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lurkyloo
02-19-2008, 02:06 AM
I’m going to try to organize my trip report in a way that info is easily accessible, so I’ll start with a refresher and my vendor reviews, then get into the blow-by-blow recaps!

I’ve noticed that a lot of times the things we obsess over in our planning journals don’t even rate a mention in the eventual trip report, so here’s a link to mine in case I neglect to cover some detail:

Planning Journal: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1629935

It also covers how we met, why we chose a Walt Disney World wedding, and what we said to everyone who asked us if we were going to be married by Mickey Mouse...

Wedding Details

Locations: Morocco/The Attic/UK Lochside

Date: 2/4/08

Number of Guests: 34

No Rehearsal Dinner, no Farewell Brunch, no Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, but we accidentally ended up having a...

Rehearsal Brunch: Spoodles

and a...

No-Pressure, Come-if-You-Want-to Meet ‘n’ Greet: The Drawing Room at Beach Club Villas

Photography: Nathan & Jensey Root (www.rootography.com)

Videography: Star Fruit Productions (http://starfruitprod.com/)

Floral: Disney (required for in-park events)

Hair & Makeup: Patricia LeJeune (www.lejeune-pca.com)

Honeymoon Resorts: Beach Club Villas/Contemporary/Animal Kingdom Villas/Grand Floridian


Our Pictures & Video

Wedding Photo Slideshow: http://clients.rootography.com/carriepatrick/

Wedding Video Demo: http://blip.tv/file/1667510/

Full-length Wedding Video: http://blip.tv/file/1023592/



Trip Report Index

Since this trip report is now up to 58 pages, I thought it would be helpful to index it so you can skip to each day’s installment. Many days required multiple posts, so I’ll link to the page and write in the number that the installment starts on.

Day 1: Travel Day (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=2) – Page 2, Post #28

Day 2: Death By a Thousand Frustrations (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=4) – Page 4, Post #51

Day 3: Rehearsal, Brunch, Meet ‘n’ Greet! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=6) – Page 6, Post #86


Wedding Day: Ceremony (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=7) – Page 7, Post #103

Wedding Day: Reception (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=9) – Page 9, Post #135

Wedding Day: Dessert Party (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=12) – Page 12, Post #169


Glad I Did/Wish I’d Done (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=14) – Page 14, Post #202

Magic Kingdom Portrait Session Review (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=44) – Page 44, Post #651


Honeymoon Day 1: Stormalong Bay, All Day! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=17) – Page 17, Post #245

Honeymoon Day 2: Disastrous Disney Photo Shoot & Snoozin’ Through the MK (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=47) – Page 47, Post #691

Honeymoon Day 3: First Full Day at Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=19) – Page 19, Post #285

Honeymoon Day 4: Behind the Seeds Tour & Parasailing (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=23) – Page 23, Post #338

Honeymoon Day 5: Another Frigging Magical Day! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=25) – Page 25, Post #363

Honeymoon Day 6: Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=26) – Page 26, Post #379

Honeymoon Day 7: First-Ever Visit to MGM/DHS (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=28) – Page 28, Post #409

Honeymoon Day 8: Celebration, Mini Golf, and Resort Touring (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=29) – Page 29, Post #430

Honeymoon Day 9: Epcot to MK and Back Again! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=37) – Page 37, Post #544

Honeymoon Day 10: 60 Degrees Out? Sounds Like Water Park Weather! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=39) – Page 39, Post #579

Honeymoon Day 11: Lunch with an Imagineer (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=40) – Page 40, Post #599

Honeymoon Day 12: Last Day of the Trip! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=49) – Page 40, Post #727

Day 13: The Reckoning! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=54) – Page 54, Post #799


Gratuitous Wedding Pictures: Focus on Japan! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=52) – Page 52, Post #766

At-Home Wedding Reception (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=57) – Page 57, Post #843

Finished Ginormous Wedding Album + Gown Preservation (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1726902&page=61) – Page 61

lurkyloo
02-19-2008, 02:24 AM
Photography: Nathan & Jensey Root A+++

OK, everyone knows by now how much I love the Roots, so I won’t belabor the point, but... fresh style, all digital-photo rights, great price, friendly and easy to work with, pictures finished in less than two weeks – fantastic!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0299_0671N_13.jpg



Videography: Star Fruit Productions B-
chose them for their cinematic style—their videos look like mini movies or documentaries and they don't have that harsh videotaped look. Originally I didn't even want a video, but their work was so different from everything I'd seen that it convinced me. It took a bit of working on the final product to get it exactly how I envisioned it because I am picky and have a background in editing. The original camerawork and coverage were good, but a problem with one of the microphones meant that my vows are barely audible. Sometimes this stuff happens, and there's not much anyone could have done about it. However, I was surprised that Star Fruit didn't warn me about this when they delivered the "final" video—like maybe I wouldn't notice...?


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0440_1041J.jpg



Floral: Disney Floral B+
Although I had to cut a lot of my original floral proposal due to the high prices, what I did get was exactly what I asked for, even though technically my dahlias weren’t in season.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0263_0603J.jpg

I was also happy that they worked with me to come up with super-cheap but great-looking altarpieces.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0526_1253J.jpg

Tying in with the over-priced thing, I wasn’t crazy about how limited my chair alternatives were – the cheapest chair upgrade (wood, folding) actually turned out to be more expensive than putting covers on the ugly standard chairs because of a setup fee. Oh, and the constant warnings that my aisle petals would blow away (they didn’t)...

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0503_1207J.jpg



Hair & Makeup: Patricia LeJeune (www.lejeune-pca.com) A
I chose Patricia because I wanted natural-looking makeup, I liked the looks on her website, and her prices were good. I am extremely fair, which makes it hard to get a good foundation match, but the airbrush makeup she used on me blended really well and lasted all day (apparently real airbrush makeup is more durable than traditional foundation, but a lot of makeup artists don’t want to pay $40 a bottle for it, so they use regular foundation in an airbrush and it doesn’t last).

We actually used a lot of my own color makeup (at my request), so I’m going to give a shoutout to the products that lasted all day:

Lips: Vincent Longo Pearlessence Gel Stain + Paul & Joe Lip Gloss
Eyes: Laura Mercier Eye Color Quad; CoverGirl LashExact mascara
Model in a Bottle setting spray

This photo was taken 8 hours, 1 brunch, and many smooches after my makeup was applied:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/1313_2867J.jpg

I also liked what Patricia did with my hair, although it took me barking out orders at the last moment to get it to look exactly how I wanted; Patricia was totally cool about that. One thing – she may be hard to get ahold of at first because she does SO many weddings, but when she makes an appointment with you she keeps it. Also, she was about 20 minutes late that morning, partly because it was 4:30am and there was no valet on duty to take her car. I had asked her to come 30 minutes earlier than I thought I needed her to come, though, so it worked out OK.



Dress Steaming & Shipping: Carolyn Allen A
Using Carolyn Allen to get my dress to and from Orlando, plus steaming, was one of the best things I did. I FedExed it to them in its original shipping box about 2 weeks beforehand and included my shrug. They brought both pieces to me the morning of my wedding already steamed, and then they touched them up while Patricia did my hair and makeup. After the wedding I left the dress & shrug with DH’s tux at my hotel’s bell services and CA picked everything up, stuffed it back in the box, and shipped it back to my house. The only thing that bugged was they charged me $35 for return shipping – it cost me $20 to ship it.


Tuxedos: Carolyn Allen B-
Getting tuxedos through CA should have been a lot easier than it was – the idea of having tuxes delivered and picked up at the hotel was very appealing, and there aren’t too many vendors who do this. The snag was that CA’s new vendor, Jim’s Formalwear, closes its warehouse all weekend, which means that if any of the pieces needed for a Sunday or Monday-morning wedding are wrong, they can’t be exchanged for the right ones (unless you happen to have selected a style of tux that CA keeps on hand). As I’d feared, this happened to us. It was really the fault of whoever measured the Best Man, but it bothered me that CA couldn’t get us the correct size jacket. However, the fellow who brought the tuxes for the fitting was a really friendly, helpful guy who even gave us directions to Best Buy!



Manicure: Perriwigs @ the Beach Club A-
When I heard about Caryn’s Magical Disappearing Manicure from Perriwigs, I was worried. But the girl who did my manicure did a nice job (I think her name was Xiomara), and it lasted about a week.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_4998.jpg



Waxing: Mandara Spa @ the Dolphin D
I was really disappointed in the Mandara Spa. It has the attitude and prices of one of our swanky Beverly Hills spas but the atmosphere, amenities and services are mediocre at best. I knew I should have gone to Bliss before I left LA – it would have been cheaper, and they give you free brownies! When I first tried to book a full-leg and Brazilian wax, they said the woman who does Brazilians doesn’t work Saturdays (?!?). I called back closer to the date to see if her schedule had changed and they booked me. But when I got there, they said she still didn’t work Saturdays and I would have to come back the next day. The day before my wedding… which I had scheduled up to my eyeballs. Grrrr.

The girl who did my leg wax was friendly but did a TERRIBLE job – she missed patches all over my legs and didn’t fully remove all the wax bits. I had stuff sticking to me for two days…

(This is what my legs looked like post-wax…)

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/HairyLeg.jpg

When I came back for the Brazilian I asked the woman to fix her colleague’s bad job, but she said she didn’t have time. At least I had the presence of mind to ask about a discount for Starwood Hotels Preferred Guest members when I paid at the end… I got 20% off (kinda like it was for the 20% of my legs she missed…)

Jewelry: Madame Fortuna (http://www.madamefortuna.com/) A
A fellow DIS bride hooked me up with jewelry maker Madame Fortuna. I’d bought the aqua chandelier crystals I wanted to use for a necklace but couldn’t figure out how to construct what I envisioned. I sent Madame Fortuna the crystals and my inspiration picture, and she made the necklace and a pair of earrings. What I really liked, though, was the personal touches she added – an antique watch chain and locket, which I used for pictures of my mom.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0443_1046N_13.jpghttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0066_0138J_12.jpg

Fascinators: www.fascinators.net A-
When I decided I wanted a fascinator instead of a veil, I had trouble finding one I liked and could afford. The US websites call them “headpieces” and sell them for upwards of $300. I discovered the Australian website Fascinators.net, which has the advantage of lower prices and an exchange rate that was in my favor at the time. The downside was that it took a month to get my two fascinators, and one of them had a broken feather when it arrived. The owner of the site was really helpful about it, though – she sent me extra feathers and I made a few of my own to help fill it out a bit.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0084_0182J_1.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/1455_3222N.jpg

romymichelle21
02-19-2008, 03:31 AM
That last picture of you guys is so cute :goodvibes

I loooooove the picture of the flower petals! They're just so pink and pretty!! :3dglasses

Umm, what else was I gonna say? Wow, brain lag.

Oh yeah! :eek: Brazilian wax?! Have you done it before? Is it horribly embarassing? I mean - I wouldn't ask - but you posted it on here... :rotfl:

More TR please! :yay:

hope1826
02-19-2008, 07:19 AM
YAY Trip report! :yay: :yay: :yay:

I love your format.

I am now rethinking Mandara Spa. I've called them several times to ask questions before I make an appointment and helpful and friendly are definitely not two of the words I would use to describe them. They are just the most convenient because of their proximity to the BWI.

Is there anywhere else you would have gone at Disney?

More pics please!!!:cheer2:

yearbook50
02-19-2008, 07:46 AM
Love your start!

It was nice meeting you and running into you while at Disney. I loved your hats.

disneediva
02-19-2008, 07:50 AM
popcorn::

caryndisneydiva
02-19-2008, 08:01 AM
great format carrie! i didn't have xochitl do my nails, it was some other girl, i can't remember her name now, xochitl was there when i was there though. i like that you included pics of everything! all of your accessories look amazing, i love how you included your mom in the locket on your necklace, that is very sweet. i think the shrug looked great and i didn't know you had a mini cage with your fascinator! how cool! what else can i say, OH, i'm glad you liked sage, i too felt like she and her assistant were always there taking shots. i still haven't gotten my video yet though...

jacqu3lin3
02-19-2008, 08:01 AM
I just love the way your wedding turned out. Everything looks so beautiful! You definitely had the Old Hollywood Glam vibe going on!!!

Starr W.
02-19-2008, 08:06 AM
Spa treatments.

Unless you go to your local place and know the people, I would be leery of letting any stranger do any sort of waxing on me. Found this out the hard way when I didn't want to wait for one of my regulars to wax my eyebrows. I wear them full and ended up with the very "hollywood" generic job(much thinner than I like).


I'm going to try a mani/pedi at the SSR spa over Thanksgiving. I'll let the rest of you know how it goes.

MistressOfAllEvil
02-19-2008, 08:14 AM
Alrighty then! The squeeze is on. Apparently I'll have to start my TR tonight to keep pace with my wedding twin.

LOVE your siggy pic! :goodvibes :cutie:

I like that you recapped everything and I can't wait to read all the nitty gritty! :woohoo:

Mermaid_Ariel
02-19-2008, 08:14 AM
This format is great, Carrie!!! I really can't wait to read more!! popcorn::

MistressOfAllEvil
02-19-2008, 08:19 AM
and i didn't know you had a mini cage with your fascinator! how cool!

Yeah... I didn't realize this either. (I was going to say something after looking at pictures on your other thread!) I mean, I knew you were switching things up thoughout the day... from the wedding to the DP, but I must have really been in a fog before hand. I feel like I missed so many little details. I need one of those courses that help people focus and remember things! Anyhow, it looked stunning. You looked stunning! Love it!

calanniebu
02-19-2008, 08:56 AM
YAY! I can't wait to hear all about it! I LOVE your necklace and all of the other colors your brought into your wedding.

Keira1387
02-19-2008, 09:06 AM
Yay! So glad you started your TR! Can't wait to hear all about it! popcorn::

scarlett873
02-19-2008, 09:15 AM
Wahoo!! I've been (not so) patiently waiting for this TR along with Wendy's! You looked stunning! Can't wait for the rest!!!

Wazzo
02-19-2008, 09:38 AM
Perfect format! I've already learned so much from your PJ (TWO Resorts = One Way Bus!), now I can print this off as notes for future reference! :goodvibes

Looking forward to the whole story! :woohoo:

hmgolden
02-19-2008, 09:41 AM
Yay - you are back! I'm so excited you have started these. I LOVE the photos you have posted so far. You look so glamorous!

I am sorry about the experience you had the Mandara Spa. That is really disappointing.

I can't wait to hear more :)

curiouser
02-19-2008, 09:45 AM
Your vendor reviews are fantastic and so helpful - THANK YOU!!

I, too, love the last photo! The fur shrug, the fascinator with the netting.. all perfect. You have fantastic style! I am a-twitch with envy - but in a good way! I can't wait to read more!

myprincessgirlisa
02-19-2008, 10:04 AM
CARRIE!!! I cant believe how beautiful you look...you have such a classic look!!!! its AWESOME!!!!!

I love your reviews too....very well said!!!

I cant wait for more!!!

pink_tink8i8
02-19-2008, 11:59 AM
I'm curious to know how the tuxes at Carolyn Allen's works. Did you have to go try them on before hand or when you were in Orlando a couple of days before your wedding you took care of all that?

lov2b@disney
02-19-2008, 12:11 PM
Beautiful!! Cant Wait To Here More

lurkyloo
02-19-2008, 12:34 PM
Yay! I'm so glad the reviews are helpful! :goodvibes Thanks for all the sweet comments, too!

Brazilian wax?! Have you done it before? Is it horribly embarassing? I mean - I wouldn't ask - but you posted it on here...

Um, yeah, I was wondering if that was TMI.... I just figured most people wouldn't know what exactly a Brazilian entails! :rotfl: I'd done it once before and thought it wasn't so bad, and somehow I got the idea that it was THE thing to do for one's honeymoon. After Round #2 I can say that it is definitely NOT :scared: :faint: ...

I am now rethinking Mandara Spa. Is there anywhere else you would have gone at Disney?

Convenience was my No. 1 reason too. None of the other Disney spas do Brazilians, so I would have had to go off property into deepest darkest Winter Park (even the Gaylord Palms doesn't do them - apparently I am some sort of deviant for wanting one... :upsidedow ). What I really should have done was gone to Bliss in L.A. before I left - so I guess my vote is to get it done before you leave for WDW... or not at all! :eek:

It was nice meeting you and running into you while at Disney. I loved your hats.

Hee hee! It was high-larious how often we ran into each other. Thanks again for the TOT line tip!

great format carrie! i didn't have xochitl do my nails, it was some other girl, i can't remember her name now.

Ah-ha - I think your girl was there that day... watching TV in the reception area and making out with her boyfriend - classy!!

I'm curious to know how the tuxes at Carolyn Allen's works. Did you have to go try them on before hand or when you were in Orlando a couple of days before your wedding you took care of all that?

DH and the Best Man each were measured at tux shops in L.A. that are part of the Jim's Formalwear network. I had DH try on a similar tux in L.A., but apparently they are not standardized except for the type of collar (peak, notch, etc.). Then, on Saturday before the wedding, CA brought out DH and BM's tuxes for them to try on at our hotel in Orlando. DH's just needed the sleeves lengthened and a different tie. BM's was a size too big, but all they could do was alter the sleeve and leg lengths. :sad2:

Lynn5700
02-19-2008, 12:52 PM
Aww Carrie,you have such a fresh and classic face girl.You looked gorgeous,you have beautiful skin :)

The reviews are so helpful...can't wait to hear more :)

tlhbdm
02-19-2008, 01:18 PM
I'm glad you started your TR. I can't wait to read more.

AuroraBorealis
02-19-2008, 06:44 PM
Great format! You are so organized! I mostly lurked on your PJ and I have really been looking forward to your TR.

Your photos are amazing! I think, based on your experience, the Roots will be serious competition for other photographers.

Your makeup looks fantastic! I'm a very pale girl too (nautral redhead, cannot tan, I've been told I glow in the dark, etc.) so it is good to know Patricia had a foundation solution. You look so beautiful!

I'm sorry your waxing experiences were so bad. You'd think Disney would have top quality spas because it is such a popular resort destination. At least because of all the weddings... they provide everything else, why not make it easier for a bride to get good beauty treatments?

Congratulations to you and Patrick! Can't wait to read more.

monana
02-19-2008, 07:24 PM
I love you vendor reviews, i was curious, how much did carol allen charge for steaming and delivery of your dress? and by the way i would be annoyed paying more for shipping if i already knew for sure that it was cheaper.

your wedding looked so fantastic. all that planning and hard work paid off.

lurkyloo
02-19-2008, 10:53 PM
I was curious, how much did carol allen charge for steaming and delivery of your dress?

The cost breakdown:
$ 85.00 Steaming
$ 15.00 Storage and Delivery
$ 35.00 Shipping (no cleaning)
$ 8.78 6.5% sales tax
------------------------------
$ 143.78 Total

This is a lot more than the $80 I budgeted under "Steaming" in my little spreadsheet, but totally worth the convenience....

lurkyloo
02-19-2008, 11:51 PM
Friday, February 1

Unfortunately, Day One is very boring because we spent almost all of it traveling.

I got up early but blew half an hour posting my farewells on the message boards, like a NERD! Still, I had enough time to get everything together and out the door relatively smoothly.

Here is a picture of Dr. J attempting to come along for Mommy & Uncle Daddy’s wedding... He's winking at you...

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_6035.jpg

And here is a picture of all the luggage we took for a wedding and 2-week honeymoon: 1 suitcase, 1 carry-on and 1 backpack apiece. Not too shabby, but more than I’ve ever taken on a trip anywhere except my 3-week high school choir trip to Europe (when I brought along a pair of cheap undies for every single day so I wouldn’t have to do laundry...)

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_5954.jpg

Not shown is a ginormous box we shipped to our first hotel, containing:

- 130 announcement/reception invites to be mailed the day after our wedding
- our custom bride & groom ears
- ceremony programs
- CD of ceremony music
- personalized mouse ear favors for our guests
- alligator cake knife
- cake topper, which DH made
- my two fascinators
- fake bouquet for Magic Kindom photo shoot
- Blurb photo guest book and two Slickwriter pens

I became a huge fan of shipping stuff on this trip. It was so convenient, and it enabled us to take along the comforts of home. I shipped my dress and shrug to Carolyn Allen, where they were stored, steamed, and delivered to me on the wedding day and then picked up and packed up to be shipped back home.

The dress and shrug get ready for their big trip!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_6045.jpg

Thanks to a DIS Boards tip, I also had two cases of bottled water from Costco.com – about $7.50 apiece (including shipping!) – delivered to the Beach Club Villas, and it saved us a ton on water in the parks.

Going through security and checking our bags at LAX went smoothly. We got our first wedding congratulations from the ticket agent, which was nice. We had a nonstop flight and got in to MCO a few minutes early. Our bags arrived safe and sound (my big worry).

When we saw the line at Alamo to pick up our rental car, I was SO glad I had prepaid online (which got us a discount on top of the great rate we found through a code on Mousesavers.com). All we had to do was put a credit card in the kiosk, press the “No” button six bazillion times to refuse various additional services, then take the printout to the garage. I had never seen car pick-up the way Alamo does it: All the cars are just parked in the garage, and people go to the section for the class of car they rented and pick one out.

It was a free-for-all – people were dashing all over trying to get the best cars. I watched as all the 4-doors were snatched out from under us, and we ended up with a 2-door Pontiac G6 with a rock in its tire (or something – it made a fwapping noise for our entire trip). We called it “the O Mobile” cuz it’s the car Oprah gave away on her show...

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_5984.jpg

We drove straight to my hotel, the glamorous Sheraton Safari Inn. I am a total Disney hotel snob, but I had enough Starwood Preferred Guest points for two free nights here – nothing to sniff at when you’re taking a 16-day trip! So I stayed there our first two nights (DF stayed in his fambly’s cheapo condo rental in the boonies).

Feel the glamour!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/13_Sheraton_Safari_exterior_wall.jpg


This is what our room looked like, except without the sassy zebra-print bedspreads, the plant, or the charm….

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/Sheratonroom.jpg

The Command Center

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_4975.jpg


From there, we headed over to Downtown Disney for our first ADR, at Raglan Road. On the way to dinner, we picked up our Disney Dining Experience cards at Downtown Disney Guest Relations. These don’t seem like that great a deal anymore now that using them adds an automatic 18% gratuity to the bill (the DDE discount is 20%), but I guess we were gonna have to tip anyway.... The cast member tried to tell us that we couldn’t purchase one without active Annual Passes (we had the DFTW AP vouchers), but I drew on my DIS Boards research to let her know it was OK - hee hee!

While we were eating dinner, we started to take pictures of our food for the boards and then realized that we’d forgotten our Gorillapod, an adjustable tripod I learned about on the DIS (thanks Crystal (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1286078)!) and bought especially for our trip. Argh!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/gorillapod-776476.jpg

We love the Gorillapod because we can take shots of the two of us together by affixing it just about anywhere. I was so disappointed, but then I got the idea to call our wedding photographers and see if they knew where we could get one. By this time it was about 9:30pm, but we knew they’re night owls, so we thought it was OK to call. They were so cool – they said they’d do some research and get back to us; when they called back, it turned out they’d gone to some random late-night camera store near their house and bought us the closest thing they could find.

So at 11pm we drove to their house in Celebration to pick it up, and we got to meet Jensey in person for the first time – she’s a huge WDW fan, and just as sweet and friendly as Nathan! It was really fun (but their cute little doggie was at Grandma’s house, so we didn’t get to meet him).

We got a leetle bit lost coming back from Celebration, which was to be a theme of our adventures in the O Mobile for at least a week. Is California the only state that gives you a highway on-ramp in the opposite direction to match every off-ramp...? It was verrrry late when we finally returned to the Sheraton....

...And that is the story of the first day of our trip!

jacqu3lin3
02-20-2008, 04:56 AM
popcorn:: Intently Reading!!!

lov2b@disney
02-20-2008, 05:42 AM
joining in !

That tripod thing is soooo cool! Never seen one before!

scarlett873
02-20-2008, 07:32 AM
I need one of those tripods! That is friggin' cool!!!

Can't wait for more!!

Gillian
02-20-2008, 07:47 AM
I need one of those too! And it looks like a cool gift for my dad, if it will hold a digital slr.

Can't wait to hear the rest! LOL at Sheraton Safari. It's convenient, if not much else.

lpizzuro123
02-20-2008, 08:07 AM
So glad you started this trip report - you have already given me one valueable bit of info. I was wondering if we could purchase the DDE card with just the voucher and according to your journal, the answer is YES. Can't wait to read more and check out more photos.

Thanks,
Linda

MistressOfAllEvil
02-20-2008, 08:08 AM
Friday, February 2

Eeeek! Friday, February 1st!!!

When we saw the line at Alamo to pick up our rental car, I was SO glad I had prepaid online (which got us a discount on top of the great rate we found through a code on Mousesavers.com). All we had to do was put a credit card in the kiosk, press the “No” button six bazillion times to refuse various additional services, then take the printout to the garage. I had never seen car pick-up the way Alamo does it: All the cars are just parked in the garage, and people go to the section for the class of car they rented and pick one out.

We had a similar experience EXCEPT: I don't remember which rental company we went through, it wasn't a mad house, Chuck had booked through work and is some sort of emerald member or something, he still had to check in at the counter, but it wasn't bad. Okay... the similar part? We got to go down the 'Emerald' rows and pick our own vehicle. We got a really nifty Toyota 4-Runner. It was awsome. I want one now. I looooooooved driving it!


The Command Center

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_4975.jpg

Wow! Love this. Love how organized you are!

While we were eating dinner, we started to take pictures of our food for the boards and then realized that we’d forgotten our Gorillapod, an adjustable tripod I learned about on the DIS (thanks Crystal (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1286078)!) and bought especially for our trip. Argh!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/gorillapod-776476.jpg

We love the Gorillapod because we can take shots of the two of us together by affixing it just about anywhere. I was so disappointed, but then I got the idea to call our wedding photographers and see if they knew where we could get one. By this time it was about 9:30pm, but we knew they’re night owls, so we thought it was OK to call. They were so cool – they said they’d do some research and get back to us; when they called back, it turned out they’d gone to some random late-night camera store near their house and bought us the closest thing they could find.

So at 11pm we drove to their house in Celebration to pick it up, and we got to meet Jensey in person for the first time – she’s a huge WDW fan, and just as sweet and friendly as Nathan! It was really fun (but their cute little doggie was at Grandma’s house, so we didn’t get to meet him).

That's exactly what I was envisioning when we were talking about it on Saturday night! I ALMOST bought Chuck one before we left. How much do you loooove it? That was super, super sweet of the Roots to pick that up for you. And how cool that you got to meet them ahead of time!


Report is great so far. :woohoo: You keep writing and I'll keep reading! :laughing:

tamijoy514
02-20-2008, 08:08 AM
where did you get the gorillapod?!

I hate asking strangers to take our picture

MistressOfAllEvil
02-20-2008, 08:10 AM
I need one of those too! And it looks like a cool gift for my dad, if it will hold a digital slr.

Can't wait to hear the rest! LOL at Sheraton Safari. It's convenient, if not much else.

where did you get the gorillapod?!

I hate asking strangers to take our picture

Joby (http://www.joby.com/products/gorillapod/) is the company and you can order directly from there sight, and it's now available in a bunch of colors too. And they come in larger sizes for SLRs too!

tamijoy514
02-20-2008, 08:23 AM
Joby (http://www.joby.com/products/gorillapod/) is the company and you can order directly from there sight, and it's now available in a bunch of colors too. And they come in larger sizes for SLRs too!

Thank you! :)

Now get to work and post your trip report :mad:

calanniebu
02-20-2008, 08:24 AM
:banana: more TR to read this morning! :-)

MistressOfAllEvil
02-20-2008, 08:43 AM
Thank you! :)

Now get to work and post your trip report :mad:


At work! (hard to tell, I know)

No pics yet! (can you imagine the anger at starting a TR with no pics??)

And my nights have been swampped since we got back!!! But I promise soon.


I now return you to my amazing, beautiful, wedding twin's TR: :wizard:

disneediva
02-20-2008, 09:14 AM
Ohhh I love that gorillapod, I must have one

MadamMim
02-20-2008, 09:58 AM
I used to work at the Safari! (And yes, it does leave much to be desired once one is used to a Disney resort.) Do they still have parrots and baby alligators in the lobby? We used to have to put those stupid birds to bed every night by tapping on the cage with a stick. Oh what we do for a paycheck. :rolleyes:

I can't wait for the next installment. :woohoo:

lurkyloo
02-20-2008, 10:51 AM
Eeeek! Friday, February 1st!!!

OMG - good eye! Could you please proof the rest of my report? :rotfl:

We got to go down the 'Emerald' rows and pick our own vehicle. We got a really nifty Toyota 4-Runner. It was awsome. I want one now. I looooooooved driving it!

I knew I shoulda picked National! It used to be that if you signed up for the cheapest car class, when you got to the rental counter they were invariably out of the cheapest cars and would give you a better one at the same price. Not with Alamo's new system.... :sad2:

where did you get the gorillapod?!

I hate asking strangers to take our picture

You can also get them on Amazon.com. :thumbsup2

I used to work at the Safari! Do they still have parrots and baby alligators in the lobby?

Yes, the alligators are still there. I felt very sorry for them in their little aquarium. I guess the parrots have moved on to bigger and better things, though (dinner theater perhaps?) - we didn't see 'em!

curiouser
02-20-2008, 11:13 AM
Joby (http://www.joby.com/products/gorillapod/) is the company and you can order directly from there sight, and it's now available in a bunch of colors too. And they come in larger sizes for SLRs too!

OMG you just made my day. Squee!!

roozlilone
02-20-2008, 01:33 PM
Carrie,
Your trip report is Awesome!! Love the photos, I've never seen anything like it! More please :yay:

disneychickforever
02-20-2008, 02:35 PM
Good start so far Carrie! More please?

romymichelle21
02-20-2008, 02:45 PM
:woohoo: TR!

Hope you got pictures of the towel animals and stolen (I mean, borrowed :rolleyes1) toiletries :thumbsup2

shezfrombermuda
02-20-2008, 03:23 PM
Great TR! Looking forward to more! :cool1:

accountingbabe08
02-20-2008, 05:25 PM
I didn't know disney had so many brides. better start saving my daughter is 7 . or maybe for me.

caryndisneydiva
02-20-2008, 05:33 PM
carrie! great start! i remember that safari hotel, is it right outside the entrance to dtd on 535 or 536? the same road as vista...anyway, i remember the parrots, we used to sneak in there on my cp to see them...

i cannot believe that you only took that much luggage for 16 days. we were there for 1/2 that time with twice as much (3 times maybe) luggage AND i sent 2 huge boxes ahead of me...oy vey!

M&M126
02-20-2008, 05:58 PM
I'm so glad to see you've started your TR!! I've been waiting for this one :) Your pictures are just amazing! Don't you just love Nathan and Jensey?! I can't wait to work with them again! Congrats on your marriage!

lurkyloo
02-21-2008, 01:52 AM
Saturday, February 2

Good news: Day Two was action-packed! Unfortunately, it was not picture-packed... I think I have one shot (although Wendy was able to help out with an Adventurer’s Club picture). I’ll try to fill in with nominally related images where I can.

We spent the day doing all those things I read about in trips reports and vowed never to do – namely, driving off property on a million boring errands. OK, one boring errand, but it took FOREVER! We got our marriage license by mail so we wouldn’t have to go find a courthouse, and I shipped a drugstore’s worth of sunscreen, blister block, etc. so we wouldn’t need one of those. But the forgotten Gorillapod put a crimp in our plans...

I slept great on the ugly Sheraton bed and woke up with about two hours before everyone was to descend on the room for the tux fitting. I opened the ginormous box we shipped and sorted the reception items from the ceremony items while nibbling on (OK, scarfing down) the Sheraton’s Kids’ Safari Breakfast – a steal at only $4.99!

This is what breakfast looks like!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/ist2_2975866_breakfast_platter.jpg

We only had two things for the ceremony – the programs and the CD of our soundtrack – and minus the 34 sets of mouse ears, not much more for the reception: cake knife, guest book, pens, cake topper.

At 10:30 the fellow from Carolyn Allen’s arrived with tuxes for DF and BM (Best Man – does anybody else giggle when they type that abbreviation?). The tuxes had turned out to be a big logistical hassle during the wedding-planning process because our wedding was early on a Monday and the tux warehouse is closed on the weekend – our only chance to try them on. When I first called Carolyn Allen, they said that if we had the fitting before noon on Saturday (the earliest we could all be in town to do it), they would still be able to exchange any wrong sizes at the warehouse before it closed on Saturday.

Based on this info, my dad and brother (the Man of Honor, henceforth known alternately as MH and “the Disney Hater”) decided to rent their tuxes at home and schlep them on the plane so they wouldn’t have to spend Friday night in Orlando.

Well when I called Carolyn Allen back a few months later, they had switched their affiliation to the Jim’s Formalwear network, and the new warehouse is in Georgia and closed all weekend – GRRRR! So no matter when we tried on the tuxes – and it could have been on Sunday at that point – there was nothing we could do but change sleeve and pants hems if CA brought the wrong pieces or our fellas were measured wrong. CA does keep a few tuxedo pieces in stock, but ours were peak lapel jackets, and they only stock notch lapels. Can you imagine the horror if two of our guys had peak and two had notch?!!

Rare, elusive Peak-lapel Tuxedo in its natural habitat

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Planning%20Journal/Tuxedo.jpg

Common Notch-lapel Tuxedo

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/820_notchlapel.jpg

I thought about using another vendor, but I’d heard recent horror stories about After Hours (things got screwed up in the changeover to MW Tux), and the only other provider who delivered couldn’t exchange tux pieces over the weekend either. Which is all to say that you can imagine my horror when BM tried on his tux and it looked like he was playing dress-up in his dad’s clothes. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

A tux that fits
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/0595_1387N.jpg

A tux that doesn’t fit
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/0584_1360N.jpg

Actually, I didn’t freak out too much, because at least DF’s tux fit great! Apparently the person who measured BM didn’t know that you can get jackets in different lengths - in this case we needed “short”... The size problem wasn’t Carolyn Allen’s fault – it just would have been nice to be able to exchange for the correct jacket. The only changes we made were to lengthen all the sleeves and swap out DF’s bowtie for a fuller, more James Bond-like model.

After we sent the tuxes off, we sat around for what seemed like an eternity talking about transportation logistics with BM. Everything had been perfectly worked out the week before when we thought BM would have a car. But when he and his wife decided they could get around Orlando just fine in taxis, it threw a monkey wrench in all the plans. For one thing, he had asked me to help him plan a surprise bachelor party for DF that night that involved BM driving DH back to their family’s condo in the boonies. I wasn’t sure how that was going to work with no car.... So BM spoiled the surprise and we all tried to figure it out. Boooooooooriiiiiiing!!!!

When that was finally resolved to no one’s satisfaction except BM’s, DF and I finally left the hotel to run errands before my 1pm spa appointment. (Holy crap – I’ve written this much and I’m only at 11am?!). We decided that we really wanted a Gorillapod, despite the cuteness of the table-top tripod our photographers found! So we set off in search of Best Buy, discovering along the way that taking a wrong exit from I-4 can send you miles out of your way. And also that Best Buy is not technically in the Florida Mall. DF did a lot of running in to restaurants/gas stations/etc. to ask for directions while I did a lot of sitting in the car and stewing that it was getting later and later and we were MILES from the spa. At least I remembered to take a picture!

Can you feel my frustration?

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_4976.jpg

Finally we found Best Buy, which was out of Gorillapods except for the display model. DF asked to buy it, which set in motion a series of walkie-talkie calls and negotiations worthy of an FBI investigation. FINALLY we were allowed to buy it, jumped into the O Mobile, and went fwapping off to the Dolphin for my spa appointment. No lunch makes Lurkyloo cranky!

This is what lunch might have looked like!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/spring-salad-recipe-6-20-07.jpg

OK, the Mandara Spa. I was not impressed. The prices are higher than an L.A. spa, the facility is tiny, the amenities ho-hum, and the services I got were lackluster. When I checked in, they told me I could only get the leg wax because the bikini waxer didn’t work Saturdays. If they had told me that when I booked, I would have had everything done at Bliss in L.A. before I left. The last thing I wanted was a painful bikini wax the day before my wedding! But there was nothing I could do, so I had to squeeze it in between the rehearsal brunch and my manicure the next day. The girl who did my legs was friendly and chatty, but I discovered afterward that she had missed big patches on my legs and left hard, sticky wax clumps all over. Those took about two days to wash off. Definitely not worth the $100 price tag. I cycled through every possible discount I could think of with the cashier – Annual Pass, Disney Visa Card, Automobile Association – and then hit on Starwood Preferred Guest for 20% off. She seemed annoyed that I’d actually succeeded in getting a discount!

Meanwhile, DF had dropped our ceremony and reception items off at Franck’s and gone to the barber shop at the Contemporary to get a haircut (which was another so-so job). He got lost coming to pick me up at the Dolphin, so I sat there filling out the postcards we send to Disney’s Year of a Million Dreams giveaway every single day (we’ve been doing it since September ‘06 and have scored numerous sets of mouse ears and some pins so far!).

I also had a momentary freak-out over a message from my aunt saying my dad’s flight had been delayed and he wouldn’t be there in time for our family dinner that night. A few minutes later she called back to say she’d been listening to an old voicemail and there was actually nothing wrong. Whew! And then I got hit on by one of the valets. It took me a while to figure out what was going on because it’d been so long since anyone had. I’m certain his attentions were due entirely to the low-cut sundress I was wearing. He asked me if I was in town for the convention, so I sweetly explained that I was there to get married. You should have seen him hightail it back to the valet stand! (For the rest of the trip DH would jokingly ask me, “So... are you in town for the convention...?”)

So finally DF found his way back to the Dolphin and took me to Gooding’s for an overpriced sandwich (well, everyone says they have high prices, but I live in L.A. so I couldn’t tell...). At the Sheraton we discovered free cookies and lemonade next to the gator cage in the lobby (score one for the Sheraton!), so we took those and the overpriced sandwich back to my room and ate on the balcony. I had a tiny slice of time before I needed to start tarting up (as I call it) for our dinner with my side of the family at Olivia’s at Old Key West. I wanted to use this time for a nap, but DF made me use it to write my vows.

Yes, I am a bad bride. I left my vows until two days before the wedding. I was feeling pressured to come up with something earth-shatteringly original and romantic because I knew it’d be captured on video, and the weeks leading up to the wedding were so busy that I never had time to get in the vow-writing mood. We tried to write them together a couple times and came up empty because we felt rushed and uninspired. Plus, I was worried about being original, and DF was worried about being grammatical...ly correct. Finally we decided to write them separately, and he got his done about a week before. Our pastor sternly told us that they had to be ready for the rehearsal, and here it was the night before with no vows for the bride. So DF took his book and went to read by the pool, and I somehow managed my way through it. I don’t think they were terribly original, but at least they came straight from the heart.

Say, I actually have a picture for this part of the story!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Wedding%20Pix/0018_0027J.jpg

After that I started the lengthy tarting process for our dinner with my family.

DF has a huge family – 7 aunts and uncles and 20 cousins on his mom’s side alone. The only family I had at the wedding was my dad, my brother and SIL, my two aunts, and my dad’s cousin. My other aunt and uncle had to cancel at the last minute, so it was a very small group who met at Olivia’s that night. So, I’ve mentioned that my brother and his wife are Disney haters, but I was still kind of shocked by how grouchy and negative they were at first. Right off the bat they were griping about Disney while the rest of us were just catching up and having a good time. It wasn’t terribly original material either – Disney’s expensive, it’s fake, etc. DF and I just ignored their comments, and eventually everyone seemed to be enjoying dinner.

After dinner I took DF to Downtown Disney for his swinging bachelor party at… Rainforest Café?! This was his BM’s idea of a good time. I, on the other hand, got to go to the Adventurer’s Club to meet Wendy (a.k.a. Mistress of All Evil)! Whohoo! I used the Disney Dining Experience card to get half off admission – glad I read the list of benefits, cuz I didn’t know about that one! I’d never been to the AC before, so I was kind of overwhelmed, but I loved the theming. Wendy spotted me from downstairs and waved me over to where she was hanging out with her Glamorous Amazon Entourage. I am just under 6 feet tall, so I had never known what it was like to feel short til I met Wendy and her sister! I think we’re all the same height, but they wear HEELS! It was the weirdest feeling, but I also felt really comfortable because Wendy and I had the DIS boards connection and knew so much about each other. Her DF got dragged into a skit by the Maid, who had a field day with the jokes when she found out he was there with two brides (and my DF was nowhere in sight!). Good times!

Chuck’s Two Brides…

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/weddingtwinfixedcopy.jpg

I finally pooped out and went back to my room to pack for my move to Beach Club Villas. I listened to our samba-packed reception playlist as I worked, which was so romantic that I decided to write DF a wedding-eve-eve letter and give it to him during our Valentine’s Day dinner at Jiko the following week. And then I went to bed!

MadamMim
02-21-2008, 05:02 AM
Every time I'm so excited that there's more and every time it's heart-stopping drama and edge of my dorm-room bed thrills (I'm possibly being over dramatic here, but I do laugh along with you and get ever so slightly annoyed at anyone who rains on your parade) and every time it ends I'm eagerly awaiting more. :)

Mandara does suck. They think they're all prissy and posh but that's just an excuse to be more expensive than is ever necessary and they always try and con people into buying their products. (I also used to work at the Dolphin. What can I say; I get around. :rotfl: )

Chilly
02-21-2008, 07:10 AM
Loving your trip report so far. You were a very beautiful bride.

JandJ
02-21-2008, 07:57 AM
Congratulations! You looked so beautiful on your wedding day :bride: and your bouquet was gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your pictures and your TR!

BTW - I love my Gorillapod ;)

MistressOfAllEvil
02-21-2008, 08:35 AM
WOO HOO! Day 2 and we met! How exciting. It's crazy how different, yet similar our days were. Yet, in the end we made it to PI (there were times I didn't even think that would happen!)

I'm sorry about the tuxes... It's like you foresee a problem. You do the best you can to divert the problem and then you're still left with... A PROBLEM!!!
I think that's more frustrating than anything. I was really worried about tuxes too, for a whole seperate set of reasons.

Yipee for a Gorillapod :banana: too bad you were driving all over, lost. And skip lunch?? Not in a million years. I would have went all hypoglycemic on someone (Chuck perhaps?) And I'm sorry about your poor spa experiences. I've never even wanted to spend money at Disney on those types of services. Perhaps though b/c here in MI I've found that the more expesive the places is, the worse job they actually do!?! I mean, I'm not in posh LA... so I don't even know what a real Spa experience would be like.

Man, you weren't kidding when you said the day was full of frustrations.
What the heck is up with the Disney Haters.
I soooo would have went bridezilla on them. I would have said, "look, I appreciate this isn't your usual vacation destionation, however, we ARE here for MY wedding. So I need for you to just be happy for Patrick and I and not complain or please leave. I do not want the downer two days before my wedding."

Okay. That's a Lie.

I would take note. Stew. Secretly complain to anyone else to create as much drama as possible. Post about it in my TR! (btw... I did A LOT.)

And yes, Christie (SIL) and I are tall. And we still wear heels!!! :scared1: I felt the same way Carrie, I think I told you. When I was training in entertainment... I'm normally the tall one and there were two other girls (in sneakers) who were flat out taller than me. A lot taller! Significantly-I-Had-To-Look-Up-To-Them Taller! It's quite unnerving.

Anyhow, I'm so loving reading your rendition of events leading up to our day!! :thumbsup2

lpizzuro123
02-21-2008, 10:34 AM
"A fellow DIS bride hooked me up with jewelry maker Madame Fortuna. I’d bought the aqua chandelier crystals I wanted to use for a necklace but couldn’t figure out how to construct what I envisioned. I sent Madame Fortuna the crystals and my inspiration picture, and she made the necklace and a pair of earrings. What I really liked, though, was the personal touches she added – an antique watch chain and locket, which I used for pictures of my mom."


LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea about the locket (besides the fact that your necklace came out great also). My mom passed away 2 years ago and I am going to add a locket to my necklace (haven't chosen the necklace yet) for a photo of her. I think this is a great idea.

Thanks,
Linda

lurkyloo
02-21-2008, 10:44 AM
Mandara does suck. They think they're all prissy and posh but that's just an excuse to be more expensive than is ever necessary and they always try and con people into buying their products. (I also used to work at the Dolphin. What can I say; I get around. :rotfl: )

:lmao: HIGH-larious... Where else have you worked? Carolyn Allen? Best Buy? The Post Office?! Glad I can entertain you - writing this TR is staving off the post-WDW depression :thumbsup2

Loving your trip report so far. You were a very beautiful bride.

Hey, thanks! I *love* your avatar!

Congratulations! You looked so beautiful on your wedding day :bride: and your bouquet was gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your pictures and your TR!

Yours was one of the first wedding TRs I read, and I hung on every word. I'm so pleased you're enjoying mine! :goodvibes

Perhaps though b/c here in MI I've found that the more expesive the places is, the worse job they actually do!?! I mean, I'm not in posh LA... so I don't even know what a real Spa experience would be like.

I think you have something there about the expense/quality ratio. Beverly Hills is the worst place for that!

I soooo would have went bridezilla on them.... Okay. That's a Lie.

I would take note. Stew. Secretly complain to anyone else to create as much drama as possible. Post about it in my TR! (btw... I did A LOT.)

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

We really ARE wedding twins!! Just wait til we get to the part where the haters were going around the reception telling everyone they didn't get our interest in Disney and trying to commiserate with other guests about how weird a Disney wedding was.... Classy! :cool2:

lurkyloo
02-21-2008, 10:48 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea about the locket (besides the fact that your necklace came out great also). My mom passed away 2 years ago and I am going to add a locket to my necklace (haven't chosen the necklace yet) for a photo of her. I think this is a great idea. Thanks, Linda

That's wonderful! I'm so glad I could pass along Mme. Fortuna's idea, and I hope we get to see pictures of your necklace when it's done!

irisbud
02-21-2008, 10:50 AM
Loving your Trip Report! Can't wait to read more!

cseca
02-21-2008, 11:04 AM
We really ARE wedding twins!! Just wait til we get to the part where the haters were going around the reception telling everyone they didn't get our interest in Disney and trying to commiserate with other guests about how weird a Disney wedding was.... Classy! :cool2:

WOW... seriously? Life of the party they're not....
Wait until they see how beautiful all your wedding pictures and video are... they'll be jealous.

mla1977
02-21-2008, 11:08 AM
Glad I caught this update! Now I will be fully prepared if DH asks me if I'm in town for a conference :rotfl2:

pink_tink8i8
02-21-2008, 11:26 AM
Loving your TR thus far. You always have me in stitches:rotfl: you're so funny.
You're an amazing writer too! you should write a book.

p.s. I laugh when I use the term BM too :lmao:

romymichelle21
02-21-2008, 11:29 AM
p.s. I laugh when I use the term BM too :lmao:

I just keep thinking BridesMaid! :confused3

(Although, I'm sure the 'BM' in question is the funnier one :rotfl:)

mla1977
02-21-2008, 11:30 AM
Since I deal with medical records all day I definitely crack up when I see "BM"

romymichelle21
02-21-2008, 11:32 AM
Now I will be fully prepared if DH asks me if I'm in town for a conference :rotfl2:

DB has a habit of checking himself out in the mirror... (:lmao:)
Next time I'll ask him, "So... are you in town for the conference? ;)"

:rotfl:

Pezalicious
02-21-2008, 02:59 PM
I can't believe how beautiful you looked! Your skin is flawless and such a perfect tone! No wonder that guy was hitting on you!! And I bet a lot of brides will now be considering Morocco because of your photos. How gorgeous! I can't wait to read more. It sucks that there were so many bumps along the way, but it sounds like it all worked out for the most part so far. I don't understand the Disney-haters, though. You would think they could put that aside and just be happy celebrating the love you and your husband share. I'm so sorry family could be that way with you. :hug:

disneychickforever
02-21-2008, 03:17 PM
You and Wendy were so beautful together Carrie! I'm so glad you met up.

I understand the "feeling tall" thing though. I'm just under 6 feet also, and have actually had some people and replace "Hi" with "Wow you're tall"....it gets a bit much but I've embraced it. Kudos to Wendy for being able to wear heels! I don't think I could lol.

As for the Disney Haters, their lost! I can't believe they were being so rude on your wedding though....especially your brother....I'm sorry :(

Can't wait to read more!

caryndisneydiva
02-21-2008, 03:23 PM
i love that you girls are taller! i am too and i wear HUGE heals!!!! one of my girlfriends is 6'1" and i love hanging out with her because i don't feel like i'm towering over everyone!

your own brother was complaining about disney at your wedding? what is it with people. ugh that just annoys me. i mean HELLO it's your wedding, your's and patrick's time, NOT HIS!!!! i'm actually mad for you...

i agree with pez, i bet a lot of brides will consider morocco because of your pics, they are amazing. you have such great taste carrie!

my manicurist was making out with her boyfriend while at work at disney? when mark and i worked there together, we weren't allowed to be within 10 feet of each other. weird.

i've never been to olivias, did you like it?

Pezalicious
02-21-2008, 03:27 PM
I'm only 5'7", so not tall like all of you, but I do love my heels! It puts me up to 6' and it feels great! (6'2", the time I wore stripper heels lol). I had a friend who was 6'1" in flats. Turns out she had an extra vertabrae (sp) that made her 2" taller. I was envious! :goodvibes

pooh'smate
02-21-2008, 03:37 PM
Subscribing

I love weddings and especially Disney ones. You were so beautiful on your wedding day.

pintradingwedding
02-21-2008, 04:37 PM
Carrie's necklace is gorgeous and elegant -- while mine is Indiana Jones Adventurer's Club fun!

Madame Fortuna is so great because she will custom make a necklace for you that is truly 'one of a kind'!

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/pintradingwedding/madame%20fortuna/il_430xN17906749.jpg

oh and this is a mannequin! not my cleavage! :)

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/pintradingwedding/madame%20fortuna/il_430xN15939789.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/pintradingwedding/DISNEY%20WEDDING/ADVENTURERS%20CLUB/021073-0706.jpg

there are more of her necklaces on this post...

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=22647487&posted=1#post22647487

or on her etsy.com site:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5242018
(check the "items sold" section to see a broad range of her work)

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/pintradingwedding/madame%20fortuna/021073-0467copy.jpg

Carrie, I printed out your trip report to take it home and read tonight! YAY!

:)

lurkyloo
02-21-2008, 05:59 PM
Since I deal with medical records all day I definitely crack up when I see "BM"


Loving your TR thus far. You always have me in stitches:rotfl: you're so funny.
You're an amazing writer too! you should write a book.

p.s. I laugh when I use the term BM too :lmao:

So I'm not the only one... :rotfl2: Thanks!

I can't believe how beautiful you looked! Your skin is flawless and such a perfect tone! No wonder that guy was hitting on you!! And I bet a lot of brides will now be considering Morocco because of your photos. How gorgeous! I can't wait to read more. It sucks that there were so many bumps along the way, but it sounds like it all worked out for the most part so far. I don't understand the Disney-haters, though. You would think they could put that aside and just be happy celebrating the love you and your husband share. I'm so sorry family could be that way with you. :hug:

:blush: :blush: :blush: OMG, thanks! And thanks also for the support. I think maybe everything just sounds dramatic when I write it - I mean, if I'd taken a step back and had a little perspective, I'd have appreciated how good I had it: I'd much rather be driving all over Orlando looking for a Gorillapod than sitting in a cubicle at work!

As for the Disney Haters, their lost! I can't believe they were being so rude on your wedding though....especially your brother....I'm sorry

your own brother was complaining about disney at your wedding? what is it with people. ugh that just annoys me. i mean HELLO it's your wedding, your's and patrick's time, NOT HIS!!!! i'm actually mad for you...

Thanks! I mean, I probably shouldn't talk, since I'm still bitter about them only inviting college buddies to their wedding. But at least I didn't, like, crash their wedding and complain about it!

Luckily, it sounds like the response the Haters got from people was mostly blank stares and crickets chirping... :rotfl:

i've never been to olivias, did you like it?

Mmmm... my conch chowder tasted like Campbell's minestrone, but I tried my dad's steak and it was good. I think they've kinda dumbed down the menu since the Dining Plan became so popular. They don't have a lot of signature dishes anymore, just the usual suspects - chicken, fish & steak.

Subscribing

I love weddings and especially Disney ones. You were so beautiful on your wedding day.

Thank you! :goodvibes

Carrie, I printed out your trip report to take it home and read tonight! YAY! :)

Wow - I hope your ride is a forklift!! :rotfl2:

Lynn5700
02-21-2008, 06:39 PM
Oh gosh don't we all have disney haters in our family.I can't believe they acted like that though,how rude.

I'm loving the trip report!

romymichelle21
02-21-2008, 06:46 PM
I think we're ready for,

DAY THREE: The bikini wax!! (Dum dum dum!!! :eek:)

... Ok, seriously though. You've been at your cubicle all day and you haven't added Day 3 and 4 yet? :rotfl: For shame - actually working when you could be DISing! :rolleyes1

Wazzo
02-21-2008, 07:13 PM
I think we're ready for,

DAY THREE: The bikini wax!! (Dum dum dum!!! :eek:)



I second that!! :rotfl: We're ready for MORE! :goodvibes

romymichelle21
02-21-2008, 07:22 PM
Ok - you know what? Don't worry about it, Carrie. I got Day 3 covered for you :thumbsup2

I know, I know. No need to thank me... :rotfl:

DAY 3: STUFF HAPPENS!

First, Carrie woke up (in her stylish sleepwear)
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/TiggerRobe.jpg

Put on her...
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/Hat.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/Crocs.gif

(And of course, the uber-cool hater blockers :cool2:)
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/HaterBlockers.jpg

And went down for breakfast!
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/Breakfast.jpg

... With this guy!
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/Mouse.jpg

(Hey, don't ask me, I Googled 'Mickey' and he came up :rotfl:)

Later, she joined Patrick for some lunch
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Where he presented his wedding gift to her...
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/GiantRing.gif

And she gave him his gift (which she had lovingly made herself - check out the skills!)
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/Puppets.jpg

They decided to hit MGM (or, formerly MGM) and go on...
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Then shared one of these, as they walked sticky hand-in-sticky hand :lovestruc http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/MickeyBar.jpg

And decided to call it a day and hit the hotel room again, where they found this poor thing (... a monkey? :confused:)
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/Monkey-1.jpg

And this lil' guy
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/kittysutherland/Bunny.jpg

... And they watched TV, refilled their refillable mugs, and went to bed!! :thumbsup2

Keira1387
02-21-2008, 09:07 PM
Heidi,
Can I hire you to fill in my PJ for me?!:lmao:

romymichelle21
02-21-2008, 09:18 PM
Heidi,
Can I hire you to fill in my PJ for me?!:lmao:

Sure!! :thumbsup2 As long as you don't mind that I make most of it up :rotfl:

BayouPrincess
02-21-2008, 09:28 PM
Ok - you know what? Don't worry about it, Carrie. I got Day 3 covered for you :thumbsup2

I know, I know. No need to thank me... :rotfl:

DAY 3: STUFF HAPPENS!




OMG Heidi! That's hilarious! :rotfl: :rotfl2: :rotfl: :rotfl2: :rotfl: :rotfl2:

OK Carrie, how far from the truth is she? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
:surfweb: Waiting for Carrie's reply...

romymichelle21
02-21-2008, 09:33 PM
OMG Heidi! That's hilarious! :rotfl: :rotfl2: :rotfl: :rotfl2: :rotfl: :rotfl2:

OK Carrie, how far from the truth is she? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
:surfweb: Waiting for Carrie's reply...

I'm getting over a cold - and every time I read it, I start laughing so hard I end up coughing :rotfl: I make myself laugh - how bad is that?? :rotfl2:

camara381
02-21-2008, 10:43 PM
OMG!!! That is hilarious:rotfl2: :rotfl2:

Heidi that had me laughing so hard...

angel*lady
02-21-2008, 11:44 PM
Heidi - that is just hysterical!!! :lmao:

I found the funniest video on YouTube that has to do with Brazilian waxes. Hope this link works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKRKo113xwA

Carrie - you were just stunning! :thumbsup2 I love your necklace!!! :lovestruc

Your brother and his wife were just plain rude! If they were going to complain so much why did they even bother to come? :confused3 Good grief!

Did you say that they only invited college friends to their own wedding? They didn't invite family? That's strange! :sad2:

Can't wait until the next update! :surfweb:

geetey
02-21-2008, 11:46 PM
:cheer2: I found your trip report and I am caught up! I can't wait to read more! Fantastic format and pictures! :goodvibes

lurkyloo
02-22-2008, 12:02 AM
Ok - you know what? Don't worry about it, Carrie. I got Day 3 covered for you :thumbsup2 I know, I know. No need to thank me... :rotfl:

DAY 3: STUFF HAPPENS!


:rotfl: OK, Heidi, you have WAY too much time on your hands! pirate:

Believe me, I would love to do nothing but write my trip report all day, but I have three jobs! And each TR installment seems to take hours to write! And the dog ate my homework!!:cutie:

Your brother and his wife were just plain rude! If they were going to complain so much why did they even bother to come? :confused3 Good grief!

Exactly! I kept giving him every opportunity to back out, but he made it sound like he wanted to be there cuz we're family. Now I find out the whole time he was "being there" for me he was bagging on me behind my back!

Did you say that they only invited college friends to their own wedding? They didn't invite family? That's strange!

Yeah, I can't figure it out either... I think maybe there were certain family members they didn't want to invite, so they just nixed all of us? Hey, maybe I was one of them and didn't even know it! :laughing:

:cheer2: I found your trip report and I am caught up! I can't wait to read more! Fantastic format and pictures! :goodvibes

Thanks! And now.... please keeps your hands, arms, feet and legs inside the vehicle and get ready for.... Day Three!!!

romymichelle21
02-22-2008, 12:07 AM
:rotfl: OK, Heidi, you have WAY too much time on your hands! pirate:

Believe me, I would love to do nothing but write my trip report all day, but I have three jobs! And each TR installment seems to take hours to write! And the dog ate my homework!!:cutie:

Muahahaha... :rolleyes1

lurkyloo
02-22-2008, 12:08 AM
Another long day. I got up at 6am to check out of the glamorous Sheraton Safari and go pick up my dad, brother, and SIL for the rehearsal in Epcot. I didn’t mind getting up that early because I wanted to practice for getting up at 4am for the wedding the next day. I know that the early ceremony times required for an Epcot wedding (9am, usually) are a deterrent to some people, but the way I see it, surely I can manage to get myself out of bed early on just one day in my entire life in order to experience something that special! (Make that two days if you wanna do the Magic Kingdom photo shoot...). The O Mobile’s windshield kept fogging up on the outside (??) and this was the first time I noticed the tire fwapping, so I crept down the highway. As usual, I got lost, this time on my way to get Mo'H and SIL at All-Star Sports. Once I found them, we went over to Port Orleans French Quarter to get my dad. Meanwhile, DF’s parents were taking him to pick up our officiant at All-Star Music (we flew DF’s childhood pastor out from California to officiate – it was one the best decisions we made!). We were all to meet in the lobby of the Beach Club for our walk to Epcot.

It was so weird to see DF’s parents walk out to meet us in front of the hotel. I got that wonderful comforting feeling you get when you recognize someone familiar in a strange place. It was the first of many times over the trip that my mind boggled to see friends and relatives at WDW. (I know lots of brides go there with their families all the time, but DF and I had only ever been there for our planning session and on one trip apiece when we were in high school.) Before we set off for the rehearsal, I checked into my room at the Beach Club Villas and checked my luggage with Bell Services. It was so cute – the two women at the check-in desk just beamed when they found out I was getting married in Epcot the next day. I said I knew that check-in for DVC resorts isn’t until 4pm, but if there was any way they could get me a room earlier, I’d be so grateful because I could start setting up my base of wedding operations. They said they’d see what they could do, and they handed me two WDW “Just Married” buttons (I saved them for later).

REHEARSAL

Because we didn’t have any attendants, readers, ushers, etc. for our ceremony, the rehearsal group was small: me & DF, the officiant, the Best Man, the Man of Honor (& SIL), and my dad. We were joined by our videographers, Sage and Wheat (really!!) from Starfruit Productions, at the International Gateway. We paid them a $100 travel fee to come the day before the wedding so they could attend the rehearsal to line up shots and get the lay of the land. I haven’t seen my video yet, but I think it was prolly a good idea since they hadn’t done an Epcot wedding before.

The Man o’ Honor transports the bride’s wedding shower bow-quet
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A guide escorted us to Morocco to meet our wedding planner and her entourage of assistants. I made sure to meet both of them because I’d learned from reading trip reports that I’d be seeing a lot more of them than the WP on the wedding day. As expected, the rehearsal was run very efficiently. The WP told everyone where to stand and what to do. When the Man of Honor started cracking wise, my WP totally put the smack down – it was fantastic! She was like “[Hater]! Right now I need your attention right here!” [snaps fingers] I wanted to high-five her – it was awesome... There were chairs set up between the fountain and the arch, and we all started out standing in the altar area. The WP had the pastor explain how the service would go, and then I made a little spiel to the BM and Mo’H about one of my huge pet peeves: I hate it when the groomsmen stand up at the altar facing the audience with their hands clasped below their waists – it looks like they have to go to the bathroom! So I tried to make it abundantly clear that Bridezilla wanted their hands at their sides at all times. (Later I found out that the BM was feeling ill during the ceremony and kept saying to himself, “Don’t throw up, don’t clasp your hands!”)

Next we got to practice walking in. This part alone made me SO glad we’d decided to pay for a rehearsal (well, the rehearsal was free, but it was $90 for a guide to get us all in to Epcot instead of rehearsing in a ballroom somewhere). I had been worried about how the songs I picked for the processional would time out, since the distance from the edge of Morocco to the altar area at the arch was about 30 seconds at a normal walking pace. For a while I considered editing the songs down, but I couldn’t cut enough from them. So what we did was start the processional from further back and, in some cases, hold people a bit while the music started. I brought my iPod Shuffle to the rehearsal so I could listen to the songs and figure out where and when we needed to start walking for each one. I got kind of flustered because everyone had to stand around while I found the playlist – you can only go forward or backward, you can’t select songs on a screen – and I’d forgotten to cue it up. But no one seemed to mind waiting, even my WP. It was the first time I had someone tell me, “It’s OK – you’re the bride!”

The road to Morocco – deserted and underexposed...
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_4985.jpg

We decided to time my entrance song with my dad by starting at the altar and walking back out of Morocco to see where we would end up as a starting place. Well, it turned out to be practically to Japan! So we decided to pick a line in the pavement closer to Morocco and just hold me and my dad back until about 30 seconds into the song.

The line!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_5246.jpg

That was about it for the rehearsal. Sage & Wheat took off and the wedding party walked over to the BoardWalk for brunch at Spoodles with the rest of DF’s family. It wasn’t until later that I realized I’d left the rehearsal without two crucial pieces of information: my WP’s cell number and where we were supposed to meet on the wedding day. (That’s right – after all that freaking out the week before the wedding, I never did get my WP’s number. After the honeymoon I discovered it in an email sent after we’d left for WDW. Unfortunately, this didn’t help me the next day when I was panicking because I didn’t know she wouldn’t be at the hotel on the morning of the wedding...)

REHEARSAL BRUNCH

We did not plan to have any kind of welcome/rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding. This was partly because we’d originally thought doing this kind of event through Disney would count toward our minimums and, when we found out that wasn’t the case, it was an easy thing to cut. But it was mostly because I had an absolute phobia of over-scheduling our guests. Most people were only coming out for 3 or 4 days, and I didn’t want them to feel pressured to attend a bazillion different wedding events when they’d rather be enjoying the parks. (See “No-Pressure, Come-if-You-Want-to Meet ‘n’ Greet,” below.) DF and I planned to have brunch at Spoodles on the BoardWalk after the rehearsal, and when I asked his parents if they’d like to come along, suddenly we had 12 people attending (did I mention DF has a big family?). It was really nice, though, and an opportunity for my dad and the Haters to meet DF’s immediate family. And the food was really good! I’d heard mixed reviews of Spoodles’ food, but it was very tasty (perhaps proving my theory that it’s impossible to screw up breakfast). Spoodles has one big table that seats something like 15 people, and I didn’t have to call WDW Group Dining to reserve it – I just made a regular ADR. We were ready at 9:30am, and though originally they hadn’t been able to give me a reservation til 9:50am, the table was ready within minutes of our checking in. They also had no trouble splitting the checks up among the group members – at Olivia’s the night before we had to do the thing where everyone throws in more money than they prolly owe ‘cuz no one has change... ugh!

After brunch, I had a message from the room assigner at Beach Club Villas saying they’d found me a room – at 10am! – and it was a really nice one that lots of people request. I was so happy. After brunch, DF went over to the hotel, had my luggage delivered to the room, and set everything up for me – what a sweetie! I took a Friendship boat from the BoardWalk to the Dolphin for Round Two at Mandara Spa. I’ll spare you the gory details on that one... Well, OK, just for Heidi, I’ll put them here in spoiler mode so nobody loses their lunch: HOLY CRAP WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Somewhere I got the idea that a Brazilian wax was THE honeymoon accessory. I’d had one before, but I must’ve been smoking crack (as we used to say in the ‘90s – what is it now, meth?) because this was THE most painful thing I have ever experienced. And the results were not sexy at all. They were burn-y, sting-y and itchy, and when that subsided they were just plain creepy... Now back to your regularly scheduled trip report!

DF picked me up at the Dolphin and took me to the Yacht and Beach Club for my manicure at Perriwig’s. He was so cute – he insisted on going with me, even though I warned him he’d be bored. The girl who did my nails (Xiomara, I think), was very sweet and did a thorough job. I loved the first color I picked out, but my nails were practically fluorescent, so she went over them with another color and got the perfect shade. We talked about her wedding in Cuba – apparently they invited about 200 people, but so many party crashers showed up they had close to 300 guests! Yikes!

Manicure: Three Days Later
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When my nails had cooked in the little, uh, nail oven, DF escorted me up to my room in the Villas wing at the Beach Club. It was SO cool! It was in its own alcove off the elevator lobby, so it was both quiet and convenient. It had lots of drawers and closet space, and a huge balcony overlooking the not-so “quiet” pool. But the best part we didn’t find out about until a few nights into our honeymoon: We were sitting on the balcony eating leftover wedding cake when all of a sudden we discovered we could see the Magic Kingdom’s Pirate & Princess fireworks from our balcony! Very cool...

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Looking off toward MK
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NO-PRESSURE, COME-IF-YOU-WANT-TO MEET ‘N’ GREET
A few weeks before the wedding, we began to agree that – even though we didn’t want to over-schedule them - some of our guests, especially family members, would want to meet and catch up before the wedding. At that point, we didn’t have room in the budget to host a dinner, and we didn’t want to put people through the Dance of a Million Separate Checks, so we settled on a late-afternoon/early-evening meet ‘n’ greet between lunch and dinner. We encouraged people to drop in when they wanted or not drop in at all, if they had plans already. As it turns out, several groups made their own dinner plans for after the meet ‘n’ greet, so it worked out really nicely.

What we didn’t know was where to hold it. I got the idea from another bride to have everyone meet in the Solarium at Beach Club Villas. It looked great in pictures and seemed large enough to host our event.

The Solarium
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However, two weeks before the wedding, I found out that the Beach Club was probably going to show the Super Bowl in the Solarium on the day of our meet ‘n’ greet – imagine the nerve, scheduling the Super Bowl for the day of our meet ‘n’ greet! I freaked out, posted all over, got tons of great suggestions. In the end, because I was cracked on the idea of meeting at the Beach Club, we used its other common room, the Drawing Room, and it turned out to be PERFECT! Unlike the Solarium, it is enclosed and has only one door, so it was like we had our own private room. We must’ve had 15-20 people there – mostly just family members – and we ended up rearranging all the furniture in a big circle as more people showed up. DF got a little twitchy about this. He kept saying, “Maybe we should arrange conversational groupings!” It did look a little like an AA meeting, I guess... That’s OK, I got twitchy when my FMIL announced she was going to be taking pictures at the reception. She is a shutterbug and has her camera going constantly at every gathering. We’d had a conversation with her months before about how we were hiring professional photographers and we wanted her to just enjoy our wedding from in *front* of a camera. So when she said that I got kinda worked up and made a fool of myself, pouting that I was the bride and I wanted to control the photos of our wedding day and I didn’t care if it made me Bridezilla! (Imagine my dismay when, on the wedding day, I found that FMIL was the only guest who didn’t have a camera – d’oh! In fact, this is probably totally out of line, but I wish I had told guests they weren’t allowed to bring cameras into Epcot – hee hee!)

The Drawing Room
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After the meet ‘n’ greet, our pastor suggested we all go to Cape May for dinner. I felt guilty about bowing out, but DF and I each wanted to have a mellow, early night, and I still had lots to unpack. We went up to my room and tried to order room service, but the wait was like 90 minutes – prolly cuz of the Super Bowl. Curses – foiled again! We decided to hit Beaches & Cream, which meant walking right by the open seating area at Cape May where our family and friends were eating – we tried to sneak past so no one would see us. Beaches & Cream hit the spot! I made a half-hearted attempt to eat light by ordering the chicken sandwich, but it was pretty greasy… greasily delicious! And I felt like a rebel for ordering a (kids’) sundae the night before my wedding – take that, Brides magazine!

Yes, that’s extra peanut butter sauce in the background

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After dinner DF said goodnight and went off to bunk with his cousin (the one who introduced us!) at the Contemporary, and I began a lengthy series of beauty preparations. I washed and straightened my hair with the blow dryer because when Patricia straightened it with a flat iron at the trial in September, my curly hair no longer held a curl. I didn’t want to have to do that in the morning. I gave myself a crappy pedicure (meh – I hadn’t brought any sandals) and hit the rack around 11:30 – not good when you have a 4 am wake-up call!

romymichelle21
02-22-2008, 01:32 AM
I’ll spare you the gory details on that one... Well, OK, just for Heidi, I’ll put them here in spoiler mode so nobody loses their lunch

I feel special! :rotfl:

And hey! Is that you - back in the mirror? :rolleyes1

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Honeymoon/IMG_5014.jpg

B2B-2008
02-22-2008, 02:51 AM
Finally got to catch up on your TR. Can't wait to see more.

lov2b@disney
02-22-2008, 06:03 AM
[QUOTE=romymichelle21;23357134]Ok - you know what? Don't worry about it, Carrie. I got Day 3 covered for you :thumbsup2

:lmao: :rotfl2:

lov2b@disney
02-22-2008, 06:20 AM
Sounds like its all going well, love the meet and greet idea, how did you find out about the room?- cant wait for more!!!

They charge for the rehearsal to be in Epcot??? I dont remember that coming up in our ps:confused: We got the option of ballroom/Italy- no brainer- not getting married in a ballroom, why rehearse there?! :rolleyes2: But no mention of $$$$$- no BEO yet to check!

lpizzuro123
02-22-2008, 07:02 AM
Loving this report so far and I love the idea of your Meet n Greet. We will be staying at The Boardwalk Villas the night before and our wedding night - I wonder if they have a room like the one you used.

As far as a fee to have a rehersal in Epcot, we had our first phone planning meeting with Meri this past Monday and she did mention that there would be a fee - don't rember how much - I thought she said $100.00 - but I am not sure. We will probably reherse in a ballroom but as it gets closer we might consider paying for Italy. We will be down in May or June for our onsite visit so maybe I can do a mini rehersal there and bring my music so i can see how long it takes me to walk. The people around me will probably think I'm crazy.

Linda

Chilly
02-22-2008, 07:47 AM
I'm excited as we are nearly at the wedding!

caryndisneydiva
02-22-2008, 08:09 AM
you are so funny! imagine the freaking nerve of disney to ruin your pre-wedding festivities with the stupid bowl...

i'm glad your nails turned out better than mine. we did spoodles too for dinner and it wasn't good. you're right, breakfast is hard to mess up...

MistressOfAllEvil
02-22-2008, 08:17 AM
Whew... first of all, I know how much effort you're putting into this! The amount of time it takes to recall, organize and type this all out. Sort pictures and upload and embed! Man-o-man Carrie! I think you're pretty spectacular for even doing it! :worship:

This seems like it was a GREAT day, a lot better than Saturday! I'm glad to hear that everything started to find it's course leading up to the wedding.


and they handed me two WDW “Just Married” buttons (I saved them for later).

By the time we actually got married I had 10 of these pins. I kept tossing them in a pile. The day after the wedding Chuck went to his conference in Orlando and Jenna, Beth, Christie and I all wore the Just Married pins!! :rotfl:

She was like “[Hater]! Right now I need your attention right here!” [snaps fingers] I wanted to high-five her – it was awesome...

:rotfl2: LOOOOVE IT! Sounds like your planner really came thru for you?? :rolleyes1

and then I made a little spiel to the BM and Mo’H about one of my huge pet peeves: I hate it when the groomsmen stand up at the altar facing the audience with their hands clasped below their waists – it looks like they have to go to the bathroom! So I tried to make it abundantly clear that Bridezilla wanted their hands at their sides at all times.

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Although my bigger worry should have been how to hold my bouquet. If you look at all my pictures, I'm holding it up by my chest, even though Kathleen told me to hold it lower (once, right before we started walking.) I cringe every time I look at the the pics.

It wasn’t until later that I realized I’d left the rehearsal without two crucial pieces of information: my WP’s cell number and where we were supposed to meet on the wedding day. (That’s right – after all that freaking out the week before the wedding, I never did get my WP’s number. After the honeymoon I discovered it in an email sent after we’d left for WDW. Unfortunately, this didn’t help me the next day when I was panicking because I didn’t know she wouldn’t be at the hotel on the morning of the wedding...)

:scared1: Can't wait to hear how this played out...

but I must’ve been smoking crack (as we used to say in the ‘90s – what is it now, meth?)[/COLOR]

:rotfl: :rotfl2: :lmao: This is sooooooooo funny! I'm going to start using this in my everyday conversation. I've been sooo stuck in the 90's with the crack comment.

[QUOTE=lurkyloo;23361463] He kept saying, “Maybe we should arrange conversational groupings!” It did look a little like an AA meeting, I guess...

:laughing:

That’s OK, I got twitchy when my FMIL announced she was going to be taking pictures at the reception. She is a shutterbug and has her camera going constantly at every gathering. We’d had a conversation with her months before about how we were hiring professional photographers and we wanted her to just enjoy our wedding from in *front* of a camera. So when she said that I got kinda worked up and made a fool of myself, pouting that I was the bride and I wanted to control the photos of our wedding day and I didn’t care if it made me Bridezilla! (Imagine my dismay when, on the wedding day, I found that FMIL was the only guest who didn’t have a camera – d’oh! In fact, this is probably totally out of line, but I wish I had told guests they weren’t allowed to bring cameras into Epcot – hee hee!)


Isn't it funny the things we dwell on? Or the people we focus on? And what about everything else. I can tell you that I focused waaaaay too much on MIL and SIL. Things I learned from the wedding: You can't control everything, and that's okay. (Okay, maybe I haven't learned this, but I'm becoming more comfortable with the fact that the theory exists!)

irisbud
02-22-2008, 10:00 AM
Great update! Love how you WP handled the Hater!

lurkyloo
02-22-2008, 10:56 AM
Sounds like its all going well, love the meet and greet idea, how did you find out about the room?

I remember seeing a girl's trip report where she met a bunch of friends for a get-together in the Solarium at BCV, so I went to AllEarsNet to look at pix. They also had pix of the Drawing Room. It was hard to figure it all out without seeing the rooms in person, but the Drawing Room turned out to be perfect. Nobody else came in there the whole time we used it.

They charge for the rehearsal to be in Epcot???

The rehearsal is free, but they make you pay for a guide to escort you from International Gateway to the site. That was $90 in our BEO.

We will be staying at The Boardwalk Villas the night before and our wedding night - I wonder if they have a room like the one you used.

There is the Bellvue Lounge at BWI - it's not enclosed, but it's very cozy and a gorgeous-looking space. I'll bet Caryn knows a good place at BWI! :thumbsup2

We will probably reherse in a ballroom but as it gets closer we might consider paying for Italy. We will be down in May or June for our onsite visit so maybe I can do a mini rehersal there and bring my music so i can see how long it takes me to walk. The people around me will probably think I'm crazy.

If timing the music is as important to you as it was me, I highly recommend having yoru rehearsal in Italy. I tried to time the walk on my own in September and I just couldn't figure it all out. At the rehearsal you see exactly where the WP wants you to walk, and you can practice without feeling silly.

Whew... first of all, I know how much effort you're putting into this! The amount of time it takes to recall, organize and type this all out. Sort pictures and upload and embed! Man-o-man Carrie! I think you're pretty spectacular for even doing it!

:cutie: Notice how I stopped bugging you to write your report? Never again! It is fun - just time-consuming....

By the time we actually got married I had 10 of these pins. I kept tossing them in a pile. The day after the wedding Chuck went to his conference in Orlando and Jenna, Beth, Christie and I all wore the Just Married pins!!

:rotfl: That is a FABULOUS idea! I think we ended up with about six of them, which was good cuz many of them were made wrong and hung sideways....

If you look at all my pictures, I'm holding it up by my chest, even though Kathleen told me to hold it lower (once, right before we started walking.) I cringe every time I look at the the pics.

Photoshop, baby!!! :thumbsup2

Things I learned from the wedding: You can't control everything, and that's okay. (Okay, maybe I haven't learned this, but I'm becoming more comfortable with the fact that the theory exists!)

:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

stitchlet
02-22-2008, 11:32 AM
Loving your trippie! popcorn::

Thanks so much for taking the time to organize it the way you have - very easy to find useful info!

Can't wait to read more ... :surfweb:

pjstevens
02-22-2008, 01:05 PM
Just caught up and can't wait to read more. Great report already.

disneychickforever
02-22-2008, 01:26 PM
Yay for day 3!

Glad to here your WP put DB in his place! The look on his face must have been priceless!

And I totally understand the comment about having hands cupped in front, it does look like they need to...um...well take a whiz. It would have double sucked if it was by a fountain that squirted outward and the camera was at just the right angle...goodness that would have been a nightmare. Sorry I'm a theater major, and we think of things a little differently lol.

So the next day is THE WEDDING DAY! So excited for this one! These things are great medicine when you are sick! *cozies up with a box of tissues and a blanket and waits for the next installment*

Goldeelox9
02-22-2008, 03:48 PM
"A fellow DIS bride hooked me up with jewelry maker Madame Fortuna. I’d bought the aqua chandelier crystals I wanted to use for a necklace but couldn’t figure out how to construct what I envisioned. I sent Madame Fortuna the crystals and my inspiration picture, and she made the necklace and a pair of earrings. What I really liked, though, was the personal touches she added – an antique watch chain and locket, which I used for pictures of my mom."


LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea about the locket (besides the fact that your necklace came out great also). My mom passed away 2 years ago and I am going to add a locket to my necklace (haven't chosen the necklace yet) for a photo of her. I think this is a great idea.

Thanks,
Linda

My Mom is also not with me anymore and this is a great Idea...I am thinking maybe a locket braclet, then she can be with me on my special day!

Lisella
02-22-2008, 04:50 PM
Loving your TR, Carrie! The sneak peak pics you have are amazing and the pictures of you and Wendy are gorgeous!

You are doing a fabulous job with your story telling. I have learned so much from you and I caught a few things that I will need to follow up on - like the water from Costco's and the postcards.

Anyhow - "booh" to the Haters
Love the locket with your mom
Love the vendor reviews
Love that you talked about the bikini wax - something many would skip over, but countless others could possibly benefit from knowing

Looking forward to following the rest of your story (when you have time)!!

pintradingwedding
02-22-2008, 09:23 PM
we had our first phone planning meeting with Meri this past Monday

Linda

for our japan ceremony/adventurer's club reception...

SHE IS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:)

lurkyloo
02-23-2008, 01:04 AM
I don’t know if I can explain this, but in the weeks leading up to the wedding I had occasionally had the thought that I didn’t want the wedding day to actually come, because what if it didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped and planned? Despite all the work we’d done and all the excitement I’d built up, I would have flashes where I wanted the wedding to remain something to imagine and anticipate. Is that weird? When the alarm went off at 4:00, I snapped wide awake and had another twinge of that feeling. I knew that I would have to control my perfectionist streak and, for once, just go with the flow, or else I might ruin the day for myself. I also really wanted to be emotionally present throughout the day – I didn’t want to later feel that everything had gone by in a big blur and I had missed my own party. So I lay there for a few minutes and thought about the true meaning of the day: expressing love for DF and for all our guests. I knew that if everything I did reflected that love, I couldn’t screw anything up.

I had about half an hour before Patricia was scheduled to come do my makeup, and I enjoyed the peace of being alone as I started to get ready. Even after Patricia got there, it was very mellow because it was just the two of us – another reason I chose not to have a gaggle of bridesmaids. I didn’t even feel worried when Patricia called to say she was running late. She was scheduled to arrive at 4:30 because I’d told her I had to be ready at 6:30 so I could have 30 minutes of leeway before the photographers and videographers arrived. I knew that the moment they showed up, the gates would open and we’d be off and running.

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I can’t remember exactly how late Patricia was – she couldn’t find anyone at the valet stand at 4:30am, so she had to park in the boonies and schlep all her stuff. The first thing she did was put my hair in fingerwaves, and then we talked about the makeup I’d brought. I’m very picky about color, and I wanted formulas that would last all day without reapplying. I found that Vincent Longo Pearlessence Gel Stain in Dolceaqua was a good base, and I liked the nonsticky quality of Paul & Joe Lip Gloss in 05, which is shimmery but doesn’t settle into the lines in your lips and make them look wrinkly. For my eyes I brought a Laura Mercier Eye Color Quad in grays that I’ve never been able to make look good on me, but Patricia worked wonders with them. And I brought my own mascara ‘cuz I don’t like to share (CoverGirl LashExact Waterproof). And I invested in Model in a Bottle after hearing about some of the other makeup artists using setting spray. Everything else was Patricia’s.

Initially I told her I didn’t want to use airbrush makeup because I’d heard that it doesn’t last as long as traditional makeup. She said that real airbrush makeup lasts longer than regular foundation, but that many makeup artists skimp by using regular foundation in their airbrushes because they don’t want to pay for airbrush foundation – or they tell people that it doesn’t last so that they don’t have to offer it. Interesting.... Her airbrush makeup job lasted 18 hours! I started to get a little antsy when I saw that it was 6:30 and my hair was still in rollers. Patricia sensed this and picked up the pace, while doing everything she could to reassure me. When she took the finger waves down, I loved the way my hair looked just like that, but it was prolly really fake-y. She brushed through the curls and then began twisting and pinning up sections of my hair. I have a LOT of hair, so this seemed to take forever, and I was getting more and more freaked out.

When Nathan & Jensey knocked on the door, I had my Bridezilla moment for the day. I said some swears... (Patricia didn’t bat an eye). I was still in my robe, so I cracked the door and frantically told Nathan he had to wait outside but that Jensey could come in. She was so great – while I stood in front of the mirror barking out orders to ever-patient Patricia (“Pin that curl there!” “More height in front!”), Jensey quietly slipped around the room taking pictures like these:

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This is all Nathan could take pictures of...
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I got into my dress by myself (hooray for zippers!!!) and Patricia gently set the fragile fascinator in my hair. I fastened my necklace, stepped into my shoes, grabbed my purse full o’ crap (room card, hankie, bobby pins, chalk, Tide to Go pen, lip stain, gloss, ear plugs, blister blockers, Hollywood Fashion Tape, white plastic bag to sit on for photos [didn’t happen]), and had about 15 seconds to glance in the mirror and mutter, “Good enough!” before I dashed out the door. When I got in the elevator with Nathan & Jensey I felt overwhelmingly glad to have them there. I’d only met them a few times, but it felt like having two friends to send me off on my big adventure (or, as Nathan joked, two “paid friends”!).

It was really important to me that DF and I have a “first look” where the photographers and videographers captured us seeing each other for the first time. That way we could have the best of both worlds: We could take all our photos together before the ceremony and still capture that special first-look moment. Plus, this gave us a chance to actually spend time together talking when we met, instead of having to wait through the entire ceremony to share our excitement.

Sneaking up on DF
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First look!
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The waterworks...
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The next thing that was really important to me was mailing our Disney Dreams Giveaway postcards. We’ve been entering Disney’s Year of a Million Churros... er, Dreams contest by mail every day since it started in September 2006 (do the math on that... it’s more like the 27 Months of A Million Dreams!). We’ve only missed a handful of days sending in postcards, and I thought it a testament to our dedication that we mail them on our wedding day.

We hand the clerk our postcards to mail...
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...She hands us another set of Just Married buttons for the pile!
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After that was the only time during the day that things seemed like a blur. I don’t know where I got this idea (trip reports?), but I thought my WP would meet us in the lobby to tell us what to do and where to go.

¿Dónde está mi WP?
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Now that I think about it, that doesn’t make sense because all she’d do would be point us in the direction of the limo and then have to get herself to Epcot. But at the time all I could think was, “Who in the %&#@! is gonna bustle this dress?” I’d asked Patricia, but she’d never done it before. I asked the Roots... nope. I asked Sage... no dice. I’m thinking, “These people work in the wedding business – they should know how to do a bustle in their sleep!!!” I’d printed (and laminated!) a little bustle diagram, which I was waving around like a stick of dynamite, apparently, because everyone was ducking it. So guess who saved the day....

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I love that man! It took what seemed like an eternity, during which I realized I’d forgotten to have Patricia mist me with Model in a Bottle. Luckily she was still in the lobby, and she sweetly offered to go back up to my room and get it.

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Finally I realized my WP wasn’t coming and we needed to get into the limo. Nobody seemed to mind the delay. Now here’s something I think I maybe should have done differently.... I hate the way limos look. I grew up in a hot-rod household, and I have strong opinions about what makes a good-looking car. To me a limo is something that only high school prom-goers think is the height of sophistication and is really just an ugly white box (my apologies to my high school prom-going readers). The only time DF and I needed transportation all day was to get from the Beach Club to backstage at Epcot, so I picked a limo because it was the cheapest thing Disney offered (well, except for the Evil Towncars (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=21780600&postcount=60)). But what I forgot was that there would be a bazillion pictures of us getting into and out of the dang thing – argh!

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Now I'm going to have to try and edit the limo out of our day. I shoulda hired the Rolls Royce.... but at least I was only $69 over my minimums! (Yes, they’ll be carving that on my tombstone.). Just for you, here are more contraband pictures of me ‘n’ Moby Dick: The Hideous White Limo.

About to do the Disney Brides patented sit ‘n’ spin, er... scoot!
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“If you put this photo on Internet, I kill you!”
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We piled into Moby D. with our entourage of paparazzi (two photogs and two videog...s?). It takes five minutes to walk from the Beach Club to Epcot, but it takes about 15 to drive there. This was good, because I needed time to put bits of Hollywood Fashion Tape on my necklace. Mme. Fortuna and I couldn’t get the crystals to stand apart the way I wanted, so I cut tiny squares of HFT and used them to stick each crystal to my chest.

DF spells our videographer
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We get to Epcot and pull up behind Morocco. The paparazzi tumble out of Moby D. and set up to capture The Bride Exiting the Car. The limo driver shuffles around to my side of the car and unceremoniously flings the door open, blocking the shot with his back. The paparazzi shoot each other knowing looks, and someone nicely asks him to do it again. Apparently he’d never opened a limo door for a picture before (and you can be dang sure he didn’t know how to bustle a dress!). This is the best we got...

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DF demonstrates proper limo-exiting procedure
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As we walked in the back gate we were met by the WP, at whom I shrieked, “Where were you?! I needed you to bustle my dress!” I know – classy... sorry WP!!! DF and I had a little more than an hour to take pictures together in Morocco and Japan. The BM and Mo’H would be coming on the party bus with our guests and the pastor because I wanted time alone with DF where we would feel comfortable enough to be ourselves in photos – which looks something like this:

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We spent half our time in Morocco and half in Japan. When we got to Japan, I was disappointed to see that the waterfall – the feature that made me pick Japan for our pictures – was behind maintenance walls. It felt like we took a lot of pictures in front of the Mitsukoshi department store – not exactly my idea of a Kodak Photo Spot… But of course, Nathan & Jensey knew exactly what they were doing, and the pictures turned out fabulously!

I’m about to reach my photo limit for this post, so I’ll do a separate one with just some pix from that hour....

lurkyloo
02-23-2008, 01:08 AM
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“No Segway tour better go through MY wedding!!!”
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lurkyloo
02-23-2008, 01:17 AM
Just about the time Nathan and Jensey got tired of watching me & DF smooch, the guests arrived and our WP radioed her assistant (who’d been shadowing us) to keep us hidden. I think it was Nathan who ran back to get shots of the ceremony set up.

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My cherished aisle petals… not blowing away!
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The assistant brought us water and my purse so I could touch up my lip gloss. One of the sound techs came to put DF’s microphone on him, and he asked me a few things about the way our ceremony music should be played. I was so grateful for that – I’d heard about problems with the ceremony songs being played wrong (or not at all) so it made me feel so much better to be able to tell him exactly what I wanted. (And it all ran perfectly!)

Finally we got the signal to move to the staging area around the corner from Morocco.

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I got to see my dad and brother for the first time, all dressed up in their spiffy tuxedos. As DF and I approached the group, I heard our first song – the one DF’s parents were supposed to walk in to - playing already and saw them standing there talking to the WP. I hollered, “They need to go! Go! GO! GO!!” and flapped my hands. (My WP was actually telling them exactly when to start walking, so it turned out fine.) And that was my last Bridezilla moment ever. From then on I just relaxed and had fun!

DF’s parents walked in to the main title music from The Wind & the Lion, which was my mom’s favorite movie. It takes place in Morocco and has a lush, sweeping score by Jerry Goldsmith. The next song was the love theme from the movie, which we played while no one walked down the aisle as a tribute to my mom. Then the pastor, the Best Man and the Man o’ Honor walked in to “007,” an alternate James Bond theme from From Russia With Love. DF’s song was “Life’s Incredible Again,” from The Incredibles – the night we met our conversation started when we discovered our mutual love for the film. My song, “Off to Work,” is also from “The Incredibles. It’s the perfect combo of Henry Mancini, John Barry and Jerry Goldsmith and very slinky. I’d thought about walking in to a very dramatic song from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, but thought it might seem cheesy and regrettable in hindsight. (This didn’t stop us from using the Pirates bar-fight song “Two Hornpipes (Tortuga)” as our recessional!).

As we waited for our entrance, my dad recognized the music from The Wind & the Lion playing, and I told him about the locket on my necklace with my mom's pictures. It was a very touching moment, but I don’t think we were sad. It was just nice to acknowledge her presence at the wedding.

As we were waiting, and it didn’t seem like very long, I noticed my Wedding Coordinator was there. I was so excited to see him again and flattered that he had come to see the culmination of all the work we’d done (I’m sure that’s part of his job, but I was still impressed.) He came over and helped my WP unbustle my dress for the trip down the aisle. “Off to Work” started, but my WP held us for about 30 seconds so we wouldn’t get to the altar before the end of the song. And then we were off… creeping down the aisle. I am a fast walker, so this was pretty hard, but I thought about how I could just take in the whole scene and enjoy the moment.

What I saw
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What our guests saw
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This is me stage whispering to my dad, “Why are they all looking at us?!!”

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The ceremony was perfect. DF and I had taken the standard marriage ceremony that his pastor gave us and customized it so that it reflected our practice and beliefs (I am more churchy than DF, so I was delighted that he wanted to work on this together). Because the pastor has known DF’s family for many years and because we had met with him to work on the service, his homily was personal, warm, and funny. He later told us that we were one of the most “present” couples he’d married. We were both listening intently to his advice and the passages he read so we wouldn't miss this special moment.

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We show off the pastor’s stole, which he had custom made in our colors
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DF read his vows first.
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When I’d handed my purse back to our WP’s assistant, I realized I had no place to keep my vows during the ceremony, so I’d improvised….

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After the vows, we exchanged rings, and we got to see the secret messages we’d chosen for each other. (We chose lyrics from Muppets songs.) DF had inscribed my ring with “Your lifetime friend,” and his said “Until forever.”

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FINALLY, we got to smooch. (I mean, it had been, like 20 whole minutes since we’d smooched.) We made it nice and long for the paparazzi!

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We were pronounced husband and wife with our original names (and it didn’t sound funny at all!), and then we stood around for a while waiting for everyone to figure out the petal toss. I knew I should have laminated a cheat sheet for that too…. Finally, halfway into “Two Hornpipes,” we walked back down the aisle.

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HOORAY!

romymichelle21
02-23-2008, 01:21 AM
Aw - I love the 1st one of you two (the one in your siggy!) :goodvibes

And Patrick's fez!! :rotfl:

And and... that last one :lmao:

Yay trippie report!! popcorn::

dare_bear
02-23-2008, 01:30 AM
I just want to say that you look absolutely stunning and I hope I look half as gorgeous on my wedding day! :)

romymichelle21
02-23-2008, 01:32 AM
D'oh!! :headache: There was more before I even got that last comment out!

:lmao: at the picture of you reaching into your dress for the vows!! That look on your face is priceless :thumbsup2

As I was reading, I thought, "Hey cool - their pastor's scarf thingy matches their wedding colors!"... then I got a little further :rotfl:

Carrie & Patrick are married now!! :banana: (Well, you know, in DISland!)

B2B-2008
02-23-2008, 03:04 AM
Love your day so far, you made me smile. I can also be a control freak so I am going to remember your words of wisdom on our wedding day.

hope1826
02-23-2008, 03:50 AM
OMG Carrie, I just had a similar experience to Romymichelle21. I LOVED the first new pic of you too smooching and then as I got further and further I realized that it wasn't my favorite. All of your pics are my favorite. Your ceremony looked so beautiful and the roots captured the energy perfectly.

YAY! Can't wait to se/reaad more

Starr W.
02-23-2008, 07:50 AM
Patrick has my fez on! :laughing:

The picture of you searching in your bodice for your vows is priceless.:flower3:


If we get around to doing our VR at WDW and the Roots are still in the area. I'm calling them. I absolutely love your pictures, to me they are truly "photojournal" style and really seem to capture your and Patrick's personalitly. I'm sorry but some of the other fave photogs pictures to me now seemed rather "posed" compared to yours. :love:

Now waiting for the reception, I didn't really study that picture to see how many cans of soda you get for $900. :rotfl2:

caryndisneydiva
02-23-2008, 08:04 AM
So I lay there for a few minutes and thought about the true meaning of the day: expressing love for DF and for all our guests. I knew that if everything I did reflected that love, I couldn’t screw anything up.

you are exactly right! mark told me yesterday that he thought our wedding was so fabulous because we were so into "us" that no one would ever notice the little things that did or might have gone wrong.

Jensey quietly slipped around the room taking pictures like these:

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This is all Nathan could take pictures of...
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you are so funny! that shoe pic is so great!



Now I'm going to have to try and edit the limo out of our day. I shoulda hired the Rolls Royce....

yes, but, you are tall like me and would have been uncomfortable in the rolls which is basically made for really short people, i had to duck my head while sitting in the car...

I needed time to put bits of Hollywood Fashion Tape on my necklace. Mme. Fortuna and I couldn’t get the crystals to stand apart the way I wanted, so I cut tiny squares of HFT and used them to stick each crystal to my chest.

BRILLIANT!!! i was wondering how you were getting that necklace to sit so perfectly!




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they did such a good job with the chairs, they look beautiful.


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these turned out really well also, i wonder if they took your jungle cruise idea :laughing:


As we waited for our entrance, my dad recognized the music from The Wind & the Lion playing, and I told him about the locket on my necklace with my mom's pictures. It was a very touching moment, but I don’t think we were sad. It was just nice to acknowledge her presence at the wedding.

tear. that is beautiful carrie.


We show off the pastor’s stole, which he had custom made in our colors
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love this, how sweet of him!


We were pronounced husband and wife with our original names (and it didn’t sound funny at all!)

this is great. i love it. i suggested this to mark and he almost had a heart attack...texas boys...


everything is so beautiful! the roots did a really really really fantastic job. i hope lindsay decides to use them.

lpizzuro123
02-23-2008, 08:12 AM
Love the last photo with the petals. We were deciding between bubbles or petals and I think this photo has made us decide on the petals. We had our phone floral meeting yesterday and I asked Laura for the price for both.

Linda

scarlett873
02-23-2008, 08:20 AM
What a stunning setting for a wedding! Even my DH, who is anti-wedding talk seeing as how we are already married...lol...said it was "cool"! (Really..he is a romantic, he just rolls his eyes whenever I show him yet another DIS bride picture!) We WILL do a VR someday! I do my best to use pictures of DIS bride weddings to entice him...and I think these may do it! Yay!! (he's got a soft spot for Morroco...loves the food and the ambience)

Can't wait for more!!!

elise72
02-23-2008, 08:27 AM
Wow!

I have tears in my eyes reading about a strangers wedding!-although I feel I know you after reading your PJ!

You,and everything look stunning.

Lisacope
02-23-2008, 08:44 AM
Awesome!!!!! Awesome!!!!! Awesome!!!!!

I just love your pictures - everything was beautiful!

MadamMim
02-23-2008, 09:01 AM
Hurray indeed. And huzzah and cheerio and pip pip and all the rest. Oh it was lovely! :lovestruc And all the pictures are so beautiful and personalized that I'm giggling while I'm tearing up. Oh everything was just perfect. :hug:

M&M126
02-23-2008, 09:12 AM
Your ceremony sounds so special and unique. I love the personal touches especially the songs you chose. Everything was so beautiful!

DigitalLove
02-23-2008, 09:14 AM
Oh wow Carrie! You both looked fantastic, and like you were having SO much fun... everything I wish for from my wedding!!

Your photographs are amazing!!! I tried for Roots when we decided to get married as I loved their portfolio, but they were booked for our date... I just hope our wedding photos are half as good as yours, and I shall be really pleased indeed!!

Now I really need to get back to actually doing some work!! I'm working a 12 hour day today and my fellow Nurses are all chuckling at me sitting here all teary eyed reading your latest update!! They told me to tell you that you looked beautiful... Not only do you have all these Disney brides and Disney fanatics looking at your pics online... You also have half of the British National Health service staff too!!! :lmao:

Starr W.
02-23-2008, 09:24 AM
What a stunning setting for a wedding! Even my DH, who is anti-wedding talk seeing as how we are already married...lol...said it was "cool"! (Really..he is a romantic, he just rolls his eyes whenever I show him yet another DIS bride picture!) We WILL do a VR someday! I do my best to use pictures of DIS bride weddings to entice him...and I think these may do it! Yay!! (he's got a soft spot for Morroco...loves the food and the ambience)

Can't wait for more!!!


Hey Lurky's pictures are working on my DH! Just keep showing them to him.:thumbsup2

GlobalDiva
02-23-2008, 09:29 AM
I've had so much fun reading your journal since I joined the Dis at the beginning of the year.

It's amazing how you read about a person's experience every single day for so long, and when the big day finally comes, it's like you're part of it or something, even from hundreds of miles away :cool1:

Everything looks so gorgeous. DF and I LOVE Morocco--it's our favorite part of the Showcase at EPCOT, so to see such a stylish affair there is a real treat.

You guys looked PERFECT :thumbsup2 . Can't wait to read more.

Was your officiant someone you know, or someone you found through research? I LOVE his stole

oneyodafan
02-23-2008, 10:20 AM
What a beautiful, amazing wedding! Absolutely breathtaking!

mla1977
02-23-2008, 11:14 AM
Yay! I got to read the wedding before I leave tomorrow! I've been hovering between the DIS and Southwest. I clicked at 11:30 and we still didn't get lower than 37! Oh well. We're heading west tomorrow morning. Yay for sunny skies!

pintradingwedding
02-23-2008, 02:37 PM
and i'm with you i HATE stretch limos. especially white ones. too highschool prom (sorry limo lovers!) I really wanted more original transportation -- like a vintage car (or an elephant ride, or a magic carpet!) but we did the same thing because a) limo was the cheapest transportation b) it had the most room for a big gown AND for andy to change into his Indiana Jones costume on the way to the reception and c) it was only going to be 'backstage' so nobody would really see it!

PS. i CRACK UP every time you say "HATERS"

:)

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disneychickforever
02-23-2008, 03:49 PM
OMG! Carrie, it was such a beautiful wedding! I loved the matching stole, and the vows in the dress were priceless! I bet you got loads of laughs from that lol.

Besides the stressful morning, it ended up really well. I am so happy for you!

Can't wait to read more :)

accountingbabe08
02-23-2008, 04:19 PM
Wow!!!

Lynn5700
02-23-2008, 04:44 PM
Aww Carrie you had such a beautiful wedding!! Your husband's face when he first saw you is so cute and him starting to cry,OMG so cute awww.I love the picture of him fixing your dress,so cute!!!

lurkyloo
02-23-2008, 05:26 PM
I just want to say that you look absolutely stunning and I hope I look half as gorgeous on my wedding day!

:blush: That's so nice of you to say!

Love your day so far, you made me smile. I can also be a control freak so I am going to remember your words of wisdom on our wedding day.

Yeah, in my case, "control freak" is putting it mildly. But I have to say, DFTW does so much for you, that it's easy to let go....

All of your pics are my favorite. Your ceremony looked so beautiful and the roots captured the energy perfectly. YAY! Can't wait to se/reaad more

I feel the same way - I have 1,500 favorites! So glad you're enjoying the TR!

Now waiting for the reception, I didn't really study that picture to see how many cans of soda you get for $900. :rotfl2:

I fell for the line about how paying for a drink package is better than paying per drink because people will open a soda, set it down, and then go get another. :rolleyes: We had SO many unopened leftover sodas - the only thing that kept me from taking them with me afterward was I couldn't fit them all in my bodice...

yes, but, you are tall like me and would have been uncomfortable in the rolls which is basically made for really short people, i had to duck my head while sitting in the car...

This makes me feel SO much better - THANKS! :goodvibes I only wanted the Rolls cuz you looked so glamorous all crouched over in it...:rotfl:

Love the last photo with the petals. We were deciding between bubbles or petals and I think this photo has made us decide on the petals.

Yes, I chose the petals because they show up so much better in photos. And they're our super-secret stealth third wedding color!

What a stunning setting for a wedding! Even my DH, who is anti-wedding talk seeing as how we are already married...lol...said it was "cool"!

:lmao: This is a very good sign for you, I think....

Wow! I have tears in my eyes reading about a strangers wedding!-although I feel I know you after reading your PJ! You,and everything look stunning.

:goodvibes Thank you!

Awesome!!!!! Awesome!!!!! Awesome!!!!! I just love your pictures - everything was beautiful!

:wave2: Thanks!!!

Hurray indeed. And huzzah and cheerio and pip pip and all the rest. Oh it was lovely! :lovestruc And all the pictures are so beautiful and personalized that I'm giggling while I'm tearing up. Oh everything was just perfect.

:cloud9: Would you say it was.... smoochtastic? :rotfl:

Your ceremony sounds so special and unique. I love the personal touches especially the songs you chose. Everything was so beautiful!

Thank you! I was so glad to be able to customize things as much as we did.

I'm working a 12 hour day today and my fellow Nurses are all chuckling at me sitting here all teary eyed reading your latest update!! They told me to tell you that you looked beautiful... Not only do you have all these Disney brides and Disney fanatics looking at your pics online... You also have half of the British National Health service staff too!!! :lmao:

Sweet! Maybe I can get some personalized treatment if I ever go to hospital while on holiday across the Pond! :rotfl:

It's amazing how you read about a person's experience every single day for so long, and when the big day finally comes, it's like you're part of it or something, even from hundreds of miles away

I have definitely felt that way about all the weddings I've read about here. It's so nice to have a community of friends who support each other the way this one does!

Was your officiant someone you know, or someone you found through research? I LOVE his stole

Yes, he was the pastor at DH's church when DH was growing up, so he's known their family a long time. I highly recommend bringing your own officiant if it's feasible!

What a beautiful, amazing wedding! Absolutely breathtaking!
:goodvibes Thanks!!

I really wanted more original transportation -- like a vintage car (or an elephant ride, or a magic carpet!) but we did the same thing... PS. i CRACK UP every time you say "HATERS"

OMG - an elephant ride would have been perfect - why didn't I think of that? :upsidedow Of course, knowing how DFTW reacted to my "wacky" request not to have a DJ, I don't think it would have gone down so well... P.S. Although the term "Disney Haters" has become common parlance on this board, I can't use it in my TR anymore. (Hi SIL! :wave2: )

OMG! Carrie, it was such a beautiful wedding! I loved the matching stole, and the vows in the dress were priceless! I bet you got loads of laughs from that lol. Besides the stressful morning, it ended up really well. I am so happy for you! Can't wait to read more :)

:yay: Thanks! There's plenty more...

Wow!!!
:teeth:

Aww Carrie you had such a beautiful wedding!! Your husband's face when he first saw you is so cute and him starting to cry,OMG so cute awww.I love the picture of him fixing your dress,so cute!!!
:) He's totally cute - ahem, I mean MANLY! And, uh, strapping! :rotfl:

pink_tink8i8
02-23-2008, 08:10 PM
Your ceremony location was just spectacular! What a fantastic choice. I love the pictures of you and your DH seeing each other for the first time that day.

How clever of you to tape the gems on your necklace to your chest. I was wondering how they managed to look perfect in all your pics ;)

What exactly did you need the chalk for? :confused: I'm clueless.

Poohnatic
02-23-2008, 08:14 PM
Carrie, your pictures are spectacular! What really grabs me about the Roots photography is how much your personalities shine in those pictures. You and Patrick look so incredible.

The first look picture is priceless and I just adore that picture where you are getting your vows, but really, every last one of those pictures is great. The Roots are local for me, and now I think I'm calling them for the long overdue family photos on the beach session...

Suzanne

DisBride2007
02-23-2008, 08:16 PM
WOW! Thanks for posting so many more of your beautiful pics! :thumbsup2 to Patrick for bustling your dress! (I don't think I would have been able to figure it out!)

And I love how you had the rings inscribed with lyrics from Muppets songs. "He'll make me happy, each time I see him..." I love it!

So... I have to assume because you didn't say otherwise... but did the bus work out?!

Oh, and we were aiming to be as close to the minimum as possible too (although you were closer). We actually didn't even get a limo. We took our bus from the hotel to Epcot and got pictures before the ceremony, while it returned to the hotels and picked up our guests! Mwahaha!

Beep
02-23-2008, 08:17 PM
What exactly did you need the chalk for? :confused: I'm clueless.[/COLOR]

I wondered that too. I can't think what I'd use that for, but I never thought of including stuff for blisters or a Tide pen. Great tip :thumbsup2

twiu
02-23-2008, 09:52 PM
Oh Carrie!!! You are such a beautiful bride!!! I love how you both are so true to who you are.. .goofy and all, it makes it even more special! Your photos are fabulous and I'm sure you had such an amazing day! It cracks me up to read about your day - you're so romantic yet so silly. I love it!!! My DF and I went to Epcot last night to stalk on Amanda (princessbride) and when I walked by Morocco I was telling DF all about your amazing wedding. He of course looked at me like I was insane for having "virtual" friends. Oh well. But anyway, I'm so happy for you and so glad you had the wedding of your dreams. Let me know when you guys are back in Orlando, I'll buy you a drink in Morocco :)

lurkyloo
02-24-2008, 02:07 AM
What exactly did you need the chalk for? :confused: I'm clueless.

I wondered that too. I can't think what I'd use that for, but I never thought of including stuff for blisters or a Tide pen. Great tip :thumbsup2

:goodvibes The chalk was to cover up any spots the Tide-to-Go couldn't handle. Luckily I escaped unscathed! In fact, my dress didn't seem nearly as trashed as I'd been warned, even after the Magic Kingdom photo shoot - and I lay on the ground for one of our goofier pix! You should have seen the photographer's eyes bug out when he saw what I was doing.... :rotfl:

The Roots are local for me, and now I think I'm calling them for the long overdue family photos on the beach session...

That is such a great idea! I didn't want to have kids, but now I think I'm gonna have to just as an excuse to take more pictures with the Roots! :thumbsup2

So... I have to assume because you didn't say otherwise... but did the bus work out?!

Yes! No one missed the bus. And you know, you were right - that day, I didn't even think about the bus at all, just like you said!

We actually didn't even get a limo. We took our bus from the hotel to Epcot and got pictures before the ceremony, while it returned to the hotels and picked up our guests! Mwahaha!

Man, I wish I'd known we could do that. Future brides, take note: This is a great idea!! :thumbsup2

Let me know when you guys are back in Orlando, I'll buy you a drink in Morocco :)

You're on! ;)

lurkyloo
02-24-2008, 02:15 AM
After our staged exit, we milled around with our guests for a few minutes, and then somebody explained to them that we were all going to take pictures together. Since we only had 34 guests, we thought it would be nice to get a picture with each of them, in addition to pictures with family. I had imagined this taking place sort of organically as people stood around chatting, but everyone filed back to the courtyard and sat down in their seats again, looking to me and DH expectantly like we were about to entertain them. So we did…

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This was probably the most awkward part of the day. We kind of had to run the show, which made me uncomfortable. I felt like a game show host, calling members of the audience to come on down and get a picture with their favorite newlyweds. Also, I made a faux pas when I started calling people from the back row and got to a fellow I had never seen before, sitting alone. I was like, “Next up… some guy!” He turned out to be my college friend’s date, and I guess he didn’t take kindly to being called “some guy.” I think he thought I was making fun of him, but I just didn’t know who he was. .

Finally, after shooting every possible combo of family member and friend, we were directed to walk to the Morocco boat dock for our Friendship Boat ride to the BoardWalk. We wanted this to be a surprise for our guests, but I didn’t notice any jaws dropping or gasps of delight. I think because boats are a common method of transportation at Walt Disney World, and because none of our guests really knew what to expect at the wedding anyway, this didn’t seem particularly unusual to them. That’s OK – it was one of my favorite parts of the day.

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[i]The Segway tour that DIDN’T ruin my wedding!
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Because we had already taken pictures together, DH and I were going to the reception with our guests. That meant we wouldn’t really have any time alone immediately following the ceremony. So the time we had together at the back of the Friendship Boat was a wonderful chance to connect and share our excitement about the ceremony and the reception to come. I tried to take in every detail of the trip over to the BoardWalk.

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DH “chromes” my shoes by sticking moleskin on the soles so they’ll be slick enough for our first dance.
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When the boat docked, Nathan and Sage leapt off and ran ahead – Sage to video us getting off the boat and Nathan to shoot the reception setup before we got there. Then our WP’s assistant led me and DH and all the guests down the 2 1/2-mile hallway to the Attic (DFTW had been sure to impress upon us just how far the Attic is from the BoardWalk Inn lobby….). Thankfully, all of our guests survived this death march.

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We’d alphabetized our guests’ mouse ears, which were laid out on a long table in the hall outside the Attic.

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What $800 worth of soda looks like
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Centerpieces to be Photoshopped in later…
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lurkyloo
02-24-2008, 02:20 AM
Except for DH’s cousin, who had run ahead to start our iPod, DH and I were first into the room. When I saw our cake, my heart sank: The bakery got the design perfect, but the colors were awful – they were nothing like the picture I’d given my planner. Instead of bright orange and fuchsia, they were salmon and maroon – ick! Admittedly, the picture I’d given my WP was printed on an inkjet, but the color values of that print were correct, just a little washed out. I was kicking myself for not being as specific about the cake colors as I was with my bouquet. I later mentioned my disappointment to Nathan & Jensey, and they appear to have given my cake a little help in Photoshop – whoohoo!

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Really, though, I have to give the bakery credit for the dead-on reproduction of the patterns on the cake. (I was told they had to change it a little bit so it wouldn’t be a direct rip-off of someone else’s design.) And we got lots of compliments on it!

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DH made the cake topper!

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I was also relieved to see none of the dreaded clouding of linens on the cake table (although the turquoise and orange sashes were too short and dangled halfway up from the floor. Not a good look…)

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DH and I went out on the balcony and had a look around.

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For the pre-reception (it can’t really be called a cocktail hour ‘cuz we didn’t serve any hooch) we had them serve the fruit platter and pastries included in our brunch buffet. It would have been way too much food to have all at once, and it saved money!

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We got to the Attic a little bit earlier than accounted for in the BEO, so I kept feeling like something should be happening but it wasn’t time yet. I felt this way for the whole reception, so I can definitely say that (without dancing) three hours is plenty of time for a casual reception. Finally it was 11:00 and DH and I started our first dance. We chose Sarah Vaughan’s version of the Antonio Carlos Jobim tune “Wave.” Besides having lyrics that fit us and the way we met, it starts out slow and romantic but has two up-tempo breaks that gave us a chance to surprise our guests with a few swing moves. Our reception playlists were mainly bossa nova music, and I worked two other versions of “Wave” into the mix.


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Using an iPod for our music worked really well. I created five playlists, one for each section of the reception - pre-reception, first dance song, brunch, parents’ dances, rest o’ the reception – so that we wouldn’t have to search around for the first dance songs in the middle of the reception. We asked DH’s extremely overqualified cousin (he’s a sound engineer for Disney Feature Animation) to cue up each of our playlists at the appropriate time, and it all ran like clockwork. The pre-reception playlist was upbeat cocktail/space-age pop stuff – Henry Mancini, Esquivel, Arthur Lyman and Les Baxter. The brunch playlist was mellow samba/bossa nova by artists like Joao Gilberto, Eliane Elias, Stan Getz and Elis Regina. The second half of the reception built from bossa nova to cocktail to Latin jazz and ended with “Love Theme” by Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra. (When I heard that one, I knew the party was winding down – but that’s the only way I could tell!)

After our first dance, the BM gave an hilarious toast that was done entirely as a Jungle Cruise skipper spiel. He delivered it with his hand over his mouth to make it sound authentic – it brought down the house! Then the Mo’H and pastor gave toasts, followed by a brunch blessing by the pastor. Then… brunch!

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After they announced brunch DH and I went over to the buffet, but there were no servers. I knew from reading trippies that someone would help us get our food, so I was kinda tapping my toe, but DH was surprised and impressed when they did materialize and help us load up our plates. We sat at a table for two in the far corner of the room, next to the doors that lead to the deck. I just realized we don’t have any pictures of our sweetheart table, but I’m kinda glad cuz it wasn’t much to look at – we had two ugly black banquet-hall chairs and a plain white tablecloth with just my bouquet in a vase. While we were eating, the paparazzi got to take a break and eat their vendor meals (I think they got deli plates), and – I later learned – Jensey started editing and Photoshopping our ceremony photos on their laptop. My WP disappeared, which I had expected (also thanks to trip reports) but would reappear occasionally to direct various events.

lurkyloo
02-24-2008, 02:25 AM
After brunch we had our parents’ dances. I let my dad pick the song we danced to, since he’s as into music as I am and he did have to dance to it after all. He picked one of his all-time favorite songs, an up-tempo jazz song by David Sanborn. It was really cute – he loves to cut out and send me articles, especially about musicians, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that when we started our sentimental father-daughter dance the first thing he said was, “I just read this great article about David Sanborn!” We had tried practicing once, at Christmas, but I was still a bit nervous because he was a champion cha-cha dancer in high school and I only know swing. Fortunately he has a strong lead, so I think we did OK.

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I’m so glad we danced before DH and his mom, because they would have been a tough act to follow. Neither really dances (well, DH can swing!), so they put on the Muppets’ “Movin’ Right Along” and improvised. They brought down the house!

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After the dances we asked everyone to put on their mouse ears, and we got a shot of all our guests.

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I was ready to cut the cake after that, but my WP said we were a little ahead of schedule so we decided to wait. Waiting for cake is hard. When I couldn’t wait any longer, I asked the servers if we could do it, and my WP magically reappeared to get the ball rolling. Somebody told us where to stand and whose hand was supposed to go where – who knew it was such a production? They handed us our pieces on a plate and I was like, “Uh, where’re the forks?” They found us some forks, and we each ate our own pieces – which got a huge reaction. We didn’t mean for it to be a big statement, we’re just creeped out by the feeding/smashing thing. Later, DH’s grandmother came up to us and said very sincerely, “Thank you for not smashing cake into each other’s faces. I think it’s barbaric!” Then we had to wait for them to cut the real pieces and put the ice cream on. I don’t know if it was the addition of ice cream or the flavors we chose (red velvet with cream cheese and chocolate with peanut butter cup mousse), but the cake disappeared fast!

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After the cake cutting we still had an entire hour to hang out with our guests. We were ecstatic to discover that Nathan & Jensey had already put together a slideshow of photo highlights, which we must’ve watched three or four times.

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Except for the pastor, who had to catch a plane, everyone stayed till the end of the reception (but that’s prolly because the only way they could leave was on our bus… mwaahahahahahaha!). The staff gathered up our guest book, cake knife, gifts, extra cake and cake topper and put them back in our box by the door. I asked about having bell services schlep our stuff to the Beach Club (I’d read about a bride having them move stuff from Atlantic Dance Hall to BoardWalk Inn) but was told they couldn’t leave the resort, so my in-laws graciously offered to take it to the Beach Club after the bus dropped them at their car. I cast a longing eye on the thousands of remaining unopened sodas, but I didn’t want to make anybody carry all that.

lurkyloo
02-24-2008, 02:27 AM
I knew my Wedding Twin, Wendy, would be arriving at the BoardWalk soon to walk down to Sea Breeze Pointe for her wedding, so I was eager to get down to the lobby. We’d planned to scandalize DFTW and rip a hole in the space-time continuum by meeting on our shared wedding day and getting a picture together in our gowns. DH and I stood in the lobby saying goodbye to our guests (until the dessert party, that is), and they boarded the bus. I spotted Wendy’s DF in his pin-striped gangster suit and knew that she must not have arrived yet because they would have moved him to the ceremony site. I think he gave me a hug – I remember being flattered that he even remembered who I was after a brief meeting at the Adventurer’s Club. When his handlers told him it was time to go, I signaled my paparazzi and we went out to the front of the BoardWalk Inn to lie in wait for Wendy. I really did feel like I was waiting to meet a movie star – I was so excited! And when she arrived, Wendy looked like a movie star – she was so glamorous!

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DH and I wished Wendy good luck and then went with Nathan & Jensey to get a few last shots. I couldn’t believe they still wanted to take pictures of the Smoochingtons after all these hours (they told us at the reception that they’d already taken more than 3,000 – and the dessert party was yet to come!). I’m glad they did, though, cuz we got these….

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At last, we let them go back home to their doggie and we went down to the BoardWalk boat dock to catch a Friendship to the Beach Club. Sage followed us to shoot some footage, and we really lucked out – there was a boat about to depart when we got there, and when they saw us they held it so we could hop on. The skipper’s jaw kind of dropped, and the passengers burst into applause as we got in the back, so we stuck our heads in the cabin and waved. It was so much fun! We went straight to the Yacht and Beach Club dock and were ushered off the boat first (I wish Sage had been there to film that!). As we walked back over to the Beach Club, we felt like celebrities – everyone was smiling and waving (or at least gawking), and two little girls ran up together and said “Congratulations!” simultaneously. It felt like the end of a movie, but it wasn’t the end….


Next up: The Dessert Party!

B2B-2008
02-24-2008, 02:42 AM
I love the fact that they let you have photos with Wendy. I hope they didn't protest to much. I'm sorry about your cake not looking like what you expected but Im glad it tasted nice.

I hope we have as much fun on our wedding day as you both did on yours. I'm getting excited now looking at all your photos.

Goldeelox9
02-24-2008, 08:28 AM
I LOVE your pictures. Until I read your TR I thought Randy was the only way to go, but OMG the Roots did a fabulous job! You looked so very pretty! I cried reading a TR...LOL Thanks for posting.

caryndisneydiva
02-24-2008, 08:39 AM
i'm sorry you didn't like your cake. i'm glad the roots were able to do some photoshop magic on it! the cake server looked so great with it. we did the same thing with our cake cutting, i looked at the man and said, "we're not feeding each other." milk choco and pb mousse is AMAZING! i can't wait for our first anniversary to get a reproduction made!

can't wait to see the desert party with the outfit change!!!

Pam
02-24-2008, 09:37 AM
Ooooooh, what amazing photos! :yay:

You and your DH seem meant for each other -- totally in love (sweet mother-of-pearl it seems like all you do is smooch! :rotfl: j/k ;) ); witty and zany - you're the perfect pair! :goodvibes

I've stated a couple of times that my DD is getting married in October 2009 - after looking at all of the wonderful photos posted by all of the DIS brides, I have determined that no matter what the cost, we will be hiring a first-rate photographer! :thumbsup2

Can't wait for the rest of your trip report -- and more photos!!!!!

lpizzuro123
02-24-2008, 10:24 AM
As usual, more great photos. Just love the way everything is so coordinated. The chair covers look great and the cake looks amazing. Love the pictures of your brunch food. We are also do a brunch at ADH. Was yours the Tinkerbelle brunch with some variations? I really like the Mickey waffles - we were thinking of doing those instead of the crepes and we were also thinking of taking the fruit and muffins and stuff for our pre reception. Did you add any meats to your brunch? The Tinkerbelle comes with chicken and we were thinking of either adding a meat carving station or the antipasta plater. We were also thinking of adding a green salad.

I also love that you took the friendship boat to the Boardwalk - was this an extra charge (I am sure it was) and if so how much extra and how many people did it hold. I was thinking of using the bus to take our guests to the Boardwalk but us and our bridal party using the friendship boats.

Looking forward to reading more.

Linda

cseca
02-24-2008, 10:30 AM
Enjoying your TR so far... :)
What a wonderful wedding.
I love your cake design and your FOOD!!!
Those mickey waffles are my faves!!!!

You're making me wish we have a daytime wedding like you did ... :thumbsup2

Do you remember how long it took you guys to take your family/guest pictures?

pintradingwedding
02-24-2008, 11:16 AM
>>"And I love how you had the rings inscribed with lyrics from Muppets songs. "He'll make me happy, each time I see him..." I love it!"

Oh my gosh that was our exit song!

(Actually it was supposed to be our "SOLO" but disney AV guy screwed up and played it as our exit song -- And it was PERFECT.)

But i never thought to have the lyrics engraved on our rings. POUT.

Although DH's wedding band is a Superman ring so i don't know if it would go :)

And my ring has another inscription already which is exactly how i feel about Andy... "And you a windrose, a compass, my direction, my description of the world." ...So i guess it couldn't fit that AND Miss Piggy and Kermie :)

Maybe for 'vow renewal rings' i'll steal your idea!

when I have my vow renewal in MORROCCO with PINK PETALS scattered on the aisle and ROOTS shooting us -- GRIN ;)

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pintradingwedding
02-24-2008, 11:29 AM
its almost like being there!!!

(and if we happened to be at disney world then we were totally going to crash your wedding! or least roll by the ceremony on a segway and shout up to your reception from the boardwalk)

:)

pintradingwedding
02-24-2008, 11:44 AM
you are HILARIOUS. I crack up at so many of your lines like "calling members of the audience to come on down and get a picture with their favorite newlyweds." and centerpieces to be photoshopped in later and the mwaawaa bus.

but you also put together the MOST PERFECT WEDDING! Gorgeous and creative, not cookie cutter.

If I ever get REmarried (because DH dumped me for some hot LA, hollywood babe) i totally want you to design my second wedding to my ROMDF (Rich Old Man Disney Fiancee)

:)

pintradingwedding
02-24-2008, 11:47 AM
Alrighty then! The squeeze is on. Apparently I'll have to start my TR tonight to keep pace with my wedding twin.! :woohoo:


I totally want to see it close up. I hope you include a CU picture of it on your trip report.

and I can't wait to see your DH's 'gangster suit' as Carrie calls it

you looked ROCK STAR gorgeous!!!

can't wait to read your trip report too :)

Lynn5700
02-24-2008, 11:48 AM
You had the most awesome wedding of all time!!!!Seriously I love it!!!Such originality!!! Love your husband and MIL dance,that was great!!!

You crack me up with all your little wise saying's throughout this report,I love it!!!

Can't wait for more:)

Oh and I love brunch food...the pictures of your food is making me sooo hungry!!!

Lizby
02-24-2008, 11:58 AM
Wow Carrie, your wedding was absolutely 100% fabulous! Your pictures are AMAZING!!! If we hadn't already hired Randy, I would be calling the Roots right up. I've been cracking up the whole time reading your TR...you and DH look like so much fun! :happytv:

MadamMim
02-24-2008, 01:22 PM
*Sigh* It was all just so fun and beautiful and... and... IN LOVE! (And smoochtastic, of course. We wouldn't forgive you if it wasn't. :upsidedow ) I just hope that someday I can have a wedding as cool and personalized and lovely and wonderful as you did. I'm actually gettin a little choked up just thinking about it. :sad1: But in a nice way. :grouphug:

Lindsay22
02-24-2008, 01:39 PM
Wow Carrie, your wedding was absolutely 100% fabulous! Your pictures are AMAZING!!! If we hadn't already hired Randy, I would be calling the Roots right up. I've been cracking up the whole time reading your TR...you and DH look like so much fun! :happytv:

Seeing Carrie's pics DID make me call the Roots!!! Between the Roots doing Carrie's pics and Randy doing my sister's pics I don't know how to choose.

But don't worry Carrie, I'll tell the Roots how much business you're giving them, maybe they'll give you something free!:thumbsup2

Wazzo
02-24-2008, 02:03 PM
I love the idea of a morning Epcot ceremony. The Friendship boat ride idea is awesome! I love it! :goodvibes What was your rain backup location for Morocco?

Wow, that food looks fantastic! I also love the way you split up the pastries for the pre-reception. We love breakfast, and will probably go for brunch too! Did you use the Tinker Bell menu? Around $45 pp?

I LOVE everything you've done... I think I'll take detailed notes and ask for the "LurkyLoo Special" when my official planning time comes! http://www.thesmilies.com/smilies/silly/spin.gif

lajones81
02-24-2008, 05:01 PM
I am loving this report!! :)

AuroraBorealis
02-24-2008, 05:02 PM
Your wedding was perfect! Amazingly creative and beautiful and it seemed to reflect your personalities so well. You looked so beautiful!

The photos are amesome and I love that your personality shines through them. You and your DH are so fun and you two seem absolutely perfect for each other. The smoochiness is great!

I love your TR; you write very well. I laughed out loud at your description of the "come on down" feel of your guest pictures. Morocco was a perfect location and the boat was such a neat idea! The Attic is gorgeous and I love the pics of your DH and his mom dancing-- what a fun family!

Congratulations! I can't wait to read more.

geetey
02-24-2008, 05:29 PM
WOW! Simply Amazing!! Truly, I don't even have the right words to describe how beautiful everything looks! Heart-touchingly beautiful!!!

Congrats again to you, Carrie, and Patrick!!

BrcsDisneyPrncs
02-24-2008, 06:01 PM
Congratulations!pixiedust: Everything turned out so beautiful! I have to agree, you were very glam! I can't wait to here more!

Beep
02-24-2008, 06:56 PM
Brilliant report, love it. May favourite has to be the comment about 'his handlers and my paparazzi' though - priceless! :lmao:

lov2b@disney
02-24-2008, 08:27 PM
Truely unbelievable! Carrie- everything was beautiful-Morocoo is a beautiful site, so unique! you both looked great and boy do you look like you have a ball together! Your pictures make me smile!

The cake was pretty-so about the color problem! Love the boat transportation!

Looking forward to more!

Chilly
02-25-2008, 04:15 AM
Your wedding day so far sounds so amazing. I love the idea of the muppets lyrics on your rings. The photos are all absolutely gorgeous. You were a stunning bride. CONGRATULATIONS!

lurkyloo
02-25-2008, 12:25 PM
Aw, nuts! I was almost finished with a huge post replying to everyone's resonses, and I lost it! :badpc:

I just want to thank you all for the sweet comments and your continued interest in the trip report! It is a lot of fun to write, and I'm so glad it is helpful for some. To answer specific questions:

We had the BoardWalk's Cape May Lighthouse buffet menu, which lets you pick two meats from a list of four. The only meat we added was salmon for the bagels. We also added ice cream for the cake. An apple cider toast was added at the last minute to meet our minimums when one guest couldn't make it.

The Friendship boat is $250 for a one-way trip and seats about 50. It was totally worth the cost just for the pictures and the novelty of riding a boat out of Epcot - and apparently it was a welcome change from the bus for some of our guests who'd experienced motion sickness on the bus ride to the ceremony.

mermaidbride1108
02-25-2008, 01:45 PM
Hi Lurky!:wave2:

I love your TR! Love, love love it! I have to say when I saw your pics with the teal necklace, I was inspired!!! I love how the aqua blue came out in photos. You inspired me, I went to the craft store yesterday to buy some beads and I'm now making jewelry for my BMs. I don't want to interrupt your TR so I'll post in my PJ.

Can you tell me more about the friendship boats or just PM me? I'm really interested in doing that as a way to get to our reception, if possible. We plan on doing the Living Seas.

I just noticed some new smiles so I thought I include them in your TR just for fun....:crazy2:
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Just for fun!:p

lurkyloo
02-25-2008, 03:13 PM
Thanks for the splashy smilies - they really punch up the old trip report!


You inspired me, I went to the craft store yesterday to buy some beads and I'm now making jewelry for my BMs. I don't want to interrupt your TR so I'll post in my PJ.

:hyper: Can't wait to see it!

Can you tell me more about the friendship boats or just PM me? I'm really interested in doing that as a way to get to our reception, if possible. We plan on doing the Living Seas.

I want to say the Friendship Boat holds about 50, but I can't find an exact number in my BEO. It holds a lot of people. The closest it would be able to get you to LS is the Future World dock, but the walking distance from there seems shorter than my guests walked from the BoardWalk dock to the Attic, so I don't think it would be a problem. The only thing is, I dunno if you want to pay $250 just to go across the lagoon from, say Germany. Then again, I was paying for a bus I didn't use, so I'm not one to talk! :upsidedow

I just loved the idea of a boat ride - it's very Disney and very romantic, even in a big ol' Friendship Boat! :rotfl:

BayouPrincess
02-25-2008, 03:33 PM
Seeing Carrie's pics DID make me call the Roots!!! Between the Roots doing Carrie's pics and Randy doing my sister's pics I don't know how to choose.

But don't worry Carrie, I'll tell the Roots how much business you're giving them, maybe they'll give you something free!:thumbsup2

Lindsay, I am waiting for a call from the Roots. I currently have Misty scheduled, but I am in LOVE with Carrie & Patrick's pictures. I just have to talk to them about price and availability. I love their style, it's so NOT like everyone else's pictures.

Carrie,
I just love that your had it your way (like Burger King) only millions of times better. Your TR is just wonderful, you have recalled all the details so well that I can completely visualize your day. It's just been beautiful. :grouphug:

MariaLovesJon<3
02-25-2008, 03:48 PM
I haven't written anything about your pictures until now because I couldn't find the words to describe how absolutely gorgeous everything was. You made such a drop-dead gorgeous bride! Congrats on your wedding and may you and your DH live a wonderful life together!

Lindsay22
02-25-2008, 04:42 PM
Lindsay, I am waiting for a call from the Roots. I currently have Misty scheduled, but I am in LOVE with Carrie & Patrick's pictures. I just have to talk to them about price and availability. I love their style, it's so NOT like everyone else's pictures.

I found that they respond to emails quickly (usually with a 24 hour period) and they seem to be very accomodating. It took at least 10 emails to figure out a mutually convienient time but we did it!!!
If you email them, make sure that you CHECK YOUR BULK FILE. (or spam, whatever) they automatically go into that and I can't figure out how to fix it, so I've deleted them a few times... :scared:

CARRIE I LOVE YOUR SLIDESHOW. DF will be watching it tonight. I'm sure he's thrilled.

lurkyloo
02-25-2008, 05:15 PM
Carrie, I just love that your had it your way (like Burger King) only millions of times better.

:rotfl2: That is uncanny - I actually told them at my Planning Session, "I want it MY way - you know, like Burger King!"

j/k :rotfl:

I haven't written anything about your pictures until now because I couldn't find the words to describe how absolutely gorgeous everything was. You made such a drop-dead gorgeous bride! Congrats on your wedding and may you and your DH live a wonderful life together!

Well that is so sweet! Thank you! :flower3:


CARRIE I LOVE YOUR SLIDESHOW. DF will be watching it tonight. I'm sure he's thrilled.

BWaahahahahaha! :hourglass

hmgolden
02-25-2008, 05:18 PM
Okay, I just caught up on your trip report. All I can say is wow! I am in love with the photos you got from Root. They are absolutely amazing. I loved the set up in Morocco. I'm so glad your aisle peddles didn't blow away :) Your buffet looked delicious and I love that you took the friendship boat back to the Y&B Club.

I can't wait to hear about your dessert party.

lurkyloo
02-25-2008, 05:22 PM
Our reception ended at 2pm, and we didn’t have to be back at Epcot for the dessert party until 8pm. When we first started planning, I was worried about the festivities losing momentum because of this break, and we couldn’t fix it because Epcot locations require 9am ceremonies. However, I am now so glad to have had this time in the middle of our day – it gave me and DH a chance to compare notes about the wedding and share our excitement, and it meant we had more wedding festivities to look forward to later that night. I think if we’d followed up a spectacular ceremony and spectacular reception directly with a spectacular dessert party, the impact would have been diminished (kind of the way the guests didn’t bat an eye when we got on a boat because they’d been riding them all weekend!).

DH and I spent more than two hours just going over the events of the day and sharing the parts the other one missed. We were like a couple of giddy school girls! Then we took a nap, which we totally needed if we were going to make it through the DP. (Everyone always asks if I took my dress off between the reception and dessert party. The answer is “Heck yes!”). When we woke up, it occurred to us that all these delicious cookies and brownies we were having at our DP would taste even better with a big glass of milk. I figured anything was possible with Disney (that’s right, even milk – dream big, ladies!), so I started looking for phone numbers. I didn’t have my WP’s cell, but I remembered it was Monday and DFTW’s offices were actually open! I called my WP’s assistant and asked if it was too late to add milk to our DP menu. She said she’d see what she could do. As it turned out, not only did we get milk, but our server saw the milk and assumed kids were coming to the party, so he brought glow cubes – cool!! At about 6pm we ordered room service and had a quiet dinner while I touched up and re-accessorized my outfit like Day-to-Night Barbie.

What $30 worth of rubber chicken looks like
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I had accumulated so many accessories during my search for The Perfect Look that I thought it’d be nice to get some use out of them. My eBay treasure trove:

Swarovski necklace that my buddies on the Boards all liked
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Earrings that arrived the day before I left, so I wore them even though they turned out to be the wrong style
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Alternative fascinator
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Customized bolero
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(I turned out not to need the bolero – the weather was perfect that night – but I wore it anyway cuz everyone loved it.) DH and I walked from the Beach Club to International Gateway, where a guide met us to escort us into Epcot and UK Lochside, as they call it now. I was so excited to be wearing my dress inside the park! The DP location turned out to be perfect – it was down a meandering garden path that shielded it from the main walkway, and we were right on the water.

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DH and I arrived so early that we had about 20 minutes to kill before the bus brought our guests. I was really impressed by the setup – sometimes, in pictures, the dessert parties look kind of... how do I describe it? Under the glare of the flash, the black chairs and the plain tables (unless somebody splurges for floral) make it look kinda like a convention event. But in person, it’s gorgeous! The standard candles and white tablecloths looked perfect in the twilight, and even the black plastic chairs didn’t bother me.

We decided to take a walk back to Morocco for old time’s sake, and lemme tell you, I felt like SUCH a rebel wandering around Epcot in my dress unescorted! When we got back to UK Lower, er Lochside, our guests still hadn’t arrived, so we just enjoyed our moment together in this beautiful place... and loaded up a plate full of desserts to eat before we had to start posing for pictures! I’d heard too many horror stories of brides not getting to enjoy the food at their own parties, so I was sure to scarf down one of everything – and two and-a-half Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares! Please tell me someone has the recipe for those...!

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When the first guests started arriving, DH and I positioned ourselves under a lamp on the pathway and greeted everyone as they walked in. They all made it but one, who didn’t wake up from his nap til 9pm – d’oh! We had 30 minutes before IllumiNations to mingle with our guests, which felt like a nice amount of time. I was really pleased to get to speak in depth with my two friends who’d originally said they weren’t into theme parks. (These are the ones for whom I’d compiled that list of alternative things to do in Orlando.) As it turned out, they spent a really nice day in Epcot and went to Celebration twice! They were just beaming – it was so nice...

Nathan & Jensey arrived about the same time as the guests and began taking practice shots so they knew the best way to capture the low-light setting. They also took a couple of fun ones where they’d shoot us and then wiggle the camera around to make a light effect.

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Before the show started, my MIL came over and showed me all the bags she’d brought to smuggle out leftover desserts – we’re talking grocery bags, here. It was hilarious!

Thanks to other brides’ trip reports, I knew that in order to get the best pictures, we wouldn’t really be able to watch the show, so I warned DH. (It was a little hard to resist turning around to gawk because neither of us had seen IllumiNations before, but we went back the next night to see it in its entirety.) We also used the standard Magic Kingdom photo shoot directions as our guide: “Look at the camera, look at each other, kiss, repeat!” I have to admit, I am disappointed by how much smoke was blowing toward us that night – I didn’t get as many clear fireworks shots as I’d hoped, but DH disagrees and says the smoke adds to the effect.

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lurkyloo
02-25-2008, 05:23 PM
After the fireworks, we sat around chatting with our guests until the guide fetched them to get back on the bus. I wish I’d timed how long that was, because I know there was some discussion on the boards about how long you are allowed to stay at the DP site after the show ends. All I can offer is that I never felt rushed or like the evening was too short. And even though I didn’t get quite as many fireworks pictures as I’d hoped for, I would do it all again in an instant just for the experience. It felt so special being in that secluded area by the lake.

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Don’t bother bringing your bouquet.... this is my only pic with it!
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Before she left, my MIL brought us all the leftover desserts she’d bagged. She had even asked the server if he had more behind the table and he said, “Sure – take ’em. That way I don’t have to throw them out!” That was justification enough for me.... My MIL wanted to send all the loot back with us, but we insisted that she take some home too. I made sure to keep all the Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares though...

Just a few of the Dessert Party leftovers...
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DH and I were the last to leave – I really didn’t want to! But even the walk out through the International Gateway was magical, with so many people wishing us well and little girls all agog. I’m getting kind of teary just writing about it. It truly was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

Up next: Glad I Did/Wish I’d Done Differently and Mercifully Brief 12-Day Honeymoon Recap, or “How Many Free Desserts Is Too Many?”

lurkyloo
02-25-2008, 05:31 PM
Okay, I just caught up on your trip report. All I can say is wow! I am in love with the photos you got from Root. They are absolutely amazing. I loved the set up in Morocco. I'm so glad your aisle peddles didn't blow away :) Your buffet looked delicious and I love that you took the friendship boat back to the Y&B Club.

I can't wait to hear about your dessert party.

Ask and ye shall receive - hee hee! Thanks for the kind words - and remembering all that detail from my drama-laden PJ! :rotfl:

Pam
02-25-2008, 05:37 PM
Yay to Carrie and Patrick for afternoon naps, random smoochiness, food porn and fireworks and an added bonus of dessert smuggling!:jumping1: :jumping1: :jumping1:

LOVE the photos!

Goldeelox9
02-25-2008, 05:44 PM
OMG....I am getting soo Jelous, I want a desert party!!!!!!!!!!

You looked amazing and it looked like it was such a fun way to end such a fabulous day!

Wazzo
02-25-2008, 05:48 PM
I love your outfit change, the bolero is beautiful! Did many guests notice your quick-change of accessories??

Mmm... those peanut butter marshmallow squares sound amazing! :goodvibes Are they automatically part of the "For the Child In You" menu? If they're not, I'm definitely asking for them! :rotfl:

JamesMom
02-25-2008, 06:01 PM
Absolutely Lovely....

Keira1387
02-25-2008, 06:10 PM
Your dessert party looks amazing!! I'm really considering having one now!

accountingbabe08
02-25-2008, 07:21 PM
Your pictures are gorgeous! I've checked 3 times today to see if anything new has been posted. I should be studying for a exam on Wednesday. I wish you and your new husband many lifetimes of joy and happiness.

Belinda

BaBeeCee14
02-25-2008, 08:16 PM
Love the report Carrie - you were a beautiful bride!

M&M126
02-25-2008, 08:54 PM
It's great that you got so many yummy desserts to take home. I need to make sure I tell my mom to bring some ziplocs!

I LOVEEEE the chocolate peanut butter marshmallow bars. In fact, I've tried to make them more than once but to no avail. I cannot figure out the recipe but if I do, I'll send it your way :)

I love the Illuminations pictures. Your wedding day seemed truly magical.

lajones81
02-25-2008, 09:38 PM
I'm loving the pictures! :)

caryndisneydiva
02-25-2008, 09:49 PM
At about 6pm we ordered room service and had a quiet dinner while I touched up and re-accessorized my outfit like Day-to-Night Barbie.

that's just great!

that a desert party was smoochtastic!

i'm so glad you got to keep the extra's! i hate when they tell brides that they can't take it with them! why throw away all those extra sweets!!!!!!

i just showed mark your pictures and he said you were very "spunky" which is a compliment! he loves the pics of you guys "eating fireworks..."

B2B-2008
02-26-2008, 03:02 AM
I'm so glad we are having a dessert party now I was starting to question my choice on this but after your description and photos I'm keeping it :)

Chilly
02-26-2008, 03:50 AM
A beautiful end to a magical day :love:

I think my favourite picture is actually the one where you have your backs to the camera and are watching the fireworks together, it seems really romantic to me.

jjpenguin
02-26-2008, 03:57 AM
Loving your report and your wedding! Great that you made it your day original and FUN!

DigitalLove
02-26-2008, 04:10 AM
I've thoroughly enjoyed reading all about your day! It seems like you both had THE best of times and I absolutely love your photographs! Especially the ones were you are making fun of yourself! I had (it ended up in the bin) a wedding album full of stuffy and formal shots from my first wedding that I hated looking at, so my only requirment with our photographer is that the pictures have to informal and fun... me and my DF never take ourselves too seriously which is what i'm wanting to reflect in our photos... I'm thinking of sending him the link to your TR so he can see EXACTLY what I mean!!! :goodvibes

sungela
02-26-2008, 06:00 AM
I just read over everything and WOW. You have such an amazing and funky style, and you two are obviously perfect for each other. I learned so much from reading your TR--we're also doing a brunch, and now I'm going to ask to move some of the food around (bc even the biggest eaters in our party can't manage to get to all the food in three hours). Congratulations, and I can't wait to read the next installment!

Starr W.
02-26-2008, 07:17 AM
It's great that you got so many yummy desserts to take home. I need to make sure I tell my mom to bring some ziplocs!

I LOVEEEE the chocolate peanut butter marshmallow bars. In fact, I've tried to make them more than once but to no avail. I cannot figure out the recipe but if I do, I'll send it your way :)

I love the Illuminations pictures. Your wedding day seemed truly magical.


Check over on the restauarant section, they have an ongoing thread with recipes of favorite WDW foods. You might get lucky. :woohoo:

jacqu3lin3
02-26-2008, 08:04 AM
Your TR is so wonderful........I love all of the details and all of the photos detailing what happened throughout the day.....As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Oh, and I'm definitely showing your dessert party photos to my DF.....he's still on the fence on whether to even have one!

irisbud
02-26-2008, 08:27 AM
I love your trip report! Your pictures are fabulous and you looked so beautiful, in love, and happy. So glad you had such a wonderful day!

lurkyloo
02-26-2008, 11:43 AM
Yay to Carrie and Patrick for afternoon naps, random smoochiness, food porn and fireworks and an added bonus of dessert smuggling!

pirate: That's right - we're food pornographers AND smugglers!

OMG....I am getting soo Jelous, I want a desert party!!!!!!!!!!

You should totally do it - even if it means the bridesmaids go nekkid and the food is catered by Denny's!

I love your outfit change, the bolero is beautiful! Did many guests notice your quick-change of accessories??Mmm... those peanut butter marshmallow squares sound amazing! :goodvibes Are they automatically part of the "For the Child In You" menu? If they're not, I'm definitely asking for them! :rotfl:

I think my guests noticed, but those looks of admiration could have been for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares....:rotfl: And yes, they are part of the Child In You menu. If you've got it on your BEO, you're golden - unfortunately, I saw the new DP menus, and it looks like future brides won't get a chance to try them... :sad1:

Absolutely Lovely....
Thanks!!

Your dessert party looks amazing!! I'm really considering having one now!
You should! (see "Denny's," above) :yay:

Your pictures are gorgeous! I've checked 3 times today to see if anything new has been posted. I should be studying for a exam on Wednesday. I wish you and your new husband many lifetimes of joy and happiness.

Aw... thanks! Now get back to work, you!! :teacher:

Love the report Carrie - you were a beautiful bride!

:hug:

I LOVEEEE the chocolate peanut butter marshmallow bars. In fact, I've tried to make them more than once but to no avail. I cannot figure out the recipe but if I do, I'll send it your way

Oooh – please do! Is there someplace else at WDW that you can get them besides dessert parties?

I'm loving the pictures!

Yay!

i just showed mark your pictures and he said you were very "spunky" which is a compliment! he loves the pics of you guys "eating fireworks..."

:lmao: I am flattered....

I'm so glad we are having a dessert party now I was starting to question my choice on this but after your description and photos I'm keeping it

Hooray! It is totally worth it – nowhere else can you do something like this at a wedding!

I think my favourite picture is actually the one where you have your backs to the camera and are watching the fireworks together, it seems really romantic to me.

Aw, thanks! I have to say, I am liking our DP pictures more and more....

Loving your report and your wedding! Great that you made it your day original and FUN!

Totally – fun was our M.O. all the way!

my only requirment with our photographer is that the pictures have to informal and fun... me and my DF never take ourselves too seriously which is what i'm wanting to reflect in our photos... I'm thinking of sending him the link to your TR so he can see EXACTLY what I mean!!!

You should! And it sounds like you and DF should have no trouble taking fun pictures if you’re as goofy as we are!

I learned so much from reading your TR--we're also doing a brunch, and now I'm going to ask to move some of the food around (bc even the biggest eaters in our party can't manage to get to all the food in three hours).

I’m so glad I could help out ... and I have to tell you, one of our guests accidentally filled up on the pre-reception food and couldn’t eat brunch – there was so much to eat, she thought that was the entire meal!

Oh, and I'm definitely showing your dessert party photos to my DF.....he's still on the fence on whether to even have one!

I know I keep saying this, but the DP is a unique feature that only Disney offers, and it’s the thing your guests will be talking about for years!

I love your trip report! Your pictures are fabulous and you looked so beautiful, in love, and happy. So glad you had such a wonderful day!

That is really sweet of you to say!


Hang in there everyone – more to come today....

lurkyloo
02-26-2008, 12:04 PM
OK, this is the closest I could find to what we had at the DP... :thumbsup2

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares Recipe

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
12 oz chocolate chips
3 cups miniature marshmallows
Peanut butter chips for topping

Mix butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips in a double boiler just till melted, then remove from heat. Place 3 cups miniature marshmallows in a buttered pan and spread on warm mixture. Save a few chips and marshmallows to decorate the top, or be generous and add extra.

Cut in squares when cool.

tamijoy514
02-26-2008, 12:19 PM
OK, this is the closest I could find to what we had at the DP... :thumbsup2

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares Recipe

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
12 oz chocolate chips
3 cups miniature marshmallows
Peanut butter chips for topping

Mix butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips in a double boiler just till melted, then remove from heat. Place 3 cups miniature marshmallows in a buttered pan and spread on warm mixture. Save a few chips and marshmallows to decorate the top, or be generous and add extra.

Cut in squares when cool.

Oh yeah I just wrote that down!! :worship:

figmentfan814
02-26-2008, 12:36 PM
I'm so glad you shared some pictures of your dessert party. So many times there aren't that many pictures of anything, especially the food, so thank you for sharing! I hope ours next week turns out as great as yours did and I'm glad to hear that no one gave your MIL a hassle about the leftovers because we already have baggies packed since we were planning to take ours home too! :rotfl:

lurkyloo
02-26-2008, 01:08 PM
I'm so glad you shared some pictures of your dessert party. So many times there aren't that many pictures of anything, especially the food, so thank you for sharing! I hope ours next week turns out as great as yours did and I'm glad to hear that no one gave your MIL a hassle about the leftovers because we already have baggies packed since we were planning to take ours home too! :rotfl:

Oh my gosh - your wedding is so close! I can't wait to see all your plans come together! popcorn::

One thing abut those leftovers... on our honeymoon we ended up getting so many free desserts with our bride & groom ears, plus we had leftover cake, that we had to throw a lot of them out.... :sad1: So long, chocolate peanut butter marshmallow bars...

lurkyloo
02-26-2008, 01:10 PM
Oh yeah I just wrote that down!! :worship:


Tell me how they turn out!:stir:

lpizzuro123
02-26-2008, 01:29 PM
Love your photos and the deserts look amazing. We really wanted this menu but yes, this is no longer an option for the desert parties (our wedding is November 2008 so I am not sure when they are changing but we cannot get this). The new menu does not look as good (and of course it is more expensive). We will be down in May for a planning meeting and food tasting so we will have to see what we will get. There is NO WAY I am giving up my desert party.

Linda

MsTinkerChele
02-26-2008, 01:39 PM
Carrie your wedding looked AWESOME!!! Where did you get that crocodile cake knife from? its sooooo cute:goodvibes

BayouPrincess
02-26-2008, 01:48 PM
Love your photos and the deserts look amazing. We really wanted this menu but yes, this is no longer an option for the desert parties (our wedding is November 2008 so I am not sure when they are changing but we cannot get this). The new menu does not look as good (and of course it is more expensive). We will be down in May for a planning meeting and food tasting so we will have to see what we will get. There is NO WAY I am giving up my desert party.

Linda


Linda,
I noticed that there are a lot of changes that happened from our November Site visit to the packet we got from our Planner just about a week ago. Menus, prices...:scared1: It's almost like "cookie cutter" stuff. One size fits all. It's kinda sad. :sad2:

Carrie,
If I've said it once I've said it 1000 times.

WOW!

snubie
02-26-2008, 02:25 PM
Your day looks like it was very magical! You are a beautiful bride! Best wishes to you and your new husband.

tamijoy514
02-26-2008, 03:18 PM
Tell me how they turn out!:stir:

I'm thinking I might make them tomorrow while I'm sitting at home doing nothing. Maybe I'll get outta bed and off the computer :surfweb:

lurkyloo
02-26-2008, 03:27 PM
We really wanted this menu but yes, this is no longer an option for the desert parties (our wedding is November 2008 so I am not sure when they are changing but we cannot get this). The new menu does not look as good (and of course it is more expensive).

Linda,
I noticed that there are a lot of changes that happened from our November Site visit to the packet we got from our Planner just about a week ago. Menus, prices...:scared1: It's almost like "cookie cutter" stuff. One size fits all. It's kinda sad.

Oh no! I sure hope there's somewhere else to get my Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares at WDW!!! It's a shame the new menus seem like they're one-size-fits-all.... but I think that if you keep asking for those personal touches you want, you're bound to have a unique event!

Your day looks like it was very magical! You are a beautiful bride! Best wishes to you and your new husband.

:goodvibes Thanks!

I'm thinking I might make them tomorrow while I'm sitting at home doing nothing.

Let me send you my mailing address.... :rotfl:

lurkyloo
02-26-2008, 03:32 PM
Like just about all brides, I feel like my wedding was as close to perfect as possible, and despite a snag or two that day, the memory is of a wonderful day. I like the idea of listing “glad I did/wish I’d done” ideas as shorthand for future brides. But I have to confess, my memories are so fond that my “Glad I Did” list got kinda out of hand. I mean, of course I’m glad I chose the Roots, picked our three locations, took a boat to the reception, bought my dress for half price on eBay, etc. So I’ve tried to get it down to mostly things that some people might be on the fence about. Also, I sneaked in a list of Honeymoon pointers just because everything went so smoothly and DH kept remarking on how cost-effective yet fun-packed the trip was.


GLAD I DID (or DIDN’T DO)

Wedding

Shipped the dress: I can’t tell you how nice it was to travel with just a few suitcases and not worry about where my dress was going to be stored on the plane. FedEx-Kinko’s was reasonably priced, and Carolyn Allen did all the packing/unpacking and transportation.

No welcome bags: I wanted to, really I did! I liked the idea of the project. But I was SO glad not to have to buy all the items, stuff the bags, transport the bags, distribute the bags and then agonize over who didn’t get a bag from the hotel. Plus, I’ve heard that a lot of the stuff in them gets tossed out...

No bridesmaids = no dresses, no hair and makeup, no flowers, and no gifts to pay for. And no stress over who to ask, hurt feelings, slackers, hubbub in the room on the wedding day, etc.

No newsletters: OK, we sent one two-page letter at the last minute when we decided to have a meet ‘n’ greet and wanted to explain transportation. But I’ve heard so many brides say that no one reads these and just ends up asking you questions about all the same stuff in the lovingly designed newsletter you slaved over.

Use part of the reception menu for the pre-reception: This was actually suggested by my WP, and it saved money and saved wasting food. The reception menus have way too much food on them as it is!

Ice cream with the wedding cake: I guess a lot of times people don't eat the wedding cake, but ours disappeared quickly. It may be because the flavors were all variations on chocolate, but I think the ice cream made it.

Dessert Party: If you can swing it, do it! I’d recommend this over a rehearsal dinner, even. It is unique to a Disney wedding and the thing your guests will be talking about for years.


Honeymoon

No family on the honeymoon: We let people know that the honeymoon was just for us, and I’m pretty sure they understood. It was so nice not to be obligated to be anywhere or meet anyone, or to have to try to coordinate a big group with a bazillion different agendas. For almost two weeks we got to do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted to – bliss!

Rent Disney Vacation Club points: I can’t recommend this enough – we stayed in two different Deluxe resorts for less than our guests paid for a Moderate with the low-season wedding discount! Plus we had a kitchenette in both places, which was great for corralling leftover desserts.

Costco waters: We ordered cases of water bottles from Costco.com and shipped them to our resorts. Each case cost less than $8 – including shipping – and saved us paying $2/bottle all over the resort for two weeks.

Disney’s Honeymoon Registry/Sunshine Rewards/Disney Visa Rewards: We were so surprised by how many people used our Disney Honeymoon Registry, and it allowed us to do things we never would have been able to afford, like parasailing and the Lunch With an Imagineer program. I also did a LOT of surveys and offers on Sunshine Rewards in the months before our trip and cashed out for Disney gift cards. Along with our Disney Visa Rewards, these things paid for our entire honeymoon!


WISH I'D DONE

Only offer guests 2 of the 4 blocked hotels: I loved the idea of blocking 4 hotels so that a discount would be available to us at all of them for our honeymoon stay. But if I’d known about one-way buses and the time savings of transporting guests from fewer hotels, I would only have given mine 2 choices. As it is, most of them only stayed at 2 of the 4 – the Value and the Moderate.

Vintage Rolls: I hate limos; I just saw ours as Point A-to-Point B transportation, but I forgot it would be in all our pictures and our video – ugh! Caryn has made me feel a lot better about this by pointing out that I am too tall for the Rolls! However, I’ve always loved the idea of creative wedding transport, and if I’d been thinking about it, I would have found something as an alternative – maybe a Vespa?

More specificity about cake colors: I was SO specific with multiple pictures of everything else at my planning session, I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to include multiple samples of the cake colors. Oh yeah – because I thought they do what was in the picture I gave them! Still, I can’t complain too much – the designs were all spot on.

Wax at home before I left: Depending on the kind of bikini wax you want, you may not be able to find it inside WDW or close by. After my horrible experience at Mandara Spa, I think I would have been much better off getting this over with before I left (and getting to eat free brownies and lemonade at Bliss!).

Up Next: Best First Day of a Honeymoon EVER and Magic Kingdom Photo Shoot

caryndisneydiva
02-26-2008, 03:39 PM
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q184/caryncraig/177770627461_0_0.jpg

carrie and caryn's perfect wedding transportation!

i'll comment on your list tonight, gotta run!!!!

lov2b@disney
02-26-2008, 03:41 PM
Very helpful! So glad you had such a great experience-- Everything was absolutely stunning!!

how does the transportation work if you only have 2 hotels?? All of our guests have decided on only 2 hotels-could we possibly save because of this?

LauraInWonderland
02-26-2008, 03:49 PM
Hey carrie,
how do the one way busses work? (ive only blocked 2 hotels for my guests)
and btw your pictures are GORGEOUS!

pink_tink8i8
02-26-2008, 03:59 PM
Your TR just reassured me of having a dessert party. Lately I've been on the fence about it. You made it seem really magical and now I'm totally stoked about it. Thanks :goodvibes

romymichelle21
02-26-2008, 04:11 PM
Disney’s Honeymoon Registry/Sunshine Rewards/Disney Visa Rewards: We were so surprised by how many people used our Disney Honeymoon Registry, and it allowed us to do things we never would have been able to afford, like parasailing and the Lunch With an Imagineer program. I also did a LOT of surveys and offers on Sunshine Rewards in the months before our trip and cashed out for Disney gift cards. Along with our Disney Visa Rewards, these things paid for our entire honeymoon!

What's this Sunshine Rewards all about? I found the website but I don't totally 'get it' :rotfl:

Beep
02-26-2008, 04:13 PM
Cruel. This is cruel. The perfect wedding, the perfect pictures, the perfect bride and groom, the perfect everything. Just stunning.

You both looked fantastic and the love, warmth and fun really comes out in the photos. Congratulations to you both I am really sincere when I say that if our wedding is a fraction of yours I will be more than happy.

Wishing you you a long and happy life together :love: :love:

pintradingwedding
02-26-2008, 04:15 PM
:) Can't wait for the next trip report!

MistressOfAllEvil
02-26-2008, 05:08 PM
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q184/caryncraig/177770627461_0_0.jpg

carrie and caryn's perfect wedding transportation!

i'll comment on your list tonight, gotta run!!!!

Me too, me too!! DH and I both ride motorcycles. [Okay, I took the msf class, got my endorsment and sweat around the block... :scared:] But I've always been more drawn to the scooters!! Could you imagine if we had rode off on bikes?!? That would require some serious wardrob considerations! Actually the Rolls would have themed really well into our wedding... but like you, the budget was the budget and it was just a way to get people from point A to B.

Anyhow Carrie, I've caught up on the reading. Everything was amazing!! Looove it! I'm so, so, so happy for you. And now I can look back and undrstand how you were so calm when we met up and I was soo space cadet. You had already done it and it was amazing! So you knew how great everything was going to be for me! :cheer2: I tell you what, your TR reads so well, I feel like I was there! Oh and like Caryn, I'll comment on specifics soon. I have like 5 updates worth of comments all stored up! :laughing:

lurkyloo
02-26-2008, 06:43 PM
how does the transportation work if you only have 2 hotels?? All of our guests have decided on only 2 hotels-could we possibly save because of this?

Hey carrie,
how do the one way busses work? (ive only blocked 2 hotels for my guests)


What they told me was that I could use something called a one-way bus if I only had 2 hotels. I think it holds fewer people than a charter bus, though, so it may not be feasible for everyone. In 2007, the one-way bus cost $390 for the first 5 hours and $80 each additional hour, while the charter cost $446.25 for the first 5 hours and $89.25 for each additional. (Both have a 5-hour minimum.) Really, it's not that much less money, but the big thing is, your guests don't have to get up super early and spend an hour on the bus while it drives all over creation fetching people....


Your TR just reassured me of having a dessert party. Lately I've been on the fence about it. You made it seem really magical and now I'm totally stoked about it. Thanks :goodvibes

Hooray! Please mail me any leftover desserts! :rotfl:

What's this Sunshine Rewards all about? I found the website but I don't totally 'get it' :rotfl:

It's a little confusing at first, but basically you click on links, take surveys and sign up for offers (like book clubs or Make a Bazillion $$ on eBay websites) and accrue money for each thing you do. You get 80 cents for each survey, so it really adds up. I think I made something like $450 over the course of a year of clicking on links during breaks at work. It was started by a DISer! http://www.***************.com/signup.php?r=5299

You both looked fantastic and the love, warmth and fun really comes out in the photos. Congratulations to you both I am really sincere when I say that if our wedding is a fraction of yours I will be more than happy.

Your wedding is going to be the best wedding you've ever seen cuz it'll be YOUR wedding - and I for one can't wait to see pix! :goodvibes

:) Can't wait for the next trip report!

Can you spare a dime? :lmao:

Oh and like Caryn, I'll comment on specifics soon. I have like 5 updates worth of comments all stored up! :laughing:

popcorn:: :rotfl:

M&M126
02-26-2008, 07:50 PM
OK, this is the closest I could find to what we had at the DP... :thumbsup2

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares Recipe

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
12 oz chocolate chips
3 cups miniature marshmallows
Peanut butter chips for topping

Mix butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips in a double boiler just till melted, then remove from heat. Place 3 cups miniature marshmallows in a buttered pan and spread on warm mixture. Save a few chips and marshmallows to decorate the top, or be generous and add extra.

Cut in squares when cool.

MMMMMMM I will be trying this!!! :)

Lynn5700
02-26-2008, 08:50 PM
Carrie the dessert party was so nice!!! You have awesome pictures :)

I love the list you wrote,that is so helpful :)

padisneyfour
02-26-2008, 10:43 PM
Thanks for sharing your list.... that really is a great idea and will be a benefit to others. everything looked wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

tink8jr
02-27-2008, 12:16 AM
Grand Floridian Spa is very nice, but kinda pricey.

roozlilone
02-27-2008, 03:00 PM
Hey Carrie,

Where do I start? There were sooooo....many things about your PJ and TR that were amazing....:lovestruc Here is my list:

1) Your Verbiage: You have a true gift for words. The way you put your thoughts down on paper is extraordinary! I "felt" everything you wrote. I felt like I was there. You made me laugh (I love the sarcasm) and you made me cry!

2) The Pictures: Phenomenal, unique, remarkable! My DH was floored when he saw the slideshow! And believe me that is saying a lot. You made a beautiful bride!

3) Song Selection: I cried when you said you engraved a Muppet Song on the inside of your rings :sad1: The "Muppets" really have a special place in my heart (long story). And you made me laugh with the "Pirates" music. My DH is the biggest Pirates fan, he has dressed up as Jack Sparrow for Halloween 3 years in a row, yes, and he is almost 40! :lmao:

4) Your NEW DH: He is hilarious! I can see why you love him, great sense of humor! Very fun.

5) The Do/Don't List: Very helpful and informative. I was on the fence about the whole DP thing. And knowing how special it was for you has really convinced me to do one.

Well, there is more than 5 but I've lost my train of thought. :headache: So, I'll conclude now. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT! GREAT JOB & CONGRATS! :worship:

Just one question, though, when are you going to start planning your Disney Vow Renewal? ;)

lurkyloo
02-27-2008, 03:34 PM
Carrie your wedding looked AWESOME!!! Where did you get that crocodile cake knife from? its sooooo cute:goodvibes

It's called Coco and it's made by a company called Koziol. I heard they are no longer selling their wares in the US, but you can find a ton of these knives in different colors on eBay for cheap! :thumbsup2

Carrie the dessert party was so nice!!! You have awesome pictures I love the list you wrote,that is so helpful :)

Thanks for sharing your list.... that really is a great idea and will be a benefit to others. everything looked wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Hooray! Glad I could help!

Grand Floridian Spa is very nice, but kinda pricey.

Yes - unfortunately they don't do the wacky kind of waxing I thought I wanted.... :upsidedow


Just one question, though, when are you going to start planning your Disney Vow Renewal? ;)

...When somone gives me a bzillion dollars! :thumbsup2

Seriously, before I left I thought I'd have to start planning a VR the moment I got back just to stave off the letdown. But I have to say that the wedding was so perfect that I can't think how a VR would ever top it! Unless it was, say, inside TokyoDisneySea!

Thanks for the sweet comments and the note about my TR's second-ever male fan :rotfl:

Poohnatic
02-27-2008, 04:24 PM
About the Koziol products: many Young Chef's Academy locations have them in stock. If you've got one near you, you can get the knife, a lemon juicer and other goodies.

Carrie, love the do/don't list. As a guest at a WDW wedding and dessert party, I can say that the Lower UK location is fantastic-the Roots got great pictures. Love the camera shaking thing!

Suzanne

Lizby
02-27-2008, 04:40 PM
Carrie, I love the picture with all of your guests wearing the Mickey ears! Where did you get them from, and if you don't mind me asking, how much was each pair? TIA! :cutie:

lurkyloo
02-27-2008, 05:18 PM
About the Koziol products: many Young Chef's Academy locations have them in stock. If you've got one near you, you can get the knife, a lemon juicer and other goodies.

Yay! Thanks for the tip! :thumbsup2

Carrie, I love the picture with all of your guests wearing the Mickey ears! Where did you get them from, and if you don't mind me asking, how much was each pair? TIA! :cutie:

We got the ears at Disneyland, since we live so close and embroidery there is FREE! I think they cost $8.50 each, but we also used an Annual Passholder coupon for 20% off. It's still more than the cost-per-person of most wedding favors, but pictures of people with jordan almonds on their heads just don't look as good....:rotfl:

pjstevens
02-27-2008, 06:13 PM
What a beautiful wedding. Thanks for sharing your special day with us. You looked absolutely amazing.

meryll83
02-28-2008, 06:26 AM
Carrie,

I just posted this on Amanda's TR, but I think plenty of other people would also be interested in seeing your MK photoshoot.

Do you have the details for the online preview doodah you can share with us?

I know you said you think they're awful, but I'm sure we'll all tell you otherwise :goodvibes

lurkyloo
02-28-2008, 10:47 AM
I just posted this on Amanda's TR, but I think plenty of other people would also be interested in seeing your MK photoshoot. Do you have the details for the online preview doodah you can share with us? I know you said you think they're awful, but I'm sure we'll all tell you otherwise :goodvibes

I've been agonizing over this.... I don't want to share the link with anybody yet because we've been trying to work with Disney to get them fixed. And I don't want to write about the MK Shoot experience yet because the whole thing has been ruined by how awful our pictures are.

The problems aren't just a matter of taste - the photographer actually Photoshopped in random lines and bleached out parts of one photo in an attempt to "help" a goofy pose we struck. The other problems include people walking through the back of our shots, the castle being crooked in almost all photos, photos that are blurry or out of focus, giant red exit signs in the photos, and framing that is so bad that 2/3 of the picture is sidewalk or sky, with a tiny castle and tiny us somewhere in the back.

At first I thought I'd just been spoiled by working with the Roots, but when I saw Amanda's pix, I knew that ours were actually bad. Hers include a nice mix of long shots and closeups, and Photoshop work that's actually artistic. About 70% of ours are taken from so far away that you can't see our features, and they include all this other junk in the frame - trash cans, huge expanses of sidewalk, etc. I actually felt sick when I first saw them, considering how much we spent.

When we first brought this to the attention of Disney Photographic, they said our photographer would fix them and reupload them. Well, we looked at them again when they reuploaded them, and they are IDENTICAL! They added in a few extra shots we didn't have before, but the Photoshop problems, the framing - it's all still there. So I sent back a shot-by-shot breakdown of the problems with each picture. I haven't heard anything back yet....

Sorry to write such a rant. I keep hoping we'll hear back and I can post a link to the fixed pictures, but until then... no pictures, folks... :sad1:

Lizby
02-28-2008, 10:56 AM
I am sorry that your MK Photoshoot turned out so badly...with all of the $$$ you spent on it and the high expectations of Disney's services. :hug: Hopefully someone will be able to fix them. If not, demand a free trip back to Disney to have your now complimentary shoot done over!! :cutie:

yearbook50
02-28-2008, 10:59 AM
I'm so sorry. DPS needs to refund you the money even if they are able to fix the pictures as that is out of line, especially with the amount of money that shoot is.

:hug:

irisbud
02-28-2008, 11:24 AM
There is no excuse for your pictures being of poor quality. Disney should do something to try to make it up to you, though nothing would ever be the same. For the amount of money that shoot costs, they should provide an excellent product. from looking at your pictures, I don't think anything would be as good as Roots, but bad is bad no matter what!

Good luck!

Goldeelox9
02-28-2008, 11:29 AM
I've been agonizing over this.... I don't want to share the link with anybody yet because we've been trying to work with Disney to get them fixed. And I don't want to write about the MK Shoot experience yet because the whole thing has been ruined by how awful our pictures are.

The problems aren't just a matter of taste - the photographer actually Photoshopped in random lines and bleached out parts of one photo in an attempt to "help" a goofy pose we struck. The other problems include people walking through the back of our shots, the castle being crooked in almost all photos, photos that are blurry or out of focus, giant red exit signs in the photos, and framing that is so bad that 2/3 of the picture is sidewalk or sky, with a tiny castle and tiny us somewhere in the back.

At first I thought I'd just been spoiled by working with the Roots, but when I saw Amanda's pix, I knew that ours were actually bad. Hers include a nice mix of long shots and closeups, and Photoshop work that's actually artistic. About 70% of ours are taken from so far away that you can't see our features, and they include all this other junk in the frame - trash cans, huge expanses of sidewalk, etc. I actually felt sick when I first saw them, considering how much we spent.

When we first brought this to the attention of Disney Photographic, they said our photographer would fix them and reupload them. Well, we looked at them again when they reuploaded them, and they are IDENTICAL! They added in a few extra shots we didn't have before, but the Photoshop problems, the framing - it's all still there. So I sent back a shot-by-shot breakdown of the problems with each picture. I haven't heard anything back yet....

Sorry to write such a rant. I keep hoping we'll hear back and I can post a link to the fixed pictures, but until then... no pictures, folks... :sad1:

Who was your Photographer? I request Paul Loop since he has gotten so many good reviews! I am soo sorry your pictures were so crappy! I would make them fix them!

meryll83
02-28-2008, 12:00 PM
That really is bad - it's such an expensive package and it's not like you can just go and do it again.

Do let us know what happens.....

lurkyloo
02-28-2008, 12:07 PM
With all of the $$$ you spent on it and the high expectations of Disney's services. :hug: Hopefully someone will be able to fix them.

I'm so sorry. DPS needs to refund you the money even if they are able to fix the pictures as that is out of line, especially with the amount of money that shoot is. :hug:

There is no excuse for your pictures being of poor quality. Disney should do something to try to make it up to you, though nothing would ever be the same. For the amount of money that shoot costs, they should provide an excellent product. from looking at your pictures, I don't think anything would be as good as Roots, but bad is bad no matter what!

Thank you ladies - I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks this. I didn't want to bring it up until we got some resolution, but them re-posting the same photos and then not writing back is frustrating me...

That really is bad - it's such an expensive package and it's not like you can just go and do it again.Do let us know what happens.....

Exactly - even if we could go back, we'd have to pay to hire a tux, steam the dress, etc. Ugh!

Who was your Photographer? I request Paul Loop since he has gotten so many good reviews! I am soo sorry your pictures were so crappy! I would make them fix them!

I don't want to bag on the guy in a public forum so I'm not posting his name, but I can tell you it wasn't Paul....

Mermaid_Ariel
02-28-2008, 12:36 PM
I'm really sorry that happened to you. I can't even imagine how devastated I would be. :sad1: I really hope they can do something to make it up to you. :flower3:

BaBeeCee14
02-28-2008, 12:45 PM
Aww Carrie - sending :hug:'s and lots of pixiedust: your way. I'm so sorry you were disappointed with your MK pictures. Seriously for $1000 - there is no excuse for any bride to be disappointed with their pictures. Its a huge expenditure and you don't even get the rights to them. I really hope Disney is able to do something for you. Please let us know what happens...

roozlilone
02-28-2008, 01:15 PM
Why does it seem for the most part, the "outside" photographers are better than the "Disney" photographers? :confused: For the money you spend on that MK shoot, the pics should be pretty darn close to perfect! I don't blame you one bit for being upset!

Wazzo
02-28-2008, 02:15 PM
I agree with everyone! This just downright sucks!:sad2:

Here's hoping they will offer you something to make it better. :wizard:

hope1826
02-28-2008, 02:16 PM
I've been agonizing over this.... I don't want to share the link with anybody yet because we've been trying to work with Disney to get them fixed. And I don't want to write about the MK Shoot experience yet because the whole thing has been ruined by how awful our pictures are.

The problems aren't just a matter of taste - the photographer actually Photoshopped in random lines and bleached out parts of one photo in an attempt to "help" a goofy pose we struck. The other problems include people walking through the back of our shots, the castle being crooked in almost all photos, photos that are blurry or out of focus, giant red exit signs in the photos, and framing that is so bad that 2/3 of the picture is sidewalk or sky, with a tiny castle and tiny us somewhere in the back.

At first I thought I'd just been spoiled by working with the Roots, but when I saw Amanda's pix, I knew that ours were actually bad. Hers include a nice mix of long shots and closeups, and Photoshop work that's actually artistic. About 70% of ours are taken from so far away that you can't see our features, and they include all this other junk in the frame - trash cans, huge expanses of sidewalk, etc. I actually felt sick when I first saw them, considering how much we spent.

When we first brought this to the attention of Disney Photographic, they said our photographer would fix them and reupload them. Well, we looked at them again when they reuploaded them, and they are IDENTICAL! They added in a few extra shots we didn't have before, but the Photoshop problems, the framing - it's all still there. So I sent back a shot-by-shot breakdown of the problems with each picture. I haven't heard anything back yet....

Sorry to write such a rant. I keep hoping we'll hear back and I can post a link to the fixed pictures, but until then... no pictures, folks... :sad1:


That's terrible! This was the only reason I didn't choose to do one, from what I've read on this board their quality is so inconsistent it's scary. I really do hope they can fix them.
Good luck Carrie!

lov2b@disney
02-28-2008, 02:55 PM
:hug: So sorry! I hate that this happened to you! I agree it is a little scary they should be able to get it right for the amount they charge! I hope they make it right or at least give you a satisfying solution---

Starr W.
02-28-2008, 03:03 PM
Why does it seem for the most part, the "outside" photographers are better than the "Disney" photographers? :confused: For the money you spend on that MK shoot, the pics should be pretty darn close to perfect! I don't blame you one bit for being upset!

I don't know if the "Disney photographers" are the same ones that work in the parks doing pictures. We had a photopass picture taken of us in front of the castle(turned out really well). We started to chat with the photographer(he's from our area, NW Ohio) and he said he was given a "basic" photography class and let loose in the parks(was hired with no experience).

I hope that they have better trained photographers do the DFTW stuff, especially for the MK shoot, that's a lot of money to spend and not be assured of a professional(which may be a different definition in WDW mind) photographer.


Not being a photoshop expert, but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Carrie you should at least get your money back or more.

Besides all of your other good advice, this one has convinced me Wishes VR or Escape VR , I'll be using an outside photographer. I really hate getting this last one.

purplegirl247
02-28-2008, 03:24 PM
The PhotoPass folks are a different division of Photography than the "regular" photographers. We chatted our Disney honeymoon photographer a bit on the difference. The regular photographers are supposed to be trained; the two that we had (our honeymoon--who was FABULOUS--and our MK photo shoot--who was *shrugs* pretty good) have been working for Disney photography for years. I have no idea why, overall, their work is so inconsistent.

So sorry this happened to you, Lurkyloo! I hope they'll be able to remedy the situation somehow. *hugs* Keep us posted!

Swmhc
02-28-2008, 04:04 PM
With regards to workers, etc...they can't guarantee they won't be there or even in some shots as that is the time the workers get stuff done. However, they should be able to do poses to minimize these issues. The crooked shots, if they are like another brides, was a simple, not leveling the tripod...ANYONE should be able to that, especially someone you pay $1000 for. And photoshop CAN fix that and should have before they were ever posted.

Good luck!

lurkyloo
02-28-2008, 04:16 PM
Thank you all! :goodvibes

As many of you said, the wedding and MK shoot photography should be a notch above Photopass (though PurpleGirl seems to have lucked out with her Photopass experience!).

And, as Swmhc pointed out, a lot of these problems can be fixed in Photoshop. Sure, I wish they'd framed the shots properly in the first place, but all I'm asking is that they fix them now. I'm just not sure why they told me the pix had been fixed when they weren't.... :confused3

pink_tink8i8
02-28-2008, 05:24 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your photos. That's unacceptable. I hope they are able to fix things for you.

As per mailing you my leftover desserts from my DP, if you are in WDW during my wedding next year, you should just come to my DP. I'll probably need people to come so that I have the minimum amount of guests :)

BayouPrincess
02-28-2008, 06:50 PM
Carrie,

I'm so sad for you, :sad2: this is just awful. It's also one of the reasons that I've chosen to give up the MK Photoshoot. I've seen too many that I thought "needed something". Now granted, I've seen some good ones, but it seems as though the MKPS is getting more and more "Hit and Miss" (mostly miss).

I hope that you can get some resolution to this issue. It is sad that you spend that much money to do something special and magical, and that's not even close to what you get.

Sending you lots of :hug: and pixiedust:

angel*lady
02-28-2008, 06:59 PM
Carrie,

What a shame! :sad1: Hopefully they will do the right thing and fix the photos and give you a significant discount or even a refund.

:grouphug:

Lynn5700
02-28-2008, 07:13 PM
I just don't get why the MK and Honeymoon photoshoot's are always inconsistent.One person has amazing while another doesn't.It's so annoying!!!!

I am sorry about that Carrie! I hope they can help you.

M&M126
02-28-2008, 07:16 PM
It is beyond lame that your MK pics are awful! I can't believe that Disney couldn't send a competent photographer for your shoot. :mad: I really hope you get this resolved...somehow. Good luck!

lurkyloo
02-28-2008, 07:22 PM
The Best First Day of a Honeymoon EVER!

The day after the wedding, this is all we did:

Slept in. Spent the morning splashing around at Stormalong Bay. Ate lunch at Beaches & Cream. Spent the afternoon napping by the pool. Walked over to the BoardWalk for dinner at Flying Fish. Activated our APs to watch IllumiNations at Epcot.

The End.

The Long Version:

Much as I didn’t want to leave WDW property on the first real day of our vacation, we had to go out to Walgreen’s to stock up on stuff for our studio, like milk for our wedding cake and hand soap. On the way out of the Beach Club, we mailed a huge stack of etiquette-flouting wedding announcements/at-home reception invites, and of course two postcard entries to Disney’s [Two] Year[s] of a Million Dreams Sweepstakes.

Can you believe I actually found a picture of the I-Drive Walgreen’s online?!
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After we got back to the Beach Club with our hand soap, milk, swim goggles and about 16 other things that weren’t on our list, we changed and headed down to Stormalong Bay.

These are not my pictures – borrowed them from the Internets
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We got our guest-access wrist bands, looked for the shadiest table to leave our stuff on, and spent 10 minutes poking ourselves in the eyeballs trying to get our new goggles to fit right...

Our first priority was to try out every area of Stormalong Bay: the whirlpool, the lazy river, the beach, the slide and both hot tubs.
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I started with the baby waterslide.

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That went OK, so I moved up to the big pirate ship water slide. It was OK, but the seams in the pipe bump your back when you go down it.

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At lunchtime we had fabulous burgers and fries and milkshakes at Beaches & Cream, which wasn’t as crowded as everyone always warns you it will be. I was really impressed with how good the burgers were – I hadn’t trusted the reviews.

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Then it was back to Stormalong Bay to lie in 2 feet of water on the sandy beach (little did I know this was not an experience to be replicated at an actual water park like Typhoon Lagoon!).

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Then we fell asleep on some of these chaises by the pool for a couple of hours (they were in the shade then).

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When we woke up, we shuffled back to our room and cleaned up for our first married date, a walk to dinner at Flying Fish on the BoardWalk.

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We had a while before our reservation, so along the walk from Beach Club to the BoardWalk we stopped at Sea Breeze Point.

Sorry I don’t have any good pix yet – DH is supposed to stitch a bunch of them into a panorama...

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We met this guy....
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...and spent the rest of the trip trying to find out why he was standing around flapping his wings like crazy. (The best sounding explanation came from an Animal Kingdom CM who said birds do that to dry their wings).

We killed time wandering around BoardWalk Inn...
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And visiting the Disney Vacation Club model home...
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We talked to one of the reps there and learned that one of our wedding guests had stopped by a few hours earlier and taken a tour! We’re crossing our fingers he gets suckered- er, I mean hooked and buys points so we can rent from him!

We walked all the way to the Swolphin and caught a Friendship boat back to the BoardWalk in time for our reservation at...
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It was a fun place to eat, and the food was good, but neither of us would order what we got again.

Some sorta cioppino (if I can find the menu we took, I'll update this)
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Oak-grilled Maine Diver Scallops
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After dinner, on the spur of the moment, we decided to activate our Annual Passes and go see IllumiNations in Epcot properly, for the first time (having your picture taken in front of the show doesn’t really count as seeing it...).

Here’s us not watching IllumiNations properly
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This was not a very clever thing to do because we’d lose an entire day from our APs just to spend an hour in Epcot, but it sounded like fun (we were waiting as long as possible to activate the APs so we can potentially return to WDW for our anniversary next year and use them).

The show was fantastic! DH got a little choked up; I was fine until I thought of all the fabulous desserts we weren’t eating this time, and then I got choked up too...

Fabulous desserts
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After the show we walked back to the Beach Club and had bell services bring up our leftover wedding cake. They had been keeping it in their fridge b/c they didn’t think it would fit in ours, but we resolved to make it fit or get fat trying! I mentioned this next bit in another, later installment of the trippie, but what the heck:

So there we were, sitting on our balcony at the Beach Club eating leftover wedding cake, when all of a sudden we see fireworks in the distance. Nobody told us we'd be able to see the Pirate & Princess fireworks over the Magic Kingdom from our room! Eating cake while watching fireworks – I don’t think it gets any better than that....

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Oh – also today we busted out these babies:

Free-Dessert Magnets
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How ironic that I refused to wear a veil for my wedding but then spent the next 12 days wearing one everywhere we went! But it was worth it – you wouldn’t believe how many “Congratulations!” we got... or how many free desserts. Toward the end of the trip we felt like celebrities who get recognized when they’re trying to go incognito. We had to be "on" all the time to smile and wave at everyone who said Hi to us, which meant no newlywed spats! But you can bet we were bummed when we stopped wearing them and nobody said anything anymore....

DH made them out of regular Mickey ears, the bride headband and two hats we got on eBay for 10 bucks. We wanted to have hats with brims for shade, and I’m not crazy about headbands. You wouldn’t believe how many people A) asked where we got them, and then B) suggested we sell the idea to Disney when we described how we made them! Watch for them on eBay in the near future....

DisneyFairy19
02-28-2008, 07:35 PM
What gorgeous pictures

stitchlet
02-28-2008, 07:36 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your MK photo shoot - I really hope that they can fix things up for you.

Sounds like you had a great first day as a married couple - I love your earhats!

Staying tuned for more . . . :surfweb: popcorn::

BaBeeCee14
02-28-2008, 07:54 PM
Love the hats Carrie! Your DH did a great job!:thumbsup2 I was thinking about doing something like that for DF because that top hat they have for the grooms just look so uncomfortable.

Keira1387
02-28-2008, 08:33 PM
Sorry to hear about the MK shoot. I hope they can straighten in out for you! I'm glad you had a good start to the honeymoon! I love Beaches and Cream...yum! You should sell those hats on E-bay, they are so cute!

Goldeelox9
02-28-2008, 09:45 PM
Can I put in my Order now for a Grooms Hat???