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February was a busy month on the wedding planning front. We:

– Booked two blocks of hotel rooms

– Met with the florist to solidify our floral vision

– Met with our DJ to disucss details

– Booked ALL of the transportation for the wedding day including shuttles, limos, and towncars

– Booked our honeymoon airfare

– Worked on our ceremony wording and vows

We booked two blocks of hotel rooms at sister hotels in Leesburg. They share a parking lot and have a variety of amenities that are available to guests at both hotels. We booked our transportation including shuttles to and from the hotels for the rehearsal dinner and on the day of the wedding.




We met with the florist to finalize some design ideas for the big day. We had to decide what type and number of centerpieces that we want for each table.




We had our first meeting with our DJ who we booked in JUNE of last year to discuss timelines and music selections.

I finally booked our honeymoon airfare after booking our honeymoon in June. I’ve been monitoring airfare for our trip since then and finally decided that the price wasn’t going to go down anymore. We have two flights and a boat ride to our island so the logistics of our travel days had to coordinate with the travel arrangements made by the resort.

John and I are fortunate enough to have a friend of John’s family officiating our wedding ceremony. He sent us fifteen pages of possible ceremony wording. EVERY THING was included in the initial wording. We had the task of cutting it down to a manageable 4 pages. We’re still working on personalizing certain aspects of it and truly making it our own.

It’s been a whirlwind!


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I decided to begin documenting our wedding planning process through this blog to give all of you a chance to try to keep up. John proposed on Christmas Eve 2010 and we’ve been making slow and steady planning progress ever since. This post will serve as a fast forward from December 24, 2010 to now. So far we have the ceremony/reception location decided on, the photographer and florist booked, a date finalized (not as easy as it sounds), and our honeymoon booked. It’s a random assortment of items checked off of the “wedding to-do list” but starting a year and a half out gives you plenty of time to get things done ahead of schedule.

We are getting married at Raspberry Plain in Leesburg, Virginia on June 2, 2012. Both the ceremony and reception will be held here.

My mom and I spent a couple of weekends in January checking out a few local venues. After going to a couple locations and bringing John and his family out to weigh in we decided on Raspberry Plain.


These pictures are from our initial visit in January as you can see from the snow on the ground.


This a shot of the Formal Gardens where the ceremony will take place.


This is the Grand Conservatory where the reception will be held.

After attending a coworker’s wedding and seeing some of the picture proofs I knew that I had to make an appointment to talk to her photographer. After a lengthy phone meeting we decided that this husband/wife duo was the photography team for our big day. After a few emails back and forth, we returned a signed contract with a deposit to hold our date. Definitely check out their website, the work that they have done is absolutely amazing.


We checked out a couple of florists and ultimately decided on a company that does all of the growing, assembling, and creative design in house. A friend went to a wedding this weekend where our florist provided the flowers and said that the bouquets were absolutely stunning.

For our honeymoon we’ll be traveling theĀ Palm Island ResortĀ located on a small island in the caribbean near the Grenadines. The resort is an all inclusive location that we got a great deal on (thank you livingsocial.com). Because of the great rate (53% off!) we had enough money budgeted to upgrade our room and add an extra night with money to spare.

PhotobucketThe room that we have reserved.

PhotobucketThe pool area.

PhotobucketOne of the five beaches on the island.

Needless to say we are really excited for how things are coming together so far. The next things on the list are finding a caterer and beginning the hunt for the perfect dress.

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