Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Stephanie

Stephanie

New York

May 28, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

My fiancée and I met through one of his good friends who at the time was my coworker at the GAP. I was invited out for drinks with a couple of coworkers and I decided to go. Arnie (fiancée) was invited as well, when we met no sparks flew we were both actually in relationships. For about 2 years we would go hang out as friends at a hole-in-wall bar called Acapulco's close to 42nd st. We were not even old enough to drink but no one ever ID us lol. Time went by, Arnie was working at Bloomindale's and got me a job as a cashier. We worked side by side and we began to get to know each other more. We did not expect it but sparks flew out of nowhere.

How Long Have You Been Together?

9 years

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

He proposed to me in the most thoughtful way. Yes I'm tearing as I begin to write this...... I am always up for an adventure and I had always said I wanted to ride on a hot air balloon. Well he planned a trip to do just that which I thought that alone was so sweet. What I didn't know is that he had invited all his family as well as mine to propose to me after the hot air balloon ride. We drove to New Jersey the night before to be close to the air balloon since we were taking the first ride of the morning. The morning of we were told we cannot get on the air balloon due to bad weather, this was at 5am. I was bummed but I went to back to sleep. But little did I know Arnie was freaking out because things were not going as planned. Arnie was very determined to make this proposal happen. When I woke up Arnie told me we were going to eat brunch at a place I would love. On our way there he told me to blindfold myself. I just thought he was just trying to make up for the fact that we were unable to ride the balloon. We got out the car and I was very anxious yet excited to see what was such a big deal and not to mention I love surprises! I take off the blindfold before I could register who or what was happening, I heard these loud excited screams from a group of people. With all the commotion, it took a couple of seconds to see that the man of my dreams was on one knee, one hand holding the RING AND THE OTHER A PUPPY! And the screams were all coming from all of our family. Elated was an understatement!

Name of Wedding Venue?

Ceremony: Annunciation Church in NY, NY Reception: Tosca Marquee in Bronx, NY

How Many Guests Will You Have?

100 guests

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

Is it crazy that I don’t have any fears? I have been planning this wedding with much anticipated time and have been clear on my needs and wants. I am determined that nothing will bother me the day of as long as I marry the man of my dreams and dance the night away. If one minor detail does not pan out I will be fine, the only one to notice is me, myself and I.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

My wedding will incorporate antique pieces throughout the reception; a vintage 1920’s romantic feel.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

Other than he is a giant teddy bear. He is patient and keeps me level-headed. I can be impulsive at times (I want what I want, when I want it) and he tends to bring me back to earth and helps me see things from another perspective.

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

Indulge in thrill seeking behavior, my favorite went skydiving while on a trip in Florida.

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

I was told guests remember good music and good food which that there will be. I am all about a good time but I also want them to see the love and thought that I put into every detail, everything has an emotional touch to it.

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

My bridal party consists of my little sister who is the maid of honor, my cousin and three best friends from childhood. I asked them to be my bridesmaid using a wine bottle with a special message on it. For my sister (maid of honor) I had a picture of us printed with the message “Can’t do this without you, will you be my maid of honor?” Below is a picture of us ready for Bridal Wars. A very fun event that I recommend every bride to look into doing with their bride tribe.

Biggest Saving Tip:

A venue that includes food and alcoholic drinks. But our biggest unexpected savings is that our family actually offered to help us. My parents are paying for my custom made dress. My mother-in-law to be is getting us the cake and my sister paid for the photo booth and the DJ.

Where are you currently in the planning process?

Everything is in process. Save the dates are sent out, measurements for my dress are being taken this week, down payments for just about everything has been put down. Is all matter of bringing the small details together. I wanted my mother in law to decorate the venue and given our schedule the day of the wedding I do not think that is a good idea. So now we are looking for someone to bring my vision together that day. Feel free to checkout our wedding website www.weddingwire.com/CRUZingthruLOVE


Photography: Mandaline Photography

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Chanet

Chanet

New York

Thursday May 24th 2018 & Friday May 25th 2018

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

He proposed in our house that we purchased together on Christmas day!  While my family awaited outside. I was definitely shocked since he convinced me that he could not afford the ring since we bought the home. It made me feel extra special that he made our home extra special by solidifying our family.

Name of Wedding Venue?

Thursday May 24th 2018 & Friday May 25th 2018 (after wedding brunch on a yacht)

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

My Grandma

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

I have said yes to 2 dresses! And yes I am wearing two dresses! And a jumpsuit!

I Am Most Excited About:?

The vending machine that dispenses the take home favor. The banana-pudding cart with 5 different flavors of banana pudding. The hip-hop music being played on the piano.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

Fashion-forward

Ring Details:

Rose gold Tacori ring with a round diamond and halo. My dream ring.

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

7 bridesmaids and groomsmen

Biggest Splurge:

The venue I definitely wanted a place private so that we can make the day what we wanted

What Wedding Decision Has Been The Most Stressful and Why?

The guest list because obviously want EVERYONE to be a part of your big day. but realizing that it’s not about the guests it’s about US is something I have to constantly remind myself.


Check out our feature in the New York Times  on the hot new trend, video invitations!

 

Photography: Jocelyn Roman 
Jumpsuit and Gown Designer: Shades of Shea by LaShea Diaz
Makeup: Khadeen Ellis

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Brittany

Brittany

Texas

Fall 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

We met in college and were both very involved in our sororities and fraternities. My roommate and him were best friends in high school so we had met a few times in passing and at parties. One night we all took a party bus to Billy Bobs (if you’re not familiar with this, picture a huge Texas bar with square dancing and live music!). We ended up two stepping ( I still joke about his “coordination”) and totally hit it off! The rest is history…

How Long Have You Been Together?

We have been together for 5 and a half years and are hoping to tie the knot next fall, 2017. Carlos and I have created so many fun memories together such as traveling, attending sporting events, spending the day at our favorite winery, as spending time with friends and family.

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

Ugh! This day feels like a dream. He took me to “our spot”, an amazing vineyard called Mitas Hill on a brisk Sunday afternoon in Texas. He asked me earlier in the week if I wanted to have a day date and naturally I said yes, never dreaming of what was to come next! He picked me up around 2 PM and the second I got in the car, he grabbed my hand to hold (this isn’t out of the ordinary) but I was teasing him about how sweaty his hands were. When we arrived at the winery he parked towards the back of the building and noticed that there was a set up for a wedding and suggested we take a look (we had always talked about wanting to get married there). We walked towards the wedding set up which had the most gorgeous view of the vineyard. We lead me to the bottom of the steps and right then and there, popped the question with the most beautiful oval ring. I looked around after I realized I wasn’t dreaming (haha) and noticed my friend Madison who is a photographer (Madison Lyle Photography) taking pictures, an ice bucket with our monogram and proposal date engraved on it as well as my favorite wine from the vineyard + two wine glasses. Just when I thought the surprises were over, he walks me to the cobblestone patio and there are my parents and his family! We all celebrated with lots of wine, wood fire pizza and cake. The day was PERFECT!

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

Where do I even start?! There are so many things I love about Carlos (obviously) but my favorite would have to be how he wants the best for me and puts me first. This is was such an important quality for my husband-to-be to have and he surpasses my expectations. He goes above and beyond to make me happy and truly wants the best for me whether it be me having a fun night out with my girl friends or me getting my way with decorations for our future house! Haha! He truly is the best man and I’m so blessed that he is going to be my forever.

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

Ah! Just like the last question, it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite but I’d have to say going to Mitas Hill! Like I said before, it’s “our spot”. It’s the perfect place to get away and escape for a while and well, the wine isn’t bad either ;) …. We have long talks and really get to spend some quality one on one time together which is so important to both of us since our schedules are a little hectic. Carlos is an investment analyist at Wells Fargo and I am a personal stylist for Front Door Fashion as well as am the co-owner of BTB Jewelry (my mom and I started this together) so as you can imagine quality time is few and in between! Besides the vineyard, we love to watch football together, spend time with friends and family, have game nights, attend sporting events and travel!

Describe Your Bridal Style In One Word:

My bridal style in one word would have to be….CLASSIC (with a hint of vintage).


Engagement Photo Credit: Madison Lyle Photography

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Maquita

Maquita

Maryland

May 28, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

Facebook, in 2009 courtesy of my groom’s revenge plot to get back at a mutual friend who started courting someone that he was also interested in. He saw that our friend had recently commented on my Facebook wall, and decided to send me a friend request, although I took the initiative to send HIM a message =)

How Long Have You Been Together?

It will be 7 years this upcoming February 2017

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

In November of 2015 we were all packed and ready to travel to Paris, France & where I was so sure that Eric would ask me to marry him while on the trip (which I later found out was the plan). Those plans however were foiled by the tragic terror events that unfolded in the city just two days prior to our scheduled departure. We were obviously devastated however, also relieved to have not already been abroad during such a horrific time. We cancelled all travel plans and I put my hopes of a fairy-tale proposal on hold with that...until the day of our housewarming when surrounded by all of their family & friends, Eric got down on one knee & asked me to be his wife!

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

After discovering that most of the venues we were interested in had the Memorial Day weekend available, we decided that we wanted a “Memorial Matrimony”.

How Many Guests Will You Have?

135

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

Yes, I’ve said yes to the dress after trying on 13 during my 1st shopping trip (but I went to another shop just to be sure it was the one).

Current Stress Level On A Scale Of 1-10:

4...trying to keep it that way for as long as possible

I Am Most Excited About:?

Seeing the look on his face when I walk down the aisle, and marrying my best friend!

Best Planning Tip:

Start ASAP, the more you do ahead of time the easier and more stress free your life will be.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

We are having a theater theme wedding (#TheSellOut2017) and the style is glam/Gatsby

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

“WOW!”


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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Briana

Briana

New Jersey

November 11, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

I met my groom to be at Ramapo College, where we both transferred in our junior year. He lived in the same hall, on the same floor as I, and we ended up hanging out with the same group of friends. We quickly got to know one another and soon became inseparable.

How Long Have You Been Together?

It didn’t take long after we met to start dating, which has been the best years of my life ever since. We have been dating for almost 3 years and 9 months.

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

My groom to be did a fantastic job of surprising me with the proposal. He told me that we had to go to his family’s house (which is 3.5 hours away from where we live) one weekend to celebrate his grandma’s birthday. He told me that there was going to be a surprise birthday party and that we had to bring fancy clothes. He suggested that on the way to his family’s house, we stop in Hoboken, New Jersey to pick up cookies for his grandma at Carlos Bakery. When we got to Hoboken, he wanted to walk around and see a few of the parks first. We ended up at Pier A, which is a park/ pier right on the Hudson River, overlooking New York City. He told me to face NYC and he would take a photo of me from behind. After he snapped the photo, he told me to turn around and he was on one knee. He had hired a hidden photographer to capture the moment and she immediately took our engagement photos after. I was in shock and shaking… my first words to him was “Is this real? I’m going to throw up?!” The next day we were all getting ready for the surprise birthday party and my fiancé and I were told to take his grandma to the party about a half hour after everyone else arrived. When we got there, to my surprise (yet again!) my fiancé and his family had planned a surprise engagement party that consisted of 60 family and friends. I will never forget how special my fiancé, our family, and our friends made me feel that weekend.

How Much Did You Know About Weddings Before Getting Engaged?

What I knew pre- engagement about weddings was nothing more than my fantasy wedding pins on Pinterest and my dream dresses that I have come across through various wedding accounts that I have followed on Instagram. Boy was I not prepared for this wedding planning process!

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

The first person I told about my engagement was my best friend. She had just recently got engaged in September (I in November) and only the weekend before was I at her engagement party. I knew that she would be so excited for me and that we would both get to wedding plan together. She had asked me to be her maid of honor, as will I ask her to be mine… But SHHH she doesn’t know that yet! So, I told her by using that new hidden image feature on the IPhone IOS that shows glitter over an image or text until the person receiving the image slides their finger over it. I thought it would be a clever way for her to unveil the surprise image of my ring!

Current Stress Level On A Scale Of 1-10:

I would say a 7… I definitely had no idea that wedding planning would be comparable to having a part- time job!

I Am Most Excited About:?

Is it too cliché to say I’m most excited about the actual wedding day?? I just can’t wait to be in my wedding dress and walk down the isle to my groom. I have this idea that the ceremony will be so beautiful and peaceful, but then the reception will be a giant party that everyone just has so much fun at! I love being around family and so nothing would make me happier than to have everyone together, and to have them celebrating a new chapter in my life with my groom and I.

Biggest Wedding Planning Headache?

My biggest wedding planning headache is definitely setting a budget. It’s super hard for my fiancé and I to take our vision and transform into our dream wedding, yet also something that’s in our budget. My groom’s family is so large that we are thinking with everyone we will have about 200 guests… Which has been proven to be quite difficult to find a ceremony and reception space that is not comparable to a down payment on a home! Because let’s face it, I will never be one of those girls that spend tens of thousands of dollars on a wedding.

If You Could Have Any Artist Sing You Down The Aisle Who Would It Be & To What Song?

So, I actually have an artist in mind that I would love to have sing my first dance at my reception. My fiancé and I have chosen the song “Yours” by Russell Dickerson and I had always said how amazing it would be if we could somehow have him preform that live while we danced…

How Did You Know Your Groom To Be Was The One?

Okay, so I have never been one of those girls that believe in love at first sight. In my previous relationships it had never been that way. When I met my fiancé, I just knew… The universe aligned the first day I met him and I just knew he would be my husband one day. I think what really sealed the deal was that we developed a friendship first and we still enjoy every second we spend together. Whenever I want to experience something new or go do something fun I never think about doing it with anyone other than my fiancé. I say all the time how lucky I am to have found a love that some people never get to experience in their lifetime.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

My favorite think about my groom to be will always be how selfless he is. He is the most kind, generous, caring person I have ever met. It doesn’t matter how you treat him, he will always treat you with respect and kindness. I sometimes lack this natural instinct to be selfless, and have to admit that I am very much selfish sometimes, but he brings me down to earth every time and reminds me to just be humble and kind.

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

My favorite thing to do with my groom to be is to go on any adventures that we can. We both love to hike up mountains in North Jersey and walk around nature trails in South Jersey. Anything that gets us outside and moving is our favorite.

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

I really just want our wedding guests to have fun and leave with smiles on their faces. My fiancé and I are bubbly, happy, fun people and we just want our guests to experience all the happiness our love brings us.

Advice to single ladies waiting to meet the one?

The best advice that I could give to a single lady waiting to meet the one is to stop looking. When you least expect it, is when you will find it. I honestly believe that when you take the pressure of finding someone off of yourself, you become more open and more confident. When I met my fiancé, I had been up late the night before, had woken up for my 8am across campus, was wearing a t-shirt from Six Flags, no make-up, glasses, and my hair in a bun… That was ME, not the person I became after putting on make-up, doing my hair nice, wearing a great outfit, making sure that everything I said and did was perfect. He still liked me, for me… and I would have never thought in a million years that’s how it would be when meeting my future husband.

Where are you currently in the planning process?

I am currently in the process of looking for venues for both the ceremony and reception, which has been quite stressful. I also have been writing out our thank you cards for those who attended our engagement party, which has been a nice, fun task to break up those overwhelming ones.

Are you a busy, procrastinating, overwhelmed or new to planning bride? If so, what have been some challenges and ways to overcome?

I am a new, busy, and overwhelmed planning bride. I would say that I am not overwhelmed enough to not enjoy the process of planning, but just enough to make me feel scared about how unprepared I was for this. I am super busy because we do not want a long engagement and I am absolutely set on having my wedding in the fall, which gives less than a year to plan. I’ve been able to overcome some of the challenges by just relying on my lists to remind me of the tasks I need to get done (yep! There are those lists again!). I also just feel ten times better when I’m able to sit down and talk to my fiancé. I’m super lucky that my groom to be wants to be very much involved in the planning process, which helps relieve some stress from me.


·  Wedding Resource Every Bride To Be Should Have:

 

I’m a list-oriented gal... I mean I literally cannot pack for an overnight stay without making a list of what to pack. With that being said, for me, I would say that the must have wedding resource is some type of wedding planner. Whether it be an app on your phone, or a book that you purchase, it’s been so helpful to have pre- designed checklists to remind me when and what I should be doing in the planning process.

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Kimberly

Kimberly

California

May 27th, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

Robert and I met at the rivalry USC vs Ucla game. That same weekend I was begging a good girlfriend of mine to come with me to a Charger game. She agreed only under the condition I attend the USC vs Ucla game (she is a huge USC fan). She mentioned to me a friend of hers from high school's family always threw a huge tailgate and that we would have so much fun, I reluctantly agreed to go along. It turns out my soon to be fiancé’s family was throwing this tailgate. We didn’t talk too much that day but just before the night ended, we began to chat a bit. We even made a silly dollar bet! As my girlfriend and I walked over to the car, she mentioned how shocked she was to see the notoriously shy Robert being so outgoing with me! I couldn’t believe he was known as shy since we talked so comfortably together and the rest was history!

How Long Have You Been Together?

We have been riding this roller coaster together for five years!

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

I came home from work to find a candlelit rose petal walkway that led to our bedroom. In our bedroom, I found him on one knee and our two German shepherd’s waiting for me where he then said, “Will you marry us?”

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

We actually took out a calendar and immediately crossed out football season because we knew that football season is a pretty big time for our friends and family and it just wouldn't be fair to try to compete with football season! We then eliminated winter and summer as it can get really hot in California during that time. We were then left with spring. As soon as we realized there was a three day weekend in May (Memorial Day), we knew we had a date.

Name of Wedding Venue?

We are getting married at the Dove Canyon Courtyard in Mission Viejo, California

How Much Did You Know About Weddings Before Getting Engaged?

I honestly did not know too much about weddings. I've only been to a few weddings myself but there's no way I could've braced myself for what was to come even if I had been more prepared

My Wedding Must Have:

Oh geez! I guess it doesn't count as a must-have if I have so many things that I MUST HAVE but if I had to pick one, I would say a gorgeous draped venue. I always imagined this gorgeous grand tent with a beautiful chandelier. I looked all over Southern California while covering hundreds of miles trying to find a venue that had what I envisioned without breaking the budget, which was pretty hard to do! Robert is such a nature lover and also wanted somewhere that included this element. Once I finally found this venue with stunning draping, fountains, and waterfalls, we signed that contract before the ink could dry!

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

I actually have said yes to the dress! I wanted my dress shopping experience to be as calm and relaxing as possible so I actually only took my mom because I know she's someone who can be brutally honest with me but in the sweetest way of course. I worked a bit backwards as I knew exactly what I did NOT want and I started from there. Five dresses later, I found the one!

Dream Dress Style and Favorite Designer?

I dreamed of having this beautiful mermaid style dress but when I went to go try on dresses, I was a little bit reluctant because I didn't think they would look too good on me. Although I had my dream dress style chosen, I did have an open mind that it might not look good and kept my options open. Luckily I tried it on and felt it looked terrific! I also did not have a dream dress designer. Going into shopping my favorite designer was going to be the designer of any dress that looked good on me. I didn't want to be stuck on a specific designer and have my heart set on any specific designer which could limit me to only their designs. I shopped completely open minded and just picked whatever I thought looked best on my body and I felt the most comfortable in. I actually didn't find out the designer of my dress until after I had said yes to my Essence of Australia dress.

Current Stress Level On A Scale Of 1-10:

I would say my stress level is a solid seven.

I Am Most Excited About:?

Ironically even though so much work is being put into the reception, for me at the end of the day that's just a party so I think I'm most excited about the actual ceremony and marriage itself as we make our vows under god in a catholic church.

Biggest Wedding Planning Headache?

Hands down, the budget! Trying to make all these elements fit together like a puzzle all while saying under budget has been somewhat frustrating and has required a bit of creativity and flexibility.

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

Trusting others with the biggest day of your life has been really hard for me to do because I feel no one can see the vision as great as I can, so my fear is maybe our vision doesn't come to fruition. I have a teeny tiny bit of a hard time letting go control and I am slowly learning to delegate and put my faith in these awesome vendors of ours.

Best Planning Tip:

I think something that I quickly had to learn was deciding whether things were needs or wants. Prioritizing the things that I did want to have allowed me to gain a better perspective. I would definitely start to think do I want this? Or do I need this? if the answer was yes, the next question that followed was, how bad do I really want it? Doing this allowed me to not stress quite as much over the items at the bottom of my list.

Has Your Wedding Budget Changed Your Initial Vision?

I like to think that it hasn't at all! We really have this vision and although it's way more work and requires a lot more creativity, I refuse to let our vision suffer. Our budget has meant more painting. gluing, building, and shopping around then we originally had in mind. Sure it might mean getting a little dirty and elbow work and maybe an extra bit of stress but I know it'll be worth it!

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

A romantic mix of a glamorous side with a hint of our sporty side peeking through.

Doing It Yourself?

We have actually taken up the project of making flower walls. My mother and I are making paper flowers and tissue flowers for two different flower walls. We will also be making our own card box, marquee letters, and designing our own candy/dessert bar.

How Did You Know Your Groom To Be Was The One?

My fiancé and I had actually only been together about eight weeks when my father passed away. Seeing what a thoughtful and caring person he was as he was there for me through such a difficult time was so touching. From sleeping on hospital floors to riding that emotional roller coaster that I went through for months afterwards, made me see what an amazing person he truly was. I honestly believe god sent him to be at a time that I would need him in my life the most.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

Football is a huge part of our lives together, whether it's attending games, flying to different parts of the U.S. to watch our favorite teams play or just sitting at home on the couch on Sunday vegging out and watching games all day.

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

We will have seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen.

Dream Honeymoon Destination:

I am absolutely in love with Santorini, Greece.

Biggest Splurge:

I am utterly obsessed with makeup, so a dream for me will be to have my makeup professionally done by one of my favorite most admired makeup artist which pricing may dip past triple digits!

1 Thing I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Wedding Planning:

It is so easy to get swept in the wedding planning process. After all, it runs through your mind 24-7! But it is so important to not let this time consume your relationship. The closer to our date we get, the busier we can become so we are really making an effort to limiting wedding talk to only a few nights a week and going on dates where we talk about anything BUT wedding talk!

Advice to single ladies waiting to meet the one?

I know it sounds super cliché but don't force anything to work if it just doesn't. Sometimes girls have this vision of this perfect person in the perfect scenario and the guy that you can fall in love with could be the person that you would least expect to. Try to be open hearted because the person who you want may not be the person that you necessarily need.

Where are you currently in the planning process?

We are currently about 60% of the way done with planning but I'm sure there's still tons of little details that will come down to the last minute no matter how much we try to plan ahead.


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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Marline

Marline

July 7, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

We met at Seton Hall Law School Open House in 2008, but remained friends for many years.

How Long Have You Been Together?

We’ve been together for 4 years.

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

For my 31tst birthday, I took a girls’ trip to Greece. I knew the two of us would be celebrating my birthday when I returned from my trip. Oneil knows I love a NYC view and brunch. On Sunday, July 10, 2016, we went to Liberty House in Jersey City for Sunday brunch and were escorted to this private room. Immediately, when the curtains opened, I was greeted my 40 of my closest friends, family and parents.

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

We both love summer and the number 7.

How Much Did You Know About Weddings Before Getting Engaged?

I love planning events and have played the role of being a wedding coordinator. I knew a lot about wedding vendors in our area, so the planning process have been exciting.

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

Well, my fiance told my parents several months prior that he purchased the ring. Our family and friends were able to celebrate this joyous occasion with us.

My Wedding Must Have:

Our wedding must incorporate both Haitian and Jamaica culture. We wanted a really great wedding photographer who is able to capture natural lighting, so we booked Rhea Whitney Photography.

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

After 6 stores and over 25 dresses, I finally said YES to a dress. I did try it on a second time to make sure.

Current Stress Level On A Scale Of 1-10:

1

I Am Most Excited About:?

Spending the rest of my life building a legacy with my best friend.

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

Rain!

Has Your Wedding Budget Changed Your Initial Vision?

Not at all, we created a budget in advance.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

The Black Tie Wedding meets classy and elegance.

Favorite Love Story:

Love Jones

Ring Details:

My ring is 2ct classic solitaire platinum ring

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

From the beginning, I knew there was something different about him. He is very supportive, loving and caring

Describe Your Bridal Style In One Word:

Elegant

Best Planning Tip:

Do what makes you happy and don’t feel bad for not inviting everyone to your wedding.


· Wedding Resource Every Bride To Be Should Have:

A wedding planner to keep track of deadlines. 

Favorite Wedding Planning Website:

Pinterest is amazing for ideas.

Advice To Single Ladies Waiting To Meet The One?

Seek God and allow Him to bring you the one. Enjoy your singleness, develop your purpose and travel the world with your girlfriends.

Wedding Photographer - Rhea Whitney
MUA - Vivian Wynter
Bride Dress- Monique Lhuillier
Shoes - Christian Louboutin

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Charlotte

Charlotte

Sunningdale, United Kingdom

September 24th, 2016

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

We met back in August 2010 at a fireworks evening organised by our friend but didn’t really get on that well – I thought he was very shy! We then met again in 2013 and haven’t looked back since! Our relationship progressed slowly and went from being friends, to best friends and now husband and wife!

How Long Have You Been Together?

Liam took me to Seven Sisters and made me do a hike up the side of the cliff on a very hot day! When we got half way up he gave me a scrapbook of all photo memories from our relationship, then we had a picnic laid out overlooking the sea. He then made me stand up and look to the side of the cliff where he had (the previous day) spelt out in stones ‘Charlotte will you marry me’ and it was MASSIVE. You could see it from miles away. We then enjoyed the rest of the picnic with a bottle of champagne and many passer by congratulating us!

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

We wanted to get married in the autumn so that all the colors of autumn in the leaves would be in our photos. We settled on September as we didn’t want it to be too cold and September is known for its mini heatwaves and it didn’t disappoint. The sun was shining on our wedding day and not a drop of rain in sight!

Name of Wedding Venue?

Northcote House in Sunningdale, United Kingdom

How Many Guests Will You Have?

140

How Much Did You Know About Weddings Before Getting Engaged?

Too much! I am your typical overthinking woman who had her wedding planned to the small details before I was engaged! The only thing I wasn’t sure on was what style dress I would end up having!

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

The first people we told were our parents and my sister. Unfortunately my parents knew he was asking so it wasn’t much of a surprise but my sister screamed when I flashed my ring at her!

My Wedding Must Have:

A supportive bridal party!

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

I went to 5 bridal shops and tried on over 30 dresses before falling in love with mine! It is worth the wait!

Dream Dress Style and Favorite Designer?

Princess style, sweet heart neckline, very romantic and soft. Essence of Australia was the designer of my gown and it was STUNNING

Current Stress Level On A Scale Of 1-10:

Very relaxed now however in the final few weeks I was a complete bridezilla!

I Am Most Excited About:?

Marrying my best friend and wearing the dress of my dreams

Biggest Wedding Planning Headache?

All the final small details and triple checking with suppliers that all the last minute changes were ok to go ahead

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

Tripping over my dress or our choreographed first dance going very wrong!

Has Your Wedding Budget Changed Your Initial Vision?

Not really. We didn’t stick to our budget in the end anyway but we tried to be as realistic as possible and only spend money on the necessities!

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

Our wedding style can be described as classic with a modern twist – classic, beautiful elements hinted through a modern colour combination of greys, blacks and ivory

Favorite Love Story:

Moulin Rouge’s Satine & Christian – true love definitely does conquer all of the challenges and it teaches you to always fight for the ones you love

Ring Details:

I actually chose the ring as I am very fussy and didn’t want to miss an opportunity to go shopping! The ring is a halo diamond with diamonds all around the outside and down the side. I also have the wedding band to match

Doing It Yourself?

I made all of the wedding stationery from invites to menu cards and even the seating plan and table names so that everything matched perfectly. Every element was either grey, black or ivory. Our stationery was very classic and clean looking. I did an envelope of cards which all pulled out separately. They were layered on black, grey and ivory card to create a 3D feel and tie all of the theme together. The seating plan I made on a mirror with diamante chandelier transfers to match the chandelier design on the invite (inspired by Phantom of the Opera)

If You Could Have Any Artist Sing You Down The Aisle Who Would It Be & To What Song?

John Legend singing ‘All of Me’ as that is our song!

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

His loving/caring attitude towards anyone that he meets! He will always go above and beyond for anyone

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

Travel and explore new places together – We have a list of all the places we want to go!

Describe Your Bridal Style In One Word:

Classic

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

That they really enjoyed it and loved the personal touches that we added throughout the day!

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

Maid of Honor, 3 Bridesmaids, 2 Best Men, 3 Ushers

Dream Honeymoon Destination:

Bali – and we went there!

Biggest Saving Tip:

DIY as much as you can! Also places like Amazon have amazing offers on decorations and trinkets that can be used on your big day. Plan a budget – you may not stick to it but it’s always helpful to know roughly where your money is going

Biggest Splurge:

The dress! But it was definitely worth it!

1 Thing I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Wedding Planning:

To enjoy it and not get worked up or stressed if some of the things don’t happen just as you want them to! On the day, it will be perfect and you won’t notice the things you were worrying about!

What Wedding Decision Has Been The Most Stressful and Why?

The most stressful element was the guest list. When you have big families and lots of friends it can be really difficult to invite everyone when you’re on a budget. We tried to be as accommodating as possible but we had to slim down our day and evening attendees and hope no one would get offended!

Advice to single ladies waiting to meet the one?

Don’t rush it; the right one will come along when you least expect it! Have fun with the girls and wait for him to sweep you off your feet!

Where are you currently in the planning process?

Happily married and getting used to my new name!


·  Wedding Resource Every Bride To Be Should Have:

PINTEREST! It’s great for the unique, personal touches

•Have You Cut Any Traditional Wedding Detail and Why?

We embraced all the traditional elements and loved every moment of it!

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Ato

Ato

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

We were friends before we started dating. I met him 3 and half years ago.we was in a long distance relationship! But we are a proof that long distance relationships can work well too!

How Long Have You Been Together?

We have been together almost 3 years. January 14th is our 3rd anniversary!

How Much Did You Know About Weddings Before Getting Engaged?

I want to say almost everything! I love bridal magazines and wedding planning websites, it was always like a hobby for me to go through the information that they provide! I love planning weddings and related events!

My Wedding Must Have:

A beautiful and of course tasty giant cake! Im all about serving the wedding cake for dessert only. I love cutting the wedding cake with my love. My wedding must have a half vanilla half chocolate cake!

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

YES , I have found the dream dress!!! It was the first dress that I ever tried on.

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

Uncomfortable shoes. I want something comfortable without having to compromise on the heels! Haha.

Ring Details:

It’s a pear shaped diamond ring with halo. And siamonds on the band.It has height when you look at it from the corner.

If You Could Have Any Artist Sing You Down The Aisle Who Would It Be & To What Song?

JENNIFER LOPEZ... The song : Until it beats no more... She is stunning and I love her voice so much.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

When I'm with him I feel honored and loved... he has a big soul and he Is a very loving and giving person. I am blessed to have him in my life, I love him.


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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Sabrina

Sabrina

Tennessee

October 1, 2016

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

I was introduced to Will by a mutual friend at the lake during the summer. He grew up at the lake and I had been going down for a couple oy years…I had seen him around when I worked at the marina restaurant but I never introduced myself to him. I had always seen Will over the years around the dock, while I was working at the marina restaurant, or on the water but we had never formally met. Our mutual friends, Amy and Bobby, were going out wakeboarding but neither of us knew we would each be in the boat that day. I got my stuff together, walked down to the boat where I saw Will and said, "Hello it's nice to finally meet you, I have seen you before but I don't think we have officially met or said hi" , I shook his hand and off we went to have some fun on the lake. From there I tried to match him up with my friend during the day, he was a great catch, a gentleman, athletic, friendly, and good looking! I was in a relationship at the time, which was on the rocks and the end was near. After that day hanging out on the lake we became great friends and support systems for each other when we were going through changes in our lives...we both clearly wanted more but timing was off, but not for long. In the coming weeks, our bond and friendship grew and my other relationship feel apart (luckily hehe). I started having feelings for him that I hadn't had before with anyone. Things started to progress for us and I thought, wait a minute I can't let this guy get away! Not long after that we were in a relationship, one that I was proud of and extremely happy in!

How Long Have You Been Together?

2 years

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

Will asked on the lake at our favorite spot, we are both huge lake people, we even call ourselves "lake bums". The week of Sept 1st we moved in together. I was so excited and beyond thrilled that I was going to be able get to see my best friend every day, until then we were living an hour apart and would only see each other on the weekends. At the time, I didn't think I could be happier, well on Sept 5th lives changed and life got even sweeter than it already was! Fast forward to Labor Day weekend, my forever best friend and love of my life popped the question. Will has now told me his original plan for the night: he was wanting to propose on the surf board together while our song was playing and the sun was setting, unfortunately he said that didn't work out due to coordination and wanting all our friends and family to be around. Onto Plan B: We were already going out for a dinner cruise with about 30 of our friends and family that night for what I thought was for Bobby's birthday cruise, and to us this is not out of the ordinary. Three houseboats were filled with our friends and family, they all ended up parking the houseboats in front of our favorite cliff and lit up the side with spot lights. I should have known looking back what was happening, but everything seemed like it always did. I did notice Will was MIA and I kept asking, “where is Will?” and everyone kept saying he is downstairs looking at wakeboard videos, again to me this seemed normal. Well I went downstairs to join everyone on the front deck to listen to conversations and enjoy the view. I was sitting in the middle of all our friends and about to get a drink when I saw Will coming over from the other boat with his smile. Before I could open the door, he grabbed my hand and brought me back into the middle of everyone...he asked for everyone's attention, got down on one knee, told me he has waited a year to do this, and asked me to marry him! That's what I saw from the videos haha. It was immediate that my heart sank and tears filled both of our eyes. I looked at him shook my head and said yes through my happy sobs/tears. I grabbed him as tight as I could and didn't let him go for a good while. After what felt like forever everyone gathered around us clapping, laughing, hugging, and crying. An amazing night of pure joy, excitement, and celebration happened back at the marina bar. I have been on cloud 9 and glowing ever since I have met Will, I look forward to our lives ahead of us and I have truly found my perfect match. My wish and hope for every girl/woman is to feel the love and joy I now have come to know, its amazing knowing you are going to enjoy the journey of life with your true love, soul mate, and best friend. I Could not be happier and I am so lucky in love.

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

Will wanted a date that was easy to remember hehe. And weddings at the lake in October are amazing.

Name of Wedding Venue?

Smithville,TN. Pates Ford Marina. We had our wedding ceremony on top of 5 houseboats

How Many Guests Will You Have?

150

How Much Did You Know About Weddings Before Getting Engaged?

Very little…most girls dream or their wedding day when they are growing up, and as they get older they start making those “dream wedding” Pinterest boards

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

The first people I told was my Mom, Dad and sister. They could not make it out to the engagement. We don’t have much service at the lake so I called them as soon as I got to an area with reception and called they were ecstatic!

My Wedding Must Have:

1.) I wanted to honor my father as much as possible. He got sick last September with liver failure and passed away in April, only 6 months before our wedding…we were both devastated! Will had just met my Dad the September before and asked for my hand in marriage…they had a bond from the beginning and my Dad soon called Will his best friend. He wanted nothing more than to be at the wedding, so having pictures, and memories around the venue and night was a huge part of the day. 2.) I wanted it to be a lake wedding and needed to be at our favorite spot on the lake ( where we got engaged and favorite place to be) 3.) Southern charm and food 4.) Live band 5.) I wanted a celebration

Dream Dress Style and Favorite Designer?

I wanted a lace dress but a simple lace dress that was form fitting.

Current Stress Level On A Scale Of 1-10:

I was at a 3-4 prior to wedding and maybe a 6 on the morning of…but once noon hit everything was out of my control and I was focused on getting ready hanging with my bridesmaids and enjoying the moment

I Am Most Excited About:?

Living my life with Will and the adventure ahead of us…and to introduce him as my husband forever!

Biggest Wedding Planning Headache?

My mom lives in Connecticut so the hardest part was explaining the location and planning the details over the phone with her. She did not exactly get the concept of having a ceremony on boats and a wedding on the lake.

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

Rain/cold weather

Best Planning Tip:

Do not get too many people involved. There are a lot of opinions of what people want/need. Go with what YOU want and your dreams, even if some people do not think it is “the best” plan, it is YOUR plan.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

Lake casual, rustic chic, vintage.

Ring Details:

A friend of ours is a jeweler and he and will designed my ring. I wanted something different than what I have seen over the years. It is an oval cut center stone with a high mounting with an oval halo around it. The two bands sit below the engagement ring to make it look like one. I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

If You Could Have Any Artist Sing You Down The Aisle Who Would It Be & To What Song?

Ingrid Michaelson- “Can’t help falling in love with you”. An Elvis Presley cover

How Did You Know Your Groom To Be Was The One?

He made me laugh and feel more comfortable being myself than I have ever felt. He took care of my dad and was by our side through the toughest days.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

His ability to never find an enemy. He is the friendliest, most easy going human I have ever met.

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

Spend time at the lake

Describe Your Bridal Style In One Word:

Simple chic

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

I want them to say they went to a party/celebration and a wedding happened to take place.

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

My sister was my Maid of Honor and then I had 5 other girls I became close with when I moved to Nashville and started working at a bar downtown. They have all known and loved Will since I met him…I wanted to choose girls that knew our story and loved us both. His two sisters walked him down the Aisle with his niece.

Dream Honeymoon Destination:

St. Lucia or the Maldives

Biggest Saving Tip:

Use your connections and resources. Use decorations you can use again in the future!

Biggest Splurge:

My dress!

What Wedding Decision Has Been The Most Stressful and Why?

Getting the men’s suits ordered. It’s hard to get 5 groomsmen together who live in different towns to all come in on the same day to get measurements and fitted. We had to go back to the suit place 4 times before things were correct. First it started out they sold of the suits we wanted to buy, second time the suits we needed to rent did not fit every groom’s measurements, third time the suits we ended up ordering came in were wrong and 3 sizes too big on everyone, fourth time they forgot the father of the groom’s suit and the grooms suit came in the Wednesday before the Saturday wedding…phew it was stressful and close call.

Advice to single ladies waiting to meet the one?

Do not go searching or always wanting to find the husband on a first date. I had my fair share of terrible boyfriends, but it took me not looking and Will coming out of nowhere for me to realize…all good things come to those who wait.


Advice Every Planning Bride Should Know:

Make sure you invest in getting a Videographer…that was one of the best decisions I made. They captured all the things you forgot because it was such a whirlwind of a day. It is something you can watch repeatedly and it brings you right back to the best day of your life.

Try on your dress two weeks before the wedding, just in case you need more alteration before the big day. I had my final fitting a month before the wedding and tried it on two weeks before the wedding. I ended up having to bring it in for more alterations.

Photographer:

Works by Wylie. Janet Wylie​

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