FROM WINGMAN TO GROOMSMAN

You can’t have the perfect group of bridesmaids without some handsome groomsmen to make a wedding party complete; and Norman and I are so grateful for our amazing wedding party.  Norman also has a great group of best friends that we wanted to ask to be in our wedding and he came up with the perfect idea to make it official.

I couldn’t be more proud of my fiancé for taking on a little DIY project of his own.  I wish I could take the credit for these amazing boxes; everyone loved them.  It was also best that Norman had his own plans, because I may have wanted to add some glitter (and Confetti too.)

Norman’s inspiration started with the idea of wanting to somehow use a wood burner to write the text; “From Wingman to Groomsman.”  To make this happen, we found an inexpensive unfinished cigar box at our local Michael’s which turned out to be the perfect size.  I was able to make a stencil on my Cricut Explore machine and Norman used the stencil to outline the wording on the inside lid of each box with a pencil and then traced it with the wood burner.  It was quite time consuming to carefully make each box, but well worth it in the end.

Once the box wording was complete, Norman stained the box with a dark walnut Danish Oil finishing stain that we got at Lowes.  The stain added a great color to the look of the box and I think they came out great.

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To complete the box we took a trip to Finck’s Cigar shop and Gabriel’s liquor and filled the box with a celebratory cigar and mini shot of their favorite liquor.

I’m so thankful that Norman is surrounded by an amazing group of friends, friends of his who I can now call my friends too.  Thank you for supporting us and being there for us.

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“I DO” CREW

A local bridal fair is a must on the to-do list for every new bride and I had the best time attending the San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza (SABE) with my “I DO” crew at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in January.  I proudly wore my bride sticker and was ready to meet all of the vendors.  FYI: if you are a future bride, be sure to register online before the show so that you can use the discount code “GSABE” and get in free.

Choosing wedding vendors can be a bit overwhelming since there are so many different options.  I tried to do some research before attending the fair, that way I arrived with a game plan and had an idea of what I was looking for.  I would definitely recommend arriving prepared, especially if you have something specific that you are looking for.

I was also prepared to have a little fun and just enjoy a day filled with free cake samples, photo booths and everything wedding.  I was lucky enough to go with a great group and I was so happy to have my mother-in-law, Rosie, her sister Isabel and two of my San Antonio Bridesmaids, Emily and Alyssa.  I also ran into Kayla, one of my very good friends and fellow bride-to-be.

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I was in search of a DJ, a few bridal boutiques, and an event rental company and I was so happy with all of the options that were offered.  By the end of the day, I had two dress appointments booked at Bella Bride Boutique and Liv & Love Bridal.  I had narrowed down my DJ search and I also met with a few rental companies and was looking forward to scheduling a meeting at their showrooms.  We also got to enjoy delicious samples from Heavenly Gourmet Catering, the caterer that we had already booked and are so excited to have cater our wedding.  I’m sure we can all agree that the Mac N’ Cheese and cake samples were the best part.

Overall, I would definitely recommend a bridal fair day for all brides-to-be, even just for the fun of it.  Grab your family and friends and head out for a fun day, all about the wedding (and free cake!)

Follow the link below to buy your tickets for the next San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza on June 11, 2017.

BUY TICKETS HERE

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200 DAYS UNTIL THE WEDDING

 

Sharing a few of my favorite photos from our amazing engagement photo session with Rachel Serda Photography to celebrate our countdown; officially 200 DAYS UNTIL THE WEDDING.  Rachel did such a great job and we couldn’t be happier.  Check out her website for more of her beautiful photographs and contact information.

Location: San Antonio, TX

Photographer: Rachel Serda

Flower Bouquet: The Petal Post

Make-up: Ashley O’Riley

Bride’s Outfit: Rent the Runway

Groom’s Outfit: Brooks Brothers

 

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THE RING BOX

Thanks to the most thoughtful Bridesmaids, I received a very special surprise in the mail this month and I’m so excited to share all the details about my surprise package, The Ring Box.

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The Ring Box is a monthly subscription that sends future brides a box of wedding related goodies and I’m so lucky that my bridesmaids gifted me a 6 month subscription for the remaining months before my wedding. I was so excited to be a Bride, but I never knew it would be filled with so many cute keepsakes. I can’t help but want (need) everything “bride” related, because although our engagement will be a little over a year, it seems like a short period of time to take advantage of everything and anything BRIDE.

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Pop the Champagne, I’m changing my last name.

The perfect tank; How did the ring box know that I already loved this phrase?! And of course, y’all already know how I love champagne, but oh my gosh I’m changing my last name! It’s crazy to think that along with getting married, I’ll be getting a whole new name. I know it’s something I always knew would happen one day and I can’t believe that day is almost here. I’m very happy to stick with the traditional route of taking my fiancé’s last name and I can’t wait to become a Beltran, but thinking about it, I know a part of me will always miss being a Hulsey.

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Speaking of champagne, I also received the perfect Bride champagne flute and now I have even more reasons to drink my favorite drink, mimosas. Cheers to that!

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Thanks to The Ring Box; I also received:

A seating chart notepad, which I know will be very useful as we finalize our seating arrangements. I definitely plan on providing a seating chart for our guests so that nobody has to scramble to find a seat and everyone gets to sit with their favorite people.

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A lemongrass soap bar, which is a great way for brides to to try out new beauty and spa products. A bride deserves some pampering and I loved the smell of the lemongrass as soon as you opened up the box.

A few date night ideas including the cutest recipe cards that we are excited to try. I can’t deny that I could use some help in the kitchen so I’m very excited to try these recipes out.

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The Ring Box truly is the perfect subscription for the Bride-to-Be. Being engaged is such a special time in someone’s life and I’m all about enjoying it to the fullest. Thank you to The Ring Box and to my bridesmaids for making me the happiest Bride-to-Be!

Visit http://www.theringboxes.com/ for more information on how to order your subscription!

209 days until the wedding!

CUE THE CONFETTI

Cue the Confetti, because I’m getting married.

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Call us crazy, but our wedding party is huge and we wouldn’t want it any other way.  We are so grateful to have so many important people in our lives who have been a part of our past, our present, and who will continue to be a part of our future.  I just couldn’t put a number on something as important as choosing my bridesmaids and with friends like mine, it was such an easy decision to have all my besties by my side.

I remember being so excited to be asked to be a bridesmaid/maid of honor in several of my best friends weddings, so I knew that I really wanted to make something special now that it was my turn to be the bride.  Plus, I love a good excuse to get creative with my Cricut Explore machine and with a larger number of bridesmaids the DIY projects helped me stick to my budget. With the help of a few items from Etsy, Zazzle, and Amazon I decided to put together a bridesmaid box so that I could throw in several of my favorite ideas.

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It all started when I found the cutest Confetti poppers on Etsy called “Cue the Confetti.” I actually ordered these right away because I knew I could think of something fun to do with them, I mean who doesn’t love confetti. The pink and gold confetti poppers later inspired the “instructions” that I included for each bridesmaid and my favorite part of the box.  (see photo below)

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I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by including a mini bottle of champagne with the tag, “Pop the champagne, I’m changing my last name.” This item was probably inspired by my love for mimosas, I just wish we had all been together to pop the bottles.  I found the quote on Pinterest and the perfect little bags at Target to wrap them in.

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Originally I thought about making a card to include, but when I found the perfect ones on Zazzle for a great price, I decided to make it easy and order them. They read “I can’t say I do, without you. Will you be my Bridesmaid?” and I really loved the design and quality of the cards. I wrote a personal message to my maid of honor and each bridesmaid on the back, to add my personal touch.

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I thought finding a box to package everything in would be an easy task, but I was never able to find what I was looking for at any of the craft stores. Since I also knew I had to ship more than half of the boxes by mail, I had to look for something just the right size. Thanks to Amazon, I found the perfect boxes to package and ship.  They weren’t the prettiest at first look, but after adding some ribbon, a bow, and decorative shipping tape, I loved the final look.

I am seriously the luckiest bride to have all of these girls by my side and they exceeded my confetti expectations. Every single response from each bridesmaid reminded me of why I love them and why they are so special to me. Thanks to their amazing videos I was able to create this video that I can’t wait to look back on.

I could not be happier with my “Will you be my Bridesmaid” boxes.  This is just the beginning of all the fun that our wedding party is going to have with Norman and I.  Thanks for standing by our side, we truly could not say “I DO” without YOU!

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WOKE UP TO SHOP FOR A WEDDING VENUE LIKE…

October 23, 2016: Living in El Paso, a different city than the city that your fiancé lives in AND a different city than your wedding location; makes for a bit of difficulty when it comes to planning, but we finally set our wedding date and locked in a venue.

Three months after our engagement date, my Pinterest boards were full and The Knot app was downloaded on my phone and full of favorite potential vendors, but we hadn’t really found any time to do any real life wedding planning.  Luckily, we picked a date and my mom, sister, and I traveled to San Antonio to meet my fiancé and his mom, sister, and niece, plus some of our best friends for a weekend of venue shopping.  I used The Knot app to schedule three out of five venue tour appointments, and they were so helpful in doing so.  The app is very easy to use and I was immediately contacted by someone who was there to answer all of my questions, which was great.  The other two I scheduled directly with the venue and the site contacts were also extremely helpful.

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Here are my reviews of the venues:

DAY ONE

The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls

The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls wedding venue was one of my top picks, based off of some of the photos and videos I had seen online and in the San Antonio Bridal Magazine.  As we approached the venue, it was absolutely gorgeous and the views did not disappoint.  I was a little weary about the location, just because it was quite the drive and on some pretty windy hill country roads, but I was still in awe of the property.  Amber, our tour guide, led us around and it was definitely somewhere I could see myself getting married.  I loved the high beams in the large main room, the ceremony location was breathtaking with a gorgeous waterfall in the backdrop, and the surrounding areas were full of gorgeous scenery.  So far, it all felt like a great fit.  The Lodge also offered some great additional features including the bridal suite, the grooms “man cave”, and on-site casitas available for rent.  As far as the bridal suites go, they were the best ones I’ve seen yet; they really thought of everything to help make your wedding day the best day ever.  The on-site “casitas” are actually what originally attracted me to this venue and they could be rented out for wedding guests to stay in overnight.  Since most of our guests will be traveling in from out of town, I somewhat got hooked on that idea.  Unfortunately, this location didn’t have as many casitas as I had hoped, so it really wouldn’t have worked out for all of our guests, but it was still a great location.  After discussing the pricing and detailed information with Amber, who was so much help, we also did not like that we could not bring in our own bar and had to stick to a limited menu offered by the venue.  Upon leaving our tour, we were definitely considering this location, but had a lot to think about since this was just our first stop.

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Venue shopping was off to a great start and we were excited to continue the day, it already felt like it was going to be really hard to decide which one to choose.

The Marquardt Ranch

I had read great recommendations online about The Marquardt Ranch and not only was it a gorgeous location to drive up to, but our tour guide was the sweetest and gave the best advice throughout the entire tour.  She really took the time to get to know us and I know brides are well taken care of at this location.  I think the staff can make it or break it on your wedding day, so that was a huge plus.  The pictures online did no justice for the views at the ceremony location.  I was awed by the gorgeous view outside the building and the inside was just as beautiful.  I loved the style and look of the ranch and the details inside really made it a beautiful room.  I liked that we wouldn’t have to do much decorating, because it was a gorgeous room on its own, but you could still add your personal touch.  The property was absolutely beautiful, but as far as the location, I wasn’t sure if it was too far out, since I needed to consider hotel arrangements and additional transportation for our out of town guests.  We also had mixed feelings about being required to use the on-site catering, even though the catering menu looked great, we wanted to be able to consider other food options.  Overall, it was a great venue and the best tour experience.

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Our third venue for the day was just a few miles away and we headed to our next appointment.  (Note to self: when scheduling venue tours, it’s best not to schedule them so close together, leaving no time for lunch.  At this point we were starving, but excited for the next stop.) 

Paniolo Ranch

Another Texas hill country venue wowed us as soon as we arrived with it’s gorgeous views and our first impression of Paniolo Ranch was really great.  The reception room had amazing balconies with incredible views of the hill country, but the room itself was a little more plain.  I wasn’t opposed to having more of a blank space, to add our own personal touch, and the view was really all you needed at this location.  Our tour guide, led us around the property, but seemed a little distracted so we really didn’t receive that much information at this location.  The outside ceremony site was still really pretty,  but the look and stone seating area really wasn’t something that I pictured for my wedding.  Still beautiful, but not really my style.  We received some of the details and pricing, but decided that this location didn’t really have the look we were going for after all.  One thing I also noticed, since my favorite part of the venue was the view from the balconies, was that after the sunset, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the view anymore during an evening wedding and I would have had to do more decorating inside to brighten up the room.  I definitely would recommend seeing this venue, because they had some great features, but the overall look was not what I was envisioning for our wedding day.

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A day full of looking at wedding venues, was not a bad way to spend a Saturday.  Wedding talk is my favorite thing to do nowadays so after lots of venue talk we decided to sleep on it and wake up for another day of tours.  Plus, there was one venue in particular that I was excited to see, but we were saving that one for last.

DAY TWO

The Springs in New Braunfels

It seems like I stuck to a similar style for all the venues, because driving up to this location was again, a beautiful rustic hill country look.  The Springs in New Braunfels had two different buildings available for weddings, each with a beautiful outside ceremony space.  After touring each site, we were drawn to the first building, but both were very similar in style.  The large reception rooms would hold all of our guests comfortably and I loved the wood floors and large chandelier in the center of the dance floor.  I would have wanted to remove the tool accents, even though they would charge a fee to take them down.  It also had a beautiful staircase that I loved for our entrance after the ceremony.  The ceremony site was outside, complete with more amazing hill country views.  I loved the look and it was really a perfect wedding space.  One of our favorite features was that you could bring in any catering and bar services of your choice, with no extra fees.  Our tour guide was really great and very informative.  We definitely enjoyed this location and before leaving, we checked and took notes on available dates as we were definitely interested in following up.

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Everyone was very happy that I scheduled a break for breakfast in between venue tours today and we found a cute little diner with the BEST pancakes we’ve ever had.  I was secretly very anxious because our next venue location was the one I had been waiting to see. 

OUR WEDDING VENUE

So, I know I mentioned earlier that I kind of had my heart set on a specific venue…well I fell in love with that venue and Norman and I can’t wait to say “I DO”, with the most amazing view.  As much as I want to brag about our wedding location, (to be announced at a later date) I have to keep some of the wedding details a surprise!  

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Overall, Norman and I really enjoyed getting to tour so many great locations in the San Antonio Hill Country.  I’m so happy that our little entourage accompanied us to the venue sites, because we really appreciated their advice and feedback.  San Antonio, and the surrounding area, has some fantastic wedding venues to offer and I definitely recommend all five locations that we toured.  All are unique in their own way and I think our wedding would have been so special at any of those locations.  In the end, it was our last venue tour location that won us all over.  I even mentioned that I felt like I was going to cry as we stood at the ceremony site, so I knew it was a sign that we had found our venue. 

OUR LOVE STORY

I’d like to take a quick break before we continue with all the wedding talk, to fill y’all in on the love story of The Future Mr. & Mrs. Norman Beltran Jr.

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How we Met

Norman and I can say that we share the same alma mater, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, but it wasn’t necessarily our college days that brought us together as a couple; since we are three years apart. To make a long story short, it was actually our college best friends who later brought us together and it all came together perfectly, when the timing was just right.

It was June 2015 and I was actually living back home in El Paso, TX (where I still currently live as of now) and I was very dedicated to working with my family business.  Norman was living in San Antonio, TX (where we plan on living now) and he was settled in and working at a law firm.  Norman and I had a mutual group of sorority/fraternity friends which all had also graduated from St. Mary’s.  Although, we had shared a group of friends, it wasn’t until late June that I discovered (thanks to our very good friends) that Norman had a crush in our group and that crush was me.

Norman made the first move and asked me out for dinner for our first date.  I sadly, let him know that I was traveling a lot for work and that weekend I was going to be traveling to Corpus Christi, TX.  Surprisingly, he replied and said that he would also be in Corpus Christi, TX that same weekend for his nieces birthday party, so it was official, we had set our first date.

Talk about meant to be.

Our first date was just the beginning of a whirlwind of perfect dates.  I continued to live in Corpus Christi for work that summer and Norman took every opportunity to drive from San Antonio to spend the weekend with me.  Before we knew it, most of our dates (which I liked to call adventures), involved some type of traveling or events.  Some of our favorite include, a boys weekend in Houston, late nights on the beach in Corpus, a family wedding near Alice where I met his family, a trip to Elephant Butte lake to meet my family, and the best vacation to Orlando, FL with our best friends.  Not only did we seem to fit in with each other’s families, we already shared the same group of friends so that made it even better.

Our somewhat of a long-distance relationship has never stopped us from spending no more than two or three weeks apart.  Norman and I knew we wanted to start a life together shortly after we started dating, and I’m so grateful to have fallen in love with the most loving and supportive fiancé.  He has supported me and my goals from day one and I want nothing more than to be a constant supporter in his life too.  The best feeling is to know that someone cares for you, just as much as you care for them, and all you want to do is make each other happy.

Since the day we had our first date, I’ve found a piece of my life that always felt like it  was missing.  I am so happy to be on this journey with Norman and I feel so proud to be his future wife.

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LOVE NEVER FAILS

My sweet fiancé offered to purchase a wedding planner for me since he knows how much I love a good planner, so the search for the perfect wedding planner began.

I like to think of myself as a very organized and detail oriented person. I am also a little old-school when it comes to calendars and planners and there is still something about handwriting my appointments and notes that make my life feel together. With that said, buying a wedding planner to start the wedding planning process was a priority.

I began my research on Pinterest and Etsy, but it was honestly a little difficult to decide on “the one”, by just looking at the pictures online. Most of the planners were pretty on the outside, but it was a little hard to see what the inside content was like; which is most important to me. On Pinterest, I came across a white binder with gold foil lettering “Love Never Fails” written across the front from southernweddings.com. Immediately, I fell in love with the look and since I already followed their Instagram(@southernweddings), I decided to try this one out. They also have a short video on their website with more information about the planner, which was very helpful.

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Omg, y’all. The wedding planner arrived and I was so happy with my decision to purchase the Joyful Wedding Planner by Southern Weddings. The white and gold binder cover and the vibrant shades of pink pages on the inside were just my style and even similar to my own wedding colors. Although loving the look and style was a huge plus, I couldn’t wait to start browsing through the content. The planner is filled with lots of wedding planning advice, timelines, and resources for the bride-to-be; all organized in categorized sections. The planner also includes pages dedicated to adding in your own brainstorming and wedding inspiration/visions, which I couldn’t wait to start filling out. I was totally impressed with the content of each in-depth section, and as a new bride, I’ll definitely need the advice and planning tips.

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I would highly recommend the Southern Weddings planner to any new brides looking for a detailed wedding planner. Everything about the look and content was just what I wanted, but what made me fall in love with the planner most was when I read the editors notes:

“…this planner encourages brides to plan marriages more beautiful than their weddings,”.

and I could not agree more.  A special Marriage Planning section is also included and it is such a great reminder of the true meaning of a wedding.  I’m sure it is easy to get caught up in booking a venue and buying a dress, but at the end of the day focusing on our love and marriage should be the center of our attention.

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Planning a wedding has always been a dream of mine, but now that I have actually found someone to love and share my life with; I know that the meaning of becoming a wife….now that is my dream come true.

P.S. The planner also adds the perfect touch while on display at our home.  I can’t wait to keep it as a scrapbook and be able to look back on all our wedding planning memories.

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XOXO, the Soon to Be Mrs. B

LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN

September 17, 2016; The Engagement Party

There was no better way to celebrate our engagement than by having a picture perfect engagement party surrounded by our closest friends and family.  The party was hosted by our wonderful parents at our home in San Antonio, TX and we had the best family and friends that joined us in the celebration.

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I found the perfect invitations from the shop PaperCraneDigitals on Etsy.  I absolutely loved the custom illustrated portrait of Norman and I, I couldn’t wait to send them out.  PaperCraneDigitals was also extremely helpful in working with me to modify the illustration to be exactly what we wanted.  I created return address labels to match and referring to us as “The Future Mr. & Mrs. Beltran” was my favorite part. img_1223
Our party preparations paid off, because everything came together beautifully the day of the party.  After a long morning of getting ready, the backyard seemed to have transformed into a charming outdoor space, perfect for mingling and celebration.  Our Pinterest inspired vision all came together thanks to my future mother-in-law Rosie.  She gave the tables an elegant rustic look and she found a great DIY tutorial for the centerpieces.  My Cricut Explore machine is my best friend when it comes to party planning and I used it to easily create all of the banners, signs, and photo booth props.  The globe string lights we ordered from Amazon seriously made our look complete, it’s also a great feature in our backyard that we can continue to enjoy.

It’s not a party without food and drinks and Rosie had a simple, yet delicious menu planned.  The boys started the day preparing the BBQ and we set-up a Chipotle style burrito bowl buffet.  Guests were able to fill their bowls from a choice of beef fajitas, chicken fajitas, rice, beans, queso and all the additional fixings, my mother-in-law is an amazing cook.  My mom brought her very popular bacon wrapped crackers for our appetizers and her famous cookies for dessert.  I started the party at the Mimosa Bar, where we had champagne, orange juice, and fresh strawberry purée.  Norman started the party by tapping the keg of his favorite beer.  We enjoyed our drinks in the custest glasses, gifted to us by my mom and sister. 

Can we also talk about this gorgeous cake.  We have a very talented sister who creates the most amazing cakes I have ever seen.  They look too perfect to cut, but they are absolutely delicious so I couldn’t wait to try a slice of the chocolate cake with raspberry filling.  Her banana cake is also amazing, I can never pick a favorite.  We are so lucky to have Cakes by Leslie at all our events.

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The party was a huge hit and we received so many compliments.  It’s such a great time when you can have so many people that you love all in one place.  Our guests traveled from El Paso, Alice, Houston, and Austin to join us in our celebration and I’m so grateful.  Our vision for the party came together just like we pictured, but it was the company of our family and friends that truly made the party a success.  Norman and I are so thankful to have amazing people by our side.

At the end of the night we toasted to our engagement, took tons of photos, and guests took some homemade “He popped the question” popcorn favors for the road.


THE PROPOSAL

July 21, 2016; A much anticipated day in the life of Kari and Norman (my future fiancé.)

We’d anxiously been waiting for this day to arrive.  It was finally the day we would fly to Cancun, check-in to our all-inclusive resort, drink endless margaritas, watch the sunset on the beach and celebrate our one year anniversary weekend.  The beach, a margarita, and the love of my life…I already felt like the luckiest girl in the world, but little did I know, Norman had secretly planned more than I could have ever expected.

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Once we arrived in Cancun, we were in awe of the gorgeous ocean view from our room at the Hyatt Zilara Resort, so we decided to head straight to the beach and find some drinks.  To my surprise, Norman had reserved a romantic dinner on the beach later that evening, so we had a few drinks by the pool before it was time to get ready for dinner.  As usual, I had over packed for the trip so I had plenty of outfits to choose from, but the real problem was going to be how to control my frizzy hair in the humidity.  Surprisingly, I didn’t think twice about it, I was just happy to be in Cancun with my best friend.

Photo Dec 13, 9 45 45 PM.jpgWe were seated under a beautiful linen draped canopy, a table for two with the chairs set facing the most amazing beach sunset I had ever seen.  As my first reaction, I looked at Norman and said “OMG, this feels like we are on one of those picture perfect dates that would be planned on The Bachelorette.”  As our servers poured two glasses of wine and began the 5-course dinner, we couldn’t help but reminisce on the past year, especially since most of our first dates were spent on the beach in Corpus Christi, TX.  The setting was truly perfect.  As we continued to talk about how much we’d fallen in love over the past year, a resort employee approached the table asking if we would like to have our picture taken (and anyone who knows me, knows I love pictures.) So obviously, I didn’t think twice about it and we happily turned to the photographer.  She directed us for the first three shots and next thing you know, Norman is down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of my life with him.  I could try to put my reaction into words, but I’ll just have to let the pictures speak for themselves. (see below) I was completely speechless, before I said YES!  I don’t know if I’ll ever forget the pure joy I felt in this moment.  I knew early on that Norman was the one for me and making it official turned out to be the BEST day of my life.

img_8096It was hard to focus on dinner with this shiny new bling sparkling on my left hand.  I was so happy.  We finished our dinner, took plenty of pictures (aka lots of ring selfies), and toasted our engagement with two shots of tequila brought out by the kind servers.  You always wonder what this moment will be like and I never wanted it to end.

Once back in our ocean view room, we spent the rest of our night sharing the news with our family and friends on FaceTime.  Our moms cried, our dads wished us the best, and our sisters, brothers, grandparents, best friends all had the sweetest reactions.  It was really a special moment to get to talk to our closest loved ones; moments that I will never forget.  I’m so happy we took the time to call everyone, because since we were out of the country and had limited access to Wi-Fi, it turns out that everyone had anxiously been waiting for the exciting news.  We can’t thank them enough for all of their love and support, it means the world to us. 

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I can easily say that the rest of our trip was everything we imagined it to be.  We spent our days relaxing in the cabanas by the pool, watching the sunrise from the hammock on our balcony,  snorkeling while on a catamaran cruise to the island of Isla Mujeres, touring the town in a golf cart, sampling tequila, and swimming in the calm beautiful blue waters.  The last days went by way too fast, but when it came time to head home, we were just as excited to be home to announce the good news and celebrate.

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Everyday since our trip has been such a blessing.  I am overwhelmingly excited to be able to start planning a wedding with the love of my life, but it all feels like it is already happening way too fast.  I’m so thankful for each day and so grateful to have these proposal memories to look back on.  Our trip to Cancun will always have a very special place in my heart.