Well I'm now under 2 months until the big day and I thought that starting a planning journal will keep me organized and hopefully help some girls with wedding ideas. I have tackled a lot of DIY projects, ordered a lot from Etsy and have used a lot of ideas from BDW past/future brides in the last 17 months since I got engaged and started my destination wedding journey. This hasn't always been a fun experience but I know in the end it will all be worth it and we will have the wedding we dreamed of and worked so hard for.
First let me start with how my fiance and I met.
My fiance and I met in the 4th grade, he was a new student who came from a private catholic school and sat right next me. We became fast friends and were even in a play together. After 4th grade he left public school I guess it wasn't for him lol and he went back to private catholic school for 5th grade. Then in 6th grade he came back but we weren't friends anymore we had grown apart, we had new friends and drifted away. haha I like to tease him and say I wasn't cool enough for him anymore. We continued to go to school together throughout elementary school, middle school and high school as acquaintances but never really became close like in 4th grade. We had totally different set of friends I was super involved with school, sports and after school activities and he was the total opposite only hanging out with his cool older brothers friends and very focused on cars and racing. Funny story is that we actually went to the prom together in the same car his best friend was my date and we all went in my dates car to the prom so those prom pictures are hilarious I'm with my date and hes' right next to me with his date. Fast forward to Junior year of college we both went to different school in different states he went to Penn State in PA and I went to Pace U in NYC. This was the era of the aim instant message and I guess we were friends on aim and he messages me randomly asking me how I was doing and if I would be home for summer break, we are from NJ. We spoke a couple of times and had planned to meet up at a local bar sometime during the summer. When we were both back from school for summer break we ran into eachother at a bar and he made his move which was a shock to me because he is a very shy and quiet guy but that day he had courage, or maybe a couple drinks in him. We became real close that summer talking everyday and hanging out all the time. Then we had to go back to college for our senior year we still kept in contact throughout the whole year becoming closer and closer through instant message and seeing each other during holiday breaks. We never said we were exclusive since he was in PA and I was in NYC but we knew that when we were home it was just us no one else. After graduation we both moved back home and started our new jobs and that's when we made it official on my 22nd birthday. We have been together ever since and can't believe we have known each other as long as we have. We have now been together almost 8 years, have lived together 4 years and have 1 dog Linus together and I can't wait to marry my best friend.
I'm in the middle with my date and he's to the left of me with his date.....this is circa 2002 the girl next to me I also met in 4th grade and she is my best friend/bridesmaid. haha
We got engaged on 12/20/2012
Every year we try to go to NYC during the holidays to see all the lights and to see the tree at Rockefeller Center. We have a picture from 6 years ago right in front of the tree and David thought it would be a good idea to take that same picture again. I wasn't very excited about waiting on line to take another professional picture in front of the tree since we already had one. When he suggested it I really didn't want to do it but I finally went along anyway and waited on the line. The wait seemed to go on forever as the family in front of us took the opportunity to take about 100 pictures when you are only supposed to take a couple. I didn't notice it at the time but David was definitely sweating it out waiting for the family to finally finish with their photo shoot. It was finally our turn to go up for our picture and as the photographer is putting us in our positions I look down and David is on one knee. Not realizing he was proposing I ask him what he is doing as he opened up the box. I immediately start blushing and bawling like a baby as I'm am surprised/shocked and can't believe what's going on. The photographer also didn't know what David had planned and started documenting the proposal and snapped us some good pictures. Everyone around also realized what was going on and they started cheering and clapping for us. After I said "yes" David tried to put the ring on my finger but being that it was winter time I had gloves on and didn't realize I still had them on and he couldn't put the ring on. It was definitely a funny and romantic moment. To celebrate we walked to Central Park and looked at all the christmas lights and we ended our night by having dinner and dessert at Serendipity. It was a perfect night.
Deciding On a Destination Wedding
My fiance and I are not really all about the big wedding and all the attention so we always knew we wanted a small intimate wedding with just our family and closest friends. We chose our resort for many reasons, our wedding is at the All Inclusive Adults Only Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico. We fell in love with the resort back in 2009 when we went there on vacation, the service is impeccable, the decor is beautiful, the beach is very private, the food amazing and it just felt right. It wasn't easy for everyone in the family to agree to come but after months of planning and giving people more information they came around and now we have 36 people booked and all staying at LeBlanc Spa. LeBlanc was a great choice for us especially with the benefits you get if you book 75 nights. We did reach the nights and now we are getting unlimited free events which helps with our welcome cocktail party, private rehearsal dinner and cocktail hour/2 hours of reception.
Edited by NJBride2014, 18 July 2014 - 07:21 AM.