Dec 05, 2009
I got them from Invitation Consultants. They are the Tuxedo Charm design. The wrap-around address labels on the envelopes were designed by Kristie at West Wind Days on Etsy. Kristie sent them to me in a Publisher file where I was able to do a mail merge from an excel document to the publisher file. I bought full page labels from Office Max and took the label paper and file to Kinkos. My total cost for the invites and the labels was about $800
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It took me FOREVER to pick a dress for my girls. I wanted something that would flatter everyone's body type...that was a difficult task because my girls range from 5'1" to 5'9" and everything in between. My MOH (my sis) had her baby 1 month before the wedding and 1 bridesmaid was 6 months pregnant at the wedding. Needless to say it was quite a task.
This is what I ended up deciding on. I figured it would look good on everyone...they might not ever be able to wear it again...but really who ends up wearing bridesmaid dresses again anyway??
It's Bari Jay style #809. The dress will be in Eggplant and the trim in Ivory
My dress is the Pronovias Horizonte in ivory. It is nothing like what I thought I wanted, but when I put it on it was perfect. The veil is my favorite part...I wanted a cathedral length veil but didn't want it to look too tradtional. When I found this veil I knew it was perfect....
ENGAGEMENT RING: My engagement ring takes my breath away. Chris picked it out all by himself. He knew I wanted round and he knew I wanted a halo...never did I think in a million years that I would be totally suprised and still get exactly what I wanted.
The ring is a custom made Christopher Design setting. People either think it's a traditional heirloom or completely modern. I love that it can be both.
I apologize in advance for all the pictures...I love taking pictures of my ring. Well anyone's ring for that matter :)
WEDDING BAND: I custom designed my wedding band through Kay Jewlers. They were absolutely amazing. They're custom prices were better than any other jewler that FI and I could find.
While we were sitting around lazily, watching the kids play with their new toys, Chris told me that he had another surprise present for me but it hadn’t been delivered yet. He said hopefully it would be there soon. I told him not to worry about it, and whenever it came I’m sure it would be great.
Around the early afternoon it was time to start getting ready for Christmas dinner. I showered and started getting ready in our room. Chris kept coming in every couple minutes harassing me about how long it was taking me to get ready. I told him that the more he kept coming in and bothering me the longer it was taking me to finish! I hurried to finish my hair and make up...walked out of our room to the living room and saw my mom and stepdad sitting on the couch! I started crying right then...I was so surprised and so confused.
My mom told me that there was no way she couldn’t be with me on Christmas. I looked at Chris and asked if this was the surprise that he was "waiting to be delivered". He just looked at me and smiled. I sat in between my parents on the couch still pretty much in shock when Chris stood up and said that he had one more surprise for me.
He said the most wonderful things about our relationship and how much he loved me and then in front of both of our families, the people who mean so much to us, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I couldn’t have imagined a better proposal. It was so meaningful and so "us". And the fact that our families got to share in the moment with us made it that much better!
I offically met Chris in 2007, but I've known about him since February 2006. Chris worked at the same company my mom did. My mom was captivated with his personality, and charm. She started telling me all about this guy at work that I just had to marry...not just meet but marry. I probably knew half of his life story before we had even been introduced. Our paths crossed a couple of times but it wasn't until Chris and I played on a co-ed flag football team in September 2007 that I began to see what my mom had seen all along. He was passionate, funny, charming, and he had the most genuine smile I had ever seen, Thursday football games were the highlight of my week. Our first date was a Rockies playoff game, "Rocktober". It wasn't too long after, that I knew Chris was the man I was going to marry, just like my mom had wanted since the day she met him.