Our Wedding (Part V): Video (+ Photo) Highlights

APRIL 22, 2016: THE DAY I MARRIED MY FOREVER LOVE.

"Our Wedding"  ❤  A Five-Part Blog Series

 

Christie and Bryan Lukes
  • Part I – The Preparation (Click HERE to view)
  • Part II – Our Ceremony (Click HERE to view)
  • Part III – Our Reception (Click HERE to view)
  • Part IV – Our Honeymoon (Click HERE to view)
  • Part V –  Video (+ Photo) Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out my final post in the wedding blog series! It is all about videos and a final montage of some of my favorite photos from our wedding.

We are celebrating a year and a half of marriage (10/22)! Although the wedding posts may be coming to a close, our love and learning about marriage continues on. Thank you for taking the time to read these posts, and I hope you enjoyed them all!  ❤ 


PART V: Video (+ Photo) Highlights

 

– Wedding Day Trailer –

Produced by "The Story is Told"

Ok. I am pretty stoked about this, so before I start tearing-up, it is my pleasure to present to you this amazing trip down memory lane...

Ladies and gentlemen, our wedding day trailer.

Enjoy! 


– "Our Story" Wedding Video –

Videography – Ron Harrison   |   Editing – See below for THAT fun story... :'D

This video was shown during our wedding reception (see the extended story behind finalizing this video HERE). I really liked the idea of having a video that opened up about our lives: both as individuals, and our lives coming together as husband and wife. I've been to weddings where I really knew the bride, but not the groom (or vice versa), so I wanted those who may not have known either myself or Bryan very well, to get to know us a little bit more during our wonderful celebration. Enjoy!

The story behind the editing: The finished product almost didn't happen! The afternoon before the wedding (that's right...not even 24 hours before the wedding), I was at home trying to finish editing this (I know, crazy...). When I realized I just didn't have the physical strength or time to finish it, I broke down. I texted every and any videographer I knew, but came up empty-handed. Then, I got a text from a dear friend from my days at Disney, letting me know that the crew was finally in Arizona! I called her crying – telling her my situation. Trent, one of the other friends from Disney who knew the program from a graphic-designer perspective, offered to take a program he had little experience with, put his graphic design expertise to action and spent the evening editing the final portions to our video. A blessing that means the world to me (thank you, Trent)!!


– "Forever" (aka Bryan's Song) –

Videography – The Story Is Told   |   Song Composition – Christie Lukes

After our first dance, I surprised Bryan with a gift of song. Bryan has always told me that one of his favorite memories of me is one of the nights he came over, I sat and sang while playing the guitar...and that meant the world to him. So, when it came to giving him something on our wedding day, I decided to write him a song and perform it for him. 


– Favorite Photo Moments –

Finally, I close this series of wedding memories with some of my favorite photo moments. For a full collection of photos, visit my previous blog posts – links below!

 The Preparation  |  Ceremony  |  Reception  |  Honeymoon


❤ PREPARATION ❤ 

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❤ CEREMONY ❤ 

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❤ RECEPTION ❤ 

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❤ Mr. & Mrs. ❤ 

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See more blog stories at http://christieroshau.com/findyourstory.

Our Wedding (Part IV): Our Honeymoon

APRIL 22, 2016: THE DAY I MARRIED MY FOREVER LOVE.

"Our Wedding"  ❤  A Five-Part Blog Series

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  • Part I – The Preparation (Click HERE to view)
  • Part II – Our Ceremony (Click HERE to view)
  • Part III – Our Reception (Click HERE to view)
  • Part IV – Our Honeymoon
  • Part V –  Video (+ Photo) Highlights

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out my wedding blog series! We are on the brink of one year and five months into our marriage, and looking back on our wedding/honeymoon never gets old! Did you miss "Part III – Our Reception"? Click HERE to get the scoop on all of the details to our reception!  ❤ 


PART IV: OUR HONEYMOON

– TEN "MAUI-WOWWY" THINGS TO DO –


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✔️ 1 – Stay (majority of your time) in Lahaina

We stayed in two different locations on the island, and I'm so glad we spent majority of our time based in Lahaina. It's a beautiful part of the island, close to a lot of beaches, and a great "home-base" when exploring elsewhere. We also saved by staying at a condo vs. hotel the whole time.


✔️ 2 – Rent a Convertible and EXPLORE!

My favorite part about Bryan are the times he's able to legitimately surprise me (FE: Our proposal). This is another fine example. He surprised me by renting a red convertible for the week! The coolest part was how much of a God-thing the rental was...we ended up at the wrong rental car place, and when Bryan asked them about if they had a red Camero, they initially said how their location rarely ever gets the sports cars. But, low and behold...they had ONE left! 👌🏻

No matter the vehicle, explore the island! From the beaches to the back roads...plan some time to simply explore the island.

 Surprising me with the Camero rental car!

Surprising me with the Camero rental car!

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Christie Lukes Photography
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Christie Lukes Photography
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Christie and Bryan Lukes Honeymoon

✔️ 3 – Eat Good Food

Here are my top five places to eat in Maui...

 Our first restaurant we went to in Maui!

Our first restaurant we went to in Maui!

 Amazing BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos (and fish tacos, so I hear...not a fish fan) :-)

Amazing BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos (and fish tacos, so I hear...not a fish fan) :-)

 The last-standing Cold Stone in Maui...being the ice cream fanatic I am, I say it's a must-visit! :-)

The last-standing Cold Stone in Maui...being the ice cream fanatic I am, I say it's a must-visit! :-)

 SO GOOD! Not typically a shaved ice fan, but this was a game-changer. Right off of Front Street...

SO GOOD! Not typically a shaved ice fan, but this was a game-changer. Right off of Front Street...

 An amazing place with an amazing view for our last evening in Maui... ❤

An amazing place with an amazing view for our last evening in Maui... ❤


✔️ 4 – If  You Take the Road to Hana, Take the Road with Dramamine...

Another term for this is the "Road to He...." nevermind :-) Let's just say, it's best to take a Dramamine if you get sick on wind-ey roads. Not sure if this contributed to my whoozy-stomach, but I will say that there is a place to eat half way, but I didn't think it was that good...so I advise bringing snacks!

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UNLESS you want to see all of Hawaii's flowers in one place (kind of neat)...avoid overpriced "Phhokamoa Falls" .... Can't even get close to the falls, and the price was pretty ridiculous. Still, I got some great photos out of the visit!

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Property of Christie Lukes, Christie Lukes Photography

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Property of Christie Lukes, Christie Lukes Photography

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Property of Christie Lukes, Christie Lukes Photography

 Property of Christie Lukes, Christie Lukes Photography

Property of Christie Lukes, Christie Lukes Photography

Finally, this is a great drive for lots of waterfalls, jungle-feel and TIGHT road corners...so drive safe! It took us a full day to do the trip FYI, and we didn't even see everything. So, if you really want to see something particular, plan ahead.

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✔️ 5 – Molokini Crater is Your Place for Snorkeling

Real moment: I strongly dislike fish: eating, swimming with...seriously. BUT...I will say that this was a neat adventure to go out to this world famous area for snorkeling! Bryan was super patient with me and helping me conquer some (for me, uncomfortable) fishy moments. A great bonding activity! :-D The snorkeling deal we got also included a boat tour on the way back to shore.

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✔️ 6 – Go to a Farmer's Market and Buy "Apple Bananas"

Go to at least one farmer's market while you're in Maui (but remember that you can't bring food back to the states) A must-have fruit is an apple banana!!! They are so good, and the next time we go to Hawaii, I am getting a bundle of 'em!

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✔️ 7 – Take a Stroll Down Front Street. Multiple times.

This is just a neat beach town with lots of shopping! ALSO...savings alert!! I forget the name, but there is a little hole in the wall right there on the street that advertises CHEAP activities: all you have to do is spend about 2 hrs of I remember right at a "timeshare" event in a hotel. We were able to go snorkeling and attend a luau for 70% off original price!!

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✔️ 8 – Attend a Luah

Go to one! It may seem super touristy, but it's an all-you-can-eat event and a culturally neat ️experience. Also, I must say it was extra special to us, as we met fellow newlyweds sitting across from us. It's crazy how God brings people together at just the right time, and that couple certainly fit the mold of a new lifetime relationship!


✔️ 9 – Watch a Sunset. Or Two. Or Three...

Of course, it didn't hurt to see a few of these moments while we were out there...

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✔️ 10 – Have a Professional Photoshoot on the Beach

Finally, I wanted us to have captured moments from a professional towards the end of our trip. So, we had Stu! If you want a good photographer for a beach shoot in Maui...USE STU! I am more than happy to send his number to anyone in need of this during their Maui trip. These are only a small collection I've posted here, and love them so much!

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❤  I hope you enjoyed these "Maui-Wowwy Moments" from our Honeymoon in Hawaii! ❤ 

Our Wedding (Part III): The Reception

APRIL 22, 2016: THE DAY I MARRIED MY FOREVER LOVE.

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"Our Wedding"  ❤  A Five-Part Blog Series

  • Part I – The Preparation (Click HERE to view)
  • Part II – Our Ceremony (Click HERE to view)
  • Part III – Our Reception
  • Part IV – Our Honeymoon
  • Part V –  Video (+ Photo) Highlights

 

 

Thanks for checking out my wedding blog series! Such a beautiful story that I love looking back on. Did you miss "Part II – Our Ceremony"? Click HERE to get the scoop on all of the details to our ceremony! For this particular post, I focus on the TOP TEN MOMENTS of our amazing reception.  ❤ 


PART III: OUR RECEPTION

– TOP TEN MOMENTS –

Note: Extended vendor reviews will be at the end of each blog for my "engaged" readers!


#1 – THE COCKTAIL HOUR

After saying our vows, it was off to the reception! We were so fortunate to have the opportunity of celebrating at the Paradise Valley Country Club, in Paradise Valley, AZ. A BEAUTIFUL background, a gorgeous ballroom, and glass doors that opened up to connect the two!

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Christie and Bryan Lukes – reception

During the cocktail hour, we were busy getting our photos taken! It was great, because it allowed for our family and friends to watch us enjoy these new memories off in the distance, as well as have activities, appetizers and drinks available for them in the patio area.

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Christie and Bryan Lukes – reception
Christie and Bryan Lukes – reception

ACTIVITIES

We were so thankful for the turnout of guests that we had at our wedding, and I wanted them to have an enjoyable evening. I'm all about creative fun, so I planned enough activities going on during our photoshoot, that if someone didn't want to participate in one activity, there would be another available that they might feel more comfortable with. Here are some of the things going on leading up to the food that (hopefully) kept the guests entertained, while also creating lasting memories for us to look back on.

  • “Guest Book” Vinyl Records – We had guests sign a vinyl record, along with their favorite lyrics. With any idea, you can add a personalized touch, and these are a great example. I could have gone out and buy records, but decided to use old records from my grandma. That way, I not only have a new memory with them, but an old memory to carry on!

 

 

 

  • Photo Frame – A huge shout out to my dad for creating this photo frame for our guests! It was set up in such a way that you could frame yourself with the Camelback mountain. Thank you to one of Bryan's friends and groomsmen, Sean Shelton, for taking this AMAZING photo!
 Photo Credit: Sean Shelton

Photo Credit: Sean Shelton

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Monopoly Game –  Bryan and I are all about games, so we put together one of my favorites for our guests to participate in! A huge thank you to my brother, Robert Roshau, for his creativeness to bring this idea to pass. It is such a joy to see everyone's ideas come to life, and I'm so thankful for this treasure we get to keep the rest of our lives!

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Deck of Cards – Continuing the idea of games, I thought it would be a neat keepsake with our final engagement shoot photos all in one place, as well as an opportunity for everyone to write a message on the inside portion of each card. It means so much to me to read back on all the personalized messages, and we appreciate them so much!

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"50 Years" Letters – There were a total of 50 letters/envelopes left on specific seats throughout the ballroom, representing each year of marriage leading up to 50. On each anniversary, we are to open the corresponding year – giving us encouragement and memories throughout the next 50 years of marriage! I found this idea online through a wedding store website. What a cool memory for us to have with so many of our guests down the road!


#2 – RECEPTION DECOR

  • Table Assignments (Cassette Tapes) – Keeping with the music and EKG-strip theme, each seating assignment had an engagement photo on the front, with an EKG heart inside with the guest's assigned table number. I just love how these turned out! We also put in "part one" of guests thank you gifts: a magnet with the Camelback view, personalized message from Bryan and me, along with our Bible verse for our marriage: 1 John 4:19.
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  • Seat Assignments – Each seat assignment not only had the guest's name, but a cute EKG heart to pair. My aunt did all the calligraphy, and it looked absolutely amazing!
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  • Thank you gifts – Personalization was KEY to this wedding! Every woman guest received a "bride" gift box with a personalized necklace (I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out about a half dozen different charm designs with matching chains, and then divided them up accordingly). For the men, we gave them a "groom" gift box, with box of personalized matches. Also, you'll see below personalized flower petals sewn by my dear friend, Sarah (since they did not allow real petals, she thought it would be neat to make them look better than the paper-version petals)!
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  • Table Setting Décor – Each table was carefully designed with the theme, color scheme, and atmosphere in mind: Blush jewels tossed on each table... "Did you know" facts about the bride and groom (yes, there were probably at least 50 messages, all personally designed)... Napkin holders with music staff/notes ... Children activities for the young one in attendance... Delicate floral designs at each table. 
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  •  Head Table – I love how this table turned out! I found "Mr. & Mrs." Wood art with scripture subtly in the backdrop that were at the focal point of the table. Flowers from the ceremony were brought over an re-used on this table (not shown in the above photo), as well as my bouquet, and each of the bridesmaid flowers. I like where the table ended up as well, as it had a nice backdrop to it for when photos were taken, yet allowing us to see out to the guests and band.

#3 –  THE GRAND ENTRANCE

Our grand entrance consisted of each bridal party member coming up with their own routine, and then concluding with our little number we made up on the spot :-). We then did a welcome and thank you speech, followed by the blessing by Nan. 

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^  Our Grand Entrance... :-)  ^

 
 Thank you speech to family and friends.

Thank you speech to family and friends.

 Nan gives the prayer over the dinner.

Nan gives the prayer over the dinner.


#4 – TOASTS & SPEECHES

The speeches for the evening included my Maid of Honor, Best Man, and both of our sets of parents. You could tell each person put time into personalizing their toast, and we enjoyed each one of them!


#5 – FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE

A unique personable touch: I wanted to have this moment really special for our parents. We wanted to honor them and their years of support and love, and I look back and really am blessed to have shared this special moment with my dad.

So, we had Bryan's mom give her speech before they both shared in the mother/son dance!

 

 

 

 

 

Then, my parents gave their speech, and Dad asked me for a dance. I'm writing this blog post in a public space and don't really want to start crying, so I'll leave it with these beautiful photos of daddy and I sharing the dance floor :-) ...

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#6 – “OUR STORY” VIDEO

After the dances with our parents, we moved into a video that was all about telling our story to our wedding guests. This has a personal touch to it, and it almost didn't happen! The afternoon before the wedding, I was at home trying to finish editing this (I know, crazy...). When I realized I just didn't have the physical strength or time to finish it, I broke down. I texted every and any videographer I knew, but came up empty-handed. Then, I got a text from a dear friend from my days at Disney, letting me know that the crew was finally in Arizona! I called her crying – telling her my situation. Trent, one of the other friends from Disney who knew the program from a graphic-designer perspective, offered to take a program he had little experience with, put his graphic design expertise to action and spent the evening editing the final portions to our video. A blessing that meant the world to me!!!

< < VIDEO COMING SOON IN AN UPCOMING POST! > >


#7 – OUR FIRST DANCE

As the movie faded, we came out to the dance floor to share in our first dance together as husband and wife. Dancing is a passion of mine, so it was so amazing having my husband and I learn a specific routine for our wedding, with a specific song that has meaning to the both of us. My forever life dance partner ❤ ...

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#8 – BRYAN’S SONG

After our first dance, I surprised Bryan with a gift of song. Bryan has always told me that one of his favorite memories of me is one of the nights he came over, I sat and sang while playing the guitar...and that meant the world to him. So, when it came to giving him something on our wedding day, I decided to write him a song and perform it for him.

< < VIDEO COMING SOON IN AN UPCOMING POST! > >

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#9 – TRADITIONAL EVENTS

During the remaining portion of the reception, we walked around taking photos and visiting with as many guests as we could! We also took part of tradition wedding events like the cake cutting, money dance and bouquet / garter toss (or, in Bryan's case, football toss)!

 

CAKE CUTTING

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MONEY DANCE

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THE GARTER / BOUQUET TOSS

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#10 – THE GRAND EXIT

What says grand exit better than SPARKLERS and a 1969 CLASSIC CORVETTE (courtesy of my parents)!   :-)   I love how these photos turned out, and the personalized sign my parents put together to fit classically on the rear of the car. Driving off with my forever love is the greatest start to a new beginning as husband and wife. A spectacular night, indeed...

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Photo Credit: Sean Shelton

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COMING UP NEXT... OUR WEDDING (PART IV) – OUR HONEYMOON


VENDOR REVIEWS

[ RECEPTION VENUE & CATERING: PARADISE VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB ]

I cannot say enough good things about Shannon (the venue coordinator) and the rest of the PVCC staff. Professional – professional - PROFESSIONAL! Shannon was 100% always willing and ready to help. It feels REALLY good to be a bride and NOT have to have in the back of your mind if the reception coordinator really knows what they are doing (psst...Shannon is an expert and truly gifted in her craft)! She also didn't mind the handful of visits I wanted to make to the facility leading up to the big day to make sure all details were in order :-) ...THANK YOU for your kindness and professionalism (oh, and how can we forget the all around BEAUTIFUL facility and backdrop)!

  • Product Itself: Excellent
  • Customer Service: Excellent
  • Costs: N/A
  • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

 

[ MASTER OF CEREMONIES / DJ: ROSEBUD ENTERTAINMENT ]

I met Budd at a bridal expo, and was (I believe) the only vendor I found through this time of expo...AND IT WAS WORTH IT! He is the best of the best, and I cannot brag on his professionalism and expertise enough. He understood my needs and fulfilled it. Our meetings were productive, and his services were nothing short of excellent. An example of a stress-free vendor. Recommended!

  • Product Itself: Excellent
  • Customer Service: Excellent
  • Costs: Reasonable
  • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

 

[ LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: LELEA & THE 3NATIONS BAND ]

This group was incredible! Young, professional and very easy to work with. What a talented group, and I am so fortunate to have found them. Bryan and I used to be involved in a non-profit organization, and at a fundraising event this band was playing. I knew instantly I wanted them to be a part of our evening, as they actually unintentionally represented how Bryan and I first met: helping the youth. Hands down: a wonderful group to work with!

  • Product Itself: Excellent
  • Customer Service: Excellent
  • Costs: Excellent
  • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

 

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Wedding Photographer: About Love Studios

Our Wedding (Part II): The Ceremony

APRIL 22, 2016: THE DAY I MARRIED MY FOREVER LOVE.

"Our Wedding"  ❤  A Five-Part Blog Series


  • Part I – The Preparation (Click HERE to view!)
  • Part II – Our Ceremony
  • Part III – Our Reception
  • Part IV – Our Honeymoon
  • Part V – Photo Favs (a collection of my favorite wedding photos)

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out my wedding blog series! Such a beautiful story that I love looking back on. If you missed "Part I – Preparation," make sure to click HERE! For this particular post, I focus on the ceremony. And, if I do say so myself, great timing (as this is the week leading up to our first year wedding anniversary)!  ❤ 


PART II: OUR CEREMONY

Note: Extended vendor reviews will be at the end of each blog for my "engaged" readers!


THE CHAPEL

I wanted a place that reminded me of two major things I remember back that the church I grew up in had before they remodeled: A center long aisle and a cross or symbol of my faith on the stage that was a focal point...

 Grace Chapel, Scottsdale Bible Church (interior)

Grace Chapel, Scottsdale Bible Church (interior)

 Grace Chapel, Scottsdale Bible Church (exterior)

Grace Chapel, Scottsdale Bible Church (exterior)

Need I say more? :-)


THE PASTOR & PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING

We were please to have my children's pastor from back in the day as our officiant (and as our premarital counselor)! Note to engaged / single / dating couples: we highly recommend Christian counseling prior to getting married, as it opens your eyes to items of marriage you may not think about, or need to hear a "real" perspective on tough subjects to confirm or clarify your decision. We also did premarital group counseling through the church itself. It felt a little bit more broad vs. one-on-one counseling, but I'm glad we did both.

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THE WEDDING DRESS

Unlike other gals, my story wasn't the magical "...walk into the Bridal Boutique, tried on my first dress and viola! My dress of my dreams!"

....yeah, no. Not my story.

It was more like: try on 1,012 gowns, and still couldn't find it. Until...

I remember surfing the web one day, trying to find the type of dress I was looking for: form-fitting on top, flowy with a long train on the bottom, jeweled ever so delicately (NOT Disney princess...but ROYAL princess-elegance-look).

I saw it...I just knew it was the one! Sophia Tolli's Egret – Style Y11565.

Now all I had to do was hop in the car and go try it on, right? Sure! I mean, the closest location I could try one on was next door in...

San Diego, CA....say WHA?! (Can you say, "road trip"?!) :-D

That's exactly what I did! Candace and Jennifer (two of my bridesmaids) equally came along for this last-minute excursion to the west coast (as well as Jennifer's little girl)! So, was it THE ONE?

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Yes. It truly was my dream dress!!


ACCESSORIES

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  • The Shoes – Dilliard's
  • The Bracelet – Charming Charlie's
  • The Necklace – Dilliard's
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  • The Additional "Heart" Ring – My 'something borrowed' Grandmother's ring
  • The PerfumeA gift from my handsome husband ;-)
  • The PurseA gift from my beautiful mother!
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  • The Garter – Hobby Lobby (wedding items go on sale every so often, so if you have time to plan, just wait and keep an eye on their promotions!)
  • The Veil – CraigsList! Originally a David's Bridal veil, but I snagged this deal and it TOTALLY made my dress C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E!

THE GROOM'S ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

My wonderful husband looked ever-so dashing in his tuxedo from Celebrity Tux and Tails. His socks were a gift from me and read, "Fire It Up!" – (to compliment his firefighting career)! And of course, that dashing-smile makes his look complete ;-)

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HAIR & MAKE-UP

I loved the fact that I got to get my hair done in an intimate, small studio by a woman who has done my hair for about ten years now! Linda, you are an amazing person, and I'm so glad you were the stylist to keep my hair from blowing everywhere in the wind later on that day :-) ... My mother was there with me, too, which made it equally sentimental to spend time with her before heading over to the church to finish getting ready.

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Bryan Christie Wedding
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Bryan and Christie Lukes Wedding

I found my make-up artist on Thumbtack, a wonderful outlet to compare and find local vendors. I use it for my own business, so it was great to find Julie to do my makeup. FABULOUS work and comfortable to be around (let the photos be the proof of her work)!


THE WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE

Bridesmaids: My bridesmaids wore beautiful off-the-shoulder Mori Lee blush long gowns. I wanted something unique, but also elegant and sophisticated (and the ladies look fabulous)! The colors are so on-point, too! :-D

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Flower Girl: My lovely little flower girl wore a dress I found at Dilliard's – her mom (far left bridesmaid) did a fabulous job tweaking the look to take out some of the gold so that more blush pink showing. She also sewed fabric petals to replace what would have been flimsy "fake" flowers (the chapel did not allow real petals to be thrown). Also, I had EKG hearts and sheet music hearts cut out that would equally be tossed down the aisle (to match the invitations and "theme").

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Junior Attendants: These wonderful girls wore dresses I found at Diliard's (that – how cool is this – matched as an older version of the flower girl's dress)! They came down the aisle holding signs that help tell "our story". My aunt is the artist/master tracer when it came to making the signs. LOVE THEM.

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Groomsmen and Ring Bearer: Moving onto the men's wardrobe...what an amazing group of guys! They all looked awesome in their tuxedos (and, yes, I secretly want the ring bearer to marry the flower girl)! ... :-) ...

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PRE-CEREMONY MOMENTS

Bryan and Christie Lukes Wedding

Moment with Mom: This is the moment it all started to sink in. I'm. Getting. Married. I know not every girl can say this, but I'm fortunate to have a mom that has been a best friend throughout my life. A strong pillar of reflecting who Christ is through her walk and encouragement. Through the good, she's the behind-the-scenes cheerleader. Through the bad, she's the shoulder to cry on and encouraging word. As I was about to marry my new forever best friend, Bryan...having mom there for me meant the absolute world. This picture captured all those emotions in one moment.

 
Bryan and Christie Wedding
Bryan and Christie Wedding

Dad's First Look: I thought it would be a neat gesture to give my dad a "Daddy First Look" since we have such a close relationship. He's been there through so many life trials, and has taught me so much about hard work, fun and what it means to being a supporting father. I loved this opportunity as "Daddy's little girl" to spend a precious moment with Dad before he gave my hand to the most incredible man that has traits that remind me of what I look up to in my own father.

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Christie and Bryan Lukes Wedding

Bryan's First Look: Bryan and I didn't want him to see me in my gown before the ceremony, so we went with the idea to do a "blind" first look! It was great to be able to share one more moment with Bryan before we would part ways, and not see each other again until the ceremony. Don't ask what was on my mind. Probably happy, scared, excited, nervousness:-) 

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Christie and Bryan Lukes Wedding
 
Bryan and Christie Lukes Wedding

Prayer with Nan: This moment is such a neat example of the core of my family. When I came back in from photos and getting "last minute" details together, I open the door to find my Nan (that's what we always called my grandmother on my Dad's side). It made me break down in tears yet again, as she travelled her 87-year-old self from Oregon to be a part of our special day. She led our group prayer together, and the prayer was passed on to others in the circle. The shot of our hands holding below is incredibly special to me, because it includes both my grandmothers in one picture. I wore my Grandma's ring who could not be there, and would pass away about seven months later. No words to express what this prayer time meant to me before I'd walk down the aisle.

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Bryan and Christie Lukes Wedding
Bryan and Christie Lukes Wedding
Bryan and Christie Lukes Wedding

CEREMONY MOMENTS

 The Music: Each song had a special meaning as to why it was chosen, timed out and either was a recording, or performed live. It made it that much more personable!

The Music: Each song had a special meaning as to why it was chosen, timed out and either was a recording, or performed live. It made it that much more personable!

 Coming down the aisle with Dad. At the end, we did our traditional "noses" that he would do when tucking me into bed as a kid.

Coming down the aisle with Dad. At the end, we did our traditional "noses" that he would do when tucking me into bed as a kid.

 Bryan's "Hand Kiss" – A tradition he would do every time he dropped me off at my door.

Bryan's "Hand Kiss" – A tradition he would do every time he dropped me off at my door.

 We wanted to take a moment and look out towards the audience to soak in the love and support of family and friends.

We wanted to take a moment and look out towards the audience to soak in the love and support of family and friends.

THE RINGS & UNITY CROSS

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 The Unity Cross is sitting on top of an old family Bible. Hidden special moments everywhere! :-)

The Unity Cross is sitting on top of an old family Bible. Hidden special moments everywhere! :-)

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 Communion &amp; Prayer

Communion & Prayer

 Live singing , piano, acoustic and acapella moments throughout the service were so intimate and special for us to hear.

Live singing , piano, acoustic and acapella moments throughout the service were so intimate and special for us to hear.

 Singing the papers – A new tradition was started. We had both families come up on the stage as a symbol of two families merging together. Also, my grandma signed as her witness for my mom's wedding – so I had mom continue this by signing as my witness.

Singing the papers – A new tradition was started. We had both families come up on the stage as a symbol of two families merging together. Also, my grandma signed as her witness for my mom's wedding – so I had mom continue this by signing as my witness.

 The Kiss!

The Kiss!

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 Mr. &amp; Mrs. Lukes have left the building!

Mr. & Mrs. Lukes have left the building!

 Back in the Bridal suite before we head out to celebrate!

Back in the Bridal suite before we head out to celebrate!


OTHER DETAILS

There are SO many details that I could go on and on about during the ceremony: the Bride and Groom gifts, bridesmaid gifts, signage, flower girl petals...guest book, flowers from bouquet, flowers on the ceremony stage and reception floral designs. If you want any specific details of any of the above, let me know! I'd be happy to help guide your ideas in the right direction. Until the next post, have a great week (AND HAPPY 362 DAYS OF MARRIAGE TO MY FOREVER LOVE, BRYAN LUKES!)


COMING UP NEXT... OUR WEDDING (PART III) – RECEPTION


VENDOR REVIEWS

[ CEREMONY LOCATION: GRACE CHAPEL, SCOTTSDALE BIBLE CHURCH ]

The on-site coordinator we were assigned to have was definitely flexible with our needs leading up. However, when it came to the rehearsal, she was not proactive to get things moving, and didn't seem to have review the thorough outline(s) I provided (I come from a background of production run sheets, call times, etc. and know I had a plentiful of information for her to get the scope of the order, etc - and it sometimes felt like a waste of my time based on the questions she was asking, etc). In addition, we specifically hired the sound crew to be there during the rehearsal to do what anyone would think a sound crew would do: a sound check. Well, they did not have mics set up or ready, and it was handled unprofessionally. The chapel itself was so incredibly gorgeous, and the Bride's room was so relaxing and inviting to get ready in. I thought a bit pricey being a church, but I definitely saw venues more expensive that weren't as nice.

  • Product Itself: Excellent
  • Customer Service: Fair
  • Costs: Fair
  • Overall recommendation: 4 ♥/ 5 ♥

 

[ WEDDING DRESS BOUTIQUE REVIEW: TOUR OF ELEGANCE, SAN DIEGO ]

Erin was AMAZING to work with, and the store itself was such a comfortable setting to be able to try on gowns. I knew in advance that it would need alterations, so it didn't bother me how the bust "cup" size was about 2 sizes bigger than you'd think in proportion to the dress size I ordered. My dress was more expensive than others, but not over-the-top. It was very good fabric and quality, and I was happy with its final look.

  • Product Itself: Excellent
  • Customer Service: Excellent
  • Costs: Fair
  • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

 

    [ ALTERATION #1 REVIEW: VALENTINA'S ALTERATIONS, PHOENIX ]

    Valentina was professional and reliable with her deadlines and level of experience. The one thing I appreciated most was that she was honest when she couldn't do something that I wanted done to the dress, and instead of "trying," to make something work, she knew that she didn't want me to take that chance on my wedding dress, so she respectfully declined to do the service. She was able to accomplish majority of alterations, however, I took it to a second alterations location to finish the job that was needed. 

    • Product Itself: Great
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: Fair
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ ALTERATION #2 REVIEW: HELENA'S ALTERATIONS, SCOTTSDALE ]

    She has been a God-sent since pageant years, and I'm so glad I went back to her to finish my dress! "Mama takes care of you!" is something she always says, and she means it. Professional - experienced – passionate – caring...she NAILS it. She was able to accomplish what the first alterations was not able to, and then went above and beyond to make sure all other aspects were checked and double checked. If you want to feel at ease and that your dress is taken care of 100%, then go see Helena. Hands down!

    • Product Itself: Excellent
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: Fair
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ HAIR & MAKE-UP: LINDA GIGUERE & JULIE MARTIN ]

    Each woman provided me with CONFIDENCE in their professionalism and talent prior to the big day, so that when April 22 came around, my hair and make-up was the least of my concerns. If you have any questions on the work, just look at the beautiful photos!!! :-)

    • Product Itself: Excellent
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: Reasonable
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ FLORIST #1: TAMI TISDALE]

    Tami is a wonderful soul. She was my "primary" florist, if you will. I won auction items that were certificates for the bouquet and centerpiece for the ceremony, but Tami took care of the rest. The reception centerpieces looked amazing! I LOVED the flower girl's headpiece. The only hiccup was that the groom, groomsmen, and mother of bride/groom had very large roses to them that I thought were supposed to be the smaller rose look, so they were at times overpowering. Not sure if that is a flower-seasonable thing, or could have been fixed. Other than that, she was incredible to work with! I'd recommend her hands down. Very reasonable, professional and understanding during our monumental event! :-)

    • Product Itself: Good
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: Reasonable
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ FLORIST #2: RITA VANEK]

    Rita took care of the Bride Bouquet. I won a certificate at an auction that allowed me to get my bouquet preserved, so I knew I wanted it to look amazing since I'd be keeping it years down the road. She did a fabulous job (and even was able to add these cool lights I brought in for her within the bouquet)! 

    • Product Itself: Good
    • Customer Service: Good
    • Costs: N/A (It was an auction item, so I cannot comment on prices)
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ FLORIST #3: CARTE BLANCHE DESIGNS]

    Carte Blanche Designs was wonderful to work with, and did a beautiful job bringing my vision for the centerpiece to life! We were able to equally use the flowers they desinged for the ceremony into our reception decor.

    • Product Itself: Excellent
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: N/A (It was an auction item, so I cannot comment on prices)
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ MUSICIANS: PIANIST, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, VOCALIST]

    All of the musicians were incredible to work with – a mixture of friends and new acquaintances. Please contact me for more info on any of the musicians used, and I'd be happy to forward their information.

    • Product Itself: Excellent
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: N/A (individually worked out costs, as it varied per person)
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

    Our Wedding (Part I) – Preparation

    APRIL 22, 2016: THE DAY I MARRIED MY FOREVER LOVE.

    "Our Wedding"  ❤  A Five-Part Blog Series


    Christie and Bryan Lukes Wedding - Certificate

     

    • Part I – The Preparation
    • Part II – Our Ceremony
    • Part III – Our Reception
    • Part IV – Our Honeymoon
    • Part V – Photo Favs (a collection of my favorite wedding photos)

     

     

    I am excited to finally share details to our wedding day (and details leading up)! For this particular blog, I focus on the pre-wedding preparations and parties.

    There are many other "pre-wedding" items that were obviously done before the wedding, but they will be saved for the upcoming posts. 

    I hope you enjoy! :-)

    Christie


    PART I: PREPARATION

    Note: Extended vendor reviews will be at the end of each blog for my "engaged" readers!


    ENGAGEMENT PARTY

    Overview: The engagement party was an absolute blast! I recommend any couple getting married to have an engagement party. Remember – this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of a celebration in your life. You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want!

    Preparation: I made an informal postcard invite with photos from our engagement to both in and out-of-state family and friends. True, we weren’t expecting those in other states to fly out to the engagement party, however, it did open an opportunity for us to show them pictures of the proposal!

     Engagement Party Postcards - details were added on the back

    Engagement Party Postcards - details were added on the back

    Final Product:  We had simple finger foods in addition to the ice cream and chocolates (the key to my heart)! I wore a dress from Macy's, and the location was in the clubhouse in my the condominium I was living in at the time. It was perfect for the number of guests we had, and also offered an outside patio area. We had a photo area in addition to a dear friend of ours who took photos for us (shout out to Ruben!). My brother gave me a selfie-stick to use for the night!

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    Property of Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Property of Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Property of Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Property of Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Engagement Party Details - Property of Christie (Roshau) Lukes

    One of my favorite moments: The "proposal re-creation" hands-down won me over (shout-out thank you to my beautiful mom and her decorating talent)! Bryan put a lot of creativity, love and time into making it a very special moment (and complete surprise), and it was important to share that with our friends and family (as the proposal was in Ohio). We also did a live "performance" of the proposal from both our perspectives for a glimpse into the proposal. Good times! 


    FIRST ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS & SAVE THE DATES

    Overview & Timeline: My dream was to have the farm-feel field look that was light and airy, fun and cute. Well...we got that moment! We didn't have an exact wedding date set at this time, so our save-the-dates went out about 5 months before the wedding. I love how they all turned out!

    Save the Dates

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    Property of Christie (Roshau) Lukes - Save the Dates

    INVITATIONS

    Overall: I am VERY pleased with how the invitations turned out! I am also very proud that I did what many decide to never attempt to do: DIY projects!! Yep. I am so excited with how they turned out, and have my parents to thank as they helped me with the assembly line in helping me put them together!

    Invitations - Christie (Roshau) Lukes Wedding

    Timeline: This was an ongoing project, as the original one was not able to be printed without going over budget AND looking elegant and professional. So, the new design went out to guests about 1-2 months before the wedding.

    Preparation: I went back-and-forth with this design, but finally came up with it. Elegance, sophistication and a touch of our personalities were the goals. The EKG heart represented Bryan: His passion for people (as a paramedic/firefighter and in general). The music heart represents me (my passion for music and heart for worship).  


    CEREMONY PROGRAMS

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    My brother was the brains behind the final design of our ceremony programs. I sent him an idea I had that would be too costly and timely to do at the time, and he was able to simplify it and piece together our final product. Thank you, Robert, for your time and effort to make our ceremony programs so special! ♥

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    FINAL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

    I was excited to utilize Rizalde and his wife for a final engagement session. We ended up using a lot of the photos for items within the ceremony, reception and activities. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out! Enough chit chat...see for yourself  ♥ 

    Team BC Lukes
    Team BC Lukes
    Team BC Lukes
    Team BC Lukes
    Team BC Lukes
    Team BC Lukes
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    Team BC Lukes
    Team BC Lukes

     WEDDING EXPOS: DO THEY WORK?

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    I attended a number of expos, and overall I'd say they were helpful, but more of an "experience." It's fun to go with your bridal party or group of girls! We took advantage of photo booths (see example to the right :-)...) Expos help give you ideas of what you like or don't like...and, you get FREE SAMPLES!!! From the expos I went to, I only used one vendor that I met initially there (my emcee - I’ll review his services in a later blog).

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    My favorite part about the wedding expo? Being able to model wedding dresses! Ok, maybe it wasn’t related to my actual wedding shopping, but that was my favorite part about the expos! :-D A huge thank you to Kim Horn (she's a wedding planning extraordinaire) for her gracious heart to allow me to have these modeling opportunities! If you're in need of a wedding planner, her professionalism and way she treated us as models is enough for me to know she takes care of her brides! Contact her today!


    WEBSITE

    We had a wedding website setup to help give more information for our guests. You can take a look at ours by clicking HERE. It was basic and made through a free website maker called Wix. I paid for a domain name as I liked it to be personalized, but that was it!

     Click photo to see our full wedding website!

    Click photo to see our full wedding website!


    BRIDAL SHOWER

    Here's a showcase of one of the gatherings leading up to our wedding: the Bridal Shower! Thank you to my Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids and family members for putting this event together! :-)

    • Attire: I loved the light pink skirt I found paired with my lace crop top (both found at Charlotte Russe)! Best part? My shoes! I found them at David's Bridal, and KNEW I had to find an outfit to match them :-)
    • Activities: The afternoon was filled with a lot of good-times: amazing desserts, opening a collection of wonderful gifts, a "how-well-you-know-the-Bride" game put together by my MOH Aimee, sharing a photo book of a photoshoot I did in my mother's wedding gown, a "dress guess" game where everyone cut out a wedding dress from a magazine of their favorite and what they thought my dress would look like, and all-around good time with family and friends.
    • Decor: The colors were soft and light with cut-out hearts, a wedding gown pop-up amongst other display items, a Bridal chair personally decorated and re-done by my MOH, and creative signage! The desserts I would also categorize as "decor" as they were so cute and personable!
    • Parasol Umbrella: This was something past down from my Great-Grandmother that I absolutely loved having around as a special item of decor and memories...cherished moment ❤
    • Desserts:  Jennifer (one of my bridesmaids) made adorable hand-crafted treats like the "wedding cake" cookies and rice crispy engagement rings pictured below! I'm a girl always ready for good desserts, and that we certainly had! :-D
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes
    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes

    Photos taken by Danitza Schmidt.

    Bridal Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes

    WEDDING PLANNER

    For some brides, it's not fun to plan. For me, it was what I always wanted to do! To know that I had an opportunity to utilize my gifts and abilities to make our special day one that we can look back at and feel special and personalized was totally worth it. I wanted to take time to plan out all the details to our big day, and I enjoyed the opportunity. Creativity is my passion, and what better way than to be able to than on our wedding day! :-)

    With that, the wedding would NOT have been what it was without the sincere help of so many! You know who you are, and know that you contributed to make our wedding memorable and special. We had everything from family members (including my aunt that took the time to FLY OUT to Arizona to help), to the full bridal party and amazing friends. A HUGE shout-out to my (now) husband who was so supportive of everything going on every step of the way – especially during some of the most emotional roller coaster rides along the way. It was so encouraging to have a wonderful support team. I also appreciate the venue coordinators as well as my aunt's assistance on the wedding day, so that was a wonderful thing to have. Thank you, thank you...THANK YOU!


    Coming up next... OUR Wedding (Part II) – Ceremony


    VENDOR REVIEWS

     

    [ Danitza Schmidt – First Engagement Photoshoot ]

    My dear friend, Danitza Schmidt (SDS Photography) did a fabulous job capturing our first engagement session in Coolidge, AZ. She also has always been so amazing at making her clients feel comfortable in front of a camera!

    • Product Itself: Very Pleased
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: Reasonable
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ Rizalde Sherwood – Second Engagement Photoshoot ]

    We had the absolute pleasure of working with Rizalde and his wife for our final engagement shoot! We ended up using these photos taken for additional elements within the wedding, and thoroughly enjoyed his services. I would highly recommend him to others (and already have)!

    • Product Itself: Very Pleased
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: Reasonable
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ VistaPrint – Save-the-date printing ]

    We ended up using two of the engagement photo chalkboard photos (PS, Danitza ^^ does chalk art as well)! I did the additional designing you see and sent it off to www.vistaprint.com.

    • Product Itself: Very Pleased
    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Costs: Reasonable (when you find coupon codes that knock the price down)!
    • Overall recommendation: 4 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ Invitations (Project Elements) ]

    • Main Invitation: Sheet Music from a second-hand store, EKG strips, cardstock from Paper Source and Michael’s, and ribbon from Paper Source and Hobby Lobby
    • RSVP Card: One side had the RSVP, while the other was a photo from our first engagement shoot.
    • Wedding Rehearsal Card: I printed on shimmer paper and pink sparkly cardstock (not shown on the above photo, but was added for extra shimmer).
    • Printing: Kinkos/Fed-Ex Office (Fun fact: Bring your own paper, and it will save you a little money)!
    • Envelopes: The calligraphy for the envelopes was done by a combination of my friends Christina, Kim, and even my dad! Christina is, yes, a friend of mine, but equally does calligraphy as a business. If you'd like her to help with your project, contact her at chrissy7776@yahoo.com! I didn't post photos since there are addresses on the envelopes, but take my word: AWE-SOME!
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥  ( But I'm a little bias... :-) ...)

     

    [ About Love Studios – Wedding Day Photographers ]

    We had our photos taken by About Love Studios. Our photographers took wonderful and beautiful photos (as you will clearly see even more when I post day-of wedding photos)! We did have customer service issues, and eventually one of the specific situations was discussed and brought up with them. Even though the communication wasn't at a level we were expecting based on the reviews read, I am glad that the photos were so gorgeous and captured so many of the priceless moments created that day! In the end, we love our captured memories that will last us a lifetime.

    • Product Itself: Excellent
    • Customer Service: Fair
    • Costs: We hired them through a benefit event, so our costs were different than regular prices.
    • Overall recommendation: 3 ♥/ 5 ♥

     

    [ The Story Is Told – Wedding Day Videographers ]

    Our videography was provided by The Story Is Told (Abbey and Morgan). They were so amazing! I loved working with this husband/wife team! I was on the search for the right videographer, and if anyone knows me, they know how picky I am in this category (being that this is part of my personal career). I’d watch a wedding video 5 seconds in, and be able to tell it was a “no" immediately. When I ran across their company, I was instantly in tears over a STRANGER'S wedding! I knew they were the winner. :-)

    Her attitude during a specific incident that happened I will forever appreciate – she was professional, calming and a definite smile when needed! Even my mom made a comment about how amazing they were. My husband equally commented on how he enjoyed their services and presence at the wedding. Believe it or not, I haven't even watched only but a few of the clips but still believe in their services (we bought just the raw footage at the time, and I don't want to see it until it has been fully edited to preserve the moment as a whole)! With that, I'm still comfortable doing this review without even watching their work in full.

    • Customer Service: Excellent
    • Product Itself: Excellent
    • Costs: Reasonable
    • Overall recommendation: 5 ♥/ 5 ♥

    Our Wedding (Intro)

    IT'S HERE:

    I am so excited to finally share memories from OUR WEDDING DAY!

      Christie &amp; Bryan Lukes –&nbsp;4.22.17 – Paradise Valley Country Club – Photo: About Love Studios

    Over the next few weeks, I will be posting blogs that showcase:

    Christie Lukes – Wedding Intro
    • The Preparation

    • Our Ceremony

    • Our Reception

    • Our Honeymoon

    • Photo Favs

    Also, I'll include reviews of select vendors, my DIY projects, tips for future brides and personal stories!

    Christie Lukes – Wedding Intro
    Christie Lukes – Wedding Intro

    This collection of blog posts will serve as both a personal memoir I want to share with family and friends, as well as a guide to help other women during their wedding planning process. It's a lot of work, effort (and sometimes even money). I want to help brides achieve their dream wedding, and I hope this blog is a helpful tool to encourage you.

    With that, I hope you ENJOY the story behind our wedding, our journey as a married couple, and the memories made (and in the making)!

    <3 Christie

    (Up next: The Preparation)

    Christie Lukes – Wedding Intro

    Credits within this blog post:

    Grace Chapel, Scottsdale Bible Church (Ceremony Location)  ♥  Paradise Valley Country Club (Reception Location)  ♥  Photos – About Love Studios ♥  Wedding Dress Designer – Sophia Tolli 

     

     

     

    The "Grand" Photo Shoot

    I had the pleasure of serving this wonderful family and sharing with them the gift of photos!

     What a fun and willing family they were! I say willing, because I had some ideas that not all families would feel comfortable doing (specifically the amazing jumping-shot). This particular family photo shoot includes Grandma & Grandpa and their four grandchildren. So, I call it the "Grand" photo shoot! I'm so thankful for the opportunity to capture these memories for them.

    I hope you enjoy these special moments!

    <3 Christie


    THE WHOLE CLAN

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    THE GRANDPARENTS


    THE GRANDKIDDOS


    MISC. SHOTS – INSIDE JOKES

     Even Peacocks Don't Like Pigeons...

    Even Peacocks Don't Like Pigeons...


    GOOD TIMES – LASTING MEMORIES

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    Photographer/Editor: Christie (Roshau) Lukes

    Location: Sahuaro Ranch Park (Glendale, AZ)

    Camera/Lens: Panasonic GH4 with 12-35mm Lumix Lens

    Nicole's Baby Shower

    Here are some photos I took at my cousin (in-law's) baby shower! Nicole's special day was filled with cute decor, pink tissue paper and...*drum roll please*... amazing bacon (there was a buffet-style breakfast that was SUCH a cute and tasteful idea)! :-)

    Surrounded by family and friends, it was the talk of the town how much love was around for mommy and her baby, Charlotte Sue.

    Congratulations, Nicole and Tyler!

    Prayer 3 - Nicole Baby Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes Creative Services
    Present Opening 3 - Nicole Baby Shower - Christie (Roshau) Lukes Creative Services

    DECOR & GIFTS

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    FRIENDS & FAMILY

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    (For additional individual photos taken with Nicole, please contact her!)


    GIFT-OPENING

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    Updates from Christie

    Welcome to my new and improved website!

    Notice something different? Why not change up my website in conjunction with a change to my last name! :-)

    I am excited to finally get this new website design launched for my online community. I feel it is imperative to get the new look up and running!

     

    Where have I been since the last post? How about...

    • Wedding preparations...and more prep...and MORE prep
    • Getting married!! 4.22.16 <3
    • Honeymoon getaway in Maui
    • Settling in a new part of town (still in Phoenix, but now with a hubby and new place!)
    • Re-organizing and planning
    • Seeing "what's next"
    • Working on the side!

    So...what's next (for the blog)??

    1) Our wedding photos (and reviews): Since a good chunk of time derived of wedding planning and preparation from Jan-April, I figure once my professional photos arrive, I'll include a post of photos from my wedding (PS – Shout-out, as I am SUPER thankful to family and friends who captured moments like below to "hold us over" Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU)! I loved being able to plan out my own wedding, and cannot wait to share more about the journey!

     My husband and I on our wedding day!

    My husband and I on our wedding day!

     Our first dance... &lt;3

    Our first dance... <3

    2) "Mauimoon" photos: ALSO...be on the lookout for a post with an amazingly awesome photo shoot from our Honeymoon in Maui! I cannot wait to share those! Here are two sneak-peak pics in the meantime...

     "Mauimoon" –&nbsp;Luau in Lahaina

    "Mauimoon" – Luau in Lahaina

     "Mauimoon" –&nbsp;Last dinner in Maui before coming back to Phoenix

    "Mauimoon" – Last dinner in Maui before coming back to Phoenix

    As a heads up for all my future clients reading this post, I like to combine a little bit of my professional work with personal "day-to-day" on my blogs. I love doing life creatively, so the two worlds sometimes inevitably combine. I hope this mix helps you get a taste of my personality, as I look forward to the opportunity of working with you!

     

    So...what's next (for the business)??

    As you can see, there are some newly listed business services I provide! I would love for you to explore each area. I make sure to provide excellence in each category, and I am also happy to send reviews to give you the best assurance of my professionalism and experience level. There are still areas under contruction, but I believe what is provided is a great base for launching the updated website design. Stay tuned for more updates! :-)

    Until next time, have a creative day!

    <3 Christie

    A "Dog-Gone" Good Time!

    I had the opportunity to photograph Rosie with her two precious doggies, just in time for her to send off to family and friends over this past Christmas season. Here are some of the photos that captured her love for her fur-friends.

    Enjoy! :-)

    Rosie and Dogs 1 - Christie Roshau Photography
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    "Christie was Awesome and had so much patience with me and my two dogs!! Everyone loved their Christmas pictures and ask who took the pictures!" -Rosie


    Photographer/Editor: Christie Roshau

    Location: Peoria, AZ

    Camera/Lens: Panasonic GH4 with 12-35mm Lumix Lens

    My wonderful assistant/stand-in model for the evening, my fiancé Bryan Lukes  :-)  --->

    Liz & Dan - Maternity Photos

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    I am so excited to finally post some of my favorite photos from Liz and Dan (& baby Jackson's) maternity photo shoot. 

    First off, working with such an amazing couple was so much fun! I've known Liz ever since we were kiddos, so it was such an honor to do photos for her and her amazing husband, Dan.

    Enjoy!

    The theme of the mint converse shoes was a clever prop this couple brought to the table, being that they got married in their own converse shoes! I hope that's a tradition they will keep for years to come...because it's super cute. 'Nuff said :-)

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    We wrapped up the evening with sunset "just mommy" photos along with some more fun "coupley" photos! 

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    Gear: Panasonic GH4 with Lumix 2.8 12-35mm lens

    Location: Sahuaro Ranch Park – Glendale, AZ

     

    <3 Christie

     

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    Analise's First Birthday

    What an incredible day October 3, 2015 was! I had the honor of assisting my dear friend, Jennifer, in the planning and coordination of her little girl's first birthday. Jennifer had a vision for the party ever since August, and we (mostly her) were busy at work since then getting all the elements in place to make this an unforgettable day for Analise, friends and family!

     Jennifer, myself and Analise

    Jennifer, myself and Analise

     Myself and the birthday girl!

    Myself and the birthday girl!

    First off, understand that majority of the pictures you see below was either HER doing or her vision for the party! Future career in party planning? :-) I simply offered selective guidance of ideas and suggestions along the way, as well as assisting in a few specific projects she wanted done (I will make note of such projects when applicable).

    Another fun note: This party opened my eyes to how much I love planning, crafting and dessert making! In addition to assisting her prior to the party day, I also had the honor of taking photographs of the day itself as it unfolded! I am SO proud of all her hard work (including other family and friends) to make it "ONE" incredible day.

    SHOUT OUTTHANK YOU JENNIFER for allowing me to be part of your daughter's big day!

     With that said, I hope you enjoy photos from...

    Analise's "Winter ONEderland" Party

    THE SIGN

    Jennifer wanted this blackboard sign to be something that she could frame and keep for years to come. So, she found a similar Pinterest idea and asked if I could do something like it based on the specific traits of Analise. I am very pleased with how it turned out!

    THE DESSERTS

    Brace yourself. The photos below may or may not make you want to raid a North Pole candy store...

     This is just so beautiful...a wintery flurry of dessert fun! :-)

    This is just so beautiful...a wintery flurry of dessert fun! :-)

    THE BEARS

    Now, these furry little friends were probably my favorite part of the event. Just sayin'... Jennifer was adamant that we incorporated these little cute fluffies into the party, and I'm SO glad she did! They took me about 20 minutes each to construct, but totally worth it.

    You know, you're told to not feed the bears...is there any rules about eating them? :-)

    THE SNOWFLAKES

    "Cookie Cut-out Credits" to Christina, Jennifer's sister, for extremely helping out in this process. The two sisters made a family-recipe based mix, I stopped by to help them cut out a handful of these beauties, and the sisters finished the job by making homemade icing and decorating. They turned out simply wonderful!

    THE RICE CRISPY POPS

    Dipped in pink frosting, we managed to roll these little treats up into pink bundles of cuteness! Then, Jennifer got pink straws and added a nice touch of pink bows on each one, as well added sprinkles in the frosting! Cute, cute and more cuteness all wrapped up in a nice tasty package!

    THE HOT COCOA

    Ok, it's not REALLY hot cocoa, but these scrumptious treats deserve a round of applause to Jennifer and her sister, Christina, for the major construction work that took place to make these little masterpieces!

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    OTHER MISCELLANEOUS DESSERTS

    Here are some other nice touches Jennifer added to pop the colors and add some character to the table (click on any to bring up a bigger picture)!

    OTHER PERSONALIZED TOUCHES

    The pictures below include a few extra touches to add that extra love to the event. Snowflake "one" paper cutouts and "thank you" mini gift bags done by myself, "ONE" and "A" lettering, printed copy and mushroom decor crafted by Jennifer.

     The lovely Martinez family...

    The lovely Martinez family...

    **Oh yes...A special thank you to Pinterest for helping along the way! :-)**

     

    Event Credits

    Jennifer Martinez: Party planner, overall look, decor layout, design execution, dessert creations, errands, mother of Analise :-)

    Christie Roshau: Assistant planner, photography, dessert creations (bear construction), Analise blackboard signage, errands, yada yada :)

    *Other assistance includes Christina Barby, Candace Roberts, and other family and friends who donated time and resources!

     

    Robert and Tricia's Engagement Photos

    Though this comes belated, I decided it's a perfect time to post my brother and his Fiance's engagement photos I photographed last summer. We went to a park in Scottsdale, Arizona and spent the evening at multiple locations.

    In just under three weeks, these two very special people will be married. Wow....it's such a surreal thing. God has gifted me with an incredible brother who cares and loves me. He has been there through all of childhood as a playmate, an older brother who looked out for me as we got older, and so supportive throughout all of my personal endeavors. He has shown me great love throughout the years, and through all the ups and downs, laughs and tears: I am SO proud to have him as my brother. It's an exciting time in his life, and I am so proud of my brother for who he is, and who God is guiding him to be for the future.

    Enjoy! :-)

    -Christie

    Location: Scottsdale, AZ

     

    No More Shame.

    You might not even realize it is something you're putting up with. You might not even know it's taking up a room in your heart.

    When you don't live up to your own expectations or definition you've created for yourself, you are probably dealing with shame.

    Have you ever caught yourself saying negative things like, "I'm not smart enough to..." Or, "Wow, how stupid of me to..." And even the occasional, "I don't understand why I'm so ..." You fill in the blank however you please, but the bottom line is that you are creating a definition of yourself that was never meant to be your identity, and it's creating a mindset that is unhealthy to your health, wellness and overall life.

    You could have even done something that you think is so shameful, upright dishonest, or downright wrong that guilt trips up in your mind, and again, leaving the door open for shame to not just stop in your heart, say hello and then step out; but spend the night over and over and over again.

    Over time, this shame becomes a part of you. Hinders you. Keeps you captive and, to a point, you may not even think about it anymore. It just becomes who you are, and who you think you were meant to be.

    The truth? That is never how we were meant to live.

    Jesus Christ offers us a simple way to rid of this residue, create the TRUE identity of yourself, and will turn your shame into honor. The requirements? Surrender.

    "Jesus, I have believed one too many lies about myself. I'm done with thinking thoughts of neglect, unimportance, stupidity and no worth: I'm sorry for believing lies of shame for too long. I give you my mind, my thoughts, my heart. Clean house, God. Show me who I am in Christ."

    From Hebrews 12:2, the Holy Spirit gave me this revelation:

    SHAME is only removed when one realized their true identity in the One who despised it, conquered it, and replaced its power through the bearing of a cross. He replaced our shame with His HONOR.

    That simple.

    This isn't a religious act. It's a relationship act.

    Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ can this kind of freedom happen. No one else has ever or will ever love you enough to die for you the way He did. Put your total trust in Him. Dive into the Word and find out what God thinks of you. If you are 'in Christ,' it means that you have the character of God living on the inside of you through the Holy Spirit.

    Now it's time to know your authority in Christ, and bring your dead bones of true honor back to life. Talk with Him, walk with Him, and discover His thoughts over your life. Once your definition is defined by who God says you are through His Word, the lies you once believed about yourself will have no more authority. 

    Take Action

    Here is an example from the Word to replace your old way of thinking:

    Replace the lie of: "I am worthless."

    With the truth of: "I am God's Masterpiece."

    Proof: Ephesians 2:10 - "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

    Remember, this new way of thinking is not something that'll take care of itself. Only through the finished work of Jesus Christ will this transformation take place, and you must renew your mind daily with the Word of God and His thoughts towards you. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you. He loves YOU and He is faithful!

    -Christie


    Here is some further reading that you may enjoy from writer Joyce Meyer's book, "Beauty for Ashes":

    "One day as I was reading the Bible, I noticed this statement in 2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance” (AMP). The Holy Spirit stopped me and asked, “What do you believe, Joyce, about your relationship with God? Do you believe He loves you?” As I honestly began to search my heart and to study His Word on the subject, I concluded He did love me—but conditionally.

    But the Bible teaches that God loves us perfectly or unconditionally. His perfect love is not based on our perfection or anything except Himself (see 1 John 4:8). He always loves us, but often we don’t receive His love because of guilt about our wrong behavior. We are supposed to be conscious and aware of God’s love and put faith in it. But I was unconscious and unaware of God’s love; therefore, I was not putting faith in His love for me. What a breakthrough! That was the beginning of my emotional healing. It has been a process, but today I can honestly say I am healed and content. I know in my heart that God loves me—and I also love myself.

    Saturate your mind with the truth of God’s Word. It’s filled with reminders of His unconditional love for you. He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:35). Don’t let the enemy steal your identity. You are God’s masterpiece. Believe it!"


    The Maid of Honor (MoH) Rap

    After an incredible and unforgettable proposal from my fiancé, it seemed fitting to ask one of my very best friends to be my Maid of Honor in a creative, 'Christie-like' way. After coming home from working a Spring Training game, I thought maybe I should write a song for her. Well, that soon turned into a rap, which then turned into a parody song to "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (one of my all-time favorite sitcoms).

    Aimee and Christie MoH

    I wrote up some lyrics, trapped myself in my closet for as close to a sound-proof room as possible, and recorded the lyrics.

     A screenshot of the video while recording the lyrics. Ihad to wear the hat to get in the rapping mood.

    A screenshot of the video while recording the lyrics. Ihad to wear the hat to get in the rapping mood.

    Then, the next three days before leaving for back East, I recorded a fun video on my GH4. I edited on the airplane to and from Phoenix, as the first day back would be the baseball game I invited her out to to present the video for her. Time was limited, but I had a blast putting it all together!

    So, without further ado, I present to you: "The Fresh Maid of Honor of Phoenix" (AKA: The MoH Rap).

    Enjoy! :-)

    She said: 'O-H' Yes!

    Man asks girl to be his wife: ON THE FIELD OF the Ohio State University Stadium

    On November 25, 2014, Bryan Lukes proposed marriage to Christie Roshau on the field at The Ohio State University football stadium "Shoe". This story is unique, because this newly engaged couple isn’t even from Ohio: but Phoenix, AZ.

     The Ohio State University Stadium, 11/29/14

    The Ohio State University Stadium, 11/29/14

    Wait…what?

    Yes. Anyone may naturally wonder how two Arizonians would make their way out to Columbus, and how the young man could plan a proposal on one of the most coveted fields in the nation.


    Ohio Roots

    Christie has a lot of family in Mansfield, OH. Throughout the years, she would make trips out to Mansfield, Ohio to enjoy time with her grandparents and other family members. Her love for the Buckeyes grew the more times she spent with her grandfather, who would always have the “Big Game” on. Even after graduating from Arizona State University and being a fully devoted Sun Devil, part of her heart always loved and felt a devotion to the Buckeyes throughout the years.

     Mansfield, OH - Grandma's

    Mansfield, OH - Grandma's

     On The Ohio State University football field, AKA "The Shoe" &nbsp;– 2009&nbsp;

    On The Ohio State University football field, AKA "The Shoe"  – 2009 

    Her dream? To be able to go to the “Big Game” at The Ohio State University.


    Lies, Lies, Lies...

    Fast forward to the start of November of 2014. Christie decided to go visit her Ohio family for Thanksgiving. In the meantime, her firefighter boyfriend was planning a proposal of a lifetime. Bryan told Christie that he would be leaving for firefighting training for a week in Maryland up until Thanksgiving Eve, and that he would be making a stop in Mansfield before heading back to Phoenix. Well, that was the beginning of the trickery. The fact is that there was no “firefighting training,” and Bryan was going to be in Ohio getting details for the proposal before she would ever be in Ohio!

    4H Banquet Extravaganza!

    As soon as she flew into Columbus, her family members John, Cindy, Sarah and Grace Cornell were in on the surprised, and tricked Christie by telling her that there was a 4H banquet down at the University they were attending. They were allowed to invite an additional guest, and asked if she would like to join the black-tie affair. She agreed, and when they made it down to the stadium, Christie was shocked! How cool is it that this banquet has a private event at the University!

    As John and Christie pulled up the stadium, her Aunt Cindy and cousins Sarah and Grace showed up in jeans! What happened to the black-tie-affair? So she switched quickly out of her heels and slipped into her boots, as she now was thinking the “black-tie-affair” for 4H events meant a pair of boots and jeans (which would play an important role, as the event was outside in the cold).

     Aunt Cindy and&nbsp;my cousins Sarah &amp; Grace

    Aunt Cindy and my cousins Sarah & Grace


    "Clueless Christie"

    As they made their way in, this is where the ‘clueless’ word comes into play. On the way up the street, there’s a photographer taking photos. Obviously, because Christie’s job sometimes entails working at banquet events, that was second nature for her to see.

     

    There was a red carpet and an usher at the very bottom to guide guests through.  She kept taking photos for a good five minutes, and all of a sudden, Bryan taps her on the shoulder! That “usher” Christie saw in a nice tuxedo at the end of the red carpet was Bryan patiently waiting for her! She was absolutely clueless to this fact.

    Shocked Christie Roshau

    A Stadium Filled With Love

    The stadium was completely empty: Just her parents, family members, and of course the photographers were around. “What is going on here?” Christie asked with excitement. He then takes her hand and leads her to the end zone and dances with her.


    The Big Question

    As time goes on, Bryan then pulls out his Bible and shares what he has been looking for in a wife through A passage in Proverbs 31 (excerpt below):

    "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life...Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come...
    ...She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness...Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her...
    ...Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
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    The Letter

    After this, Bryan pulls out a letter. He has always written handwritten notes and letters throughout their relationship, and oh how she appreciated that. He talked about a lot of wonderful things...including having a discussion with my dad prior to the engagement, and asking for his permission to marry me. I don't think Bryan will ever realize how that meant to me!

    Next thing Christie realizes, Bryan is down on one knee and asked her if she’d do him the honor of being his wife.

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    She said yes!

    (or should we say: ‘O-H' Yes!)


    Breaking Rules

    From there, they ran into the center of the football field, right smack dab in the middle of the “O”...

    What a surreal experience they had as they returned back to the end zone to celebrate with her family...

    The Cake-Topper Moment...

    OH yes…should I mention that he also surprised her with tickets to her VERY FIRST Ohio State football game? And do I dare mention that it was against the rival Michigan team? She screamed louder with that then when she got the ring! That is all a fact, my friend.

     Yep. They are going to live happily ever after. :-)


    The Moral Of This Story:

    Bryan is absolutely amazing. He spent days in a state he’s never been to before, travelling all over (literally…from Cincinnati to Columbus to Dayton and finally Mansfield) to get all the necessary things to make the night unforgettable. He completely surprised me by laying out a red carpet with an archway right to him (though I was completely oblivious). Also, we had the stadium all to ourselves, with my family enjoying the moment in the background. Don’t forget the dozens of roses, personalized letter, Bryan in a TUXEDO, and a stadium all to ourselves!

    OH…I mentioned that already.. :-)

    The "Proposal Shirt" I made!

     Skull session w/band. No idea why it's called that, but it's cool!

    Skull session w/band. No idea why it's called that, but it's cool!

    It was all so perfect, and I am so excited to continue this new journey of life with my fiancé, Bryan Fredrick Lukes.

    I sure got a keeper :-)

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    From Sea to Shining Sea! Part I - CA/AZ (birthday fun)

    Well what a wonderful two weeks or so it had been! It was filled with trips to San Diego, Boston, Washington DC, Richmond, Newport News, Philadelphia (for a transfer flight), then back to Arizona!

    San Diego/AZ Birthday "Pit Stop"

    San Diego was a pre-birthday getaway, filled with relaxing, resting, and refocus on priorities. The weather was a fabulously cloudy time for the majority, with brief bursts of sun at the beach! What a God-send the trip and bursts of sunshine was :-) AND I got to see my Disney friend, Jenna, that I haven't seen in over seven years!! It was fabulous!

      San Diego, CA

    San Diego, CA

      Seaport Village with Bryan! San Diego, CA

    Seaport Village with Bryan! San Diego, CA

      Reunion time with Jenna! San Diego, CA

    Reunion time with Jenna! San Diego, CA

      San Diego, CA

    San Diego, CA

    After a brief comeback to Arizona just in time to celebrate Memorial Day (and my birthday) at the D-backs game, I was headed out again for a vaca/work trip to the east coast...oh the adventures that would come!

      Mom and me at the Diamondbacks game, May 26, 2014. Phoenix, AZ.

    Mom and me at the Diamondbacks game, May 26, 2014. Phoenix, AZ.

      Birthday lunch with Bryan, May 26, 2014. Scottsdale, AZ.

    Birthday lunch with Bryan, May 26, 2014. Scottsdale, AZ.

      Birthday celebration from work! Phoenix, AZ.

    Birthday celebration from work! Phoenix, AZ.

    NEXT STOP: BOSTON, MA!