Well ladies, here they are!! Picture one is our photo share card final front. (I did a plain back, ...
We broke up.
Wedding is cancelled.
I just wanted to update y'all. I broke up with him on 8/21. I just wasn't happy and knew getting married wasn't the answer. It was hard and it sucks, but I had to do it. I'm still jobless and worried about my future, but I have two best friends that moved in and we are making it. My son is doing well, too. If you pray, please pray for us. I wish you all the best of luck. Follow your HEART!!!
FOUND MY GOWN at Alfred Angelo!
I finally found my gown!!!! I got it at Alfred Angelo! I was torn between two gowns and thought the one I chose would go better with our renaissance festival wedding. I'm going to have a light green sash on mine, but the one I tried on had a blue sash. And, the size 10 FIT me. I was like HOLY COW!!!!!!!!! I was so happy!!!! All of the hard work has paid off! I want to lose a few more inches and pounds in the next 3 months though. I picked this gown online and was so happy they had it for me to try on.
It was such an amazing experience finding it. I can't wait to put it on for our special day! I'm so grateful to everyone who came with me, too. My 13 year old son decided he wanted to go and I thought that was so sweet. He said he liked watching Say Yes to the Dress with me and wanting to help me choose my dress.
Also, my best friend and MOH, Jeni, came with me and my bridesmaid, April, and my other bff, Christine, surprised me and was already there when we arrived and my other bridesmaid and real sister, Angela also came.
You really do know when it's the ONE. Such a great feeling. Too cool for words.
It won't arrive until mid October and then I'll have to run alterations, but it's perfect timing. One more week and it wouldn't have been enough time for my November 6th wedding. Thank GOD for small favors and answered prayers!!!
So What do you think about the gown???
***Here's the link to look at all the gowns I tried on at Alfred Angelo on shutterfly if you want to see....***
Try on pics - David's Bridal
This is the 2nd store I've been to to try on wedding gowns. I've only other been to a local bridal store/boutique twice. So, this was different. My salesgirl was SO sweet, Summer, and had been doing this for 3 years. She was so nice and such a better experience that the both times I went to the other local bridal boutique.
The link below is the full set of pictures of all gowns I tried on if you want to see other gowns and full length pics.
Anyway, here are my top 3:
#1 - This is the FIRST gown I found online that I liked the day after Kyle proposed. I finally got to try it on and I really liked it. PLEASE, I beg of you, Be honest about the sash - what do you think? I don't want to look like a big goof. The saleslady put the goofy flowers in my hair. That was NOT my doing, so ignore that. hehe
#2 - This one I think I picked online and she pulled it for me. It looked so much better on in person. It had just a little bit of bling on the top and side and the rest was plain, but so pretty! Excuse my belly. I'm working on that.
#3 - This one I found while in the dressing room flipping through their catalog. She pulled it for me and ended up really liking it a lot. The pics are a yellow tint for some reason, but the dress is a soft cream color. I would have liked it better in white, but although it comes in white, they didn't have it at the store. So, I might try another location to see if they have it to try on. Also, she kept saying it was too big and when she pulled it around the waist it looked much better. I was so happy a size 12 was too big, but after looking through the pics the last pic is the tag of that dress and it's a size 14! She must have not realized she pulled a 14 and not a 12. I WAS NOT happy after finding that out, but o' well.
I'm still working my butt off, literally, thanks to my trainer 4 days a week and I'm really watching what I'm eating! Most of these dresses are size 12's which is AWESOME because I was in a size 16 when I started trying on wedding gowns. I want to order a size 10 no matter what! And, wear it comfortably all day!!! Our Wedding Day is already only 5 months away on 11/6/10, but the People weight loss challenge ends on 9/30/10. I CAN DO IT!
Weight Loss Challenge Update
I've lost 10 pounds (I started at 169 , not 164) and over 40 inches total, but have another weigh-in on June 13th and needed to be 10 pounds less by then. But, I've gotten a bit off track since my trainer was gone for 2 weeks with getting married and honeymoon. I was good, but not perfect while she was gone. Anyway, I can use all the support I can get. I will not give up on myself!!!
5 months to go til our wedding day on 11/6/10!
4 months to go til the end of the weight loss challenge with People Magazine on 9/30/10!
The People magazine challenge runs from 1/5/10 - 9/30/10 so be sure to check it out. :)
Began: 169 pounds
Now: 159 pounds
5' 1 tall
Edit: I'm Sherry in the pics.
Wedding Rings And Jewelry
My Engagement Ring!
As promised I'm uploading pictures of my RING! I can't believe how beautiful it is. I just stare at it constantly! I'm so happy to finally have one after being engaged for almost a year. And, we picked it out together. I had the pink sapphires put in to replace the diamonds and I plan to use those 2 small diamonds for my wedding band.
I wear my other ring he proposed with on my right hand ring finger now. It's still very special to me, too.
I can't wait to marry my honey! And, go on our honeymoon cruise! And, take a little black dress with me to dance and have a wonderful time with my new hubby.
Soooo, whatcha think ladies?
Try On Pictures
Here's the pictures of the gowns I tried on last Sunday. (This will open in the same window since I can't figure out how to make it open in a separate window.)
In the pics there are some I don't reference, but just in case anyone needs to know the Brier Rose by Kitty Chen is the one hanging on the wall that I wanted to try on (her dresses are amazing), but I couldn't get it on at all and there's one that looks like a southern belle dress that has 2 ruffles on the front that go down and around the dress that I didn't like. We tucked the ruffles under and it looked better. I just didn't like the ruffles at all. Not sure what that dress is called though. Mon Cheri, I think.
Please let me know which one y'all like the best. I have it narrowed down to two gowns at this place - the Mori Lee and the Essence of Australia, but they were very rude so I really don't want to buy my gown there in the end. We'll see what happens. I might have to buy it online or at another store if I can find the gown that I end up choosing in the Houston area.
The white Jasmine gown is the one I tried on last Fall and it was too tight to get on at all correctly, but this time I got it on! It wasn't zipped all the way, but it looked totally different on me. My body has definitely changed. I see that now! All of this hard work is worth it and going to be worth it in the end and I have to keep it up after the wedding.
I plan to visit a few different local bridal stores and try on more gowns. I have to start making appts. and try to get everyone together again. It was so much fun! The gowns are so pretty and don't know how I'm going to choose.
This is the before pic of that Jasmine gown:
Here's the after:
it's hard to tell, but I could FEEL the difference, big time. I've lost only 9 pounds, but over 40 inches. That dress is a size 8! Size 14 gowns were fitting me and I probably could have worn a 12, but all the ones I tried on were 8's, 10's and 14's and last time I went an 8 wouldn't go around my big butt and I was told I a gown size 16. So, my plan is to order my gown in a size 10 and that means it'll be a size 6-8 street size. I have more work to do to be able to wear a 10 perfectly, but that was all the motivation I needed and I know I can do it by November 6th - my special day!
These are my two faves -
Essence of Australia D1042 :
Mori Lee 110233:
Wedding Rings And Jewelry
We finally picked out my engagement ring!
This is MY ring! It will be ready by the weekend. I'll try to explain it best I can from the receipt and what the salesman told us...
White 18 karat milgrain contemporary semi mount with .45Tw round diamonds
Diamond: Loose one .74 round, J, SI-2 diamond
The stones are bead set with a mill grain edge, so it's looks vintage like. The band splits on each side. It will have 2 signature cut pink sapphires on each side (these are replacing the diamonds).
We got it at Shannon Fine Jewelry in Champions Forest. Kyle's Mom worked there for many years and we got an amazing deal on the band and the diamond. They were so awesome and helpful there! It was such a fun experience compared to shopping around at the mall stores. When we got there I showed a lady that was helping us at first what I liked and explained some ideas of what I like and she brought a few rings out and when I saw this one I LOVED it immediately. YAY! I'm so happy! I can't wait to have it and wear it and keep it on forever and ever. I love my HONEY!
The picture looks funny with the diamond just sitting in the setting, but it'll be fitting in there better once it's all made. :)
The jeweler sent me the better pictures. I'll post more once I have the ring in my hands. :)
Going shopping for second time!
I just wanted to post that I'm going to look at gowns on Sunday. I'm going to the only other place I've been before The Princess Bridal in Old Town Spring right near where I work and live. They happen to have 2 gowns I want to try on and they still have the original gown I loved there (Jasmine) so I want to try it on again. They said they have 60 new dresses in since last time I went, too. So, I'm super excited! Also, I've lost almost 10 pounds and over 40 inches, so I'm hoping it'll be a better experience for me. My best friend (MOH), step sister (MOH), sister (Bridesmaid) and sister in law (Bridesmaid) are also going with me, too. I invited my trainer cause she wanted to go, but she has another wedding to attend after all that weekend and my step Mom might come, too. YAY!
I'll do a post update if anything good happens.....wish me luck!
Do you have them? Are you getting tattoos?
My FH has a tattoo artist friend, Peter Ringlaben, that lives in another state and is coming to Texas soon so we have to choose our couples tats pretty soon. We decided soon after getting engaged we did want to get some sort of couples tattoos, but keep changing our minds about what we want. I can't find any good pics of ideas either.
I was thinking 'you are all I need' in a script font on our wrists (we love the Radiohead song). We could even do the beginning of it like "You Are..." on me and then ",,,all I need" on him. Only thing is he wants his on his back and I want mine on my wrist or top of my arm.
Do you have couples tatttoos? Are you planning on getting them?
Any more ideas would be greatly appreciated!
I liked these ideas too:
1. Peas and Carrots (We LOVE Forrest Gump and quote it probably daily)
2. Star combination of our wedding date (If I can find this info)
3. SMALL heart key on me and keyhole on him with our wedding date under it
4. Celtic Knots of our choice (to represent also for our renaissance wedding)
5. I get 'baby' and he gets 'honey' since that's what we call each other.
6. Matching baby honey bees pictures
7. Someone posted they found a website with a generator that puts two words together you read one word up right and then when you flip it or look at it upside down it says another word..and we could use our nicknames "honey" and "baby"
8. I also love the phrase "you are my always and forever" so maybe we can do that one in just text with the wedding date, too or something.
I also found these AWESOME earrings while looking for tattoos. I LOVE them! http://www.alchemygothic.com
The enchanted Celtic heart tattoo means:
This knot work heart embodies the sentiment of the poem: "Entwined in my enchanted heart, with no beginning and no end, my Love you are."
Wedding Party Changes
Changes we made to our wedding party!
So, my sister was going to be my Maid of Honor, but she has been very busy since I asked her to be MOH and now she is going to be out of town from June until November right before my wedding. So, we talked and I decided to move her to a bridesmaid and make my BFF my Maid of Honor. We also added my step sister and my sister in law.
My step sister will be a bridesmaid or Matron of Honor and my sister in law will be a bridesmaid.
My fiance will be adding my step sister's husband as another groomsman and we aren't sure who the other groomsman will be yet.
I'm so excited! Everything is falling into place!!! It sucks my sister won't be here and hasn't been able to do much, but at least she still wants to be a part of it all.
We are almost 200 days away already!
The rest of our wedding party is in a previous post if you want to check it out.
Maid of Honor: Jeni (BFF!)
We met in gym class in 1989. We have been best
friends ever since! She's been my rock during some
hard times in our teens and has continued to be the
best friend to me no matter what. I know I'd be a totally
different person if it wasn't for Jeni teaching me so much
about compassion and love to have for others and myself.
I love her so much and I'm so happy she will be my
Matron of Honor or Bridesmaid: April (step sister)
My Mom married April's Dad almost 20 years ago. We've
grown much closer and closer over the years and have children
that are almost the same ages. I'm so excited she will be in
our wedding. I wanted her to be a part of my big day all along.
She's a wonderful Mother, Wife and Woman and just got accepted into UT!!!! HOOK EM!!!!!
Bridesmaid: Angela (real sister)
My little sister is very special and dear to my heart. Even though
we've had a rough year, I trust her and know that she will always
be there for me by my side. I love her so much and don't know
what I'd do without my her. I miss her a lot, but I'm trying to be
understand and let her continue on her journey of life right now.
Bridesmaid: Kylie (Sister in law)
Kylie and I have become much closer in the last year. She married
my step brother (April's brother) in October 2007. She's been
amazing and by my side through really rough times. I love that she cares and really wants to help and she said she was honored to be my bridesmaid.