Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Our Engagement Story *Video*

If you have not had the time to hear our full engagement story, too bad for you! Thankfully AJ also filmed us telling the WHOLE story at the engagement party. The entire thing is about 14 minutes so good luck finishing it all. If nothing else I am sure my Mom and her Sis, Aunt Jonon will watch it.

Thanks again AJ.

Part 1

Part 2

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Mucho Anticipated Engagement Party Video

For those of you that forgot, when PB and I arrived back from New York, Nydia and Isabel worked with me to plan a great surprise Engagement Party. Andrew Johnson took some video and edited this little masterpiece. Thanks AJ!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Meet our Wedding Photographer

I have spent many hours researching local photographers. I am happy to announce we finally have booked our photographer, Nikki Rosa! I found her on WedingWire.com where she had numerous great reviews. After a few emails we finally got to meet with Nikki at Axum Coffee in downtown Winter Garden Monday night. She greeted us with a huge smile and Patricia and I immediately felt comfortable with her. We spent the next hour going over some of her books from past weddings. They were all great! This is a picture of PB and her going over some of her work. Nice acting ladies!














As some of you might know photography for the wedding is very important to me. It was #2 on my list of importance for the wedding (#1 was the Wedding Venue). Not only did we go over her work, we also reviewed some shots I brought that I loved. I was worried it might bother her, but she was awesome. Needless to say we booked her. We left the coffee shop blown away at how perfect she is, personality, style, professionalism.... I honestly believe our patience and trusting that God would bring us the right person paid off. I have spent literally 15-20 hours online looking for our photographer. Last week we almost booked a different photographer until we read some negative reviews on WeddingWire.com that changed our minds. That site and those reviews brought me to Nikki and we are so happy! I could go on and on about how happy we are but instead of reading me gush over Nikki, why don't you look at some of her work below.














































Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Weekend Wedding Plans

Besides having bronchitis, this past weekend was restful/productive/fun… As far as wedding things go: Saturday Eric and I went to Publix to chat about the wedding cake and the groom’s cake. The bakery staff at Publix was very helpful and efficient. We got a better idea of what we would like to have at our wedding. Probably sometime in January we will put the order in for one deliciously chocolate, chocolate, chocolate wedding cake and a groom’s cake in the shape of Texas, flavor TBD. Don't worry it won't look like the one below.

















On Sunday afternoon my parents, Eric and I went to The Winter Park Racquet Club to meet with the fabulous Alexis. Eric and my mom had a list of questions. Alexis answered all our questions and we discussed ideas for floor plans, linens, chairs, rain contingency plan and other details. We walked around outside again, peeked into the locker rooms, and brainstormed what should go where. Every time we go to the WPRC it is more and more awesome. They are so accommodating and helpful, plus the location is ideal. Now we just need to pray that is doesn’t rain on March 12th!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wedding Plan Updates

It's been a few days and I wanted to let everyone know what we have been up to even though we don't have any big announcement.

Last weekend we went to a florist that will remain unnamed. (They were not good) Since we only stayed at the first place for a short time we decided to stop by another florist nearby. After PB and her Mom stopped play fighting we were finally getting down to "the business." (j/k they were having fun) We spent well over an hour at this new and improved florist. She was way helpful and gave us tons of ideas. I don't want to share too much before the wedding but let's just say there will be plenty of orange! :) Also over the weekend PB, Wayne, Nydia and I had an unscheduled walk-through at the Winter Park Racquet club. I think that is also called trespassing. It was this past Saturday. There was a wedding earlier in the day so we got to see the chairs for the ceremony setup. It was cold so we didn't stay long. While we were there we started to come up with a layout, that I am sure will change. Most importantly we were able to see the nighttime lights. We also were able to see the huge fire pit, and it was going strong. It will look so awesome the night of our reception I was happy to see that.

FLASHBACK* I took back my Jos A Bank suit over the weekend and bought a new one (the JAB one was way to dark, we wanted more gray) The new one as Mrs. Nydia put it it's "nice threads." I can't show you too much but hopefully Patricia won't be too upset if I share this picture below. I am way excited for the guy's attire.







This week we have been busy as well. Tuesday night PB and the ladies tried on and some even bought bridesmaids dresses. I unfortunately was not invited to this joyous occasion.










Wednesday night we stopped off at un unnamed store. (IF YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS, DONT'T GO FIND IT AND BUY STUFF YET) We are still in the process of getting that list finalized. When it is done we will have it up on the blog ASAP. Registering was fun at times and not so fun at other times. Although, I am a guy. The lady there was very helpful and walked us first through the pots, pans, kitchen electronics, kitchen utensils and then on to much more. I was most excited about anything that would help me make pizza. And having a nice trash can Dodger can;t knock over and get snacks. We didn't get there until just before 9pm. They were so cool they let us stay and register until 10:30pm (30 minutes after close)

Needless to say we have much more to do but we have a big schedule over the next few days.





Saturday- Cake Apt at Publix
Sunday- Racquet Club apt to chat about layout
Monday- Consultation with Photographer
Tuesday- Pottery Barn registry consultation

Wednesday is "No Wedding Hump Day". I am taking my wonderful bride-to-be on a date. This date is a wedding planning free zone. I am looking forward to that. Thanks for following along, and I will try and get PB to write a blog soon. I know she has some news about the ladies attires.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Find Wedding Videographer, check!

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. For Patricia and I it was a wonderful break from wedding plans. We were able to go to Texas for a wonderful trip where she finally met the Gray family.

But back to the point of this blog entry. We have found and reserved our videographer. Meet Morgan Hopfensperger .

www.GoNorthFilms.com

I met Morgan through theknot.com and he was the perfect fit. Not only does he fit the budget and style he is a born again Christian. I met with Morgan tonight to go over the plans for the wedding. He seems to be a great guy with a true talent, and I am excited to work with him on this special day. Even before he has done the wedding I feel comfortable enough to recommend him. Below you can see one of the most recent weddings he has done. It is a bit long but you can see the quality of work in the first 30 seconds.

Matt + Lindsay from GoNorth Films on Vimeo.

Thanks everyone for checking out the blog. I think we might have our Photographer locked in later this week so stay tuned.