“ Our Story! ” by YoungBride21
Trisha is entering her last year of college at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, where she is studying to be a nurse. When she's not rushing between classes,
clinicals, and the library, she is a part-time nanny for a wonderful family. Upon graduation, she wants to continue her work with children and become a pediatric nurse of some kind.
John just graduated from the American University in Washington, DC, with degrees in History and Economics. He is a brother in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and counts his fraternity brothers among his
closest friends. Throughout college John was actively involved in Air Force ROTC, and he is now a 2nd Lt. on his way to Air Force training.
We met in the Junior ROTC program at Rancho Cucamonga High School. The professor thought it would be a good idea to sit us next to each other, since John was a goody-two-shoes know it all, and Trisha was quiet and shy. At first, Trisha thought
John was mean and scary, but it turned out he wasn't so bad.
WHEN WE GOT ENGAGED
July 28, 2007
HOW IT HAPPENEDJohn was studying at the London School of Economics for the summer, and Trisha came to visit. After spending a week in the
English countryside, we went to Brussels and then to Paris. Our first night in Paris, we went to Montmarte, and had a wonderful dinner at a back alley restaurant. After much embarrassment (and a little help from the guests at the next table) we learned
how to remove escargot from its shell. After dinner we walked around Montmarte's hilly and crooked streets found a gated park near the Sacre Coeur. The gates were already locked, but John (not exactly the rule breaking type) suggested we hop the
fence and sit on a bench so we could watch the sunset and the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Throughout our journey we had been struggling with the language, and we had been relying on our little French pocket dictionary for help. While flipping
through the book, John asked Trisha something from the dictionary (not really French, but he tried). Then he asked what Trisha thought he meant (look up "will you marry me" in french... it rhymes with an anatomical term in English). Trisha said what it
sounded like, we laughed and then he handed her the translation book so she could see for herself. He then got down on one knee while Trisha was focused on finding the translation. She finally found it (it took awhile...), and was shocked to see what
it meant. All she could ask at this moment of romantic climax (and sheer terror for John) was "Are you kidding me?" At this moment, John realized he needed some backup, so he pulled out Trisha's great grandmothers wedding ring (which he had
dutifully carried around Europe as if he were Frodo Baggins). Feeling a bit nervous that Trisha still might not get it, John sputtered out some mess of wanting to spend the rest of his life with Trisha, none of which she heard. Instead she became a sobbing
mess, and John, fearing that he had somehow missed something and made a giant fool of himself, began to cry a little (this is rumored, but not confirmed). Between sobs, he repeated the question (in English this time), only to receive more wailing
sobs in return. Finally, in one last desperate move, John asked, "Well do you?" Trisha, realizing that she had forgotten to answer in between her tears of joy said, "Of course!" At this moment, the heavens opened up, a group of onlookers began to clap
and cheer (while probably thinking to themselves, "man, that was close"). A moment later, the sun having just set, the Eiffel Tower burst into its dazzling spectacle of sparkling lights, and John and Trisha ventured into the city in engaged bliss.
Afterward, John was pretty pleased that, having gone into the whole ordeal without any kind of a plan, it turned out perfect and seemed as if it were out of a movie.
Wedding Date is July 3, 2009!!!
“ **The Bridesmaid Dresses** ” by Germexican09
So it seems last minute Christmas shopping does have it's perks. I was at the Victoria Gardens mall in Rancho Cucamonga with my mom picking up some last minute gifts when I said we should pop in White House Black Market just to
see what they had for ideas since my Bridesmaid Dresses would be black. Lo and Behold I found them! And at a GNARLY discount no less. The tag said $178.00 which was marked
down to $99.99 and THEN another 40% off THAT because of some special discount thing they have on dresses. So my lucky ladies will only be paying $64.64. I don't think the model does it justice really. Those tights kinda kill it for me. Much
cuter in person.
(p.s. I'm nixing the flower (which is detachable, hallelujah) and adding a thin cameo pink sash)
“ The Dress ” by Mr.andMrs.117
I found "The" Dress during my first time trying on dresses. I was not really excited about trying on dresses because of my body but boy was I wrong! Once I started trying on the dresses I felt like a million bucks and all my worries
went away. I think it also helped that my consultant at the bridal shop was AMAZING!
I had brought my mom, sister, mother in-law, and sister in-law along for the trip. For each dress, the consultant would get me dressed and then explain all the details about the dress. She would also let me look in the mirror for as
long as I wanted so I could make my own opinion about the dress before she opened the curtains and my mom started voicing her opinions! I was so thrilled about my experience there and would recommend any bride in Southern California go to
Uniquely Elegant Bridal in Rancho Cucamonga. You will not be disappointed!
This dress was about the 6th or 7th one I had tried on. When I had it on and looked it the mirror there was definately a different feeling than the other dresses but no tears or "Oh my gosh" moments. I loved it but wanted to try on
few other dresses I had picked out...Because this is was my first time, I didn't want to get to caught up in the moment and then end up regretting my decision down the road. So I tried a few more dresses on but kept comparing them to the other
dress. Once I was finished, I put it back on and I instantly knew that this was "The" dress. That is when it hit me....I would be marrying the man of my dreams in this dress! Then the flood gates opened...And when my mom saw me in
it again, she started crying again too!
Then once we had decided this was the one, the consultant told us the price and our jaws dropped....$400! Apparently a bride had ordered the dress and put down her 50% deposit. When it came in she wasn't able to pay the remaining
balance so she had to forfeit the dress. It must have been fate because the dress was even in my size! So I was able to take it home that day.
I can't wait to wear this dress on our wedding day...I am so excited! My dress is a Sottero & Midgley JSM 1103.
Something Old- Label inside of dress
Something New- Dress, jewelry, garter
Something Borrowed- Sister's perfume for wedding day
Something Blue- Label inside of dress
After seeing a few different "dress labels" from other brides, I fell in love and knew I had to have one as my something blue. I asked FI's grandma if she could make it for me and she was delighted. I just received the finished
product at my bridal shower and I absolutely love it! It brought me to tears when I opened it up. She also told me that it had been made using an old, vintage pillow case so it is also my something old!
My jewelry arrived in the mail the other day and I love it!! It came exactly as pictured and it is so beautiful. My wedding day jewelry from BGBJewelry on Etsy:
My garter from Peterene Design on Etsy:
I had 3 fittings with Mahtab. I had read rave reviews about her on Project Wedding and I figured since my dress needed some work done I would go with the best. When I came to her my dress did not fit and I was in a big panic, like
most brides would be. She assured me that everything will be fine and not to worry. By the 3rd fitting, my dress fit like a glove! It looked even better than I could have imagined and I was so thrilled. She truly has magic
hands. Mahtab hemmed my dress, created a bustle, let it out and created a wider modesty panel for the corset back.
Photos from my last fitting:
THE REAL DEAL:
“ THE dress! ” by melyssaj
I had been dreaming of a lace dress, but knew there was no way we could afford it on our budget. I even considered buying a used dress, but
most still cost at least $2000 which was twice what our budget alloted. So, a few weekends after we got engaged, my amazing sister/MOH set up an appointment at Uniquely Elegant Attire in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. We figured I would just
try on a few dresses to see if the styles I liked in the magazines (i.e. lace) were the ones I actually liked in person. We had no intention of actually looking to buy.
However, I ended up falling in love w/ a dress...the very first dress I tried on in the first bridal boutique I stepped into!!! AND, they were
having a rack sale and this particular boutique takes excellent care of their rack dresses so it was in near-perfect condition. SO, I got my dress (Anjolique Style #957) right then and there!!! :D And they happened to have
the veil I loved in stock, so I got a discount on that too! Yay!!!
“ Follow my GUILT FREE Wedding Bash! :) ” by kdladyj
DECEMBER 4, 2009
My name is Katie Jones and it will be almost a year in February that I've been engaged and I'm just now starting to get down to working on my wedding. I lost my job at the beginning of the year so I knew that my wedding will have to be budgeted
greatly, however I did want to set a date of July3rd 2010.
A little about myself.. I've always been a hard worker, very independent and responsible. I love parties and so when I've thought of my wedding I knew I would want it to be "one big party". I live in Los Angeles and due to the housing market in
the past years me and my boyfriend have been saving for a house. Well, when the market fell so did the economy therefore it's just not in the cards to buy property now. We have put our funds aside and decided to wait till we get a little more secure
with our employment. Even though I'm not working we have been doing fine financially mostly due to the fact that we do not have debt. But the guilt is always there that since I'm not working how will I have a wedding? ..As the year went on my
questions became answers. As my "wedding account" grew it seems that my family was shrinking. I lost 5 family members due to different reasons throughout the year. The fifth loss (was the only non-family member however she was the mother of my two best
friends in the world Michele and Briana and I considered her a second mother to me as well). My best friend Michele got engaged in December one month before me, she planned for her wedding to be April 17, 2010. Well August 27th we found out her mom
had pancreatic cancer, she moved the wedding to November 21st on September 17th we found out it was spread throughout her body and her mom passed away on November 3rd. The sunday before her bachelorette party 2 weeks before her wedding. My
friends are both very strong and their family are faithful spirited Catholics it was the hardest thing in the world to see them experience such a sad and happy time within a few weeks of each other but we got through it. All of the current events made
me realize that times are short and things happen that are out of our control. I don't want to worry about "wasting money on a wedding".. I want to celebrate the Love that god has given me between me and My Fiancee Elliot. (I didn't celebrate my 30th
birthday this year so my wedding will double for that party ;)...
As my loving family members get older our strengh in memories are what keeps me happy through the years. I will always remember family get togethers and celebrations and dancing at them (I consider myself a dancer). I just have to have one of my
own guilt free... So hopefully you can join me as I make notes of my " BIG FUN CHEAP EXPENSIVE DIFFERENT GUILT FREE WEDDING BASH"
SURPRISE PROPOSAL AT DISNEYLAND-FEBRUARY 7, 2009
I went to a Birthday Party at Disneyland with Noah (my stepsons) little sister Alyssa. Boy was it storming that day I mean thunder, lightning, the works..At around 4pm Elliot's sister called me saying she was there (suprise) and that she
had something to give me so to "meet her in front of the castle". When I got there I noticed that my kids were with with her and so was my boyfriend Elliot it took me a little while to realize what was going on ... actually it didn't hit me
until he fell to one knee but when I did I could'nt stop crying. Everyone started cheering and clapping.. I said yes too by the way. :)
Here is my Mother Theresa inspired Proposal Pic.. :)
MY PRETTY ENGAGEMENT RING
Tacori inspired. I couldn't find an image that wasn't a 3D image of the exact ring. But this is close. Pink Sapphire surrounded by diamonds. It's very different which I love and a nod to my birthstone which is October-Rose Zircon. I heart
MY LOVELY DRESS
After trying on about 50 dresses from different locations Alfred Angelo, David's Bridal, Bellasposa in Rancho Cucamonga, Danniela's Bridal in Santa Fe Springs, and 2 bridal shows that were having sample sales (I think Mariposa Anaheim was one of
them) I kept going back to the very first dress I tried on, can you believe it? Just like they say. It wasn't my first choice it was the first she put me in and I loved it. It was from Alfred Angelo and it was in the $800 range. I started my dress
shopping in May making myself take my time and I did in late august I was searching Ebay, Craigslist, internet comparing prices ETC and low and behold up came the AA dress on sale from a bridal shop in New Jersey called Chrissy O designs. I
contacted them email and they told be my AA dress size 12 was on their floor end of season sale for $350 flat including free shipping. I called my AA and the sample size that I tried on was a 14 (I remember it fitting a little big) I took a chance on the
purchase and 2 days later USPS (with insurance) showed up with my wedding dress. Can you believe I put it on and it fits me like a glove! No alterations necessary (except for bustle) If I lose weight my mom can take it in she's a seamstress. My mom
saw the dress and couldn't believe her eyes for the price, material, and style she couldn't make the dress for $350. We've always had issues with clothing fitting me because I have larger boobs. But this dress fits perfect like AA made it for me. I'm
obssessed with "Say yes to the Dress" but I wouldn't give up my cheap dress for the world. Here it is. Mermaid style #2025 .. the bottom bubbles and it's taffeta.
And the backside