Hello Friends! So in order to "pay it forward" I decided to do a planning thread. I would not have been able to be where I am today without you all- esp you ladies at the Moon Palace 2012 forum. Thank you all so much! I hope you enjoy and feel free to ask questions!
The Guy- My lovely groom-to-be grew up in northeastern Oklahoma, graduated from Oklahoma State University, and then moved to East Texas. I grew up in Southwestern Minnesota, graduated from a private college in Duluth, MN, and then moved to East Texas a couple years behind him.
Last Easter we went to Playa Del Carmen, MX on a vacation together and that was when we first explored the idea of doing a DW. It seemed like the perfect solution since our loved ones are scattered throughout the continent.
That vacation was at "The Royal" in Playa. We would have loved to get married there, but it is adults only and I have a 12 year old sister. I chose Moon Palace because it seemed like it had good wedding options, it was reasonably priced while still having everything we wanted, and it wasnâ€™t adults only. It wasnâ€™t until after choosing Moon that I ran into BDW website and my entire idea of a DW changed.
The Engagement- FI and I went to visit my family in MN last summer. Little to my knowledge (although, of course, we women do have intuition...) FI had brought the ring he purchased beforehand and asked my dadâ€™s permission to give it to me. My father and my FI are both wonderful, but they are both men of little words. Here is the way FI explained it to me...
FI (pulls out ring)- â€œDo you like it?â€
Dad- â€œYeah, wowâ€
FI- â€œDo you think I could give it to Natalie?â€
Dad- â€œSureâ€... â€œLet me go find her motherâ€
Bahaha. Oh they crack me up. So obviously he was very nervous and acting weird the plane ride home. When we got home I was starting some laundry and it was late. FI said â€œI think Charlie wants to tell you something.â€ (Charlie is our little yorkie). I looked down and Charlie had the ring around her neck. He explained that since he asked my dad he just couldnâ€™t wait any longer. Needless to say we were both very sleepy at work the next day!!
The Rings- This is not the original ring he gave me, but we both love it! (Some of my fellow MP Brides know the story, Iâ€™ll save the rest of you the details). 1 ct center princess cut with 1 ct of smaller stones on both the engagement and wedding bands. Love love!
He got a gray tungsten band which is very simple and classly. Iâ€™ll save room for other pics- you can see it on my review after the wedding I love that it only cost $200 and was exactly what he wanted.
The Dress- My mom, his mom, my sister, and his sister-in-law and I all went shopping last October and after a number of dresses fell in love with this Maggie Sottero- â€œAdelineâ€ at Luluâ€™s bridal boutique in Dallas. We added a belt- not present in photo. And obviously I will not be wearing a strapped bra