I stumbled across this project wedding website doing a search on wedding crystals. I was amazed by how much information and inspiration you can find here. Of course I'm already a Knottie, but this website seems to have more inspiration from real brides. I love it! I'm excited of course.
(Thanks to bridezilla101610, I was finally able to get a countdown posted here....I used to be computer savvy )
MR AND MRS. GOBINA!! We're finally married. The day couldn't have gone more perfect. There were a few things we could have done without but overall, the day was amazing (check out my mini-recap here)! Any day that starts with breakfast in bed is bound to be amazing!! I can't remember most of the day though! It went by soooooooooo fast! I'll do my best to remember and recap heavy here.
So Friday before the wedding, we woke up and went straight to the mall. I think we (me and my MOH) went to the Galleria every day that week. I was sooooo lucky that she came from Dallas and was able to stay with me until the Sunday after the
wedding. We went there to have the rings cleaned, wrap gifts (for DH and parents and I had her surprise gift wrapped too), and TRY to find a strapless bra for my dress. No luck on that one. Anyway, when we left the mall, we went to do nails. We went to
one on I-10 but it was.....bleh. DEFINITELY not what I wanted for my wedding day nail salon. So we left and went to one closer to my aunt's house in Richmond, TX. It was SUCH a nice salon. LOADS of spa chairs, beautiful environment, AND I was
treated like a bride should be treated during her wedding weekend. It was so nice.
After we left nails, we got back to my aunt's house, changed, and headed straight for rehearsal. Rehearsal was supposed to be from 4-5pm (we only had ONE HOUR) and EVERYBODY in the bridal party was told this. BE ON TIME. Needless to say, only a couple of people were on time. I was SO irritated. I had to woosah in the corner of the chapel because I was about to snap into 'zilla mode. Anyway, most people showed up eventually and the rehearsal was on. We gave the BP their gifts and everybody put on their shirts we made for them (the girls shirts were a bit tight (except for the super skinny girls) but they were good sports and wore them anyway). BUT! the rehearsal was a little irritating. The Pastor (sweet guy but he seemed kind of confused) was going on and on about what me and Marvin were going to say and when, and he kept saying the same thing over and over and over again. We were standing up there FOREVER. To the point where the bridal party was starting to question why they had to be there and started sitting down and their attention was drawn elsewhere. Anyway, we eventually got to do a walk through. The 3 kids that were there (we had 4 in the bridal party) were okay. My Godson was the one to hold the "Here comes the bride" banner and SURPRISE! On the back said "Last Chance to Run Marvin". So he was supposed to turn it around. He was upset though so it took him a while to even touch the banner. His mom told me the next day that they practiced and practiced back at the hotel. The two girls were fine and the other boy didn't show up. At this point, my stress level was about to blow. So I could no longer care. Anyway, rehearsal was over and we all left. Me and some of my girls went back to my aunt's house so I could pack for the weekend. We then headed to the hotel (The Marriott on I-10, Energy Corridor..highly recommend!) and checked in. We got into our rooms and changed for the rehearsal dinner party. Needless to say, CP time, NEVER on time! So DH's family was supposed to be throwing the rehearsal dinner party. They called me around 6 (it was supposed to start around 7) to say that the place wasn't ready and we should just hold on until they call us. So time passed, we waited, we waited. Around 9pm they said OKAY! Well, our limo for the BaccParty was coming to get us at 10pm. So we got ready, got there, stayed about 20-30 minutes and we left! I felt bad but we had the limo for a set amount of time and it was already sitting outside the place waiting for us. So anyway, on to the BaccParty. It was so sweet in the limo. My sister got me a sash, tiara with veil, garter with a flask in it, hugh pink ring, and a penissucker! LOL! Pics of that were greatttt. The girls all wore "Team Bride" pins. In the limo, the girls all said something so sweet about me and we toasted to it. I was already buzzing in the limo from the champagne. We went to Drink Houston! My MOH chose this place because she knew I LOVEEEEEEE karaoke, and they had this plus drinking, plus dancing. So it made for a night of fun! We got a table reserved (I kept my sign!) with decorations and everything. It was awesome. We danced the first half of the night and then went to the karaoke side. We signed up and waited. Of course, being bride to be, everybody wanted me to come up and sing with them. So I actually did backup for a lot of people! LOL! So time goes and goes and we keep going back to the DJ who SUCKS!!!!! and asking him when we can go. Can't they let the bride go? And he was like "nope". Ughhh!!! So anyway, he later says that there were two in front of me but once the lights come on, he can't do anything. Whatever, I waited. 2 people went and guess what? The lights came on! I was like, seriously dude? We came here to karaoke and I'm a bride only once in my life and we couldn't go? I was LIVID. So I went up to him and was like "Seriously?" He goes, "I can't do anything once the lights come on, sorry". So I told him he sucked then walked away. I then proceeded to push over the microphone and flip over a book (I was a little...a LOT buzzed. I normally wouldn't do this...) and the stupid sucky DJ said "I hope you get divorced in a week". Now I'm not a small girl. I was extremely angry and tipsy and it took about 4 or 5 of my maids to push me out the door because I had him in my view, and I was on the attack. So I cursed all the way to the limo (which I don't normally curse so you can tell I was a lot tipsy) and got in and promptly passed out. LOL! It was DEFINITELY memorable.
Wedding day - I woke up (no hangover whatsoever like some would think). I was in an amazingly calm and happy mood. My sister got me breakfast in bed (DH told her to make sure I ate something). So the morning was spent doing DIYs (LOL), writing my vows and cards to DH, and chillin! My mom, aunt and baby came to the hotel so my mom and aunt could get ready and I could see Ethan. The AMAZING MUA came around 10:30 and started my aunt's MU, then my mom. I paid for 2 aunt's but the other one was getting her hair done so I had my cousin (1 of my BM's) get her's done in my aunt's place. Her little sister (my other cousin) wanted hers done so she came to the hotel and got it done. She looked phenomenal and I knew my MU would be out of this world. After seeing everybody's MU, suddenly, all my BM's wanted their MU done (even though they turned it down JUST the day before! Grrr!!!). So now we're behind schedule. The hairstylist (for the BM's) shows up late (due to car issues) and I'm still not stressing too much. I told the girls that day and in the newsletter that once the limo comes at 2:15pm, we're leaving, ready or not. Earlier I called the limo and told them to come at 2:30pm instead. So the girls are still getting ready (5 did their own MU and 2 did their own hair). One of them, my poor cousin, kept having issues! First she couldn't find the brooch I got them. Then she finally found it and it was broken. Like not just replace but it as totally broken. Thank goodness I brought my hot glue gun. Somehow they figured it out. Anyway, everybody was mostly ready but my friend who worried me due to her notorious lateness and confusion was nowhere to be found. Limo was there, I said LET'S GO and I didn't care if she was getting left because I told them several times that I hate lateness. The MUA was in the middle of MU and the hairstylist was in the middle of hair but they knew I was serious when I said we are leaving at 2:30pm (we ended up leaving at 2:33pm but it was close enough). LAST MINUTE my late friend shows up, I mean limo doors are about to close. So everybody is good to go at 2:33pm (we have 1 RB and 1 FG with us and I'm worried about the others but I'm not stressed). Limo ride was relaxing. We get to Briscoe Manor and I actually catch a glimpse of the guys going in from taking pics outside. DH and I were dead set on NOT seeing each other until aisle time so I look away pretty quickly. I didn't see him. Anyway, we get into the bridal suite and the 1 BM who's hair isn't done gets it done (by the hairstylist) then my sister (MOH) starts her MU. WOW is all I could say when she was done. WOW. She starts doing her hair while I start my MU (my hair was done at the hotel by my MUA. She is friggin amazing. Amazing amazing.). During this time, the RB is practicing turning the banner around and the other FG shows up. At some point the other RB shows up with his mom. The bridal suite is CROWDED! My MUA, the girls hairstylist, the photographer, 1 videographer, 8 girls, 2 FGs, 2 RBs, 1 RBs mom, DOC and planner at some points, my mom, aunt, baby. AYE!!! But they all gave me my space which was cool. My mother though. OMG! She was driving me INSANE! I kept saying, get my mother out of here. She was complaining about time (since she thought I was supposed to start walking at 5pm. I was supposed to start walking at 5:30pm...Ughhhh...) My sister got so irritated that she snapped hard at my mom, twice. My mom can be sooooo nitpicky sometimes but I love her! OH! I forgot, my poor cousin who kept having mishaps, her bracelet broke when she was trying to get into the limo. She tried to hide it but I noticed it RIGHT away. So my sister had to give her bracelet to my cousin and thank goodness my other BM had my bracelet that I wore for the Baccparty in her purse. So that's the one my sister wore. THEN she couldn't find her peacock feather for her hair! So my sister had to give hers to my cousin too. Thank goodness my mom was able to bring the peacock feathers from home so I just made my sister a 2 piece large peacock piece for her hair, less than an hour before the wedding. (Come to find out, I never put it in her gift bag. I had to exchange one and it was still in the bag from the store! LOL!) My poor cousin didn't want to tell me because she thought I was going to have a fit. But I calmly handled it all. And everybody looked great. I also had my cousin (the one with all the mishaps) rewrite my vows on small paper so they could fit on the vow cards. STILL doing DIYs while it was almost showtime. Anyway, I had a friend who was supposed to sing me down the aisle. It was going to be a total surprise to my DH. The Trio learned the music but hadn't practiced and was waiting on my friend to get there so they could do a run through. Needless to say, this didn't happen because she is also a notoriously late friend. BIG HUGE SIGH. I just told them to play whatever. This friend was a hostess too so she was supposed to be there early not just to rehearse but also to be a hostess! That's not all. My OTHER friend who was a hostess, we were looking for her. My sis called her at almost 5:30 (when the ceremony was supposed to start even though the invitations said 5) and asked her where she was. She said she was at home getting ready, a good 40 minutes away. I was like, "seriously?" My sister was sooooooo mad. I told her not to worry. So from 3 hostesses, I only had 1 that was there; my cousin. I was irritated. All the hosts were there. Ughhh....ANYWAY! It was time to go. Everybody started to line up. The 2nd RB (the one who didn't show up on time to rehearsal) was sooo mad! He was screaming and crying that he didn't want to go. Come to find out, his dad was stressing the importance of him carrying the rings the day before and the boy asked "but what if I drop them?" And because of that, he was terrified. So I told him that he didn't have to go and he felt MUCH better. I figured it wasn't a big deal because he was only supposed to carry an empty briefcase and I had spiderman glasses for him. So I only had 1 RB walk, and he forgot to turn the sign around! Oh well, 4 year olds. LOL! The girls walked fine. So I was all ready to walk and the doors closed for me. The trio played some random thing but it was still very pretty. I had nothing but a huge smile on my face. My brother escorted me down the aisle to a point. Then my mom took over. The look on DH's face was priceless. I can't even explain it. He was in shock I think. I just kept cheesing like I won the lottery (which in a way I did). Anyway, my mom gave me away and me and DH went up on the stage. I barely remember the ceremony, I just remember we whispered to each other how great each other looked! LOL! We read our vows (which we BOTH wrote THAT morning) and we both cracked up a bit while reading. But we held our composure. It was a short and sweet ceremony, we lit the unity candle, had an amazing kiss, and were pronounced. After the ceremony, we took pros in the chapel then we all went outside (in the sweltering heat. Thank goodness for parasols) and took more pros. Then me, DH and my sis went back into the bridal suite so I could change into my reception dress (which is my first love, my Adorae). (I know my 2 dresses is a surprise to all of you but I wanted some element of surprise when my recap came out). In the room, they had the appetizers that were being served during cocktail hour and some champagne waiting for us. So I got changed into my 2nd dress (my DOC instead of my useless planner was the one helping me with that), changed my necklace, and my MUA freshened up my MU and dusted me with more sparkly powder. I felt and looked AMAZING! All the girls got their clutches (since their bouquets were used as CP's for the head table) and I got mine and we went into the reception hall. Everybody was introduced and walked/danced into a different song. Then enter Mr. and Mrs. Gobina! Camera flashes like CRAZY!!! It felt like paparazzi. I really felt like a celebrity. So we danced for a while then we went straight into our first dance. We danced to "Lady in my life" by Michael Jackson but we did a twist. The song changed to the raw version of "Whatever you like" by TI and we got down (well, I tried. It was hard in my heavy dress! LOL!). That was pretty crunk. We got a lot of compliments on that. You were either like "WHAT!!!!" or you were like "What???" but I didn't care, I loved it. LOL! After that, I danced with DH's dad and he danced with my mom since we both have just one of each parent. The others passed and they were well represented on the memorial table. Anyway, so we went to our gorgeous sweetheart table and dinner was served. We had a synchronized seated dinner so as the waiters came out, they all came out with a covered plate with white gloves on, and placed the plates down at the same time, in sync. It was awesome. We also had a wine service so people didn't have to get up to go to the bar, the wine was poured for them. That was awesome. What wasn't awesome, is that the salad took FOREVER!!! It was like, seriously? Why am I still looking at my empty plate of salad? During dinner, we had SEVERAL people come up to us to take pics and say congrats and such. Poor DH didn't really eat. I shoveled my food in my mouth between guests. I refused to not eat my food. LOL! Also during dinner, we had 3 performances. My friend who was supposed to sing me in AND be a hostess finally showed up and sang a song she wrote for us. It was beautiful but I could tell she was super nervous. After she finished, the next act was my cousins. I only had one request for them, I wanted them to dance to Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. AND THEY TORE IT UP!!! OMG! That was one of the highlights of the night and I soooooooooo can't wait for the video on that! It was sooo sooooooo soooooooooooooo amazing! Wow. I still get chills thinking about it. Me and DH were going to learn some of the dance so we could join them towards the end of the song but we didn't. It would have been that much more amazing. The final performance was an African Dance team. Blah. After my cousins' dance, nothing should have followed it. But I thought the African Dance team would be REALLY good but they were very very mediocre. I was not happy writing that check to them. Booooooooo.....Anyway. So after that, we went into cutting the cake, toasts etc. I'm not sure what went where (maybe you can help me on that Deena??) but all that happened at some point during the night. We did the money dance (we made a lot! Not like $10k or anything but we made a lot and didn't have to use our own money during the HM and still had some money dance money left when we got back!). We also had some little drama (refer to my mini-recap) but we didn't know about the guest getting thrown out or the uninvited guests waiting at the door til WELL after the wedding. So the night went on, we took pics with guests, did a few pics with our photographer, the videographers were amazing and capturing everything. I din't like my WP too much that night but my DOC made it up very much. She was awesome! Anyway, it was the end of the night. We did our last dance to "At Last" by Etta James and it was so sweet. DH made a small thank you speech and then we were whisked away to a quiet room. That was the only place we had alone time all night. It was only about 10 minutes but it was nice. They used that time to send all the guests outside with bubbles for our exit. During our exit, we were told to walk to the left and the fireworks started going off. The guests loved it! The show went on for a WHILE and we got in our Rolls, My sister brought my baby to me so I could give him a kiss before we took off and he reached for me after I kissed him and when I didn't take him, he started crying. That KILLED me! The car took off while my baby was reaching and crying and I nearly died. I cried and cried in the car and was so sad at the hotel. I felt bad for DH. :(
But overall, the wedding was sooooo amazing! The drama was kept at bay and I am so pleased with how it all turned out. So so pleased. If I could do it all over again, I would never invite that stupid guest (refer to my mini-recap), I would hire a different WP (Jaryce) or do it myself, and I would make sure the chef understood Medium Well (not medium RED. ughhh...). But I would do it all again in a heartbeat because it was soooooooooooooo magical.
My advice to new brides or those not married yet is to ENJOY EVERY SINGLE minute of it. It goes by wayyyy too fast and your fantasy day is over. Don't let the small things stress you. Make sure to smile. Enjoy your new husband because that is the reason for all this hoopla anyway. Enjoy all these pics. There's lots and lots so I'll be updating regularly.
Breakfast in bed! ----------------------------------------My cousin getting MU done.
Hanging out with my baby. -----------------------------Gorgeous MU (my other cousin)
FGs Photoshoot LOL! -------------------------------------In the limo
My gorgeous cousins -------------------------------------Mrs. Gobina Est. 08.14.10 - DIY hoodie
My reception dress------------------------Ceremony Dress
My sister (MOH)-----------------------------------------BM's getting ready
The MU magic happening--------------------------------I was loving it!
Dressed, taking mini-bridals--------------Getting ready to head out
Walking in!!-----------------------------------------------Down the aisle..
My brother walked me down-----------------------------My mom gave me away
I now pronounce you-------------------------------------Mr. and Mrs. Gobina!
~~After Ceremony Pics~~
My girls!---------------------------------------------------My Mommy!
DH's side of the family (My bro was taking these pics so I don't have any with my side of the family)
The whole bridal party------------------------------------The Gobina Family!
These were taken before the ceremony (the guys clearly had more time than we did...).
These were taken after the ceremony and before the reception.
We had a BLAST and our guests were so surprised at how organized everything was and how it all came together. I never wanted to night to end!
First dance - "Lady in my Life" by Michael Jackson....
then we busted out into "Whatever you Like" by TI
Father in Law, Daughter in Law, Mother in Law, Son in Law dance....(RIP to my Daddie & DH's Mom)
Entertainment - My cousins, Insomniac, dancing to "Bad Romance". THE Highlight of the night!!!!
My friend Danielle singing a song she wrote for us..........Nigerian dance group.
Toasts! - My mom, DH's dad, My sis (MOH), DH's bro (BM)
Bouquet and Garter Toss
Marvin's Class Tribute
Last Dance - "At Last" by Etta James
The end of the night.... :(
....until the vow renewals....
We took a lot of pics with our family and friends. Here are just a few snapshots.
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3.12.11: OMG! One of the highest honors one could hope to receive on PDub is Bio of the Week or BOTW. This week, I got
that honor! I couldn't feel more blessed to have been chosen to be among the beautiful weddings! I now have all 15 bades (including my extra badge below!)
Here is my congratulatory post! YAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks to our super cool Avatar Halloween costumes, DH and I won the PDub Couples Costume contest!! So here's my extra badge!
UPDATE!!: October 2011, I won another Halloween badge! This time, I won the Funniest Costume. I did my best to portray Snooki (from Jersey Shore). So here's my newest badge!
I have to add.....my favorite badge of all...my Pink Heart!!
I'm a PDub Hostess!! Let me know if you have any questions for me!! :D
Who we are:
Pam - I'm a pharmacist in Texas who was born and raised in Dallas, TX, went to school in Houston, TX, did a residency in San Antonio, TX, and I now live at the tip of TX in Edinburg, about 20 minutes from Mexico.
Marvin - He is my FI! He is also a pharmacist in Texas who was born in Oklahoma, raised in Cameroon (Africa), went to school in Houston, TX and now lives here in Edniburg with me. Marvin is the LOVE of my LIFE! He is so kind, so patient. He gives me just about any and everything I want. I love him more than life itself.
Together - We are such homebodies, hard workers and we were made for one another IMO! We have a lot of the same goals and we are both super excited to call each other...each other's! I am so in love with this man, it's ridiculous! It was such a rocky road to get here but we are here...
How we met: FI and I met during interviews for pharmacy school. He was actually the interview right before me! I was so nervous and when he came out, he told me it wasn't that bad. I didn't believe him. We both got into pharmacy school and the rest is history!
How he proposed: We went to Dallas for his friend's baby shower. He was acting TOTALLY normal! At the baby shower, I was getting SUPER sleepy and bored (it was more like a party than a baby shower) so around 1:30am, he got up to make a speech. He asked his friend to hold the video camera and I was like "Why didn't you ask me to hold it?" He said "I know you don't want to get up" I was like, OKAY! During his speech he asked me to come up there with him for support. I still had NO CLUE! In front of EVERYBODY (a lot of people I didn't even know) he pulled out a ring and asked me to be his wife! I actually ran away because he totally surprised me and caught me off guard. It was amazing. Of course I said yes.
We're a dot com!!! YAY! www.marvinandpam.com Check it out.....
After 8 months, our wedding videos are here! I LOVE THEM! Can't stop watching!
I finally uploaded pictures of my fabulous bling. FH did it alllll by himself! I was so shocked, I didn't even see the ring the first hour after he gave it to me. Then when I did see it, it was like W-H-O-A. Extra bonus points for FH!!! :)
So FI & I went to shop for our wedding bands a long time ago. We selected some and since my e-ring was so large, I opted for a smaller band. The other day, I went to look at the bands again and FELL IN LOVE with a larger band! So I was trying to sell FI on the idea that I NEEDED this larger band and he was like "no, you already have too much ring on your finger, yada yada yada". So I was all bummed. We went to the jewelers one day and all the sales people were discouraging me from any other ring since the one I wanted was gone. We also went to the jeweler that FI is getting his custom band from and he was trying to discourage me from melting my promise ring into my wedding band. He told me to just keep it. Long story short, I came home from work one day and saw a box on the dining room table. I was like "what is that?" So I opened it and it was the larger band!! FI went and bought the band I wanted without me knowing! He also had both jewelers in on it to discourage me from any other rings. How sweet is he?
Gotta love it!
I can't wait for FI's band to be finished. It just keeps getting more and more real!!
My first inspiration board!
My colors (finally)
Dark teal, Dark fuschia, and Pearl with *BLING* everywhere! Love it.
My wedding vision is GLAM! Romantic, glamourous, BLING is the best way to describe my day!
My bouquet inspirations - I really just want something white and LUSH! I love the look of really LARGE bouquets that are white and romantic. My florist will use roses, orchids and callas to make up my bouquet. I will be wrapping my very thick stems in BLING!
Bouquet handle inspiration
The ceremony and reception will be in the same place.
Here is where the ceremony will be. It is an extremely beautiful chapel!
Front of the chapel.
The courtyard where the cocktail hour will take place.
Here's a shot of the reception hall. It's huge and will fit our 300 guests nicely.
They will cater so our caterer is Behind the Bash catering. I've only heard awesome things about them so I look forward to the menu creation.
**UPDATE!!!** We've created our menu! The tasting was AMAZING! It was so fun and the food was IMPECCABLE! I HIGHLY recommend Behind the Bash catering if you're catering an EXQUISITE event in Houston, TX!
Here are some of our E-pix. I love how they turned out. Of course I can't post all 600 but here are a few of them.
Here is my dress! I love love love this dress. I walked into David's Bridal and almost walked right out. I went to Alfred Angelo and liked 2 dresses from the Piccone line but really wanted some more bling and something different. So then I went to Ventura's Bridal and this is the first dress I saw. I instantly fell in love! I tried this and 4 others on but I kept going back to this one. It looks like whipped cream on me and it has the bling I wanted. It has everything I wanted in my dress and I'm soooo happy to have found The One!
MY DRESS!!! Oh how I love it....
Still working on shoes and jewelry. Looking for a veil that's practically see through and hair accessories. Definitely NOT wearing a tiara but thinking of a headband. I've seen some really amazing ones! It's getting more real!
Here is the dress on me when I first tried her on and fell in love...
My dress came in on June 9, 2010! I'll be doing my first fitting on June 11, 2010! EXCITED!! :D :D :D
My veil arrived! It's SUPER LONG!!
(LOL! Please excuse my AbLounge AND my AbCircle Pro as I sit and eat pizza....)
I can't wait to see the look pull together!
So of course we already have some things done. I've picked out my BMs dresses.
They are Belsoie in Teal. I love the neckline and how it hides imperfections in the waist.
I've also talked with my sister, who is my MOH and I really really wanted her dress to be different. So we selected another Belsoie dress for her. Also in Teal. I love the neckline and the mermaid cut and how it compliments my BMs dress.
MOH Dress. We are going to add a broach or something to make her stand out even more.
I have yet to find jewelry. But I'm having the girls wear silver or black shoes so we'll have a mixture. I would really like them to wear fuschia but I met some resistance...boooo :( Silver and black are soooo traditional and I am soooo not. IDK, maybe I'll still make them wear fuschia. It's my wedding right? But I don't want them to feel uncomfortable. Not sure what to do about hair. I think it's more elegant to have updos or sideswept hair. I might give them something to wear in their hair, either a flower or jeweled pins. Still working on that....
**UPDATE!!** FINALLY, after much headache and going back and forth, I have FINALLY committed to jewelry for my BMs! I made them earrings and bracelets but I contacted blustarfruit for necklaces. I am super excited about this part of my hunt being closed! LOL! I didn't know it would take so long!
DIY Earrings and bracelet:
The girls will be carrying bouquets of hot pink lady roses. Somewhat like these roses.
The necklaces from Blustarfruit are in! And they are GORGEOUS!
The bridesmaid's necklaces. White pearls with fuschia swarovski crystals.
The MOH's necklace. White pearl brooch necklace.
I forgot to post the BM brooches for their bouquets. Plain and sparkly! I'm missing a P, Y, and M.
Here is my MOH and my fave cousin modeling the dresses! They are so pretty but we decided to add bling to give it some sparkle.
The brooch. It's really pretty in person!
***The 'maids on wedding day!
(My MOH (sister)...Gorgeous!)
Well, FI won't let me see what he's going to wear. He says since he can't see my dress, I can't see his tux. So this page will be blank (as far as outfits are concerned). All I know is that his boys will be wearing black tuxes and Teal vests and ties. NO IDEA what FI will wear. But I trust his taste.
Our florist will have a deep pink calla lily for each GM and the groom will be wearing a white calla with an orchid. Something like these.
For FI. On WDay
I'm working on making FI a hanger. Here's my inspo.
The one I made -->
FI's Band!!! It's really gorgeous. I can't wait for him to wear it and for us to take that cooky hand/ring shot....LOL!!
Here is the dress my mommy is going to wear! We are getting it made with dressilyme.com. My moms is 54 and she's still super hot! I guess this is why I'm hot...
Gold lace bodice with bling and bluish taffeta skirt with matching 3/4 sleeve bolero jacket. She's going to be the hottest mama around!
Now I have a new task of finding HER jewelry and shoes too! LOL!
My mom's dress arrived SUPER FAST! It looks AMAZING! Thank goodness it's too big for her. She's taking it to the tailor in July since she's steady losing weight.
On the hanger.
My Mommie somewhat modeling it.
They sent a free bolero jacket. I'll post new (full body) pics when my mom gets it fitted. It looks fantastic!
Here's the dress a week before wedding day. It still had to be taken in.
**On Wedding Day!!!**
We have two flower girls, one is my Goddaughter, Lael and the other is FI's niece, Julie. They'll both be 4 years old at the wedding. I haven't found their dresses or accessories yet but thanks to PWer lindsay.hoss, I went to Target today and bought them this ADORABLE gift!
How fun! I'll post more about the FGs as I get the info. Just had to share about the dolls!
**UPDATE!!** I've settled on a flower girl dress! My FGs will be sporting this cutie in ivory and pink!
(dress in action)
I'll be making my FGs' jewelry! Something like this.
***UPDATE*** Here's the DIY bracelet I made for the FGs! Will probably change the ribbon to dark pink but I'm not sure yet.
So I decided to change my FG dresses!!! I like the one above but I wanted something a little different for my wedding. So without further adeui, here they are!!
The sash will be fushia pink (tafetta). They have already shipped to Houston so I can't wait to see them!! I've also FINALLY finished the 2nd pomander. I can't wait to see the girls on WDay!!
***My FGs on Wedding Day!!
Our ringbearers are so cute! One is my godson, Malachi and the other is FI's GM's son, Will. They are both going to be 4 at our wedding!
We finally decided on their tuxes.
It's a 5 piece tux. They will also be wearing these bouts that I DIYd!
My son, Ethan, will be 10 months during the wedding. He will be wearing a similar suit and the small bout in the middle.
So we decided to order different tuxes as well. Thanks to Chancesare, we ordered from tinytuxes.com. They are super cute! They've already come in but I have yet to upload a pic. Here's the stock photo.
I'll have one of my 2 ring bearers carrying a "Here comes the bride" sign, the other will be carrying a briefcase, and our Little Ring Bearer, Ethan, will be carrying this adorable pillow!
****RB's on Wedding Day!!
(My second RB was too upset to walk down the aisle!)
Searching for shoes has been a long crazy process for me! I got help from so many people inluding my MOH sister and TheChicBride. **SIGH** Cur-sed huge size 11 boats that I inherited.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, after much deliberation and going back and forth...let me introduce you to.....my shoes.
I plan on blinging out the heel. I'm not 1000% sure I will wear these beauties on W-Day but I love the color. I will update with pics when they arrive!!!
I've blinged out ONE heel. It took me about 2 days (not non-stop but you know). I still have one to go. But check it out!!
Love love love.
**UPDATE!!** The shoes are complete! I added crystal brooches on the front too and they look amazing! I love, absolutely love how they turned out!
****My shoes on Wedding day!!
So far, not so good.
So I tried the hanging letters.
I bought hydrangeas and moss to see which one I wanted to use. Well, the sucky glue doesn't stick faux flowers very well so I had to scrap and use moss instead. This is the result of that....
Next, after quickly getting frustrated with that, I tried DIY name flip-flops for my maids...Very very bad idea.
I just ended up with glue all over the place and a headache. That middle crystal is supposed to be a pink embellishment but it looks more like a cheap piece of crap. **SIGH** That's why I buy everything....
**UPDATE!!** I've been a little bit more successful with my DIYs lately!
With the help of TheChicBride, I DIYd a pomander for my flower girls! I've only made one but I'm SUPER happy with how it turned out!
Thanks to JennyPaul's article, I DIYd bouts for my ringbearers, my baby, and 2 ushers.
Thanks to the lady at Michael's, I DIYd my BMs and MOHs earrings and bracelets!
It's getting so exciting! Next step, bling out my shoes (if I ever buy them!)
**UPDATE!!** More DIY fun!
Thanks to Jaryce21 (HI CBFF!!), I did some NICE moss letters (not like my fail above). They are 18" wooden letters. They look gawgus!
Flower girl bracelet (still working on the necklace) Hostess hair flower
1 blinged out heel!
This is just the video. Haven't put together the enclosures or the envelopements yet. So friggin excited!
Man! Am I excited or what? My photog, THE MOST AWESOME photog in the world (IMO) has put together our DVD wedding inviation video! The invitation wording will be included in the end and we will also include a flyer with all the info JIC someone doesn't want to watch the DVD. We are probably going to put the DVD in a pocketfold and also include the RSVP. I am so excited because it is so awesome (IMO). Check it out.
What do you think?
UBER excited about these for the reception! They arrived!! Check out the "original" post here.
Thanks to 2011Bride's original project, I did a second round and we just received our short votive holders, tall hurricane holders (look more like bling vases), and crystal napkin rings!! How excited was I when they arrived. That's TWELVE cases!!
They were everything I expected and more.
I love everything BLING. Can't wait to see how they turn out at the reception!
****Some bling at the reception!
I finally booked our baker! Thanks to all these blinged out cake ideas, I chose this one to use as inspiration. we are getting Pistahio with pistachio cream and bavarian cream filling, and we are getting amaretto with bavarian cream filling....YUM. I'm salivating for it! Now I just have to find inexpensive crystals because this cake is going to end up costing me a billion dollars.
Here is the inspiration for the groom's cake. Only the helmet (Houston Texans) will be cake (Carrott, his fave). The jersey will be a basketball jersey (The Rockets, who else?). I'm so excited about his cake! Even more so than mine!
****Cakes on Wedding Day!!!!!
I finally purchased by toasting flutes and cake server set.
**UPDATE!!** They came in!
****On wedding day!
Not feeling it. This is my first one. I don't think he really got what I wanted, nor did he listen. Needless to say, I will be scheduling another makeup trial for May. I hope I find a MUA soon...
2nd Make up trial! I liked this MUA better but I still want something else. Something is missing and I can't figure it out. I have one more make up trial. I think I'm just super picky!
Stay tuned for trial #3!
MU trial part 3.
**SIGH** I still wasn't feeling it. This one I was feeling less than the last one. I'm not sure if I'm satisfyable.
I REALLY don't understand the lip color. That just doesn't fit my skin tone whatsoever. ANOTHER $50 down the drain....
So here's what I've decided to do. I am just going to BOOK a MUA with no trial. I've seen her work online, her skills seem amazing, and she comes highly recommended. Her skin is dark like mine so she HAS to know what to do with me. I'm closing my eyes and diving in. Wish me luck!
FINALLY!! I was able to get some makeup that I LOVE. L. O. V. E. The MUA that I said earlier that I was going to just book ended up being the one. Not only for my MU but my hair too. So she'll be taking care of me on WDAY!! YAYYY!!! Here is the link to my post.
****My wedding day look!!
Okay, this story is unbelievable. I started off thinking I had sooooooo much time to do my invitations and get them out.....WRONG!! All of a sudden, it was beyond time to have the invitations sent out! AND I had NOTHING!! We are doing DVD
invitations and our DVD wasn't burning right, the printer was drinking the ink for the labels, I didn't even have anything as far as paper is concerned (to put the dvd's in, the insert cards, RSVPs, envelopes, NOTHING!). So I put in an order at
cardsandpockets.com and got them by the 2nd day (I super expediated the shipping!) and FI ordered a super DVD burner from EBay. Then we got to work....OMG. I didn't realize how much work I would be doing and what I would be getting myself into. So I
contacted Sarah (GoingtobeGoff, www.signaturebysarah.blogspot.com) and had her put together a design for my insert cards. Not only is she friggin amazing, she's
extremely talented and TOTALLY awesome. So after a whole afternoon of chatting and going back and forth, Sarah put together this AMAZINGLY gorgeous design. She got my vision before I even understood what it was.
THEN it came time to print. ***BIGGEST LONGEST SIGH EVER*** What a headache. I went back and forth to Office Depot cutting cards (I only ordered one set of insert cards so I had to go create more (the guest information/map inserts), buying ink, and buying sticky pads (to seal). After countless ink cartridges, glue sticks, sticky pads, cardstock, scissors, a cheap busted paper cutter, several messed up envelopes, 4 days of starting around noon and working til 3am, and a NEW PRINTER, VOILA!! Here are my DIY invitations. Enjoy yourselves.
FI burning DVD copies after a 10 hour work day.
SEVERAL ink cartridges....these things are EXPENSIVE!!
New printer that printed the DVD labels FLAWLESSLY!! (AND it's a Kodak...less expensive ink...SCORE!)
My friend helping out. We had an invitation party.
COUNTLESS hours of work....Look at the chaos...
After all that, here are the insert cards and the final look.
The assembly line...Almost ready to mail out!
***We got our first RSVP back not too long after mailing out the invitations!!
YAY! Our getaway car is booked. It's a vintage 1960 Rolls Royce that will have our last name as the license plate! I am sooooo excited about this!!
We booked the Countess (Silver Cloud II).
Actual on Wedding day!
Honeymoon is booked! We booked our honeymoon through Unforgettablehoneymoons. Vicky was great to work with, very patient, and I had an overall great experience with her.
Now the good part. We are going to ST. LUCIA!!! We are doing a split stay so we can see the northern and southern parts of the island.
First half: 4 nights, 5 days at the Ladera Resort. BEAUTIFUL. It is nestled up in the Piton Mountains and has 3 walls (how exciting). Also has a plunge pool, jacuzzi tub, breakfast and afternoon breeze tea included. Here is a summary of the Ladera half of our Honeymoon.
Transfer from airport to Ladera Resort
· 4 nights in a Gros Piton Suite
· Breakfast and afternoon Breeze (Tea) Included Daily
· Stocked, In-Room Mini-Bar on Arrival
· Complimentary Weekly Manager’s Cocktail Reception
· Infinity Edged Swimming Pool
· Live Local Entertainment (most evenings)
· Tours and Activities Desk/Spa/Boutique
· Complimentary Beach Towels and Snorkeling Equipment
· Twice Daily Shuttle Service to both Jalousie & Anse Chastanet Beaches
**Let's hope it's this beautiful and not full of insects and kitten-sized spiders...
The second half of our stay is 3 nights at the All inclusive Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort. Here's a summary:
· 3 nights in a Honeymoon Grande Deluxe
· Welcome Fruit Basket and Complimentary Bottle of Champagne
· All meals and gourmet dining
· Unlimited premium drinks and cocktails
· 5 specialty restaurants
· 5 pools & 5 Whirlpools
· Complimentary Non-motorized Water-Sports
· Daily/Nightly Activities and Entertainment
· Tennis, Billiards, Volleyball, Table Tennis
· Exchange program w/ other Sandals on St. Lucia
1. I'm SUPER scared of flying and even more scared of flying overwater (drowning) and we are going to a tiny looking island out in the middle of the sea....hmmmm....
2. I hate bugs, mosquitos, spiders, snakes, lizards. The Ladera resort is up in the middle of the rainforest with 1 open wall....hmmmm.....I guess we shouldn't turn on the lights after dark?
3. I'm super scared of heights (flying??). The Ladera resort is up in the mountains practically hanging off the side of a cliff....hmmmmm.........Interesting.
I guess we'll see how this goes! Did somebody say....cocktail(S)?
****Here is the link to the honeymoon pics!! They are on Facebook!
Wow...I never thought this day would come but it has. I am on the list. Wow!!!!!! No turning back now! Here we go...
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I did it! 5K! Now it's time to work towards 10k. Here's the post by me and FI.
We had the hardest time figuring out what to do here but FI finally decided to just individualize. So here they are!
New black studs for two with pierced ears.
Engraved mugs for 4 of our drinkers.
For the student, an engraved box of pencils with encouraging words on them!
My personal fave, engraved Chuck Taylors for his 3 guys that have actually been putting forth A LOT of effort to help things run more smoothly.
Every gift (except the earrings) are personalized with the guy's nickname. It's pretty cool. Makes me want to be one of his GMs!! At least one who put forth effort!! LOL!
We also got them all Argyle socks and the GMs Ts. I'm putting them all together next week!! YAY!!!!!!!!
On July 31st, 2 weeks before our wedding, we were just going to go out with friends but it ended up being the EParty we never had! Super Awesome.
My girl Virgie Virge!!
FI with our friends who are NEWLY ENGAGED! Do I hear New PDubber??
It was so nice to get out, DRINK, and have some fun. But I was tired by 10:30pm. LOL! I'm such an old lady sometimes!
That would actually be yesterday (8/7). I haven't got any pics uploaded yet but I will post as soon as I do. MAN! We had a blast!!! It was sooooo much fun! Everybody had a blast. We played several games including quizzes (So you think you know Pam?? and Wedding Word scramble), bridal bingo, What was the bride wearing?, Birthday closest to Wedding date. But the FUNNEST 3 games we played were Toilet Tissue dress game (there were some interesting ones), Pole and hole between the legs (if you want to know what that is, ask me....it is SUPER SUPER funny and fun!!) and shaping a penis from playdoh (game idea courtesy of Chantel). OMG!!! It was super funny and sooooooo soooooooo much fun. The food was AWESOME, cake was a sugar rush, drinks, gifts (lots of Victoria's Secret stuff....), we had some of my fave music playing in the background. It was fabulous and super girly (the colors were dark pink and black/zebra). What a blast! I can't wait to post pics. 6 more days!!!!
Me and 3 of my Maids.
My mom, me and my sis (MOH).
Toilet tissue dresses.
Super fun Pole in the Hole game
The most awesome game. Self explanatory.
My cousins. Such good sports but they said they were traumatized after this game...LOL!!!
My cake. It was like sugar!!!
Ethan was so good. Alllll those women? Alllll that attention? I think he was in his own little Heaven. He had a good time!
I wrote a recap on this in my section "I now pronounce you..." but I wanted to separate the pics! Enjoy!
My AMAZING sister and MOH
This guy would not leave my girl alone!! LOL!!!
It was all good! No bad luck here..
Second run-thru. My BM standing in as me.
~~Rehearsal Dinner Party Pics~~
There are so many links that I don't feel like retyping or blogs that I want to post. So here's where I'll keep myself organized! LOL!
One of my fave blogs! Sarah's post about me/my designs.
My Bridals by the Amazing Raheem of RhPhotoarts!
My Bridals blogged in a Magazine!
My PDub Wedding Recap
Super sweet post from Cai
Super sweet post from MrsAmandaKurtz
My Pro Pic Teasers!
Blogged by Red White Bride!!!
We built our house (EVERYTHING to the tile grout was custom made) last year. We've lived here for a year but we just got married and now I feel like I can call it OUR home! OR, I was just lazy to put up pics! LOL! Either way, here's the pics of our house. Enjoy.
LOVEE our oven/micowave combo
Laundry Room - <3 love love...
Master w/sitting area
There are a total of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. We have a living room, dining room, kitchen nook, laundry room, 2 car garage and I ADORE our house! Even after a year.
Just had to show some love. I belong to A LOT of groups!!
Love Those Shoes!
Project Wedding Slim Down
Maggie Sottero Brides
Milly Dress Brides
ASK A MRS.!
African American Hair
Dressilyme - Dress(es)
Do It Yourself Weddings
August 2010 Brides
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The Glamorous Bride
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