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#1 RivieraBride15

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:57 AM

So, I have gone back and forth on whether or not to post a “planning thread”.  Everyone’s seems so elaborate compared to what mine would be, but then I feel silly when fellow brides ask to see what I have planned so far and I have nothing.  So, I am going for it lol


How we met:

Yep, at a bar.   One of my friends and I had made plans to go and see this singer who was performing for his last time before moving out of town.  Little did I know that my friend had met Chris (my now fiancée) previously and had also told him to come out for the night.  Chris had been sick and totally didn’t feel up to going out but decided to anyways.  He walked in that night and I spotted him instantly.  I have always had a thing for guys in ball caps and I think that’s what caught my attention.  Long story short, our friend ended up introducing us and we talked the whole night, to the point I started to lose my voice since I was trying to talk over all the music.  We grabbed a bite to eat afterwards and then said our goodbyes…never thinking I would hear from him again.  But thanks to facebook, we connected and stayed in touch that way for a while. 

Two weeks after we met that night, I was heading to Mexico (keep that in mind) with some girlfriends.  I was excited to go away, but bumming because I had just met this guy and now I wouldn’t be able to see him for a week….the thought killed me.  But we made it work…chatted NON-STOP through fb and made plans for me to stop by his house as soon as I got off the plane.  And that’s how our relationship started. 



Now back to Mexico again.  About a year and a half into our relationship, we decided to go to Mexico – to the resort I had gone to with my girlfriends.  One of the days that we were sitting out on the beach, a wedding was going on.  We looked at each other and just knew…this is what we wanted for our wedding.  So, we talked about how we would just have it be the two of us and keep it nice and quiet.  But I also made it clear, I still wanted the “asking” to be a surprise.  Couple months after coming home from our trip, we booked our wedding day for 10/27/15…seemed so far away at this point.  5 months after we set our date we were vacationing in St. Thomas.  We were on the beach, and I was so excited about these huge birds that were dive bombing the water to catch fish, that I didn’t even realize he was attempting to ask me to marry him.  Once, I figured out what was going on…I ended up crying and saying yes.  Even knowing that it was coming, I still ended up in tears with all of the romantic and sweet things he had to say. 


Our Wedding:

When starting to plan, we decided that there were others that we had to have there with us.  So we had planned on having about 15 of us.  Unfortunately, I lost my younger brother back in February and that changed a whole lot of things.  My Dad is not attending, as he says he doesn’t have the money, we offered to pay but he refused to take it.  My mom is going and she will be walking me down the aisle now…and honestly I couldn’t be any more ok with this.  My mom and I were at my brother’s side until he took his last breathe, and our relationship over these past 6 months has really grown.  Others are unable to come for other reasons also, so that leaves us with about 7 total.  Chris’ brother also passed away about 4 years ago, so we decided to not do a bridal party since we don’t have our best men to be there.  I made a frame to have at the table up front with their pictures and a little poem, we know they will be with us in spirit.

Our wedding is being held at 2pm on the beach followed by a cocktail hour with a Mirachi band.  I’m still waiting on the hotel to give me more planning options so we can decide on the rest.  7 weeks from today and I will be Mrs. Minich.  I couldn’t be any happier about this. 


The Dress:

I went to David’s Bridal with a list of destination dresses I wanted to try, but there was this one that I wanted to try on last, because I liked it the most in pictures.  I didn’t want to fall in love with the first dress without giving other dresses a try.  Needless to say, the last dress I tried on was my dress and fit me perfectly, minus needing a hem.  I knew I wanted to lose some weight I had gained from losing my brother, so this was now my goal.  Back in July, I went f or my first fitting (after losing almost 30lbs) and the dress needed a lot of work.  This Sunday I go back for my next fitting, I can’t wait to get pictures of it now to compare it to what it looked like when I first bought it. 



To think I was worried about not having enough to say.  I am going to post pictures later when I get home, to go along with some of what I had posted.  But at least this is a start…right?    Have to say, you ladies have been so helpful with any questions I had…you guys keep me sane!


Pics to come soon!

#2 Janjin

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 11:59 AM

Fun story!!  Congrats!!


So sorry for the loss of your brother!  I lost one of my best friends 2 weeks after getting engaged so I know how it is wedding planning without someone important in your life **hugs**


What hotel are you getting married at?



Can't wait to marry my best friend   :).


Planning Thread: http://www.bestdesti...tori/?p=1902797

#3 RivieraBride15

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 01:02 PM

@Janjin we are getting married at apt he Catalonia Riviera Maya.

Sorry to hear of your loss also!
Our theme is starfish as you will see in the next pics. Our cake topper is fun and personalized for us. My bouquet and the the corsages are real touch roses.

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I was going to wait to post my dress pictures....but here it is before I lost the 30 lbs. I'll post again after my next fitting on Sunday 😀

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#4 calgarybride2015

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:16 PM

The dress looks gorgeous on you!  30 lbs is awesome, can't wait to see the 'after' of you in your dress too :)


Everything looks great, real touch flowers always impress me!!


I too am so sorry to hear about your brother, hugs....


Looking forward to more!


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#5 pjay

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:24 PM

Beautiful. I love the dress on you and congrats on losing 30lbs - that's amazing :D


My planning thread :



#6 Wafflesmom

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:28 PM

Wow, 30 lbs congratulations that is a huge accomplishment! Your dress looks beautiful on you and I can't wait to see it altered.


And I'm sorry about your brother.

My planning thread: http://www.bestdesti...anuary-23-2016/


#7 RivieraBride15

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 02:07 AM

Thanks ladies!  The seamstress was not too pleased with the weight loss.  They actually wanted to put me in a smaller size dress but that changed how far the back dropped down, which is one of the things I loved about the dress.  I will definitely post pics on Sunday so you (and I) can see the difference.

#8 acw271011

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 06:53 PM

Yay! Another thread!


Your dress is gorgeous and looks fab on you!! Thirty pounds is amazing!! What did you find worked for you? I'm so sorry about your brother. Dealing with grief can really do things you don't expect so the fact that you managed the weight loss so soon after losing your brother is a testament to you!


Love the flowers! If anyone else is looking for real touch flowers, Afloral.com is having a big moving sale right now with 15% off so worth a look!

I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015







#9 ashhtayy

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 07:17 PM

@RivieraBride15 congratulations!

so sorry to read about the loss of your brother. I can't even imagine how much that would affect you and your family. Love that you and your fiancé are honouring them at your wedding. I plan to do the same for our grandparents that have passed away.

do you mind sharing where you purchased your real touch flowers? it's an idea i've been thinking about. they look so beautiful. have you looked into the best way to pack them? that's a concern of mine.

good luck with your planning during the next 7 weeks.

#10 RivieraBride15

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 01:24 AM



Thank you for your condolences.  It's been a rough couple of months - thank goodness for wedding planning it has helped keep my mind off of things.  I will post later the frame that I put together of our brothers. 


I got my bouquet off of Etsy. I had found this woman who made the corsages for the mothers, and after seeing how awesome those turned out I asked if she could put together a bouquet to match.  When they showed up....I couldn't have been more pleased.  I am actually going to pack them in the same box they came in.  I can fit the corsages in their too...so this way nothing with get damaged while traveling.  If you are interested in this woman's name...let me know and I can get it for you.   I love the idea of these, it looks similar to the ones I was going to get through the hotel, but these I can now keep.


I see your wedding is 8 months away...congrats!! Wait till you see how fast time goes!!

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