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We are using this blog to keep everyone informed of all the wedding plans for Samantha & Cris. Feel free to browse... leave a comment... make reservations and most importantly RSVP for the different events including the wedding. If you are here to RSVP, simply click on the appropriate RSVP link in the post archive list on the right side. Thanks for visiting and hope you can be a part of this fairy tale beginning for Samantha & Cris!

Where: Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas
When: Sunday Evening, December 21, 2008
Time: Ceremony at 6pm with reception following in the ballroom

Monday, February 16, 2009

Spa Day for the Girls... Paintball for the Guys!

Saturday morning came really early for all those late night partiers from the night before! LOL! I know, cause I was one of them. Several out of town guests were arriving all through the night... it was fun! Uncle Bruce experienced his first Red Bull and Jager bomb (woohoo Uncle Bruce!) and my rum punch was definitely a hit!
Many of the 'girls' had appointments in the Botanica Spa at the hotel. The spa had closed that day and catered solely to our group... we even ordered food and had champagne and mimosas all day long... yum... more alcohol.
Aunt Mary & Memaw are chillin' while waiting for their spa treatments...


Our bride, Samantha... every bride should be pampered before their wedding...


Jessi-girl... not sure if she is being choked or massaged... lol...



Aunt Tina flew in the day before from Tampa. We were so happy that she was able to come!


Matron of Honor, Angela and bridesmaid, Wendy... Tina... Caroline and Sam are all relaxing with some food and mimosas!
Busted... Aunt Tina liked the champagne... everyone did, it was good!


Caroline enjoyed her massage treatment...


Cousin Mandy (mom to two of the flower girls!) is waiting for her prenatal massage... what is it about women when they glow? Even with no makeup she just glows...
Memaw... me & Tina...



Awww... Jes is relaxing after one of her treatments...



Now she is REALLY relaxing...


Our bride is getting a body wrap... heaven...


Angela enjoys her Hot Stone Massage...



Yep... it worked... she is totally relaxed!

Most everyone chose two treatments and Aunt Mary's second treatment was a facial.


Grandma Skinner enjoys getting her nails & toes done.



Memaw is about to getting a facial as her second treatment too...



Yep... Memaw approves of this spa! They really did a great job for us... gave everyone a discounted package price and treated us all like queens! I should have taken a better picture of the food spread that they provided... it was awesome! We highly recommend the Bontanica Spa at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas!


Wendy gets a facial... now that looks relaxing...


Deeann didn't have time for spa treatments, but she stopped by to say 'hi' to everyone!



And the guys had reservations at the Xdrenaline Paintbal field in Grapevine, Tx. Glenn, as father of the bride, wanted me to make him a tshirt that said "Groomhunter" and he wanted me to make Cris (the groom) a shirt that had a bullseye on the back... lol. Instead, everyone dressed up in camo and were practicing some hand to hand combat moves in the hotel before leaving!

Getting ready for battle... Craig and Brad.


Glenn explains his strategy for battle...


Awww... Kamran got nailed in both arms!



Cris not only got shot several times... he also jumped off a small cliff in some Army strategic move and tore his ACL... Glenn made sure that everyone knew that he was no where around the groom when he got hurt! Cris was able to hobble down the aisle the next day with help from the pastor... but he has since been placed on medical hold because he is going to have to have several surgeries to repair the torn ACL and reattach some ligaments and they are also putting a screw into his knee. That's the bad news... good news... he is not deployment eligible, so Samantha gets to move to Alaska and set up house now... not later!



Yep... the father of the bride got hurt too...




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Wedding Pictures

Sorry it has been so long since I posted here. As you all know, the wedding was absolutely beautiful. The whole weekend was so much fun! Let me focus this post on the Bachelor & Bachelorette parties... because Cris wasn't able to fly in sooner than two days before the wedding, we scheduled the bachelor & bachelorette parties for Friday night, December 19th. Samantha picked Cris up at the airport that afternoon and went straight to the Embassy Suites hotel to check in. She and Cris had a romance package scheduled in the Botanica Spa at the hotel before the parties were to begin. That way they would be able to have some personal time together since they hadn't seen each other for so long. The bachelors were meeting at Dave & Busters across the street at the Stonebriar mall for dinner and billiards. The bachelorettes started their party in my hotel suite... Angela (the matron of honor) arranged for a 'Passion Party'. We had alot of fun... being silly... doing jello shots (thanks to Nalani!)... and drinking rum punch! The girls decided to crash the bachelor party for a bit before returning to the hotel to continue the party in the hot tub that was open until 1am.

Samanth & Cris at Dave & Busters

Glenn, William, Patch, Cris & Craig


Caroline & Wendy from Reno with Sam



Me and Cheri... her tongue is blue from the blue jello shots, LOL!



Cousin Sara, Wendy, Sam & Caroline getting ready to crash the bachelor party. Yes... Sam has a sign on her back that says "I'm tying the knot... so buy me a shot!". And it worked, cause several people bought her a shot at Dave & Busters. LOL!

These are just a highlight of the pictures that we took. I figured that the parties were a big success because we all had a good time and no one got kicked out of the hotel or arrested... though hotel security did have to come tell us to quiet down (hehehee).