We did it back on March 19, 2016. We didn’t share our vows that we had written for each other until we stood there on the beautiful beach of Monterey, CA But yet they compliment each other so well as if we had planned it. I love every word said
We will start with mine, then hers followed with a youtube clip as filmed by my step dad Roger the vows listed are as we wrote them however they were not said exactly that way. I didn’t memorize mine, lost my paper and had to bust out my phone to read mine. And well Terry showed off and read hers from memory 🙂
I have always dreamed of one day finding a love like the one we share, I am so thankful that our worlds aligned at just the right moment in our lives for us to meet each other and fall in love
You are my best friend, my rock and I believe that our love is so strong it can and will stand through anything and everything
You have made me feel more complete, more alive, and have shown me the true
meaning of happiness.
Today I commit to you that I will love you forever. I will celebrate with you in times of great happiness and I will not just stand by you, but carry you during times of lifes greatest sorrows.
No matter what life may throw at us, I vow that I will never stop loving you, will never stop caring for you and will never stop trying to be the best partner that I can be.
I love you, and I plan on spending the rest of my life proving it to you.
And giving you IT support
Four years ago I would have never imagined I would be here today.
In a place where I look into the eyes of my best friend and pledge my commitment for life.
I have the words honor and respect tattooed on my arm.
I hold those words in high regard. You have earned them in every way.
You are the sweetest, most loving, caring kind and beautiful soul I have ever known, and I have no doubt that you make me a better person.
You bring me balance, you are my rock.
You believe in me and have shown me unconditional love and acceptance.
For as different as we are, we are so connected.
I’m not sure that a lifetime is long enough for me to return all that you have given me, but I promise to spend my days by your side.
Because making you feel good makes me feel good, Plus your crazy matches my crazy.
So with that fooness I say this:
I commit to live my life with you, for all the days to come
I ask you to share this world’s journey with me, for all it holds
I am so proud to marry you
Be my partner and I will be yours
Because I fucking love you
Six years ago my best friend Angela had one of these when she got married. I like loved the idea and knew then if I was ever to get remarried that I would make sure to get one. Why get a standard guestbook that will be put away never to be seen again when you can hang a guestbook on your wall. Of course their is the option of buying a regular matted frame and having people sign it, but after speaking to a few people they made a good point of the ink fading over time. After that I knew that I wanted to stick with our original idea. The only down side to this option which is also the upside is that you have to be right up on it to see the signatures, but this is the upside as it gives a nice clean look from a distance.
Want to get one for yourself for your wedding or special event? You can order from the original site which is http://www.idoengravables.com/ or save about $50.00 and buy from David’s Bridal which actually comes from I do Engraveables. If you order from David’s Bridal make sure to search for promo codes we were able to save 20% off the cost (which is already cheaper without promo) and got free shipping.
Here is our Frame and we love it,16×20 for a 8×10 print.
You may be asking yourself what should you wear to our wedding. We could go into formalities of what is the right thing to wear to a beach wedding, but that wouldn’t be us. This is a very NON formal wedding. We would say wear beach clothes but please keep in mind that our wedding is in March and an evening event so what ever you may wear you may consider bringing a coat. Also keep in mind that while you may not be photographed always intentionally (for those who like to avoid the camera) this is a wedding so you will be randomly photographed by our photographer and by other guest and posted on several social media websites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc etc).
We plan on being comfortable and would like you to be as well.
Its so very exciting knowing that in only 6 months that we will be married. In the next 6 months it seems is when everything starts to really come together. According to theknot.com here is a 12 Month Wedding Calendar along with our notes added to it as to if they have been done as of yet, or if we are not doing it. This will be updated as time goes on so make sure to check back.
12+ months before
Envision your wedding and draw up a budget.Check
Assemble your “planning team.” Consider hiring a wedding consultantVenue takes care of alot
Pick a wedding date and time. Select several options, then check with your venues, officiant, and important gests before finalizing.Check
Start planning the guest list.Check
Look for and book ceremony sites and reception sites.Check
Ask friends and relatives to be in the wedding party.Not doing all that, just our maid of honors. Optional: Have an engagement party. You may want to register beforehand for gifts.Nope
8-10 months before
Bride: Think about, shop for, and order your gown.Done
Envision reception food.Doing our Tasting beginning of 2016 Decide what type of entertainment you want. A pianist for the cocktail hour, strolling violinists, a DJ, or band?DJ Think about your floral decor.Very minimum floral decorations Research and book your wedding professionals. Interview vendors: photographer, videographer, reception band or DJ, florist.All done Research a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits.Don’t believe in it, that’s negative thinking Research and reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.We have recommendations for our guest, many listed and more to come here on our site
Register for gifts.We have a honey fund page set up
Contact rental companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as chairs, tables, and tent.Venue covers it
6-8 months before
Book ceremony musicians.Sounds of the ocean and the birds are all you need when your on the water Order bridesmaid dresses.Nope Start planning honeymoon.17 days in Europe here we come
- Send save-the-date cards. This is a particularly good idea if you’re marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding. Done
4-6 months before
Attend prewedding counseling, if required.Don’t need all that
- Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings. Done
Shop for formalwear.This is a NON formal event
- Renew or get passports, if necessary. Since our honeymoon will be 6 months later, we have time
Envision your wedding cake and research, interview, and book a cake designer.Check
3 months before
- Order wedding cake.
Hire a calligrapher, if you want your invitations professionally addressed.That’s so not needed
Attend your shower. (It may be earlier, depending on when hosts decide to have it.)Not having one Groom: Rent the men’s formal wear.No groom here and surely no formal wear
- Hire wedding-day transport: limousines, other cars. Look into transportation sooner if you’re considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel.
2 months before
- Mail your invitations Done
- Write your vows. This will be a must for both of us 🙂
Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and each other.No gifts here, getting married is our gift to each other and others Book your stylist and try out big-day hairstyles.Have a great friends for this Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run.Have a great friends for this
1 month before
- Apply for a marriage license. Check with the local bureau in the town where you’ll wed.
Bride: Have final gown fitting. Bring your maid of honor along to learn how to bustle your dress. Have the dress pressed and bring it home.Nope Call all bridesmaids. Make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding.Nope
- Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.
- Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.
Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.Uhh, NOPE
2 weeks before
- Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.
- Deliver must-have shot lists to photographer and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.
- Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don’t want played. We have an on going list
- Bride: Get your last prewedding haircut and color.
1 week before
- Give reception site/caterer final guest head count. Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.
- Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist.
- Plan reception seating chart.
- Print place and table cards, or finalize list with the calligrapher you have hired to do so.
Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.Vendor handles it Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
- Groom: Get your hair trimmed. No groom but a bride 🙂
- Attend bachelor/ette parties. This is up in the air as to if we will have any
2-3 days before
- Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed.
- Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear. No formal wear a nice pressing will be good
Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
- Determine wedding-party positions during ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.
- Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, favors, and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.
- Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.
- Call the limousine- or car-rental company for pickup times and locations.
- Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants, or relatives to help.
Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; make sure to include names and delivery instructions.
- Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
- Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
- Rehearse ceremony. Meet with wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family, and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out details.
- Bring unity candle, aisle runner, yarmulkes, or other ceremony accessories to the site.
- Give your marriage license to your officiant.
- Attend rehearsal dinner.
- Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You’ll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.
Present parents and each other with gifts.
- Give wedding bands to the best man and the maid of honor to hold during the ceremony. Maid of honors in our case
- Give best man the officiant’s fee envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony. Maid of honor in our case
- Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for questions or problems during the reception.
- Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so he knows who is who.
Due to this being an destination wedding, on the beach with bonfires and in the evening hours with alcohol being served, we’ve decided that our wedding will be an adults-only event. We’re working hard to make sure that this is a fun night, and we want you to be able to enjoy yourself without worrying about what your little ones are getting into.
Please know that this was not an easy decision for us to make. We understand that the nature of a family event means that many of your go-to sitters will be unavailable. While it’s obviously too early for you to make other arrangements now, we wanted to give you plenty of advanced notice so that you wouldn’t be surprised or caught off-guard when you start getting things from us in the mail.
More information will be forthcoming, but we really wanted to make sure you had plenty of notice about this issue.
We know this makes things a little more difficult, but for those who will be invited we do hope that you’ll still be able to join us.