Yay!!! I finally get to do my planning thread!!! I have been dying to this for so long and it was driving me crazy that I had to wait until after the wedding to do it. Since I live in France now, I had to send a ton of stuff to my family in the States to bring with them so I couldn't take pictures until we were in Mexico.
***I would grab a cup of tea or something, this will be sooo long!
First let me say that without so many of you, I wouldn't have had so many awesome ideas so I cannot thank you all enough! And Thank you to Tammy and all of the mods for keeping such an amazing site up for all of us to share!
I also have to send the BIGGEST THANK YOU to Rebecca from Allurements by Rebecca!! She did such an amazing job on my invitations, that I asked her to make a ton of other stuff for me. She was an absolute dream to work with and I seriously couldn't have done any of this without her help! My only regret was that I didn't discover her until after I had sent my save the dates out! I can't wait until I either get pregnant or have a vow renewal so I can have her make more stuff! Love, love, love her!!!
So here it is:
How We Met:
I was on tour with the Bellydance Superstars when one of our dancers got a call to say that her boyfriend who had just come back from Africa had been taken to the hospital and was in a coma. It turned out that he had Malaria. She immediately flew home to Oakland to be with him. A few days later we had 2 days off so one of the other dancers and I flew out to Oakland to check on her. She said that she hadn't eaten or slept, so while she napped we went to a restaurant to eat and grab her some take out. My friend had worked at this restaurant before so she knew all of the staff. The manager came by to say hello and the minute I laid eyes on him, I knew. He had such kind eyes! When he left, I told my friend that I was going to marry him and she of course laughed! Well, six months later, I ended up moving to Oakland from Los Angeles (not to stalk him or anything, I just hated L.A and all of my friends were in the East Bay). I went into the restaurant, gave him my number and 2 days later we went on our first date!
By the way, my friend's boyfriend pulled through and they are now married, so it all ended well!
Almost 5 years later and we were now living in the countryside in the southwest of France. We took the train to Paris for my birthday and I was so sure that he would propose to me at some point over the weekend. He didn't! When we got home, it was one of the last nice days of Autumn so he suggested we go to our favorite spot near our local river where there is an island and a small waterfall. We were sitting there on a blanket when he popped the question!! Complete surprise!
I couldn't take a good picture of my ring while I was wearing it, so I put it on my cat like a tiara. He's a good sport! It's still a terrible picture though.
I don't have a good picture of our wedding bands (broken camera!), but mine is a Blue and White Diamond band and his is just a plain white gold band. I love my band! **Oh I just found one of those cheap free gift digital cameras so I took one of my band. It's horrible, but the best I have!
My camera broke while I was in Mexico, so I don't have a photo of my STD. I just did a big magnet from Vista Print.
From Allurements by Rebecca
I love these so much it hurts! I got so many compliments on them. Even Mark (my new hubby) was impressed and he's a boy! My colors were Silver, Sea Blues and Sea green.
Playa Media Luna, Isla Mujeres
We love Mexico and we almost moved there a few years ago before we moved to France so we knew it would be there. We were going to do it in Tulum, but after some thought, we decided on Isla Mujeres, an island right off of Cancun. This would be much easier for those guests that could just come for the weekend since they wouldn't have to rent a car.
We're not into the big resorts and I wanted a smallish boutique hotel that we could rent out in it's entirety and I knew that we would only have between 30 to 40 guests so that shouldn't have been a problem. I checked out just about every place on the island and Playa Media Luna was exactly what we were looking for. All of the rooms are ocean front, they have their own wedding planner and they have 3 types of rooms so our guests could choose based on their budget.
**I'm going to do a separate review for Playa Media Luna and their wedding planner Maria, but let me just quickly say that she was WONDERFUL!!! I love her so much!! She did such an amazing job and she was set to have a C-Section just 3 DAYS after my wedding!! I couldn't believe a woman who was about to pop would work so hard and be so efficient!!
MORE TO COME!!