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Old 11-14-2011, 09:06 PM   #31
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Awww! I got talked into doing magnets but Chris's mom is paying for those!



Yay! Can't wait for pictures!



Awesome!!! the smiliy made me laugh!
I just can't get away from MSOS smileys!! I them.

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engagement pictures are being done at the wilderness lodge and the beach club. he and i are both artsy people so we are thinking of props and since it is near christmas one I have thought of is christmas lights, maybe ornaments....or the ornament series we are starting, giant lollipops or candy canes, something star wars...have to do something star wars maybe a duffy bear dressed in star wars clothes from build a bear...i thought of another one...maybe I can find an antique book of fairytales and use that too
I love the Christmas lights idea...especially if you do them in the evening...would provide for great lighting!

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I can't wait to hear about your site visit and LOA!
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:22 PM   #33
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I really like this...but in my wedding colors...



Credit: Ever After Printables by EverAfterPrintables on Etsy

...and how ironic...the example is made with our wedding date!
These were the save the dates we went with but with our colors!
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:39 PM   #34
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One more year!!!




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Old 11-18-2011, 06:13 AM   #35
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So exciting!! Time will fly!
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:29 PM   #36
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Decided on the dress for my bridesmaids!

I had my site visit today! It was absolutely wonderful. I'm so excited to see things come together.

My weekend started with two of my bridesmaids flying in on Friday. I drove down to the Sanford airport to pick up Shannon, then back to Jacksonville to pick up April from the Jacksonville airport.

Saturday we went to try on bridesmaids dresses and to pick up my gown. I'm very happy with how my dress looks and love the dress my bridesmaids will be wearing. We forgot to take pictures of Shannon and April in the dress, so here's the cartoon version courtesy of David's Bridal's website.




Here is a link to the dress - http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_...esmaid-Dresses
It will be in fern. I'm a little concerned because David's is starting to discontinue a lot of dresses in the fern color, so I sent a message to my four bridesmaids asking them to please order the dress soon to ensure it is still available. I know this is similar to something David's Bridal says about their dresses and then they never end up getting discontinued, but I noticed many dresses I selected for my bridesmaids to try on was already discontinued in fern...so it's a good possibility for it to happen!

I have a few pictures of me in my dress...but you'll have to wait for my trip report next year to see that one!

We took quite a bit of pictures this weekend...more details of the site visit will come soon!

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Old 11-22-2011, 12:21 AM   #37
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Love their dress!! Can't wait to see YOURS!
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:34 AM   #39
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I think we are going to use something like this to scatter down the aisle rather than rose petals...my step-mom found these - I love the idea for a few reasons - not a fan of roses...the wedding is in fall...annnd, they can then be transferred to the reception venue as table decoration.


Personalized Fall Leaves - WeddingFavors.com

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Old 11-22-2011, 05:27 PM   #40
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I think we are going to use something like this to scatter down the aisle rather than rose petals...my step-mom found these - I love the idea for a few reasons - not a fan of roses...the wedding is in fall...annnd, they can then be transferred to the reception venue as table decoration.


Personalized Fall Leaves - WeddingFavors.com
Those are so different and cute!
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I think we are going to use something like this to scatter down the aisle rather than rose petals...my step-mom found these - I love the idea for a few reasons - not a fan of roses...the wedding is in fall...annnd, they can then be transferred to the reception venue as table decoration.


Personalized Fall Leaves - WeddingFavors.com
Those are incredible! So fun!
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:18 PM   #42
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My weekend - dress shopping!

So I finally have some time to detail out my weekend and site visit!

Friday - 11/18/2011
My weekend started on Friday. I was off so I could drive down to the Sanford airport (about 2 hours from me) to pick up one of my bridesmaids, Shannon and her new fiance, Brandon. We then drove back up past where I live and to my parents house in St. Marys, GA. I spent some time with them, had dinner with the family, then had to drive back down to Jacksonville to pick my Maid of Honor, April up at the Jacksonville airport. So two airports in one day and I didn't even get on a plane!

April had a rather erm..interesting flight. She sat down and the guy next to her was reading porn! Right out there in the open. He asked if it bothered her and she just shrugged...part of me thinks she should've spoke up, but personally, I think I would've done exactly what she did so as not make and even awkward plane ride! He kept trying to make conversation with her...at one point he even commented on what she was reading (National Geographic) by saying, "Well your reading material is much more intelligent than mine. Let me know when you save the world." Ummm...creeper!

Anywho...so that was Friday.

Saturday 11/19/2011
Saturday we had an appointment at David's Bridal to pick up my wedding dress and for April and Shannon to try on bridesmaids dresses. Before heading to the appointment, April and I went to the mall so I could find a dress to wear to the site visit on Monday. I found this fantastic dress at JC Penney! Not only do I love the cuteness...but I accidentally tried on the small first, and it fit! I thought I was trying on the medium, but the sizes were switched where they had the Euro size listed first...it was a Euro medium, US small...awesome confidence booster! It's probably my favorite dress now.


The appointment with David's went ok, but it was a little disappointing. First off, my bridal consultant lacks personality. I don't really care for someone to gush over me or the dresses I choose, however I would like a little opinion...just some feedback!

Not only did she not say much, but it felt like she was too busy for us. When I bought my wedding dress, I walked in without an appointment and the intent was just to take a look around. Honestly, we weren't even planning on looking at dresses that day...but we were in the neighborhood and figured we'd go look. Saturday she was all over the place...to the point where my step-mom was the one clipping April and Shannon in the dresses when they didn't fit properly.

I found a dress that looked great on both the girls, but because of the service we received, I wasn't completely set on it. My step-mom made a quick call to Alfred Angelo to see if we could be fit in their appointment schedule or even simply stop by and take a look - they were able to fit us in, was even apologetic that we weren't given much attention! Quite frankly, if I don't make an appointment, I don't expect ANY attention...so that was fine. April and Shannon tried on a few dresses but we didn't find one that looked as great as the one we chose at David's Bridal...so we went back and gave them more business.

The dress we chose is in an above post...but in case you don't want to scroll up...here ya go!

We didn't think to take pictures while at David's Bridal...so we only have the cartoon for now. As a side note, I find it awesome that one of their cartoons has short blonde hair...looks just like April!

After the appointment we all had lunch and went our separate ways. That night while April and I were catching up (and drinking), I mentioned how I started doing Zumba which has helped me to get back in shape. She didn't even know what Zumba was! I had to give a little demonstration...BAD idea! I guess when you're drinking, you don't realize how hard you are working out...until the next day, that is...or until the next week...I am still sore!

Next stop, Disney!

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Old 11-23-2011, 09:52 PM   #43
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My weekend - headed to Disney!

Sunday - 11/20/2011
Sunday we left Jacksonville to head to Orlando around 9:00 AM. On the way we had a few adventures...we stopped at a gas station outside of Daytona where we passed the Herman Cain campaign bus...and then saw a bum fight. Made for interesting conversation! Right as the giggles died down from that stop, we're stopped at a stoplight (we went through Daytona next to the coast) and this guy on a motorcycle next to us is wearing these goofy goggled! When he turned towards us we all lost it!

We then made a stop at the Daytona Airport so Shannon and her fiance could pick up a rental car - they would be leaving for the Sanford Airport to head back to Indiana early Monday morning.

Then we were back on the road!
Getting close...


EEK!!


Making sure those kids from Indiana didn't get lost...


Key to the world...Oh boy!!


We decided for our first day to park at the Ticket & Transportation Center and ride the monorail over to the Grand Floridian to check out the Wedding Pavilion (again).
From the monorail -




Such a beautiful day...






Pics in the Grand Floridian -



We then decided to ride the monorail around through Epcot. April had not been to Disney since a school trip she took her freshman year of high school, so this was all even more exciting for her!

After our free amusement ride, we went over to the Animal Kingdom Resort to check out the animals. Shannon really likes giraffes, so she really enjoyed this part!
The taller giraffe wasn't being very nice...he could reach the leaves on the tree and the shorter giraffe REALLY wanted him to share.



We then headed to Downtown Disney for some shopping and tasty dinner at one of my favorite spots - Earl of Sandwich. Side note - I had no idea they catered!! We are thinking of possibly doing a small welcome party in one of the suites we book for family that come in on Thursday of our wedding weekend and have Earl of Sandwich cater.

During our shopping visit, I noticed the Mickey logo on the wedding ornament. I think I want to incorporate this in either our invites or other decorations in some way...not the writing...just the two Mickey heads.


After dinner and shopping, we went to the Boardwalk to check out the Atlantic Dance Hall (forgetting that they are closed on Sundays)...but we still got a cute picture -


We then headed back to our room at Saratoga Springs...enjoyed some wine and said our goodbyes to Shannon and Brandon since they would be leaving before any of us got up.

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My weekend - site visit!!

Monday - 11/21/2011
Monday was our site visit! It wasn't until 2:00 PM, however April and I were up pretty early and immediately got dressed and ready.


Oh, hello favorite dress!


We had a small breakfast in the room and then headed back to Downtown Disney to wander around while we waited for our appointment to begin at 2:00 PM.

While downtown I picked up two postcards to send to Thomas. I believe I have mentioned it before, but if I have no, Thomas is currently deployed with the US Navy. This is our second deployment together and so far it hasn't been too terrible. Of course I miss him every second of every day, but planning this wedding really helps the time go by.


We had lunch at Earl of Sandwich (again)...can't get enough of that place!

By then it was about time to head over to the Wedding Pavilion to meet Pam for our site visit!


My dad is clearly very enthused...


We discussed a few details about where we wanted to look at. One place we though of looking at was the Lion King show...but when we found out that alone would cost about $25k, we immediately nixed that idea!

Our first stop was Atlantic Dance Hall. I don't have too great of pictures from it...but you all probably know what it looks like anyhow!

Then we headed over to Epcot to look at a few places for our rehearsal dessert party. It started raining a bit...but we survived! We decided on UK Lochside. It seemed fairly secluded and a great location to watch the fireworks!


We then headed back to Francks to turn in our LOA and deposit and discuss the next steps! We requested two different planners (just in case one isn't available). Our photographer recommended Maxine or one other planner who I don't remember the name of. Does anyone know about her?

After the site visit we made a quick stop over at Shades of Green to take a picture of where Thomas and I got engaged and a quick picture with Mickey...then we were on our way home.

Funny...they've planted a different tree since we got engaged in July.




Thanks for looking!
Next up, more save the date ideas!

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:10 PM   #45
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Just a few small updates.


Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and wonderful weekend!

Not too much to update on the wedding front. Just a few small things I've been thinking of incorporating.

I think I've decided on using these as save the dates. It includes everything I wanted - hidden mickeys, calendar with the date circled, and our picture. What do you think?



Credit: http://paperperfectiononline.blogspo...ave-dates.html

I contacted the design owner and she sells the design in my colors I choose which can then be printed however many times I need it via my own printer, vista print, etc.

I'm not sure what kind of wording I want to add on it yet...definitely something about joining us in the most magical place of Earth...something to that affect - any ideas?
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I found these recently - have any of you guys seen them before? More importantly, have any of you all used them?


I'm thinking about getting a few sets for myself and my bridesmaids to wear.
Credit: http://www.etsy.com/listing/83965582...af_you_favitem
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I've only had one small issue with plans lately. I heard from Brandi, one of my bridesmaids on Thursday - her sister is recently engaged and set her date at 11/18/2012, one day after my wedding date. It's a little frustrating, because Brandi told her the she would be in a wedding 11/17/2012 and she still chose 11/18. Maybe there were specifics reasons they chose that date...I don't know her sister well at all.

Brandi thinks she can do both since my wedding is Saturday morning (in Orlando) and her sister's isn't until Sunday night (in Atlanta)...but she's supposed to let me know as soon as possible.
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I'm also contemplating on how I want the head table to go. I really like the idea of the head table only consisting of Thomas and I. I think it will give us what few moments we may have to ourselves to spend with just each other...if we even have any of those moments.
How did you / will you do your head table?

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