May 30, 2010
So with no sleep in toe, I "wake-up" to my sister knocking at my suite door early at 7:30 ready for some coffee, some 100 vitamin c juice and some laughs about Tim's "I was there from the beginning speech" (one of the gm speeches, he was a little tipsy) it was laughs, then Denise got us some breakfast, my sister made the coffee, Lyric made the mimosa's and Diana got me food, all the bm's were amazing the whole day, The hair ladies showed up, gave some laughs, did my hair perfectly!! Then the make-up lady came, she put some lashes on the sis then started and ended up with me right until the limo pulled up, she was fabulous btw, totally took pics to see how it would show and did this make-up stay spray, worked all the way until the end, I still ha ve my lashes on and it has been a week!
Then limo ride to the hotel blasting Justin Timberlake, and laughs with the girls, took all the pre-pics and got dressed ready to see DH for the first time, he waited with his back to me at the alter, I snuck up and taped his shoulder, he had tears but no crying, we had an amazing 1 hour photo session, just us and staring at each other, at how hot we thought we were, LOL, it was a blast, then the bm's and gm came, we had some pics with them laughs and smart remarks, some beer and then family's came, I can't tell you how irritated it made me how my brothers family dressed, but I let it go made a remark and kept my emotions happy as they were all the day, took wonderful pictures with my family and then DH family and then saw some people who were early arrivers, said hi and hide away.
The ceremony was beautiful, it started to heat up at that point, no sweat until then, but it was ok for the most part, 156 guest showed, we got 188 rsvp's so all in all it was perfect because we told the venue 154, then it started, the gates closed and my song came on and my dad and I started to walk, I took a deep breathe and walked together in, a sea of faces but all I saw was Kory and Kory was balling, just crying and so emotional, so then I was like Oh shit look somewhere else, lol, but still straight, the preacher gave a great ceremony, made my myself of course, hehe, but he performed it beautifully, then we did our sand, the rings and kissed and met back at the bridal room for some cheers and yells!
The coctail hour, started off terrible, I hugged 3 people and one person spilled red wine all over the back of my dress, I was pissed to say the least, my sister diana denise just scrubbed, scrubbed with tide, bleach and something else and it came out! It did! I got some apps that the coordinator set aside, contained myself and went back out, only hugging people with the hand they did not have their drink in! The Mariachi's were beautiful, the food amazing and relatives came left and right with friends, I still feel bad I didn't say hi to everyone for being there
Reception was awesome! We walked in did our first dance right away and busted out with our dance routine, the crowd went nuts! That is all they talked about the whole night, it was i do, push it, ice ice baby, miami chick, cant touch this, whip it, jump on it and ended with im kind of a big deal saying, that was the highlight, we then had dinner, amazing, got all the special events out of the way, kim fighting for the bouquet, the joke on Xaivor for the garter toss, we had boat rides, the cupcakes, the photobooth was a hit, the cigar bar didn't last that long, we ran out of wine and had to pop two extra kegs on site, and the dance floor was popping the whole night because of our fabulous dj, all in all the best wedding I couldn't have even imagined, it was fantastic emotional, fun, exciting, amazing, just everything and 1000000 times more!
Here are the pictures!!
Our first look!
We had this on Saturday, that day we got up did misc. things and went to FI's grandparents house to set up, the tables, chairs, tiki tourches, the signs, and then headed back around noon to shower and change, have some pool time with the wedding party, then got some beer, LOTS of beer, checked in to the hotel around 2ish put the dress and over night things in there and then came back changed into the attire and headed over there with the rest of the wedding party that came into town.
The rehearsal was beautiful, we did our run through had more beers, convo's family and friends and everything was good and great until the speeches, I was a mess! Sister started them, i cried, then kory's brother, cried then joe totally cried i cried again, and so on and so on, then Kory's stepmom brought up Korys mom, I balled, then kory called her "mom" for the first time in his speech, i balled I was a mess for 1 hour or so, so many emotions and feelings and love and appreciation, undescribable, and wonderful! we handed out gifts, I waited to give fi his gift until we went back to the house and that was amazing
first the card, with me in this little white outfit, then the book, he was amazed just stared and kept asking when did you do this, how, then speechless, then the open portfolio, again, speechless, a wonderful way to part for the night btw, he said he stared at it like 10 more times afterward before going to sleep, LOL
I went to the hotel and chilled with the bm's talked laughed, had another beer and some water and tried to go to sleep but couldn't tossed and turned, had to go pee every hour, literally, got very relaxed, but had way too much adrenialine pumping that I just waited until the morning :D
pictures to follow
So I printed out all kinds of vows that I figured we could chose from that were not the typical vows, a little different and unique, and I brought this idea up to FI, and he said that he would actually like to write our own vows, (tear, how cute is he!) so we came up to the decision that maybe we will use the ones I printed out as a guideline and maybe just form some vows from those and make them our own, so I looked at some weddings that had vow cards and thought that would be a cute idea, so I did some idea exploring and came up with these.
So I wanted to make some reserved signs for the ceremony. This way the front row wouldn't be occupied by relatives who shouldn't sit there, so I printed, cropped, stamped and glued away :D
As for the reception, I am not going threw the hassle of trying to seat people at who's tables and not seat them with this person and all that, so I just made three tables reserved for the family and vendors and the rest of the people can just sit wherever :D
The table reserved signs
I wanted something non-religious, and very meaningful, with some cut and pasting and changing things around, I finally came up with something I LOVE!
This ceremony should be about 20 minute's maybe…
song : stand by me – Ben E. King
song Change: She is Love - Parachute
Jeff: Family and friends, we have come here today to celebrate love. We are here to witness Kory and Marisela’s life-long commitment to one another, to offer our love and support to their marriage, and to allow them to start their lives together surrounded by the people most important to them. Each of you are here today because you bring something special to their lives. Some of you have known one or both of them for years - and some of you are meeting one of them for the very first time today. Each of you has played some part in bringing them to this moment and in various ways will continue to support and contribute to their relationship. It is you with whom they'll share their happiness. You will watch their marriage mature; you will watch their children grow. And when hard times come, and the loving support of friends and family is needed, Kory and Marisela hope to be able to turn to you, just as they will turn to each other. Thank you for being with us today.
Jeff: Who gives Marisela to be married to Kory?
Geno: I do.
Jeff: Kory and Marisela, today you are entering into life's most important relationship. This relationship centers not only around your affection for one another, but also companionship and mutual respect. A good marriage brings comfort when there is sorrow, peace when there is unrest and laughter when there is happiness. Love makes burdens lighter because you divide them. It makes joys more intense because you share them. It makes you stronger so you can become involved with life in ways you dare not risk alone. Real love makes you stronger together than when you are apart.
A successful marriage is not something that just happens. It takes work, as you know from your years of enduring college together, then working together to get through the passing of family members and being supportive of each other and even opening your own business and becoming partners. It also takes understanding which helps when you have a bad day, or make a mistake, you need each other to pull through and know that everything will turn out as it should. And you need time, you took the time to date and get to know one another, eventually you moved in and took time to see what that was like (hehe), then you got engaged and took some time to plan and enjoy the ride, and now 7 years in the making of your relationship with one another, you are standing here ready to make the ultimate commitment to do whatever it takes to make your relationship thrive and not simply survive. Marriage is an amazing journey that you are about to embark upon. And it is a journey that must be made one step at a time.
Declaration of Intent:
Jeff: Knowing that your marriage is a life-long dedication of yourself to one another,
Jeff: Do you, Kory, choose Marisela, to be your wife?
Kory: I do.
Jeff: Do you, Marisela, choose Kory, to be your husband?
Marisela: I do
Jeff: Kory and Marisela, today you join your separate lives together. This Sand Ceremony symbolizes a new and eternal marital relationship. Two separate vases of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families, and separate sets of friends. Each grain of sand represents every unique moment, decision, feeling, or event that helped shape you into the individuals that you are today. As you pour each of your containers of sand into a common vessel, you will merge into a loving and supportive marital community. Just as the grains of sand can never be separated into their individual containers again, so will your marriage be.
Jeff: You have each chosen the vows you are about to exchange; they are a representation of your pledge to each other, and Kory you may begin when you are ready.
Kory: Say vows.
Jeff: Marisela, you may be begin when you are ready
Marisela: Say vows.
Exchange of Rings:
Jeff: You have chosen to exchange rings as the sign and seal of the promises you are making today. The ring is an ancient symbol of such vows as the circle is considered the most perfect of all forms in nature. These rings, like the unbroken circle, symbolize your unending love and commitment to each other.
Jeff: May I have the rings, please?
Jeff: Kory, please repeat after me as you place this ring on her finger… Marisela, I give you this ring to serve as a daily reminder of my love and commitment to you.
Kory: Marisela, I give you this ring to serve as a daily reminder of my love and commitment to you.
Jeff: Marisela, please repeat after me as you place this ring on his finger… Kory, I give you this ring to serve as a daily reminder of my love and commitment to you.
Marisela: Kory, I give you this ring to serve as a daily reminder of my love and commitment to you.
Blessing of the Hands:
Jeff: Please join your hands so that you may feel the gift that you are to each other. These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.
They are hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, comfort you like no other.
They are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
They are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.
They are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
They are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
They are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Closing/Declaration of Marriage:
Jeff: With your vows spoken and the rings exchanged, it now gives me great pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. Kory, you may kiss your bride.
Jeff: Family and friends let us now celebrate as we greet for the first time Mr. and Mrs. Kory Brown!
SONG: Say Hey – Michael Franti
So we wanted a great entrance for the venue, they have a beautiful over hang arch way with vines and flowers and we wanted to add something, so we decided to make some canvas portraits of our engagements and hang those up on every other pole. To FIND these, was difficult, they were like $90 each or higher or not in color or something...So months went by and Costco started to sell them AND they had a $10 off each for about 3 weeks, so we went online and ordered them for about $40 each, around there, and spent around $300 on them, and after the wedding we want to give some to each of our families..