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Back as a married woman!!

The last few days have been a whirlwind of events, joy, and sharing with friends and family and above all, my HUSBAND!!  I apologize in advance for the *ridiculous* length of this post.  If you get through it, I should hug you!

I'm so sad I didn't get to write my "last post as a Miss" (except I'm still not a Mrs., I am not changing my name :) or even my "half-married" post, as it was all combined into 3 days packed with things to do, and family and friends to take care of! This will I hope serve somewhat as that, I hope, and also a bit about the actual wedding!

First things first -- I'm glad to report that everyone ended up making it to the wedding!  Many direct or one-stop flights were rerouted, such as from NY-Montreal-Miami, Boston-Chicago-St. Louis-Miami, and Boston-Dallas (sitting on tarmac for 6 hours)-Miami, as well as many many delays, but eventually everyone made it and celebrated with us. It was such a blessing and I thank you all who took the time to write and to think of me and Mike as we were stressing out over who would come and what would happen. In the end, all 120 guests we expected showed up, both those who traveled far and those who were near. It was amazing to have so much love with us.

I have to thank you all for that. You girls helped make my wedding what it was. You saved me money by helping me negotiate with various vendors, and by helping me find the right vendor who saved my butt. Most of all, you helped inspire me in my wedding "creation."  Without you, my wedding would have been a very boring event indeed!  Not only that, but you girls were there when we were presented quite a few obstacles to getting married, not the least of which was sending us vibes so everyone could get to the wedding on time. Both times the vibes totally worked!

I have to do a few shout-outs but I'm sure I'm forgetting people and for that, I'm sorry! ... here goes...

Christina -- girl you have been amazing throughout all this! It was awesome to have someone to talk to who also cared about things like LINENS and centerpieces and who was as concerned as I was about their hair and makeup on one day. I can't wait for your wedding and I can't wait for your honeymoon so we can hang out in Puerto Rico!!!  Your hair and makeup are going to be amazing on your day, and you're going to have the best time of your life, I cannot wait!!

Sara -- You were a breathtaking bride and I have been waiting on pins and needles for your photos (maybe they've appeared, I am writing this from the plane without having caught up on posts yet). Thank you for making me feel better about how the hair/makeup situation ended up working out. You were right, Lutz did an amazing job and while I still didn't have your hair (don't think it's physically possible) it did look gorgeous and the curls held for THREE days.  The makeup was ridiculous, everyone was in awe of it, especially the individual lashes that no one could tell were fake.

Danielle -- What can I say? I hope you read this because you were so helpful to me during all the planning, especially with, as we know, the cake "situation."  I'm happy to report the cake worked out beautifully!  It was tasty and gorgeous, and it was  a total copy of yours! :)  Thanks so much for all your help all these months, and for taking the time to write to me!  I can't wait to see Marty's video and I hope it's as cool as yours!!

Alissa -- You are almost there!!! I was so happy to get to meet you at Reina's. Your dress is gorgeous and you're going to be a beautiful bride. You're almost there! I cannot wait to see pictures of all the beautiful details you have been slaving over all these months.  Enjoy it!!

Michi (Bolooki) -- I imagine you're not reading the Knot anymore but I have to give you a shout-out since you're the reason we ended up at the Colonnade!  We're so happy that we did.  It was a gorgeous venue and the team there made everything work out beautifully.  If you (or anyone) ever sees the pictures from our photographer, you'll notice that we copied one of your looks (more or less :)

Lorena -- Your wedding inspired me tremendously. My hair flower was inspired by yours and so was my hair. Thank you for all your advice and helpful thoughts, and I can't wait to read your next posts in your blog.

Kaila -- You are such a sweetheart. I've never met you and yet I feel like I know you because you have always been so caring and thoughtful in your posts to me. 

Curt, Tiffany, Lynette, Joanne, Taylor, Tess, Courtney, Michi and all the rest, thanks for listening/reading my posts and for being so supportive and helpful!!

And now a small recap of the wedding weekend, I'll write another post about the actual wedding day ....

Our wedding was actually three events.  A 70-person informal Cuban dinner at my aunt's house the night before (when there were torrential rains and possibly a tornado or two? and my hubby's parents' flight was delayed 3 hours so that he had to miss half of the party), the wedding itself (and the 4-hour getting ready/photoshoot prior to it), and a get together at Crandon Park beach on Sunday for the out of towners (about 40 people in attendance despite the 63F weather).  Then Mike and I went on a mini-moon (really 1.5 days) at the Epic Hotel.

Even though the weather and temperatures were not ideal, everything worked out just fine and everyone seemed to have a great time.  My family helped out a lot, Karla was a godsend for the wedding itself, and all our guests were just amazing. 

The whole thing was surreal to me.  Mike and I were super calm the whole weekend, even as things did not go our way for some of it (the rain, the parents' delayed flight).  I'm usually a very hyperactive person so I think everyone kept expecting me to freak out about things, but I never felt the need to. I was so calm because as my friend said, I was marrying the right person and nothing else mattered.  Everyone commented on how calm we both were.  Coming from him, not too surprising (he is German afterall) but from me maybe a bit more so :)

For a second I wondered if my relaxed attitude meant that I wasn't worrying enough about things that were not going as planned (such as the fact that our photoshoot location had to be changed a few times and ended up being in the UM campus, which I really did not like very much) but then I realized that there was no use getting upset about it on my wedding day, so I just let go and enjoyed the moment (I also remembered that we have our trash the dress with Ashley later this year, so I can get any shots I think we missed).

I'll never know if my guests are just trying to be nice to us, but many commented on how nice the wedding was and how much fun they had, and how beautiful everything was. With few exceptions which don't really matter (because I was the only one who knew), everything went exactly according to plan.

I am not going to do reviews just yet since I have a few people to talk to before I do, but suffice to say that almost every single one of my vendors came through in an amazing way, most of all Karla, who made it all happen seamlessly and who was superbly nice to everyone throughout what must've been an exhausting day! But reviews are coming ...

Anyway, I have gone on long enough. I'll do another post on "things I learned" later, for now I leave you with the pictures from the weekend taken by one of our friends. Our escort cards were Vistaprint business cards directing people to post their photos on our Flickr page, so hopefully there will soon be more pictures there as well.

http://tinyurl.com/yattjkp

There are also pictures of the out of town dinner the day before, and the beach day afterwards, in case you're super bored (there are a ton of them :)

OOT dinner: http://tinyurl.com/ylr6n3k
Beach day: http://tinyurl.com/yb3byjn


Anyway, glad to be married, but not glad to be back in Puerto Rico without my hubby.  Three weeks till I see him again :(

Re: Back as a married woman!!

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    edited December 2011
    Congrats hun!! You looked flawless, radiant and so happy. I am thrilled to hear it was magnificent and that everyone made it. I loved getting to meet you!!!

    Hugs!!
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    edited December 2011
    Congratulations Mrs.!!! You looked beautiful! SOOO glad everyonne made it and that it was a success!
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    Im so happy to hear that everyone made it to the wedding despite the weather scare.  Everything looked beautiful, especially you.  Cant wait to see pics and here all of your reviews!

    Congrats half Mrs.  LOL

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    edited December 2011
    Congrats Mrs! You looked beautiful and so happy for you that everyone made it!
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats Dalie.  You looked sooo beautiful!  Can't wait to read your reviews and so glad that you had a wonderful weekend.
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    edited December 2011
    You couldn't have looked more beautiful. I missed you so much while you guys were away!!! So selfish of me, I know.

    You and Mike are stunning. I'm SO SO happy for you, my friend. I am really happy for you guys and your families. I KNEW you would be in love with your hubby and your wedding and that everything would be flawless. Gosh, I had to show Ben your photos because everything looked SO SO SO AMAZING!

    <3 you lots!! You have lots to tell me.
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    PinkShoesGalPinkShoesGal member
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    edited December 2011
    Congratulations Mrs.! So glad everything went well!
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    edited December 2011
    ahhhhhhhh -- what a beautiful last post/first mrs post -- CONGRATS DARLING!!!! I loooooove your siggy pic (and your dress, gorg!!!) - thanks for writing, can't wait to hear your reviews and see more pix!!!!1

    xxoxoxoxox welcome back!!!!!!
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats Dalie!!!

    I can wait to get back home this afternoon to look at all the pics!! Hang in there too..you'll see hubby soon!
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats Daile. so happy your day was perfect. I was praying everyone made it! Congrats Mrs.
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    FutureMrsFezzFutureMrsFezz member
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats Mrs.
    You looked amazing!
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    edited December 2011
    Oh Dalie!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought about you allllllllll day on your special day!!! I am so glad everything worked out (i knew it would!) and I WANT MORE PICS!

    Congrats on your beautiful marriage! Welcome to the other side!!

    See you in San Juan??
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    twinkle82576twinkle82576 member
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    Everything looked amazing! I'm so relived to hear that everyone made it! Congrats.!
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    edited December 2011
    You looked GORGEOUS Dalie!!! I'm soooo glad everything worked out for you both!!
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    JillianLLJillianLL member
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    Big Congrats to you and your hubby!! Glad everything worked out!
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    citytoshore09citytoshore09 member
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    Aw, Dalie, I am so thrilled everything went perfectly for you. You were on my mind all last weekend. Not even this silly snowstorm could stop you from getting married!

    I'll be stalking Marty for your video very soon - it's going to be gorgeous! And I can't wait to see pics your *buttercream* cake. :)

    Email me whenever you'd like! Love you honey. Have a fabulous honeymoon!!
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    edited December 2011
    Congratulations Dalie!  Best wishes.  :-)
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    edited December 2011
    I'm so glad everything went well for you, D! I love your siggy pic, you surely made a beautiful bride!
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    michy22michy22 member
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    Dalie- OMG your dress is AMAZING!!! and everything looked great... So glad everyone made it to Miami and had a blast.

    BTW-  U owe me a hug, I read the whole thing! lol :)
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats Mrs!  You made such a beautiful bride!  I loved the linens and the cake topper!  I'm happy everything ended up working out for you.  Can't wait to see more pics and read your review. 
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    bluebookbluebook member
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    Michelle -- I do owe you a hug! haha
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    Congratulations!
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    Lacey36Lacey36 member
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    congrats MRS!! You looked beautiful!! Your dress was stunning. I love the colors and everything about your big day!! I wish you lots of happiness!!
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