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#21 strwbsprkl

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:06 PM

I can't believe that we finally did it. I have married the love of my life. I did not have time to put this thread together before we left but I wanted to share my projects and all of the other things I was able to gather. I also want to thank Tammy for providing a place where us destination brides can bond and give each other support. And a big shout out to all the brides for sharing their ideas. HOW WE MET I have actually known Patrick most of our lives. We went to elementary school together and even dated for a short period of time as young adults before going our separate ways. But as fate would have it one Saturday afternoon I was on the George Washington Bridge approaching the toll booth when Patrick's vehicle pulled up next to mine. I debated beeping my horn and calling out his name but I had to do it even if it was just to say hello. We exchanged greetings and parted our separate ways. Later that evening my grandmother called me and said there was an envelope in her mailbox with my name on it so the following day I stopped by her house to pick it up and low and behold it was a note from Patrick with his number. The rest is history. THE ENGAGEMENT I was totally caught off guard we had not been seeing each other that long. We had never discussed marriage even though I knew that eventually I wanted to get married. So one morning when I was heading home, Patrick walked me to my car and asked me to wait a minute. He walked over to his car and came back with the ring. It wasn't a story book proposal but it still meant so the world to me. WEDDING PLANNER Once I convinced Patrick that a destination wedding is what I envisioned I knew that I didn't want to do everything on my own so we decided to hire a wedding planner. After searching the Internet and sending out a few emails I opted to go with Janice from the destinationweddingstore. She was one of the only planners that actually took the time to reach out to me to discuss what I was looking for in a planner and on top of it all her vibe was awesome. Janice was extremely knowledgeable, came with a wealth of experience and went above and beyond to make sure I got everything I wanted. There were times when things were hectic and I was an emotional wreck. At those times Janice proved to be invaluable. She was like a close girlfriend, I laughed, cried and shared so many things with her during the wedding planning process. THE RESORT After reviewing several options that Janice sent me we decided to go with Secrets Wild Orchid. I loved that the resort was fairly new, the reviews were great and that it was adults only. We stayed in the Preferred Club and a great view of the ocean. We also enjoyed spending some quiet time in the Preferred Club Lounge especially on lobster night. [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219684/width/350/height/700[/IMG] INVITATIONS We didn't need a whole bunch of invitations as some vendors wanted an order of at least 100. I had also ordered some samples from a few vendors but they just didn't have the quality of what I was looking for. My wedding planner reached out to April Twenty Five which is a husband and wife team and they are awesome to work with. They were able to translate our wedding inspiration into the most beautful invitations. [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219685/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219686/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219687/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219688/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219689/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219690/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219691/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219692/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219693/width/350/height/700[/IMG] WEDDING ATTIRE My dress: Allure 8970 [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219696/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219697/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219698/width/350/height/700[/IMG] SHOES: I'm a lady that loves to wear heels but my girlfriends who are married warned me not to because the day would be long on top of that we were at the beach. [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219699/width/350/height/700[/IMG] JEWELRY: I bought my jewelry at Bloomingdales. [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219700/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219701/width/350/height/700[/IMG] INSPIRATION FOR PATRICK'S ATTIRE [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219702/width/350/height/700[/IMG] We had a difficult time finding grey slacks and a vest. We searched several stores with no luck so we ended up going to the Mens Warehouse. MAID OF HONOR DRESS [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219703/width/350/height/700[/IMG]

Love your invites!!!! How much did u end up paying for them? If it's ok to ask :)

#22 Mimi127

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    Posted 21 September 2013 - 06:35 AM

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    Mimi127- Your dress is to die for 

     

    Thank you.



    #23 Mimi127

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      Posted 21 September 2013 - 06:41 AM

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      Love your planning thread. I'm even more excited since we will be getting married at the same resort. What are some things you wished you did, and what are some things you could have left out if you had to do it all again?

       

      I truly wish I would have took the time to enjoy every minute.  I say this because there were many stressful situations that took my focus off of the planning process.  From my experience please do  not let others drama overtake your priorities.  I really don't think there is anything that I would change.  I was a little disappointed that the beach club set up the ceremony in the sand when it was made clear that I did not want that.  I also forget to use my parasol for pictures but that was not a big deal.  One thing I do wish I had done was hire a videographer for the ceremony.  



      #24 Mimi127

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        Posted 21 September 2013 - 07:20 AM

        OOT bags This by far had to be one of my favorite projects. I literally had to control myself because every time I was out shopping and saw something cute I would think this would be a great addition to the bags. I had ordered jute totes and as I was going over what I had and needed I realized that my totes had not arrived. I contacted the company and was informed that the totes were on back order it would have been nice if they sent me an email or game my a call so I canceled the order and went out searching for bags. I went to several stores before finding bags at Michaels. [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/221439/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/221440/width/350/height/700[/IMG] This is what we put in the bags. [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/221441/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/221442/width/350/height/700[/IMG] I could not resist the room spray and I thought it was a nice touch that they were tropical scents. [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/221443/width/350/height/700[/IMG] We also included an itinerary. [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/221444/width/350/height/700[/IMG]

        #25 Mimi127

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          Posted 21 September 2013 - 07:25 AM

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          Love your invites!!!! How much did u end up paying for them? If it's ok to ask :)

           

          Thank you. The invitations were $524 but they will work with your budget.  My price went up because I included the information card.  You should check out their website 

          http://www.apriltwentyfive.com



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            Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:33 AM

             

             

             

             



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              Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:54 AM

               

               



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                Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:56 AM

                 



                #29 muneera0302

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                  Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:41 AM

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                  awww love the pics! i just left from seawind, went there to figure out everything. i see you did the chuppa (whatever it's called, where you stood underneath on the beach at the ceremony). do you remember how much they charged you for that? when i went they were preparing for a wedding and the couple were using one of the gazebos on the beach. it was initially not even an option but when i saw it in person it didn't look bad.



                  #30 Mimi127

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                    Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

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                    awww love the pics! i just left from seawind, went there to figure out everything. i see you did the chuppa (whatever it's called, where you stood underneath on the beach at the ceremony). do you remember how much they charged you for that? when i went they were preparing for a wedding and the couple were using one of the gazebos on the beach. it was initially not even an option but when i saw it in person it didn't look bad.

                    Hey girl…..thank you.  I will try to put some up that shows how the beach club looks at night.  There just so many pictures.  The chuppa was $350 with the crystal chandelier.  Your time is winding down.  So excited for you.






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