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Finally Going to Update This Thing! [09 Mar 2006|12:49pm]
Well, since we've been married almost 3 months now, I figured if I don't update this thing with a blow-by-blow of the wedding I never will.

So, where to begin, where to begin....

The night of the rehearsal I was a mess. I saw Staci walk in with her usual smile that lit of the room and she hugged me and I just cried. We were pretty much rushing around to finish everything that night and of course our frickin' printer was not cooperating. Everything was everywhere and so was my mind.

But once my family was all around me, I felt a little better. Until.... our red-haired battle-ax of a minister came in. Little did I know what an unprofessional twit this woman would be.

We started out in the lobby of the hotel where our wedding coordinator, Kim Laskey was waiting. Please, any prospective brides, if you're thinking of getting married in FL, please check out the Bilmar on Treasure Island Beach. Kim Laskey was the most incredibly easy, kind, awesome, professional person you could ever ask for! I honestly cannot say enough good things about her. She is a sweetheart and she helped save our disastrous wedding rehearsal.

As the wedding party proceeds out to the ceremony site, Kim stops us all in the courtyard and asks a few questions on where I'm going to come down, be it the hall way or do I want to walk on the beach front to the ceremony site. We discuss and agree and go out to the patio overlooking the Gulf to start the rehearsal. All of a sudden while Kim and I are engaged in a conversation, HillBilly Weddin' Preacher (her name is Libby for those that care) walks up to me and starts talking to me as if Kim isn't even standing there!!!!! I look past Libby at Kim and Kim smiles and gives me the nod as if to say "It's okay, talk to her." I was a little miffed by it and almost embarrassed that Libby felt the need to run over Kim and everybody else.

That's not the end of it. We explained to Libby that we wanted to do the unity candle and she said she'd used it before. But for some reason, I, Taylor and Kim all had to explain to Libby the PROPER way to light the candles!

At this point my trust was a little shaken, but it was too late to turn back now.

After the rehearsal - if you really wanna call it that. I refer to it as chaos, we all went up to "Sloppy Joe's" - the Bilmar's restaurant and had our rehearsal dinner. Good food, good friends, good times.

Once dinner was over, everyone said their goodbyes and Taylor, I, Staci, "Menanie" gratsisgr8, Taylor's dad, Christy (Tay's dad's g/f), and Taylor's Aunt Joyce all went up to the penthouse bridal suite. There I gave the girls their bridemaids gifts. I hope they liked them. I had fun picking them out and making them. :o) It was getting late, but the night still wasn't over for me and Taylor. We still had centerpieces and table numbers to finish up. Stressed was a HUGE understatement at that point.

In the middle of finshing everything up, Taylor and I exchanged our gifts to each other. It was after midnight so it was technically our wedding day. I looked at the clock and it said: 12:17. Coincidence? ;o)

Around 1 a.m. we finally went to bed. Thank God for a 4 o'clock wedding.

I can't remember what time we woke up but I'm thinking it was like 8 or so. Taylor pulled back the curtains and laughed "It's raining outside." I mean, really! Who would predict rain in December in FL?! At that point I didn't have the effort to address that. I kinda figured I'm gonna get married no matter what. I don't care where we have to do the ceremony, as long as Taylor and I get married. :o)

We still had a helluva lot of stuff to do. We still had to run back to the apt., for what I don't remember now, but we made it back in time. I had to be at the hairdresser by noon and I made it. Only to walk in, find my mom and my neice getting their hair done and my hairdresser Shawn saying "Hey Jen! I thought you weren't supposed to be here until 1?" Shit! I was an hour early. Thankfully, thanks to her quick thinking she suggested "Why don't I do you next and then you can go back to the hotel and finish everything up?" At that moment I was stressing out. But I wasn't nervous. I don't know why, but I just wasn't.

So, hair is done, my mom runs me back to the hotel, I go to the reception hall and look for Taylor who is working with his brother to put out the centerpieces and decorations. The girls came down and chatted a bit before Staci had to excuse herself to go get ready and Menanie and I started helping out the boys. We had lots of fun and the staff at the Bilmar were all so nice and helpful. :o) The room was finally close to being finished so that only left one thing to do... go upstairs and get ready to marry the man of my dreams! :*o)

I reached the penthouse and was alone for a bit, but my mind was running to quickly to take it all in. But it was still so odd. Once all the stuff was finished, I was suddenly calm. But all this time it was surreal. Like I was in a dream. Like this wasn't me about to get married. All this time I'd planned and planned and read about other women's weddings and got so excited and here it is... my wedding day.

I looked out the window, and the clouds had gone away and the sun was shining.

Before I could really stop myself and revel in the moment, the girls had arrived. We all sat around and started putting on make-up, chatting, laughing, whatever. It was nice though because there was very little stress. Then my kick-ass photographer came up to take "getting ready pics" and she even offered us some make-up tips. :o)

The phone rang and it was Crystal. She was on her way with my beautiful cake and a "surprise". She made the grooms cake for Taylor! :o) She is so awesome and I love her so much!

Before I knew it, it was 3:30. I'd gotten wind that our DJ arrived. A DJ that saved us in a pinch and that we'd never met face to face. But wow! He was definitely a good find.

Okay, make-up done, now it's time... to put on the dress. I cannot tell you how much I LOOOOOOVE my dress!

Once again the phone rings. It's Kim Laskey. They're ready for me. A few mintues later there's a knock at the door and it's my parents with Spencer and Kelsea (nephew and neice for those that are keeping score) and Kim.

We all pile into the elevator and head on down to get hitched. We get to the tunnel where we're all about to walk out and we suddenly realized we forgot a few things. I go "Melanie did you get lipstik?" Mel: "No." Me: "Myeh, screw it." Me: "Oh crap, I forgot to put on mascara. Ah, who cares?" LOL!

Kim cues the DJ, the music starts playing and Kim tells everyone when to go. First Kelsea dropping her flowers and alongside her is Spencer half carrying the ring bearer's pillow. Then Melanie with Taylor's brother Payton - who looked so handsome in his tux, then Staci and Ryan.

Kim turns to me and says "The sand is still a little wet so I'm going to carry the back of your dress until you get to the patio." That was so awesome!

I peaked around the corner and saw everyone standing and all waiting for me. So... it's my turn.

I walked out of the tunnel and Kim picks up the back of my dress and I'm all smiles. As I see everyone staring at me, I start to giggle and say to my dad through a clenched smile "Oh god, there's a lot of people here."

We get to the patio and Kim whispers "Good luck and you'll come back as Mrs. Royal."

I walked past everyone intently trying to hear their whispers and chatter, but my heart was pounding to hard in my ears to make anything out. All I could see was my sweet baby boy's face. He looked so handsome! For some reason I was overcome with this urge to run up to him, throw my arms around him and just cry tears of joy. But I didn't.

HillBilly asks my dad who gives this woman and after my dad responds, he places my hand in Taylor's. He holds my hand tight and I am no longer nervous. A few times during the ceremony I glance up to see him smiling at me. When it comes time to say our vows, Taylor makes it through his smoothly. It wasn't until it was my turn that I could see tears welling up in his eyes. In the middle of my sentence I squeeze his hands and quickly say "Stop it" and he snaps out of it. LOL! OUr deal was if one of us cries the other will too. And for some reason I didn't want to cry. I never did like crying in front of people.

Now comes time for the unity candle to be lit, but the taper candles our mothers lit had been blown out in the wind. There was a lighter there with very little fluid left in it. In a nervous moment I turn to the crowd and ask "Anybody got a light?" Best man to the rescue!

The candle is lit, we return to our place at the altar and we're pronounced man and wife. Taylor gently takes me face in his hand and gives me the gentlest most beautiful kiss ever!

We walk back down the aisle, me without my bouquet and Staci comes nervously after going "You forgot this." Again I was like "Myeh, screw it!" LOL!

So, meet and greet, photos outside, blah, blah, blah and now on to the party!

In the next journal entry. LOL!

But until then if you'd like to look at some pictures, here are some links to pro pics and friends pics.





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Few Pro Pics [08 Jan 2006|12:38am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I've started an album of our Pro pics. The scanner doesn't do them justice. They are beautiful in person!!!

On a side note since Photobucket sucks, they are #'ed so you can see the order in which our Photographer put them in our wedding album.

Here's the link: Mr & Mrs Royal.

And here's a preview b/c I LOVE this picture!

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The Downside of Up [03 Jan 2006|02:38pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

I have this empty, hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach right now. Aching, like it's missing something.

I can't believe my wedding day has come and gone. As magical and beautiful and amazing and incredible as it was, I still feel like I missed out on something.

Like while I was standing up there, it was almost an out of body experience. Almost as if I was watching 2 other people get married.

I sometimes play these sick little games on myself. I often feel like I'm not good enough for something so I tend to go deep inside myself and actually miss out. I mean, I participated, but I don't think I did so emotionally. There were many times that I felt the urge to cry but held back the tears (of joy, mind you) because well.... I don't like people seeing me cry.

But in hindsight, I should have let those tears flow! I saw the tears well up in Taylor's eyes and I stopped him so I wouldn't follow suit. And for that I'm ... ashamed.

I sometimes feel like I ruined my own wedding by not crying. But not showing that emotion.

Don't get me wrong, there is no better feeling in the world than marrying your best friend!

But... this entry was supposed to go somewhere else and instead it ended up here.

I guess I'm just reliving that night over and over in my head really trying to figure out "Did this wonderful thing really happen to me?" It all happened so fast and I did everything I was supposed to and not sweat the small stuff. But it was such a fun-filled blur that I often catch myself wondering if it was a dream.

I guess it's the finality of it all. For almost 12 months Taylor and I have been planning this wedding and in less than 6 hours it was over.

I guess I'm kinda bummed that that chapter of my life is now closed.

But I look forward to the future and getting to know Taylor as my husband.

And finally, I cannot describe the incredible rush of emotion I have when I look down at Taylor's left hand and see that wedding band on his finger. :o) It's just amazing....

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Ladies & Gentlemen [28 Dec 2005|11:01am]
[ mood | amused ]

I have pictures...Collapse )

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I'm Speechless [18 Dec 2005|12:50pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

The wedding was more perfect, more fabulous, more romantic and more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.

More details later. For now it's off to the honeymoon.

Love to all,

Jennifer Royal ;o)

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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [17 Dec 2005|10:03am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]


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D-Day! [16 Dec 2005|08:38am]
[ mood | crazy ]

Today is my last day as a single woman. :o)

I'm excited, but honestly I'm just ready to get it all over with. I know that sounds bad, but really a wedding is pretty damn stressful.

Trust me when I say this... to any potential "future brides" out there... GO TO VEGAS!!!

Don't get me wrong I can't wait to marry Taylor! Planning was fun, but stressful. And now thinking about having to lug all this crap for our reception to the hotel... well, it's just gonna be a bitch.


Well... on that note...

See ya on the flip side! :o)

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*Numb* [15 Dec 2005|01:09pm]
[ mood | numb ]

I can't believe it's almost here.

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Blood Curdling Scream in 3...2...1... [14 Dec 2005|10:43am]
[ mood | stressed ]


What?! Me?! Stressed?!


It's okay... breathe... everything will be fine...

Just got a buncha questions I gotta answer. Rreally, it's all good.

Just having to work today and tomorrow is really adding to the stress.

but updating this while I have so many other responsibilities is counter-productive.

Aack! I'm stuck in a paradox. I mean, I think I am.

I dunno! Am I?!

Soon2B_Royal_T?! Ha! Soon2B_Crazy is more like it!

But seriously, I wouldn't want it any other way. :o)

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Baby, I'm Amazed by You! [13 Dec 2005|04:33pm]
[ mood | jubilant ]

I can't believe it's happening. It's actually happening! I'm getting married!!!!

My whole life, my whole identity, everything will change in a matter of days!

I sit back and I think about it all. It was one year ago yesterday that Taylor asked me to be his wife. One year ago that he presented this beautiful ring to me, and asked me to take that journey with him.

Wow! Sometimes it takes my breath away.

I'm so overjoyed!

Although my friend Becky brought up a very valid point. She said "Well, when you come back from your wedding you won't have anything to plan."

I've been thinking about that. It'll be weird and funny at the same time. What the heck am I gonna do with myself? LOL! I'm sure for a while I'll be bored out of my skull and maybe even a little depressed that it's all over with.

But then, I will stop and think and remember all the wonderful memories of my special day with my heart, my soul, my sweet baby boy! :*o)

And lastly... only a few more days of this:
~*~* 4 MORE DAYS!!! *~*~

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Caffeine or Nerves? [12 Dec 2005|01:07pm]
[ mood | loved ]

For almost a week now, everyone has been asking me if I'm getting nervous and I had to answer honestly that I wasn't. I really wasn't... really and truthfully I wasn't nervous. Excited yes, but not nervous.

Maybe it's the coffee, my birthday, the chocolate, the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and the fact that my cell phone has been ringing all day, but it's finally hit me, I think.

I'm really, really nervous. Like really and truly. But not in a bad way. I'm excited and happy, but I think I'm most nervous about standing in front of all those people.

But I know that it's the right thing to do. I can't wait to become Taylor's wife.

But most of all, I am happy, excited and blessed that God has chosen to bestow upon me one of the sweetest, most giving, loving, caring, incredible men to go on this journey with me. :*o)

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*Dirty Lil Girl* [08 Dec 2005|04:05pm]
[ mood | devious ]


I ordered ~*These Panties*~ in blue last week. They came in yesterday. Mine say "Mrs Royal" on the butt. It'll be Taylor's little surprise on the wedding night and my "something blue" to wear. Well, that along with my Lightning garter. ;oP

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*Deep Breath* *Big Sigh* [08 Dec 2005|08:52am]
Well, ladies and gents... it's offical.

Taylor and I aren't getting married.....

..........for another 9 days!!!!!!

LOL! Gotcha! ;oP

Yup... we're now in the single digits. I can honestly say I feel so accomplished. I've never actually had something in my life that I needed to work on or finish by a certain deadline that I didn't procrastinate until the last second. But I'm quite proud of how far we've come!

I can't wait to marry the love of my life! :oD
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Stop! Thief! [07 Dec 2005|01:34pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I stolified these pictures from some girl on The Knot, but this is the effect I'm going for with my centerpieces.

Don't you just love the intimate glow? I can't wait to see what it all really looks like at our wedding! :oD

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

I'm using votives for my placecards as well. :o)

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Whatcha think?

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Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock [06 Dec 2005|04:09pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

The days are going faster, the time is drawing nearer. In 2 more days I'll be in the single digits countdown.

Taylor said he's starting to get nervous. I am too, but more because I'm worried that something will go wrong. I know some-thing will go wrong. But as long as the hotel remembers to light all the candles before the people enter the room, I'll be good. :o)

Bought ~*This*~ for Taylor's wedding present. He knows about it, but he's so picky I had to make sure it was the one he wanted. I'm happy with it and so is he. :o)

Looks like so far we'll have about 78-93 people attending the wedding. Not bad from inviting 130 people.

Not much else going on right now.

I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping lately, but I'll expound more on that in my other journal.

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You Like? [01 Dec 2005|09:59pm]
[ mood | creative ]

Did our centerpieces tonight - well 1 mock-up. Opinions, please. The ribbon will be tied around each candle... this is just the rough version. It was Taylor's idea to use the potpourri so give him props!

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*Squeeeeeee!!!* [01 Dec 2005|03:52pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Menanie just e-mailed me THE cutest peektures ever! I can't wait to use them for my bridesmaid's gifts. I hope Menanie and Staci love them as much as I loved making them! :oD

Yippy! I think I'm more excited about the gifts than I am about the whole wedding! LOL! I just love giving people gifts. I love seeing their reactions and knowing that they truly love and appreciate what they've received!

It's true! 'Tis really better to give than to receive. :oD

Oh and if I haven't beaten you over the head enough with it:

~* 16 More Days Until The Wedding Day! *~

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I Like This [30 Nov 2005|01:44pm]
[ mood | jubilant ]

I found this on anohter knottie's bio. I'm hoping Staci will be willing to read it. I know she'll be nervous, but I'd love for her to do it for me. :o)

"Union" by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other for years, through the first glance of acquaintance to this moment of commitment. At some moment, you decided to marry.

From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with "When we're married" and continued with "I will" and "you will" and "we will" - those late night talks that included "someday" and "somehow" and "maybe" - and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. Just two people working out what they want, what they believe, what they hope for each other.

All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, "You know all those things we've promised and hoped and dreamed - well, I meant it all, every word."

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another - acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. You have learned that good company and friendship count for more than wealth, good looks or position. And you've learned that marriage is a maze into which we wander – a maze that is best got through with a great companion.

Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this - is my husband, this - is my wife.

So what do ya'll think? Like it? Love it? Hate it? LOL!
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Like Woah! [28 Nov 2005|01:51pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Look at the ticker, folks. 2 weeks and 5 days. 19 days. 9-teen... one... nine!

Scary, eh? Went back to the Bilmar this past Saturday. They were set up for a wedding that evening (aw!) and we got to see the dancefloor in place, the tables set up, where the buffet would be, etc. It was great to get a second look at the whole place since it's been over 6 months since I last saw it. It made the whole thing seem so much more real!

Oh and we changed our ceremony site! They wouldn't have the white tent in time to put up on the rooftop deck, so Kim our wedding coordinator suggested another prime location. They have a bar that's currently being remodeled so she suggested their vacant bar patio. I never would have thought of it. So now Taylor and I will be married on the patio adjacent to the beach. We'll have the best of both worlds in that I won't have to drag my dress through the sand, there won't be any creepy tourists wearing Speedos standing there while we are reciting our vows AND our photographer will be able to capture some beautiful shots of us with the beach as a backdrop! Yippy!

Had a very disjointed, emotional (hormonal) weekend. But Taylor tried his hardest not to pull his hair out and appease me. Got our sachet bags filled (see pics below) and Taylor finished tying the ribbon around the bubble bottles. Thanks, baby!

We did an inventory of our room yesterday and I just realized how much crap we've bought! So far our guests will be receiving sachet bags and individual votives plus they'll be getting bubbles to blow. So I hope they enjoy it. :o)

I'm all over the place right now, but I'm just stressed and busy with work and life! I'm almost finished with my Bridesmaid's gifts. I hope they enjoy them! I love everything I picked out for them, and I can't wait to give them to my girls!

Ya know... I've been looking over a few random entries in this journal and it completely amazes me to see the progress Taylor and I have made on this wedding. I feel so accomplished to know that we've worked so hard on this! We're almost to our goal!

Okay... back to work I go.

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One Step Closer To The Edge [27 Nov 2005|04:21pm]
More DIY projects and peektures. :o)

On a side note, I've decided not to do programs b/c honestly I just don't feel like messing with them.

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