Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I love LOVE love this!

I found a groom's cake made out of Oreos! I also found a few examples of milk vases and daisies...ENJOY!  Two examples for my newest projects to my list. 

James and I picked out his ring on Saturday after the bridal show.  It's funny when it finally hits you...that this is the person you are spending the rest of your life with.  Mine was at the moment he slipped the ring on his hand. My smile went from ear-to-ear.  We also picked our wedding song.  It's all coming together.  I can't wait. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Honeymoon Suite BOOKED!

Hi Everyone! Here are some finds I have found near us for the weekend:

(888) 691-0908 or (305) 296-7105

Rates start at $75 a night 

Center Court Historic Inn
916 Center Street, Key West, FL 33040
(800) 797-8787, (305) 296-9292

Rates start at $108

All reservations have to made over the phone for discounted rates:)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nothing to wear on our big day?

I have recently fell in love with Rent The Runway.  It's a website where you can rent designer dresses ( don't worry they are dry cleaned first).  They even send you two dress sizes to make certain one will fit.  I found this code for 10% off of your first rental.  They have designer jewelry and purses as well.  I just had to share! 

 Treat Guests to 10% Off!

Now that you've set up your Wedding Pre-Party, it's time to spread the fashion love! Share the code OW166937 with all your fashion-loving guests, and they'll receive 10% off their perfect RTR look.  So in the name of fashion, share now or forever hold your peace... Free designer dresses are waiting for you!


Travel Updates/Centerpieces

Hoping to hear from our the rental agent tonight so we may lock down our hotel rooms and give everyone pricing.  Stay tuned...but if a rental is not the way you'd like to go we have rooms blocked at the Double Tree under Tobin/Barron wedding and at the Southernmost under "Tobin."  Double Tree is a bit further but offers a free shuttle to and from. Their rates are $119 a night and have the a great resort feel and pool. (1-800-222-TREE)  The Southernmost where the wedding and reception are being held, rooms start at $158 a night.  They have 3 sister properties so I suggest calling them for pricing and remember if you book before April 1st you received an additional 5% off and make sure to mention "Tobin" to receive a blocked room. 

House,Bed and Breakfasts, and Inn rentals...
Vacation Rentals call Toll free: (800) 797-8787 or (800) 294-9560
Local: (305) 296-9292 or 294-9560

EMAIL: reservations@vacationrentalskeywest.com

Make sure to mention you are apart of the Tobin/Barron wedding party for additional savings!

We have switched our centerpieces to milk glass bud vases with Gerber Daisies along with mason jars of sand and shells with a candle in the middle.  We will still be having arrangements, but James and I both really like the rustic no mess no fuss feel.  I included a few pictures as well as a map of Key West for everyone.

Rental Cars
Key West is known for it's small island feel..and that it is.  Most everything is within walking distance from your hotel or rental.  Most people do not rent cars, but some rent electric cars, mopeds, or bikes.  However, if you have little or old feet within your group, we are looking into transportation to and from the wedding venue. Stay tuned...

On a personal note...thank you everyone for your support.  I am so thankful for an amazing family, gaggle of friends, and soon to be family!  I am so excited even in my darkest moment of stress,and I am the happiest girl in the world for all of my dreams are coming true and we get to have all of our close friends and family in one place for one weekend! We are so truly blessed.

Just a few ideas...

Key West Map...our wedding venue is at "South Beach"

Milk Glasses with Daisies

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Have the dresses but where are the girls?

I made a big decision last night and changed our wedding colors all by my lonesome (and a very sick mother).  After a lot of thought, I have decided to go with 3 colors.  True Blue, Orange and Yellow which I have attached.  I went with blue to bring the essence of fall and sophistication to the wedding. I love the bridal party dresses. I am planning on adding a splash of color on the dresses with an orange flower and a yellow flower either in the hair or the belt.  As soon as I get the dresses I will know for sure and how the colors can play out. 

Follow me into my vision.  Steel drums begin playing "you are my sunshine" a song my father sang to me as a child, and then a stunning bridal party in true blue dresses with yellow and orange accents walk down the aisle, me in an off white off the shoulder gown with a yellow flower in my hair and yellow shoes to match, yellow satin bows on white chairs on the beach with orange rose petals lining the aisle, my brother Andy will walk me down the aisle to steel drums playing "here comes the bride"(as my father's last wish to me) and we will then be married by the ocean with close friends and family members by our side...groomsmen and groom attire is up in the air still but heck let's head on over to the reception. Guests will sign in with a Polaroid camera and guest book where they can sign next to their candid photo, then they will head to two baskets filled with orange, yellow, and blue flip flops so they may kick off their shoes and dance the night away, the seashell guest cards are next which the guests can keep as photo holders which will indicate what table name they will be seated at, then the guests will journey across the white tent with yellow and orange lanterns to the tables with chairs with satin yellow sashes and yellow and orange centerpieces of Daisies, Gerber's, and lilies placed in the middle of the beach named table, next the cake...a beautiful white cake with daisies flowing down the side with fondant icing, white cake and key lime filling, a wonderful display of Luau food and frozen drinks for the first hour and a buffet for dinner to follow, on to the candy buffet where yellow candies are flowing over in 7 different types and large jars: lemon heads, banana runts, yellow taffy and much more with bright orange lollipops sticking out of each jar for the guests to take home a bright orange bag full of joy at the end of the night...guests will be dancing and singing the night away and laughing with dear friends and family members. :)...Ladies and gentlemen our wedding.

I can't wait for it. I am excited for it all to come together...can you see it too???  I know it's not your wedding and your life is busy but this is the only time I am getting married...the only time I will ever get to be a bride... and if you know me in the slightest you know I have been dreaming of this day since I was 4. It's hard being in NY without family members and friends who live close.  I am trying to stay positive but today is one of those days where I am regretting letting James talk me into this wedding that is costing us a small fortune that we don't have.  If it were up to me and we could remind 6 months...we'd plan on being in Hawaii under a waterfall saying our "I Do"s.  It kind of reminds me of 2nd grade gym class and no one wants to be on my team...but in my case everyone is too busy with their own lives to be on my team. It's sad, but it's life and I have to remember this wedding is about James and I...whether friends answer calls...or moms like the dress or anyone RSVP's or even shows...James and I will still have the day of my dreams and end it with a marriage that leads to happy ever after. Time to grow up:)

Friday, January 7, 2011


Thanks to our amazing photographer's referral we have a wedding planner!!! She is my hero already:)! She already has found a better rate at a great hotel.  We have a block at the Double Tree for $119 a night.  More details to follow! Also we are looking in to house rentals so we might be able to bring Daisy.  We will still be staying the night before (Friday) and the wedding night at the Southernmost, but we will most likely be staying somewhere else for the rest of our stay! Woohooo for wedding planners!! They are angels sent from above.  Now I can sit back and relax and enjoy our engagement. Thank you Julie!!!!!
Double Tree

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year and last year of being Elena Barron...

What a blast and a great end to 2010.  With every up, you are sure to experience a down, but that's ok.  Here are a few pictures from our up and a few marriage quotes I have found for that down...The good thing about down moments is that you always have to come up from down.  

 "Love is not sweet talks and flowers, but love is forgiving and compromising."-Unknown

"I know that you are not perfect and nor can I claim to be either, but please believe me, when I say that I want to be by your side, to hold your hand, to treasure you in the morning and in the noon-tide, to be next to you, to be held close to your heart now and for the rest of my living years, to comfort you, dry your tears and calm your most frightening fears, to fight your battles and show no shame to scream my love for you out loud all over the land."-Unknown

 "I guarantee there’ll be tough times; I guarantee that at some point, one, or both of us is gonna wanna get out of this thing; But I also guarantee, that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life... because I know in my heart, that you’re the only one for me."
from the movie "Runaway Bride"

"As our Pastor stated at the wedding ceremony: 'Don't ever stop dating your wife.' and 'Don't ever stop flirting with your husband.'"
Pastor Kochel

"Marriage is not only the beginning of a realtionship but also the end of a life long search for the other half of your soul."-Unknown

"The most difficult year of marriage is the one you're in."
Humphrey Bogart

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.  ~Judith Viorst

And my favorite...

I love being married.  It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.  ~Rita Rudner

I love my Jimmy...I can't wait to be his wife:)