Sorry that this is post-wedding. I had every intention of posting this the week before I left but I had no energy left (as well as no internet) after having moved the week right before leaving for Mexico. I did keep a MS Word file going so most of it was done, and since a lot of this was written before I got married, you might find some future verb tenses rather than past. Please excuse those. I also tried to size down the pictures but to no avail!
Unbelievable but itâ€™s time for my planning journal! Iâ€™ve learned a lot from this forum! So hereâ€™s my chance to share with everyone. Thanks everyone for your sharing and for posting all of your ideas too! I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of BDW!
So it all started in Hawaii, on a trip with my then boyfriend to attend a close friendâ€™s wedding. My proposal story can be found here:
And he did an awesome job picking out a conflict-free engagement ring that I love:
I had always wanted a destination wedding, and so talking to my fianc© on the flight back to the mainland, he agreed with a beach destination wedding. Fortuitously I had bought a wedding magazine at the airport to flip through on the flight and I came across an article recommending November for Los Cabos. I had been there years before with a good friend of mine and I absolutely fell in love with the place. My fianc© has never been there but he was thrilled with the idea. So for various reasons and budget constraints we decided to see how we could plan a wonderful DW in Mexico.
Fortunately things just came together and Iâ€™m having my wedding on the beach in front of the WorldMark Coral Baja with the reception dinner being catered by Mama Mia - a restaurant on the property. The food was good! J
So the first thing I did, besides contact the property was to go dress-shopping. I thought it was going to be tough to find a reasonable dress that I loved and would be comfortable in for the whole affair. After a day of trying on dresses I felt kinda bummed because it was so overwhelming and the dresses I thought I really liked in photographs did not look good on me. I also didnâ€™t have my close friends with me to try on dresses and wondered if maybe that was the problem. But, a week later, on a whim, I dropped by Macyâ€™s Bridal Salon on my own and ended up finding my dress there! Whoâ€™d have thought?!? Itâ€™s from Demetrios Illusions. Hereâ€™s the picture on the model (Iâ€™m glad I saw this AFTER I bought my dress because I would have never thought it would be one to try on from the picture):
Here's the actual dress during my first fitting:
And the back which I loved:
It fit me so much better after the alterations and a bit of weight loss. My mom added flowers on the straps (front and back).
Earrings (thanks to a BDW member who posted a friends and family discount):
Necklace was a gift from fianc© a while ago before we were engaged. I donâ€™t have a close-up photo of it but you can see it in my other pics. Itâ€™s a dragonfly. J
I wanted some color so I bought this:
Wore it together with this, a gift from my friend in lieu of bridal shower (sheâ€™s so awesome!):
Both of us were going to go barefoot but then fiance decided he wanted to wear flip flops. No problem. I went out and found these flip flops:
I had originally bought these for pre-ceremony photos but decided to wear them to the legal ceremony instead:
Hair and Make-up:
I got a hair stylist to come to the hotel and he did a great job. My hair inspiration:
I ended up doing my own make-up with some help from friends (who put on the lashes for me). I did some trials with make-up artists at bridal shows here in NY but wasnâ€™t really happy with them. So I decided to stick with myself and some help from friends. J Hereâ€™s my make-up and another hair inspiration combined:
The Groomâ€™s attire:
Suit was a gift from my mom. He wore a teal shirt; still was undecided whether or not he would wear a tie so I gave him the option of surprising me at the wedding. He decided to wear it. This is what he looked like:
His shoes for the wedding, except his are black:
I wanted something just to wear on its own since I think my e-ring is just perfect on its own. So my fianc© got me this which I thought was just perfect:
This is his wedding band that I got for him; he picked it out and loves it because itâ€™s lightweight and comfy (he hates wearing jewelry):
Save the Dates:
I made these myself; thought the festive colors would set the tone for a fun celebration and itâ€™s reminiscent of a Mexican fiesta:
DIY wedding invitations I made with a little help from Vista Print. The center cards, response cards, and address labels were all the same design. I had so much fun doing this and on the back it says â€œHandmade with loveâ€:
Thank you cards:
Made from matching cards used for the STDs; will probably enclose a picture or two from the wedding: