Well, we’re finally about one month away from our wedding! I can’t believe it’s finally my turn to share our planning story. We’ve had so much fun DIY’ing our hearts out. These boards were SO helpful to us – hopefully I’ll be able to return the favor!
The Story of Us
Billy and I met about two and a half years ago. We worked in the same building and ended up chatting at a happy hour at a place close to our work that everyone frequented. Little did we know that 6 months later we would be dating, and a year and a half later we would be engaged! We both know in our hearts that we are soul mates, and were meant to be together. I am so lucky to have such an amazing guy and best friend!!
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I am a big fan of Disney World, and Billy and I agreed that for Valentine’s Day 2013 we would splurge on a weekend trip in lieu of gifts for each other. When we got to the resort Billy was acting SO strange! I thought he was just really excited about our trip. Little did I know that when we got to Magic Kingdom he was going to pop the question in front of the castle!! As you can probably tell, I had NO idea (I would have at least done my hair, haha).
Very shortly after our engagement, I booked a wonderful photographer for our engagement pics from Ashfall Mixed Media. We live in St. Petersburg, Florida, and I really wanted to capture the city the way it looks now, especially since the pier has since shut down. She did a wonderful job and I highly recommend her!
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Our Cruise Wedding
After exploring several options around our town, we realized that we wanted to do a cruise wedding. We are both fun-loving people who love to travel, so we thought “Why Not”! We had a cruise planned on the Carnival Glory last April, and booked our wedding cruise while we were onboard. As soon as we got back we called Carnival Weddings and booked our wedding aboard the Carnival Paradise sailing out of Tampa on April 5, 2014. Aside from the wedding being fun and different, it was so much more cost effective that any of the land-based weddings in our area! I couldn’t justify spending upwards of 20k on one day, so the cruise wedding it was! They offer all-inclusive packages at a very reasonable price. We knew starting out that not everyone would be able to sail with us, but the way we booked it our guests that are not sailing can board the ship in the Port of Tampa for the day and disembark before we set sail.
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The Atrium of the Carnival Paradise
Save the Dates
Once we secured our date and location, I wanted to get our Save the Dates out as soon as possible. They were designed on Vistaprint and paid for using a Groupon and discount codes. We got them for a very reasonable price! I also spent a few weeks designing our wedding website with all of the information people would need to book their cruise, etc. After several weeks of tweaking the website was up and running, and our Save the Dates were sent!
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