Jul 14, 2012
Benjamin & Andrea
Andrea is currently working for Enterprise Holdings, EAN Services as a Help Desk Representative for Enterprise, Alamo, National, and WeCar rental car companies. She graduated from SIU-Edwardsville with a major in Sociology: Employment Relations and a minor in Criminal Justice.
Ben graduated with a bachelors in Business Administration from SIU-Edwardsville. He is currently running a company called Omega Promotional and is attending SIUE once again to get a 2nd bachelors in Accounting.
How we met/About Us
In the Summer of 2006, Benjamin and Andrea met working at Schnucks Market in Edwardsville. Andrea worked as a Salad Bar/Floral Clerk and Ben as a Meat Clerk just for the summer. When the summer ended, Ben went back to school at Murray State in Kentucky. Ben and Andrea made an effort to try to see each other about every other weekend. Andrea applied for Murray State and got accepted but was somehow able to convince Ben to go to SIUE with her. Ben moved home and so began the building of their new life together.
It has now been over 5 years and will be just the start of their 6th year together when they marry next July. Together they have 3 animals together: Cody, a standard poodle; Jackson, a pain-in-the-butt tuxedo cat; and Oliver, a sweet, fat orange tabby. They currently reside in a house in Collinsville, Illinois and plan to make it their home that they build their family in. They are very excited about starting their new life together and living "Happily Ever After."
On Saturday, July 30th, 2011, Ben invited me to go to Villa Marie Winery. We sat on the back patio overlooking the lake. Ben had gotten up to go get us a bottle of wine but came back and said that the waiter had to get it from the cellar and would bring it out to us. When the waiter came out, he had a bottle of wine with a bow around it. I remember thinking "why does it have a bow?" The waiter presented the bottle of wine to me and the bottle said "Will You Marry Me" I turned to Ben and he was on one knee. Of course, I said yes!!!
Bridal Gown Inspirations
As for the reception, I plan to change into something short and sweet. Love the picture below with the dazzled waistline. I will enter in my ballgown and plan to change possibly after the first dances.
My sister and MOH #1 plans to wear this dress in a charcoal color.
My MOH #2 and bridesmaids will wear something like these three dresses. I mainly like the mix of gray, black, and silver.
Junior Bridesmaid: Morgan, my niece
Ringer Bearer: Tyler, my nephew
Flower Girl: Lily Wecker, Ben's niece
Junior Bridesmaid Dress
Don't have one yet. Sorry Morgan!!! =)
Ring Bearer Tie
The Reception Venue
COLUMBUS CLUB in OFALLON, IL
Pictures posted soon...
I want half of the tables to have tall arrangements and the other half to have short arrangements. My colors are black and white...so I plan for a majority of the color to come from the flowers. I plan to have all different colors of flowers. I loved my friend, Tiffany's, flowers (pictured below). This is a great inspiration to what I want to do.
Some stuff I like...
My fiance, Ben, runs a promotional business...so I plan have him make some signs like the one below. I also want a head table banner.
sign below is from alliesauce's biography page
This Shuttle Bus comes with a DJ. It is currently being remodeled with limo seating. =)
Cygan Delaney Catering
_x__ Smoked Pork Loin w/ apple chutney *
Choice of Four Items
_x__ Tossed Salad (three dressings)
_x__ Buttered Corn
_x__ Twice Baked Potato Casserole
_x__ Bakery Fresh Italian Bread
Desserts--We plan to use the caterer's desserts and just have a small cake to cut.
_x__ Sheet Cake (1.25 extra pp) Vanilla, Chocolate, or, Yellow
Ice Sculptures--We get to choose an ice sculpture so I think we will do a W.
Click on the picture below to go to Cygan Delaney Catering's website
$350 ish per person
$271.78 total for one week
Pirates Cove, Key Largo, Florida Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 199492
BALANCE YEAR AROUND; $98.00/NT; $650.00/WK; $2,500.00/MO
#1 Activity--Swimming with Dolphins