1. Location: Barcelo Maya Palace, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Our family is from all over and Billy had his heart set on a February wedding (our anniversary is "sometime in February" haha). Since a February wedding in Chicago is out of the question, we thought "If everyone has to travel anyway, why not escape the cold for a week or two in Mexico?"
We chose Barcelo Maya Palace because our family has vacationed there before and it would be family friendly for my cousin and niece. It is a truly beautiful place and I recall the first time I was there wondering: how do colors this rich exist in real life?!
2. The Ring:
When Billy asked me what kind of ring I might want, I called my mom for advice. Her response was: "The one we already have for you!" My Great-Grandmother's rings were left to my mother and then me! My mother gave him the ring the next time we went to visit them in Texas (and he asked my father for permission). He loved it because it was free and I love it because it is beautiful and has a story!
3. Engagement Pictures:
Billy's father is a portrait photographer, but a girlfriend from work (who's photo journalism style I really admire) volunteered to do our pictures as a wedding present. We went out for less than thirty minutes and then went to lunch! I was honestly more excited to spend time with her than take a ton a pictures. Her name is Kate DeLaRosa and her blog (including images I drool over in my spare time) is www.diapersandskinnyjeans.com
Here are a few samples (she got these to me the next day):
4. My Dress
My Maid of Honor, Lauren, sent me a picture of this dress and I knew immediately that I wanted it for my wedding, BUT of course the designer no longer made the dress! My mother and Lauren tracked down a size 10 (I am about a size 4 in this style) and we ordered it! It is currently being rebuilt to fit me and I couldn't love it more! It. Has. Pockets!!!!
5. Bridesmaid Dresses
I grew up a dancing and was opposed to the bridesmaids look like they were in costume. I think this is what I was most picky about in ALL of the planning! I scoured Bhldn and Nordstrom and ModCloth and all of the other sites for ideas. I ended up with a mix that I love and makes them look/feel pretty. My mother and I paid for the dresses, so even if they hate them: it doesn't matter! haha
This has their sizes- oops, and Briana's changed BUT you get the jist!
to be continued...