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Old 10-12-2012, 08:42 PM   #196
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Your engagement photos look absolutely amazing! I love the farm props(and animals)! You two look so natural together .

The wedding bands are beautiful! An wants a cobalt band so I was especially interested in that! It looks fantastic!

Only two weeks to go! I am so excited for you!!!!
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:07 AM   #197
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Your photos are so beautiful. Great choice on the photographer. It helps to be a smart looking couple. I think your wedding gown is gorgeous and the flowers from Diane so so pretty. I can't wait to see everything come together its going to be perfect.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:33 AM   #198
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Wow! Awesome pics and love the clay floral. I'm planning on doing my own floral to save money, but I'd love to buy some hydrangeas from her!
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:31 PM   #199
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Wow, has it seriously been two weeks since I was last on the DIS?! Sorry ladies!! The craziness/pandemonium portion of the wedding planning has hit! I'm hoping to do a massive update tonight before I leave home (head to FL on Wed!!)

Originally Posted by JBeanBunny View Post
W-O-W, Ginger! Wow! Those photos are phenomenal! Jess did a wonderful job! I loved the picnic, I love Timmy's bow tie, I love the sunset pictures with the horse, I LOVE your amped up sexy curly hair in the treeline! Yowza! You two are one HOT couple! I'm really excited to see Jess's work for your wedding pictures!!! Remember to take time for yourself this month, even if it's just an hour a day- try to stay as calm as possible! I had a massage a few days before we left, and it was a REALLY good way to shut down and forget about the stress for an hour! (And she worked out A LOT of knots from my neck & shoulders area! Can you tell where I held my stress?) Everything is going to turn out BEAUTIFULLY and you're going to be a drop-dead-GORGEOUS Bride! Just a few short weeks!
Jillian!! Hi!!! Thank you so much for making the soaps for the welcome bags!! I'm very excited about being able to include them, and I think they'll add some extra pixie dust for the guests. It's also very exciting that I'll get to meet you later this week to pick them up! Looking forward to that!!

You are just the sweetest person ever with all your compliments! It's great to hear such positive feedback about the engagement photos. We were very happy with them, but it's great to hear that other people like them also Jess and Amber really deserve all the credit for how they turned out. I just drove them around the farm, and they selected the locations they wanted to use/set up the picnic scene. Timmy and I just tried our best to look natural and not as awkward as we felt. I honestly don't know how models who are strangers are able to get half naked and make out in front of a camera for magazine ads. I would feel so awkward!!!!

Can you believe it's 5 days until all the wedding stuff starts?! It's unbelievable... I felt like things were moving slowly for so long, and now, I don't have enough time to do anything. I suppose I should have paced myself a bit better, but I guess hindsight is always 50:50, right? Ah well, I'm trying to take your advice and not stress too much. I'm focusing on the things that are most important and have to get done (vows ), and not worrying about the little things I wish I had more time for. I'm in WDW starting Wed, so I am sure that's when things will get more fun and less about prep.

Looking forward to catching up with your PJ when I get back! I've completely lost track of everyone's updates

Thanks again, Jillian!! See you soon!!!

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Your engagement photos look like they're straight out a magazine. You two look like models or something, haha! The photos are totally breathtakingly gorgeous!

Your wedding attire looks fabulous! Your dress is going to looks so gorgeous with a fingertip veil--I can't wait to see your wedding photos, they're going to be spectacular! And your ringbearer outfit is quite possibly the cutest I've ever seen. I know I am sucker for a newsboy cap, but still, it's so adorable!

Your rings and floral accessories (I know I mentioned how cool those were earlier, but they are just so cool!) turned out beautifully. You are so close to your wedding, you must be so excited!!
Thanks so much, Nicole!! We're definitely not models (you should see all the outtakes, haha), but that's very kind of you to say. Timmy and I are very happy with the photos, and it's nice to be able to incorporate a few of them into the wedding (on programs, the guestbook poster, etc.).

I really appreciate all the compliments regarding our attire. I keep thinking, "hmm is all of this going to work together?" Different colors for the bridesmaids, a pink wedding dress, suits with flip flops, vintage styled ring bearer... We shall see I didn't have a clear vision like you did for your wedding (yours is going to be a-m-a-z-i-n-g!)--just added things I like--so lets hope it works out well!

I'm very excited!! Down to the wire now!!

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Everything looks great Ginger. Your ring is gorgeous, absolutely stunning. Jess did an amazing job on your pictures, love each of them that you posted. What a great story they tell. Your flowers are gorgeous. I'll definitely be looking into those!

You must be getting excited! Your big day is right around the corner! Many wishes to you and Timmy. I cannot wait to hear about the DP and your TR.
Thanks so much, Lesley! I appreciate all the compliments
Highly recommend the clay floral! Diane's craftsmanship is impeccable. The few people I've shown them to cannot get over how life-like they are... and they're very light as well. I got the idea a couple years ago from another DCL bride who had a bouquet fashioned from DKDesignHawaii because she didn't like the limited options that Disney had available. I just couldn't get over how beautifully they photographed, and decided Diane would definitely be one of my vendors

Thank you for all the well-wishes, and I promise to post lots of details about everything when I get back!

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Fantastic engagement photos!
Thanks so much, Valerie!

Originally Posted by XxsmortzxX View Post
Your engagement photos look absolutely amazing! I love the farm props(and animals)! You two look so natural together .

The wedding bands are beautiful! An wants a cobalt band so I was especially interested in that! It looks fantastic!

Only two weeks to go! I am so excited for you!!!!
Thanks so much, Courtney!! That's very kind of you to say. Amazingly, with the exception of the picnic scene, all the props used were just lying (or in some cases grazing) around the farm. Jess and Amber couldn't believe it, haha. The animals were very curious about what we were doing. The horses came up to us while we were in the paddock doing sunset photos, and poor Jess actually had a couple of them sniffing at her hair and back, while she was knelt on the ground shooting. Gotta give her props for that type of commitment!

Cobalt is a pretty neat alternative for wedding bands! We discovered it as we were looking at options in the jewelry store. Much more cost-effective than gold or platinum, has the light color/luster similar to platinum, and is super strong (but less brittle than tungsten). I think the major disadvantage is that you can't really re-size it. Definitely worth checking out though!!

It's so hard to believe that I'm less than a week away until the DP! Most of our Australian guests have already arrived and are touring the country. It'll be so great to see everyone on Sat!!

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Your photos are so beautiful. Great choice on the photographer. It helps to be a smart looking couple. I think your wedding gown is gorgeous and the flowers from Diane so so pretty. I can't wait to see everything come together its going to be perfect.
Thanks so much, Evi!! That's so nice of you. I'm also very excited to see how all the elements come together. I was packing up all my wedding things into two suitcases tonight, and thought "wow, I sure spent a lot of money on Etsy this year" It's nice to support individuals/small businesses though, and I certainly could not have planned my wedding without them.

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Wow! Awesome pics and love the clay floral. I'm planning on doing my own floral to save money, but I'd love to buy some hydrangeas from her!
Thanks so much, Amber!!
That's awesome you're doing your own floral! You'll be more likely to achieve your vision for floral, and save money! I think that's a good idea. I'm sure Diane will be happy to work with you on hydrangea. She does lovely little hydrangea flowers in a variety of colors.

Good luck with your planning!!

Thanks again for all your comments, Ladies! It truly makes my day to read them!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:18 PM   #200
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Random Wedding Updates

Wow, so I have a ton of updates... Where to start... Hmm, guess I'll start with the miscellaneous ones!

1) Dress Fittings:
Over the last two weeks, I had my second, third, and final dress fittings. So I have my dress and veil hanging in my closet as we speak! Very exciting!! woohoo: The lady that did my alterations was fantastic, and very patients with all my minor concerns. She extended the boning in the top to make it stand better, added cups (highly recommend that--strapless bras can be infuriating at times), and had to add a waist band (the top kept wanting to slide a bit; apparently a common problem in strapless gowns). I'm very happy with it now, and am just trying to decide whether to wear Spanx or not. I bought one of the Slim Cognito tummy and thigh shapers just to give me a smoother silhouette, but I haven't tried it on with the dress before. Hmm...

2) Hair:
After much pinterest perusing, I decided I wanted to go with a soft romantic style to fit the venue. I also have an affinity toward braids, so this style really caught my eye:

This style also gave me an excuse to go for something I've been wanting to try for forever... Extensions! I know, I know... It's kinda crazy, but I've always wanted long hair and it just won't grow well when it gets past my shoulders. After casually talking to my long-time hair stylist, who has extensions, about the idea, I got all fired up. She passed me along to the extension specialist in the salon, who asked about what I wanted to achieve and recommended the seamless tape human hair extensions. For those interested, apparently, they're easier on your hair as they affix to sections rather than a few strands, lay flatter under your hair, and don't require heat to apply. He then ordered the extensions, had them colored to match my hair (reds aren't a popular extension color evidently), and then attached them near my scalp at random places to give me longer and thicker hair.

I really love the result. The photo above doesn't really do it justice, but it's quite a bit longer. It was a bit of an indulgence (my wedding gift to myself), and annoying to feel the tape in my hair at first, but I'm excited about having a new look for my wedding. I can still wear my hair up, but I'm having more fun styling it down now.

3) Wedding Party Gifts
I really struggled with this for weeks... I wanted to do something original, but never really could come up with something I was excited about. So I ended up going uber traditional--bath robes for the girls and flasks for the guys. Haha, ironic, huh?

I'm actually pretty happy with that decision. After seeing Jillian's cute getting ready attire, I thought it'd be neat to have something similar for myself. While browsing Etsy, I came across a vendor that does really gorgeous monogrammed robes, and was instantly sold on them as bridesmaid/house party member gifts.
Vendor: ShopMomento
Photo from the Vendor's site of a bridal party in Monogrammed Robes

The robes I ordered all wrapped up (sorry for the bad lighting). I also did the navy robes, but I went with the layered initial and name embroidery.

I'm really happy with how they turned out! The robes themselves are really soft, a good length, and I think the embroidery is really cute. Hopefully the ladies like them!

For the guys, I found another Etsy vendor (KillorglinCreations) that does leather wrapped flasks. John makes custom flasks as well as flasks with different (usually drinking related) quotations. Timmy really liked the idea of getting a different quotation for each groomsman/usher.

We're going to attach a miniature of whiskey to each flask also. Can't very well give it empty

4) Groomsmen Attire Continued.
We finally purchased the final pieces of the guy's attire... Bowties and shoes.

Vendor: The Tie Bar (massive selection of ties and good customer service. Highly recommend them!)

Vendor: Havaianas Australia
Timmy is a huge Havaianas fan, so I knew if we did a beach wedding, that the men would be wearing these. I was excited to find out that you can get ones from Australia with a little Aussie flag on it--worked into our theme very nicely
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:47 PM   #201
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Bridal Attire Updates

I still haven't figured out my jewelry yet (will probably end up with a combination of borrowing things from my family and wearing some that I already own), but I have made a bit of headway in the accessory category.

Vendor: ANGEEW

I fell in love with a Pink and Gold Brocade Clutch that I first came across on the Southern Weddings Blog. The vendor can customize the inside of each purse with a photo, which I thought was too cool for school Unfortunately, the bag hasn't arrived yet (supposed to get here tomorrow), but the vendor sent me a preview photo.

Can't wait to see it in person!!

Vendor: My Secret Face

Since my wedding dress has a bit of a vintage feel, I was looking for an element to add that would play that up a bit. I came across this Etsy vendor, and just knew I had to have a pair of her delicate little gloves. I was a bit concerned that they wouldn't look right with my dress since it's blush, but I'll be carrying an all-white bouquet, so I think the gloves will compliment the flowers well.

Welcome Party Shoes:
To go with my new dress I found this pair of Madden Girl Pumps at DSW:

They're exactly what I was looking for... sparkly and tall, but not too tall (I look like a baby gazelle when I try to walk in heels that are too tall for me ).
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:19 AM   #202
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Cake Topper

As we don't have a lot of options with the design of our wedding cakes on the DCL, I knew I wanted to have a unique cake topper. I was searching the web, when I came across a vendor that made the most adorable custom cake toppers out of clay. I really loved the whimsy in her designs, but also all the little details she incorporated to make it reflect the couple. After working with Sophia, can I just say, "I am so excited about our cake topper!!!"

The inspiration for the design came from another cake topper that Sophia had done where the couple's dog was attacking the groom's pant leg. I thought, wouldn't it be funny if we had this lovely beach wedding scene with our 4 pets creating mayhem around Timmy and I.

Sophia was so fantastic to work with during the creation process. She is so talented, patient, and really works with you to make sure you're happy with the final product. After explaining my ideas to her and sending heaps of photos of Timmy and I + the pets, Sophia incorporated those concepts into a sketch.

Once I gave feedback on the sketch, she then returned a colored drawing.

After approval of the colors, Sophia then sculpted/painted the final product. Before mailing it out though, Sophia sent me photos to verify everything was correct.

How cute is that??! I think it turned out so well, and cannot wait for it to arrive!!!
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:23 AM   #203
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I can't believe your time is about here. This month has really flown by. I love all your gifts,accessories, love the shoes (I just bought a pair of shoes at DSW as well),the cake topper is awesome-I really like it!!! I'm still looking for jewelry-don't know what I want. Your hair is going to look gorgeous! I wish my hair was growing faster!
I'm so excited for you-can't wait to hear and see more!
YAY for Jillian for the soaps!
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:01 PM   #204
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5 days! wow! ok, First....LOVE all your Etsy items! That is just the best website ever Second, I think the braided hairstyle will look great on you, especially with your hair extensions. I love braids too! Third, holy cow what a neat cake topper! They nailed your dress and I love the kitty in the suitcase with the bunnies at your and Timmy's feet. Oh, and i just noticed one bunny has Mickey ears! So cool! Great job incorporating your "kids" The lace gloves are gorgeous; the swirl reminds me of waves.. appropriate for your beach ceremony.

Have a safe trip to FL tomorrow! I've so enjoyed following along with your PJ.. cant wait to see all the pics when you get back!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:32 PM   #205
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Oh, Ginger! I can't believe you're going to be in town TOMORROW! Since I finally had a day off, I've been soaping like crazy! I'd already had 13 set and ready, and today I made the second half (and then some!!!) You're definitely my driving factor in opening an Etsy shop (I hate to say it, but you're an addict! ) So now I'm trying to make a variety of different soaps so I can list some items and open my shop! Thanks for that push! I still feel like I have NO idea what I'm doing, but hopefully I'll figure it out!

Your cake topper is amazing! I was a little skeptical with the first image of another couple's topper... but yours is just PERFECT! It's absolutely darling! I, of course, adore the bunny... okay, I love all of the animals- especially with mickey ears thrown in! And the trunks really tie in your travel theme nicely! I love love love it!

Your robes are so cute! I would've loved getting robes for all of my girls, but I only had one bridesmaid! The flasks are super cute (I mean, manly!) too! I have "Not all who wander are lost" on my bumper! Great idea with the mini bottles of whiskey!

Anyways, I'm totally excited to meet you in a couple days and I am already dying to see your wedding photos (Can I hide in your luggage and come along? Please Please?) I really hope you love your soaps! I think you'll appreciate the tags See you soon!
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I can't believe your wedding is almost here. I wish you a save trip to Florida. Try to relax and have fun.

Your cake topper came out super cute, I really love it. Might be an option for us, who knows. I did take down a lot of ideas, especially Esty shops from you!!

I can't wait to read your TR and see wedding photos!! I am so super excited for you!!

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I have to gush about that cake topper! It is so adorable, I absolutely looove it! It looks so much like the sketch it's amazing. And it's so cute how you've included your pet family members in it too! If I didn't already have a cake topper I might seriously consider contacting the same seller. Love it.

Fantastic update! So many gorgeous details all coming together. I love the handbag, it is pretty. And the bridal party robes--that's yet another thing I should probably add to my to-do list, haha!

Also it was very interesting to hear your experience with the hair extensions. It's something I've been considering myself as well, because my hair is very fine and thin. Do you know how long they last? They look really natural on you, and I can't wait to see how it will all come together in that gorgeous hairstyle on your wedding day!
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Just catching up with your PJ. I love your extensions! They are so pretty and match your hair perfectly! They will work great for your inspiration pic! I also love the robes, your purse - so neat, and the gloves - very delicate and beautiful!

And your cake topper is AMAZING! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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Ginger you've outdone yourself with the Etsy shopping. I love your gloves love love your cake topper its so so cute and the guys flasks and ties very dapper. I know your probably not going to see this till you get back. I hope you and Tim have a wonderful amazing wedding and fabulous honeymoon. I can't wait to hear all about it.
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I wanted to tell you before you left, but we were on vacation and I guess I missed you....

Have fun! You're wedding day will go by fast, so enjoy every minute of it! Can't wait to see pictures when you get back!

You're cake topper is SOO cute!
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