Jun 23, 2012
Thurs (6/21) was relaxing. I had breakfast with FI DH (YAY!) I had a hair appt to touch up my highlights and perform a minor trim and we celebrated one of Dan's lil Cousin's Birthday that evening. I went home to finish the last of my projects that I didn't get done. *Tip for Brides: Get these done before OOT guests arrive. You'll get wrapped up in the excitment and then you'll be up until 2 am finishing them! LOL*
Fri (6/22) was go, go, go! Mani's and Pedi's and 10 am with the one BM that could join me - which was so relaxing and pampering before the chaos started. From there I picked up my wedding dress from the seamstress and headed to the hotel where we would be getting ready. I requested an early check-in so that I could hang my dress up but my room wasn't ready. The girls at registration said the wait might be 30 minutes. So they handed me some water and asked me to wait. 5 minutes later they come get me and tell me they were upgrading me to a suite!!! Great service and friendly staff at the Courtyard San Mateo Foster City!
Once my dress was hung in my room, I then picked up the chair covers and sashes. Grabbed my helpers and headed to the reception venue. This took the longest and I should have alloted more time to get this done. We had to fight Friday rush hour traffic getting back home for the rehearsal and RD. But they can't start any of that w/o the Bride right? So I dashed home (5 min away from In Laws house) to grab my dress and rehearsal items.
***Tip for Brides: If you are doing any kind of set up/decorations the day before and your rehearsal/RD is that evening. Allow enough time and allow for some padding. I thought I had enough padding but I was wrong. Dinner should have been set for 6 and the rehearsal for 5.***
The Rehearsal went smoothly, we only ran through it once. And the Dinner was amazing! MIL and FIL really went above and beyond. It was amazing! (pix to follow!)
Sierra and I went back to my house so I could pack up everything I needed, went back to the hotel, showered, and went to bed around 11pm.
*Sat (6/23)*Wedding Day
Woke up via my wake up call and a text from my hair/mua asking if we wanted Starbucks! Marina set my hair then I got to relax and eat. Then it was a rotation between me and my BM's getting glamorfied! The photographers and videographers showed up together (early) and it felt like the paparazzi! Plus our videographer brought an extra cameraman! BONUS! My Mom, Gma, and Nephew (RB) showed up with the flowers. I got choked up for the first time when I saw my Mom and then she handed me a hankerchief that belonged to my late Great Grandma for me to carry that day.
First Look: I'd do it again! I was so relaxed and calm the whole morning. The only time I got nervous was during my individual dedication on video to my DH. I snuck up on Dan and tapped him on the shoulder and said, "HI" and he said HI back. Then he turned around and smiled at me. We hugged and kissed and started talking and laughing like no one else was around. He looked so handsome. One thing I didn't expect: our wedding party was there during the first look but their faces when they saw me was priceless.
Once we were done with photos we went back to our room to eat a snack and were ahead of schedule! We left the hotel for the ceremony and got there early! I had to wait like a mobster in the back of my sister's car until it was time to get out. LOL
Ceremony starts, I'm still calm all the way through my walk to the aisle. I actually had to tell myself to slow down becuase I felt like I was pulling on my parents! I guess I was anxious to get to the alter to my DH! LOL I got choked up when I saw Kari (BM) teary eyed at the end of the aisle. And again during my vows to Dan.
There were a few hiccups at the reception (apps weren't served on time, my dress didn't get bustled right, and the venue didn't put a plate and forks out for us during the cake cutting not to mention our cake cutting knife broke!) but all in all, the reception flowed nicely and I was glad to get some (sort-of) one on one time in with my Hubby. I got choked up again during our first dance and again when I hugged my Dad after our dance. I tripped all over my train during our dance but everyone loved our waltz! I can't wait to see the video...I got to twirl! :) I cried during DH's and MIL's dance. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. I also cried and laughed during the speeches made by BM and MOH. They were perfect and amazing.
We tore up the dance floor until they kicked us out! I'm still on a cloud 9 high. I smile when I'm referred to as Mrs. Albert. Aside from the very minor hiccups, THE. DAY. WAS. PERFECT. I mean it, it was everything I hoped, planned, and dreamed for and more! And to be honest, I think I made sure to take it all in so much so that the day didn't feel like it went by in a blur. I felt the day was in slow motion. Am I weird? Don't answer that LOL
It's an amazing feeling to be overwhelmed by the love and support shown and given by family friends on such a special day. I loved every minute of it and I wish I could do it all over again.
As many Brides before me have done - I sit here thinking, "Wow...it's already time for my sign off? Where the heck do I begin?" I want to start off by saying each and every one of you are a part of our wedding. Each of you are my bridesmaids standing up with me on Saturday. You are special, unique, and creative in your own ways and I am grateful for you and for this community.
When Dan and I first got engaged (4 years ago!!!) - I bought a few magazines and started browsing but I knew that we wouldn't have a wedding right away. When we finally had an idea of when this wedding would take place, I started researching and googling my heart away. I became addicted to giveaways and entering contests which is how I found PW. It wasn't until a couple months later that I actually found the forums. When and how my lurking morphed into a site that I open up first thing in the morning with my email followed by multiple visits during the day, I'm not sure but I'm happy it did.
You've heard me vent and picked me up when I was down, you cheered me on when I showed you my purchases and DIY projects, and you applauded me when I shared happy news and AW posts. You all are amazing and my own personal cheerleaders. I can't put into words my gratitude for all of that as well as the plethora of inspiration and creativity on here. Our wedding would never be what it's going to be if it hadn't been for the amazing people on P-DUB.
So with 3 days to go, my last day at work (and not wanting to be here lol), I bid you all adieu. See you all on the flipside my lovelies!
I thee wed...
My e-ring with FI's wedding band
My wedding bands with my e-ring!
I was lucky enough to be chosen to model wedding gowns in a Bridal Fair put on by the salon I bought my gown from. As a thank you for doing that - I was given a $150 gift certificate to apply towards a purchase from them!
Here are some photos from that day.
And here is a video they posted up from the show.
This was so much fun and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
BEST TIME EVER! The limo picked us up from my Sister's house at 6:30 and we headed to our pole dancing class. Which was a blast. We learned pole techniques and lap dancing moves. ;) Brown chicken brown cow! LOL
We changed and then headed to downtown Sac for some food and drinks. I had the most amazing time, I'm just sad that it all went by so fast!
And here I am with Uhlease!!! I was so excited to meet another PW bride in person and I got to meet her Fiance Trent. We didn't get to chat long or hang out much but it was still a blast!!!
Group photo at our last stop before we had to head home. Yes I'm holding a jello shot! lol
Lingerie Shower (Shower #1) on 5.6.12, two of my BM's were the hosted a lingerie shower for me and they did a fantastic job! I loved it and had a awesome time! While the turn out wasn't the greatest I had a blast. The food was yummy, the decor was cute, and the games were fun! We played Bridal Bingo and guess who brought what underwear game! LOL And I am officially set for sexy underwear! LOL
Here are some photos :)
Some awesome gifts!
Me and my Mama
Kari, Me, Sierra - my awesome BM's and hosts!
I had the most amazing time this past weekend! Saturday (5.19/12) was my Bridal Shower Tea Party hosted by my Sister (MOH) and then that night was my Bachelorette. We had so much fun, and there was even a star appearance made by Uhlease!!! :) More on that later. :)
The Shower was perfect, the games were fun, and we got some really great items. I feel an overwhelming amount of joy and love from those around me celebrating with me. For the Bach party, we hopped in a limo, went to a pole dancing class and then hit up some bars in Sac. And of course pix are below!
Some of the decor - My Sister thought of everything! She's so creative and clever.
Food tree made using tea cups and saucers. Gift table.
Table decor, and entry decor.
Our Toilet Paper Brides. Dean'na, me, Terra
Me and my Aunt D. Me and my Nana.
Me and my Mama. Me and my Grandma (my Mom's Mom)
Me and Danielle. Me and Sierra (my BM).
My Sister, Amber and I.
My Sister also gave me a beautiful box and enclosed was some Bridal Swag from VS (2 tanks, 2 undies, and the white Bride zip up hoodie), wedding day emergency kit items, makeup bag with Bride embroidered on it, and my Mrs. Albert hanger!!! I'm a giddy happy girl!