I found the BDW forum in November 2009 and I donâ€™t know what I would have done without it! So many of you (especially the Royal brides- a special thanks to Jess, Karen and Nikki) have been so positive, supportive and helpful- I canâ€™t believe we leave for Mexico in a few days for our December wedding! If youâ€™re a Chicago bride you might find this especially helpfulâ€¦
November 25, 2009
The night before Thanksgiving my FI and I had a couples massage and we went to Gejaâ€™s Restaurant in Chicago. Itâ€™s supposed to be the most romantic restaurant in the city and I agree! He had sangria, flowers, music and the staff in on the big secret- the rest is a blurr.
This is my ring that my FI had custom made for me! I absolutely love it! Itâ€™s a radiant cut diamond stone surrounded by pave stones. The band in thin and itâ€™s eternity- surrounded by diamonds. The ring is from Fey & Co in Chicago (Lincoln Park).
My FI choose 2 eternity diamond wedding bands- I canâ€™t wait to wear them with my e-ring. My FI choose a titanium ring. Itâ€™s light weight â€“ perfect for him since heâ€™s always playing sports. Weâ€™re both happy with it.
I had our website up in running the first week of December 2009. The website has been changes a few times since then. We choose
Our engagement photos in Chicago:
June 6, 2010
We took our engagements photos downtown Chicago. We used Otto Rascon and we canâ€™t tell you enough how wonderful it was working with him. We loved all of our e photos!
My hair inspiration:
My flowers/bouquet are long stem white calla lilies. They are elegant, simple and graceful!
My mom and mother and law are wearing white corsages.
My FI is wearing a single calla lily.
My dad is wearing a single pink rose to represent meâ€¦his only daughter.
For our ceremony table and for our sweet heart reception table we choose the colorful flowers
I absolutely LOVE the white Stuart Weitzmanâ€™s I bought at Neiman Marcus. I then had them dyed aqua blue. My shoes are my something blue!
I bought all of my jewelry at The Left Bank in Chicago (Lincoln Park). I used to walk by it all the time and as soon as I got engaged I went it. If youâ€™re a Chicago bride- I highly recommend this shop.
Hereâ€™s my birdcage veil (my mom helped made) and pins for my hair:
For the welcome/rehearsal dinner I am wearing a white chiffon one shoulder dress by London Times (Nordstrom and Macyâ€™s carries this brand).
My FI bought a tan Calvin Klein linen suit., an aqua blue tie and white shirt from Macyâ€™s and Brown shoes from Nordstrom.
The ceremony will be happening in the gazebo at The Royal. Weâ€™re having the ever so classy white covered chairs and weâ€™re going to place our aqua blue ceremony programs on the white ties behind the chairs. Weâ€™re going to have a violinist playing at our ceremony.
Our reception is going to take place at the beach- where else?! We choose the beach in front of Pelicanos because itâ€™s the biggest. We hired DJ Doremixx to play at our beach wedding. We payed extra for the light up dance floor and fireworks.
These are some of my most favorite detailsâ€¦I created our welcome letter, our wedding programs, and our menu.
Our wedding program:
Our wedding programs and menus:
We bought a ring bearer bowl /ornament from Palomas Nest on Etsy. When we get home weâ€™re hanging it on our Christmas tree as an ornament.
We also got custom drink stirrers from Etsy. The seller â€œJust Loverlyâ€ was great to work with! The stirrers have our wedding date, our monogram, Eat, Drink. and Be Married written on them- I just love them!
Finally (I know- Iâ€™ve been an Etsy member for over a year now) we got this banner that says Just Married The banner seller is Earmark
In the spirit of the holidays I ordered tree ornaments for everyone. I ordered the ornaments from
Our guests from Mexico got these Santa on the beach ornaments:
When in romeâ€¦..we ordered a Tres Leches wedding cake. Weâ€™re putting an R cake topper.
Our place cards:
We went to Michaels and bought these seashell place cards to go with our beach theme.
Weâ€™re using a single ivory candle surrounded by seashells as our centerpiece.
Our table numbers:
We bought the white picture frames from Target. I also printed the numbers on sand on photo paper at Target. If you want the numbers on the sand PM me I have numbers 1-20 saved.
Mike and Araceli
The Royal Playa del Carmen
December 18, 2010