Ramona & Chris - September 21, 2009

Ramona & Chris

Photos courtesy of Glen Weisgerber of Fotografia Distinta

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PR Wedding Planner MUST HAVE!

How Fab is Mandi?  

Mandizzle is an adorable new online boutique with a sassy name.  Mandi specializes in handcrafted & exclusive items handmade by Mandi—from flowers and exclusive jewelry, to gifts, and accessories. She also has charming scarfs that are brand new to her shop, and more treasures for your everyday posh life. Mandi will also create you any color or flower you need to fit your wedding or party style.

Mandi's flowers were are major part of my wedding theme.  With a single flower you can make a Spanish wedding come together!  Whatever your theme might be or flower you have in mind Mandi can help.

Don't you just love how beautiful these flowers are!
Since my wedding, so many people have asked me about Mandi. I wanted to find away to let everyone know just where my flowers came from. Each flower is specially handmade for you, interlocking flower petals that bring a sense of enduring grace and beauty.

In order to purchase her items please visit Mandizzle, check out the boutique, share with Mandi what holiday items you would like to see by leaving a comment.

PS -10% off to Brides plus free shipping through October with code *cocoandbella*

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Check out the beautiful feature of our wedding at PARA ti NOVIA!  What a wonderful job they did featuring our wedding love story.  We are so excited to share all the details with fellow brides.  When Valerie at PARA ti NOVIA contacted us to do a feature article we were thrilled.  She did a wonderful job!  There are also a few new amazing photo's by Shawna Herring!

Check out the full article: PARA ti NOVIA

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Unique Wedding Keepsake...

If you are the type of bride that feels paying an exuberant amount of money for flowers that will not make it back home is ridiculous and unnecessary.  This post is for you...

Lilly Buds creates heirloom quality, distinctive bridal bouquets, for divinely different bridal parties.

Each piece is tailor-made to suit your chosen style. You can have your bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages and table centerpieces made to order.

Designed and created with quality materials including vintage treasures, buttons, paper and feathers, Lillybuds bouquets, buttonholes and accessories are a beautiful keepsakes to mark that special day in your life.

Prices start at around $100.
You can also find her at; 

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Destination... Love

A few more destination wedding ideas...

Row 1: Beach Favor Bags, Destination Love Favor Cards, Beach Cake Topper, Destination Wedding Favor Card
Row 2: Cruise Themed Magnet Favor, Miniature Travel Suitcase Container, Miniature Travel Trolley, Honeymoon Beach Attire
Row 3: Shell Place Card Holders, Heart Unity Sand Ceremony Set, Orchid "Just Married" Flip Flops, Seaside Allure Garter Set
Row 4: Palm Tree Favor Boxes, Destination Love Cruise Ship Luggage Tag, Flip Flop Placecard Holders, Sea Shell Spreader Favors

Consider hiring a wedding/event planning service based in your destination wedding location. This is especially handy when considering differences in time zones and possible language barriers. Companies such as PR Wedding Planner will handle all details of your wedding.

Save-the-dates should be sent from 6 to 12 months in advance to allow guests time to plan and budget for attending the destination wedding.

Enclose an itinerary with your wedding invitations so that guests will know what to expect.

Destination wedding guests are typically expected to pay for their airfare and hotel. You can help with the cost by negotiating group rates with hotels and airlines. Make reservations as early as possible as group rates are often based on availability.

Keep guests informed of travel and accomodation options (including prices) and any changes to the itinerary by creating a wedding website. Send an email to guests each time you make changes to the website.

Because the guest list of destination weddings is generally shorter, consider having a small reception once you return home. This will give you the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends who were not able to attend your destination wedding. Choose a decorating scheme that focuses on the location of your destination wedding. Have wedding photos or a DVD of the ceremony/reception available.

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Elegant and Classic

One question I get asked a lot is... 

"What would you suggest as a wedding favor? How should we display them?"
I came across this  idea in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine and fell in love with it. This is perfect for a destination wedding. It is both timeless and new, create a favor cake with buttercream-colored boxes (ivory, white and aqua work nicely too) and a topper of millinery or paper flowers. Inside, nestle Mantecaditos (sugar cookies) which are a delicious, light, traditional cookie in Puerto Rico. They can be flavored with coconut, almond, lemon or amaretto. And guests don't have to pack an extra item in their luggage.  It can be their midnight or breakfast snack after partying all night long. Ask a calligrapher to make a sign with your initials or monogram. Stack boxes in tiers on a square cake plate; add picot ribbon and flowers to top.  Shells and pearls would also add a decorative romantic look.  

Two piece boxes - Sofie's Favors
Calligraphy Resource - Laura Hooper's Calligraphy
Mantecaditos Receipe (almond flavor) - Puerto Rican Cookies

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Top 10 Attractions

There are so many things you can do in Puerto Rico...

Photos by Christina Barreraz

  1.  Forts
    1. San Felipe "El Morro"
    2. El Castillo de San Cristóbal

  2. BioBays in Fajardo, Lares & Vieques
  3. Camuy River Cave Park
  4. Arecibo Radio Telescope & Observatory
  5. El Yunque
  6. Casa Bacardi Rum Distillery
  7. Hacienda Buena Vista
  8. Gilligan’s Island
  9. Luquillo Beach
  10. Toro Negro Forest & Lookout Tower

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I Heart Ouma

Life is full of little gems!  Finding one that you want to share with the whole world is unique.  I heart Ouma because she is truely an artist.  There is nothing like putting on one of her dresses, it makes you feel like a movie star.  Her fabulous take on ballerina style dresses makes me want to run to my closet and play dress up.  Her dresses can make you feel like a little girl playing dress up.  I bought two of her dresses recently for my wedding.  I wanted to feel extra special at my rehearsal dinner.  I wanted to wear a dress I would never forget.  I wanted to slip into a dress that would be timeless, unique, unforgettable to anyone who passed by me.  I put it on and never wanted to take it off.  I love fashion!  I love to look just a little different from the rest.  I'm willing to take chances on designers who share my passion for twists on the norm.  Ouma's Clothing gave me every reason to remember my special day. The only problem, I will forever remember the dress more than the occasion I wore it for.

You can check out all of Ouma clothing’s dresses on www.etsy.com or see more photos on www.oumaclothing.com!   

Thank you Ouma!

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Fall Wedding Inspiration Board

Most of these items can be found on Etsy!  

Doublets Acorns... on ribbon. Pumpkin and Chocolate by truLuxe Etsy

Gold Leaf Necklace by Peaches4me Etsy

PETALS Hair Flowers -Walking in the woods by MGMart Etsy

Burnt Sugar Pear Drops Earrings Designs by EmmaThomsen Etsy

Brick Red Metallic Strapless Party Cocktail by paulnkc Etsy

Love Bird Cake Topper by Cynthia Spencer
Jose Villa Photography  
Two Little Owls - Wedding Invitation by ellothere Etsy

Fall Foliage Sparkle Box by littlebirdieboutique Etsy

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Fall Trends by The Bride and Bloom!

Bride and Bloom Magazine 

I love Bride and Bloom Magazine!  I found this very cool article and thought it would fit perfect with Fall......The article is:“A Chocolate Dipped Soiree” featured in the current issue of Bride and Bloom, on newsstands now.

I am completely loving the chocolate theme!  What fits better with fall than chocolate?  Imagine serving your guests hot chocolate on the beach or cutting them a slice of that amazing chocolate cake. Just imagine what you can do with this theme..............!!!

Photography: The extremely talented Paula and Mike of Luna Photo
Florals: The amazing LaVonne of Adorations
Stationary: Posh Paperie
Cake: Melody of Sweet and Saucy shop.
Chairs: Those beautiful rosette chairs from Chameleon Chair
Rentals: Megan with Classic Party Rentals
Venue: Suite and Tender Restaurant at Se San Diego

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