinner/reception. I hope they get back to you soon! I've been working with Lauren Harder from Miami (one of the Romance people not PPC directly); she's been fairly responsive. I'm packaging all of our questions into a document so we just send her one doc every few weeks rather than random one-off questions throughout (although it sounds like you're doing the same thing).
megsosborn: I appreciate the info on Phil. We had our engagement photos Sunday (10/3) with a local photographer (we're from Oregon) and had a great time. I really struggle with paying the photographer's travel on top of their package prices. I know some will trade one for the other, but I'm hoping to keep this all as simple as possible. Anyway, I like Photo Souvenir so we'll probably go with them.
Will you ladies have formal wedding parties? We have a few friends in mind, but don't want to formally ask anyone until they've confirmed attendance to avoid undue pressure. Our colors will be black and green, but I'm not sure how far reaching that will be (i.e. whether our "wedding party" will be matchy matchy in black and green or whether we'll try to update linen colors). I like PPC, because it sounds like we can go as formal as we want or scale down as much as we want.
In random news, we just passed the 1 year point (wedding day 10/1/11) so we're getting really excited. WAHOO!!! Hurry up and wait