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#1 coconoir1908

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    Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:49 PM

    First, I must say a special shout out to the women of the Moon Palace 2012 Brides forum.  We have truly gone through ups, downs, highs, and lows.  Thank you for trusting me enough to share, an allowing me to vent and even at times hog the thread.  To my forever friends: Shane, Diane, Kelly, Jamie,  & Steph, words cannot express the gratitude that I have for this site not only because of the wealth of information but for the contact and blooming friendship that I have with you. XOXO

     

    Okay, Derick and I met in March 2009.  My best friend & I had gone out for the evening at a place called NXNW for Old School Fridays.  I had been on medical leave for 3 months and was confined to the house or on short outings.  I was headed back to work that Monday, so I needed to let loose.  Got there, and we met up with some other friends who had a table, so we sat with them.  At the end of the table, standing was a guy who was moving to the music.  I was in my seat moving.  He nodded, I got up, and we danced the night away.  Our friendship grew but more so, when my best friend ended up in the hospital and a few days later passed away.  FI, was there from beginning to end and from there (in my pain, misery, confusion, etc.. he never let me go.)  Okay, I’m going to stop here as tears are in my eyes.  Whew

     

    Before I go any further, I most honor My FI’s mother and father both of who are deceased.  In addition, as I explained above my best friend.  They will be close to us as I purchased a memorial chain that will act as my bouquet charm.  This was purchased from an Etsy Vendor DesignsbyTami.  This process was hard and made me cry, but Tami was wonderful to work with.

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    Back

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    Rings: Although I’m a diamond baby born in April, I like colored bling. Which confused the hell out of my FI..so I had a temporary ring until he researched TeeHee.  The end result My Ring a vivid blue sapphire, his a Tungsten

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    We decided on a DW because FI’s family is super large.  In addition, between both of our friends and my sorority, there was NO way in Hell that we could afford a wedding with 300 people.  Mexico was easy as we were supposed to go there for my Birthday, however; FI had started a new position within his company.  Moon Palace simply because of its beauty and benefits.  To inform everyone a year in advance I made our websiteil_570xN.259999872.jpg

     

     

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    #2 coconoir1908

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      Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:58 PM

      I didn’t want to overdo my invites to the ladies, in addition, our planning was so new, and so was our house.  Since I had an idea of the style of wedding dress that I wanted, I found these cards to be so fitting.  Etsy Vendor: DetailsBeyondDesign.

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      “The Wright Cast wedding Attire”

      Saying yes to the dress:

      I’m so the online shopper so I had an idea of what I wanted before heading out to shop. I don’t shop without a purpose LOL.    My love is by Lazaro, Style #3050.  Of course, I met the lovely man standing next to me who is none other than Lazaro himself.  We took several pictures and he sketched me in my dress. iPhone Pics ;-)  I have tons more

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      My Bridesmaid and High School Friend Kelly, in the BM's color:

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      My something Blue. Open Lips by Christian Louboutin ;-) 

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      All jewelry for my wedding day and TTD were made by Chelsea from {Red-I} by Chelsea

       

      Wedding Day

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      TTD jewels:

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      Jewels for something LOL

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      #3 coconoir1908

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        Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:10 PM

        My custom Garter by an Etsy Vendor: Avysm

         

        I went to college in Pittsburgh and started grad school there.. So I'm a Steeler fan.  FI, bless his heart loves the CowGirls...yeah I said it...

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        Wedding day hanger by an Etsy Vendor: TwistedWords. 

        Front

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        Back

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        Oh my Birdcage veil.. totally forgot the vendor..but as you guessed, it's from an Etsy Vendor LOL

        Minus the flower. 

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        I invited my MOH and BM down.  I had my make-up artist come over to the house the morning of; we had breakfast and got all dolled up.  Prior to I had ordered sample dresses from Two Birds in NY.  As one was getting her make-up done, someone was trying the dress on.  End result, they liked the style and versatility and was super excited that they could wear the dress again. The plus was that although they had the same dress on, no one would look the same!  They were sold!   Yet, the material was not right.  Off went went!  Butter by Nadia dressed the end-result.  I was able to get 20% off at our local store called KiKi Hughes on South Street (YAY).  Here they are, playing dress up at the shop.  Kiki and her Mother-in-law were simply fabulous.  Of course, this is not the color but we were able to get the idea of the dresses.  Kiki ordered our dresses.

         

        The Razziberri is for my MOH. I also brought one for my TTD change.

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        Their broaches I also purchased...Haha nope not Etsy.. from Amazon.

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        I had T-Shirts made for my MOH/BM/ & FG, as well as myself from the Etsy Vendor: UniqueandTrendy

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        As FI was purchasing the suit for the guys, we wanted something affordable.  After ordering swatches, we decided on the pure linen suits in the color “pure light beige”.  FI will wear the suit and vest.  The guys will only wear the vest and slacks. And here is my sexy, chocolate Dance partner....

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        The ties and cufflinks were also a gift.  I found these on Amazon.  The fuchsia & turquoise ties are for FI and the Best Man.  The others for my son and the groomsmen.

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        #4 Speckles121

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          Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:16 PM

          AHHHHH the much awaited planning thread..that means your wedding is RIGHT around the corner!!! Girl you have inspired me ohh so much with all your personality, attention to details and gorgeous style!! I cannot wait to read the rest of this review and your review of MP!! You are going to have the MOST AMAZING day and I cannot wait to see your photos!!! Congrats and best wishes ms coco!!



          #5 coconoir1908

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            Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:17 PM

            Ring Bearer: 

            My son stated that he wanted to be the ring bearer, enough said! LOL Attire by an etsy vendor: Finehandmadeclothing.  I’ll rate once I actually receive the suit.  Shoes “Old School” Shell top Adidas and/or The Blue Suede Circa’s an ode to my Blue Suede Shoes purchased from Zappos.com

             

            This is the picture from the vendor's site.

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            Flower Girl(s)

            Awe, my lovely little ladies in training.  My little baby is my goddaughter and the other my “niece”  I have so many “nieces and nephews” from friends who I call and am blessed to be called sister. Attire: Dresses & parasols are from Etsy Vendors: TheLittlePeaBoutique Bracelet & YourMoment: from my niece mom who sells jewelry.  Shoes will be the choice of the parents as they will have to pay for those.

             

            My Goddaughter

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            My niece

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            Their Parasols

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            And their T-shirts from the same vendor as the BM's I also purchased them pink and blue flip flops from Old Navy

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            #6 Palacebridex2

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              Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:19 PM

              Coco, I'm at a loss for words! Again, I'm glad that we "met", & I can't wait until our vacation!! Reading your thread, & talking to you daily makes me really wish I was a guest at your wedding extravaganza!!!! Everything is amazing!! Great work. Luv ya

              #7 coconoir1908

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                Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:26 PM

                Almost DONE Whew

                 

                 

                OOT bags:

                After taking a poll from our potential guest, many didn’t want beach bags. The females said “they always come prepared” and the males well of those that did answer said, “why do we need a bag” LOL So, FI & I decided to keep the bag simple & concentrate on the contents of the bag. 

                • Kraft paper bags, raffia, & tissue paper from Finished OOT2.jpg

                   

                  The blue bag below is a sample and this bag will not be used.. I was practicing...  However, this bag will hold their 1st aid kits, Naughty Nite kit (not show but is featured in Turquoise Organza bags) & their oh shit kit.

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                  1st aid kit and oh Sh*t kit

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                  key card holder and towels

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                  Chapstick

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                  Shot glasses

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                  Welcome Books Idea from MrsTgun: these are my practice ones LOL  Practice sure does make perfect. 

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                  Inside:

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                #8 coconoir1908

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                  Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:39 PM

                  OOT continued:

                  The welcome packets were made from Bazzill Cardstock that can be purchased at Michaels.  Inside are: Welcome Booklets, DND signs, 2 Post cards compliments of VistaPrint, and Tears of Joy packets. 

                   

                  Last but not least.  The Adult Activity Book, and Ring Pop which is an ode to my Blue Sapphire Ring:

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                  Items not shown:

                  ~I purchased candy for our Sweet Tooth bags

                  ~Wedding Day Timeline.

                  ~Thanks for Booking Booklet

                  ~Reminder PostCards

                  ~Contents of Pre-Travel Packets. (

                  • Brochure
                  • Luggage tags both to and from.
                  • Children's Activity Books with Crayons

                  Here are the luggage tags that I mailed out with the above pre-travel contents.  I also made some to include for their return trip.

                   

                  Before..hmm can't get the picture to turn.                           

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                  Return tags

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                  #9 coconoir1908

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                    Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:44 PM

                    I won’t get into d©cor, as this will be a part of my Review when I return.  However, I wanted to share these with you as some may still either want to DIY or Purchase these items.  These items were all purchased from Etsy Vendors.  Yes, I love love love Etsy. 

                    • Cake Topper :MilanCreations

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                    • Server Set: Beadz2Pleaz

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                    • Guestbook: ErinsArtwork.  I DIYed cards for these which you see in the inside.  Here they are outside. 

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                    • UnityFrame: SayAnythingDesign  It say's "The Wrights" April 21, 2012.  I purchased Conch shells as our children (each of us has 1 child. My son 11, his daughter 20) they will pour from the vases, we will pour from the shells. To represent a Blended Family coming together as one.

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                    This concludes the end of my planning thread.  As FI & I are on the countdown to our wedding, please know that if I do not respond to your questions right away, it’s is only because I am concentration on the final things for our BIG day, as I’m sure you understand.  But rest assured, I will answer them.

                     

                    As always, don’t forget to pay it forward and help other brides. 

                     

                    Happy Planning

                    Chanel aka Coco



                    #10 coconoir1908

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                      Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

                      Speckles,

                       

                      Thanks so much girly!  I am so COUNTING down...as I literally just want to start life with my HUBBY.... YAY..  Love you much and you know that I'm here to help in anyway possible. 
                       

                      Originally Posted by Speckles121 

                      AHHHHH the much awaited planning thread..that means your wedding is RIGHT around the corner!!! Girl you have inspired me ohh so much with all your personality, attention to details and gorgeous style!! I cannot wait to read the rest of this review and your review of MP!! You are going to have the MOST AMAZING day and I cannot wait to see your photos!!! Congrats and best wishes ms coco!!



                       






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