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Emilita44
09-06-2008, 07:26 PM
I have spent the past month or two researching and reading through everyone's trip reports, planning journals, etc... I decided that I wouldn't join in until I was officially engaged. WELL....

It's been two days now!!!!!!

First let me get into a little bit of our background before I start hounding ya'll with my questions!

Me: Born and raised in South Carolina, moved to LA to work in television. This is where I met my fiance.

Stephen: Born and raised in LA- always wanted to move to the south!

How we met: I was working on a pilot TV show for ABC and needed to do a tape pick up. Stephen works in film and I happened to walk into his store that day. I didn't deal with him because he works in a separate area, but he saw me that day. (He said we shared a moment- I remember him because he was wearing a bright lime green shirt!)

So anyways, he didn't get up the courage enough to speak to me so instead he asked one of his co-workers who I was. They told him and he took this info to the internet. He found me on Myspace, of course, but he decided he had to email me after he found out I was not only from SC but my hero was Walt Disney.

Fast Forward 16 months later (2 days ago): IN DISNEY WORLD
Stephen and I finally got to take our first trip to DW together. 9/4 is our 16 month anniversary so we planned to have a romantic dinner at California Grill at the Contemporary. After Hollywood Studios that day we decided to take a walk on the Boardwalk. As we are walking from the Beach Club to the Boardwalk we walk past Sea Breeze Point. There were 4 people standing there and one of them was holding a guitar. Stephen suggested we go listen to them play something. I didn't understand why we would go up there but finally he pulled me up to the gazebo because he wanted to look at the view.

All of a sudden, the four people behind us break out into song. Not just any song. Our Song!

The started singing "Everything" by Michael Buble

At that point I realized what was happening and Stephen asked me to dance with him. At the end of the song, he proposed.

To top it all off, I called my mom to tell her the news only to find out that she had been watching from the lighthouse at the YC.

NEXT SURPRISE:
Stephen had already made an appt. with Disney Weddings for the next morning!


So, yesterday I went to my first Disney Weddings meeting

Now my questions start


Wedding Info

Wedding will be in a church

Reception at Disney- AAR or YC- Not decided yet

150 to 200 people will be attending



My first question for you!!!

We love the AAR but the only thing that is holding us back is having to get the photographer and videographer from Disney. After reading yalls planning journals I know who you like and dislike. Do I have to get assigned these people or is it not possible to get people like Randy Chapman, Roots or Misty to do my pictures??? The same question also goes for the videographers. At the meeting at DW they told me it had to be Disney people if its at AAR, but I swear I've seen pictures from yall using different people!!!


I need your help! AND I am sooooo excited to finally get to officially join yall!!!

padisneyfour
09-06-2008, 09:59 PM
Just wanted to say congrats and welcome. looking forward to hearing your plans:goodvibes

kayleighnik
09-06-2008, 10:10 PM
welcome and congratulations! gorgeous proposal!

unless you sign your contract with DFTW before Oct 08, you will only be able to use disney photographers for in-park locations. So, you wouldn't be able to use Randy, or Misty etc, if you held your reception at AAR, but you could at somewhere such as Atlantic Dance Hall - hope this helps :thumbsup2

bridetobe789
09-07-2008, 04:11 PM
Congrats and welcome ! What date are you looking at doing?

figmentfan814
09-08-2008, 04:08 PM
welcome and congratulations! gorgeous proposal!

unless you sign your contract with DFTW before Oct 08, you will only be able to use disney photographers for in-park locations. So, you wouldn't be able to use Randy, or Misty etc, if you held your reception at AAR, but you could at somewhere such as Atlantic Dance Hall - hope this helps :thumbsup2

This is correct. I was married at the AAR in March and we were still able to use Randy and Stan, but the new rules are going into effect this fall. I still wouldn't let that keep you from the AAR. It's a beautiful location and your guests will love being inside the park. You can always request a specific photographer through Disney.

What a great engagement story! That is so special how he had everything all planned out. Do you have any pictures to share?

camara381
09-08-2008, 04:42 PM
WELCOME!!!!! and CONGRATS!!!!! What a sweet proposal story!!!!

Unless you can get contracted in before October 1 then you will have to use Disney for photography.

Good luck, can't wait to hear all your plans!!!!

Emilita44
09-08-2008, 05:13 PM
This is correct. I was married at the AAR in March and we were still able to use Randy and Stan, but the new rules are going into effect this fall. I still wouldn't let that keep you from the AAR. It's a beautiful location and your guests will love being inside the park. You can always request a specific photographer through Disney.

What a great engagement story! That is so special how he had everything all planned out. Do you have any pictures to share?

Thank you so much for this info!!!

I love these message boards. We called Pam today just to confirm and she told us that ya'll were right and if we did sign the contract before Oct 1st we could choose our own. The photographer and videographer are both very important to us so we wanted to make sure we had as many possibilites as possible to choose from.

And to answer your other questions. I do have pictures of the whole proposal! and a videotape too!! (His mom was hiding in the bushes...)

I will post as soon as I get them from her, but in the meantime, this is us!


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Emilita44
09-08-2008, 05:22 PM
Congrats and welcome ! What date are you looking at doing?

The dates we have it narrowed down to at the moment are:

July 11th
July 18th
August 1st

We're still trying to figure out the Church and if its possible to be married in a Catholic Church that we don't belong too. If not, it might be a Disney Wedding and Reception! We'll see...

bridetobe789
09-08-2008, 05:43 PM
Darn the luck if it just HAD to be a disney wedding and reception ! haha .

Cute pic btw!

DisneyLover1234
09-09-2008, 02:21 PM
If you really want the AAR I wouldnt let the photography rules sway your decision. What I would do is have the photographers that you do want to take your pictures of your ceremony and your family and bridal party and then have a Disney photographer take the pictures of the reception. For me, the ceremony and family pictures are the most important and the ones I really want to be amazing. I want the reception ones to be wonderful as well, but as long as I have my ceremony ones, Ill be happy. HTH

Princesskeyblade
09-09-2008, 02:32 PM
Congratulations!!!!!

What a beautiful proposal!!! I can not wait to follow along with you while you plan!

Emilita44
09-10-2008, 02:55 PM
We found a church that is willing to do the ceremony and its really beautiful!!!!


Next problem,

The latest time a Church ceremony can start on a Saturday is 1pm. You can not start a reception at AAR until 7pm.

What in the world is everyone suppose to do in between all that time?!??!

I figure:

1- 2ish: Ceremony
2- 3ish: Pictures
The location is about 20 minutes away from Disney
Arrive at Disney around 3:45
Now what?

We can have a cocktail hour at the Italy Isola but we're afraid it will be too hot.

The other option is to have it at the Yacht Club but this starts to be a lot of transporting our guests around from place to place.

BUT if the reception can't start till 7pm what do we do with everyone?
Is it inappropriate to let people go back to their hotel rooms and freshen up and relax before the reception???

Emilita44
09-10-2008, 02:59 PM
P.S.

How do you change your main title so that everyone knows it's been updated?

figmentfan814
09-11-2008, 10:05 AM
We found a church that is willing to do the ceremony and its really beautiful!!!!


Next problem,

The latest time a Church ceremony can start on a Saturday is 1pm. You can not start a reception at AAR until 7pm.

What in the world is everyone suppose to do in between all that time?!??!

I figure:

1- 2ish: Ceremony
2- 3ish: Pictures
The location is about 20 minutes away from Disney
Arrive at Disney around 3:45
Now what?

We can have a cocktail hour at the Italy Isola but we're afraid it will be too hot.

The other option is to have it at the Yacht Club but this starts to be a lot of transporting our guests around from place to place.

BUT if the reception can't start till 7pm what do we do with everyone?
Is it inappropriate to let people go back to their hotel rooms and freshen up and relax before the reception???

We had a morning ceremony and a brunch reception, but then our guests had a 5 hour break until our dessert party that evening. Most people used it as a chance to rest or a lot of them went to Epcot for the afternoon. Your guests would have the option to be inside the park and then meet at a designated location to head to the reception plus you could have a bus that picks everyone else up at their respective hotels. Our guests didn't mind the break especially since they were going to have a late night.

camara381
09-11-2008, 10:38 AM
We found a church that is willing to do the ceremony and its really beautiful!!!!


Next problem,

The latest time a Church ceremony can start on a Saturday is 1pm. You can not start a reception at AAR until 7pm.

What in the world is everyone suppose to do in between all that time?!??!

I figure:

1- 2ish: Ceremony
2- 3ish: Pictures
The location is about 20 minutes away from Disney
Arrive at Disney around 3:45
Now what?

We can have a cocktail hour at the Italy Isola but we're afraid it will be too hot.

The other option is to have it at the Yacht Club but this starts to be a lot of transporting our guests around from place to place.

BUT if the reception can't start till 7pm what do we do with everyone?
Is it inappropriate to let people go back to their hotel rooms and freshen up and relax before the reception???


What church is it? I still have not been able to find one.

Emilita44
09-19-2008, 07:14 PM
What church is it? I still have not been able to find one.

It's called Blessed Sacrament. They were really helpful. We're having my DF's priest come and do the ceremony there.

keenercam
09-19-2008, 07:37 PM
Congratulations on your very romantic proposal! Welcome to the forum. There is so much awesome information to be gathered here. I hope you'll share the details of your planning as you make decisions. Looking forward to hearing more!

Emilita44
09-19-2008, 08:03 PM
Room Blocks!

I never understood why everyone complained about room blocks. It seemed easy to me! I guess I was wrong...

This weekend my fiancee and I get to do it! I can't believe how specific we have to be when we haven't even got a decent guest list put together! We've only been engaged for 2 weeks!

The good news is that we've got Misty!! That's a big relief.

So far the plan is

Ceremony- 1pm- at the Church
Boardwalk Cocktail- 5:30pm
AAR Reception- 7pm to probably midnight

I'm just ready to get the contracts signed and deposits placed so I can concentrate on more important things...

LIKE MY DRESS!!!

... Next week I'll post some pictures of the proposal. If my house wasn't broken into and my laptop stolen it would have been sooner!!!

lpizzuro123
09-19-2008, 08:59 PM
Everything sounds great so far. We have Misty also. Looking forward to reading more.

Just to let you know also, our ceremony is at 9:00am in Epcot, our pre and reception is from 10:00 to 3:00 in Atlantic Dance Hall and then there is a break until 8:00 when everone is getting together for the dessert party. I am sure people will be heading back to their resort to rest, maybe use the pool and change.

Linda

ClemsonGirl
09-19-2008, 10:13 PM
Congrats!! What a romantic proposal!! :lovestruc DF and I are in SC and he is in the television industry like you! :rotfl: Looking forward to reading more! :)

Pinkerbell1983
09-22-2008, 05:22 AM
Room Blocks!

I never understood why everyone complained about room blocks. It seemed easy to me! I guess I was wrong...

This weekend my fiancee and I get to do it! I can't believe how specific we have to be when we haven't even got a decent guest list put together! We've only been engaged for 2 weeks!

The good news is that we've got Misty!! That's a big relief.

So far the plan is

Ceremony- 1pm- at the Church
Boardwalk Cocktail- 5:30pm
AAR Reception- 7pm to probably midnight

I'm just ready to get the contracts signed and deposits placed so I can concentrate on more important things...

LIKE MY DRESS!!!

... Next week I'll post some pictures of the proposal. If my house wasn't broken into and my laptop stolen it would have been sooner!!!

Hi, just caught up on your PJ. I've also just sent my room block info in, although it was easy for me. I only have 25 guests and they're all staying for one night on the wedding night. It's such a pain waiting for the contract isn't it, I just wanna get things started!

Emilita44
09-22-2008, 06:59 PM
Everything sounds great so far. We have Misty also. Looking forward to reading more.

Just to let you know also, our ceremony is at 9:00am in Epcot, our pre and reception is from 10:00 to 3:00 in Atlantic Dance Hall and then there is a break until 8:00 when everone is getting together for the dessert party. I am sure people will be heading back to their resort to rest, maybe use the pool and change.

Linda

Good, I'm glad someone's in my same situation. The more I think about it the more I think it's a good thing. It leaves plenty of time for Misty pictures!

Emilita44
09-22-2008, 07:01 PM
Congrats!! What a romantic proposal!! :lovestruc DF and I are in SC and he is in the television industry like you! :rotfl: Looking forward to reading more! :)

HAHA, that's cool. Only I have to say, not a fan of your screenname

Go GAMECOCKS!!!!!

Congrats! I'll have to catch up on your pj!

Emilita44
09-22-2008, 07:03 PM
Hi, just caught up on your PJ. I've also just sent my room block info in, although it was easy for me. I only have 25 guests and they're all staying for one night on the wedding night. It's such a pain waiting for the contract isn't it, I just wanna get things started!

I think we got it all figured out this weekend. It's just hard to know who's going to be staying where when we don't even know who alls invited yet. Yea, now we wait for the contract. It's hard! I just want to know we officially get our Disney Wedding!!

Emilita44
09-26-2008, 12:59 PM
Our contract has been signed and approved!!

We're officially having a Disney Wedding!!!!!

That takes a load off...

So next, is my df's family is throwing an engagement party next weekend and my dad is flying out! He hasn't seen me since I've been engaged so I'm excited.

Also, my mom just booked her tickets to fly out here and start the dress shopping! I'm itching to start trying on...

Now that I've got Disney, I can start planning all the fun stuff.

First, I've decided my colors are going to be light blue and yellow.

I LOVE the cinderella table that Disney does...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Wedding/Tables.jpg

And this is the kind of style I like for bridesmaids at the moment but it will probably change

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Wedding/Bridesmaid2.jpg

I think these flower girl dresses are so cute. I want their sash to match the bridesmaids and I think I want the bridesmaids to have a white sash

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Wedding/flowergirl.jpg

I love Callalilies like this

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Wedding/YellowCallalilies.jpg

But I also like the yellow roses as well. I'm still trying to make up my mind with that one.

That's all for now! Time for me to head back to my new addiction...

Bridal Magazines!

bridetobe789
09-26-2008, 05:22 PM
YaY For officially having the contract out of the way! :woohoo:
Now fun planning stuff! I love the calla lillies! I have a few pics in my pj definitely looking forward to that as well! Can't wait to see more..

Emilita44
10-13-2008, 12:51 PM
This is us on the day of at Magic Kingdom riding TOY STORY which I love!! (but I'm still trying to beat the DF)

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Walking to the Yacht Club

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Sea Breeze Point!

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The Singers

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We're "looking at the view" I still didn't understand at this point...

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Finally they started singing so we started dancing

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He likes to sing too...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Proposal/Proposal034.jpg

The proposal!

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I said YES!

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I totally didn't even notice they were there!!

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The Ring

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The phone calls

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And then my mom surprised me!

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Proposal/Proposal057.jpg

Thought this was pretty appropriate

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Proposal/Proposal060.jpg

California Grill

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http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Proposal/Proposal064.jpg

The next day, already starting to plan the wedding at Francks... COMING SOON!!!

Emilita44
10-15-2008, 04:13 PM
Just got a voicemail from Marion!! Too bad I'm at work and couldn't answer it! I'm very excited because I've heard some good things about her from this board!

Now, I'm just ready for the planning session already...

camara381
10-15-2008, 04:17 PM
CONGRATS !!!!! on getting your planner!!!! How awesome!!!!

figmentfan814
10-15-2008, 09:27 PM
Just got a voicemail from Marion!! Too bad I'm at work and couldn't answer it! I'm very excited because I've heard some good things about her from this board!

Now, I'm just ready for the planning session already...
Marion is fantastic you won't have any problems with her in charge :goodvibes I was so pleased having her as our planner.

I love all the shots from the proposal; what a great arrangement. That's so special that he was able to get that all set up!

Eac_5981
10-16-2008, 03:14 PM
Im sorry but what is AAR?

Emilita44
10-16-2008, 06:08 PM
Im sorry but what is AAR?


American Adventure Rotunda- Its the American Pavilion in Epcot

Eac_5981
10-17-2008, 01:20 PM
Oh how nice!

Emilita44
10-17-2008, 02:22 PM
Oh how nice!


Here you go!

These are pictures of our sight tour. This took place the morning after he proposed.

Listening to Pam explaining a lot, really early in the morning... hence the confused look!

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Italy

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This is from the balcony of AAR

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And this is the center of the lobby

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Heres some of the ballrooms if anyone wants to see them!

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http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f203/Emilita44/Proposal/Proposal086.jpg

AND FRANCKS

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Eac_5981
10-17-2008, 06:28 PM
Oh everything looks so nice!
Is there a certain time you have to have your recpetion at the AAR?

camara381
10-17-2008, 09:35 PM
Great pics!!!

KSchwagg86
01-22-2009, 04:12 PM
subscribing :thumbsup2