We decided to go Destination after seeing all the work and stress my girlfriend went through for her October 2011 wedding, and after both our parents semi-jokingly suggested it. We knew we wanted the Riviera Maya, because we'd been there a couple years ago on a day excursion while on a family cruise, and wished we could have spend more time there. After months of research and searching, we decided on Grand Sirenis.
I got my dress kind of by fluke - a work girlfriend of mine is getting married July 2013, and we had been attending Bridal shows together. She wanted to check out a massive bridal sample sale downtown, and I tagged along for moral support and to see what was out there. I fell in love with the first dress I tried on! I was planning on something simple and flowy and beachy, so when I saw this gorgeous diamond-white, embroidered and bejewelled confection of a gown, in my size, I thought "well I should at least be able to say I've tried one of these on"
My friend bought her dress that day. I didn't have my mom with me, and I didn't really think it was appropriate for a beach wedding. It was so painful to leave it behind! I just couldn't get it out of my mind, and I ended up rushing back first thing the next morning with my mom, and it was still there!!! Totally meant to be! And it fits practically perfectly right off the hanger.
(I'm on the right, my friend is on the left)