Much like anyone else, I want to thank all that have made BDW possible and each and everyone of you that has answered questions, calmed fears, and inspired. I borrowed a lot of ideas from people on here, sorry I do not remember all of you, but thank you!!!!!
Engagement: Cory and I met when I was 18 and had just moved from NJ to CA. We had some classes together at a local college in South Lake Tahoe, Ca. We dated for nearly 7 years, and 3 of them were spent with Cory finishing school in Montana and me finishing in CA. I had expected him to ask so many times over the seven years that I had just about given up. I stopped expecting it because after any special outing I would come home thinking â€œhe didnâ€™t askâ€. In the summer of 2010, Cory (and little did I know it, my best friend Kim) schemed a way to get me back to Tahoe to a private beach he and I had spent many summers at with the dog. It was there that he asked and I was so shocked. It was nothing short of awesome!
Planning: We are from opposite sides of the country so we had to come up with a plan so one personâ€™s family wasnâ€™t doing all the traveling. We had always talked of getting married at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe because it was special to us, but to plan a wedding like we wanted there would have be crazy expensive. We decided to do DW so no oneâ€™s family was favored and Mexico was in the middle. After reading reviews, we chose Dreams Puerto Vallarta. We picked August 20 because I am a teacher and that was during our summer break (which ironically wound up changing and I missed the first 2 weeks of teaching). Neither of us had been there but it looked amazing and had nothing but good reviews.
STD: We decided to save money and not get professional engagement photos. We made STD on vistaprint using large postcards and some of our favorite pics of us. Served its purpose and turned out great. We sent these out in September 2010 (11 months out).
Colors: I didnâ€™t want to go with anything typical and I wanted to use colors that would complement the natural beauty of the resort. We decided on white, champagne, and light green. This proved a littler harder to find decor so I wound up doing a lot of DIY.
Dress: I have always loved lace and always pictured having some lace on my dress. I am fairly simple and decided that I would get a DW dress. I first went with a plain dress from Nordstroms, but it came in and was too plain. After many dress shops, I wound up at Davidâ€™s bridal. The lace made me fall in love and the back of the dress sold me!
I replaced the sash on the dress with a more blingy one I got on etsy (Seller daniel12 - who was awesome and reasonably priced!).