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Old 06-19-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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Our Adventure Book: Planning Our Up Wedding Jan 2015; UPDATE 8/23!!!!!!

Our Adventure Book: Planning Our Up Wedding!


Welcome to my planning journal for our Up Wedding!!!! Rather than introducing the characters, I would like to put our story here. So that is what I will do! (I will edit this post to include more info as it comes!)



Our Story

I have always been a shy kind of person when it comes to the opposite sex. My best friend introduced me to the site called okcupid, and it helped me come out of my shell a little bit. On July 22, 2011, I got a message from a guy that I wouldnít normally go for. And after that, we pretty much hit it off.

Now, because I am so shy, I refused to meet him. I didnít think I knew enough about him. In January 2012, I got in a really bad car accident and I talked to Chase a lot. Then, in May 2012, I found out that I had to have emergency gall bladder surgery, and a week later we found out that my mom had breast cancer. So, meeting Chase kept being put off.



My mom went through chemo from June-September and had a double mastectomy in October, 2 days before her birthday. The doctor said everything went great, and my mom was diagnosed cancer free. So, throughout this journey with my mom, I decided that I needed to meet Chase and live life to the fullest. I couldnít keep putting it off. We met on Halloween 2012 at a local restaurant that was neutral to both of us.

We had a few more dates after that, and talking to Chase just became a natural thing for me. On December 14, 2013, Chase asked me to officially be his girlfriend. How official? Facebook Official! LOL. We went on our first vacation in March 2013, and it was amazing. We had so much fun together.



Around July or August of 2013, my mom started to have some issues and needed fluid drained off of her lungs. Turns out, her cancer had returned in the form of cells in the fluid in her lungs. This was a hard pill to swallow and I was finding myself torn between Chase and caring for my mom. Luckily, Chase is an amazing man, and was by mine and my momís side for the best and the worst. (I think this is when he won my mom and my entire family over).



During this time, we started planning a trip for the 3 of us to Disney for January 2014. My mom was super excited, and so was Chase, since it was his first visit to Disney World. However, mom got more bad news; she was going to have to have a catheter put in so that we could drain her fluid every day. She was extremely worried that she would not recover in time to go to Disney.

Now, things that I did not know about were happening at the time. Chase had apparently been planning a huge surprise for me while we were at Disney. And, he had included my mom. Just knowing that this happened, makes me so happy.



So, my mom recovered and we went to Disney, and this is where Chase proposed to me. Yup, right in front of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. Apparently, Chase had asked both of my parents if he could marry me, and my mom helped him set the whole thing up.



Well, when we got home, my mom wound up in the hospital less than a week from our return. She was admitted for nausea, headache, and being out of breath. When you have cancerous cells in the fluid in your lungs, this is extremely dangerous. Well, my mom was stable over the weekend, her vitals were good, and they wanted to do a PET scan on that Monday. So, they did that, and the results came back the same as they had been. My mom and I were playing UNO and I never left her side. I refused to.



When she came back from the PET scan, her vitals began to drop and she wasnít getting enough oxygen, so they moved her to the lung floor. Then, the next day, her vitals continued to drop, and she was moved to the ICU. This was the last day that I saw my mom conscious. And it absolutely broke my heart.

My mom was in the ICU for a week before her oncologist finally told me what was going on. Apparently, the cancerous cells that were in her lungs had spread to her bones. And she never told anyone. And this type of cancer was terminal. They couldnít treat it, she would just be high on pain meds and miserable. So we as a family had to make a decision. We chose to let my mom make her own decision. She was on an oscillator, and we chose to move her back to the ventilator.

Before we moved her off of the oscillator, Chase and I decided to get married. It was January 30, 2014 around 3:30. His parents were there and my dad was as well. My uncle, brother and cousin were also there. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. My mom then held on until 1AM on February 1st. She passed peacefully, with nothing hooked up to her.



Now, this has been one of the hardest times of my life. My mom was my rock. I loved her with everything I have and this was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I was in charge of planning the funeral and there were some family arguments that happened between me and my grandparents. But thatís a different story for a different day. I also lost my job during this time. Basically, if I wouldnít have had Chase by my side, I honestly donít think I would have made it.



So now, we have decided to have a renewal of our vows with a full wedding ceremony and reception on January 30, 2015. I am so excited for this day. But it is so hard planning without my mom with me. But I am doing it, and I want to share it with some readers. I hope that if you are going through anything like I have went through, that I can somehow help you. Look towards the future. Remember the good times and the amazing memories.




I hope yall enjoy this! I am looking forward to writing it! Up next: We made our own Adventure Book!!!!

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Old 06-19-2014, 08:24 PM   #2
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Our Adventure Book




So, last weekend Chase and I decided to make an adventure book for our wedding. It is going to be our guest book. I thought that I could give everyone an insight to how we made it

So, here’s our inspiration:



We used 2 burlap panels for the outside of our book. Then, Chase drilled 2 holes in each panel. From there, we punched holes in some brown scrapbook paper, and then glued it onto the panels, front and back. Then, we cut some red scrapbook paper for the edge of the book and glued it on as well. On the front inside cover, I glued a travel log piece of scrapbook paper that Chase found at Michaels.



Then, I got to decorate the outside of the book with some stickers that we found at Michaels. We took 2 pieces of parchment like scrapbook paper for the insides flaps of our book. In between those, we put some off white cardstock paper. Then we laced the entire thing together.



I think it turned out awesome. And, if you have any questions on a part that I may have left out, just ask me! Also, all of the suppies (minus the drill), came from Michaels.

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Old 06-19-2014, 09:20 PM   #3
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What a journey it has been so far. I really admire your courage and your outlook on everything. All the very best for your planning, your adventure book looks fantastic and I look forward to following along with your adventures!
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:48 PM   #4
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What a journey it has been so far. I really admire your courage and your outlook on everything. All the very best for your planning, your adventure book looks fantastic and I look forward to following along with your adventures!
Thank you so much! And thanks for being my first subscriber!!!! I was starting to worry that I would be writing to myself. Which is fine, because writing is my outlet, especially after everything I have been through.


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Old 06-22-2014, 01:45 PM   #5
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First off how wonderful it is that you were able to find such a great man to be by your side during such a hard and emotional time in your life! Congratulations on being able to renew your vows and your engagement story was so beautiful look forward to more of your plans, your adventure book is great too !

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Old 06-23-2014, 12:50 PM   #6
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I agree! He is an amazing man! And he is the one pushing to make sure that I get everything I want for this wedding! I am going to post here in a second some more small details. We still have yet to pick a venue!
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:55 PM   #7
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Wedding Specifics

How about some wedding specifics???

Wedding Party Total: 15 - Bride and Groom, 4 bridesmaids, 1 junior bridesmaid, 2 flower girls, 4 groomsmen, and 2 RING bearers (because I have called them pallbearers idk how many times lol)

Colors: Hot Pink and Lime Green (Iím bringing spring to winter people!!!!)

Theme: Disney/Pixarís Up!!!!! (ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE)

Date: January 30, 2015

Location: Kernersville, NC (hopefully)

Number of Guests: 100 - mainly family

We are doing a lot of things ourselves and are trying to keep this wedding under $1000 total. My dress doesnít count (even though it was only $240 with the extras).


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The two of you have already experienced so much together -- it's good that you found the perfect partner to help you through it all. I'm excited to follow along with your vow renewal. Can't wait to see what venues you pick.
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The two of you have already experienced so much together -- it's good that you found the perfect partner to help you through it all. I'm excited to follow along with your vow renewal. Can't wait to see what venues you pick.
I know! I am beyond blessed when it comes to him!

And honestly, me either! Everyone is so expensive! I've been crossing my fingers lately. A lot of the parks are closed here in NC for the winter, and that makes it really hard to find an affordable outdoor venue! We are still hunting though!
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Can't wait to hear more!

I'm also planning to have an UP theme and I LOVE your adventure book! I've seen them for sale online, but have been reluctant to spend nearly $100 on one. After seeing how great yours turned out, I may try to DIY one too.

I will be following along. I can't wait to hear more about your journey to your vow renewal!
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Love your adventure book! Can't wait to read more.
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Very touching story - thank you for sharing, you're a true inspiration!

I'm also planning on an UP theme (it's getting quite popular I guess? ;-)) and I really like to see what you come up with.

Fingers crossed you find a venue soon!!!
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I'm also planning to have an UP theme and I LOVE your adventure book! I've seen them for sale online, but have been reluctant to spend nearly $100 on one. After seeing how great yours turned out, I may try to DIY one too.

I will be following along. I can't wait to hear more about your journey to your vow renewal!
Aww yay! I would love to hear about some of your ideas! And, if you would like to know what we used to make our book, I can send you a private message and let you know! It only took us about an hour to make and that's saying a lot, since I am known to be a bit of a perfectionist!
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Love your adventure book! Can't wait to read more.
Thanks! We had a lot of fun together making it! I am so excited that my husband is excited to help me do all DIY projects.

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Very touching story - thank you for sharing, you're a true inspiration!

I'm also planning on an UP theme (it's getting quite popular I guess? ;-)) and I really like to see what you come up with.

Fingers crossed you find a venue soon!!!
Thank you! I was on the fence at first about sharing the whole story, but it is a part of our journey together so I figured I should share it. It was hard to write, but definitely worth it. I love writing and keep a journal that I write in when I miss my mom. And my DH is very understanding.

I would love to see some of your ideas as well! I am planning on doing an update today, as soon as I can find some pictures of the ideas I have!
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Quick Update:)

I haven't updated in a few days, and I really don't want to get behind! So, here's what's been goin on!

As far as a venue goes, we still do not have one, but we are going to look at one tomorrow. It is by a lake, and it is really pretty, from the pictures online! I am going to take my own pictures tomorrow, and I will post them on here if we choose that venue!

I got a few decorations a couple of weeks ago, and haven't posted them yet. My bad! For the balloons, we are going to do lit up lanterns that will be pink and green and they will hang from the ceiling. We got them from Five Below! I love that store!!!!

They look like this:





Now, we are also planning on a Disneymoon (I mean, really, who wouldn't have a Disney moon after a Disney themed wedding?) but we haven't been able to price it yet because Disney hasn't released any dates for 2015. So, I am patiently waiting until July 8-9, as that is when they are supposed to release the dates. Also, I would like to try to have a land and sea Disneymoon, but that may get on the expensive side! We have already decided to pretty much go all out on our honeymoon, but not completely crazy!!!! Oh well, time will tell! My DH wants to stay at a "resort that the monorail goes through." Yes, I stifled my laugh, as he is new to Disney. So we are trying for the contemporary!!!

Anyway, I don't really have any more info, but I thought a small update was in order! Thanks for reading!
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