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Old 08-27-2012, 04:54 AM   #136
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LOVE the photos! So cute!

Happy belated Birthday!
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:47 PM   #138
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Ginger - Your hair looks beautiful! You and Timmy look so cute and natural together; no awkwardness shows :} The family farm provides great scenery for your photos
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:48 PM   #139
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:53 PM   #140
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Those pictures are amazing! I love the use of the farm too! You two look so magical.
Thanks so much, Courtney!! The farm is very rustic, but we love it. It was really fun to take the photos there.

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LOVE the photos! So cute!

Happy belated Birthday!
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Thanks, Valerie!! Glad you liked the photos! I appreciate the compliments about my hair. I told my stylist that I really loved Jessica from True Blood's red, so we decided to bump up my strawberry blonde color For the shoot, I just curled my hair with my GHD iron, fluffed it a bit, and then hair sprayed to the max

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:04 AM   #141
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Oh. My. Gosh. GINGER! Your photos are gorgeous! You both look so wonderful! I really wish I'd had the chance to have a proper engagement shoot, but my agreement with my photographer to do my wedding cruise for free (for just the cost of her cruise) was to pass on the engagement session. I should've looked into it anyways, but I guess it's a little late for that with only 16 days till embarkation! I look forward to seeing more, especially these picnic photos you speak of!
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:43 PM   #142
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Your pictures are beautiful! Can't wait to see the rest!!
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:02 PM   #143
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Ginger,

Happy belated birthday!! Your photos came out great. Love them!
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Oh. My. Gosh. GINGER! Your photos are gorgeous! You both look so wonderful! I really wish I'd had the chance to have a proper engagement shoot, but my agreement with my photographer to do my wedding cruise for free (for just the cost of her cruise) was to pass on the engagement session. I should've looked into it anyways, but I guess it's a little late for that with only 16 days till embarkation! I look forward to seeing more, especially these picnic photos you speak of!
Thanks so much, Jillian!! That's so nice of you to say. We're very excited to see the rest of them, but I expect it may take the photographer a bit to go through them all... Crossing my fingers for within the next month! For our guestbook, I'm leaning toward making a poster using one of our engagement photos, so I'd really like to have them back before I need to order that.

I didn't expect to have an engagement session either. When I was negotiating the package, I thought it was just for cruise day photography. You can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was when I met with Jess, and she wanted to know my ideas for the engagement session

Maybe you can do a one year anniversary session instead? That seems to be popular with a lot of brides. Especially doing a MK shoot. That could be really fun, and you could get some of those really beautiful castle shots. I've toyed with that idea also... Maybe I can brainwash Timmy into the idea before next year

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Thanks so much, Lisa! I'll be sure and post more when they arrive. How is newlywed life treating you??

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Happy belated birthday!! Your photos came out great. Love them!
Thanks so much, Jodi (did I get the right name from your signature?)!! I appreciate the birthday wishes and the photo compliments! We were pleasantly surprised with how well they turned out (I had no doubts in Jess' ability, but usually Timmy & I look a bit goofy in photos together), and are really excited to see the rest!
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:48 PM   #145
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Planning Guide Complete!

Hip Hip Hooray!! Planning Guide is done!!

When I first received the planning guide from Shanda last year, I would look at it with glee, and think "how exciting/fun will this be to fill out." Maybe I left it too late or maybe the wedding stress is starting to set in, but fun would not exactly be the word I would choose to describe the experience...
Haha... Finally got it done though, and only one day late. I know... I'm a naughty DCL bride. To my credit, I did request a formal extension. Not sure why, but I just had a terrible time selecting songs.

Anyways, without further ado, here is an abbreviated version of our planning guide info:
-Guests: 35 (including bride & groom) + 1 child under 3 (the ringbearer; he's sooo cute!)
-Photographer: External
-Officiant: External
-Floral: Oceanfront elegance bouquet with matching calla lily & hydrangea boutonniere
-No additional floral (really wanted rose petals for the aisle, but the ever-inflating budget forced me to resist)
-Bridal Party: 1 MOH, 1 Bridesmaid, 1 Best Man, 1 Groomsman & 1 Ring bearer
-Songs:
  1. Prelude: "Your Song" Vitamin String Quartet
  2. Parents/Bridesmaid Processional: "Love Story" Vitamin String Quartet
  3. Bridal Processional: "Prime Minister's Love Theme" from Love Actually
  4. Recessional: "Dela" Johnny Clegg (in the George of the Jungle movie)
  5. Cake Cutting: "Wonderful World" Sam Cooke
  6. First Dance: Custom Mix (we have a couple different songs, so we're going to mix those together)
  7. Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance: Mix of "These are the Days" Van Morrison & "Never Alone" Jim Brickman
  8. Additional Songs: Pianist's choice (I was too indecesive on this, so I'll just let the pianist have free-reign)
-Cake: Touch of Romance Design with a custom cake topper (will be designed this month, so stay tuned for more on this). Top tier will be vanilla with white chocolate mousse and bottom tier will be marble with raspberry butter cream
-Forfeiting the Palo credit (unfortunately) and dining at Remy's instead the night before the wedding. I really wish DCL would let us apply the Palo credit to a brunch...

So yay! I guess that's our wedding in a nutshell


I also have a bit of an update on the wedding band situation. I spoke to the jeweler at Brilliant Earth, and she informed me that a diamond would need to be taken out of the pave band in order to accommodate the small notch. She said a smaller diamond could be placed in the space, but I was concerned this might look funny. So it looks like, I'll be going with the matching platinum knife edge band. I think the plain band will just carry the notch better overall. I'm a bit disappointed that I don't have more choices, but I'm consoling myself with the fact that maybe I can get a separate diamond or diamond/sapphire band later on to add (and just not worry about it sitting flush) or wear separately. They're designing the ring this week, and should have a CAD image for me soon hopefully.

Moving/Driving out to Houston tomorrow!! The time is finally here! Unfortunately, Isaac is right in my driving path, but I can't really delay the trip as we have tickets to the Alabama/Michigan game this weekend. I'm planning to take a more northern route through MS and LA, and just hoping the weather isn't too bad. I guess if it's awful, I can always just stop and stay somewhere overnight. Will update again next week!
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:21 AM   #146
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Hip Hip Hooray!! Planning Guide is done!!

When I first received the planning guide from Shanda last year, I would look at it with glee, and think "how exciting/fun will this be to fill out." Maybe I left it too late or maybe the wedding stress is starting to set in, but fun would not exactly be the word I would choose to describe the experience...
Haha... Finally got it done though, and only one day late. I know... I'm a naughty DCL bride. To my credit, I did request a formal extension. Not sure why, but I just had a terrible time selecting songs.

Anyways, without further ado, here is an abbreviated version of our planning guide info:
-Guests: 35 (including bride & groom) + 1 child under 3 (the ringbearer; he's sooo cute!)
-Photographer: External
-Officiant: External
-Floral: Oceanfront elegance bouquet with matching calla lily & hydrangea boutonniere
-No additional floral (really wanted rose petals for the aisle, but the ever-inflating budget forced me to resist)
-Bridal Party: 1 MOH, 1 Bridesmaid, 1 Best Man, 1 Groomsman & 1 Ring bearer
-Songs:
  1. Prelude: "Your Song" Vitamin String Quartet
  2. Parents/Bridesmaid Processional: "Love Story" Vitamin String Quartet
  3. Bridal Processional: "Prime Minister's Love Theme" from Love Actually
  4. Recessional: "Dela" Johnny Clegg (in the George of the Jungle movie)
  5. Cake Cutting: "Wonderful World" Sam Cooke
  6. First Dance: Custom Mix (we have a couple different songs, so we're going to mix those together)
  7. Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance: Mix of "These are the Days" Van Morrison & "Never Alone" Jim Brickman
  8. Additional Songs: Pianist's choice (I was too indecesive on this, so I'll just let the pianist have free-reign)
-Cake: Touch of Romance Design with a custom cake topper (will be designed this month, so stay tuned for more on this). Top tier will be vanilla with white chocolate mousse and bottom tier will be marble with raspberry butter cream
-Forfeiting the Palo credit (unfortunately) and dining at Remy's instead the night before the wedding. I really wish DCL would let us apply the Palo credit to a brunch...

So yay! I guess that's our wedding in a nutshell


I also have a bit of an update on the wedding band situation. I spoke to the jeweler at Brilliant Earth, and she informed me that a diamond would need to be taken out of the pave band in order to accommodate the small notch. She said a smaller diamond could be placed in the space, but I was concerned this might look funny. So it looks like, I'll be going with the matching platinum knife edge band. I think the plain band will just carry the notch better overall. I'm a bit disappointed that I don't have more choices, but I'm consoling myself with the fact that maybe I can get a separate diamond or diamond/sapphire band later on to add (and just not worry about it sitting flush) or wear separately. They're designing the ring this week, and should have a CAD image for me soon hopefully.

Moving/Driving out to Houston tomorrow!! The time is finally here! Unfortunately, Isaac is right in my driving path, but I can't really delay the trip as we have tickets to the Alabama/Michigan game this weekend. I'm planning to take a more northern route through MS and LA, and just hoping the weather isn't too bad. I guess if it's awful, I can always just stop and stay somewhere overnight. Will update again next week!
Congrats on getting everything submitted! Mine was a little late too, I'd completely forgotten about the deadline until Meredith e-mailed me a "friendly" reminder! But everything got submitted and finalized, so no worries! I'm sorry the songs gave you a lot of troubles, I struggled with mine too (although, as anybody can notice, there's a prevalent "Disney" theme to my tunes!) I carried around papers and papers of alternate "playlists" agonizing over the different choices! BUT it's done! Huzzah! Time to celebrate!

I did Touch of Character cake with white cake both layers, the top filled with milk chocolate caramel and the bottom with raspberry butter cream! I'm sure all I'll get of that teeny cake is the one bite that Michael feeds me- that's usually what happens from what I hear!

All of the bands you posted looked great with your style of ring! I like your idea of adding bands through the years (like tree rings, but more shiny! ) Since the stones on MY rings don't go all the way around (cheap excuse for easy re-sizing) so I'll have to get my rings linked so the wedding band doesn't twist around. Yuck, not something I'm looking forward to (I hate turning my rings over and waiting WEEKS to get them back!) but a necessary evil, I guess! Your rings will look great together and I look forward to seeing photos!

You're moving??? Right now??? Crazy! You're going to be so busy getting settled as your wedding closes in! All good stress, I hope! This whole ordeal has had me SO stressed, but not in a BAD way, really. I will tell you this- I am so excited for the wedding, and I am SO excited for life to return to "normal" afterwards! Best of luck driving through the storm! It was really NOTHING when it passed though here. Just some rain, just some wind. Hopefully it'll be just as uneventful when you drive through it! Be safe, and have fun!!!
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Hey Ginger, I hope you have a safe drive today. I really think you should take the I-10 approach... the storm is now in northern LA and MS. Just make sure you get gas every chance you get. My parents live right off of I-12 just north of New Orleans, and there is very few places that have gas.
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Congrats on getting everything submitted! Mine was a little late too, I'd completely forgotten about the deadline until Meredith e-mailed me a "friendly" reminder! But everything got submitted and finalized, so no worries! I'm sorry the songs gave you a lot of troubles, I struggled with mine too (although, as anybody can notice, there's a prevalent "Disney" theme to my tunes!) I carried around papers and papers of alternate "playlists" agonizing over the different choices! BUT it's done! Huzzah! Time to celebrate!

I did Touch of Character cake with white cake both layers, the top filled with milk chocolate caramel and the bottom with raspberry butter cream! I'm sure all I'll get of that teeny cake is the one bite that Michael feeds me- that's usually what happens from what I hear!

All of the bands you posted looked great with your style of ring! I like your idea of adding bands through the years (like tree rings, but more shiny! ) Since the stones on MY rings don't go all the way around (cheap excuse for easy re-sizing) so I'll have to get my rings linked so the wedding band doesn't twist around. Yuck, not something I'm looking forward to (I hate turning my rings over and waiting WEEKS to get them back!) but a necessary evil, I guess! Your rings will look great together and I look forward to seeing photos!

You're moving??? Right now??? Crazy! You're going to be so busy getting settled as your wedding closes in! All good stress, I hope! This whole ordeal has had me SO stressed, but not in a BAD way, really. I will tell you this- I am so excited for the wedding, and I am SO excited for life to return to "normal" afterwards! Best of luck driving through the storm! It was really NOTHING when it passed though here. Just some rain, just some wind. Hopefully it'll be just as uneventful when you drive through it! Be safe, and have fun!!!
Thanks, Jillian It feels good to have it all submitted!! So nice to hear I'm not the only one to submit a bit late, haha. It's just so easy to get caught up with other things and forget about the planning guide. I love your music selections!! They're great choices, and I think will create a really lovely mood for the ceremony =)

Your cake sounds amazing!! I had such a hard time deciding on flavors. They all sound so tasty! I strongly lobbied for white cake with lemon buttercream, but I was over-ruled =(
The touch of character design will look fabulous with your cake topper! Can't wait to see photos of everything! =)

Meredith rang today about lunch time and went through the planning guide with me. As you had mentioned before, she seems really nice! Only a couple of changes needed---as I have so many CD songs, Meredith recommended just sticking with CD for everything. Guess I should have tried to use the pianist more in the ceremony music, but I suppose it'll sound more consistent with all recorded music. The second change is she said DCL could do the calla lily boutonničre, but after discussing it further, they could not add hydrangea. A minor boo, but not too big of a deal.

Ah, so you're getting your rings soldered? That'll be nice. At least you won't have to worry about them doing funny things on your finger. Yeah, I'm warming more to the idea of the plain band. It'll have more of a simple appearance than I had wanted, but still pretty.

Yeah, moving this week. Not ideal with the weather like it is, but it will be good to finally be settled into our new home together (think Timmy is over bach'-ing it). Hope you have a good weekend! Roll Tide!!

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Hey Ginger, I hope you have a safe drive today. I really think you should take the I-10 approach... the storm is now in northern LA and MS. Just make sure you get gas every chance you get. My parents live right off of I-12 just north of New Orleans, and there is very few places that have gas.
Thanks so much for your advice, Christie! After I saw your post, I went to talk to my Dad to rethink our travel plans. Due to parts of I-10 being closed yesterday and the gas shortage, we wanted to try to avoid that area. But You were completely correct about the weather in MS. So we decided to leave this afternoon instead of this morning, and this far we've managed to dodge a lot of the weather. We'll have to see if our luck holds out though. Thanks again! =)
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Hi Ginger,

Happy belated birthday! I just finished reading your journal from start to finish. You've been so productive. Love your color choices,love that your working with DkDesign Diane's work is so beautiful and they will make such a wonderful keepsake. I honestly love everything you've been picking out we have similar tastes (that's why we are both going to be cruise brides). As for your rings I don't think you will need a notch in your setting. I have a knife edge 6 prong set solitair and a knife edge diamond set in platinum band. They are not notched and they sit flush. The diamond sits just high enough that they don't touch. Granted all jewellers are different but I'd double check if you think you will wear your band alone.. I posted a pic on the rings thread so you can see how close they sit.
Your dessert party plans sound amazing. I can't wait to see pictures. Everything is looking fab, keep posting :-)
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