S: Michael & Britni ~ May 8, 2010 ~ A Love Story
4: A very special thanks to Melissa Laterrade for her generous permission to use her photographs in the making of this book. | Some papers, embellishments, art words, copyright property of cottagearts.com
5: Michael & Britni | A Love Story
6: The next night they went on a group date to bowl where Michael let Britni win by one point! (That's one side of the story) Before leaving the bowling alley, Michael got her phone# and also asked for some of her hand lotion. When he sent a late night text, it read, "Thanks, now I smell like you and your damn lotion..at least it smells good. | It all began with a blind date on Dec.5,,2003 when a mutual friend thought they might have a lot in common. They soon discovered they did, starting with them being dressed alike in their Old Navy hoodies and jeans! They were both Virgos with close birth dates just one year apart. | It all began...
7: He asked her to officially be his girl friend at 4:15a.m. on Jan.1,2004. He stayed at her house that night because Selene didn't want him on the roads so late. Britni told her Mom that Michael was not the usual kind of guy she would date and Mom agreed--here was a guy so big, so tall, so much hair! But he was the best change that could have ever come along. | The two of them talked every day and saw each other as much as possible. On Feb.1,2004, they exchanged "I love yous" and she asked him to her senior prom. On Valentine's day of that year, she gave him a key painted lime green (her favorite color) and told him it was the key to her heart and she promised to always love, care and be gentle with him. | Lowe's parking Lot: the special place they chose to exchange gifts and talk in private and follow the sign's advice to "build something together." It was the place where they gave each other promise rings. Michael wore his promise ring till the wedding day. In retrospect, their parents probably thought they should have dated more people but as Britni says, "When you know, you know. It's | I | You
8: "Father,I think you should know Michael and I already have a child... his name is Costa" | Puppy love | Happy 4 1/2 year anniversary baybee!
9: Costa De Mar arrived July 1, 2008
10: When in Destin, On Dec. 27. 2008, Michael proposed. Of course they both knew what her answer would be. It was only then that she took off her promise ring given to her on Valentine's day of 2005.
11: Michael and I went to Destin, FL on a vacation getaway. We planned to relax and reminisce over the past five years we have spent with one another. He asked if I wanted to celebrate our anniversary at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. I was speechless, but knew that we always celebrated big on our anniversary. After an amazing dinner, we took a walk along the harbor behind our hotel. We walked up and down the pier and the small beach area. He finally stopped in the sand and asked me how much I loved him. I told him that if I had a stick to draw a line in the sand that the stick would break before I would be done showing him how much. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I cried and hugged him, but wouldn't stop crying and wouldn't let him up from the sand. As you can see, the ring is gorgeous and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with Michael. Honestly, I had no idea that he was going to propose to me while we were in Destin. I was hoping, but never assumed. I could tell he was nervous about something when we kept walking back and forth after dinner. He tried to play it off by asking if I wanted to go back to the room and play with Costa...I said sure because I didn't know what he was up to. I love surprises. I am excited that after five years he was still nervous about asking me to marry him and I was way more emotional than I ever expected. | Our Engagement story ~by Britni
12: Something old ~ blue topaz ring from Jessica Jones Something new ~ "Sexy little bride" panties | Gift Registry: Pampered Chef, Belks, Target and JC Penney | Something borrowed ~ Selene's silver bracelet Something blue ~ Trim on wedding dress | Flowers ~ Gerbera daisies in an explosion of color | Planning | Planning | Planning | Planning | Planning | Planning | Planning | Planning | Church ~ St.Pius X Catholic Church | Reception ~ Heron Lakes Country Club | Bridesmaids? | Groomsmen?
13: S | SHOWERS
14: gorgeous! | These bacon bites were good!
15: Pampered chef Shower | March, 2010
16: Couple's Shower at DreamLand BBQ | April 2010
17: Photos by Trisha Riffle
18: MikeIndiaCharlieHotelAlphaEchoLima (cop talk for M i c h a e l)
19: Beautiful, Beautiful Bride
21: Our Wedding Day
22: Getting ready | After breakfasting at Spot of Tea, The bride and her coterie decorated Heron Lakes, made flower bouquets and munched on chick-fil-a nuggets. Amy Norris, make-up artist and hair stylist arrived to help make everyone beautiful.
23: Jessica was most impressed with the Mother of the bride. Selene was calm and composed through all the little dramas that arise when it's down to the wire. She dealt with one emergency at a time and stayed composed. What's your secret Selene? | Lacing the bride
24: Meanwhile... Being men have less fussing to do, they lunched at Wings then spent their waiting time playing darts and taking shots of Crown XR in the gentleman's lounge at the country club. | Is that a bullseye?
25: Friends are like bras; close to your heart and there for support. | close to your heart | there for support | there for support | close to your heart
26: Here Comes the Bride...
27: This is the moment we've been waiting for.
29: There are "Honeymoons", and "Hummermoons" | Hummer bummer! | Aura:: 1.A distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source 2.A luminous radiation | Aura
30: Doll Rabbeitt and Selene Finch~ Proud Mothers with good reason. Doll saved the ceremony by finding a Priest when their first choice was calendar challenged! It's good to have connections! | Oh Mama!!
31: When Irish Eyes are Smiling... | May the hinges of our family never be rusty | ~Old Irish Proverb~
33: It was nice growing up with someone like you - someone to lean on, someone to count on... someone to tell on!
35: Susan & Jessica's creativity
36: Maid of Honor: Trisha Riffle a good friend Bridesmaids: Candace Conner ~sister-in-law Melanie Tims ~co-worker Kim Vanni ~friend since kindergarten | Best Man: Jordan Starling a long time friend Groomsmen: John Rabbeitt Jr. ~ Father of groom John Rabbeitt III ~brother of groom Sean Rabbeitt ~brother of groom JoshConner ~brother of bride
37: English ~ I love you Creol ~ Mi aime jou Albanian ~ Te dua Farsi ~ Doset daram French ~ Je t'adore Italian ~ Ti amo German ~ Ich liebe dich Latin ~ Te amo Mohawk ~ Kanbhik Serbian ~ Volim te Polish ~ Kocham Cie Sioux ~ Techihhlia Spanish ~ Te amo Elmer Fudd ~ I wove you | Mr. and Mrs. Rabbeitt
38: First dance | And now you're my whole life, And now you're my whole world, And I just cant believe the way I feel about you girl, Like a river meets the sea, stronger than its ever been, We've come so far since that day, And I thought I loved you then | "Then" by Brad Paisley
39: The dance of a lifetime...
40: A carver of Steamship Round~ | Pasta of Italy~ Alfredo with Chicken~ | Russets and Sweets, cream cheese and bacon~ What do you want on your spud? | Champagne & Chardonnay Merlot & White Zin~ Budlight lime~ | Spinach, Artichokes, Hot crab & Vegetables~ Salami & Cream cheese~ | Fresh summer fruit & white grape punch~ | Yum... | Heron Lakes | Let's Celebrate!
41: Dads teared up, best man told stories to embarrass, maid of honor was sweet and the bride and groom enjoyed and appreciated every word. | Toasting
42: Bad aim Britni, but he is kinda cute decorated like that. | the cake ritual
43: Accidentally he dropped a piece straight into her cleavage | Accidentally he dropped a piece straight into her cleavage! | Not wanting to waste a bite, she dug right in to retrieve it. | Too cute! | Surprise!
44: Darlings | Avery Beasley | Madalyn Maurin
45: more pretties...
46: As the music played on, things got...
48: friends | Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts.
50: FUN !!!
51: The Wedding Singer | Has Nashville been contacted? | Chris Holley was singing at Executive on the weekends where Britni and Michael would go just to listen to him. When he agreed to sing their first song, they were thrilled. When he kept singing, they were ecstatic!
52: Good luck! | The party's over... | Have a good life! | Beautiful couple
53: Farewell! | So start the place on fire! ???
54: We've only just begun
55: Let's go home...
57: May the Road rise up to meet you May the Wind always be at your back May the Sun shine warm upon your face And the Rains Fall soft upon your fields And Until we Meet Again may God hold you in The Palm of his Hand. ~Irish Blessing | ~ Made with great affection for Britni and Michael by Pam ~