So now that we got engaged, the wedding planning has begun! Last week we started working on the wedding planning and got a lot already accomplished in one week.
We already knew where we wanted to get married, so that part was easy. It was just a matter of finding out the dates that they had available and picking one. We were thinking of getting married in May and the chapel had two dates available so we went with May 5th, 2013 (or as we like to celebrate in Texas, Cinco de Mayo!). Haha! I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo and my family is pretty much obsessed with Mexican food so it's only fitting that was the day they had open.
This wedding chapel is AMAZING! It's called Belltower Chapel & Garden. Michael grew up in a children's home and this chapel is on the campus of the home and is owned and operated by ACH Child and Family Services. All of the money that they make from having weddings there goes towards helping their organization. We couldn't have thought of a more perfect place to get married and be able to give back in some way. Even if Michael didn't have ties to this organization, I would still want to get married here, but it just makes it so much more special. The guy who is the CEO of ACH is like a dad to Michael. He took me to meet him and get a tour of the campus when we first started dating and it is such an amazing place. Everything that they do for these children and their families is making such a difference in so many people's lives. Dr. Carson wrote about us on his blog and the chapel posted our story on their Facebook page.
The chapel is really old and it has such a cool look. From the stained glass windows to the old wooden pews, it's just perfect. They also have an area for a reception either inside or outside. So beautiful!
We've decided on the wedding party and all the colors. I'm going with my mom and sisters on Sunday to go wedding dress shopping and pick out bridesmaids dresses. We're thinking of something like the colors and dress in the picture below.
My cousin is a photographer and she offered to take our wedding pictures for us. Her mom and husband are going to help as well. That is such a huge blessing to us. Wedding photographers are one of the most expensive parts of the wedding! Of course you want good pictures, but I'm trying to do this wedding on a budget and I just couldn't afford the prices. So when she told me that they wanted to do it, I was so excited! She takes amazing pictures! We're also going on Saturday to have our engagement pictures taken by a friend of mine. My cousin wasn't able to do those because she is due to have her baby any day now.
I've also been talking to a friend of mine from church who is going to do our cake for us. It will be something similar to this picture except with our color blue and our initial on the top.
And...we got our honeymoon booked! We are going to the beautiful island of Kauai! Neither of us have been to Hawaii before and we are so excited! Everyone tells us that Kauai is their favorite island. If any of you guys have been there and have advice or tips, I would love to hear them! We leave the day after our wedding and then come back the next Sunday.
So everything is coming together, there is still a lot to plan, but we're in pretty good shape! I'm sure I will be asking for all of your help to get ideas and suggestions for different things. This is all so fun!
Let the countdown begin...
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