Jan 15, 2011

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                                    My DIYs

                       #1  Bridesmaids Hair Flower

                       #2  Signage

                       #3  My bouquet

                       #4  Bridesamaids flip flops

                       #5  Flowergirl Hair Flower

                       #6  Save-the-Dates

                       #7  Thank you notes for guest cookie favors

                       #8  Invitations

                       #9  Bridesmaids bouquets

                      #10  Monogram

                      #11  Cardbox

                      #12  Flowergirl pomander

#1.  Bridesmaids Hair Flower.  These were extremely easy!  I used the same type of flower I used in the BM bouquets that I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.  I took the flower apart and starting gluing (using a hot glue gun) it piece by piece back together on a small cardboard base.  I found the rhinestone centerpiece also at Hobby Lobby, and just hot glued it to the center.  It came in a packet of 3 rhinestones for $10.  Then I hot glued an alligator clip to the back of the base and VOILA!  Instant hair flower!

#2.  Signage.  Here are some of the signs that'll be posted at the reception.  We aren't doing assigned seating, so I am just reserving two tables (one for my immediate family and one for my FIs).  The other is for the card box and our "guestbook" which is acutually going to be a personalized jersey.



#3.  My Bouquet.  In progress... and COMPLETED!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way my bouquet turned out.  It's perfect!  Sici03 is wonderful!  She helped me put the ribbon, tulle, and bow on it and it came out fantastic.  I can't wait to see it in action on my WD.

#4.  Bridesmaids Flip Flops.  These were super easy!  All you need is ribbon, flip flops, and hot glue.  I don't remember which PW member I got this idea from, but I loved the idea and decided to try it myself.  I love the way they turned out!

#5.  Flowergirl Hair Flower.  This was super easy to make!  And I'm lovin' the way it turned out.  I also made her, her flower sash.

#6.  Save-the-Dates.  I found these pictures on from braggingbags and thought it would make an awesome STD!  This will be a semi-DIY.  Basically, she takes the picture and sends it to me as a JPEG.  Then I can take it to walmart or walgreens and turn it into whatever I want.  I'm thinking a postcard.  It's $0.89 per postcard at walmart.  I'll about 50 STDs or so, so we're talking about $42!  (~$50 total!)  UPDATE!!!!  Here is what they are going to look like.  I went with, and ended up only spending $42 for all 50.  I can't wait until they come in.  They will be arriving at my door between July 14th - 19. The wording says, "Please save the date for our wedding at South Padre Island, Texas on January 15, 2011!  Hope to see you there!  Love, Deena & Robert     Formal invitation to follow."

#7.  Thank You Notes for Guest Favors.  I made these to attach to our favors.  We are having longhorn shaped cookies made by our cake baker and she's going to wrap them for us in clear plastic.

#8.  Invitations.  Here they are!  Finally, I decided on one design, and I'm quite proud of myself.  I love that our invite says, "Because you have shared in our lives through friendship and love we, Deena Marie and Robert Rene, together with our families invite you to celebrate our marriage...".  I think it's so unique!  Sorry that they are a little hard to read.  I'm quite pleased with the way they turned out and I'm so glad they are finally signed, sealed, and delivered!  Only took me 6 months to complete -- from scratch.

#9.  Bridesmaids Bouquets.  I've decided to make my own bouquet and BM bouquets using "Real Touch" flowers from Hobby Lobby.  I'm using 9 roses for the BM bouquets and 18 roses for mine.  Our very own Sici03 came over tonight to help me with my DIY bouquets and OMG!  They came out fantastic!  My camera phone just doesn't serve any justice for how beautiful they turned out. 

#10.  Monogram.  I used PowerPoint to design our monogram after looking through various monogram samples from the lovely women of PW!

#11.  Cardbox.  I've was able to get this mailbox from Home Depot for about $15!  The Longhorn magnet was something that my mom gave me a while back and I've had on my refridgerator since I moved in my new house.  I'm really excited about this because it's going to be a nice keepsake after the wedding.

#12.  Flower girl pomander.  Thanks to The Chic Bride's article, this is the final product w/the added touch of a butterfly!  ;-)  I'm very proud of myself!


One last DIY.  My mom actually saw this on Martha Stewart or some website like that.  It's super easy and fun to do!  You will need a round piece of cardboard which is covered with wrapping paper with a small whole in the middle.  Take a piece of ribbon and stick it through that hole and tie in a big knot and then bow it so it doesn't go through the hole.  This gives you a "handle" for the bouquet.  Then collect all of the bows and ribbons you get from your bridal shower gifts and stick them on the round piece of cardboard.  Viola!  Your very own custom bouquet for your ceremony rehearsal!

Ok now seriously, my last DIY.  Lol.  I needed something to wear on the day of, so I went out and bought some iron-on hot pink letters from Hobby Lobby and placed them on a black tank-top that I already owned.  I plan on pairing this tank with some yoga pants and a black sweater.

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       Claudine for Alyce DesignsThe Dress photo 5

The whole experience was just amazing! 

I took my mom, my two sisters (MOHs),

my FMIL, and my future aunt.  We all had

a great time.  I tried on about 8 dresses

and I kept going back to the first one I

tried on, which was similiar to this one

except the body went all the way down

past my butt. Then my entourage saw this

one on the mannequin and encouraged me to

try it on.  I instantly fell in love.  I felt absolutely

gorgeous in it and everyone could tell.  Even a

lady from across the room with a different party

came over to tell me that I looked gorgeous and

that this was my dress! 





                                     My Reception Dress

         I have decided to get a second dress to change into

         for the last two hours of the night.  From 10 - 12 pm,

         we want to really have some fun and dance and I need

         to be able to MOVE!  So I needed something light and

         airy. I found this little number at Dillards.






IN ACTION.  On my wedding day, I only wore my main dress.  I had my other one for back up just in case I got too hot.  But I felt great, so no need to change!  All photos courtesy of Raul Salazar Photography.


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                                     Hair Inspiration #1 

              Ashley Greene at the Teen Choice Awards.                              

                             Hair Trial #1: September 4th. 

              Today I went for my hair and really loved the

         way it turned out, but I still want to try a half-up do, too.






Hair Make Up photo 5 Hair Make Up photo 6

Hair Make Up photo 7 Hair Make Up photo 8


                        Hair Inspiration #2

So, I'm having second thoughts about my up-do.  I'm thinking since my hair is extra long that I should take advantage of it -- otherwise, why have I left my hair grow this long?  I've been looking around for some inspiration and several PDub girls (Kelbel_83, Luvstruck,, Veronika)have had some beautiful hair-up hairstyles.  I made this inspiration board and I plan on testing out my new hairstyle for my bridals.

                 Hair Trial #2:  November 14th

Oh how I love this hairstyle so much better!  I love the way it turned out and I love how it looks with my dress!  The only problem is I have really, really, really thin hair so my curls fell out.  We figured out that we will need to use a smaller curling iron, and I'm thinking I'm gonna need some super duty hair spray.





                           Make Up Inspiration 

Here's an inspiration board I made.  Alot of these pictures came from PDub members - Eleni_Rose & BellaBride, I'm sorry but I'm not sure where I got these other photos.  If they belong to you, please message me and let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

                Make Up Trial #1:  November 14th

For my bridals, my sister and I did my own make up.  I'm acutally pleasantly surprised on how it turned out!  I'm considering DIYing for the W-day.  I want to get some new foundation though.  I use bare minerals... and while I think it's great for everyday use, I'm thinking maybe trying MAC or Make-up Forever for the big day. 


Day Of Make-Up and Hair:


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Date:  January 15, 2011

Ceremony:  Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville, TX

This church is very special to me.  It was the church my grandfather was baptized in and attended mass in every Sunday.

Time:  3:00 pm


  The Location photo 5




 Reception:  Isla Grand Beach Resort and Hotel on

 South Padre Island, TX.

 Time:  6:00 pm





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Deena and Bob

 Date:   December 5, 2003

 Location:  UTPA Campus

 Their Story:  I was finally able to convince Bob (through our club's E-mail) to come help out at the pharmacy programs' Duck Pond Book at the Night of Lights.  We only had about 30 minute shifts to cover.  Fortunately, one of the girls who was going to cover the shift after mine called in, so Bob agreed to stay with me to help out.  Of course, the entire night he had already been throwing wads of paper in my hair.  We got to talking and we were really enjoying each others company when the fireworks display started.  So cheesy, but it was so sweet!  After that Bob spilled pickle juice on me (which later I came to find out that he tends to spill lots of things on me).   And as "they" say, the rest is history...


The Proposal

 Date:  January 1, 2010

 Location:  My house

 The Proposal:  All week Bob had been trying to convince me to have a New Years Eve Party.  I was wishy-washy about the whole thing because I was supposed to go into work at 7:00 am the next day, and last year, the same thing happened to me and it wasn't very fun having to wake up that early.  I finally agreed to have a few friends over.  All night we were popping fireworks and I was video taping our fun.  Well, about 10 mins after the New Year Bob told Joseph to go light a big one that he had been saving all night.  Bob stood next to me and said, "Are you filming this?"  I said, "Yeah, I've been filming all night."  As Joseph lit the firework and it exploded, Bob got down on one knee.  I actually though something was wrong so I turned to him and noticed he was holding a ring!  Then he popped the question!  It was so surreal!  I couldn't even wrap my head around what was happening.  I asked him, "Are you serious?" about 14 times before I said yes!  (It was always a yes, but I couldn't believe that he asked me that night).  We met under fireworks, and now he proposed under fireworks.  That's my little cheeseball for you!