Mar 10, 2012
Let me tell you, our guys are definitely going to be looking sharp! We went with one rental shop at first, but because DH's guys are all over the place, we decided to go with Men's Wearhouse for the ease of everyone.
DH went with the Wilke Rodriguez Fly Front Black Banded Collar Tux for his guys:
The men coordinated with the women, so the GMs each had their own color. However, all the guys wore black shirts.
His vest and tie are the Geometrics design in Ivory
Travis and Wes have been friends for ages it seems; Wes was Travis' best man in his wedding.
Travis will be wearing the Geometrics vest and tie in Blue Frost.
Derek is Wes' BIL, and the two have been very close. Derek has truly been a big brother to him.
Derek will be wearing the Geometrics vest and tie in Wisteria.
Tom and Wes met through church, and Tom has served as a mentor and friend to him for many years.
Tom will wear the Geometrics vest and tie in Champagne.
Ahh, my dear ladies! I had three lovely women who are serving as my BMs. Since I was making them purchase their dresses, I decided to give them complete control over which dress they chose. The only thing I asked was that it be a pastel color. They decided to go with my wedding colors.
Matron of Honor--Alesha
Alesha is my FSIL and an amazing woman. She chose David's Bridal's F14169 in Capri.
I met Susan in Sunday School at church; we've become great friends and I've become her cat's favorite sitter. She chose David's Bridal F12899 in Wisteria
I met Tina in the same Sunday School class as Susan. We've become fairly close over the years, and she's a great sounding board for ideas.
She chose David's Bridal's F13954 in Champagne.
As a part of their gifts, I had the woman who made my necklace make them matching necklaces and earrings.
I am also gifting them their shoes; they will be wearing LifeStrides Lacey (I got them for $34.30 each from Amazon).
Music often times sets the tone for any occasion, and that's no exception with us! This is what we're using for our day!
Prelude--Various songs from the motion picture soundtracks of Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Becoming Jane.
I don't have a pic yet of the church, but there's not much to look at on the outside--it's in sort of a shopping center looking building next to a Fastenal shop. However, the inside is understated and simple--a nice backdrop for a simple wedding.
At the front of the sanctuary is a plain wooden cross with a back light behind it. We want to use an arch wrapped in greenery to frame the cross without obstructing the view; our decorator said that we may want to go with the black arch so that it will pop against the beige walls. Here are both of our options:
On both sides of the arch, we're using large candles and wrapping the base with greenery and tulle.
I decided to save a bit of money and time and DIM (do-it-myself) make-up on my wedding day. After receiving many suggestions to check out tutorials on Youtube, I found the perfect romantic look in Michelle Phan's Romantic Valentine Look and made my own adjustments.
First, the inspiration:
So, here's the ingredients for the look:
1. L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Magic Perfector Base--After my skin care routine, I apply this all over my face for a smooth surface.
2. A mix of Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place foundation in Intensity 2.0 and Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily Skin foundation in Buff
UPDATE: I found a ColorStay foundation that fits my skin perfectly--I'll be using 200 Nude instead. I apply it by first dabbing a bit on with a sponge and then blending it with a foundation brush.
3. Revlon ColorStay Aqua Finishing Powder in Translucent Light Medium--I swirl this on with my Mary Kay Mineral Foundation brush, and then lightly run a facial pad over it to take care of excess powder.
4. Stila Pretty Pink Palette (using the wheat color and dark brown color on the eyes and the cheek color)--I apply the wheat color to my browbone, center of my eyelid, and my cupid's bow on my lips to highlight while I apply the dark brown color to the outer and inner corners of my eyelids, slightly into my crease, and on my lower lashline. I use the cheek color on my cheeks (of course) to give a slight flush.
5. Clinique's Color Surge eyeshadow in Strawberry Fudge (I'm using the pink for the eyes)--I apply the pink color into the creases of my eyes.
6. Sonia Kashuk Eye Definer in Mahogany--I draw a pretty thick line on the lid at the base of my lashes as well as my waterline on the bottom of my eyes.
7. I tried false lashes but no matter what I did, I couldn't get the hang of it, so I had to get the impact of the falsies with mascara, and this combo works: Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Waterproof in Brown-Black and Maybelline Falsies Black Drama. I first apply the Lash Blast to create a thick, full base of lashes, and then I apply the Black Drama. You have to take care with the Black Drama because it can clump at times.
8. Clinique's Quickliner in Soft Rose and Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Adore U
UPDATE: I was never truly pleased with the first combination. The color is gorgeous, but it seemed like my lips sort of got lost on my face. So with my fourth trial, I tried Maybelline's Superstay 24 lip color in Infinite Petal and I got what I wanted--a subtle pink that brought out my lips without overshadowing my eye make up. There's no need to prep your lips or line them because the formula works best on cean, dry lips.
And here are my trials
Trial #1: Here it is, but the make up was applied too lightly.
Make up Trial #2: This was eyes-only; I swear, I can't wait to start on BC so maybe I can get clear skin! This was when I discovered the mascara trick.
Make up Trial #3: Full-face, and I think it turned out okay.
Trial #4: This is where I tried out the new lip color and foundation, and it worked perfectly!
Here is my final trial before the big day, and it turned out to be the best yet.
Ahh, the honeymoon, usually the first trip taken by the new husband and wife. For us, we have had the craziest time planning it, but it has nothing to do with us not being able to make a decision. Here's the story of what happened.
Honeymoon Plan #1:
My MOH and FSIL, Alesha, offered us their cabin in Arkansas for the week after our wedding. This was the plan:
We will leave after church Sunday morning and head toward our destination. We will make a pit-stop in Tyler, Texas, and stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor B&B Sunday night.
We're heading to a small town in Arkansas for about a week where my FSIL and her family own a cabin. Here it is in the wintertime:
FSIL is going to have some brochures of places we can visit while we're there.
Honeymoon Plan #2:
When FH changed jobs, we found out that he didn't get vacation and they wouldn't give him extra time off, so we decided to plan a mini-moon in Houston.
The Omni Houston in Houston, TX ( http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/Houston.aspx)
It's a gorgeous hotel near the Galleria in Houston. It has great reviews, and my mom and her husband have stayed there several times and have had rave reviews of it. It's a bit pricier, but we like the look of it, and when we went to tour the hotel, the staff was AMAZING!
Honeymoon Plan #3:
FH ended up getting another job after losing his first one; this one involves shift work, but the schedule gives him seven days off in a row at some point, and his boss is willing to work his schedule to where he can get those seven days for our wedding and honeymoon. So Arkansas was back on--until we found out that Alesha was needing to sell or rent the cabin, and there wasn't a guarantee that it would be available when we needed it. I was okay with it, but FH was bummed because he fell in love with Arkansas and has wanted to take me there ever since his first visit. So I said okay, we'll find a cheaper hotel or B & B and we'll limit our visit to three nights. So after looking on the Hot Springs, Arkansas, website and rummaging through each option that was under $100 a night, we found the Alpine Inn. On the outside, it looks like Norman Bates is the owner, but on the inside, the rooms are so cute. And out of all of the reviews we read, there was literally only one negative review on TripAdvisor, and it had to do with a potential customer who verbally attacked the owner. Everything else on TripAdvisor, Google, and Yahoo was fantastic--rooms were comfy, the Scottish owners were fantastic and friendly...you name it! And you can't beat the price--$67.80 per night for a room with a queen bed, TV, free wifi, minifridge, full-size coffee maker with the fixings, and microwave, and $79.10 for a similar room with a king bed. We couldn't pass it up.
This is the room we're staying in!
Clipper House Inn in Kemah, Texas (http://www.clipperhouseinn.com/)
This inn is made up of cottages of various sizes, and there is a winery on the premises. The cottage we're looking at here is the Mont Blanc ($129 per night before taxes).
(picture courtesy of http://www.bedandbreakfast.com)
Sara's Bed and Breakfast Inn in Houston, Texas (http://www.saras.com/)
This is a small inn in central Houston. The room we're looking at is the Fredericksburg room; FH really likes the look of this place, but the price ($129 per night with a queen bed) isn't as enticing as some of the other options.
The InterContinental Houston Near the Galleria (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/overview/houston)
This particular hotel received some good reviews, and it's $104 per night before taxes. Not very high on the list for me, but it's an option. (photos provided by http://www.expedia.com)
Hilton University of Houston in Houston, Texas (http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HOUUHHF-Hilton-University-of-Houston-Texas/index.do)
Once again, another fairly inexpensive option that has received really good reviews; at $109.00 per night with parking before taxes, it's not bad.
Hotel Indigo at the Galleria in Houston, Texas (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/in/1/en/hotel/HOUHS/welcome?start=1)
I love the boutique hotel feel of this; to me, it makes me feel more like I'll be on a honeymoon rather than a trip for work and my FH is tagging along. The rate is at $109.00 before taxes. All pics provided by http://www.expedia.com
Aloft Houston in Houston, Texas (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3127)
Okay, so I can say this freely on here without worrying about FH reading it...but this is the hotel I have fallen in love, lust, infatuation, whatever with! And the price is right--$89 per night before taxes (estimated $104.00 with taxes per night). It looks like a gorgeous hotel and has received some good reviews. Pics courtesy of http://www.expedia.com