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IloveChip
09-24-2007, 09:41 AM
Summer,
What a fantastic job you are doing on your TR and it makes me so anxious to read the next installment! I am so glad that everything worked out with your DDP! Disney Magic happens!!! LOL Thanks for sharing your experiance and I can not wait to read about your wedding day!

poohface
09-24-2007, 09:44 AM
Another fantastic installment Summer, glad you got your DDP sorted, you must have been so anxious about it. Can't wait for your next installment, you have got us all on tenderhooks:banana:

MistressOfAllEvil
09-24-2007, 10:09 AM
You Xmas gift to Steven reminded me so much of a gift Els got for me for Xmas last year - He emailed Philip Pullman, one of my favourite authors, and put together a set of autographs, all different addressed to me from Philip Pullman and framed them... it cost nothing except the frame price for him, but the thought meant the world to me :D


Philip Pullman!?! as in His Dark Materials?? Absolutely love this author!! I've been reading and re-reading him for years. I'm very jealous! That's an awsome gift! Did you hear they're making a movie out of the Golden Compass? I doubt it will live up to the book, but I'm sure I'll still see it. It's supposed to come out in December.

Summer~ sorry for hijacking your thread! I'm still faithfully enjoying your TR and can't believe the wedding is tomorrow (so to speak)! This is really what I'm waiting for! Can't wait!!!! popcorn::

Eeyore's Tailfinder
09-24-2007, 10:16 AM
Philip Pullman!?! as in His Dark Materials?? Absolutely love this author!! I've been reading and re-reading him for years. I'm very jealous! That's an awsome gift! Did you hear they're making a movie out of the Golden Compass? I doubt it will live up to the book, but I'm sure I'll still see it. It's supposed to come out in December.


Yup - I LOVE His Dark Materials, it's one of my faves... Philip is really nice - I've emailed him once before after he was sick one time and gotten a reply (He grew up in Harlech only a few miles from me in North Wales) - try it in case he replies! I'll have to take a photo of it, he was really sweet to do that! I've heard the movie is coming out and can't wait to see what Lyra, Will, etc. will be like - but like everything I think the book will be better!!

Sorry Summer - carry on with your great TR!!

Missy H
09-24-2007, 10:32 AM
Summer- I've been away for a few days and I have just caught up! Wow I can't go away until you finish as I missed so much! I am loving every word!

When can I read more?

Summer-Caitlin
09-24-2007, 11:15 AM
AuroraBorealis - Thank you for the nice compliment and Steven is very happy you like his photos. Wedding day coming up...

Hayley - Thank you and I have framed the first pic he took of me on the boat.
Wow, that present from Els sounds teriffic, yup, that is just like me always on the lookout for the perfect gift. Where is the continuation of your TR?

Laura - I never fancied Fultons, am not really a seafood person so don't see the reason to go. Wedding day is here so to speak...

Suzyq9241 - Thanks for reading, I hope you continue to enjoy it

desiab - Stress is pretty much over now, should be smooth sailing from here...

meryll83 - I am glad you will get to read about the wedding before you go, although it will always be here when you get back!

Kirsteen - As requested!

Michelle - I am so glad you could stop by again. I'm so glad you are still enjoying my TR.
Steven doesn't really smile for the camera, minds you neither do I as you will see in most of my wedding pics. To be honest I think it's the only way I would like my wedding pics, although we both laugh loads, on a vain note, I don't look as overweight when I don't smile, lol.
Anyway, here are some pics, and maybe a hint of a smile...

The Charmed One - I loved POFQ, and I really like CBR. POFQ was very very romantic imo, Steven said the same thing. I didn't exlpore CBR as much as I would have liked but I loved the compactness of POFQ.

IloveChip - Glad you're enjoying it, next instalment is here.

poohface - Awww, don't mean to keep you all waiting, but a girl's gotta work!

MistressOfAllEvil - Hijack away! Glad you're still enjoying it.

Missy H - Yeah, I am pretty quick with my instalments, hopefully this will tide you over for now tho...

Summer-Caitlin
09-24-2007, 11:20 AM
Day 6, Part 1 (Wedding Day)

I awoke at 5.30am, a bit tired, nervous and excited.
I had my shower, grabbed my purse, list of telephone numbers, kissed Steven on the cheek and waved goodbye.
It was 5.50am and in the distance, at my momís door, I saw a woman, obviously from Carolyn Allens, pulling a steamer, knock on the door.
My mom let her in and I rushed over to meet her.
Itís really strange, but I canít remember her name, most things on this day are a bit of a blur so I will just have to do my best when recalling the details.
Anyway, she is the same woman that I have seen come for most steamings. She was very polite and I told her that my wedding dress, momís dress and Stevenís suit were to be steamed.
As my dress was silk, it required to be pressed. She decided to do this last, as it would take more time. She made some small talk about the wedding but basically just got on with her job. I was actually glad for this as I had completely no make up on and it was highly unusual for me to see anyone without make up, let alone talk to them. I was eager for Ana to come so I could feel more myself.

Ana from Beaute Speciale arrived about 15 minutes later. She was very friendly and easy to talk to. We agreed that she could start with my momís hair. She was very quick and seemed to know what kind of style my mom wanted. She started using curling tongs to give her hair more lift, which my mom likes, and put in the crystal pins that I had bought for her. In the meantime, Stevenís suit was ready so I went upstairs with it to see how he was getting on.
I could tell he was nervous when he said, ďIím pretty nervousĒ
I handed him the suit and he said he wanted to try and trim his goatee but my mom had the converter plug downstairs. I said I would go and get it and bring it back.

When I returned to my momís, Ana was practically finished my momís hair. It looked really good. I told them I needed to go back up with the plug so Ana said she could always do my momís make up first. I said fine (Bad move).
I quickly left and hurried up the stairs. It was getting light and I realised I would have to pass this man leaning over the balcony. I panicked, I knew I would have to say ĎGood Morningí but I hated that I had no make up on and really didnít want him to see me this way.
I passed him and he said ĎGood Morningí, I put my head down and mumbled ĎGood Morningí back and quickly moved past him. I decided that I would take a different route coming back.
I gave Steven the converter and told him I couldnít stay. I felt sorry for him that he had to be alone. I reminded him that he was to get picked up at 9.00am but they would call him. If the limo hadnít arrived by 9.05am he could call me. I grinned at him and left.

Ana was still working on my momís make up and the woman from Carolyn Allens was almost finished my dress. I asked her if it would be okay if I paid her by travellerís cheques as I didnít have a chance to get them changed. She said no problem and she told me the total would be $180.
It was more expensive than I thought it was going to be, but my dress looked beautiful so I didnít mind paying more. I ended up tipping her $20.
It was time to put on my false nails.

The day before we left the UK, I had an acrylic nail appointment where I would be getting my nails done and they would hopefully last for the 3 weeks I was in Florida. The day of my appointment, I received a phone call saying the manicurist had come down with diarrhoea and could not make my appointment. I was so annoyed, this left me no time to get my nails done anywhere else, so I did the next best thing when I went to Glasgow and bought glue on nails. I thought as long as they lasted long enough to cover the Wedding and the MK Shoot, they were worth it.

It was a quick process once I figured out which nails I planned on using. This pack came with 32 nails, loads of different sizes. I have very long fingers but the majority of my nails require a similar size falsie, except my pinkie and thumb. So the more nails the better.
The nail glue was terrible, I had to cover my nail bed in glue for there to be any sign of adhesion. My thumbnail came off 5 times before finally giving up and sticking. These nails were very long but I didnít really have time to file them down so I just put up with them. For practicality these were terrible. I couldnít do anything anymore. I used to have long nails; in fact I wore acrylics for a year. They were different, as they felt far more secure and had much more manoeuvrability. These however, felt they could come off at any point and I ended up doing nothing for myself, I felt helpless.
I showed them to my mom who thought they looked beautiful, and I agreed, they did, look good. As it was only for a day, I thought what the hell and went with it.

By this time my dress was ready and the woman from Carolyn Allens was gathering up her things. She waved goodbye to me and wished me all the best.

After she had left I went over to fully check my dress. It looked beautiful and my veil glistened on the bed.
I have absolutely no problems in giving my highest recommendations of Carolyn Allens. She was very professional, on time and polite. She would occasionally jump into the conversation but mainly just continued with her work. I thought the price was a bit high, but she did have to press my dress and that was pretty time consuming so I didnít really mind. I took some pictures so you can see how my dress turned out:

This picture you can see my wedding dress, my momís dress and my veil on the bed:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/dress.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Dress2.jpg

I then went over to my Mom and managed to get a picture of her, make up almost finished:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Mom.jpg

So, it was my turn. Now I was nervous, I knew Ana had high credentials so I should have felt fine, but I am a girl that has done and perfected her makeup since the age of 16. I knew what I liked and exactly what I wanted, but unfortunately I tend to shy away from make up rules and go with what suits me, I think Ana stuck with the rules.
She first quickly straightened my hair and applied some product, she said she would come back to that after my make up and apply some hairspray. So, on to the make upÖ
I was 4 days into my vacation so I had a slight tan on my face, not only that I had applied fake tan to my face the night before so I was a golden brown. Ana started with the foundation, and positioned a glaring light towards my face.
It didnít take long for my foundation to be applied and the powder used to set it. She asked if I used blush, but I told her my preference was for bronzer as I preferred to have a golden glow.
She let me check my face after all this was applied and I thought it looked flawless but very pale. I didnít mention it (Bad move) as I thought when the eye makeup was applied it would look very different.
She continued on, applying my eye makeup. I had discussed with her previously that I liked the smoky eye look; browns and greys, I also loved liquid eyeliner and heavy mascara. I thought I had given her a vision but I hadnít given her MY vision.

At this point there is a knock on the door and it is Randy, he is really early as it is only 8.00am, he immediately takes a picture:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/sansmakeup.jpg

I tell him he is very unlucky as he has to see me with no makeup, I tell him off jokingly for being so early.

He goes round the room and I canít see what heís doing as I am seated the other way. I hear the camera clicking away and him asking my mom to look out my jewellery and things so he can get a picture:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/R9.jpg


My beautiful Lord of the Rings necklace, Randy loved this:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/LOTR.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/jewllery.jpg

Stan and Bonnie from STVS then arrive, also very early and start to film. I have no idea exactly what they film as again I canít really see.

So my eye makeup is usually like thisÖI first cover the whole eyelid in beige eye shadow, I then apply brown eye shadow just above the crease of the eye, moving from the center of the eye to the outer edge. I then apply a hint of silver underneath the brow, as a highlighter. Then I use a dark brown pencil to fill in the brows, I use my liquid eyeliner on the top lid only and carefully draw a thin line from the center of the eye to the end and I kick it out when I reach the tip, kinda like a cats eye. I then use a white pencil to draw dots where the inner corner of the eye is; this opens up your eyes making them appear wider. I then blend this into the eye shadow and all you can see is a light reflecting sheen. I then use black pencil eyeliner on my lower lid, drawing from the center to the end and blending it in as I go. My mascara is applied very carefully, doing 2 coats on the top and 1 on the bottom, black, of course.

Now, I realise the fact that I know all of this; tells me I really should have done my make up myself.
I was not given a mirror until my eye make up was done so I didnít have a chance to stop her. I thought we were on the same page, but we obviously werenít.
I looked in the mirror and I was immediately disappointed, my eyes were so dark. I mean I have very dark brown eyes and although I normally wear brown eye shadow, I never wear it all over my eyes, it made my eyes look really small. The eyeliner that I had on could barely be seen against the dark brown background and I wish I realised it then but the huge thing missing was the kick at the edge of my outer eye. My mascara was great, my eyelashes looked wonderful, but I couldnít see the individual eyelashes because again they were against such a dark background. I didnít know what to say, it was 8.40am and there was no time to correct it, I hadnít even got into my wedding dress yet.

Basically I didnít like my make up. Technically it was correct, she had followed the rules, but it wasnít me at all. I have tried to find a close up pic of me in my usual make up, and a close up pic of me in the make up she did:

My own make up, ignore the look on both our faces as were larking about on the Disney Cruise Line Coach, more of them to come later on in the TR.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Makeupme.jpg

Her make up:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Makeupher.jpg

Sorry I canít seem to find a close up of me with my eyes open yetÖ

I will admit that looking back on it, my make up does look better in the pictures somehow, although not better than I do it, but in person; it was way too heavy and just not what I had hoped for. Personally I thought my momís make up was much better.

To be continuedÖ

Summer-Caitlin
09-24-2007, 11:29 AM
I tried not to show my disappointment and Ana busied herself again with my hair. It was too flat for my liking so I asked her if she minded if I messed it up a bit:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/R10.jpg


I went over to the mirror and checked out my make up. I tried to work out if I had enough time to change it myself, but I knew it would be impossible. I quietly scolded myself for not doing my own make up. I knew how to do it but I had hoped that maybe getting a professional in with better products, would give a better result. I was wrong and I would never again let someone else do my make up. My mom thought I looked great, but I was pretty upset.

Now I donít mean to sound down on Beaute Speciale or Ana for that matter, but I definitely think that I was too pale, even in the pictures. Other people since returning home have mentioned it. And well the eye make up, I guess that is just personal taste. It wasnít wrong per se, it just wasnít me, and that is my fault for not making myself clear. Technically she was right, but each person is an individual so what may be right for one may not necessarily be right for another.
To put this clearer, my momís make up looked great, but she wears her eye make up like that all the time. I on the other hand, may use more products, 3 colors of eye shadow, liquid and pencil eyeliner, oodles of mascara, but my eyes look like they have less on them.

Anyway, I wonít ramble on about this any longer. I have learned a valuable lesson, to trust yourself and your own abilities. This will never happen again and I was glad that I would be doing my own make up for the nighttime shoot with Randy and the MK Shoot in the morning.

Ana gave me touch up items and the men ask where Steven is, so they can get some picture and footage of him before he leaves, these are some of what Randy captured:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Steven1.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Steven2-1.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Steven3.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Stevn5.jpg


When the men leave, it is time for me to get into my dress. I put aside the thoughts of my make up and rush to get ready.

Putting on the dress in the UK was difficult. It is not something I could do myself and it normally took 2 women helping. As I bought this dress off the rack, I was very lucky to find it in my size, however if I felt hot, it became very difficult to do the dress up, this was one of those times:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/me1.jpg

Bonnie and my mom ended up getting me into my dress, but it wasnít an easy task. I couldnít help at all because of my nails and I found this whole situation hilarious.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/me3.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/me2.jpg

My mom was getting very frustrated, as she wasnít even dressed yet. After 10 minutes of pulling, I was pretty much in. Stan knocked on the door and wanted to get some final footage of me before heading to Sea Breeze Point. Randy followed him in.

Randy had said that Steven was very nervous and was pacing the floor waiting on the limo and with that sentence our phone rang and it was Steven telling my mom that the limo still hadnít arrived, it was 9.05am. I told mom to tell him to give it another 5 minutes.

Mom had to help me put on my Jewellery and shoes as my nails were making it difficult to do even the simple things.

I looked out The Sand Ceremony as I had hoped that Steven might be able to take it with him:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/sand.jpg
Randy offered to bring it up to him.
Ana put on my tiara and veil:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/me7.jpg

Touch up:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/me8.jpg

Randy had me pose for a couple of pictures:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/me4.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/me6.jpg

I paid Ana $210, definitely more than I had hoped for, and in hindsight I could have easily done without this service.

Mom went into the bathroom to get changed and Stan, Bonnie and Randy said their goodbyes and headed off to SBP.

Mom and I were left alone and I felt strange, this day that I had been waiting for had finally arrived. There had been bumps along the road and not everything had been as I had imagined. But shortly I would be marrying my Prince, in a fairytale setting. My dream was coming true.

There was a knock at the door and our limo driver greeted us. I picked up my purse, lifted my veil, looked at my mom and smiled; it had all been worth itÖ

Coming upÖ

The wedding of our dreams with lots of pictures

poohface
09-24-2007, 11:38 AM
Your make-up looks fantastic in both pictures Summer, you have such stunning features I think regarding what anyone done to you, you would still look fabulous.:goodvibes

IloveChip
09-24-2007, 11:49 AM
I thought your makeup looked great in the photos.. Yes you looked a little more pale than the make up that you are used to doing. But over all I think you looked great. I can not wait to read more about your special day!

MistressOfAllEvil
09-24-2007, 11:53 AM
OMG... THE SUSPENSE!!! END MY MISERY NOW! I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT.


I'm sorry that your makeup wasn't what you were hoping for and I totally understand your disappointment. I'm planning on doing my own makeup, which makes me nervous... but I'm going to get some instruction ahead of time and practice, practice, practice. I found some different looks in a bridal magazine a few months back and I'm torn between two of them. As soon as I decided, I'm going to go buy all the product. One of my attendents does hair and she's doing mine. I'm even more nervous about this b/c not only can I not do my own hair (i'm just not good at it) I'm usually really dissappointed when someone else does it. So, hopefully we'll be able to get some practice in before we set off for Disney. The whole hair/makeup thing is a big source of nerves for me :scared: but I'm sure it will work out fine, especially since I don't want to spend more $$ than I have to for outside vendors. Sorry again Summer.

Can't wait to see ceremony pics!!! popcorn::

orangetiggs
09-24-2007, 11:58 AM
Summer , where did you get the sand ceremony vases from? I have been looking everywhere for ones with a stopper

DisneyLaura
09-24-2007, 11:59 AM
Summer I understand what you mean about your makeup although it does look nice, I think the way you apply it looks more natural. I am so excited it's finally here, the big day. I am getting anxious.

DisneyObsession
09-24-2007, 12:12 PM
Summer...You are absolutely Beautiful! :bride: I know your make-up is different than how you normally look, but you do look radiant! I can't wait to read more about the day!

dizneyfreak
09-24-2007, 12:31 PM
We may still cross paths though, I think we may have to wander past France on the evening of the 1st!

YEA YEA YEA!!!:dance3: Come and see me! Oh, and by the way, I just found this out last night...EPCOT is turning 25 on October 1st and there are a bunch of special events and things planned for that day in EPCOT. They are even having a one night only 25th Anniversary special fireworks that night! Talk about pixie dust before you even leave! Our reception will be on EPCOT's 25th anniversary and we have reserved seating for the event!pixiedust: Yea, it starts already!!! I'm so excited I can't stand it! I'm leaving tomorrow, so I bid you all TTFN!

Anna Marie:bride:

dizneyfreak
09-24-2007, 01:24 PM
Summer,
You have had me hanging on your every word since the day you started your TR! I can't stand the thought of not getting to see the next installment each day.:sad2: I leave tomorrow for my long road trip to Florida with my momma. I am so excited to go :woohoo: (did you read my post about the pixie dust that already came my way!), but I really really don't want to miss a word of this report. Your TR is one of the two reports that I have used to get me through this last month before my wedding! I'm going to miss it, but I keep telling myself that it will all still be here waiting for me when I get home...all 400 pages of it!:lmao: Wish me luck and pray for pixie dust! I'll be thinking of you all...especially you Summer:hug: ....in the coming days!

Anna Marie:bride:

Summer-Caitlin
09-24-2007, 01:36 PM
dizneyfreak (AnnaMarie) - I didn't want you to leave without me wishing you the very best for your wedding. You will be absolutely stunning and I can't wait to read your TR and see your pics when you get back.
Don't worry, I'll still be here when you get back and the 4000 (thats right 4000 pages) you forgot I still have another 16 days to right about, LOL:lmao:
I hope you have the most magical day filled with loads of pixie dust. You can have TinkerBell back, she came through eventually for me.

Don't stress, have fun, and remember you are marrying your Prince.

Can't wait for you to get back!!!:flower3: :hug:

dizneyfreak
09-24-2007, 02:01 PM
Thanks Summer! I'll catch up with you in 3 weeks!

Anna Marie:bride:

Missy H
09-24-2007, 02:03 PM
Keep it coming Summer!

I am so excited as we have just booked our VR with FTW for July 8th 2008. Just got my email and about to fill it in ands send it off! ( Sorry to Hijack but i am so excited!)

DisneyObsession
09-24-2007, 02:11 PM
Summer...I have to tell you I enjoyed your DH's story!!! I want to read more now!!! :) Thanks for sharing it!

oneyodafan
09-24-2007, 02:20 PM
Getting caught up Summer, and still lovin' it! I'm sorry your makeup wasn't what you had visioned. You still look gorgeous and I cannot wait to hear about the wedding. And can I just say how cool it was to be looking at the photos and pop, there is the Arwen pendant?! I have the same one!

Summer-Caitlin
09-24-2007, 02:22 PM
Awww, thanks DisneyObsession, here is another story that was considered a NOTABLE STORY of 2006 in storySouth's Million Writers Award (an award for stories published online)

http://www.undergroundvoices.com/UVDines.htm

Would love to know what you think of this one, it is one of my personal favourites.

lurkyloo
09-24-2007, 03:17 PM
Summer - thanks for your frank review of your experience with the makeup! It is good to get a variety of opinions, and to hear how you really felt. It can be hard when the vendor is super-nice but still doesn't do what you asked for....

I have been fretting about having my makeup done because I worry I will not get the look I want and then have no time to fix it! Maybe, like you said, I should trust my own ability more and just do it myself. :)

Can't wait for the next installment! popcorn::

yearbook50
09-24-2007, 04:12 PM
Thank you for your posts about the makeup. It reaffirmed me doing my own makeup.

You look beautiful!
And I love your writing.

MUDisneyCouple
09-24-2007, 06:54 PM
WOW! So much to catch up on and I was only away from my computer for 1 day!!! I'm so glad that you finally got some pixie dust outta Tink - you surely deserve it! :goodvibes I know you were upset with your makeup, but you looked beautiful on your big day. Tell Steven, that I to loved the pics he took of you on the boat ride back from DTD. Can't wait for the wedding day pics...

jasonandlisa
09-24-2007, 07:17 PM
I love the pictures of your dress and veil draped around your room!

I'm sorry your make-up didn't turn out how you wanted. I certainly would have been disappointed and upset, too. It's so hard when you have a certain vision of everything for your wedding day and then on the actual day, you have very little control. Especially when it's a destination wedding planned from so far away! I think your review was very fair and honest. And I think it will help a lot of future Disney brides. :)

ForKeeps
09-24-2007, 08:05 PM
Wow Summer,

Holy thorough batman!!!! I love it! I love every detail. I literally felt like I was following you around the World Showcase you described it well.

I'm so glad that you loved Le Cellier as much as I did. I'm anxiously awaiting going back on New Years Eve. That Mushroom Filet is calling my name!!!!

The woman from carolyn allen's name is probably Sue. For the life of me I couldn't remember her name when I did my TR. She was great. I remember she kept saying how much she liked the fact that she could hang the dress of the scrolly corner things on the wall.

I shared your EXACT fear about make up, which was why I splurged (did I say splurge? I mean "gushed out money" and paid for lessons and good make-up. Ugh -- I just don't trust well enough I suppose. It sucks that you weren't entirely happy with your make-up. You looked beautiful, but if you weren't happy about it then that's all that matters.

Well...I'm anxious to hear about the rest....... popcorn::

Glorydaz
09-25-2007, 06:36 AM
Summer, one of the things I love most is your intricate detailing of the events - simply priceless! I empathize with your frustrations over the make-up. I personally do not wear any make-up, never have. I did splurge for our wedding and spent $140 on really excellent make-up. My daughter will help me with it the day of and also with my hair. I must say, you look so lovely even if you weren't thrilled with it.

I LOVE the photo of you flipping your hair and also Steven through the blinds - awesome shots! oh yes, your Lord of the Rings necklace is gorgeous!

ok, so I'm ready - bring on the wedding!!!!!!

Michelle :cloud9:

Summer-Caitlin
09-25-2007, 07:57 AM
poohface - Awww, what a sweet compliment. I like it, even if it isn't true, lol.

ILoveChip - Thank you, at least my black and white photos you can't tell I'm pale, maybe it's why I prefer them.

MistressOfAllEvil - LOL, I am sorry for making you wait so long, but the ceremony might not be up until tomorrow, there are so many pics I have to seperate all the instalments. Resizing my pics is taking forever.
You have plenty of time to figure out your make up options and plenty of time to practice, try not to worry.

orangetiggs - I got my Sand Ceremony Kit from a place in the US, they only deliver to the US so my package was waiting for me at Disney when I arrived. The company is Forever Memories Unity Sand Blending, it was a beautiful set.

Laura - Thank you, I hope you like this instalment, the next few are going to be filled with pics of the wedding.

DisneyObsession - Thanks for the vote of confidence about my make up. The more I look at the pictures the more I'm ok with it. I still should have done my own make up, but it didn't ruin our most perfect day. When all was said and done, we still were married and all those little worries were forgotton about.

Missy H - A big Congrats to you:banana: :banana: You must be so excited, now you can do all the planning, which is really a fun part, all those little decisions, you will find tons of help on here. If you have any questions just shoot!

oneyodafan - Oh my Arwen Pendant, I LOVE it. Steven bought it for me for our dating anniversary last year. I had wanted one since I first saw LOTR, see, I am a bit geeky in that way!

lurkyloo - Thank you, I was a bit worried about posting my review of the make up but I wanted to be honest. As I said it is only my opinion, but I think my criticisms (slightly too harsh a word) are valid!

yearbook50 - Thank you. If you know how to do your own make up then go for it, I should have listened to myself, I guess I just wanted to be pampered on my wedding day!

MUDisneyCouple - I am going to have to post the wedding day in several instalments as there are loads of pics and it's hard to whittle them down as I love so many of them.

Lisa - Thank you, it's hard to honestly review a vendor without sounding petty, I was worried I would come off like a bridezilla or something so it's why I went into great detail about how i do my own make up. I'm glad it may be helpful to future brides.

Tiffany - YAY! How are you? I'm glad you could make it back, I know you've been really busy, so thank you!
You are right her name is Sue, I remember it now you've told me.
I am going to order the Mushroom Filet next time I'm at Le Cellier, hopefully next year! Le Cellier was fantastic!
I'm glad you're enjoying all the details, I find it hard to cut down, I'm similar in my Essays unfortunately, I tend to waffle a bit, lol.

Michelle - I too love most of the shots that Randy has done, it's so difficult to pick favourites. I will pst some of them throughout my TR though, I hope you like them!
I am splitting the wedding day up because of all the pics I have to put up, hope you don't mind...

Summer-Caitlin
09-25-2007, 08:02 AM
Wedding Day, Part 2

I walked along the balcony of Port Orleans French Quarter with my mom close behind me. I felt terrific despite my make up concerns. The limo driver was very nice and as I walked down the stairs he uttered a ďWOWĒ, Iím sure he says this to all the girls, but it felt nice all the same.
There were a lot of passers by and they all stopped to wish me Congratulations, it was nice to feel like such a Princess, even if it was going to be for only a short time.
Getting in the limo was not going to be easy. The limo driver advised sitting down first, then mom would have to help me get my dress in, I was then to swivel round and scooch over. Mom would get in after me.
Here is a shot of the limo, it was gorgeous:

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It was hilarious trying to take my huge dress in after me, and I so wish it could have been caught on camera.

The interior was beautiful, black leather seats and drinks on ice; this was the first time I had ever been in a limo. My mom asked me if I wanted a drink, but I was aware I had lip gloss on and didnít want to have to reapply, so I declined.

The journey was short; going from POFQ to The Boardwalk only took us 10 minutes at the most. I was told by the limo driver that I needed to stay in the car so they could make sure Steven had already left. He brought out his walkie talkie and I could hear Tanis on the other line, shouting ďDO NOT LET HER OUT, I REPEAT, DO NOT LET HER OUTĒ

I started giggling; it was like some military operation, this was my sort of thing!

I could barely make out anything through the tinted windows, but a few minutes later I could see Tanis coming towards me and Rev Miller waiting in the wings. The car door opened and Tanis popped her head in. She told me that Randy wanted to get some pictures of me coming out of the limo, the Rev was here to meet me and Steven was waiting at Sea Breeze Point already.

Now I am going to post a mixture of black and white and color pictures, just for variety, plus I LOVE black and white shots.

Here I am getting out of the limo:

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I finally get to meet Rev Miller and he is exactly as I imagined. He shakes my hand softly and tells me he has already met Steven. He tells me to put my trust in him and he will give us a beautiful ceremony that we will remember forever. I am ecstatic, he is so friendly, with such an infectious smile, I immediately feel at ease and I am so happy that we chose Randall Miller.

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I love these shots, another of Randyís artistic types:

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Finally my dress is sorted and we all make our way into The Boardwalk Resort:

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Tanis leads me over so I can collect my bouquet. I am praying that it is a beautiful as I imagined, it is, in fact its better. The colors are so vibrant and so me, I LOVE them:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/flowers1.jpg


A close up of my bouquet. My colors were orange, yellow and burgundy calla lilies, with 10 crystal Mickeys, gold ribbon and 6 crystal pins down the stem.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/flowers2.jpg

My mom also loved her corsage. She initially wanted one to pin to her chest but I think the one on her wrist looks much better:

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Randy decided it was time to get some shots of my dress. Tanis said she loved my dress; she thought that silk was the correct material to pick for a Florida wedding, esp in the summer. Randy loved my flowers and said it was the best bouquet he had seen, I think thatís why my flowers were in nearly every single pic!!

I moved over and straightened out my dress so Randy could get a clear shot:

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It was time to move and head on down to Sea Breeze Point. Randy went on ahead and I picked up my dress and followed Tanis to the elevator. She told me that Steven was very nervous and I expected him to be. I knew he had been worrying that people may ask him questions and he claimed he didnít know the answer to anything as I had been the one doing most of the organising. She told me the violinist had struck up a conversation with him and they were now talking quite happily.

We exited the elevator and started our walk down the Boardwalk, stopping every now and then for some pictures:

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I love the angle on this picture:
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We were finally there and Randy ran over to get a picture of Steven patiently waiting:

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to be continuedÖ

Missy H
09-25-2007, 08:15 AM
Summer- I love you pictures, we (I) have booked Randy for our VR! He phoned my the other night and sounds wonderful! Is he good to work with?

Summer-Caitlin
09-25-2007, 08:21 AM
MissyH - Randy is teriffic, I can't say enough good things about him. You can't go wrong booking him. As I continue on in my TR, I will mention him more and I will give a full review at the end of the wedding day as I will do with STVS, Disney, Rev Randall Miller, and the next day our Disney Photographer Paul Looper (MK Shoot)

orangetiggs
09-25-2007, 08:25 AM
I have to say summer your wedding looked great! I cant wait to read more and until we get out there to have ours! Only 11 months to go!

DisneyObsession
09-25-2007, 08:34 AM
I am sitting here at work with a tear in my eye! You are one of the most beautiful brides I have seen! The dress, the flowers, the veil...all magnificent!!!! :bride:

Waiting patiently for more of the wedding day to unfold! :hippie:

MistressOfAllEvil
09-25-2007, 09:10 AM
:cool1:

This is soooooo great Summer! I love the step-by-step with pictures!!! It really gives me something to visualize and plan off of. This is the best TR ever (no offense anyone else, lol) Not to mention, I love your writing style!

You look amazing in the pics! Can't wait for more popcorn:: Take your time though... I'd rather wait to get all the details and resized pictures. ;)

The Charmed One
09-25-2007, 09:26 AM
You look amazing, the photo's are great, your flower's are beautiful, can't wait to hear more.

Summer-Caitlin
09-25-2007, 10:11 AM
orangetiggs - You must be getting excited? I remember when my ticker said 11 months, it went by so quickly.

DisneyObsession - Aww thanks, your colleagues must think you're nuts! That was a really sweet compliment, I'm touched!

MistressOfAllEvil - Thank you for the compliment. I figure I can put up another instalment but I think that will be all for today...

The Charmed One - Thank you very much!

Summer-Caitlin
09-25-2007, 10:23 AM
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Randy reappeared and he started snapping frantically:

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The violinist came up, introduced himself and shook my hand. He seemed really sweet but again his name escapes me. He briefly ran down the order of the songs but to be honest I wasn't really listening, all I remembered is that I was to walk down the aisle to 'Canon in D'.

It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and there was a warm breeze. I started to worry about my hair but my mom kept telling me it looked fine.

Tanis told us it was time for us to get into positions and she said she would take my purse so I didn’t need to carry it down the aisle. Everything was happening so fast and I wanted to take it all in. I saw Randy and Stan, and in the distance, I could see Rev Miller with Steven.

I wondered how my cake looked. The bottom layer was Chocolate cake with Peanut Butter Mousse filling and the top layer was Almond Cake with Amaretto Mousse filling. I also had fondant added with buttercream underneath. It was exactly as I hoped for:

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I also hoped that my memorial flower for my dad had been remembered:

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I only wanted a single yellow calla lily for him to be placed on a chair. He was a simple guy and enjoyed the simple things. He knew my favourite flowers were Calla Lillies and one day, when I was 9 yrs old, he came home and gave me a yellow Calla Lily and a bottle of Paris perfume. It is one of those treasured memories I have of him. He gave it to me for no reason, "just because" he said.
Even though my dad and I had our differences, I am sure he would have been at my wedding if he could. My father died in an accident in 2003. He was there in spirit though, I knew that.

Tanis positioned us and I could overhear her telling my mom she would give her the instruction to walk once the music started.

Randy had left and I assumed he was over with Steven:

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The moment was here, I had waited literally years for this. Steven and I have been together for 9 years as of August 17th. There were times when I didn’t think this day was ever going to happen. We have been through many ups and downs, family issues, personal issues, a miscarriage, financial problems, career changes, loss of family and finally a break-up last year. We really have overcome more than most. Through it all, we have learned a lot, we have learned to accept each other, flaws and all.
We both made mistakes in the past, but we managed to find each other again. I am not one for believing that life is easy, but when you have someone to share those trials and tribulations with, it does become easier.
I love Steven, probably more than he will ever know and I was glowing that day, not because of make up, or the jewellery or even my dress. I was glowing because I was truly happy that day and nothing will ever change my perfect memory of that perfect moment…and the music began…

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/violoa.jpg

yearbook50
09-25-2007, 10:29 AM
Aww
thats really touching about the flower for your father. It brought tears to my eyes.

You are a beautiful bride.

Can't wait for more.

zalansky
09-25-2007, 10:38 AM
Summer - like everyone else I am hanging on to every word of your TR! I can relate to your makeup story because I felt exactly the same way on my wedding day and did not have time to change mine either. However, you look stunning with the makeup you did get! I don't think you could look bad ever!
Also, love the touch about your Dad. My mom had passed 4 years before my wedding and never met my husband. That was the hardest part of my wedding day, was not having her there. So I understand how you might have felt. I am sorry about your father's accident.

Your pictures are FABULOUS. I can't wait to see more!

B2B-2008
09-25-2007, 11:01 AM
Summer your last post made me cry.

Can't wait to read more.

AInWonderland
09-25-2007, 11:08 AM
Wow. I read your trip report everyday and it just gets better and better. What a beautiful couple and story!!

Dream426
09-25-2007, 11:20 AM
Summer I find myself checking a few times a day to see if you added more. I am loving it. You looked beautiful on your wedding day. Congrats!! Can't wait to read more.

Hillary12.8.07
09-25-2007, 11:34 AM
Oh wow Summer I have so many things I could say.
First and foremost, that last post made me cry as well. You two are beautiful, and had an amazingly beautiful wedding...and like you said, not because of the dress, or the hair or makeup...I could tell from your video there was something magical about the two of you. Stunning.

Now with all of that said, you did look gorgeous! And I am in LOVE with your flowers, and I do not like Calla lillies normally, but those are beautiful!! I LOVE the color! Awesome!!

I've said it before but again, you are a fantastic writer, you should totally be an author. This is def one of the very best TR's I have ever read, your attention to detail and way of capturing our emotions is just awesome!

I'm anxiously waiting for more!!!:goodvibes

Funniebunny
09-25-2007, 11:37 AM
Summer, your trip report is fantastic. I have read every post but the last one brought a tear to my eye.
I have 2 months to go and I'm feeling exactly as you were at that point, the antisipation is starting to get to me. I hope my day is as wonderful as yours :goodvibes

IloveChip
09-25-2007, 11:52 AM
Summer,
I think by far this was your best installment! It made me cry... I love your description of your relationship and it seems like you have a very good friend in your Husband. Thanks for sharing and I can not wait to read more!

MistressOfAllEvil
09-25-2007, 12:13 PM
MistressOfAllEvil - Thank you for the compliment. I figure I can put up another instalment but I think that will be all for today...

Sorry... I'm a bit of a raving lunitic, completely and utterly addicted to your TR and your wedding. I'm not quite sure why I've become this obsessed, but I have :scared1: I'll attempt to reighn in my crazy, demanding behavior :rotfl2:

I just wanted to let you know that I was tearing up here at work as I read this last intallment. Especially when you were talking about your relationship with your DH. My DF and I have been together for over 10 years and I still cannot believe we're finally getting married. But, we had to wait this long, b/c we met so young and we had so much growing up and growing together to do. Your description just really spoke to me! :hug:

Anyhow, another amazing installment. You look amazing, your flowers look amazing, your cake looks amazing. The whole thing is amazing. Can't wait to hear more. I'm patiently :rolleyes1 waiting until tomorrow!

Eeyore's Tailfinder
09-25-2007, 12:35 PM
Love it, love it!! You have a lot to celebrate in Disney together next year then... 10 years together!!

HarbinsMom
09-25-2007, 12:35 PM
Summer, the picture of you getting out of the limo is priceless. You should really have that one framed.

I'm hanging on barely after that last installment. I understand exactly how you feel. My husband and I will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary in December, but we've been together since our first date, almost 25 years ago. (We were both babies!). Even now, I can't believe we're still together after all the craziness and trying to raise an almost 15 year old.

Can't wait to hear more.

Glorydaz
09-25-2007, 12:37 PM
tears in my eyes Summer, tears in my eyes....breathtaking, touching, the stuff fairytales are made of....

nothing more need be said....:hug:

Michelle :cloud9:

poohface
09-25-2007, 12:43 PM
Aw Summer, you gave me goosebumps. You look so stunning and radiant:goodvibes

Bostonbride6292008
09-25-2007, 01:01 PM
I am so addicted to your planning journal! Everything is amazing! You look awsome!

Maddiesmum03
09-25-2007, 01:04 PM
Summer, I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your TR. your attention to detail is superb and I love seeing the parks and resorts through someone elses eyes. I loved staying at CBR and POFQ too. I love epcot. When we stay at BWV we wander in and stroll round the world showcase each night. Last year we were lucky enough to do Le cellier for DF's 40th birthday, we liked it so much we want to do it for the night before our wedding meal, I'm glad you liked it too.
Your Randy pictures are stunning and you can see just how happy you are, it really shows. I must admit, I love seeing Randy's photos of SBP brides, knowing I'll be one too next year!
anyway if I say pretty please a few times can we have the next installment?
pretty please, pretty please, pretty please.......

jasonandlisa
09-25-2007, 01:07 PM
Wow! Your cake was absolutely gorgeous!! Truly stunning!

DisneyLaura
09-25-2007, 01:08 PM
Summer I am crying as I type this. What you said in your last installment was absolutely beautiful to read. DH and I have been married for 11 years (Oct 12th) and have been together for almost 19 years. I was 18 and he was 19 when we started dating and like you have been through a lot of different emotions and I felt exactly the same way you did on my wedding day, I married my prince and best friend. Your pictures of you and Steven are stunning. Your flowers are gorgeous, your cake is gorgeous too. I can't wait for more. Sorry to hear about your dad too, my FIL died 6 months before we got married so I understand the pain of a loved one not being there for your special day.

AuroraBorealis
09-25-2007, 02:14 PM
The moment was here, I had waited literally years for this. Steven and I have been together for 9 years as of August 17th. There were times when I didn’t think this day was ever going to happen. We have been through many ups and downs, family issues, personal issues, a miscarriage, financial problems, career changes, loss of family and finally a break-up last year. We really have overcome more than most. Through it all, we have learned a lot, we have learned to accept each other, flaws and all.
We both made mistakes in the past, but we managed to find each other again. I am not one for believing that life is easy, but when you have someone to share those trials and tribulations with, it does become easier.
I love Steven, probably more than he will ever know and I was glowing that day, not because of make up, or the jewellery or even my dress. I was glowing because I was truly happy that day and nothing will ever change my perfect memory of that perfect moment…and the music began…



This is an absolutely beautiful description of love. I cried when I read this and also the part about remembering your father.

You look stunning! I know you didn't care for your makeup, but I think you looked beautiful! Your dress is gorgeous and Randy really got some fantastic photos of it. I love the one in the BW lobby with the carousel horse chandelier above you.

Your flowers and cake are lovely! I love that your cake is not the standard cake and that calla lilies were incorporated in everything.

DisneyObsession
09-25-2007, 02:43 PM
I really need to stop reading your new installments at work! ;)

You are such a great writer and have included so much detail and feeling that you have brought me right into the wedding.

Thanks for including all of us in your special day! :bride: :groom:

disneydreamgirl05
09-25-2007, 05:47 PM
Your description of love made me want to cry!:love: You have such an amazing way with words!! I absolutely love your bonquet! It is so original and unique!! Your pictures are amazing and you look absolutely beautiful!! Can't wait to hear more!!popcorn::

oneyodafan
09-25-2007, 07:57 PM
Absolutely stunningly beautiful, Summer.

MUDisneyCouple
09-25-2007, 08:35 PM
Your pictures are so amazing...he is a great photographer. :thumbsup2 Your recollection of detail is remarkable! I could barely remember the details of our wedding...you are going to have quite the keepsake when this is all said and done. I'll just say one more time that I am loving the TR - esp the pictures!!!

angel*lady
09-25-2007, 10:00 PM
Summer - I don't even have the words! Your lastest installment touched my heart! :cloud9:

The Charmed One
09-26-2007, 03:11 AM
I look forward to reading ever part. The flower for your dad is a lovely idea, I'd not hear of that before, my dad passed away 16 years ago but I think he still came to my wedding, but that's another story.

I just love your wedding cake, it looks amazing and sounds it too.

What a great record you have of your fairytale wedding, all the memories.

Wonderful reading, love the details.

Love Wendy xxxxxxxxx

Summer-Caitlin
09-26-2007, 09:14 AM
yearbook50 - Thank you for the kind words. I didn't want anything extravagant for my dad, it just wasn't his style.

zalansky - Thanks. My make up just wasn't to my tastes, but I'm glad it didn't look bad in the pictures. I'm sorry your mom didn't get to be with you on your wedding, but she would have been watching over you and been very proud:hug:

B2B-2008 - Awww, thank you. I tell it like it is, that's all.

AInWonderland - Thanks. I'm wondering where I can go from here as everyone thinks this is my best post yet, AAHHH, the pressure!

Dream426 - I normally update my TR, late afternoon UK time, when I'm at work I don't have access to my pictures so it's impossible. I always post when I get home.

Hilary12.08.07 - Wow, that was such a nice post. My grandparents always said there was something about the 2 of us also. I don't know what it is, but I'm glad it's there.
If I could quit my job and write TR's all day, I would, but unfortunately I'm no good at writing fiction, but I do enjoy writing fact.

Funniebunny - I'm so glad you're enjoying my TR. 2 months will fly by, I remember that time well. It's a great time, enjoy it.

ILoveChip - Thanks. I wrote that description in a minute, it is exactly how I felt at that precise moment so it captured it perfectly.

MistressOfAllEvil - Awww, you are too sweet. I was like you I became obsessed with TR's too, I read so many good ones and they were all so helpful.
Thanks for the compliments about it all.
More coming up...

Hayley - We will definitely have alot to celebrate. Do you think I could wear my wedding ears again? lol.

HarbinsMom - Thank you, it's so nice to hear the success stories of people like you. I will be so grateful if we are going as strong as you are in 25 years.

Michelle - Yes, we lived our fairytale, and hopefully we will get our happily ever after...

poohface - Thank you, I did feel alive on that day, something in the air maybe?

Bostonbride - Thank you so much. But what are you all going to do when my TR ends? It does have to end sometime!!!

Maddiesmum03 - Thank you, I will be putting up the next instalment just now.
I do love Randy's pics, I made such a good choice when it came to him. what am I saying there wasn't even anyone else in the running.
I'm definitely gonna make another reservation at Le Cellier for our next trip.

Lisa - Thank you, I did love my cake, it was exactly what I had hoped for.

Laura - Thank you, I don't mean to make everyone cry, really I don't. I wanted to bring you all in though to my special day. Many of you have been on this journey with me, it's only right you get to share it.

AuroraBorealis - Thank you, that is one of my fav pics too, I never really got to see the back of my dress:upsidedow
Calla Lillies are by far my favourite flower. Ever since I watched Quantum Leap (long story) when I was only 8. I always knew I wanted Calla Lillies as my wedding flower.

DisneyObsession - No more reading at work, people will be thinking you are nuts. Again, I want you all to share this. It means so much that I get to write this TR. I am loving every minute of it.

disneydreamgirl05 - Thank you, that description was meant, every word.

oneyodafan - Thanks, you mean I'm not boring you yet?

MUDisneyCouple - Thank you. Exactly, I am going to cherish this TR forever, including all the comments I have received. I am going to get this TR bound, I am already looking into it.

angel*lady - Thank you, I showed my last instalment to Steven and he too was touched, I don't think he was aware that I thought that way on our wedding day.

The Charmed One - Thank you for reading. The details come very easily to me, I have a great memory and it's easy to recall things from when I was a child, let alone 4 weeks ago. I was told I verge on having a photographic memory, as I can remember things I read very easily. It's great that it falls over into this though.

Okay, as you asked the next instalment is coming up...

oneyodafan
09-26-2007, 09:19 AM
Oh dear, I don't think you could bore us if you tried Summer. You have a talent for writing, and I think most of us crave all the details.

Summer-Caitlin
09-26-2007, 09:23 AM
My mom gets into position as I hear the violinist softly play. Tanis is by my side, fixing my dress, my veil and bouquet, making sure everything is perfect. I breathe deeply and swallow hard, I had no idea I would feel so shaky. I quickly ask Tanis how Iím supposed to walk; I mean is it the traditional, left together, right together format or what?
She advises me to walk normally but slowly, after all this is my moment and I should milk it for all itís worth!
My mom begins walking slowly, as the music comes in stronger. I move into position:

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Tanis tells me Iím up.
I turn and smile and ĎCanon in Dí begins:

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Tanis whispers ďgoĒ and I begin my walk slowly down the aisle:

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I see Steven standing there in the distance, and to be honest I didnít see anyone else, not Randy or Stan, Rev Miller, or even my mom. I saw him:

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I continued my walk and thought of nothing, my mind was at peace and all I wanted to do was reach Steven.
I was aware how long my veil was, it was actually longer than my dress. As I walked I could hear it catching sometimes on the boards of Sea Breeze Point. As I turned to make my way to meet Steven, my veil almost caught completely on the chair. In my video, you can actually see me looking back and jerking my head forward to loosen it.

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The music slowly faded and we clasped each others hands:

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I looked at Steven and smiled. Our day was here and I didnít want this moment to end:

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Reverend Miller began talking and his words were filled with kindness and joy. He relayed his ĎNuptial Nuggetsí as he called them and I found these to be wise and humorous. Rev Miller seems to get right, down deep to the heart of marriage. He didnít sugar coat it and didnít pretend everything would be rosy from here on out, and we both appreciated that. I donít know how but Rev Miller tapped into our personalities, and his words really hit home. He had an enthusiasm that Iíve rarely seen; he is truly, one of a kind.

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The ceremony begins and itís Steven to speak first:
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The vows are beautiful and all I can think about is how much I want to say those words. Steven begins to falter and I smile at him with my Ďfroggyí smile as he calls it, knowing it will make him laugh. I pull him back, just in time, before the tears starts to fall.

It is my turn now and I repeat Rev Millerís words with passion. I mean every word that I utter and am surprised at how strongly I feel when I say my vows. I look at Steven and know he is my soul mate. Like no other, he is there when I fall.

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It is time to exchange rings and Rev Miller displays them both in his hands:

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Steven slowly places the ring on my finger, confirms his vows and smiles at me. He grabs my hands and squeezes them tightly, itís my turn.

I take his hand and give him the ring as a symbol of my love and commitment. I look deep into his eyes, saying everything I feel, with just a glance.

Rev Miller tells us itís time for the Sand Ceremony:

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I initially had intended to go with Unity Candles, but the script for the Sand Ceremony is so beautiful.

ďAs these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.Ē

These are the perfect words and it captured our vision of marriage accurately.

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As I poured my sand, I poured my heart and soul.

The ceremony continued with the Reverend leaving us with words of wisdom. He then pronounced us husband and wife and said this ďSteven you may now kiss your brideÖyour completerÖyour wifeÖSummer.

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The perfect phraseÖYou complete me. No truer words have ever been spoken.

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Our ceremony was over and I felt a twinge of sadness, itís hard to describe what I felt when I stood at Sea Breeze Point, but Iíll tryÖ

Knowing the many that have came before me and the many that are still to follow, there was a magic about this place. Thereís a sparkle in the air, a flicker in the water and a glint in the eye of every couple who marries here. Its quiet beauty whispers old time romance. I was in awe of this place and felt blessed to have said my vows here. This point had seen hundreds if not thousands of couples marry before it and we were now among them. This place softly whispers the promises spoken beneath it and here is where they will always remain, supporting all who have wed here, for eternity.

We smiled and gazed into each others eyes and at that moment nothing else existed. We held each other tightly and whispered a few words, intended only for him and I, and swore, we would never let US go.

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orangetiggs
09-26-2007, 09:28 AM
We Need More!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

oneyodafan
09-26-2007, 09:29 AM
I have tears rolling down my face as I read your eloquent words. Your day was beautiful, Summer. My 4yo DD came and sat on my lap while I read and she was so excited to see a "princess!"

B2B-2008
09-26-2007, 09:37 AM
Beautiful, trying not to cry again, they guys at work will think I'm mad!

tigger536
09-26-2007, 10:06 AM
Wow! Wow! You are such a gifted writer. I felt like I was right there with you. Thank you so much for sharing your special moment with us. You two seem perfect for each other. How wonderful to have found your true soul mate! :cloud9: The sand ceremony sounds perfect! And your dress, and the colors you chose, and the cake and Randy's pictures...just wow! The whole thing, wow! (I promise I will stop saying wow. :laughing: ) What a lovely ceremony you had!


More please!

MistressOfAllEvil
09-26-2007, 10:29 AM
my whole body is covered in goosebumps. I've got chills and tears and oh my. Beautiful. I'm so happy you had such a wonderful feeling marrying at SBP! :goodvibes

naynay80
09-26-2007, 11:15 AM
Wow - like everyone else I am covered in goose bumps - you are a great writer. When I married my dh I felt just like you did - but there is no way I could ever express it like you did. I'm so happy for both you and steven - I wish you many happy years together.

I'm heading to Disney Sat :cool1: - so I'm sure I will have alot to catch up on when I return:surfweb: . Thanks again for sharing your wonderful day/2 weeks with everyone. :grouphug:

Ticky Toria 78
09-26-2007, 11:44 AM
Just wanted to say what a lovely TR you've posted! I've not logged on for a while but I've caught up now! Your pictures are lovely. Congratulations to you both! It's hard being back home I bet it's seems ages ago now.

Glorydaz
09-26-2007, 11:50 AM
beautiful Summer - your talent in writing is simply amazing. your words made me feel as though I was standing there also, feeling the warm breeze, hearing your exchange of vows....awesome!!!!

Michelle:cloud9:

DisneyObsession
09-26-2007, 12:05 PM
Summer...Again you captured the feeling & emotion of your wedding day! Magnificent! With a lump in my throat I have read your words and was transported to your wedding on a beautiful day with a warm breeze blowing. Your mother must be so proud of the two of you and so honored have been there to witness your joinng as husband and wife. :bride: :groom:

Waiting patiently for more.:dance3:

DisneyLaura
09-26-2007, 12:22 PM
Summer, that was absolutely beautiful. I felt like I was there with you. I remembered my wedding day and it was like yesterday, as I began walking down the aisle I remember looking for my future husband and smiled like I never smiled before. I relived my wedding through you and I can't begin to tell you what I wonderful joy it has been so far. I could tell you a million times but it's never going to be enough on how much I am enjoying this and how everything looks so "perfect" just like you wished. Then finally when the day is there it's breathtaking. I wish you and Steven all the best for many many many years. I am so excited to see and read more. Excellent writing and yes I cried this time too.

Maddiesmum03
09-26-2007, 03:18 PM
OK Summer, now I'm crying too.... Everything looks so perfect and You two look so happy together. As everyone else has already said, your writing style is what makes this TR so special, cant wait for the next installment.
BYW I absolutely LOVE your dress, I know you had a lot of Hassle before you left regarding your original dress and I know "everything happens for a reason" is sometimes just something to say BUT there is no way you could ever have looked more perfect than you did on your wedding day as these photos clearly show. I like your Mum's choice of clothes too, very smart!
Carol

MUDisneyCouple
09-26-2007, 05:38 PM
That was the best retelling of a wedding that I have heard - EVER! Your true emotions of the day really rang out - it gave me the chills!! Loving the photo with your veil blowing in the wind...perfect pictures with the perfect words...

JuneChickie
09-26-2007, 07:13 PM
oh Summer,, its all very beautiful. Just breathtakingly , Beautiful. ! ! ! !

Im sorry to say I went to look at the videos and the other pics , but
it says the usnername and pw have been changed, IM so crushed
I wanted to see your videos and other pictures.

******* Could someone please send me the links and pw's so that I can
see the other lovely videos and pictures. **********

Thank you for sharing your day with us Summer. I can't wait to
read more ,, Please more ASAP ,,

oneyodafan
09-26-2007, 08:53 PM
Summer, can you PM me the link and PW too. I didn't get a chance to see the video yet and would love to.

Summer-Caitlin
09-27-2007, 05:16 AM
orangetiggs - I take it you're enjoying my TR then? LOL, I will have more up today for you.

oneyodafan - Awww, how sweet, tell your daughter I was the happiest Princess in the world!

B2B-2008 - Thank you, I too love how our day turned out, it was way better than I expected.

tigger536 - You can say Wow as much as you like. I think I overused that word myself that day. I really was in awe with my ceremony.

MistressOfAllEvil - It was a beautiful feeling, very hard to describe but I tried as best I could. The location of SBP was just spectacular.

naynay80 - Woo hoo, off to Disney you go, have a wonderful time! Don't worry my TR will be here when you get back, but you may have to schedule time off work to read it;)

Ticky Toria 80 - It does seem like so long ago in some ways but like yesterday in others. Writing this TR is making everything so fresh, I'm loving it.

Michelle - Thanks, I wanted to share this day with all of you, so I'm glad you could feel it.

DisneyObsession - Thank you, I think my mom was very surprised at just how intimate a wedding it was. She said it felt like we were the only two on earth, and that made me really happy, as it's how we wanted our day to be.

Laura - Thank you. I am so glad my TR can bring back such happy memories for so many of you. Our day was perfect in the end and the little things didn't matter.

Maddiesmum03 - Thank you, I feel so touched by everyones kind words. I was so happy with my dress, it was the perfect princess dress, no other could compare. My mom loved her dress and I agree it was the right choice for her.

MUDisneyCouple - Again, I told it as I remembered it and how I felt at that time. I'm so glad I have it down on paper, it's certainly something I will treasure.

JuneChickie - I have PMed you the info, I hope you like the video. Glad you're enjoying my TR.

Denise, I have also PMed you the info too, let me know what you think!

So I am working on another instalment, the cake and champagne reception, first dance and moving on to The Grand Floridian. There are loads of pictures in the next instalments so I will post them in small sections. Hope you all enjoy...

Summer-Caitlin
09-27-2007, 05:46 AM
We shared a few private moments together:

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Then Tanis came over and told us it was time for the cake and champagne reception.

I had been looking forward to this as I had debated over this cake for weeks. I ended up changing the bottom layer with only 4 weeks to go.

Tanis asked my mom if she would give a toast, and although my mom agreed she didnít really want to as she was quite emotional at this point. Rev Miller offered to do this for her, but Tanis thought it would be better for my mom to make the toast. Our waiter poured us our Champagne and we settled in behind the cake table:

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My momís speech was lovely but she ended up breaking down in the middle of it. She said I was the best daughter she could ever have hoped for.

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It was now time to cut the cake. Tanis instructed us to cut 2 slices, about 1 inch down about 1 inch apart, but we werenít to cut all the way through. What? She was being too complicated. Steven and I looked at each other and we obviously were thinking the same thing. Still we picked up the knife and pressed it in to the cake:

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I donít know if we followed the instructions correctly, but we cut a slice. The waiter took over and began cutting it properly. Tanis gave us a small slice each and told us to feed each other. I warned Steven that if he smashed it in my face, I wouldnít be happy. I reminded him I had make up on and that I couldnít fix it if he ruined it! I was NOT kidding!

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He didnít smash it, but he did forcefully push the cake in my mouth. I was okay with this and immediately asked if I had any cake around my mouth. I know, relax!

Tanis took our glasses of champagne:

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Then we were escorted to the middle of the floor for our first dance. Steven and I had discussed this at length. We both love music and dancing but choosing one song out of all the songs we love was very difficult. After months of debate we picked ĎFrom This Moment Oní by Shania Twain.

These lyrics are perfectÖ

ďFrom this moment life has begun
From this moment you are the one
Right beside you is where I belong
From this moment on

From this moment I have been blessed
I live only for your happiness
And for your love I'd give my last breath
From this moment on

I give my hand to you with all my heart
Can't wait to live my life with you, can't wait to start
You and I will never be apart
My dreams came true because of you.Ē

We danced or rather we held each other. We spent the song gazing into each others eyes and whispering how happy we were:

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Our song was over and we held on for a moment longer. It was a simply beautiful moment.

Tanis had served up the cake and she took us over to our table so we could relax. She reminded me that I was going to finally get to taste that Peanut Butter mousse I had so desperately wanted. I was like a child at Christmas and I picked up my skirt and practically ran to the table.

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The cake was gorgeous. I was slightly disappointed that the fondant had become gooey in the heat, but I knew it would refrigerate well. The bottom layer was chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse and it was so soft, the cake literally melted in your mouth. There was a deep taste of chocolate and the sweet, smoothness of the peanut butter mousse, it was the best cake I had ever tasted.

Steven and I shared some magical moments that day, and I love this simple but beautiful image:

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Coming upÖ

Our photo sessions with Randy, strolling down the Boardwalk and off we go to The Grand Floridian.

B2B-2008
09-27-2007, 06:01 AM
Loving all the pictures. You made me laugh about the cake part, I know Darren would been wanting to do the same thing and I would be saying the same as you. I love your report it's getting me so excited about our own wedding and trip to WDW.

Kirsteen
09-27-2007, 06:17 AM
Aw your guys look gorgeous - can't wait to hear all about GF!! :goodvibes Your cake sounds yummy too - I could just munch a bit now :rotfl2:

Eeyore's Tailfinder
09-27-2007, 06:31 AM
Everything is awesome Summer! You made me tear up on more than one occasion, I definately KNOW now that I want a WDW wedding :D

I can't wait for the next installment!!

meryll83
09-27-2007, 07:31 AM
I luuuuuuuuuuuurve peanut butter flavoured things and who doesn't love chocolate - your cake sounds divine!

Your pictures are awesome as well, I love the use of focus on them, everything looks stunning.

The Charmed One
09-27-2007, 08:46 AM
Summer the last two parts are amazing, I had tears in my eye's as I read them, just wonderful, it really was a beautiful wedding.

The photo's are beautiful and you all look great. The cake sounds amazing.

Can't wait for more.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us.

MistressOfAllEvil
09-27-2007, 08:58 AM
:hug: :cheer2: :goodvibes :banana: :hippie: :wizard:

Your whole trip report is making me feel amazing and want to jump for joy. How amazing!!!! I cannot wait for my own peanut butter and chocolate cake!!!

Can you help out a little with timing when you get into the next section? I really want to know how much time after the cake and champagne we'll have to do pictures. And I know I'll want some boardwalk pictures too. Our ceremony is at 2:30pm and our dinner reservation is at 5:30... So, I want to make sure we have enough time to get all the pictures we want.

I hope that's not too much pressure or whatever... or if you don't want to incude it in your trip report perhaps seperately in a pm or something??? This is my newest latest stress.... "the timing" :rotfl2:

Once again, amazing intallment!

DisneyObsession
09-27-2007, 09:11 AM
I absolutely :love: the image of just your two hands. So much tenderness & love comes through in that simple photo. (Your nails looked great too! You'd never know they were glue on! :rotfl2: )

oneyodafan
09-27-2007, 09:14 AM
Summer, the video is wonderful! I love all the cute moments that make you and Steven, you and Steven. Thank you for sharing the link.

Your cake is just gorgeous! And DisneyObsession is right, your nails are spot on!

Missy H
09-27-2007, 10:03 AM
Summer your TR is great! You are a wonderful writer!

You picked a great day to get married - my daughter's 11th birthday!

Summer-Caitlin
09-27-2007, 10:37 AM
B2B-2008 - Thank you, yeah the cake thing was something I had worried about for a long time. I think Steven knew I would have been mad if he wrecked my make up.

Kirsteen - Thank you. We went to The Grand Floridian for lunch and pictures. We moved to The GF in a few days.

Hayley - YAY, a WDW wedding, there is nothing else like it. you will not be disappointd. I'm sure Els doesn't mind either now that he loves Disney as much as you!

meryll83 - I LOVE Randy, he was great. His eye for things is so unique, the angles and everything. We are both over the moon that we hired him.

The Charmed One - Thank you, I loved our wedding, I didn't think I would have been as happy as I was, all my planning had really came through.

MistressOfAllEvil - I will try and put in times for you. We had our wedding at 10.00am so it should give you an idea. It will be explained over the next couple of sections.

DisneyObsession - Yeah, I was quite surprised at how good my nails looked on camera, they were pretty hard to do anything with, very impractical.

oneyodafan - I watch my Sneak Peek every day and I can't go over how happy I am with it. Stan has done an amazing job so far and I can't wait to see the rest.

Missy H - Thank you, awww hope your daughters birthday was great.

Summer-Caitlin
09-27-2007, 10:39 AM
So we finished off our pieces of cake and it must have been about 10.40am. The violinist had asked if we had any requests and I replied “Anything is fine” He took this literally and started playing ‘Anything’ He came over afterwards and asked if that was okay and we just laughed. I really have no idea what everyone else was doing while we ate but I remember looking over at one point and I saw Randy and Stan drinking water and having a well deserved break.
I knew we would be getting our pictures taken, so I asked Steven if I looked okay. I was aware that my hair was beginning to curl and I felt like my eye make up was sweating, yes, this can happen!
Steven replied that I looked beautiful, awww. I knew there was a reason I married him.

At this point Rev Miller came over and said he had to be going. He shook our hands and told us it was a pleasure to have been part of our special day. I wanted to say so many things to him but I was overwhelmed with the whole day. He gave us a big Congratulations and one of his infectious smiles and he was gone.

Rev Randall Miller was awesome. From the moment I received my first email response, I knew he was the guy for us. I had no idea I would be glowing so much about our Reverend choice as Rev Miller is not one of the more popular choices on the boards. I have no idea why, as the couples that have had him do their ceremony has always said nice things about him. Well to hell with nice things, we think he is the bomb!
He had always been friendly in his emails but my opinion dramatically changed when I had a crisis and ended up changing my wedding date. He offered to make himself available any day I wanted as he wanted to be a part of our day. I swear I had tears in my eyes when I read this response.
Since that day, Rev Miller has been wonderful.
I met him on my wedding day when I stepped out of the limo and I was so happy to see him. His smile could light up the darkest room and his voice is one of the kindest I’ve heard. When he spoke to me I felt genuine warmth. There was no act there; he was just a down to earth, nice guy.
Our ceremony went as planned and he added his own little touches that made it extra special. Our ceremony was unique and personalised to our tastes and he was more than willing to work on our ceremony with us. For him to offer to make a toast was very touching, I don’t think he is someone that I will ever forget. He made our day everything I could have hoped for and I will be talking about him for years to come.
My advice to any other upcoming brides is to book Rev Miller. He really made our day magical.

Randy came over and started positioning us for some shots:

I love this picture
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We didn’t stay that long for pictures at SBP, mainly because I had stressed to Randy my love of beach photographs, so I knew we needed to move if I more time at The Grand Floridian. Here is a selection that Randy did get:

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It was time to move on to the Boardwalk to get more pictures. The violinist came up to us and said his goodbyes and wished us all the best for the future. We thanked him for playing so beautifully.

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Randy knew the kind of shots I wanted along The Boardwalk and here are a few of my favourites:

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It was now 11.00am (MistressOfAllEvil).

It was surreal stopping for pictures and having everyone stop and watch. We had so many people wish us Congratulations just as we walked up The Boardwalk. When we reached the end there was a whole lot of people sitting down having coffee, all of them and I mean all of them stood up and clapped there hearts out, people were whooping. It was the strangest feeling I’ve ever had.

I was beginning to like this…

ampooh
09-27-2007, 10:54 AM
Summer, I am so enjoying reading your TR. Congratulations!!!!!!!

WithDisneySpirit
09-27-2007, 11:05 AM
Summer, I have been thoroughly enjoying your trip report/wedding recaps!!!!!!!!!! :goodvibes I am only on page 11 or 12. I did want to tell you something I guess not everyone knows. The countries at EPCOT were required to build their own areas and they decided, with approval by Disney, I am sure, as to what aspects of their country they would re-create. Morocco, for instance, sent their own craftsmen to accurately to construct the mosaic work in that pavillion :wizard:

I really like the way they present the U.K.!1

MistressOfAllEvil
09-27-2007, 11:39 AM
It was now 11.00am (MistressOfAllEvil).

It was surreal stopping for pictures and having everyone stop and watch. We had so many people wish us Congratulations just as we walked up The Boardwalk. When we reached the end there was a whole lot of people sitting down having coffee, all of them and I mean all of them stood up and clapped there hearts out, people were whooping. It was the strangest feeling Iíve ever had.

I was beginning to like thisÖ



I get the feeling this was the beginning of many pixie dustings... :wizard:

Thanks for including the timing!!

Patiently waiting for more :goodvibes

MistressOfAllEvil
09-27-2007, 11:46 AM
How far off is the Boardwalk area (all the shops and everything) from SBP?Is it a hike? I want to get formal pictures with all our guests/family/wedding party at SBP, and then more informal pictures along the boardwalk with just us and the wedding party... All the Boardwalk pictures I've seen, I absolutely LOVE!! Including yours Summer :thumbsup2

meryll83
09-27-2007, 11:51 AM
It's literally round the corner - if you look at Summer's pictures you can see the Boardwalk in the background on some of them....
In particular the one with Summer and Steven walking away from the camera at SBP hand in hand, that's the BW you can see in front of them.

Eeyore's Tailfinder
09-27-2007, 11:55 AM
I sort of guess that's why the UK Pavillion turned out as it did then. Being Welsh, I like Summer thought that the Pavillion did not portray a 'full' image of what the UK is, or what it has to offer. It is really 4 Countries, each with their own heritage and personality, and I feel only 1 Country was really represented...and again like Summer said, it was only like the 'posh' bit. When DBF went to Epcot 10 years ago, there was a Wales giftshop - but we were really disappointed to learn it's no longer there. That was my only complaint about Epcot...

You look absolutely beautiful Summer!! The way you describe your wedding is so amazing, and you leave us hanging on with every word!! I really wish you all the best and happiness with Steven, and hopefully we will actually meet next year!

We walked along GF beach to see the Wedding Pavillion whilst we were there, and Els said that's where we are going to get married :) It was so beautiful, and we were actually let inside to see it - but that's another story for my TR since I've crashed yours waaaay too much already :teeth:

figmentfan814
09-27-2007, 12:11 PM
I'm so glad that I started your report. I was down for my menu tasting when you started it, so that must be how I initially missed it. I'm only on pg. 10 and I'm already hooked. I love all the photos that you have included! I can't stop reading! :surfweb:

DisneyObsession
09-27-2007, 01:05 PM
Boy, are you a model at heart!!! :woohoo: What great pics!!!! You and Steven are both very photogenic!!!

naynay80
09-27-2007, 01:20 PM
Then we were escorted to the middle of the floor for our first dance. Steven and I had discussed this at length. We both love music and dancing but choosing one song out of all the songs we love was very difficult. After months of debate we picked ĎFrom This Moment Oní by Shania Twain.

These lyrics are perfectÖ

ďFrom this moment life has begun
From this moment you are the one
Right beside you is where I belong
From this moment on

From this moment I have been blessed
I live only for your happiness
And for your love I'd give my last breath
From this moment on

I give my hand to you with all my heart
Can't wait to live my life with you, can't wait to start
You and I will never be apart
My dreams came true because of you.Ē

We danced or rather we held each other. We spent the song gazing into each others eyes and whispering how happy we were:




We had this song played at our wedding - I love the words :love: - they are truly how I felt at my wedding (and it sounds like it was for you too)...


Great so far - I will catch up after I get back. :cool1:

Iluffyou
09-27-2007, 03:06 PM
Summer you truly are an amazing story teller. :)

I can't wait to hear the rest of yout TR, but don't want it to end!

The Charmed One
09-27-2007, 03:24 PM
Again wonderful to read. Beautiful photograph's. Again can't wait to read on, hoping this wedding report never end's, it's a joy to read.

allisonswonderland
09-27-2007, 04:01 PM
Summer I am trying to catch up...Your pictures are great!!! Randy is awesome isn't he!!!! I love that one at the BW with the chandelier of horses - so cool!

TinkerFairy
09-27-2007, 04:10 PM
Summer, all of your pictures are beautiful, as well as the way you put everything together in words. Can't wait to read more!

I also would love to see your wedding video. Somehow I must have missed it when it first went around.

HarbinsMom
09-27-2007, 04:37 PM
Summer, I know you had pictures made after the wedding at GF, but I can't remember if you had pics made at MK or EPCOT in your wedding attire? I can't wait to see the GF pictures. The beach pics is what's pushing me towards Sunset Pointe(Polynesian) for our Vow Renewal. My only problem is it only holds 10 people. I'm still trying to decide.

desiab
09-27-2007, 06:18 PM
I am going to have to remarry my honey just to have a wedding like yours! Everything looks beautiful.

momofbride010103
09-27-2007, 06:30 PM
Summer, I have been lurking the boards and have seen all your plans through the last few months, all I can say is PERFECT!!!!! You too look so very happy and so much in love. Wishing you both a lifetime of love, health and happiness!!

angel*lady
09-27-2007, 06:45 PM
Summer - your photos just get better and better!! I don't know how you could ever narrow down your choices! They are just breathtaking! Loving your TR! You truly have a gift for writing! Well, I'd better get back to my studying ... until the next installment! :surfweb: :rotfl:

Glorydaz
09-28-2007, 05:11 AM
hhmmm, peanut butter and chocolate...that sounds delish!! I may try to order one for our room at the Grand on our honeymoon - is that possible?

I'm so thrilled for you and Steven - LOVe looking at all your photos - they almost tell the story themselves! and last night, after checking out Abby's sneak peak video, I introduced you and Steven to my sweetie!! he also sends his love and best wishes! I got all choked up listening to the two of you exchange vows again!!

Michelle :cloud9:

Summer-Caitlin
09-28-2007, 06:14 AM
ampooh - Thank you very much, glad you're enjoying it.

WithDisneySpirit - I was aware that the countries had some input into building there lands, however as I mentioned later on, I don't think it's a necessarily accurate representation. Not that I don't think it's good, but I mention the UK in particular as I live here. It only represents a very small part, i.e posh area in London. Obviously they do not have the room to represent a whole country in it's entirety, so I feel they have done quite well for the most part.
Glad you're enjoying my TR:goodvibes

MistressOfAllEvil - Yes, the pixie dust begins to fall by the bucket full...
As Meryl said, The Boardwalk area is literally 2 minutes behind SBP, it takes about 5 minutes to walk all the way along. You will easily get loads of informal pics on The Boardwalk on the way back to your limo!

meryll - You must be away now, so I hope you are having a wonderful time.
Thanks for reading along with my wedding TR and I can't wait to read your TR when you get back.

Hayley - I agree with you wholeheartedly about the UK Pavilion, it's nice but not very accurate.
WOW, the wedding pavilion, that would be beautiful. At the last minute I did wonder about moving our wedding to there, but as there was only the 3 of us it seemed such a big expense. Can't wait to see your wedding plans, whenever they may be...

figmentfan814 - Thank you, i am posting loads more pics in the next instalments...

DisneyObsession - Thank you very much, when I showed Steven your comment he just rolled his eyes, he hates getting his pic taken:lmao:

naynay80 - I think that song says it all. Apparently my wedding coordinator even had that song playing at her wedding.

Iluffyou - Unfortuantely it has to end sometime. Steven said I should maybe just keep up a daily diary when my TR ends and share it with you all. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't find that nearly as interesting though:)

TheCharmedOne - Thank you, I am so touched by the amount of people that are enjoying my TR, I had no idea I would enjoy writing it so much.

alisonswonderland - Yeah, that is one of my favourites too, I just love the perspective.

Tinkerfairy - I have sent you a PM regarding the video, hope you like it.

HarbinsMom - I originally wanted Sunset Pointe but it's not available in the summer months because of the heat. It is a beautiful choice. I LOVE the pictures of us on the beach, they are definitely my favourites.
Yes, we did have an MK shoot and I will be posting pictures of that over the weekend, it is so worth it!!!

desiab - Awww, how sweet, you can always try planning a VR;) I have already talked Steven into it, for at least 10 years, if not 5:lmao:

momofbride - Thank you, Steven and I are truly happy and it was the best decison we have ever made. We have some beautiful memories.

angel*lady - Thank you so much. My next instalment has a selection of the beach photos, you can see that I had a difficult time just narrowing down the ones to post, let alone print. I wish I could write this TR forever as I am enjoying it so much.

Michelle - I wondered the same thing. I would love to order the same cake, but smaller for our anniversary, if we go back next year of course;) I'm sure I've heard whisperings that this is possible.
Aww, that's so sweet that you introduced us, tell him a HI from us :wave: I admit I watch that video every day, I love it.

Summer-Caitlin
09-28-2007, 06:18 AM
So we continued up The Boardwalk and reached a little area that I know Randy has taken photos in before. I think I surprised Randy by calling these shots by the names of the brides I remembered having them.

Our champagne shot with us in the distance is the ĎMaggieí shot, I remember telling Steven, ďOooh, heís doing the Maggie shot, the Maggie shotĒ totally excited!

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Our photo booth shot was the ĎJení shot:

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and this shot was the ĎChristineí shot:

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I told Randy all this and I suspect he thought I was a bit nuts. I donít think he realizes just how much his artistic talent is showcased on these forums.

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It was almost 11.15am and I was getting a bit concerned about getting to The Grand Floridian. We had lunch booked at Citricos at 12.15 but I was determined to get my beach shots.

Randy captured a few quick shots as we departed The Boardwalk:

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At this point Tanis disappeared. I have no idea where she went or when she left us. My mom had been standing with the cake and a bag given to us by Disney Weddings, while we got some last minute pictures. I knew Tanis had another wedding that day so I assumed she must have been in a hurry. I was disappointed that I never got the chance to thank her for her time and effort she had put into my wedding from the beginning.

I had worked with Tanis since September 2006 and she had always been very helpful even when I changed my mind back and forth. Her email responses were quite prompt and she even telephoned me a few times before the wedding to check how I was getting on. She always did her best for me and made sure our wedding day went perfectly.

Disney Floral was also outstanding. I had made last minute cake changes; colors etc and I changed my bouquet 10 days before my wedding. They did everything perfectly. I would advise sending pictures of your vision if you can, and stress how important certain colors are for you. I sent pictures of everything and I was not disappointed.

Stan and Bonnie came up to me and said it had been fun working with us. He said that our sneak peek would be up that night and he would be in contact about our DVD.
Stan and Bonnie were fantastic. Stan had called me 3 weeks before the wedding and I had a very long conversation with him. I had stressed how much I preferred journalistic style editing and I opted to go for the stylized edit. He had never done a stylized edit for an intimate bride before, mainly because there was never enough footage to work with.
He suggested booking him for another hour before the wedding so he could go to SBP early and get some shots of The Boardwalk and Sea Breeze Point. He also came to POFQ and got some pre ceremony footage. He commented that he managed to get more footage with our wedding than he has done for some custom weddings.

The stylized edit consists of quick cutting style. Steven and I are definitely not traditional and I think this shows in the style of wedding photographs we have. I was determined to have a video that reflected our style too. Stan and I agreed to have a stylized pre ceremony, classic ceremony and stylized retrospective. I am so happy with the sneak peek, if our whole video turns out like that, I will be ecstatic.
Bonnie was extremely helpful and was there to get me into my dress and fix my jewellery; this is above and beyond in my opinion. Stan was hilarious, no one has ever mentioned before just how funny he is. He was great to work with.

I highly recommend using STVS, I had my reservations as the demo DVD I was sent doesnít capture the look I was going for. After having discussed it in depth with him, I have no reservations, even judging the sneak peek alone; itís what I had hoped for.

I am so glad we decided to splurge and get footage of our wedding. There are so many things that I canít remember, the ceremony was a bit of a blur, and there were many things I didnít get to see. When I view this video, itís going to bring it all flooding back, and the hopes and dreams I had in that moment, I will feel again. It is something that words on paper cannot capture, regardless of how heartfelt they are. I didnít know I would feel this strongly about it, but I have watched that Sneak Peek every day, and it takes me, every time.

We said our goodbyes to Bonnie and Stan and Randy said he would meet us in the lobby of The Grand Floridian.

It was time to get in our limo, Steven and my mom got in first as Randy wanted to get a picture of my flowers out the window:

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We drove off at 11.25am. I quickly touched up my make up with my own powder compact. Steven grabbed water from the ice bucket and my mom was telling us how many brilliant pictures she managed to take.

We arrived in record timing, it was now 11.35am. Steven tipped the limo driver $30 and we made our way into the lobby.

The Grand Floridian was beautiful, I find it difficult to describe just how beautiful this place was, but later on in the trip I hoped we managed to capture it in our pictures.

Steven and I were going to be staying here for 7 nights once my mom went back to the UK, I had originally not been interested in The Grand Floridian; I thought it would be too stuffy for me, but that first impression was unfounded as I walked through the door. Everyone flocked to wish us Congratulations and complete strangers were acting like we were old friends. It was great. Little girls were in awe and kept asking their mom if I was a princess. It felt wonderful.
While we waited mom wanted to get a few pictures of us. I hoped Randy wouldnít be too long as I was so aware the time was ticking on.

Randy arrived at 11.45am, so I really only had him booked until 12, I started to panic as I really wanted staircase shots and beach shots and I didnít think 15 minutes would be enough to capture all that. Still we decided to do the best we could. We told Mom to wait for us in the lobby, so she found a comfy chair while we toured The Grand Floridian:

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Randy took us outside and captured these:

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On our way to the beach, Randy thought we could get some great pictures beside these palm trees, he was right:

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to be continuedÖ

Summer-Caitlin
09-28-2007, 06:23 AM
These three shots are variations of the ĎTiffany shotí a signature picture I have loved FOREVER!

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We moved on to the beach where Randy photoshopped most of my favourites:

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We walked further along the beach for randy to get more shots, he didnít give us any direction here, just told us to do whatever we wanted, and it made for some good photographs:

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Steven tried to help me with my veil as I kept standing on it, he almost took it completely off:

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I love the following picture so much; it is by far my favourite, I use the photoshopped one in my signature:

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It is a moment we could never recreate if we tried and Randy captured it perfectly.

I also love this pic randy snapped as we left the beach, it is the quintessential Steven and I:

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I thought after doing the beach pictures we would be finished for the afternoon. It was now 12.15 and we were already going to be late for our reservation. Randy suggested getting some pictures beside the pool and if Randy suggested more pictures I didnít want to pass them up. I was however getting very tired and hot and I really did want to sit down, so I did:

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We moved on to the marina and Randy got this amazing shot, I didnít even realise I had this one until I looked at the CD:

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It was now 12.30 and we were 15 minutes late for lunch. Randy stood and talked to us for 5 minutes and he told us he had taken over 1000 photos! We arranged to meet him again, that evening, at 9pm after our dinner at Victoria and Alberts. We were hoping to get some night time shots in our wedding attire.

We said goodbye to Randy and rushed inside hoping that Citricos would understandÖ

Coming upÖ

Lunch at Citricos, our first official Pixie Dust and back to POFQ.

yearbook50
09-28-2007, 06:39 AM
I love your pictures!

It makes me excited about using Randy come February.

Kirsteen
09-28-2007, 06:42 AM
OMG! Your photos are gorgeous!! You look stunning in them all - you are a model at heart hun. I can't believe we still have the rest of your fabulous day, a GF stay, a DCL adventure, US and lots, lots more to go!! :cool1: Kx

DisneyObsession
09-28-2007, 06:46 AM
Gorgeous!!!!

B2B-2008
09-28-2007, 07:11 AM
Tears again at this point

Little girls were in awe and kept asking their mom if I was a princess. It felt wonderful.

If I'm like this just reading your TR what am I going to be like on my own wedding day!

MistressOfAllEvil
09-28-2007, 07:15 AM
I also love this pic randy snapped as we left the beach, it is the quintessential Steven and I:

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:lmao: This is the quintessential Summer and Steven shot... only in reverse! It's like the walking away shots that peppered your TR in the begining.

All of your pictures are beautiful. And you are beautiful. And you're making me sooooo happy that I hired Randy to do our photography. :woohoo:

Thanks for another great installment. Can wait for the first pixie dusting (dumping??)

The Charmed One
09-28-2007, 08:50 AM
Your photo's are amazing, they all look fabulous, can't wait to hear more.

DisneyLaura
09-28-2007, 09:11 AM
Summer, your pictures are gorgeous. I will say the picture in your sig (the left one) is my fav. The GF is beautiful. Last time when Dh and I were at WDW we went by the Wedding Pavlivan (in the monorail) at GF and I told my DH that's where we are doing our vow renewal. But I have a long time to wait, it's for our 25th. He justs laughs. Again the pictures all of them are gorgegous. Was it not awesome that everyone wished you congrats. That must have been cute to see the little girls, you were a princess though so they were right. Can't wait for more.

Glorydaz
09-28-2007, 09:14 AM
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ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle :cloud9:

meryll83
09-28-2007, 11:15 AM
Right chick, I'm just packing my last minute bits and bobs then we'll be getting in bed for an early night.
Looking forward to finishing your TR when we get back, the photos really are beautiful.
(Think I have scared the bf now by making him look at them all!)
See you in a couple of weeks! :yay:

Wazzo
09-28-2007, 11:17 AM
Summer, I just caught up with your TR now. I am amazed. Your writing skills and Randy's photos are both so beautiful! Just WOW! :goodvibes

zalansky
09-28-2007, 12:42 PM
All I can say is WOW, your pictures are truly incredible. Thank you for sharing!

Eeyore's Tailfinder
09-28-2007, 01:00 PM
I LOVE your TR Summer :teeth: Eagerly waiting for the next installment!!

oneyodafan
09-28-2007, 01:40 PM
I'm repeating myself, but simply beautiful!

ampooh
09-28-2007, 03:31 PM
Wow!!!! your photographs are gorgeous. I am loving every minute of your special day...or should I say weeks.


I sometimes dream of getting a Disney VR since we didn't have a wedding (I cancelled ours and got married at home from all the stress)

You look beautiful in the dress. Your bouquet is one of the prettiest I have ever seen, I agree with Randy for sure.

tapping foot now for the next installment and pixie dust

HarbinsMom
09-28-2007, 03:45 PM
You were right. Those beach pictures are amazing. I want to thank you for taking the time to answer each of us as we comment on your day. I can't wait to hear about the Pixie Dust. Sounds interesting!

dee slack
09-29-2007, 07:48 AM
I'm desperate for my next 'fix' of your TR:lmao:

MUDisneyCouple
09-29-2007, 08:19 AM
Just caught up...there is nothing more to say that WOW! Your wedding day must have been wonderful...it surely comes across that way in your TR. I don't think enough can be said for your photographs...they are amazing. Randy is phenomenal and you too are so photogenic. This TR is amazing...looking forward to the GF review; this is also a place that my DH has no interest in staying at, but we stayed at Poly and passing by it every day made me interested!

oneyodafan
09-29-2007, 08:04 PM
Have you heard any more on the dress situation? Or did I miss the update on that?

Summer-Caitlin
09-30-2007, 12:45 PM
Sorry girls, I know, I've slacked off my TR this weekend but I'm going to have to cut back as I'm having to devote more time than I thought to my Law studies. I'm determined to do some studying before we actually start back, just to get me in the swing of things.
So I will not cut back on the details, but my instalments won't be as regular as before, maybe every couple of days.

Yearbook50 - Thank you so much, glad you're enjoying my TR.

Kirsteen - Hey chick, how's the wedding planning going? You're going to love the GF...

DisneyObsession - Thank you, I love the pictures too, I will post my MK Shoot one over the next few days!

B2B-2008 - Awww, I never used to get teary at weddings but ever since I joined this site, I've found weddings to be so fairytale and magical, it really does bring a tear to my eye.

MistressOfAllEvil - LOL, yeah I know, I think I still have quite few walking away shots to share. Rnady is amazing, you will definitely not be disappointed. Pixie dust dumping on the way.

The Charmed One - Thank you so much, we are both really happy with our photos, Randy was so worth it.

Laura - Your VR will come round in no time, at least you have that to look forward to planning now, you will get loads of ideas on here.
The little girls asking what princess I was, was lovely. I had no idea it would have that much affect on people.

Michelle - Thank you, that is one of my favourites!

meryll - See ya chick, hope you have a wonderful time. Speak to you when you get back!

Wazzo - Thank you, it's amazing how many people just stumble across this, I appreciate all your comments.

zalansky - Thank you, I will be posting some of my MK Shoot pics over the next few days.

Hayley - Thanks hon, I see you managed to update yours! It's quite difficult trying to keep up with demand, lol.

oneyodafan - Thanks. As for the dress update, Ihaven't updated that yet as I haven't had any response from the sales woman. I sent a letter of intent a couple of weeks ago and she hasn't responded. I intend to follow it up this week. i will update with any progress I make. Thanks for asking tho!

ampooh - Thank you, I'm sure your wedding was equally beautiful! I still have over 2 weeks of TR to go, so it seems you will all be here for a while yetpopcorn::

HarbinsMom - Thank you, I love that people take the time to comment, so it's only fair I respond. We had loads of pixie dust throughout our vacation, most when we went to GF. I'm still in awe about certain things that happened...

dee slack - Next fix coming up...

MUDisneyCouple - Thank you, I too didn't much like the look of the GF, thought it would be too OTT, but I was so wrong, I also love the look of The Poly and would be happy at either. Glad you are enjoying my TR, my wedding day was not only wonderful but magical...

Here you go, no pictures I'm afraid, but an instalment nevertheless...

Summer-Caitlin
09-30-2007, 12:46 PM
We rushed over to find my mom. She had been sitting for almost 45 minutes in The Grand Floridian lobby. It was now 12.30 and we were really late for our lunch at Citricos. I had no idea where the restaurant was, but the little old man that is always at The Grand Floridian was nice enough to come over and help us. He picked up my dress and escorted me into the elevator. He actually took us right up to Citricos, which was located on the second floor.

I apologised profusely to the host and explained that we had been out for photographs. She told us she completely understood and she had actually been watching us from the window.
We were led to a large table in the center of the room. I was surprised at how large this restaurant was. Its dťcor was traditional Mediterranean, which I love, furnished with large comfortable chairs and elegant tableware.
It was a bit of an effort to sit down, especially with such a long veil, but I managed.

Our waiter came over and introduced himself, congratulated us and gave us our menus. He asked us what wine we would like, to celebrate, but I explained that we werenít really wine drinkers. We all ordered our usual Diet Cokes.
He left to fill our drink orders and quickly returned with 3 glasses of champagne and strawberries, on the house, of course!
We were really grateful; this was our first sprinkling of pixie dust as a married couple. Believe me, this was only the beginning of our pixie dust windfall.

We scanned the menu and although we didnít plan on eating much, we were quite hungry. Steven and I chose ĎThe Grand Sandwichí and mom chose ĎThe Rustic Chicken Sandwichí.

Our food arrived quickly and I was impressed, not only with the presentation, but the size. This was a GRAND sandwich, too right! It was hard to know where to start. It was served open-faced and had hot ham, turkey and bacon with a boursin cheese sauce and fried onion straws. It was the sort of sandwich that had to be eaten with a fork and knife, as there was no way you could pick this baby up. The first piece was heavenly, the cheese sauce was beautiful, not too cheesy (which I would have hated) more like a mild cheese and very thick. The ham, turkey and bacon were all high quality and the fried onion straws were what sealed the deal. These straws, in my opinion are a brilliant invention and if anyone can tell me how you make these, I would be very grateful. They totally rock!
Steven loved this sandwich and ended up eating it all and then sneaked over and had some of mine.
My momís sandwich consisted of a chicken breast marinated in herbs, tomatoes, cheddar, pesto mayo and arugula salad served on warm ciabatta bread. She had a side of cucumber salad with it.
She loved this too and was equally impressed with presentation and size. She said it was a bit spicy but she adored the bread and finished it all.

There was no way we could eat dessert but our waiter was a sweetheart and brought us out some chocolate fondue, on the house. This included, pineapple, banana, marshmallow, strawberries and of course dark chocolate ganache.
We were so full but I felt it would be rude not to at least try it. We ended up polishing this off, as the chocolate was to die for.

I didnít want to pay for this on our Dining Plan, as it seemed a waste of 3 TS credits. So we paid OOP. Our total bill came to $45.99. I thought this was really reasonable, considering we had pixie dust thrown in!

I would definitely eat at Citricos again and I am aware that the menu they served was The Grand Floridian Cafť menu, so I would definitely try there. However I would love to eat at Citricos for dinner at one point, I found the atmosphere to be really romantic and Iíve seen the menu before and there are a few things I would like to try.

We left Citricos and many diners wished us congratulations as we passed. We decided it would be easier to get a taxicab, as it was now nearing 1.45pm and we were all eager to get back to the resort.

We found the entrance to The Grand Floridian and hailed a cab. I managed to squeeze in with a little help from Steven and my mom, finally we were on our way. It cost us $12, but I was just happy to be back.

Walking through the grounds of POFQ in my wedding dress was wonderful, people stopped to congratulate us and loads of women were telling me how beautiful I looked, it made me feel really special. By this time however, I was really hot and I was dying to get my make up off and have a sleep, thatís right, a sleep! Our dinner reservation was at 5.45pm, so I figured I could get a good 2 hours before I would need to jump in the shower.

We dropped mom off to her room and I told her that if Steven had difficulties getting me into my dress for Victoria and Alberts, I would call her, if not we would see her tomorrow morning after our MK Shoot. She planned to have a look round the resort and maybe grab some dinner later on.

Steven and I retreated upstairs and I immediately asked Steven to get me out of my dress. No, purely for comfort purposes! Although I loved my dress, it was such a relief to be free! The corset was great, but it had been squeezing my organs from the moment I ate. I figured I might need my liver and kidneys later on, so it had to come off.
Steven got changed too and his shirt collar had produced a huge band of redness around his neck. It was a brand new shirt so we hadnít washed it. There had obviously been a lot of starch in it and it had been irritating him all morning.
Both finally relaxed, we lay on the bed as husband and wife for the very first time. We were both exhausted. We talked for a while about our wedding day and how lucky we had been that everything had turned out so well. We set the alarm for 3.45, just in case, and I whispered how much I loved him. He reached over, kissed me on the forehead and echoed my words. In each otherís arms, we soon fell sound asleepÖ

Coming upÖ

Victoria and Alberts, the mafia comes to town and we become celebrities in the makingÖ

DisneyLaura
09-30-2007, 01:07 PM
This was a GRAND sandwich, too right! It was hard to know where to start. It was served open-faced and had hot ham, turkey and bacon with a boursin cheese sauce and fried onion straws. It was the sort of sandwich that had to be eaten with a fork and knife, as there was no way you could pick this baby up. The first piece was heavenly, the cheese sauce was beautiful, not too cheesy (which I would have hated) more like a mild cheese and very thick. The ham, turkey and bacon were all high quality and the fried onion straws were what sealed the deal. These straws, in my opinion are a brilliant invention and if anyone can tell me how you make these, I would be very grateful. They totally rock!

Oooo - I wish you had a picture of that one. It sounds wonderful.


There was no way we could eat dessert but our waiter was a sweetheart and brought us out some chocolate fondue, on the house. This included, pineapple, banana, marshmallow, strawberries and of course dark chocolate ganache.

Yummy. Fruit and chocolate, need I say anymore.



Steven and I retreated upstairs and I immediately asked Steven to get me out of my dress. No, purely for comfort purposes! Although I loved my dress, it was such a relief to be free! The corset was great, but it had been squeezing my organs from the moment I ate. I figured I might need my liver and kidneys later on, so it had to come off.

That's good that you decided to save your organs. I do agree with you that they are important.



Both finally relaxed, we lay on the bed as husband and wife for the very first time. We were both exhausted. We talked for a while about our wedding day and how lucky we had been that everything had turned out so well. We set the alarm for 3.45, just in case, and I whispered how much I loved him. He reached over, kissed me on the forehead and echoed my words. In each otherís arms, we soon fell sound asleepÖ

AHHHH, that's heaven.

MUDisneyCouple
09-30-2007, 01:22 PM
DH and I are HUGE sandwich people...I'm putting this on my food list for next time. Not to mention fondue!!! YUMMY!

Good luck with your studies :goodvibes and we will be waiting for you!

yearbook50
09-30-2007, 03:11 PM
That sandwich sounds wonderful, and I"m not a big sandwich person but you made me think about going over to GFC during my upcoming trip.

Can't wait until V&A for you!

donald&daisy
09-30-2007, 07:37 PM
Oh my gosh! I am enjoying this soooo much. I am a total lurker on the Wedding Boards (I have no hope of getting engaged and therefore having my Disney wedding until me and DBF graduate from law school in Spring of '09). However, this trip report is enough to make me come of hiding, because I just have to tell you how wonderful it is!!! I am addicted and your writing is so engaging! Keep it up, I can't wait for more!!!:yay:

The Charmed One
10-01-2007, 03:35 AM
That is so sweet, really enjoyed this part of the report, I know what you mean about taking your wedding dress off, I thought I'd never want to take mine off, but couldn't wait, you just can't breathe properly can you, at least you could eat my dress was boned and I just couldn't, the GF sounds lovely and the food.

Love the part where you both need a sleep.

Looking forward to reading more, but you get your studing done we can wait, but not too long, love the details.

Thank you for sharing.

mla1977
10-01-2007, 06:55 AM
Take your time...

I love your dress. I'm beginning to wonder if I should have a nice private wedding like you. It would be nice to be able to just celebrate with DBF. He isn't really into the social things, or having lots of attention. I haven't eaten breakfast yet either so reading about your lunch has made me really hungry.

Good luck with your studies. I am a lawyer too. I graduated from school 4 years ago and I don't have my lisence yet. At least my job doesn't require it.

DisneyObsession
10-01-2007, 09:43 AM
Your lunch sounded delicious! Another restaurant to add to my "wanna try" list! ;)

Don't worry about the updates...your schooling is more important and we will always be here checking up on your TR. :thumbsup2 I just appreciate you writing this for us and including us in your wedding day and honeymoon!

scarlett873
10-02-2007, 09:40 AM
Summer,

I'm not a regular poster over here, but I had been eagerly anticipating your wedding trip report! I have to say that you and your DH make an adorable couple...your pictures are stunning...you made such a beautiful bride...and your report is delightfully entertaining! Thank you for sharing the most magical time in your life with us! :)

JandJ
10-02-2007, 11:05 AM
Summer - just wanted to pop into your thread to say Congratulations! You looked beautiful and definitely (finally) found THE dress! The sand ceremony was a great idea - I love how the sand looks all mixed together. Thank you for sharing your TR and pictures! Your pictures will look amazing in your Once Upon A Time scrapbook album :goodvibes

nsudisneyrep
10-03-2007, 08:19 PM
Summer, I have absolutely loved reading your wedding report. You dress is gorgeous and you are such a beautiful person, inside and outside!! And a wonderful writer! Your story has made me want my own Disney wedding, hehe. Your pictures are the best I have seen, you and Steven make a great couple! Good luck to you both and I can't wait to read more of your trip report and see your great pictures!

Congrats again! :cloud9:

The Charmed One
10-04-2007, 05:37 AM
Just checking back to see if you'd had time to give us more of your wonderful wedding, hope the studing is going well. I'll check back again soon.

DisneyObsession
10-04-2007, 08:09 AM
Just popped in to see if you had a chance to update, but I guess the books have all of your time & attention! No problem!!:hippie: We will be here when ever you have a chance to post a new installment.

BTW...Wendy....Happy Anniversary!!! :hug:

DisneyLaura
10-04-2007, 08:31 AM
I am anxiously awaiting also for the next installment although is studying is more important, I think. :teacher: Of course it is. Anyway yes Wendy happy anniversary.

Rain
10-04-2007, 11:51 AM
Summer,
I have just read your trip report from the beginning through to this point and enjoyed every minute of it. How beautiful you look on your wedding day. I can't wait to read the rest.
Would love to see the video too!
We will be staying at the GF this December to celebrate our 40th Wedding anniversary ( really Jan 1st).

AuroraBorealis
10-04-2007, 01:06 PM
Gorgeous, gorgeous, goregous photos! Wow!

I'll echo all the other readers and say that you have a true talent for expressing your feelings and emotions in words. Your ceremony sounded perfect and I'm so happy that it was everything you wanted it to be!

pjstevens
10-04-2007, 01:16 PM
Summer,

First congratulations!!!! Wow, you look beautiful. I have sat her for two days (in between work and other chores, lol) reading your trip report. Your photos are georgous. I can't wait to read more. Get that studying done so we can hear more.

Again, congrats!

traceycooper
10-04-2007, 01:42 PM
phew i've finally read the whole thread :)
Just wanted to congratulate you & say how much i've enjoyed your TR.
Looking forward to the next instalment :goodvibes

Summer-Caitlin
10-05-2007, 03:13 AM
DisneyLaura - That sandwich was beautiful and the chocolate fondue was just the icing on the cake so to speak.

MUDisneyCouple - The GF Cafe, which I believe is where the menu is from is a definite do over for us when we go back, try the sandwich, it is beautiful. The fondue is particularly good.

yearbook50 - That sandwich was outstanding, almost the best sandwich I have tasted, that comes later though. Victoria and Alberts is up next, split into 2 parts. Both will be up today.

donald&daisy - Thank you so much, another Law Student eh? There seems to be enough of us around. I appreciate you coming out of hiding, step in! I have been slacking on my TR, been very busy with my studies but I shold have a few instalments up today, no pics in V & A I'm afraid.

The Charmed One - I hope you had a wonderful wedding anniversary yesterday. I meant to come on and wish you both the best, but my studies took over unfortunately. I bet you your first year has flown past?
I am puttin up my other instalments today, hope you enjoy them.

mla1977 - Oooh another lawyer, maybe I'm bringing you all out of the woodwork!
I loved our intimate celebration, it was so special with just my mom there, it was all about Steven and I, which is exactly the way we wanted it. Steven isn't in to big shows, or public speaking so this was perfect for us.

DisneyObsession - Thank you. We tried out so many restaurants this trip that I am sure you will find others to add to it. I hope to describe them all in great detail. Studies have taken over this week, especially my fingerprinting exam, it's due on Monday so I have to finish it this weekend.

Scarlett873 - Awww, thank you. I don't know if I can keep taking all your sweet compliments. Steven has been saying though can he not have some. I did tell him that WE made an adorable couple, so he seemed more content, LOL.

Jen - YAY, I haven't seen you around for such a long time. Thank you so much for visiting my TR. Thank you once again for sending me my scrapbook, I haven't began it yet as this and studying has been consuming my every second, but I will definitely get to it.

nsudisneyrep - Thank you. I did absolutely love my dress and I will be sad to part with it once I sell it. Thanks for the compliments on my writing. Steven is the professional writer out of us two, so he has been moaning a bit that I am getting so many compliments, LOL. I have consoled him by telling him that his writing talent is obviously rubbing off on me.

DisneyLaura - Yeah, I know how bad am I for leaving you all stuck on my wedding day, get to work Summer!!!

Rain - What a beautiful name, is that your real name? I always wanted to have Rain as a middle name, i.e Summer Rain, I think it works really well together, although some people may find it a bit OTT. Anyway I may call my daughter that. But I digress, thank you for the compliments, I'm glad you're enjoying this. You will love The GF, it's beautiful, wait until you see our pictures of it, outstanding, especially our view;)

AuroraBorealis - Thank you, thank you, thank you;) Our ceremony was perfect, I only wish it had been slightly cooler, my hair didn't thank me for the heat, I can tell you!

pjstevens - Awww, thank you, I do love my photos, they turned out better than I had hoped so I am really pleased. Nice to know I can take you away from housework and chores, I better get writing then!

traceycooper - The whole thread, WOW, it's taken me weeks to write the thing, in fact I'm very curious as to how many words that is. I know every instalment is normally 2-3000 in length. I'm telling you all, you would have all read a novel by the time I've finished.

Summer-Caitlin
10-05-2007, 03:24 AM
Wedding Day, Part 4

We awoke at 3.45pm sharp and I quickly showered and removed my make up. It was so good to be able to apply my own make up, my way. I ran the straightners through my hair and climbed into my hoop skirt and dress. Breathed in and held it while Steven buttoned me up and then I added the finishing touch of my tiara and veil. May I remind everyone of the problems my mom and Bonnie had of buttoning me up? Well Steven didnít have any problem at all, see I didnít put on weight mom!

Steven showered and dressed but wasnít too happy about having to wear the shirt again as his neck was still sore. He applied some moisturiser and I reminded him he wouldnít have to wear it much longer.

We were ready by 5.00pm and we made our way out to the front of POFQ. Everyone we passed stopped and wished us congratulations. We had 6 English couples, stop as a group and they asked me all about the wedding. After we exchanged some conversation, they asked me where I was from. When I told them I was from Scotland, they all seemed shocked. Apparently they all thought I was from the US as they couldnít hear an accent. Steven just rolled his eyes!

We hopped into a taxicab that the bellboy had called for us and were on our way back to The Grand Floridian. I was so excited. I had been planning this meal for almost a year. I wasnít starving, but I was damn well going to give it my best shot.

We paid the driver $20, the fare came to $14. We still hadnít managed to get change yet, so we were over tipping everyone. We entered The Grand Floridian and headed straight up to Victoria and Alberts. We knew where it was as we had bypassed it when we ate at Citricos.

We knocked on the door and I was surprised to find it locked, thatís right locked! A gentleman came out and asked for our name and shut the door behind him. Several minutes later he returned and asked us to take a seat and he would be with us shortly. The door locked.

We obliged and took a seat. We heard the door unlock and he came up to us and instructed us to follow him. We did just that and we were led to the host table. Another gentleman was there and he welcomed us to Victoria and Alberts and thanked us for letting them share our special day with them. I was immediately hyper; I was beginning to feel all princessy again. He asked us if we required transport for our journey home and I automatically said yes, but Steven butted in and said we had to meet our photographer after our meal. It totally slipped my mind and I apologised and said I wasnít really with it.
He smiled and said he understood, it was our big day!

Our host led us to a table, under the big dome and although I had heard horror stories about the big dome, I actually didnít mind it.
Apparently the acoustics were loud under this dome, all words uttered within the dome were amplified 10 fold, meaning everyone within the range of the dome could hear everything you were saying, no privacy here then. I chose not to tell Steven this nugget of information, as I knew it would make him paranoid the whole night.
Our waiter came over and I will try my best to describe him. He was in his mid 50ís or so, a portly gentleman with silver hair. His speech reminded me of a cross between Hannibal Lecter, Santa Claus and someone who has just ran the 100m and finished 1st. Let me explainÖ
He was the most polite server I have had the pleasure of knowing, always attentive, sweet and cheerful. Towards the end of his sentence he became breathy, seeming to just have enough and no more.
However when he spoke, he did so with a whisper, there was just something in the way he spoke that brings images of gruesome findings and apparitions in the dead of night.

So on to the foodÖ

Steven and I had organised to do The Chefís Menu in the main dining room, I had no idea what we were to be served and we advised our server that we had no allergies and anything and everything was acceptable.
We were offered bread and we had 2 choices, white baguette and wholegrain roll, all baked on the premises. I went with the wholegrain and Steven went with white. The butter apparently wasnít normal butter either; it had been churned for hours to make it extra creamy.
We had iced water with our meal and our server disposed of our wine glasses.

While we waited for our first course, we could hear the gentle strings of the harp. Steven apparently thought that it was a tape, until I pointed him in the direction of the harpist behind him. The dťcor was beautiful, magnolia walls, floral painted roof, roses everywhere and the finest of silverware. I didnít feel out of place at all in my wedding dress, if that gives you any idea of the luxury that surrounded us. The restaurant was empty though but I knew we had one of the first sittings so I expected it to fill up shortly.

Our server arrived with his companion and he explained what we were about to see. One thing we noticed was that throughout our meal, our plates were always put down at the exact same time as each others, we watched their face at one point and noticed that they would give each other a little nod to indicate they were ready to put the plate down, I assume this was so we could view our food at the exact, same time. Iím sure many donít concern themselves with this, but I thought it was an interesting detail to note.

Our Amuse Bouche consisted of thisÖ
Lobster en Crepe with Vanilla Aioli, Roasted Butternut Squash Cream, Deviled Quail Egg with Iranian Caviar.

Our server left us with the words ďEnjoy the flavoursĒ and we almost broke into fits of laughter.

So we commenced our journey into a world we had only read about.

The Lobster en Crepe was really nice. It looked like Sushi. I like lobster so for me I was content, the crepe was tiny and sweet and delicately wrapped around this meaty hunk of lobster, the Vanilla Aioli just added a hint of creaminess to an already divine piece of shellfish. Steven thought it was okay, but heís not a shellfish fan.

The Roasted Butternut Squash Cream was heaven, if heaven could be a soup, this was it. The portion was so small and served in a little jug that provided 3 gulps at the most, but that 3 gulps was pure bliss, it foamed in the mouth it was that creamy. The texture and flavor of this was like nothing I had ever tasted. I want, no NEED this recipe. Steven liked this but heís not a lover of butternut squash like me, but he did finish it and exclaimed it was tasty!

The Deviled Quail Egg with Iranian CaviarÖwe had never tried quail egg or caviar so this was gonna be a first. It was the size of a thumbnail and although I donít like the idea of caviar, I was determined to try everything. Steven and I agreed to try it together. 1...2Ö3Öhmmm, it tastes like egg and the caviar, well, salty, compliments the egg, but nothing to write home about. We eat our second and last bite as it really was that small, and again, our expressions must have said it all. I donít know what I was expecting, maybe just something more.

Our server returned and asked how we enjoyed the flavours, smirk, and we had enjoyed them, very much. Both servers then took out what appears to be a knife and started to brush down the tablecloth to dispose of any crumbs. This happened after every course too, very posh!

Our next course and all courses were served in quick succession, was for Steven, Seared Colorado Buffalo Tenderloin, Braised Fennel, Radishes and Blood Orange Vinaigrette. My course was Prosciutto Wrapped Gulf Shrimp with Melon Coulis and Pickled Watermelon.

Stevens was rare and I mean rare, weíre talking blood running down the plate, still mooing or whatever buffalos do when theyíre still alive and on Stevenís plate. Now in all the excitement I had forgotten to mention that we wanted our meat medium-well. We both decided to let this course pass and Steven ate around it. The bit that he did eat was tender. He seemed to like the Orange Vinaigrette and ate the vegetables that accompanied it but only managed a small amount of Buffalo. As there wasnít much to it, I skipped trying it.

My shrimp was another first; I had never eaten shrimp before, as I didnít like the look of them. Throwing caution to the wind I bit into it, it was quite tough, not at all as I expected, and when I chewed I didnít like the texture one bit. The flavours were nice, very sweet, but the texture was not my cup of tea at all. I loved the Melon Coulis and Pickled Watermelon and this helped the shrimp find itís way to my mouth for seconds. I offered Steven some of it, but after seeing me screw up my face on the first bite, he quickly declined.

When our server came back I asked if we could have all future meat course served medium-well. He politely replied ďOf course, from now on all meat will be served to your liking of medium-well. I will inform my chefĒ

Our next course for Steven was Alaskan King Salmon with Celery Root Puree and Carnival Cauliflower and for me Crab Stuffed Tempura Squash Bloom with Grape Must Mustard.

A first for Steven, he had never tried Salmon, he dislikes Celery but was willing to try it. The salmon looked beautiful and moist and I was almost jealous he had it and I didnít. I also had never tried Salmon. He thought it was quite nice, very meaty and delicately flavoured. I tasted it and agreed, it was okay, but probably wasted on us, as we had nothing to compare it to.

My Crab Tempura was gorgeous, ever so crispy and light, beautiful texture, sweet flavours, everything was perfect, I let Steven try a very small piece but he wasnít that impressed, I was disappointed I had given him any as he hadnít even appreciated it, I could have had an extra bit.

Our next course for Steven was Pondichery Peppered Quail with a Four Grain Pancake, Georgia Peaches and Corn and my course was Ballotine of Poulet Rouge with Duck Consomme and Morels.

The quail egg looked like a miniature fried egg, it was unbelievably cute. Steven of course loved the Four Grain Pancake and the Peaches and Corn all got devoured. I didnít try any of this course as I was content with my duck. The duck was beautifully cooked and very sweet, again a very small portion but I knew there was much more to follow. The Morels werenít to my taste and I ended up leaving most of these, itís hard to describe but they had a very sharp taste.

By this point the restaurant had been filling up. Across to my right hand side there was one man in a white suit sitting alone, he had another man standing beside him that could only be described of bodyguard stature. There were murmurings to the left of me that he was some head honcho in the Mafia. Maybe I should have gone over and said Hi, after all I am Sicilian!

Our next course was Marcho Farms Veal with Ratatouille Jam and Potato Gnocchi. We were finally eating the same thing now, good no sharing required!
We both surprisingly enjoyed this, I have never eaten Veal, mainly because again I donít like the idea of it, but as I had vowed to try everything, I gave it a go. It was very tender and the jam made it perfectly sweet, the potato gnocchi was beautiful, I wish I knew how they did them because they tasted very nice and I kept searching around my plate to see if Iíd missed any. Steven liked this dish but again didnít particularly go for veal, hey; I have a hard time getting him to eat steak!

While we waited for our next course a woman from the table across visited us. She wished us hearty Congratulations and told us she was here with her husband celebrating her 40th anniversary. She said ďtoday was a good day to marry and we will have plenty of luck sprinkled on us throughout the yearsĒ
We both wished her Happy Anniversary and were pleased that she had taken the time to come over.
I felt like we had been visited by some sort of fortune teller. She bent down and seemed to concentrate really hard for a second. She looked deep into my eyes, took my hands and said ďyou have wonderful gifts; work hard, cherish it and it will last foreverĒ With a soft smile she left and returned to her table.
Steven and I just stared at each other, unsure of what to say, and a chill filled the airÖ

to be continued...um today though;)

HolyCowImADisneyBrde
10-05-2007, 03:27 AM
I don't post on here very much, but I love reading everyone's journals and trip reports, and yours has been one of my favorites! It's helped me so much! :goodvibes

Missy H
10-05-2007, 03:38 AM
Wow Summer! All those different tastes! We did V&A last summer for DH's 40th bday, it was the best meal we have ever had!

I am glad you have found time to contuine with your TR, just don't forget you studies they are important too!

Glorydaz
10-05-2007, 04:21 AM
hhmm, fascinating experience at V&A - I am definitely intrigued to see what else transpires!! fabulous writing as usual Summer :goodvibes

Michelle :cloud9:

Eeyore's Tailfinder
10-05-2007, 05:42 AM
YAY! Another TR!! WOW it sounds like we have got to try V&As!

Maybe I can convince DBF that it's worth all that money to eat!!

MistressOfAllEvil
10-05-2007, 06:58 AM
WOW!

An inside look at V & A's. I feel like I'm right there with you trying the food. I'm of the sample everything crowd... I'm proud of you two for giving it your best shot. Lots of firsts for you guys! Very cool!

DisneyObsession
10-05-2007, 08:15 AM
Another great installment! :thumbsup2

V&A's sounds so elegant and so above anything I've ever experienced! Sounds absolutely wonderful and I am with you, I'll try it once. Can't wait to hear the rest!:hippie:

Summer-Caitlin
10-05-2007, 08:33 AM
HolyCowImADisneyBrde - Thank you for that, I read loads of TR's too and I found them all so helpful. Glad you're enjoying mine.

Missy H - Yes, V & A was wonderful, a definite must try, even if it is only once.

Michelle - V & A was exactly that, an experience. I don't know if I would need to do it again, as to me it was a once in a lifetime thing. It was fabulous, but way above the things we normally do. But it was our wedding and I wanted to splurge.

Hayley - I definitely think V & A needs to be tried. It's all very fancy, but it's so hard to describe, it's like nothing I've ever done before.I'm sure you could convince Els;)

MistressOfAllEvil - That is exactly what I liked. I mean I would never order shrimp or salmon, or even foie gras from the menu but as it was a fixed price of $165 per head, it seemed the right time to try these things. At least I can say I've tried it now.

DisneyObsession - Definitely try it, it was so elegant and I almost felt out of place, I have never eaten at a 5 star restaurant before, never mind anywhere like this. It was an amazing experience and something Steven and I will always remember.

Summer-Caitlin
10-05-2007, 08:35 AM
Our next course quickly arrived and we didnít have time to contemplate the meaning behind what had just happened. We were both presented with Pan Roasted Foie Gras with Fuji Apples and Mostarda di Cremona.
Now again, I didnít tell Steven what Foie Gras was, I knew he wouldnít touch it if he actually knew it was goose liver. I did tell him it was like duck, close enough, ssshhh. Luckily it didnít look like goose liver; in fact it looked like a dessert, an apple tart to be exact. The Foie Gras was nestled in a pastry case, smothered in Fuji Apples. The pastry case was wonderfully crisp and the apples with Mostarda di Cremona were beautiful, sweet and soft, with just a little bite to them.
I had been eagerly anticipating Foie Gras since I had heard it was such a delicacy. The first bite had the texture of butter, very smooth and creamy, the taste is more difficult to pinpoint however, it did have distinct but mellow liver taste, melt-in-the-mouth sort of thing. Iíve heard it described as meat that wants to be butter. I think that pretty much gets it for me.
Steven of course didnít enjoy this, he didnít like the texture or the taste but I think he had his suspicions as to what part of the Ďduckí it was. After he had eaten the majority of it and I had almost licked my plate, I confessed it was in fact goose liver. He calmly said ďThatís why I donít like it thenĒ

Our plates were cleared away and I commented how nice I thought the Foie Gras had been. Who knew I was a closet posh food guru?

While we waited for the never ending courses to keep coming, we noticed Mafia man was talking on his cell, speaking in muted Italian, but still clear that he was very frustrated. As us Italians do, his hands were doing most of the talking, not very helpful to the person on the other end of the phone, but entertaining to us all the same. His aide, stood to attention and watched the scene carefully, and the rest of the restaurant was captured by Mafia manís momentary loss of composure.
The scene ended with him gulping down a full glass of red wine and abruptly ending the call.

Our next course arrived, and it was the meat course. It was Tasting of Japanese ďWagyuĒ and Australian ďKobeĒ Beef Tenderloin with Oxtail Jus and Short Back Braised Ribs.
This plate was pretty big; I noticed that all the courses seemed to be getting bigger, which began to concern me, I was starting to feel quite full and we hadnít reached the desserts yet.
So we began to sample. The Japanese ďWagyuĒ had been described as a 9 or 10 out of a possible 12, probably the best selection of meat in North America so I was obviously intrigued. It was certainly tender, but very, very rich. Slightly too salty for my palate, but it just broke apart in my mouth. There were three small slices and I managed to eat them all, but I certainly couldnít have stomached any more of it. Steven liked this but wasnít overly impressed.
The Australian ďKobeĒ Beef was somewhat similar, more of a flaky texture through, and not as salty. I certainly preferred this and it wasnít quite as rich. Again there were 3 slices, but they were larger and drier. I didnít really like the Oxtail Jus as this was really rich, so I tended to eat the meat without it. Steven also preferred the ďKobeĒ and ate it all.
We moved on to the Short Braised Ribs which we had been informed had been braised for 6 hours. It was presented in a little cast iron crockpot and sat on a bed of mashed potatoes. This was outstanding, all of it, the ribs were flaked so the meat was all that remained, and this was so tender and smoky. Steven actually contemplated running his finger round the pot to scoop up any leftovers. The mash was so creamy and buttery, god; I can taste it right now. This was a straight hit to the dreamy button.

Our server cleared our plates and told us about the coffee and how he needed to set it up now if it was to be ready with our desserts, did he say desserts? As in plural?

He came over with this tremendous coffee pot, and I immediately wanted one for my home, this was a no go, so I settled for watching it bubble with a glint in my eye.

Our next course was the cheese course. Now I like cheese, but I donít love it. Steven LOVES it, so I knew he would be pleased.
We were served (left to right) Comte Saint Antoine, Pierre Robert, Monte Enebro and Brillat Savarin. We were told that the degree of strength escalated the further right we went. So we started with the far left. The first cheese was quite mild and smooth, a very firm cheese with distinct notes of caramelized onion and hazelnuts. Served with candied nuts, this was by far my favourite and Stevenís too.
The Pierre Robert is a triple-crŤme style cheese with quite a tangy bite, very soft but not that appealing to me. This was served with some crostini, which made it slightly more attractive to me. Steven liked this too and ate most of it.
The Monte Enebro, well where do I start? The good, itís creamy. Thatís it. The badÖeverything else. It is extremely acidic, pungent and intense. Visions of barfing are coming to mind right now and boy does that take me back to that moment! It was in one word. DISGUSTING. Steven actually agreed and barely managed a thumbnail size, even with the walnuts; I couldnít bring myself to try any more.
The Brillat Savarin was apparently the most intense and I was actually scared to try it. I cut off the smallest piece I could manage and gave it a whirl. It was again a soft, triple-crŤme cheese but was too strong for my liking, served with the dates, made it more palatable, but not enough for me to go for seconds. It was certainly better than the Monte Enebro, how could it not be? Steven managed slightly more on this one, but gave up after 3 bites. I think we both agreed that we donít like cheese as much as we originally thought. Iíll stick to Philadelphia and Dairy Lea thank you!

By this point our coffee was ready and I was desperate to have something to get rid of the taste I had been left with. Our server poured our coffee and even the milk and sugar; honestly we didnít have to lift a finger.
The coffee was beautiful, very mellow and soft, can coffee be soft? Well this was, it literally grabbed my taste buds and enveloped them with blankets, pillows and duvets. This particular coffee could send me to sleep. Our server let us linger a moment longer before presenting us with our desserts.

They were from left to right, Wild Strawberry Sorbet, Miniature Banana Gateau and Mango-Yoghurt Panna Cotta. These looked beautiful and so delicate. We started on the left, the Wild Strawberry Sorbet, was actually very nice and very cleansing. I actually donít like Strawberry so I was surprised that I enjoyed this. Mind you, after that cheese, I think I would have enjoyed anything. Steven thought this was gorgeous and obviously made with fresh strawberries. I guessed he was right.
I moved on to the Mango-Yoghurt Panna Cotta as I wanted to leave the best til last. Neither of us had tasted Panna Cotta before as the look never appealed. Itís kind of like a custardy jelly. The taste was nice, very refreshing but tart at the same time, must be the yoghurt but the texture didnít work for me, it felt weird. Steven liked this and finished it all.
The Banana Gateau was very tasty, filled with fresh whipped cream and decorated with carmelized bananas and spun sugar, this was outstanding. The cake was moist and the bananas were perfectly ripe. I love bananas but sometimes they can be too unripe for my taste. This was just the right amount as I donít know if I could have had a full serving of this dessert. Steven thought this was okay, but it had too much cream for his liking.

Our plates were cleared and Steven asked our server if that had been our last course. He politely said that we were almost finished. By this point I was stuffed, I was worried if I ate any more I was going to burst out of my wedding dress. I could barely sit anymore without feeling uncomfortable.

We were presented with our final course, the chocolate course. We were told that chocolate was so important to V & A that they had decided to give it, itís own special course.
This consisted of from left to right Tanzanian Chocolate Pyramid, Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle and Peruvian Chocolate Ice Cream and Puff Pastry.

I could feel my arteries clogging at the mere sight of this feast. Everything looked exquisite and although I was at bursting point, I remembered our vow, almost as important as our wedding vows, ĎSAMPLE EVERYTHINGí
We started with the Ice Cream, this was divine, beautiful rich chocolate on crisp Puff Pastry. It was smooth, gentle and tickled the taste buds. I could have bathed in this. Steven also loved this and heís not normally a huge chocolate fan.

We then sampled the Tanzanian Chocolate Pyramid, which had on top of it a real 24k Gold Leaf, well I had never eaten real gold before and 24k, my jewellery is less than that. We both picked it off the top and popped it into our mouth, hmmm, yup, itís gold all right! But seriously, it didnít taste of anything; maybe we were supposed to eat it with the pyramid? Speaking of which, we dug in. This was creamy, and very light, the chocolate was mellower than the ice cream but very, very good. I managed to eat all of this, no problem, as did Steven.

We finally moved on to the big one, the Souffle, I knew this was going to be trouble the moment I laid eyes on it. Our server had made a well in the Souffle in front of us and poured hot Godiva Chocolate into it, the river of chocolate cascaded into my Souffle and seemed to be neverending. I LOVE chocolate but I believe there can be too much of a good thing. This Souffle proves my point. It was Chocolate upon chocolate, shaking hands with chocolate, drowning in chocolate, and finally ending in chocolate. Do you get my drift? I tasted it and it was SO rich, I wondered how the Souffle would have tasted alone, without the added Godiva? Probably much better. I managed to eat 3 spoons and then gave up. It was just too much. The Souffle had become wet with all the chocolate and if thereís one thing I hate its wet cake or bread. Even if it is soaked in chocolate. Steven tried to eat more, but managed less than I did. I was disappointed in the Souffle as I had heard amazing things about it.

Our servers came to clear our plates and of course give us the bill. One server said we had done amazingly well as it is a lot of food. Another server came up and gave me my long stemmed red rose, a Banana and date loaf for breakfast, and of course our personalised menus.
We stood up to leave, and this is not as easy as it sounds when youíve just eaten as much as I had. I had been sitting for 3 hours, it was now 8.50pm and we had to meet Randy at 9pm. I was almost scared to get out of my seat, thinking my legs would give under the strain.
As we rose, we noticed people began applauding; we looked around to see what they were applauding for and realised it was for us. It began behind us, then like a Mexican wave, circled the whole restaurant. Before long, everyone was on their feet. This was like no applause I had heard before, this was the type of applause you had at the opera, the ballet, or a classical concerto. But as those types of applause go, this was raucous. Even Mafia man was up giving it his all.

Steven and I were stunned, the servers came out and all wished us congratulations again and all the best for the future. We were so touched and the applause followed us out. We looked at each other and realised that this would be the beginning of much, much more of this. Much, much moreÖ

Coming upÖ

We meet Randy for night time photos during Wishes and get some beautiful shots.

The Charmed One
10-05-2007, 08:53 AM
Summer the V & A sounds amazing, what alot of food, it sounded like a wonderful evening one to remember.

Thank you for the anniversary wishes, we had a wonderful evening, we went out for a meal and desert was delivered with a candle in it whilst congratulations was played in the background, and everyone clapped. Your right the year has really flown by.

Can't wait for more, I really am enjoying every minute of the report. Your a very talented writer, hope the studing is going well we can wait for more of the report.

Have a great weekend.

Love Wendy xxx

mla1977
10-05-2007, 09:56 AM
Summer, I am so hungry right now. Everything sounded delicious. I am probably more of a cheese person than either of you. There was a cheese shop a few blocks away from where I used to work so I would come home with new stuff every week (my favorite: Guinness cheddar). That being said I actually had the Brillat Savarin a few weeks ago. I tried it at the shop and loved it. I think it was still a young cheese when I tried it, but then I took it out of the refigerator this weekend and it had certainly aged on me. It was okay, but I really wanted the creamy deliciousness that I had at the shop, not the sharp and pungent cheese that I had at my house.

That is so neat about everyone clapping for you. These were the best installments yet! (of course I'll have to figure out a way to try to get to V&As next time I'm at WDW).

Eeyore's Tailfinder
10-05-2007, 10:08 AM
OMG I NEED TO TRY V&A's :teeth:

Seafood, Cheese and Chocolate are my 3 main food groups - if this meal had mussels, then it'd be near enough my perfect meal :)

Can't wait for the next installment Summer!! I'm looking forward to making my next ADRs already, as are you I should imagine!!

AInWonderland
10-05-2007, 10:52 AM
Beautiful story, the food sounds wonderful, I am very full just reading your report. What a memorable meal.

D&R love Disney
10-05-2007, 10:53 AM
Summer I've been throughly enjoying your TR. I could picture each course as you described them and you were both so brave trying everything!

I can't wait to read more!!! I'm sure Randy got more fantastic pictures of you after dinner.

MickeyAnne
10-05-2007, 01:13 PM
Wow! When I was last on you were still planning! I am so glad to see that you had such a beautiful wedding and that meal - sounded amazing! You looked spectacular and now I have to go read through everthing again so that I don't miss anything.

helloirishkitty
10-05-2007, 01:19 PM
I went to V&A's over the summer, and you're right when you say it's an experience. The chocolate course was my favorite, and I tried so many things that I thought I'd never try.

Anyways, you looked so pretty and congratulations on your beautiful day!:goodvibes

oneyodafan
10-05-2007, 01:20 PM
It sounds like a lovely evening at V&A's. Looking forward to hearing about your photo op with Randy.

DisneyObsession
10-05-2007, 01:33 PM
I am sitting here with my mouth watering!!! :cutie: It all sounds sooo good! (Except the one cheese...EW!!!)

I am looking forward to hearing about the photo shoot at MK! (And seeing some pictures?!?) :confused3

Glorydaz
10-05-2007, 02:00 PM
simply fascinating, Summer. thank -you so much for this incredible in-depth look (and taste) of V&A. I will be honest, JJ and I will not go because so many of the courses you described are not to our liking and the amount of food sounds overwhelming!!

how did you ever move?????!!!

I am so very glad that you and Steven were able to take part of this once in a lifetime (for many of us) dining experience!

oh yes, and good luck with the studying!!

Michelle :cloud9:

DisneyLaura
10-05-2007, 04:48 PM
Steven of course didnít enjoy this, he didnít like the texture or the taste but I think he had his suspicions as to what part of the Ďduckí it was. After he had eaten the majority of it and I had almost licked my plate, I confessed it was in fact goose liver. He calmly said ďThatís why I donít like it thenĒ.

Too funny, but I am with Steven on that one.

We stood up to leave, and this is not as easy as it sounds when youíve just eaten as much as I had. I had been sitting for 3 hours, it was now 8.50pm and we had to meet Randy at 9pm. I was almost scared to get out of my seat, thinking my legs would give under the strain. As we rose, we noticed people began applauding; we looked around to see what they were applauding for and realised it was for us. It began behind us, then like a Mexican wave, circled the whole restaurant. Before long, everyone was on their feet. This was like no applause I had heard before, this was the type of applause you had at the opera, the ballet, or a classical concerto. But as those types of applause go, this was raucous. Even Mafia man was up giving it his all.

Steven and I were stunned, the servers came out and all wished us congratulations again and all the best for the future. We were so touched and the applause followed us out. We looked at each other and realised that this would be the beginning of much, much more of this. Much, much moreÖĒ.

How cool is that. That must have felt wonderful of course my DH would have died because he hates to be the center of attention, me on the other hand would have loved it.

Can't wait to see the MK photo pictures.

MUDisneyCouple
10-05-2007, 07:17 PM
How amazing!!! You're detail is fabulous...I don't think we will try V&A's, but you do make a good arguement for it. My DH is NOT adventurous foodwise and would hate it the entire time!

Also, glad to see you back on the DIS...I must ask, how goes the studying??? Best of luck! Can't wait for the next installment :goodvibes

DisneyL8T
10-05-2007, 08:09 PM
I just got all caught up on your trip report. I love reading it. Thank you so much for writing it. I can't wait to read more.

Rain
10-06-2007, 12:54 AM
Summer,

Your descriptions are so good I almost felt I was there!
We have booked Citrico's and Narcosee's and after reading your descriptions of the food although fantastic I am now so glad we did not go for V& A, I could never have the courage to try all those things LOL. Well done to you both.
What a very touching moment when they all applauded you.
Can't wait to read the next chapter.

Is there a link to your video????

traceycooper
10-06-2007, 09:09 AM
wow V&A sounded amazing!
Do you book your menu in advance???
May i ask how much? & are there other menu options?
I feel full just reading the review & i havnt eaten! lol

pjstevens
10-06-2007, 11:31 AM
Wow that meals sounds amazing. I can't wait to read/see more.

angel*lady
10-07-2007, 01:00 AM
Summer - now I have to add V&A to my list of places to eat at Disney! My mouth is just watering!!! YUM YUM!!! :)

Kirsteen
10-09-2007, 04:57 AM
Hi Summer,

How are you studies going? Hope you got things sorted with your dress. I'm going for my first fitting on Monday :eek: Looking forward to your next installment. Kxx

The Charmed One
10-09-2007, 07:45 AM
Hi Summer,
Just checking to see if you'd had chance to write anymore, hope the studing is going well.

Love Wendy xxxxxxx

MistressOfAllEvil
10-11-2007, 07:49 AM
Just waiting for the next installment. Take your time though... School is trying to kill me right now, lol. I work full time, go to school full time and I'm planning this gosh darn wedding. So I understand being busy and overwhelmed. I just wanted to check in.

Perhaps instead of law you should go into writing, become and author, lolololol.

Anyhow, we miss you and can't wait to read more!

Summer-Caitlin
10-11-2007, 01:56 PM
Hi girls

Thanks for your patience. I will post the next instalment just now as I have kept you all long enough. I will respond to all that have commented already tomorrow if that's alright? Ugh, I feel guilty not doing that now!

Summer-Caitlin
10-11-2007, 02:02 PM
Wedding Day continued...

So we walked as quickly as we possibly could to meet Randy. Steven and I debated along the way as to whether we were supposed to meet him inside The GF or outside; we decided to wait outside, overlooking the marina. I figured I would be easily spotted so I knew we wouldn’t miss him.
Randy showed up at 8.55pm and we decided to walk over to The Wedding Pavilion. We chatted about our meal at Victoria and Alberts as Randy said he was yet to try it.
We had hoped that The Wedding Pavilion would be open and we could get some nice shots beside it, but unfortunately the gates were locked. So instead we got some night time shots beside the gate, we actually managed to get some decent shots:
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On our way back to The Grand Floridian we also stopped to get some pictures along the path. The path has subdued lighting all along it, so it made for some nice pictures:
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By the way this is one of my favourite pictures:
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We walked along and stopped for some pictures beside the pool, this was really strange as the pool was pretty full. A hush came over the growing crowd as Randy positioned us here and there. I heard people asking others if we were celebrities. We stayed here for about 10 minutes and got a few shots:
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I asked Randy if he wanted me to jump in the pool. I said to him I would do almost anything for a good shot. He laughed; I think he thought I was joking!
Our main reason for asking Randy to come back was to get some pictures during Wishes. Wishes wasn’t until 10pm that night so we had a chance to talk to him about other things other than photography.
I’ll confess that I mentioned a few girls by name, Maggie, Jen, Karen, mainly to talk about shots and let him know how popular he is on the boards. I also asked how Emily’s wedding had been as I knew her wedding was the same day. He had said that her wedding had gone well. I explained to him that I wasn’t a stalker or anything like that, that I had ‘met’ Emily on these boards and I knew he was photographing her wedding. We continued to chat about the boards and other weddings he had shot; he said he really remembers Maggie’s glasses apparently and loves that she bugs him about putting up Disney brides pictures. See Maggie, you are very memorable!
Randy spoke about his kids for a while and we spoke about our future plans. He was just great to talk to, so approachable.
Wishes was about to begin and we found a spot on the marina on the far left hand side. Randy said if anyone tried to view Wishes from where we were, he would get rid of them, lol.
Now as a Wishes Novice, I didn’t know what to expect, I had seen samples of this show online and had heard the music before, but I was still new to this.
Randy told us to do whatever we wanted, just not to watch the show all the time, to turn to the camera every now and then.
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To be honest, I hardly saw any of the show. I heard the music clearly and turned around when I was startled by the big bangs, but Steven and I were mainly caught in the moment, and even though we didn’t get great shots of the fireworks, I am glad we did this. Wishes was the perfect end to a perfect day and as we gazed into each others eyes we bid goodnight to our wedding day…

Coming up…
MK Shoot with Paul Looper

Well I have given an in-depth review of every vendor I used, so Randy will receive no different. In one word Randy is AWESOME. He is by far among the best choices I made for our wedding and I can certainly see why he is always booked up months in advance.
Through all our email ‘conversations’ he has always been so friendly and was always open to suggestions. He even allowed me to book him separately for shots during Wishes, something I know he doesn’t normally do.
On the day he was loads of fun to be around and oozed professionalism. It’s pretty obvious he loves what he does. He often stopped to let me see some of the shots he had taken, I think he knew that Steven and I were both interested in photography.
I paid for 4 hours of Randy’s time but in the morning he came early and when he met us for the night time shoot he stayed until 10.30pm. In total we actually had Randy for 5.30 hours, at no extra charge.
I easily recommend booking him, he was such an amazing down-to-earth guy and such value for money, seriously he could get paid 10 times what he charges and he would still be good value.
So my advice, if you are looking for a photographer in Orlando, book him now, you won’t be disappointed!

MistressOfAllEvil
10-11-2007, 02:35 PM
:banana: I checked back at just the right time!! Another great installment. I'm so happy we wrapped up the wedding day, mostly. I'm interested to hear what became of your mother while you guys were at V&A's and whether she manages to get some dinner on her own! I'm sure by this point your guys were ready to just go to bed, am I right, am I right? I guess I'll just have to wait for you, lol. Thanks for the entertainment and a pretty good end to my work day! :flower3:

poohface
10-11-2007, 02:39 PM
Your night time photos are so fabulous and romantic looking Summer. I am so glad we have booked Randy now, although I hate getting my photo taken with a passion I feel after reading your TR that I will feel more at ease with him, thanks so much :thumbsup2

tmli
10-11-2007, 06:07 PM
We had Randy the next day after your wedding! He was incredible and gave us a lot longer than we had paid for as well. He also rushed to have our pics done and met us back at the GF the day before we left for home to deliver them. We ended up with over 1300 pics on our discs. We have decided next year we will be using him for a family photoshoot.

I was at a friends wedding yesterday at the WP and while her disney photographer was very nice and capable--she was no Randy Chapman!!

The Charmed One
10-12-2007, 09:45 AM
Beautiful photo's Summer, looking forward to more.

D&R love Disney
10-12-2007, 10:39 AM
Summer, the night shots Randy took are fantastic! He really is worth so much more than he charges. I never thought about having him come back, that would have been a great way to get a totally different set of pictures ( *** thinking about vow renewal ideas *** ) LOL!

DisneyLaura
10-12-2007, 11:03 AM
Summer - lovely pictures as always. I just noticed in your siggy you're moving. Did I miss that post?

DisneyObsession
10-12-2007, 01:03 PM
Wedding Day continued...

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This has to be a favorite shot of mine! I love the coloring in it...it really focuses on your flowers and makes them look so different! :bride:

I would really :love: to do a Vow Renewal at Disney, but don't think my husband would go for it! Just to have Randy do the pics! I wonder if I could book him during our 25th anniversary trip to do like an "engagement" set of pics??? hmmmmmmmmmmm

HarbinsMom
10-12-2007, 01:45 PM
Summer, the night pictures are gorgeous. I can't wait to see the MK shoot pics. Your choice of flowers was beautiful. Calla lillies photograph so well and they complement you.

IloveChip
10-12-2007, 03:28 PM
Summer your shots were amazing and I love how he used the path lights to create the lighting for the shots!! Sounds like you lived out your DFTW and I am soo happy for the two of you! Congrats again!

MUDisneyCouple
10-12-2007, 05:17 PM
Loving your pics!!!

shasess
10-13-2007, 12:19 AM
Wow!!! I just caught up and read your entire TR. Everything was sooooooooo beautiful!!! You looked wonderful! I can't wait to hear more about your pixie dust!!!!!

Rain
10-13-2007, 01:27 AM
Summer,

This is like reading a good book , you can't wait to turn the page, I almost wish I had not found this until the end then I could keep reading. I find myself checking several times per day to see if you have posted the next installment. Wonderful pics in the night shots.

Eeyore's Tailfinder
10-13-2007, 03:15 PM
Awesome photos Summer :teeth: Really good!

I'm really glad you had such a great day!!

Eeyore's Tailfinder
10-13-2007, 03:19 PM
OH MY GOSH SUMMER!

I just noticed your new countdown timer! Does that mean you're not coming to WDW? :(

MadamMim
10-13-2007, 06:47 PM
So my eye makeup is usually like thisÖI first cover the whole eyelid in beige eye shadow, I then apply brown eye shadow just above the crease of the eye, moving from the center of the eye to the outer edge. I then apply a hint of silver underneath the brow, as a highlighter. Then I use a dark brown pencil to fill in the brows, I use my liquid eyeliner on the top lid only and carefully draw a thin line from the center of the eye to the end and I kick it out when I reach the tip, kinda like a cats eye. I then use a white pencil to draw dots where the inner corner of the eye is; this opens up your eyes making them appear wider. I then blend this into the eye shadow and all you can see is a light reflecting sheen. I then use black pencil eyeliner on my lower lid, drawing from the center to the end and blending it in as I go. My mascara is applied very carefully, doing 2 coats on the top and 1 on the bottom, black, of course.


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Summer, I am loving the whole report. But (selfishly, I admit :goodvibes ) this is the bit I'm stealing and printing out. I LOVE the way you do your eye makeup. It's gorgeous! :love: You looked absolutely stunning in all your wedding photos as well, but that's more of a special occasion sort of look. I need something that'll stand me well on a day out in City Centre. :)

Summer-Caitlin
10-14-2007, 11:59 AM
Wendy Ė I am so glad you had a wonderful anniversary; you first anniversary is really special so itís important you did something romantic to mark the special occasion. I find that time is flying by; itís hard for me to believe I have already been back 5 wees and been married almost 2 months!
V & A was beautiful and Iím glad my mom didnít come. I donít think she would have enjoyed the food and although she might have enjoyed the experience, it was more appropriate that it was just Steven and I; it was so romantic.

mla1977 Ė Oh, I definitely recommend trying V & A, for us it was a once in a lifetime thing, it wouldnít bother me to not go back again, but the occasion warranted something spectacular, and V & A certainly pushed the right buttons.
The cheese course, well, I obviously didnít appreciate it as you can see. I have never loved cheese, but I do like some, Bavarian Smoked Cheese is my favorite, but that is mild and cheap! I think if the Savarin hadnít been so aged it would have tasted better, but probably not by much for me.

Hayley Ė Definitely try V & A, Iím sure you would really like it. The food really is top quality and if you love seafood, then Iím sure all of the seafood items would please you. Itís pretty expensive but I recommend having the Chefís menu in the main dining room if you can. $165 per person, not including alcohol, but you get to try everything, well worth it if it may be your only visit to V & A.

AinWonderland Ė The meal was very filling. It didnít start out looking to promising, but as the courses kept coming, we realised how full we were. The Chefís menu is a lot of food, but I wanted to try all the offerings, as I knew if I was to stick to the normal menu I would shy away from seafood and things like foie gras.

D&R love Disney Ė Thank you. I was so determined to try everything. We were paying a lot and I didnít want to put loads of restrictions on what we would eat. We have never tried caviar, shrimp, foie gras, Kobe beef, salmon, or quail egg and I am sure there was much more I hadnít sampled. But, we both knew the kinds of food we would be served and as we werenít specifically paying and asking for it, it seemed only right that we tried it. If we didnít like it, then no harm done, on to the next course, lol.

MickeyAnne Ė Hi, how are you? Nice to Ďseeí you again. Thatís right I am well into my TR, glad youíre enjoying it. Thank you for the compliments, my wedding was spectacular and itís thanks to boards like this. I swear I found out so much from here before the wedding. Some of my best decisions were based purely on things I saw or heard about from the boards.

helloirishkitty Ė Thank you very much for the compliments. I was so upset that I was so full by the time of the chocolate course. I had been looking forward to it but I really had to push myself to eat any of it. The ice cream was beautiful as was the Tanzanian pyramid, but Iím sure I could have eaten more of the Soufflť if it had came earlier. Would you go back again, or was it a once in a lifetime thing for you too?

Denise Ė It was an evening to remember, from start to finish our wedding day was wonderful, I donít think I would have wanted it to end any other way. The photos with Randy were the perfect end to a somewhat surreal day.

DisneyObsession Ė V & A was great and I would recommend for anyone that hasnít tried it to do so, it certainly is worth it, at least once. I was so surprised that Randy hadnít tried it yet, I mean I would have thought he would have been curious, but I think he works so much I donít know if he would ever have the time for it.
My MK Shoot is up next, with loads and I mean loads of pictures.

Michelle Ė Steven had the same view. He is very picky at times when it comes to food and often wonít go out of his comfort zone. I was really happy he gave this a go and I think he was pleasantly surprised. However, I see your point, if you really donít like the sounds of the food I described, and believe me I described them as best I could as I had no pictures, then I wouldnít waste your money on it. The experience was fantastic, but I wouldnít pay that just for the experience. To be honest, there were other restaurants that were just as terrific as V & A, food wise and the setting was more to our taste or comfort.
We really felt special here and it was a wonderful feeling on our wedding day, but we have no intentions of going back again.
The studying is going well, thanks for asking, itís just taking a lot more time than I ever dreamed, and Iím annoyed that I canít dedicate as much time anymore to my TR.

DisneyLaura Ė The foie gras surprised me, I really liked it but I think it went really well with the apples. On itís own? Iím not sure if I would have liked it as much.
The applause at the end was weird; we didnít know where to look or what to do. Steven is not one for public displays so he was like a deer caught in headlights, but throughout our vacation he began to get used to the attention and actually began to like it. The ĎJust Marriedí badges became an important addition to his clothing, and at one point kissed the badges for the pixie dust it brought us.
I am putting up loads of the MK pictures in my next instalment.

MUDisneyCouple Ė V & A required all that detail. I mean the obviously put so much time and love into their creations, most of the time it was like eating a work of art.
The studying is hard going, I am just beginning my second year of Law school and in my first year, I managed to maintain a 1st. I didnít have as much to do in my first year, so I managed to study a lot. However this year, I seem to be busy all the time. I have come to the end of my Forensic Diploma that I was studying on the side but I still have some loose ends to tie up. I also have my Higher National Certificate in Health Studies to pick up shortly for when I dabbled in Nursing. I know, I took an entirely different route. I hated Nursing, it wasnít the career I had hoped it would be, so I left and decided to pursue Law, something I had always wanted to do. My grades in Nursing gave me the confidence to do it and now I feel so much happier. Itís much harder, but I enjoy it immensely. I just think Iím struggling at the moment with scheduling conflicts; I never was good at stuff like that. Long spiel I know, but thanks for asking!

DisneyL8T Ė Thank you for joining in. I know my updates arenít coming in as quickly as I would have liked but Iím hoping that now that Iím past the wedding, I may be able to produce more, (not as much resizing pics to do) believe me it takes so much time to do this! Iím pleased you are enjoying it.

Rain Ė I have heard that Citricos and Narcoosees have wonderful reviews and I donít think you would go wrong with either of them. I looked at the Narcoosee menu though and noticed it was mainly seafood so shied away from it, however, I think I would be more willing to try it now.
I loved the applause, although at the time I was really weirded out by it. The attention we got throughout our whole vacation was spectacular and Iím sure it is one of the most fun honeymoon spots ever, complete strangers even took the time to talk to us because of those badges, it was fantastic!

traceycooper Ė We booked V & A 6 months in advance and I had them note my request for the Chefís menu. I called up a week in advance to remind them of our request. The set menu was $166 per person, not including alcohol or soft drinks. The menu changes all the time, so you donít know what is going to be available until you are there. However you can get a fair idea of the types of food available by the reviews. There are some things I have seen on the menu stay year after year. The good thing about the Chefís menu is you get to try it all. This way if you dislike something, itís no big deal; you can put it aside and wait for the next course. You can of course let the Chef know if you are allergic or have a dislike for something in particular and he wonít include it in your menu. You cannot specifically ask for something not on the menu though, it is set and everyone gets the same menu bar your own personal restrictions.
I hope that helps.

pjstevens Ė Thank you, the meal was amazing, very special for our wedding night. I am putting up my new instalment today, with loads of pictures.

angel*lady Ė Definitely try it, once in a lifetime thing for us but as you live in Florida, you could probably go back a few times. I canít believe you havenít tried it already!!! I see my descriptions worked well for you, glad I could let you imagine the food porn!

Kirsteen Ė I still havenít managed to get my dress predicament sorted. I am going to write another letter over the next few days and give her seven days notice and take it from there. I hope your dress fitting went well, I havenít been on the Dis much so I havenít had a chance to catch up on your PJ.
My studies are going well, but itís taking so much time away from everything else, I hope I can catch up at some point.

MistressOfAllEvil Ė Checking up on me I see, well Iím back, for now anyway! Anyway, I didnít see my mom until the next morning, so Iím afraid you will have to wait a little bit longer to find out what became of her while we were at V & A, but believe me, itís hilarious!
You know what I mean though about being stressed to the gills, itís not easy; I donít have enough hours in the day to what I need to do. Have they not invented some kind of drug to keep you up all night? Ah, thatís right, caffeine; I wondered why I was shaking so mmmmmuuuuuuucccccchhhhh!

poohface Ė I know itís hard to believe as we got so many pictures taken. But I also hate getting my picture taken. It depends on the pose, but I hate smiling in pics as I think it makes my face look fat. As you can see most pics are with me not smiling. I also hate when my hair is going frizzy etc, etc. Iím a bit of a perfectionist in everything I do and I think itís why I donít like pictures as I analyse the pictures and become really critical. Luckily I am happy with the majority of pictures I got, even our own holiday snaps are pretty good because U deleted all the rubbish ones, thank god for digital cameras! Randy was brilliant and made me really feel at ease, he is definitely the photographer to get as he takes his time with you.

Tracey Ė You are right, Randy is the best. He also met us at GF to give us our pics. Have you started a TR? I may have missed it, as I havenít been on. I want to use Randy the next time we are in Disney too, his prices are wonderful and you really get value for money.
I know what you mean about other photographers, itís really hard not to compare other photographers to Randy, the other weddings Iíve been to, well thereís just no comparison. Randy is consistently fantastic. Every photo I have seen with all the other brides are amazing.

Wendy Ė Thanks for the compliments on the pictures, more is coming up.

D&R love Disney Ė I wasnít as pleased with the night shots as I expected to be but I think I had too much expectations. I mean Randy canít work miracles, although it sometimes seems he can. We werenít close enough to the fireworks but there isnít much we could have done. However I do love the pictures beside the WP and some of the firework ones I do love. Plus my hair wasnít cooperating again and that kind of upset me. All in all though I am happy with most of them and the more I look at them the happier I am.

DisneyLaura - Answers at the end of this massive postÖ

DisneyObsession Ė I really like that Randy changes the focus of so many of his pics, I can tell he loved my flowers; he took so many pics of them.
You should definitely book Randy whether or not you have a VR, although having one would be wonderful, you need to work on your husband for that! His prices are really reasonable and you can have him do the shoot anywhere but a Disney park, you could choose your favorite resort even, the list is endless.

HarbinsMom Ė Thank you, the MK Shoot pics, I absolutely love, very worth the extra dollars. I did love my bouquet and Randy had said it was one of his favorite ones. Calla lilies are my favorite flower so I knew straight away they were the flowers for me, choosing the color was not as easy though, which is why in the end I went with an assortment.

IloveChip Ė Thank you, I really love the ones on the path too, the lighting was perfect and we managed to get quite a few good ones there. We really did have a Disney Fairytale Wedding and I would recommend it to anyone planning to get married, it really was a dream come true.

shasess Ė You read the whole thing? How long did that take you? I applaud you, seriously! I am so glad you are enjoying it, I bet youíre glad Iíve slowed down my instalments? Thank you for the compliments. There is so much more pixie dust to come, my eyes are still stinging from it.

Rain Ė Thank you. Ha, ha, I know what you mean, you must be pretty frustrated that my instalments have slowed down, unlike shasess, she must be tired of reading by now. I am putting up the next instalment now, and I will have finished the wedding pics totally and it will be on to the honeymoon finally.

Hayley Ė Answer to your question will be at the end of this postÖ

MadamMim Ė LOL, you printed that pic out? That will please Steven, he hates the fact he is acting stupid in it, you mean Iím not?
Thanks for the compliments on my eye make-up. I love cosmetics and I have taken years to perfect my eye make-up and Iím quite happy with how I do it now. I have had some horrors in the past, like purple, pink and green, and yes, all at the same time. But I think I have finally cracked what suits me.
I do my make-up like this all the time, even if itís just to go to the shop, I canít help it, I feel naked without it.


Okay now that has to be one of the longest responses in history to everyone. I am looking at my screen and its indicating 6 pages worth, YIKES.

Anyway, as you can all probably see, my ticker says I am moving to Canada, and yes, it is true. We are moving to Toronto to be specific. As some of you know we had planned on going to Australia within the next 2 years, but since we came back from the US, I realise how much I love it there. Australia is so far away and I would be leaving behind my mother, brother and grandparents here. And I know in my heart that I would be very unlikely to return as not only do I not like flying, but I also do not like Aberdeen so other than my family I have no reason to return.

Toronto is great, it is so close to the US, there are loads of things to do, itís a huge city and it caters to the city girl that I am and always have been. Itís safe and the opportunities are endless there. Plus itís such a beautiful country.

I have contacted a College and I intend to start a course in January 2009. I will then hopefully move on to do my Law Conversion course at The University of Toronto and practice here. I am really excited about this, as it has presented a lot more opportunities for both Steven and I.

We are currently decorating our house from top to bottom to maximise our profits when we sell and hopefully we can land in Canada with some savings.

Unfortunately, coming to this decision means that we cannot go to Disney next year as I had hoped. I am so sorry Hayley as I know we were going to be on the same plane to go. I am upset about not getting to go, but it would be financially irresponsible for us to do this and it would set us back indefinitely. 2 weeks in Disney does not make up for a new beginning in Canada, no matter how good the vacation is.
We will definitely go back but it may not be until 2009, who knows though, if we get over with more savings we may be able to squeeze in a Christmas visit to the mouse next year, but Iím not banking on it.

We are both extremely excited about this and we have a very busy year ahead of us. Our families donít know for definite yet, but they know we were planning on moving, just not so soon.

So thatís it, my big news explained, and you know what this means? More Disney vacations in the future; after all itís only a 48 hr drive from TorontoÖ

Summer-Caitlin
10-14-2007, 12:01 PM
So we awoke at 3.30am for our MK Shoot. We had fallen into bed at just after 12, so we were understandably exhausted. I started to brew the coffee then headed for the shower, I really needed some caffeine or there was no way I was going to make it through the shoot.
I showered quickly, did my make-up and ran the straightners through my hair. I didnít however put any product through it as I thought because it was so early the humidity would be quite low, I would later find out that this was pure BS!
The coffee tasted wonderful, and I gulped it down. Steven had showered and was already getting dressed. I was in a slight panic about getting into my dress and whether or not Steven would manage it. I was still pretty full from Victoria and Alberts and my dress would surely reflect that.
Luckily though, he managed quite easily. I breathed in as much as I could but as I still had my fake nails on, I couldnít help that much.
Now the night before I didnít bother to put in hairpins to secure my veil in place, I didnít realise that this was necessary. If you look at the pictures from the night before, you will notice that my veil is somewhat AWOL, in some pictures. Itís not that it was so windy, but with all the moving about it had shifted quite dramatically, I hadnít felt it slip either so a lot of my pictures, unfortunately, show no veil.
So lesson learned, I secured it with 4 pins this time and I also secured my tiara.
My flowers had wilted slightly throughout the night and the stems had a kind of gooey fluid seeping out. I quickly ran water over the stems, dried them and hoped they would last for the shoot.
I looked in the mirror and felt a pang of sadness; this would be the last time that I would wear my wedding dress. It had been wonderful and I never thought I would feel so attached to an item of clothing. In it though, I had lived out my dream, I became a princess for the day and it is a memory that I will always cherish.
It was nearing 5.05am and we were supposed to meet our photographer Paul in the lobby at 5, so we were already running late so we did a quick check and left our room.

We headed down the stairs and rushed across the grounds. I noticed our photographer straight away. The resort was like a ghost town and he was the only one I could see.
He opened the door for me and introduced himself. We were immediately put at ease. He had a very strong accent, I didnít ask where he was from but Iím guessing it was Texas. We got into his van and we were on our way.
He asked us about the wedding and who our photographer was and I started to worry. I had heard horror stories about Disney photographers getting their nose out of joint when they realised that an outsider shot your wedding. However I had no reason to worry with Paul, he said that Randy did amazing work and he often shot his clients MK shoot.
Paul was so friendly and he told us how he gets so excited before an MK Shoot. He struggles to sleep as he always worried that he would miss his alarm. He continued to tell us that he woke up nearly every hour, making sure he hadnít overslept.
He said he was getting married next year to another Disney photographer. She wants a Disney wedding and a really extravagant one whereas he wants to just go away somewhere private and do it without the fuss. He admitted however, heíd likely end up saying his vows at Disney.
He knew that I had specifically requested him as our photographer and was curious why I had. I told him that I knew he wouldnít just stick to the usual shots and seemed to be more adventurous with his photography. This really pleased him and he went on to tell us how many times he had got in trouble. Apparently he was never afraid to bend the rules!
Sitting in a dark van did not make it easy to stay awake. He told us to keep talking and asked us questions about our honeymoon plans etc.
The journey didnít last too long, the roads were quiet and it was very peaceful. It was nice to be able to see Disney at that time in the morning.

We pulled up to the entrance, which was around the back of the castle, we bypassed all the pieces they use for the floats and saw loads of workers, cleaning the streets and getting ready for opening. This would be our first visit to the Magic Kingdom and I was happy that our first glimpse of the castle was going to be such a magical experience. He drove round the corner and parked right in front of the Castle. Steven got out first and I followed.

The Castle was stunning; I was left breathless. The Castle glowed in the darkness with a faint blue aura and it looked so majestic against the black sky. I could feel the tears welling up as I stood and stared at it, it really was that beautiful. I hadnít expected to feel so moved by a building, but it was so magical, it was like seeing your dream in front of you and capturing it after many years, and it is a feeling that I will never forget, it was perfection.

Paul told us to hang while he set up his equipment. We noticed that his camera was the same one that Randy has used but Paul also had a tripod for more set shots and a light for the obvious.

The first picture he wanted me, on my own in front of the Castle:

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Steven joined me and we got a few pictures when the Castle was different colors:

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We then moved closer to the area with Walt and Mickey and Steven got some pictures on his own:

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This first picture is one of my favorite pictures of the shoot. I love everything about it:

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It was time to move up the walkway towards the Castle. Paul forgot something in his van and went back to get it, so I casually waited for him. He returned and mentioned that my pose would make a good shot:

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The following shot was purely accidental. There was a truck in the distance and he had a light shining towards the Castle. Paul decided that he would give it a go, thinking it may make a nice silhouette. Here was the result:

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I love it!

Here is the pic with proper lighting; I actually love them all:

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Paul proceeded to take another one of me on the bridge:

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Then moved Steven in for another 2 of my favorite shots. I absolutely love them:

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Silhouette shots work so well, and I think they are so romantic. I am definitely getting one of them blown up onto canvas. These shots alone made the MK Shoot worthwhile imo.

We then moved on to the stage, thatís right, the stage. I was so excited to be on here. Paul got this shot of me, which I absolutely love. Light and shadow produced a ghostly image. Not really an ideal wedding shot, but undeniably clever use of photography:

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It was time to enter the Castle. I had viewed dozens of MK Shoot pics and the inside of the Castle just didnít do it for me. However we did manage to get a couple of good shots in here, they were also experimental, experimental because I smiled:

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This is another favorite of mine:

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Realising we werenít that enthused with the inside of the castle, we quickly moved on outside.

We were presented with the arch. Now, I had seen several arch shots, and I knew this shot was something I wasnít willing to compromise on. I was gonna get this shot if it meant staying here for the rest of the shoot.
Paul realised that I had seen examples of this shot and was excited to do this with someone who was willing to take their time to get it just right.
I jumped up and down at the prospect of having our photographer work with us on this. Steven had no idea what we were talking about, so he just went with the flow.

Paul decided to try this shot with different colors, this was his first attempt, the Castle was orangey gold and this reminded me of sunrise, I do really like this one and it was shot at more of a distance than the others:

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Paul moved closer and commented that he really wanted the Castle to be pink or purple. He spent a long time setting up his lighting equipment just so, and I started squealing that the Castle was now pink ďItís pink, its pink, no wait itís going purpleĒ
Paul looked up at me, smiled broadly and said, ďI knowí Iím cominí Iím cominíĒ.
This was the result of our efforts:

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We found out later that he went back and photoshopped this particular shot as he believes it to be the best arch picture he has ever taken, so here it is, the Ďmoney shotí:

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This is by far in the running for my favorite MK shot; I absolutely love it and Steven was very surprised at how well it turned out. I knew there was a reason to persevere with that picture.

I also really like this one; I think the blue hue, gives off an eerie glow:

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to be continued...

Summer-Caitlin
10-14-2007, 12:04 PM
So completely happy that we had spent over 20 minutes at my favorite location, we moved on to the wishing well. I stood alone for a few pictures; my mom particularly loves this one:

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Steven moved in and I really like these:

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Aqua is one of my favorite colors so that probably explains it.

It was decided that we would get a couple of pictures on the stairs of the Castle. I wasnít sure about how these would turn out because of the perspective, but I actually quite like them, especially with the faint glow in the windows behind us:

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After seeing Daniellaís MK picture in her signature, I knew that I wanted a picture beside the fountain. I think the lighting there is so romantic. Paul moved a bin out of the way and took my flowers so they would sit on the fountain. We got into position but at this point the workers were quite close by so the noise was pretty loud, Paul ended up shouting so we could hear him. Most of the time we had no idea what he was saying and I kept shouting ďWHAT?Ē in his direction. We just did what we thought was best. Here are our shots:

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This produced 3 of my favorite shots. I just love them!

Time for Cinderellas Carousel and although I didnít particularly want any photos here, I figured we had managed to get in enough places that I hadnít expected so I wasnít going to push my luck.

Getting up on the horse was not easy, and by this point I was so hot. My hair was curling and I was getting peeved that the humidity had not cooperated. I really didnít want to get up on that blasted horse, but I did, eventually.

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We quickly moved to the walkway again and got the compulsory walking away shot:

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It was getting light out and it was almost 7.00am, we waved goodbye to our MK Shoot as we realised it was over:

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Steven had not seen these pics before so was confused when Paul asked us to wave, hence the expression!
I am amazed at how different the Castle looks in daylight. It does still look pretty, but itís not the same. It was magical in the dark and I felt transported to a fairytale. I am so glad that we chose to get our MK shoot as early as possible.

We bundled ourselves in the van and my dress by this point was done for. The bottom part had gotten so wet when I had gone on the stage and my flowers had oozed their green fluid onto several parts of my dress. I noticed marks all over and it was clear it had seen better days. That is why I was so surprised when Paul stopped when we reached Splash Mountain. He told us it was time for one last shot. He positioned us in front of the mountain and took a picture; you can see how tired we were by this time. I was grateful though as I had told on the drive up that it was my favorite ride.

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We got into the van for the last time and headed back to POFQ. We were both exhausted and all we wanted to do was go to bed and sleep. I had hoped that I wouldnít be so tired but we barely had 3 hours sleep and we were due to go to The Pirate and Princess Party that night.
Paul dropped us off, shook Stevenís hand and gave me a hug. We would be seeing him again in a weekís time for our Honeymoon Shoot.

I was very pleased that I had requested Paul Looper. He by far exceeded my expectations. Most of our shots were posed, unlike Randyís but I was glad that we had two different photographers that produced very different shots. In a way we came out with the best of both. We have some amazing photo journalistic work from Randy and some outstanding posed shots from Paul.

Paul was very talented and it was clear he loved his work and really took his time to give me the shot I wanted. He works under unpredictable conditions, as he has no control over parts of the park being closed, worked on, lighting etc. He even said that he would have to photoshop trucks out of some of our pictures, as there happened to be a lot of workmen that day.

I loved that he was so fun to work with, and he made the whole experience enjoyable. I would highly recommend him to any brides having the MK Photo Shoot, he spent longer with us than he was required to and really took into account the type of people we were.

We waved goodbye and walked past some people on their way to breakfast, all stopping to wish us Congratulations. The day was just awakening and we were going straight to sleep.

Coming upÖ

So we finally go to MGM Studios and Sci-Fi Dine-Inn.

B2B-2008
10-14-2007, 12:20 PM
I really love your photos. I'm so looking forward to doing this.

Good luck with your move.

Missy H
10-14-2007, 12:44 PM
Summer - What can I say but everything looks so perfect! you pictures are breath taking and the way you write your TR it feels like i'm there with you!

Can't wait to read more!

mla1977
10-14-2007, 01:34 PM
Summer,

I am so glad I decided to check the boards on more time. Your pictures are amazing.

I think it is so cool that you are moving to Toronto. That is about 10 hours from me. When you finally drive to Floriday you will need to stop in Philly to visit!

A little story from my life. My mom and step dad came down to visit me the last weekend in September, and then I went home (mostly to visit my best friend, but also to see mom again) the first weekend in October. Before I left, mom turned to me and said, "honey, don't get upset, but I need to tell you this" ...umm okay... "you need to lose weight" ... yes mom, I know... "well you've got a surprise coming in 2008" Me: :confused: "huh?" "well, you need to lose weight" "what are you talking about?" "Savannah (goddaughter) knows what the surprise is too" I look at Savannah "If she knows, she hasn't said anything to me" Mom: "Do you want to know what the surprise is?" "NO!" "Well, don't tell DBF anything"

HMMMMM... :eek: Either he plans on taking me on a vacation that requires me to be thin and in a bikini, or something else is going on... :confused3 Ugh! I still have 3 months to go and then I don't know what is going to happen in 2008.

I'm not trying to highjack your thread or anything, but I may be stealing some of your ideas if 2008 is what I think it is.

oneyodafan
10-14-2007, 02:03 PM
What a magical morning at the MK! Adore the photos!

Best of luck with your move Summer.

MUDisneyCouple
10-14-2007, 02:16 PM
WOW! I loved your pics...the colors, the setting...amazing!!! How special for you two...so happy for you that you have those great memories and pictures!

Law school has got to be difficult and you just planned this huge wedding, so getting back into the swing of studying has got to be difficult. I completely know what you mean about nursing not being your thing; I finally stopped doing something that didn't "do it for me" and went back to school and now LOVE what I do (I work with the criminally insane now; I just reread that and I'm guessing that it doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but to each their own :lmao: , right?). Also, best of luck with your move...one big thing after another it seems!!! :goodvibes

The Charmed One
10-14-2007, 03:24 PM
Wendy Ė I am so glad you had a wonderful anniversary; you first anniversary is really special so itís important you did something romantic to mark the special occasion. I find that time is flying by; itís hard for me to believe I have already been back 5 wees and been married almost 2 months!
V & A was beautiful and Iím glad my mom didnít come. I donít think she would have enjoyed the food and although she might have enjoyed the experience, it was more appropriate that it was just Steven and I; it was so romantic.


Thank you Summer. Were glad we went away for the weekend and made it a special time just for us, time goes so fast doesn't it, we should make time for each other.

Great news about your move to Toronto, how exciting, you'll have a wonderful life there I'm sure and so close to WDW.

I really loved the last part of your report, you looked stunning in the mk photo shoot, I just loved all of the photo's, you both looked great, I especially loved the Silhouette shots, they were beautiful also the photo's in the arch and the money shot wow amazing.

You have really planned this wedding down to the last bit perfectly, it's the nicest WDW wedding I've ever been to, you should be a wedding planner, I'll book you when we renew our vows in the future. Your wedding has been so special, Thank you for sharing it with us.

Can't wait for the next part, I don't want these to ever end.

Love Wendy xxxxx

angel*lady
10-14-2007, 03:47 PM
Hi Summer! :wave:

I'm in the middle of studying for exams, so just had a few minutes to pop in. Oh my gosh!!!!! Your MK photos are INCREDIBLE!!!!! Absolutely breathtaking!!!!

Congrats on the upcoming move! Once you are settled in and start taking those road trips to WDW - we will have to have a DIS reunion!

Oh well, back to the books! Good luck with your studies as well - I will be thinking of you! :surfweb:

Eeyore's Tailfinder
10-14-2007, 03:57 PM
Hey Summer! Those shots are absolutely beautiful! I have a folder in My Documents where I save photos of wedding stuff that I really like - it's not like I'm getting married or anything, but a girl wants to be prepared right?! - and your MK photos are really awesome, I've saved a couple in my folder :) I hope you don't mind! I know I definately want to get married in Florida!

Good luck with your move to Toronto! You are really brave to make a new start like that! After we got back from Orlando, Els really loved the place and really wants to move there... while I totally fell in love with the place too, I would really miss my family and friends, and also Wales! I need to finish my PhD first anyway, but who knows! For some reason I think Tennessee would be a really great place to live!

I showed Els your V&A review, and he agreed it would be a great experience! I am going to try my hardest to get a Chef's Table reservation :teeth:

lpizzuro123
10-14-2007, 05:32 PM
Summer, I have really enjoyed reading your report. I get so excited when I see you have added to your posts. I must say, I have been undecided on whether or not to do the MK shoot and I think your pictures have turned me into a believer. They are just wonderful. I will definately schedule this and ask for Paul as a photographer. I am planning on printing off your photos and bringing them with me as samples of what we want. Thanks so much and I really look forward to reading more.

Linda

WETWHISTLE
10-14-2007, 07:09 PM
Your trip report is wonderful and your pictures are so beautiful!

Wazzo
10-14-2007, 07:27 PM
So thatís it, my big news explained, and you know what this means? More Disney vacations in the future; after all itís only a 48 hr drive from TorontoÖ

First of all, here's an advance :welcome: to Canada!!! :goodvibes :hug: :flower3: You will LOVE Toronto!

I live about 2 and a half hours south of Toronto, and we can get to Disney in 24 hours if we drive straight through!!

Thanks again for sharing your wonderful report!

BaBeeCee14
10-15-2007, 10:28 AM
Summer,

Thanks for sharing your MK photo shoot pics. They are beautiful :thumbsup2 . My favorites are silhouette shots and the "arch" shots. Paul did a great job!

D&R love Disney
10-15-2007, 10:50 AM
Summer your MK shots are incredible! There is really something special about being in front of that castle all by yourself.

Congrats on planning on moving to Toronto, I'm sure you'll love it. I've yet to make it that far in Canada.

Rain
10-15-2007, 11:26 AM
The photo's are amazing, sure beats my old black and white wedding photo's LOL. Seriously though you look beautiful and the setting just adds to it!

DisneyLaura
10-15-2007, 11:43 AM
Summer - I agree with you, the castle does look more beautiful in the dark than in the morning light. I absolutely loved those pictures. All of them were great. It must be hard to pick and choose which ones are our favorites. Good news on the move to Canada, you are right you'll be closer to WDW. We are 23 hours away. I am in CT about 10-12 hours away from the Canadian border. Maybe in 2009 we'll see each other in WDW. I am going in Nov 2009 for Thanksgiving and then for the first week of December for the decorations. I can't wait.

HarbinsMom
10-15-2007, 12:52 PM
The MK pictures were worth the wait. They are gorgeous. I think my fav is in front of Splash Mountain and when the sun was up over the castle. Absolutely gorgeous.

Lisella
10-15-2007, 01:41 PM
Your pictures are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

I am so hooked on the idea of a Disney wedding now........;)

DisneyObsession
10-15-2007, 01:54 PM
We then moved on to the stage, thatís right, the stage. I was so excited to be on here. Paul got this shot of me, which I absolutely love. Light and shadow produced a ghostly image. Not really an ideal wedding shot, but undeniably clever use of photography:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Untitled-16.jpg

It was time to enter the Castle. I had viewed dozens of MK Shoot pics and the inside of the Castle just didnít do it for me. However we did manage to get a couple of good shots in here, they were also experimental, experimental because I smiled:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l82/Summer-Caitlin/Untitled-17.jpg

The "ghostly" picture belongs in front of The haunted mansion! Wouldn'tthat have been a perfect background!!! ;)

Why are "smiling" pictures experimental? Don't you like your smile? :confused: I think you are beautiful and have a great smile!!

Can't wait to hear more of the trip.:dance3:

scarlett873
10-15-2007, 07:15 PM
Wow.

Your MK photos are breathtaking...I certainly hope that Paul is still there by the time I get to have my vow renewal!! The arch pictures really did take my breath away!

Glorydaz
10-15-2007, 08:20 PM
hi Summer!

well, I think the toughest part of your photograhs is picking which one goes where! I would look into some sort of wall slide show presentation frame so you can showcase all these beautiful shots on a rotating basis! I cannot even say that any one is my favorite - so many of them are a visual feast for the eyes...of course you know I will say that the ones with Steven smiling made me smile even more! hahaha, he looks simply radiant!

I am thrilled you are moving to Toronto - it is a wonderful city. And if JJ and I move upstate like we plan to, we would only be a couple of hours away - how awesome is that??!!

hoping your studies are going well, hope Morgan is feeling good ...looking forward to your next installment..:hug:

Michelle :cloud9:

prince&princess
10-16-2007, 06:27 AM
Hi Summer,

Your photos are gorgeous you were a beautiful bride. You said you were picked up at 5am and finished your shoot at 7am do you mind me asking how you got a 2 hour shoot I was told all MK shoots were an hour? Also you have posted lots of photos, more than the 12 you are given in the package, are some of these the loose photos you are given or did you purchase the CD? Hope you dont mind me asking. X

JandJ
10-16-2007, 07:18 AM
Summer - you looked beautiful! I've never been a fan of the MK photo shoot pictures, and we didn't want to do the shoot ourselves, but I had to tell you that your pictures are wonderful!! Your photographer did an amazing job and I'm happy for you that you got the specific shots you wanted :)

Summer-Caitlin
10-16-2007, 08:11 AM
B2B-2008 - Thank you, your wedding may seem a long time away just now, but believe me it will fly by.

Missy H - Thanks, I had a few problems early on in my trip but the rest of our Disney honeymoon was pretty much plain sailing. I do love my pictures and I never thought I would be saying that!

mla1977 - WOW, that sounds so like it could very well be a proposal to me. Do you think it may be a Christmas proposal? How exciting, I so hope it is. Hey, if you have any questions at all, feel free to ask. Steal as much as you like from my PJ and TR, after all that's what it's here for:banana: :banana:
So you live in Philly? I have always wanted to visit there too, I'm gonna have loads of places to stop in on my way to Orlando, I may never get there:rotfl:
BTW, Savannah is a beautiful name, it's definitely on my list...

oneyodafan - Thanks for the compliments. MK pics are a hit and miss I think, some I'm not fond of, of course I only posted my own particular favs.
This move is getting me excited, bring on Canada!!!

MUDisneyCouple - LOL, you really made me laugh when you told me you worked with the criminally insane, the way you worded it sounds hilarious, I mean how could anyone love that? I do know what you mean though!!
As for the move, yup, I'm always on the look out for the next big thing in my life, I'm much happier when I'm planning something, so I'm so looking forward to going to Canada, I really can't wait.

Wendy - So glad you had a wonderful anniversary, it sounded really special.
Now that you mention wedding planning, I have planned events in the past, in fact I originally looked into having my own wedding planning business, but it's just not big business here in Scotland. I have planned huge Christmas events, and I mean huge, also planned other weddings and parties. I used to work in the hotel industry abroad, so learned alot about event planning.
When you want to do a VR, give me a holler if you want, I think you can tell I'm a perfectionist by now...

angel*lady - So you are studying to eh? I feel for you, I really do:hug: What are you studying?
Thanks for the comments on my MK shoot, I highly recommend it to anyone, even if it is just for the experience.

Hayley - Go ahead and save what you want from my TR, it doesn't bother me at all, I hope this TR helps future brides.
I know what you mean about falling in love with Florida, I mean if I could have legally stayed there, I would have done it in a heartbeat. Steven even said the same. The fact we are now moving to Canada though, well, I can fit in trips to the World quite often I think, at least once a year:woohoo:
You will love V & A, especially as you love seafood and chocolate, although not together, hmmm, maybe that could be a suggestion?

Ipizzuro123 - LOL, Paul is gonna love me, although I did tell him I would be putting my pics up online for all to see. The MK Shoot is so worth it, even now that it has gone up in price. Even Steven agrees and I'm pretty surprised, he said he would have paid much more!

WETWHISTLE - Thanks for the compliments, glad you're enjoying my TR.

Wazzo - Thanks for the advance welcome, I am sure I will love Toronto. HA, I told Steven we could drive straight through from Toronto and he didn't look to impressed, I guess it means cause I could say on a whim, let's spend the long weekend at Disney, LOL.

BaBeeCee14 - My favourites are the same as yours, I love all that I posted, but I love them even more, they are so magical, the perfect fairytale shot.

D&R love Disney - Thanks, the castle really is magical in the dark, truly special. I can't wait to move to Toronto, my ticker says it's so far away but I know it will fly by.

Rain - Thank you, I love BW photography, some of my favourite pics are in black and white, including my siggie pic.

DisneyLaura - I so want to do Christmas at WDW and Steven said last night if we get more from the sale of the house we may just manage to squeeze in a trip next Christmas to WDW, WOO HOO! Well then and 2009, 2010, 2011...

HarbinsMom - We were so tired by the Spalsh Mountain pic, Steven doesn't like it but I thought I had to post it. I am so happy we did the MK Shoot, when we do our VR, I will definitely schedule another MK Shoot. Although, god knows how much it will be by then:eek:

Lisella - Thanks for reading this TR, I know it's pretty long, glad to see we have another convert...

DisneyObsession - You are so right, in front of the Haunted Mansion would have been great, although I do love the arch in the background.
I don't smile in pics as a rule, neither does Steven. I personally, if somewhat vainly, think I look better when I don't smile. I think I look fat when I smile kinda like a chipmunk although not as cute;) and I know I'm still overweight so I guess I'm still camera concious. So you will notice that most of my pics have no smile in them, doesn't mean and I'm not having a great time though. Thanks for the compliments though, I promise to smile more in my pictures in the future:rolleyes:

scarlett873 - Hey, I'm hoping Paul will still be there by our VR so I know what you mean. I do love my pics though, it helps when you have an acommodating photgrapher.

Michelle - I will have to tell Steven that you thinks he looks radiant, I'm sure there will be much laughter with that one. I am struggling to pick my favourites too, there are so many differnet ones, I just can't decided. When we move to Toronto I want a few on canvas so I guess I still have some time to decide.
How cool that you will only be a couple of hours away. I can't wait to move, I'll be so close to most of you then, over here I feel so far away:sad2:
Morgan seems to be doing well, it's seems like some sort of freak occurence, I still do not know fully what happened, but he seems just as goos as he ever did. Thanks for asking, i think it was all the positive thoughts he got:hug:

prince&princess - MK Shoots are supposed to be only an hour, but as we had the early slot and there were no other brides scheduled that morning he managed to give us extra time. Plus as I said, he is quite fond of breaking the rules and he told us straight away that he was going to give us extra time. We certainly weren't complaining.
I didn't purchase the CD, we were given the CD. As an overseas bride we get the CD included, it sux for all US Brides, I know. We received over 113 MK Shoot Pictures on the CD and we received 12 in the album and 2 8 x 10's.

Jen - Awww, thanks. At first I wasn't sure about the MK Shoot but I'm so glad I did it. I know some people haven't had the best experience with the shoot so I was pretty nervous. We were lucky that I got my requested photographer, he was so accommodating and friendly, a definite gem. And yes I am so lucky he was willing to get those specific shots for me, I am eternally grateful.

Well, I am currently working on my next instalment and I'm quite glad all my wedding pics are over and done with, you know it takes so long to upload and resize all the pics, hence so much delay in my TR. So because of that, I'm hoping that I can put more up on my TR today or tomorrow at the latest.

MGM, here we come...

DisneyLaura
10-16-2007, 09:08 AM
mla1977 - WOW, that sounds so like it could very well be a proposal to me. Do you think it may be a Christmas proposal? How exciting, I so hope it is. Hey, if you have any questions at all, feel free to ask. Steal as much as you like from my PJ and TR, after all that's what it's here for:banana: :banana: ...

That's what is sounds like to me. :banana: Yeah another PJ and TR I get to read.

DisneyLaura - I so want to do Christmas at WDW and Steven said last night if we get more from the sale of the house we may just manage to squeeze in a trip next Christmas to WDW, WOO HOO! Well then and 2009, 2010, 2011......

You get to every year, I wish DH would go every year. He is not as obsessed with Disney as I am. He's happy to go every 5 years. I would go every year. Maybe when the kids get older I will just go with them by myself. When they are little I need the help. There's three of them and I only have two hands.

Summer-Caitlin
10-16-2007, 09:22 AM
DisneyLaura - Well Steven said if I actually complete my Law Degree we will go where ever I want, he also agreed to a VR in Disney at some point in the future. I always bargain, it's more fun.
I would imagine Disney would be alot of fun with children, that is one of the pros of having children, surely? A good excuse to go, teach them well, he can't exactly fight the 4 of you:rotfl:

Summer-Caitlin
10-16-2007, 09:26 AM
Day 7, Part 2

We woke up at 9.00am, yes it was still quite early considering the lack of sleep, but we were in Disney and I couldnít justify sleeping in too much.
The plan had been to go to Boatwrights at 10am but I knew that even if I hurried to get ready there would be no way we could make our reservation. So I decided to skip it and eat at MGM.

The plan was to go to MGM for 4 hours or so, and maybe come back for another nap before we got ready for The P & P Party and headed to Kona for dinner. Steven seemed pretty eager to visit MGM, so I just hoped we would both be awake enough to enjoy it.

I jumped in the shower again as I felt kind of icky after the MK Shoot and I quickly dressed. I redid my make-up and chose to wear my combat trousers, top and of course my bridal ears and badge. I reminded Steven that he had to wear his or there would be consequencesÖ

Steven was showered and dressed pretty quickly so we headed down to see mom. It was almost 10.30 so I at least knew she would have managed to get a good sleep.

She was wide awake and ready to go, I told her that we would just stop and have an early lunch at MGM, I suspected we would try Sci-Fi Dine-Inn as I knew how much Steven wanted to go there.
We told mom all about the MK Shoot and she seemed pretty impressed, although she was more impressed that Steven had managed to get me in my wedding dress!

After explaining V & A in great detail to her, she agreed that it wouldnít have been her scene, so I think she was pretty glad that she didnít go. I asked her if she managed to get anything to eat while we were out.

She did, but of course this was served with a side of major dramaÖ

She got lost, yup, thatís right, lost. Now she was in building number 5, and for those of you that donít know POFQ, this is just across the road from the main area (lobby) literally 2 minutes. She couldnít remember her room number and she thought she would just go by sight, i.e. remember the look of her door, umm, mom, they all look the same. She thought she was on the second floor, even though she was on the first and I donít know how many times I told her that her room number reflects her building and floor. She was 5139, 5 building, 1st floor.

Did any of this ever register? Nope! Now here is the killer, do any of you have any idea how long she spent looking for her room? 10 minutes, 20 am I hearing 30?

Try 60 minutes and youíve got it, no really you have! She walked around the grounds of POFQ for 1 whole hour before finally relenting and heading to the check-in area. Iím totally surprised she managed to find that!

Now I donít know about you but I would have been pretty embarrassed to admit that I had no idea where my room was, can you imagine what she would have been like it was CBR? She probably would have ended up in Epcot!
Apparently the CM drew her a map and told her where to go, I bet;)

Anyway, she got back to the room eventually but by that time it was near 9pm and she was tired so ended up going to bed. She had managed to get Chicken Strips and Salad from Sassagoula Floatworks, she still hadnít been that hungry as the lunch at Citricos was pretty filling.

We walked on to the bus stop and were lucky, as the bus to MGM was just pulling up.

Although it was only 11.00am it was already very humid, I should have known it was going to be like that after the shoot, my hair was already curling and my trousers felt like gloves.

The air conditioning in the bus was a welcome relief so we quietly enjoyed the journey. Several people wished us Congratulations and it was nice that even without the wedding dress on, it was still getting acknowledged.
Little did we know how much it would get acknowledged throughout the dayÖ

DisneyObsession
10-16-2007, 09:58 AM
60- minutes?!? I'm surprised she lasted that long looking for her room. :confused3 Well, at least she found it!

Sounds like you are in for LOTS of :wizard: on your honeymoon. Can't wait to hear about it!!! :banana:

MistressOfAllEvil
10-16-2007, 10:10 AM
Day 7, Part 2



After explaining V & A in great detail to her, she agreed that it wouldn’t have been her scene, so I think she was pretty glad that she didn’t go. I asked her if she managed to get anything to eat while we were out.

She did, but of course this was served with a side of major drama…

She got lost, yup, that’s right, lost. Now she was in building number 5, and for those of you that don’t know POFQ, this is just across the road from the main area (lobby) literally 2 minutes. She couldn’t remember her room number and she thought she would just go by sight, i.e. remember the look of her door, umm, mom, they all look the same. She thought she was on the second floor, even though she was on the first and I don’t know how many times I told her that her room number reflects her building and floor. She was 5139, 5 building, 1st floor.

Did any of this ever register? Nope! Now here is the killer, do any of you have any idea how long she spent looking for her room? 10 minutes, 20 am I hearing 30?

Try 60 minutes and you’ve got it, no really you have! She walked around the grounds of POFQ for 1 whole hour before finally relenting and heading to the check-in area. I’m totally surprised she managed to find that!




I'm starting to feel bad for mom.... :headache: Is she this incapable normally, or just at Disney?? My mom is a bit younger (I think, I'm guessing here), but she'll play the helpless card and it drives me INSANE. I know my mom can comprehend things that she chooses not to! Conversly, DF's Grandmother is completely incapable and she genuinely doesn't understand. She requires a lot of attention and care. Luckily, she's staying with a life long friend of hers right now while DF's parents are out of town. Last time she stayed with us and claimed that we never fed her!!!!!! :scared1: :confused3 The house was loaded with food, but she was uncomfortabe in the unfarmiliar conditions so she would never make anything for her self. Keep in mind the house we live in used to be hers, she lived there for 30 years. DF and I work full time + extra hours, plus I'm in school 3 nights a week for 4 hours a night, plus planning the wedding. I felt really bad, but I never said that I could just stay home for a week to sit with and "watch" her. It was a frustrating situation b/c I'm sad that she's as far gone as she is, but frustrated that no one really "asked" and assumed that we could give her the time and attention she requires. BTW... she did not starve and we fed her constantly. It just wansn't always what she wanted :rolleyes: We didn't neglect her!!! For the record. Eeeeek, now I sound guilty. :laughing:

Anyhow Summer, sorry for the long detour. You story was amazing. You descriptions of V & A's were amazing. I can't wait for a chance to eat there now. And you evening pictures and MK pictures were soooo beautiful. I'm not doing the MK photo shoot, but your pictures would be a strong argument for the shoot. I LOOOOOVE Cinderella's Fountain (that's were DF proposed too!) and the shots you got there are amazing. I love how you photographer played with the focus. And you really can't tell how tired you guys must have felt. Once again Summer, everything is AMAZING :goodvibes :wizard: :cheer2:

angel*lady
10-16-2007, 10:29 AM
Hi Summer!

A new installment is on it's way?! Oh goodie! :yay:

As far as your school question ... I have actually gone back to school (after a VERY LONG time!) to finally finish my bachelor's degree. I am working on a BS in Management and International Studies. I am excited to finally be finishing but it is a challenge balancing full time work, full time school and family. Fortunately my kids are older and my husband is extremely supportive. I plan to be finished in May 2009. When will you be done with your law degree? If it is 2009 as well, we should have a big graduation celebration Disney style! :cheer2: Looks like Disney Laura will be there as well!

Well - I'd better get back to studying or I won't be hitting that 2009 goal! :rotfl:

Looking forward to the next installment! :surfweb:

pjstevens
10-16-2007, 11:39 AM
I am sitting here laughing at your mom, your poor mom, lost at PO. I can imagine what the cm was thinking drawing that map. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip. I am enjoying your wedding and all the photos (feels like I was there).

traceycooper
10-16-2007, 12:06 PM
The Castle - I hadnít expected to feel so moved by a building, but it was so magical, it was like seeing your dream in front of you and capturing it after many years, and it is a feeling that I will never forget, it was perfection.

You have just managed to put my thoughts & feelings into words that i could never find, when telling friends & family about seeing the castle for the 1st time!!!! thankyou thankyou :hug:

Loved the MK pics..stunning

looking forward to the next installment:goodvibes

disneygirl24
10-16-2007, 01:13 PM
Hi Summer, I love your Magic Kingdom photos I wasn't sure if I want to have a shoot there or not but after seeing your photos I've decided definately yes!!!

MUDisneyCouple
10-17-2007, 08:10 AM
The more and more I hear about your mom, the more I think our moms should get together - mine has done the same exact thing :rotfl2: Maybe it's just a "mom thing". We are getting ready to board a plane for DL and Vegas with Mom...I'm sure we'll have many of these moments in the upcoming week! Can't wait to hear what you thought of MGM and Sci-Fi...

Actually, my job is never boring and I think that's why I love it. Not so much the mentally ill (that is hard work), but the fast paced work style fits me nicely. :) Plus, I completely agree that when I'm planning something I'm at my happiest....always something to think about, plan and look into...I'm always looking for the future "thing" to do. My DH hates that about me...live in the present, blah, blah...I like to look for the future ALL the time. I can have fun have now, but I can't wait to think of what to do in the future ;)

Bostonbride6292008
10-17-2007, 11:24 AM
I love your Randy pics! I cant wait to work with him Everything looks amazing!

pixie08
10-17-2007, 11:52 AM
Congratulations! You looked beautiful and I just love your photots!

disneydreamgirl05
10-17-2007, 01:07 PM
Your MK pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!!! I totally agree with you about the magical feel that the castle has a night. It's the lights!! They definetly make the scene!! I loved all your pictures!!!

rebecca06261
10-17-2007, 02:30 PM
:goodvibes bumping :goodvibes
more more more!!!

DisneyLaura
10-17-2007, 06:48 PM
DisneyLaura - Well Steven said if I actually complete my Law Degree we will go where ever I want, he also agreed to a VR in Disney at some point in the future. I always bargain, it's more fun.
I would imagine Disney would be alot of fun with children, that is one of the pros of having children, surely? A good excuse to go, teach them well, he can't exactly fight the 4 of you:rotfl:

You are right, going with children is awesome. When they see their character it's worth a millon dollars. I can remember like yesterday when my older DS saw Capt Hook, his eyes lit up. It was great. Now I am off to read your next installment.popcorn::

DisneyLaura
10-17-2007, 07:00 PM
Still laughing about your mom, I could totally see my mom doing that too.:lmao:

Summer-Caitlin
10-18-2007, 05:53 AM
DisneyObsession - Well the pixie dust certainly aint in this part of our instalment. I think it was too dark for Tinkerbell in Sci-Fi Dine-Inn. it is coming though, I promise.

MistressOfAllEvil - My mom is certainly not incapable. She lives alone and manages fine by herself, but she becomes too reliant when I'm around, I mean she won't even read signs. She would quite happily stand in wheelchair zone for a ride unless I tell her otherwise. Common sense went totally out the window in Disney.
I totally understand you, I used to nurse older patients and loads of times I found it a real struggle, it was hard to know if they were being truthful or not, as most of them were very forgetful.
I'm glad you're liking the instalments, they aren't writing themselves but I'm trying to keep the updates frequent.

angel*lady - That takes alot of courage to go back to school. That's what I have done but I have no children and I haven't been away that long. It's great that you have a supportive husband, it really does help. Steven has been great and helps alot...He gets in the Chinese when I can't be bothered cooking, LOL.
I graduate in summer 2010 unfortunately, but you can bet I am going to have a huge celebration when I do, Disney style.

pjstevens - Hey I am still laughing at my mom, she thinks nothing of it. There are no pics in the next instalment, but I promise there will be loads after that.

traceycooper - It is just a magical experience isn't it, I found it hard to put into words but I wrote how I felt at that precise moment, and that was it. Glad you're enjoying my report.

disneygirl24 - Woo hoo another MK Shoot convert, I'm so glad you are deciding to go for it. I think the experience is so worth it and I got some great shots, I'm sure you will too.

MUDisneyCouple - We do sound alot alike. I hope you all have a wonderful time in Disneyland, I havent been there since 2001 and although I didn't like Vegas too much at the time, it was too hot for one, but I now find myself aching to go back.
It's great that you love your job, I get bored really easily so I too need variation, your job sounds really interesting.

Bostonbride6292008 - You will love working with Randy, he's THE MAN, imo.

pixie08 - Thank you very much, I love my pictures too, hard to say but it's true. I am never a fan of the camera lens but I really enjoyed the whole experience.

disneydreamgirl05 - Don't you just love the lights on the castle, I think they are so romantic. I have lighting like that at home, I think it just sets the mood.

rebecca06261 - Okay, I get the hint:rotfl:

DisneyLaura - Yeah, I can't wait to go with children even Steven has agreed to go on certain rides when we have kids. I guess he doesn't want to appear a wuss in front of his kids:lmao:

Okay here we go...

Summer-Caitlin
10-18-2007, 05:56 AM
For anyone that's interested Stan from STVS sent me a 1 minute intro to my wedding video. NOTE this is not the Sneak Peek. I specifically asked for a stylized edit, so this is why it isn't like ones you may have seen before.

You can access it here....

http://www.box.net/shared/static/17ytcjuyfu.wmv

Let me know what you think...

Summer-Caitlin
10-18-2007, 06:03 AM
First up sorry there aren't any pics here, this instalment is pretty much a review on Sci-Fi Dine-Inn, so we don't have any pics, but here goes anyway...

Day 7, Part 3

So we arrive in MGM pretty quickly, itís probably about 10 minutes, if that from POFQ.

We all had our tickets at the ready and we had to go and get our bags checked, making sure we werenít trying to smuggle in some French Toast or something!

We were waved through and we entered the turnstiles to access MGM.
We immediately found ourselves on Hollywood Boulevard and the first thing I noticed was of course, Mickeyís Sorcerer Hat. It was really cool, and one of the best centrepieces I had seen.

We planned to eat straight away at Sci-Fi Dine-Inn, we didnít have a reservation and I hoped we could get a walk-in because of the early hour.
I looked at the map and noticed it was on Comissary Lane behind Drew Careyís Sounds Dangerous. So we headed left and went around some attractions.

We found it easily enough and managed to get seated straight away. Our host took us to our stretch limo, thatís right we were back seat drivers to another family. No biggie, we were here to eat.

The atmosphere was great, I really felt like I was in a drive-in. However I would have preferred not to have been seated right at the back. We had a complete view of the kitchen and it kind of spoiled the moment. The lighting streamed through onto our tables so we didnít get the full experience.
Our waiter was really friendly and handed us our menus and quickly took our drinks orders.

We all decided to go for the milkshakes. Steven chose Strawberry, my mom took Chocolate and I tried the Oreo Cookie Ice-Cream.

They were delivered in proper diner glasses and the contents were so thick I seriously had to let it sit for 5-10 minutes before the straw was of any use. It was beautiful though, the oreos were crumbled into the ice-cream and there were huge chunks of chocolate biscuit mixed with vanilla ice-cream, the texture was amazing. Mom and Steven really liked theirs but it was no comparison to my one, I definitely lucked out with my milkshake.

So we scanned the menu. I was really happy we had only come here for lunch. I had read pretty consistent reviews of this place, and they were consistently bad. However, I loved the look of the interior so I thought we would be safe to come here for lunch and use our spare TS Credit.

For appetizer Steven and I ordered the same ĎCrispy Onion Ringsí and mom ordered the Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

The ĎB Moviesí were showing, well clips of them anyway. Steven loved this as he is a fan of movies like that, as in laughable movies where special effects are now just awful.

We received our food and I was surprised at the size of the portions. We had at least 10 onion rings each and my momís appetizer had a huge plate of corn chips, I mean like a family size bag.

Okay, the Onion Rings were greasy, really wet and they werenít the sort of onion rings I like either, I prefer the mushed kind of onion rings, yíknow the ones where you bite into them and itís all mushed. Instead these were just whole onion rings and what annoyed me most is that I would bite into it and the onion part itself was pretty hard so breaking a bit off was tough. This would resort in me pulling the onion, with my teeth, out of the casing, leaving the battered part empty and pointless.

They were huge, yes, but tasty, no. I regretted not getting the dip that my mom had as hers was really nice. Steven agreed that they were too greasy for him too; we ended up leaving about 12.

Momís dip was really nice, mild but with a bit of kick. There was no way she would have finished this on her own so Steven and I joined in to help her. It went so well with tortilla chips but we all struggled to finish this so we left about half.

Our Entrťeís arrived, mom had the ĎSmoked Turkey Sandwichí Steven ordered ĎThe Reubení and I played it safe and ordered the ĎAngus Chuck Burgerí

Well I thought I played it safeÖ

My burger tasted as if it had been a frozen patty, certainly not fresh. It didnít even taste like beef, I have no idea what it was but I know I didnít like it. I had ordered swiss cheese and removed the bacon, but it just wasnít working for me at all. I managed to eat about 4 bites and gave up and delved into my fries.

Steven unfortunately didnít do any better. He hated his ĎReubení I had no idea why he ordered it as I could have told him he wouldnít like it. I didnít think he would like rye bread. But his complaint was that the sandwich was really wet, he picked it up and it was literally dripping some clear thick fluid. Now I knew there was sauerkraut on it and I knew that wasnít clear, so I still to this day donít know what was dripping from that sandwich. I try not to think about it to much as itís way to icky to even go there, but all I know is, Steven stopped eating there and then and delved into his own fries.

I offered him my burger and he gladly accepted it. He didnít seem to have the same complaint as me, but agreed he had tasted a better burger at Mcdonalds.

My mom on the other hand really liked her ĎSmoked Turkey Sandwichí It looked really nice but it had way too much stuff I didnít like on it for me to have considered ordering it. Still at least she was happy with her order.

I was still hungry as I hadnít eaten that much so I knew I was getting dessert.
I ordered the Cheesecake and mom ordered the Fresh Fruit Salad. Steven was being boring and ordered nothing.

Now the Cheesecake was beautiful, it was served with caramel sauce and M and Mís. It was so creamy and had that thick texture that I love in cheesecake, it was so nice that I didnít even offer Steven a bit, hey he didnít order one and he could have, heíd learn!

Momís Fruit Salad was just that, it seemed to be a nice mix of melon, berries etc. But as Iím not a huge fan of fruit salad, it looked pretty bland to me.

So, Sci-fi Dine-Inn. Iím sorry but the reviews were right, the atmosphere is great, but the food just isnít worth it. Itís quite expensive too, $83.00, and had we not been on the DP we definitely wouldnít have ordered 3 courses here. I certainly wouldnít return again, I do think depending on what you order changes the experience, but the selection isnít huge, so looking at the menu again. I canít actually think of what else to order. MGM really lacks in the food dept imo, but for a TS, this place is really disappointing. The best thing here was the milkshake and cheesecake, can you do that, order dessert and a drink only? That may be the only reason to visit.

Coming up...

Around MGM, loads of pics, and I'm so bored I go on Tower of Terror.

Kirsteen
10-18-2007, 06:03 AM
Wow Summer - your video is amazing!! Wish we could see more!! :goodvibes

apirateslife4evr
10-18-2007, 06:06 AM
For anyone that's interested Stan from STVS sent me a 1 minute intro to my wedding video. NOTE this is not the Sneak Peek. I specifically asked for a stylized edit, so this is why it isn't like ones you may have seen before.

You can access it here....

http://www.box.net/shared/static/17ytcjuyfu.wmv

Let me know what you think...
OMG Summer.....your intro is SO COOL......I wanna see the whole thing !!!!!

Give us more......Give us more.....Give us more !!!! :dance3: :dance3:

Summer-Caitlin
10-18-2007, 06:14 AM
Thank you girls. Yup, I think Stan excelled himself this time. I was really doubtful using him initially, mainly because of the DVD demos he sent. they were all quite similar and not to my taste. I wanted something quite different.

We have used Truly, Deeply - Savage Garden for the intro
Ready to Fly - Richard Marx for the ceremony, i think
Unbelievable (Remix) for the Stylized (fast cut) retrospective.

I can't wait to see the rest.

Stan obviously understood me loud and clear.

orangetiggs
10-18-2007, 06:14 AM
we are worried about the money for stan but after seeing that small clip i really want o make sure we get him now!!! cant wait to see the rest

meryll83
10-18-2007, 07:18 AM
I'm back,

And I'm about caught up - I did read some sections quickly so I'll have to go back over them in more detail!

I can now officially not feel like an outsider in this section of the DISboards, that's right, we got engaged!

Anyway, I won't hijack your thread, just wanted to check back in!

V&A's sounds so lavish, it's a shame that I'm far too fussy a eater to enjoy somewhere like that.

Looking forward to more pixie dust.....

Summer-Caitlin
10-18-2007, 07:22 AM
I'm back,

And I'm about caught up - I did read some sections quickly so I'll have to go back over them in more detail!

I can now officially not feel like an outsider in this section of the DISboards, that's right, we got engaged!

Anyway, I won't hijack your thread, just wanted to check back in!

V&A's sounds so lavish, it's a shame that I'm far too fussy a eater to enjoy somewhere like that.

Looking forward to more pixie dust.....


I know, I know, you must be thrilled!

You have plenty of time to organise the wedding of your dreams. I am so excited for you, you are going to be a Disney Bride, YAY!!!!

meryll83
10-18-2007, 07:36 AM
I know, I know, you must be thrilled!

You have plenty of time to organise the wedding of your dreams. I am so excited for you, you are going to be a Disney Bride, YAY!!!!

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaah!

Ok - first question for you (technical one to ease you in gently), how do you alter the title of your thread to show updates?
I need to do this right!

Ok, and now back to your TR. Pwiddy pwease!

Summer-Caitlin
10-18-2007, 07:40 AM
Okay, you go to edit post, then click on Go Advanced, this will allow you to edit the title as many times as you like.