Wedding Date: September 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Perfect Dress

The best kind of message!

Posted on December 21, 2014 by  Miss Dancing Diva Bride   //   Comment

Many times in this process of plotting and planning, ideas change and new visions come into view!  When Chris and I initially became engaged, we were considering a destination wedding to one of the Virgin Islands and one thing I was looking to incorporate was a message in a bottle!

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Used as invitations or Save-the-dates, these cute little custom made additions can create a direct association to whichever island plays host to the wedding.  Not to mention, making them yourself can be a fun DIY project that will also be more cost effective than hiring a company to create them.

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Recently I did some digging and found a few ideas that I could actually use to create a map or “directions in a bottle” to substitute for the normal direction cards.  Because we’ve decided to keep things local, this still gives me an opportunity to use the idea and make sure that people know exactly where they should be.

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Whether vintage or island themed, there’s no better message than one that includes your friends & family in your special day!

So, what will your message say???

~miss dancing diva

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Wedding Date: April 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Arena Bridal & Formal

When the Sun Goes Down in Birmingham

Posted on December 20, 2014 by  Miss Stylish Bride   //   Comment

With so many things going on and my travel schedule, Luis and I paid the price for waiting so long in scheduling our second engagement shoot by freezing our butts off!!  Going back to the start; the second night shoot was a feature that was included in the photo package we selected to get.  The first engagement shoot was more of a fun and cheesy shoot that expresses that side of our relationship.  You can view our first shoot here!  The second session is more of the sexy, romantic side to our relationship.  There is nothing that represents sexy and romance more than a night out on the town dressed to the nines.

Now back to the cold; it may not look like it, but we took these pictures in late October in a windy, mid 30s climate.  Before I started traveling so much, we had all the time in the world to get out there during the summertime, but we procrastinated a bit too long.  I guess we learned our lesson to not wait so long to get things done. I had been running up and down the streets of Birmingham in a sleeveless dress freezing and putting on my coat any second that I had in between shots.  All in all, we got our pictures that we wanted and got it done before it started snowing here!

Take a look at our night out:

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I have to say that taking pictures at night was quite challenging. We were constantly looking for places with light and had to move at weird angles to get the shadows out of our faces, but all in all it was fun.  Not to mention that I had a great excuse to snuggle with my hubby-to-be in between shots.


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Wedding Date: April 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Ventura's Bridal Fashions

A Dress for Mommy

Posted on December 20, 2014 by  Miss Tranquil Bride   //   Comment

Who knew Mother of the Bride dress shopping could be as much fun as shopping for the brides dress?! That is exactly the feel and environment T.Carolyn Fashions presents you with as soon as you walk into their beautiful boutique here in Spring, Texas. Tucked in amongst the other fabulous shops of Vintage Park, I was so glad we chose this location for my mom to find her dress. It’s a wonderfully welcoming boutique and you can feel the excitement just walking in the door. We were instantly greeted by their floor manager, and our consultant Lena. She quickly got all the specifications from my mom, and we were off to look through the dresses. Lena was so knowledgeable and knew exactly what I meant when I said, “No frumpy dresses. She’s walking me down the aisle!”   we ❤ this! #motherofthebride

I desperately want my Mom to feel as amazing and beautiful on my day as I do. Of course she does not want a single eye on her, but I do. It is absolutely true what she has been telling me for years, “Try it on, it may look better on you then it does on the hanger.” The most important requirement was she wanted sleeves. So we stuck with that idea. I spotted this dress that was a beautiful teal with some sequins, but not too many on the top.  We added it to the stack and off she went to try them on. Lena helped my Mom in and out of the gowns, giving us pointers on what worked best and what maybe not so much. She truly made my Mom feel like a beautiful queen, secure in her own body and ready to own the world.   we ❤ this! #motherofthebride   we ❤ this! #motherofthebride

Honestly, my mother looked beautiful in everything she tried on, and it was such a special moment for her. I am so glad she got her “Say Yes” moment, and the dress she picked is perfect. The bridesmaid dress even made an appearance to make sure colors didn’t clash. It was a wonderful experience at T.Carolyn Fashions, Terrie, the owner, was very helpful and nice as well. Thank you so much Lena and Terrie for giving my Mom her special moment and helping her to find that perfect dress for my special day.

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Wedding Date: August 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Perfect Dress

The Proposal – The team

Posted on December 20, 2014 by  Miss Creative Bride   //   Comment

After the proposal, I came to find out all the time and effort that went into our special night! Jeff went above and beyond with planning everything, down to the minute. There were people aligned waiting on one end of the coffeeshop and other people waiting in their cars. Everything was planned perfectly!

He had a team of about 6 people; each of them with code names ranging from “General Glory” to “Agent Buns”…LOL, still makes me laugh.

As I mentioned before, Jeff had already contacted my family and friends at least 2 weeks prior to the engagement! I am SO surprised no one leaked anything. I’m even more surprised that I literally had NO CLUE!!

Below is a picture of the moment I was telling him that I couldn’t believe he pulled off surprising me!

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Whenever I would think about the proposal, I was pretty nervous because I really felt that i would have it all figured out before…WRONG! & I am SO glad that everyone kept it a secret for so long.

Jeff and I are so blessed to have such awesome and loving friends around us, especially through this transition into married life!!

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Wedding Date: March 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Encore Formals and Bridal

3 Months!

Posted on December 20, 2014 by  Miss Rustic-Chic Bride   //   Comment

Our wedding is getting so close! I got my email reminder from The Knot the other day which has a useful list of things you need to do month-by-month. The Knot has a great 12 month wedding calendar you can print here. There are so many lists out there, and while I have not stuck to any of them, it is good to glance over every so often just to see if there are things I’m forgetting. Here are some of the most useful lists I have found to help you stay organized while planning.

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Sleepless DIY Bride

One of the most complete and thorough lists I’ve seen can be found here, on Digby & Rose.

Vertex 42 took a different approach with their wedding checklist by grouping the items into catergories, such as apparel, ceremony, stationary, etc, listed in an Excel spreadsheet format.

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All of the lists can get a little overwhelming, but if you focus on taking it one item at a time, it seems a lot more manageable.

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