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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Destined to be...

As I mentioned before, there have been some major changes in my life in the past week or so, one of which is on the wedding front. The big news is that I've gone from being this kind of bride...


To this kind of bride...

It was hard to give up my lovely Celebrations at the Bay dream reception...and the money we put down for it. But my mom always said, Que sera, sera, whatever will be will be.

My grandparents' house is in Destin, Florida, which is much closer than DC to my entire family who are scattered in Mobile, Al., Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tn. My grandparents are also getting older (and have several health complications) that make it necessary for me to come to them. And finally, they are the closest people I have to my mom. And my aunt who lives an hour away...she's also as close as I can get to having my mom plan my wedding with me. So it's settled.

Destin has been our family vacation spot since I can remember. I've spent Christmases, Easters, summers and spring breaks there and have some of the most beautiful memories of my mom on those beaches. It's a stunning backdrop for the most important day of our lives.

There will be a church ceremony, a second beach ceremony which Mr. Shirlington's dad will officiate, a private dining room seated dinner, and a reception on the back lanai of Oma and Grand Daddy's beautiful home. My flight is booked for a whirlwind planning trip from the 19th to the 24th, so I'll be sharing tons of photos shortly after!!

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