Curtis and I have known one another since childhood. We both grew up in the same area and went to the same schools, walked the same halls but was never more than just classmates. Friends that played in the park together, somewhat part of one another families. Since graduating high school we both have lived seperate and totally different lives. I went on to join the United States Air Force, got married, had two beautiful sons, and got divorced. He went to work after high school and had a beautiful little girl. I finally transferred back home and ran into him during the Thanksgiving holidays and it was like it was meant to be! We fell into the groove of knowing one another again, which wasnt hard since we've known each other for so long. We only had to fill in the gaps. Now, we are heading down the road of marriage and a life filled with memories. I cannot wait till the day that I marry my friend. I can honestly say, that he is my friend.
Our wedding will be held March 20, 2010 at the Ramona Pavilion in Jacksonville, Fl. I colors are Fuchsia/Chocolate Brown/Ivory. We want a Romantic and Elegant wedding filled with close family and friends.
It was a pretty simple day. My FH and I took my kids out for a busy filled day before he had to drive back to his home city. (We lived about 3 1/2 hrs apart) Then we all had Sunday dinner, then headed home. As I sat in my bedroom watching him gather his stuff, he sat it all down and started talking to me about how much he loved me. Said that I was a big part of his life and that he wanted it to be forever (not word for word. :) ) He grabbed my hand got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I told him yes as I cried, while he slipped the ring onto my finger. It's a very antique looking ring with a twist. My FH knows how much I love the color blue and I'm a big gemstone freak so he gave me his birthstone as my engagement ring.
What funny, the entire time we was out that day, my fiance's grandmother kept calling him and the only reply I kept hearing from him was "No, not yet". And he kept texting back and forth. I found out recently, even though we got engaged in January, from my Best Friend that he was texting her telling her he was going to propose and sent her pics of the ring asking if she thinks I would like it. And apparently his Grandmother kept calling because he told her he was going to ask me that day and she wanted to know if he pulled the nerve to do it! So funny because when I look back on it he was quite suspicious!
My FH and I took these around May. His cousin is a photographer and did these for free!
Now I cant wait to shed the baggage and take the B-pics. With another photog of course:)
So far we have chosen the dress for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen and FH!
This dress is second option after finding out the first dress was a big NO-NO! It's a Bari Jay that will be in Mink(chocolate).
This tuxedo will be for My FH but his vest and tie will be a champagne color and the groomsmen will wear one very similar with the chocolate vests and ties.
Here is the Mother of the Bride dress which is filled graciously by my aunt Christa. I love her more than words can say and I thank her for being the "Mom" in my life all these years.
We got this dress but in Brown and Gold.
I love my new purchase from PW's own Jess143. I think it's classic and elegant! It will go great with my dress!
My day started around 530 in the morning that day. I woke up in a hotel room with my Matron of Honor, showered and quickly slipped out while she slept. I headed to my hometown to meet up with my FMIL to go and have my hair done. I gave the lady and idea of what I wanted, showed her pics and I feel it turned out lovely and better than I imagined especially since I didnt have a hair trial. I was done around 1050 and had a nail appt for 1115 and was there until 130!!!! They pampered me, but took way to long b/c I had a 30 min drive back to the hotel and I was suppose to be at the ballroom around 230! lol. Plus I hadnt picked up my dress from the bridal shop from getting pressed. I swung by there got my dress and veil and flew to my room. I only had to shower and pick up my Matron b/c I was going to get ready in the bridal suite at the location. Well I get there and the venue is GORGEOUS! The company truly out did themselves and I feel my centerpieces and extra touches just added to the whole thing! Ok, onward...I get into the room and my FMIL and 2 of my BMs(SILS) and flower girls arrive at the same time. Because our schedule was so hectic the night before I had to finish my bouquet in the dressing room. It came out a little lopsided, but still very beautiful! I tied ribbon around my girls flowers and had to get myself ready b/c my BMs some, not all were of NO help. My FSIL did a lot, and my Matron but I had a few that were very lazy and wanted to worry about themselves. Got upset at one point b/c 2 of them sat and waited till I was done with all the flowers so I could do their makeup! I didnt have a stitch of anything on for myself, but I was the nice one, did their makeup and rushed to do my own. I got dressed and waited for the ceremony to start. We were a little slow, and started about 15 mins late, but hey it was all good. I couldn't see anything! The coordinators refused to let me peek through the door in fear of someone seeing me. lol so all I could do is listen. At one point I heard,"AWWWWWWWWE" then laughter. I was later informed my oldest son, got all the way to the beginning of the aisle, saw everyone and turned around and ran away. lol. B/c he did that my youngest son wouldnt walk. But one of the ushers walked him down and his little brother followed along with the ring pillow. When they got halfway, my oldest son flipped over his "here comes the bride banner" to "Last Chance to Run Curtis" and that's where the laughter came in. Then it was my cue to step out. I got all the way to the entrance when I heard them play the wrong song. I immediately ducked and got nervous and angry at the same time. The Coordinators calmed me down and they played my song and my father and I walked down the aisle. After that it was a blur. I saw no one but Curtis standing on that stage. I held my composure until I got to some pillars and the tears started to come. I could barely breathe looking into his eyes b/c they were watering too. After that everything flowed during the ceremony and then we started the reception. We were a little behind on everything but I tried to not let it bother me. My biggest complaint is that my photographer was not the best. He had an assistand that really didnt know what he was doing and he himself was very flustered. A lot of key photo opportunities were missed and we can never recreate them. I got some very good ones dont get me wrong, but I just wish for more. Now I have a full cd of photos that needs major editing and I dont even know where to start. I will post them when I get home but for now I have one pic my cousin emailed me....
Sorry for the rushed recap, but I have pretty bad carpal tunnel and writing for long periods gets to me..
I have so many to load, but here are a few...
Curtis and his best men walking down the aisle
My aunt filling in as my MOB and the usher.
Father and Mother of Groom
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen lined up.
My sons, you cant see the little one. He hid behind his brother.
He liked flipping over the sign because he knew what it said. :)
My stepdaughter and flower girl
All the men
All the ladies
Walking down the aisle with my father.
This is where I told myself not to cry...
My Dad handing me off.
Forgot to load pic of us standing in front of pastor, but here he is blessing my rings.
Curtis putting a RING ON IT ;)
Me putting a ring on him
Lighting the Candle
Smiling during a dedication song to us
Husband and wife
I skip my ushers, Matron and Maid of Honor, cant do that so here they go:
to be continued....