Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I read each post today and learned so much. I know it sounds weird, but I truly felt the ups, downs, tears, and happiness as I read your posts. You are an incredible woman and a delight to read! I truly wish you and your husband all the best. If you haven't already, I think you should consider blogging or writing. You have such a lovely personality and clearly are good at touching the lives of others.
I love D.I.Y. projects and was worried that by having a destination wedding I wouldn't be able to express my passion for DIY projects in my wedding. Boy was I wrong! I loved your idea of the key chain you used to commemorate your friend and family members who couldn't be there. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you don't mind if I borrow that idea. My grandmother who was very important to me passed away almost 2 years ago, and I'd love to include her memory in some way.
I also really loved the giant conch idea. I think I may borrow that one too.
I recently got engaged and am planning my wedding for late 2015 in Cuba so I'm in the preliminary stages of planning.
Thanks again =)