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Our First Date
When Jeremy and I met we both agree it wasn't love at first sight, but intrigue of some sort. There he was a fair skinned 6'3" self claimed Irish descent Tennessee boy looking at me with his huge blue eyes and this grin on his face that made me smile and rudely ask "WHAT" at the same time. He made some kind of Asian remark that although I can't remember the exact words, gave me the urge to want to smack him. He wanted to get under my skin. This first meeting ended in us exchanging emails and numbers and then came our first date: the frozen ferry ride.
He wanted to be romantic and surprise me with a ferry ride, which I thought was quite fantastic and sweet as no one has done that before. It was evening so the stars would be out, and the moon would reflect over the water while he would put his arm around me. Unfortunately, our first date was in January and according to Virginia's weather stations it was the coldest and windiest evening of the year. Also, he didn't realize that the ferry ride price went up so he returned red faced- more from embarrassment than cold- and asked for a dollar. To most people, this may have been considered a disaster. A true disaster of a date where nothing could go right. To me, it made me giggle inside. You see I understand this kind of luck, where you feel that EVERYTHING is going wrong and the impression you make is a horrible one. To see this man who'd only met me once before try his best and luck have it, still have things not go right let me know we have something in common= bad luck. Our date lasted 8 hours and ended with him giving me a kiss before I went home.
How He Proposed
He was working in Kuwait and had been there the past 6 months and I had just passed my nursing license exam. To celebrate and for him to get away from the stress of work, we decided to meet in Ireland for his birthday. Totally excited because we've been wanting to go there for awhile, we booked a nice quaint B&B called the Ariel house
After more than 10 hours of flying and layovers, we met at the Ireland airport and took a cab to the B&B and got into our room. Exhausted, I just wanted to lay in bed but Jeremy was hyper for some reason. He kept telling me to look at everything and how nice it was(the room was a nice but fairly small room so there was only so much I could look at) Finally he said, look at how nice the bathroom is! I picked myself up from the bed and waddled my way to the bathroom. I looked around and saw what I expected- bath, toilet and a sink and a shelf above that sink...and a ring in a box on the shelf...wait what? My semi pathetic self immediately thought that the people before us had left their jewelry in the room. Then I started to think, maybe it's for me? I went back and forth in my mind as to if he was either proposing or just wanted to give me a ring? It wasn't until I heard an anxious "hello?" from the bedroom. I peaked out and the poor guy was pacing back and forth and when he saw me he simply asked "so, you wanna?!"
Ladies, I completely understand that this may not be the most romantic or fairytale way to ask. He didn't do it the way he had planned, but he simply couldn't wait anymore and to me it was perfect...simply because it was kind of funny and a little goofy but straight from the heart and genuine. I couldn't ask for more!
After two years of being together, being in love and getting engaged(in ireland!!), here we are in Bahrain planning our wedding in Norfolk, VA. We've been through a lot together and grew together as best friends and partners and despite our combined bad luck, I know I'm the luckiest woman in the world to have a man like him :)
My fiance and I live overseas, but our wedding will be where we used to live, in Norfolk Virginia. Planning a wedding from what I know is stressful, and it's been quite an experience doing everything overseas. Luckily, I have great friends and family so right now (operative word= now) I'm not too stressed. I've gotten a TON of great ideas from brides to be on here and will plan to use them!
To make our wedding more personal, I have decided to take on some DIY projects. I like the idea of looking at the reception room and thinking to myself, this is EXACTLY what I wanted. I've been looking at the DIY boards and have gotten some great ideas. I hope to meet other brides on here and share the projects and experiences! I would love to chat with some other brides to be!!
and FINALLY, my colors and style board:
My idea of what the wedding party will look like
I wanted to be a semi DIY bride because I like the fact that it's personalized and you can make it exactly how you want it. Also, I'm a believer that it will be cost effective. So here goes the list so far:
1. Centerpieces- embarking on a peacock feather "bouquet" submerged in water with chrystal beads at the bottom and LED lights. TBD We are doing fabric flowers! right now it's a feather pomander lol
2. Invitation- this is a semi DIY project. I hit up Michael's on Black Friday and got 200 invitations and rsvp cards for 100 bucks. I plan to add ribbon a wax seal and a peacock feather in the middle I've joined the pocketfold group! almost done! DONE and sent!!!
3. Menus- the invites have jackets and I will only end up using half of them for invites. so I plan to use the jackets for the menu, insert a different type of paper with the menu choices and seal it with the name card DONE!
5. Programs- My inspiration : DONE!!
6. Tears of Joy packets DONE! I made a little over a hundred of them, I just put one of each ribbon combos below. IT FEELS SO GOOD TO CROSS SOMETHING OUT!
7. Table Cards
8. Seating chart/escort card
9. Boutonnieres I only partially crossed this off because I still have the FOG/FOB and FI's bout but here are the groomsmen:
10. Pomanders(a maybe)
11. Notecards - went in our guest book
12. Memory cards- went in our guest book
13. BM hanger
14. Bridal suite/Groom suite door hanger nixxed
16. Bridal Bracelet
17. BM totes
18. Mom's bracelets
19. Mom's Bags
20. Something for dads
21. Wedding Guestbook
22. Bride and Groom Hanger
23. Cocktail Flags
and more more more!
I have started doing some mockups already but I need to start getting on it! Will post pics up soon for the update!
We had our pictures done in Norfolk, VA where we had our first date.
I was determined to have a garter like this: but I didn't want to pay $45 plus for it. So I was determined to make somethingn like it. I went to a local fabric store here and got some ivory glittery tool, scoured ebay for some pretty appliques and even got a mini sewing machine($25 and I can use it for hemming which my 5'1" self needs to do frequently) and BAM! This is my wedding garter!
Not too shabby for someone that hasn't really worked a sewing machine since the age of 10 :)
So FINALLY I am starting to send off my STD! After a little issue with an etsy vendor and three months later, I am sending off the save the dates!
The STD came with plain white envelopes so I used my personalized stamp on the back of the card. Because my handwriting isn't the best, I used a fun font for the labels! Here they are:
Inspirations from these lovely ladies have helped shaped my idea as of what I want in the wedding!
From daluvely I am using silver with my jade and purple and adding some bling. It's a little different and I'm wanting more jade with the purple but she deserves the credit
From Gatewood2be I am inspired by this wonderful CP:
I want to put feathers underneath and use an eiffel tower vase and the colors will be different:ivory boa on the bottom of the ball and various color fabric flowers
From Phannie I am attempting to make tote bags and emergency kits for the ladies and hangover kits for the men! I want different design tote bags for each BM/MOH and I plan to do an iron transer
From Pknguyen22, I am wanting to make these awesome wraparound labels!
From Labrum, I LOVE this saying and want something similar with a different background and her black hoodie inestead of a white one. But the bling inspiration itself is from Nicoleblanc! she did it herself~
Let me know if I missed credit where it's due. I just want to thank these ladies because it's making me feel like it's all coming together!!!
Today I had my hair and makeup trial and I like the results! there will be a little tweaking but here is the overall look!
my sassy shoes!
Bachelorette- Pinup theme
Nothing ends a night like good ole' karaoke!! We were rockin out to Karen White's Superwoman
Gift Giving! here are the men with their shirts
The girls with their bag of goodies! it included a handcarved rosewood jewelry box in them. It had a secret way to open it and I put their hot key bracelets in them and their cartouche necklace in them. It also had an emergency kit, and BM hangers. you can see them on my DIY page
The mom's got a reversible bag, brooch bracelets and a shirt from Bahrain
Dad got a Harley shirt and a drawstring bag :)
Don't mind the shoelessness lol with my mamma
At the hotel...
One of my fave pics of my mom
they had refreshments too
Time to get dressed!
Let's play find the bride.....
Hector one of the groomsmen
My man getting ready... :)
seriously sexy lol
best man varick
The Venue needs a prepping too:
This was a gift from the folks and they insisted it go somewhere in the venue, so it was posted so when you get out the elevator this is the first thing you see
a table with artwork and collages of friends...the main painting on the table is a painting my cousin made for us!
my fave pic of one of my MOBs
Love/Hate Relationship with this Pic
Best Mistress of Ceremonies :)
Introducing the Wedding Party
First Dance as Mr. & Mrs.!
Mother/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance
DANCE IT OUT!
My Little Surprise
This photo was taken right when he said the three words that made me emotional: "You saved me"
I had the honor of being chosen as BIO of the week! so honored and excited to have this :)
nccatim and her groom said their vows as the sun shone on them through a giant wall of windows. Their wedding was rich and beautiful in shades of green, blue, and purple, with peacock accents. The topsy turvy peacock cake with custom bride and groom topper was perfection. Custom artwork made by friends, peacock colored cotton candy martinis, and the bride's surprise reception dress all brought great touches that made their wedding unique and memorable!