Choosing to do a first look was pretty much a no-brainer. The superficial angle is that it was unlikely that we’d get that coveted “reaction shot” at the ceremony. But the real reason to opt for a first look was because I didn’t want to wait so long to see my future husband. Weddings are nervous-making, and I knew I’d be much too jittery if we were apart for the entire day.
Are we that co-dependent? Maybe a little.
Having this moment together relieved so much of the stress that was building since I woke that morning. So much of the portrait time was just an excuse to hold each other and laugh together. I would whisper in his ear, “I know we’re supposed to be smiling for the camera, but I honestly can’t help it!”
Once dressed, I was whisked down behind the hotel where there was a lovely shaded spot with trees and overgrowth. Izzy, our photographer, had already done such an incredible job scouting out camera-worthy locations around the grounds.
We followed her lead on all things, and we got some adorable photographs in return.
I did some research when we first decided on our beach wedding location to determine the requirements for getting married in Mexico. I found it is quite involved for two foreigners to be married in Mexico and for the marriage to be recognized in the United States. This is not an exhaustive list, and I’m not sure how up to date all of these requirements are, but I hope it is helpful to anyone not from Mexico that is thinking of getting married there. Also, some requirements vary from state to state and there are many different lists of legal requirements, so make sure you ask your specific location well before your wedding date. Some resorts will include some of these items in your wedding package, so make sure you check with your wedding location.
Legal Requirements for Mexico Wedding : (between foreigners)
We know the hive loves engagement rings. Just take a look at the Gallery or our Rings boards, and you will see all kinds of e-rings, discussions on what kind of ring to buy, pros and cons of different styles and stones, etc. So we thought it would be fun to create a series of ongoing “Ring Porn” posts with the hive in mind!
So we’re launching a set of ring surveys, starting with 16 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them at the bottom of this post, and we’ll also post them on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, moissanite, sapphire, etc.), Mrs. Mouse will email you to ask for a photo of your ring, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post here on the blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
To kick off this series, Mrs. Mouse asked the bee bloggers and hostesses to submit their own rings to get an idea for what the ring posts will look like! Without further ado…
Mrs. Funnel Cake’s “Klein und Fein” (small and fine) five-stone solitaire diamond with two stones flanking each side.
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? I wanted a multi-stone ring with a traditional profile higher than the wedding band like my mother’s, and Mr. FC thought the engagement ring (which he didn’t think we needed) should cost less than the more important wedding ring. We decided to compromise, which was good because I anyway did not like how far all the 0.5-1.5 carat solitaires I tried stuck out on my finger. In the end, I preferred a ring with a very minimal profile for everyday wear.
One of the last vendor decisions we made was to bring on Studio Bride, a Jacksonville-based beauty company, to do the hair and makeup for the mothers, me, and my two bridesmaids.
When you’re not able to do a wedding trial, and when you completely neglect to plan well in advance for a vendor, of course you’re going to worry that the result will be less than ideal. In fact, you should expect it! But the work that the women from Studio Bride did (Amber and Anne Marie) was impeccable. I honestly don’t know how I lucked out so well with these ladies. They managed to take the inspiration pictures I had emailed them a few weeks prior and then proceeded to completely blow them out of the water on the spot.
I woke up bright and early and proceeded to kick Mr. B-Cat out to join his groomsmen in their hotel room. We had an early start with hair and makeup, and they came in bright and early on the day of the wedding and quickly set up shop in our hotel room.
Once we wrapped up our family photos, my team went inside to hide out while the boys mingled in the wedding area as guests began arriving. When the first bus went by I started to get really excited. It was really really happening now. (I think I had about 80 of those moments throughout the day.)
It was kind of surreal hiding out in the house as we watched guests heading past the house up to the second driveway. A few family members and friends popped in before the ceremony to see me, and it was just mostly filled with moments of excitement and anticipation.
Before we knew it we were gathering outside, ready to make our way up the hill for the ceremony to begin. Guests were seated and the boys were at the cabin waiting.