Jul 03, 2010
AKA The Honeymoon
We stayed at the luxurious Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico for 3 days:
Comical trip to the liquor store:
Tiffanys in our hotel!
Exploring San Juan:
Then we got on the Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas for 7 amazing nights in a balcony room:
I surprised DH by having the stateroom decorated, as well as having champagne, chocolate covered strawberries & cozy slippers awaiting our arrival!
Having fun around the ship:
The Beatles in the Caribbean LOL:
The Honeymooners Reception:
On the 2nd to the last night of the cruise our stateroom attendant surprised us with a bed of rose petals & "towel art" of 2 swans & a heart. It was very sweet & super romantic!
Ports of Call:
We went on a catamaran & went snorkeling with turtles & stingrays, then we had way too much Rum Punch : )
Guest bartender LOL:
Behind me is the hotel where Tiger Woods got married:
(ranging from $2500-$25,000/night)
Even though it was a very rainy day, we had a blast! We went on a coastal cruise of the island & visited the Piton Mountains & again drank a lot of Rum Punch!
This ended up being our favorite island! It has 365 beaches...1 for each day of the year : ) We went on an amazing helicopter ride of a nearby island with an active volcano. The views were amazing, but the devastation of the 1996 eruption was very sad, as ~75% of the island was wiped out.
Pics from the helicopter:
After the helicopter we went to a gorgeous beach:
This was our 2nd visit to St. Maarten & we loved it again! We went horseback riding & even went for a little swim with the horses!!
After horseback riding, we went to a nice beach & then had some Pina Coladas @ a local bar!
DH surprised me with a massage & facial in the Cruise Spa on this day, so we got a late start on the island. That was ok though, because this was our least favorite island. It was very pretty, but just so tiny (50,000 population) and it was kind of a ghost town!
I bought 2 dresses for $40/each during a David's Bridal sale!! I wore them for the 2 formal dinners on the cruise.
Card box from For the Modern Bride:
Cake Topper and Serving Set from Toppers With Glitz:
This quilt has 9 of our favorite Epics on it and guests will sign it with fabric markers...cannot wait!!
Here is the sign so they know what to do:
Custom Hanger from Etsy:
Caricature to be used on our programs as well as a poster when guests enter the ceremony:
Farewell Sparkler Display:
Custom matches for our sparkler exit:
Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs
LOVE Dishes that will be on the bar with pretzels:
Fans for ceremony:
Hankies for FMIL & My Parents:
Bride & Groom Forks:
"Wedding Day" Scented Candle:
Ceremony Venue: Red Rocks Trading Post http://www.redrocksonline.com/
Reception Venue: Mount Vernon Event Center http://www.mtvernoneventcenter.com/
DOC: Daniell Odil of Something Classic Events http://www.somethingclassicevents.com/
Wedding & Engagement Photographer: Real Photography http://www.realphotography.com/
Trash the Dress Photographer: Gina Lamb of Wave Hello Photography www.wavehellophotography.com/
Rock the Dress Photographer: Dawn Sparks www.dawnsparks.com/
Videographer: Mowry Productions http://www.mowryproductions.com/
Cake: one of my bridesmaids is making it (her mom owns a cake company where she worked for years)
DJ: A Music Plus http://www.amusicplus.com/
String Quartet for Ceremony: Cloud 9 String Quartet http://www.leavittmusicservice.com/
Chocolate Fountain: Sir Chocolate LLC http://fondue4you.com/
Florist: Hillside Consultants http://www.hillside-consultants.com/
Officiant: Rick Ebbers
Transportation: Ambassador Rolls http://www.arlimo.com/
Rehearsal Dinner: Fossil Trace Golf Course (Three Tomatoes Catering) http://www.fossiltrace.com/
Hotel for Wedding Night: Isle of Capri Casino in Blackhawk, CO http://black-hawk.isleofcapricasinos.com/
Travel Agent for Honeymoon: Mary Hall of Gold Key Travel http://www.gktravel.net/
One of my bridesmaids and the best man were married last year. Their son is going to be our ring bearer. Instead of a pillow he will carry a briefcase and will wear sunglasses (kind of Mission Impossible style)! Here is my inspiration:
I am going to have 3 different centerpieces:
This one will have limes instead of apples, and there will be a pomander on the top rather than hydrangeas.
I am surprising Derek with 2 floral arrangements for the bar that will look like these:
My florist is actually going to put the beer one in a mug of Derek's that has his initials engraved on it. It was a college graduation gift from his mom. He probably won't even notice though : )
My bouquet inspirations:
Tying the Knot Bouquet:
My florist is going to provide a bunch of flowers in shades of fuchsia, green & white. During the procession each of our attendants & everyone in our family will carry a single stemmed flower (roses, hydrangeas, peonies, kermit mums, gerber daisies) down the aisle. Then during the ceremony Derek & I will collect the flowers from each of them while "One" by U2 is performed by our String Quartet. Each flower symbolizes the role our family & friends have played in shaping the individuals we have become. Once all the flowers have been collected we will bind them together with ribbon or twine or something symbolizing our commitment to each other & the joining of our pasts & families (incorporating the "tying the knot" tradition).
This will be our unity ceremony in place of a traditional unity candle or sand ceremony.
(thanks to whatever PW bride this pic came from...sorry I cannot remember!!)
I am getting these adorable shrimp cocktail placecards on Etsy:
Here is my real life inspiration board!
We will be having 2 different Rolls Royces at our wedding!
This one will take us to the ceremony and to the reception:
Then this one will pick us up after the reception to go up to the mountains to our hotel:
Can't wait for the amazing photo opportunities these will provide!