"Anyone can be passionate, it takes real lovers to be silly"
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It was Jan 18, 2007 and my friend Erinn was moving to Texas over the weekend so she wanted all of her friends to go out. It was a Thursday night and I had to be up for work at 5am (as did John). I decided to just go to Starbucks with her instead but then she talked me into going out that night. So I go home and change (didn't fix hair or makeup) and we left for our destination. We go to the bar where everyone was meeting (it's a country bar). We have a couple tables reserved as there were a lot of us. After being there for about 2 hours or so I noticed John. (He was in the same group of friends as me) I decided to tell my friend Lindsey that I thought the guy in the yellow shirt was really cute. She said she was going to tell him even though I asked her not to many times. So she went over and told him while I stood there feeling awkward and worried that he may not think the same about me. So about 10 minutes later he finally comes over and talks to me and the first thing he says is "Hi I'm John" and put out his hand for me to shake it. It was kinda cute actually because he was just as nervous as I was because he said he had been looking at me all night and wanted to talk to me as well. So we talked for a few minutes and danced to a few songs and it's all history from there
We're getting married at Saint Mary's Catholic Church. Our ceremony is at 2pm. It's an older church but is very nice. It doesnt allow the unity candle or sand ceremony though because they don't believe its necessary since its not really part of the ceremony. They feel the vows and exchange of the rings is enough.
I went to a bridal store to try on ONE more time before I ordered and I found a dress I LOVED more than the one I originally picked. It's Casablanca 1959. I ordered it in Diamond White! This is the model pics
and this is me in the dress
Blustarfruit made this sash for me to wear around my waist. It looks awesome on my dress!
My shoes-I was iffy about these shoes because I dont like the ankle strap because I feel restricted but these are comfortable and my feet look sexy in them ;) they look kind of orange but they are claret red
This is what our Ring Bearer will be wearing this suit
And this is what my dad will be wearing Tuscany Black
Ring bearer pillow
My friends bought me this brooch bracelet from LaFancyBeads on Ebay! I love it and it fits perfect!
Blustarfruit made me a necklace and earrings to match the bracelet my friends bought me. This is what it all looks like
I'm going to wrap my grandmothers pearls around my bouquet. I wanted to wear them but they dont match the bracelet my friends bought me and I'd feel bad not wearing the bracelet since they did buy it and it will be seen in pics lol.
This is my bridal clutch made from etsy seller syl2830. She did a fantastic job! I love it!
My garter from granniesgarters on ebay
My engagement ring. Then my e-ring with my wedding band
This is FI's wedding band. He picked it out almost immediately and it really looks great on his finger! Cant wait til he starts to wear it! =D
We LOVE Mackinac Island (definitely recommend visiting if you get a chance, gorgeous!) I've been there many times with my family and I've taken FI with me a couple times and he loves it just as much as I do and thats where we got engaged. They make AMAZING homemade fudge! We are going to give our guests little square piece of fudge. They have so many flavors to choose from but were giving regular chocolate, turtle, and cookie crumble fudge.
This is how we are going to package the favors. We'll attach a thank you tag on it and put something underneath the packaging so people understand why we gave what we gave.
My bouquet will be something like this. I was originally going to do all white roses but then I decided I wanted color in mine. Mine wont be these exact colors, but this is my inspiration. Mine will go with our wedding colors. The girls' bouquets will basically be a smaller version of mine.
FI's bout will have a flower that matches my bouquet and the boys will go along with the girls flowers.
Our cake will be made with a layer of Champagne cake with Champagne filling and a layer of White cake with Double Fudge Filling and then Buttercream frosting. Depending on how many layers we need, the flavors will alternate between the two different flavors.
Finally finished my cake topper!! Made by Crafty Eddy
Groom's Cake-Since FI is a huge sports fan I wanted his cake to incorporate that. I emailed the lady from TipsyCakes and asked if she'd be able to make a cake to feed about 45 people (giving it to him at the rehearsal dinner) and somehow incorporate the New York Giants, Yankees, and Rangers and her response was "I can create something fabulous" so now I'm SO excited to see what she comes up with!!! They make AWESOME cakes!! After talking with the lady from TipsyCakes we decided she is going to make a circle cake with 3D logos of the New York Yankees, Giants, and Rangers and then around the base of the cake put the New York Skyline, kind of like in the following picture.
I am making our invites/std/and programs. I ordered the pocketfolds and envelopes from paperandmore. I bought the paper and ribbon from the paper-source store in my area. This is a mockup of the invite. The papers are crinkled because my cat thought it was nice to lay on.
This is what our Save the Date looks like. I tried to upload my own design to vistaprint but everytime we received them in the mail they were blurry and I wasnt happy with them (all 3 times) so I just made them on the actual website using their templates. I didnt feel the need to stress over STD lol
Bridal Shower Invitations. Printed from vistaprint.com. 100 free postcards
Photo Sharing Cards
I made it from A&I and I love it! Ignore the fingerprints on it =)   ;
My awesome friend, Bethany, took our engagement pics for us! I love how they turned out. She did an awesome job! We took them at Freedom Park in Charlotte.
For my parents we're going to get them a 2 part picture frame and put a picture of us from when we were little and then the other side will be a picture from our wedding day and we'll put a cute poem in it. When I throw one together I'll post pics. I'm also going to make them an album from A&I after the wedding with wedding pics in it. I bought these hankies from etsy seller gosiadesigns. I love them!
(words from JohnsGirl) (I'm sorry they were so sweet!)
For his parents we're going to buy these photo albums from Things Remembered and have them engraved and put pics from the wedding in it.
Our church wont let us throw rice or petals or anything that will make a mess and I'm kind of over the bubble idea so we are going to do ribbon wands! I'm waiting on my brown ribbon to come in and then I'm going to start making them! The ribbon we're using will be brown, claret red, and champagne/light gold. I love how it looks when you have enough
Here is one that I made. I made 72 of them total
Ceremony & Reception Site
Band or DJ
Manicure & Pedicure Appointment for Day Before Wedding
Rehearsal Dinner site
Wedding Night Lodging
Things to Decide
Wedding Cake Design
Special Dances Music
Music for Cake Cutting, Garter/Bouquet Toss
Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue
Send deposits to ceremony location, reception venue, photographer, videographer, florist, DJ
Plan Rehearsal Dinner
Finalize Menu and Service Details
Browse ideas for Sweetheart Table
Make sure Bridesmaids order dresses
Apply for Marriage License
Order bird cage for cards
Confirm up lighting pricing/details with up lighting company
Make list of DO NOT PLAY for DJ
Confirm Honeymoon Reservations
Wrap Bridal Party Gifts
Prepare Toasts or Thanks to Guests (GROOM)
Give Wedding-Day Directions, Schedule and Contact List to Parents, Bridal Party and Vendors
Give Final Head-Count to Caterer
Confirm Final Payment Amounts with Vendors
Confirm Delivery Locations, Times and Final Arrangement with Florist
Confirm Location, Date and Time with Photographer
Confirm Date, Location, Time and Playlist with DJ
Shop for Honeymoon Clothes
Leave Honeymoon Itinerary with Parents
Drop Off Required Materials to Venue
Write Thank-You Notes for Wedding
Final hair cut and color for me
Things to Order
Bridal Party Gifts
Bride's Parents Gifts
Things to Send
Thank-You Notes for Shower
Thank-You Notes for Wedding
Ours look like this except we have brown ribbon instead of blue
Maid of Honor is Rachel. She is my BEST friend in the WHOLE world. We've been best friends since we were 8!
-Alicia, my cousin. She's AWESOME and I love her to death!!!
Stephanie-my cousin-She's my HCW (inside thing) Shes one of my cousins who understands me the most =)
Christine-John's sister. I dont have a pic of her but she is a great person and her and John are pretty close.
Kendra-My sister. My "BB Holmes" I dont know what I'd do without her!!
Samantha-My sister. I dont get to see her very much since we live so far away but shes growing up too fast! (shes on the left)
Louie-Mirror image of my groom. They are twins! What more can I say lol (FI on left, Louie on the right)
Ronnie-My brother-What to say about my brother. He's my older brother so I had a rough childhood lol but he's my life and I wouldnt be able to live without him! (Excuse him, he was a lil intoxicated in this pic, its from my cousins wedding)
Matt-John's best friend. He's a cool kid. Always a good time with this one!
Brian Sr.-John's sister's boyfriend. I dont have a pic of him either and dont have much to say. I've met him once
Evan-Another good friend of John's. He's another fun one that always likes to have a good time.
Brian-My cousin. Hes def my favorite male cousin and I have quite a bit of them lol. We're pretty close.
Timmy-My brother. He's crazy but I love him! He was always the brother that protected me.
Alyssa-My adorable little niece. Shes got spunk to her lol. Reminds me a lot of myself =)
Skyla-John's niece. She was 2 when I met her and she'll be 5 when we get married. Shes so cute =)
Brian Jr-John's nephew. Funny little man.
Videographer-Scene II Video
Florist-Kristina Lynn Floral
Ceremony-Saint Mary's Church
Bridesmaids Dresses-Char's-The Wedding Shoppe
Garter-Ebay seller-Grannies Garters
Centerpieces-Michaels, Walmart, Bloomsandbranches.com