Omg, I cannot even believe that it's my turn!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be updating as it gets closer and of course after the big day!!
Wow! Where to begin!!!?? John and I met at a wedding, so it's so fitting that this is where we are now
The pic below was taken outside the restaurant where John and I had our first date, and where he proposed! I'm notorious for not finishing my dinner but ALWAYS ordering dessert. When the waitress brought out the dessert menu, I looked down and realized it was actually a photo album/scrapbook he had made! I cried my eyes out while we looked at it together, then he popped the big question!!!!!!! Later I found out that they don't even have a dessert menu, and the owner's whole family was sitting at the table next to us waiting for the proposal, lol! It was perfect. He had put so much time and effort into the album and had saved so many things along the way to include in it. Plus, getting to sit with him and go through the album, before he said the words almost slowed the whole thing down so I could take it all in. Amazing!!!
So on July 31st, 2010 I became the future Mrs. John. Best day of my life, hands down.
Okay, so all we knew in the beginning was that we wanted somewhere warm with a beach! After some digging we decided on Mexico since we could leave the resort - that was a biggie. My FI and I are not big lay around people, so we wanted somewhere where we had options on things to do. Mexico hit the number on that one. At the time it was also cheaper than many of our other choices (although not now!). We decided on the east coast of Mexico since we live on the east coast of the U.S. and it would be much cheaper for guests to fly there than say Cabo, plus it is only a one hour time change which will be great for our AHR the day after we come back!!! My FI could not get the party image of Cancun out of his head, so we decided on Riviera Maya.
So with knowing at least what area we wanted to get married in, we sent out our Save the Dates!!! Our photographer created them with one of our gorgeous engagement shots
After spending hours on here, the web, and TripAdvisor we decided on Playacar Palace. It was beautiful, had a beautiful beach, was intimate (only 200 rooms), and gave $$ toward excursions, spa treatments, and room upgrades as part of a promotion they were running. I was in love!!!! Also, they had the best complimentary package out of any resort we looked at.
I seriously cannot possibly sing the praises of Teresa Stauring (from this forum) enough. She has been amazing to work with. Our guests loved her, we loved her, and she was incredibly easy to work with. It never ceased to amaze me how she would be responding to e-mails at 7:00 on a Sunday night. She is wonderful, and a complete godsend when it came to the wedding planning. She came very highly recommended from other brides on the forum and I am glad that I listened to them instead of going with someone local. She understands DW brides, plain and simple!!! She also beat any other price I could find from other agents, was consistently responsive, and offered to match any internet deals we could find.
The AHR Venue
My mom actually found this one!!! It is an old church that was converted into a reception venue. I am a huge architecture lover, as is my FI, so once we took a look at those 40 foot vaulted cathedral ceilings, we were in love!!!!
So whatever colors I used were going to have to be able to work in Mexico in a beach setting, as well as a wintertime reception back here in Philadelphia. I wanted the feel of the AHR to be beachy, but elegant so we went with a tiffany blue, lemon yellow, and cream. Here is an inspiration board...