View Full Version : Rob & Nikki's VR Trip Report *Updated with price breakdown!*

11-14-2009, 11:29 AM
Welcome to my trip report! I am so excited to be starting this! We had a lot of highs and lows and lessons learned. So let's begin!

A little background first:
Rob and I planned this vow renewal after going through some very tough times. Some of those were we survived a terrible car accident, had a really long road to recovery, and had our 2nd miscarriage. Our marriage went through many tests but we never gave up on each other. We never had a big wedding. We got marriage in a courthouse and then drove to Disney for our honeymoon! So, we wanted to celebrate our love and commitment in a very big way. We have been together 15 years, married 12. We have overcome so much so we figured this was a perfect time to renew our vows.

The Vow Renewal Details:

Date: Monday November 9th, 2009

Time: Ceremony 5pm, Cocktail Hour 6pm, Reception 7-10pm

Location: Ceremony Wedding Pavilion, Cocktail Hour White Hall Patio, Reception White Hall Room.

Number of guests: 47

Wedding Planner: Michelle Wenzler-Dorr

Floral: Elizabeth Motoc Disney Floral

Photography: Misty Miotto

Videography: STVS Video

DJ: Scott Messina

Hair/makeup: Patricia LeJuene

Officiant: Rev. Kevin Knox

Resort: Grand Floridian

**You can see our sneak peek of our video here:
Just click on Dominique and Robert/Vow Renewal

**You can see some pictures here:

**You can read my planning journal here:

11-14-2009, 11:32 AM
Vender Reviews

Wedding Planner: A I gave Michelle an A because from the very first time I spoke with her she just got us as a couple. She saw my vision for the day and helped me plan everything. She answered my emails immediately and if she couldn't she had her assistant get back to me. I never had a question unanswered. Our personalities meshed and she is just a great planner. She also has a great way of calming me when I start to get nervous or freaked out! She also got some people from Beaute Speciale to go to my moms room to do hair/makeup for my mom, sister and grandmother at the last minute! That was just so great of her! Now the reason I didn't give her an A+ was because during the reception she was MIA a couple of times. Then she let the entrees come out at 10 mins. to 8pm when I specifically told her to hold the entrees so we could go out on the patio to watch the fireworks at 8pm. This was discussed from the very beginning and is in my BEO. I reminded her again that night and the entrees still came out! I was beyond pissed because I caught it right after 1 and a half tables got served. I was so mad and the way they resolved it was by putting covers over the ones already served, and not bringing out the rest. When we got back, those dishes were cold. This was table #1 with my mom, grandmother, so it was important guests! She tried to down play it and that just annoyed me at that point. I also felt she should've had a closer eye on the waitstaff which were horrible. I cannot tell you how many times I had to get them to feed people! I had so many guests who just weren't getting their food, especially the kids! My own daughter didn't get her meal until dinner was almost over! I had to tell them 3 times! Then my BFF told me her son never even got a meal!! I should not have had to worry about that and Michelle was there and should've been more on top of it. Also my meat came out raw when on my BEO and it was discussed many times, including right before I was served that my meat was to be well done. I just felt the ball was dropped at the reception.

Floral: A+ Elizabeth Motoc got everything right! She was fantastic to work with and answered my emails immediately. She also got my vision for the room and made it look absolutely beautiful and exactly how I wanted it. The flowers were exactly like I wanted and were just so beautiful! The decor in the room and the centerpieces were so beautiful and I really couldn't have asked for more!

Patricia LeJuene: A+ I think I should give Patricia A++++++ She was that great. From the trial in June to the day of she has been fantastic. She kept great communication and even rose to the occasion when I wanted to change my hairstyle from the the one I had on my trial. The day of she was on time, and did such an amazing job. She got my hair and makeup exactly like I wanted. She also got mine and my DH's humor and we had such a great time with her! We were rushing towards the end and she helped get me in my dress! She even did my DD's hair and makeup for no extra charge! I loved her and am so grateful that she was there with me that day! I think everyone should use her and it's a shame Disney doesn't have her on their list of venders!!!

Photographer: A+ Misty Miotto was perfect in every way!! She is another one who I would give an A++++++ She was on time, and on her game! What a professional! Her and her husband were so fantastic and easy to work with. Even at the reception she was everywhere but not intrusive. She got every shot we wanted and gave great direction! I would recommend her to everyone and would love to have an excuse to use her again!!

Videography: A+ Stan was fantastic! You hardly knew he was there but he got everything! When he showed us the sneak peak at the reception we were floored! I can't wait to see the video! We had great communication throughout the year and I would recommend him to everyone!

Rev. Kevin Knox: A+ Just perfect! Great communication and he did everything we asked. The ceremony was short and to the point and Rev. Knox was great!

DJ Scott Messina: B+ Believe me it pains me to give him this rating but I have to be honest. My husband and guests loved him and would probably give him an A. Now I picked Scott because of reviews here, my planners suggestion and checking out his website myself. I felt very confident and comfortable choosing him. I contacted him about a month before and he got back to me immediately. He sent me some forms to fill out and I did and I also sent an email explaining what I wanted. You can read the specific songs I wanted in my PJ. Basically I wanted Vitamin String Quartet played during dinner, no cheesy wedding songs, no country. He asked for specific songs and I gave them for my do not play and must play. When we arrived to the cocktail hour he was playing the Vitamin String Quartet songs already. During dinner he played his own songs, when it was time to dance he played "Celebration". I almost dyed! All my guests looked at me waiting to see me flip out!LOL But they all ran to the dance floor and danced!LOL I let it go but I was mad. He said it wasn't on the do not play list and in his defense it wasn't but I do consider that song to be a cheesy typical wedding song. He played maybe 5 of my 15 must play songs(he asked for 15) I would've rather he just play my list. Now I have to say he was as sweet as can be, he interacted with the guests well, but for me, the music wasn't what I wanted it to be. He did tell me I had a very eclectic taste of music and I made him work because it was hard to blend. I don't know I just feel like my favorite songs weren't played and that bothered me. I kept on being told to just try to enjoy everything and I did. I will say he kept the speaker out on the patio which was great and he played the Wishes song and other great Disney music during the fireworks. I think he is a good DJ and would recommend him to anyone who isn't too picky and specific as I am. He does know how to work a crowd and like I said my guests seemed to enjoy it an so did my husband.

11-14-2009, 12:17 PM
I had a look at your video sneak peek....you looked amazing!!! If def brought some tears to my eyes :goodvibes

Love the reviews, very helpful! I am sorry about the mess with your food, definitely not something you should have to deal with! Can't wait to read/see more!

11-14-2009, 04:51 PM
Our sneak peak video can be found here:
click on Robert & Dominique's Vow Renewal

11-14-2009, 09:38 PM

We also had Scott Messina at our wedding last year. It's funny I read this tonight, we just went out to dinner and "Celebrate" was playing. I said to DH that this song reminds me of our wedding because it was the first song he played after dinner and I thought it was odd.:rotfl:

He was great, but everytime I hear that song I think of that! It's funny you now have the same memory!

Looking forward to more!

11-16-2009, 06:40 PM

We also had Scott Messina at our wedding last year. It's funny I read this tonight, we just went out to dinner and "Celebrate" was playing. I said to DH that this song reminds me of our wedding because it was the first song he played after dinner and I thought it was odd.:rotfl:

He was great, but everytime I hear that song I think of that! It's funny you now have the same memory!

Looking forward to more!


11-16-2009, 07:07 PM
So let's get this started!

Sunday morning we had an early flight and made it to the airport on time! Yippee!!! The flight was uneventful and there were 13 of us on it. We had carry ons, my mom, sis and grandmother used the luggage service from DME and my cousin and her family didn't and we had to go get their bags. We get to the baggage claim and one of their bags was missing! I felt so bad cause she was flipping out cause it was all their clothing for the vow renewal and a lot of her 1 year olds clothing. They told us at the airport that Disney probably took it. They claimed Disney did that 5 other times the week before even without the tags on! We couldn't believe it. It turned out to be true and their bag was delivered to AKL by DME within a few hours!

We finally get to DME and had to wait for a bus to be called that had a wheelchair lift. I did tell them when I booked that we had someone in a wheelchair that needed a lift. I even double checked. Well when we get there they say they have no record of it. A bit annoying especially since we were already in the airport an hour after we landed because of the luggage issue with my cousin. But the wait wasn't that bad and we were off to the GF!

When we arrive we had no wait at check in. Penny was our CM and she was fantastic. We checked in my mom and grandmother first. Then it was our turn. Now I had 4 reservations at the GF. One was my moms with her, my grandmother and my sister, a handicap room with roll in shower. My room with myself, DH and our 2 kids, my dad with his girlfriend(do you see where I'm going with this?) and the last room with just my grandfather. Thank goodness I had her check where the rooms were located. They had my moms room connecting to my father and his girlfriend!!:scared1: Now if you read my PJ you now this is a catastrophe! The GF is not big enough for the 3 of them!;) So, Penny changes our room with my dads and all is well! I really wanted the connecting room so my mom could help me on the VR day to get myself and the kids ready. So we were all happy. Our room was ready, my moms wasn't. We are waiting for the bellman to get our bags and owners lockers when in walks my dad, the girlfriend and my grandfather. My mother gears up and is ready for a fight! Unreal! Anyway I try to send her off to go eat lunch and the bellman is ready for us. We get to our room and it is perfect and it has an MK view!!!!!!:cool1: I was so happy. We were 1st floor Boca Chica right when you walk in the building our room was the first door on the left. We get settled and head out for lunch at the POLY. I just had to get my favorite pork sandwich!!:love: We took my little sister with us to get her away from the drama of my parents.
Lunch was great and as I was in the POLY, I missed it! I just love that resort!

We go back to the GF and my DH goes back to the room and I am in the lobby with some family members. My cell phone rings and it's DH sounding erratic and saying "we have a big problem!" Not the words I want to hear!

Stay tuned for what happened next and I'll post some pictures too!

11-17-2009, 10:21 AM
OK, so my DH calls saying we've got big problems. I brace myself for the news. He tells me our room is flooded! So is my moms!!:scared1: Apparently the room above ours had a pipe burst and water was pouring into both rooms from the ceiling! He wasn't getting anywhere on the phone with housekeeping or the front desk.(it had been going on for awhile) A few minutes go by and I see him storming into the lobby! He was so mad at not getting any help. He gets a manager at the front desk and poor thing had just started about a week or two ago after being transferred from another resort. He didn't know what to do.(he told us it was the 2nd time this happened in a week!) He didn't know the lay of the rooms or resort. He never sent anyone over or walk over himself to see what happened. He knew there were people sent to the room above to turn the water off and thought it had been taken care of. Well it wasn't cause it was still pouring into our rooms as we were speaking to him.(my mom was on her cell giving the report as she was outside of the rooms). Honestly I just couldn't deal with this. I was stressed from the vow renewal itself with the planning and worrying. I was stress from all the drama between my parents, my kids were acting up, the weather was reporting rain and wind for the next day(the vow renewal day) and my family members were all calling and texting driving me crazy! I just couldn't deal with this at that moment. Especially when we were told there were no handicap rooms left! My grandmother needs the roll in shower. There are only 6 handicap rooms in the whole resort! Only 1 has the roll in shower. We needed that room and we also need it to connect to my room for the vow renewal day. The manager was trying everything. The only thing he could do was switch us all to the CR. No way was I doing that because everything I planned for the day of the vow renewal was taking place at the GF. I was so stressed and the only other option was to wait and see what happened with the rooms. They were going to get the flooding under control, try to clean the handicap room as best as possible. In the meantime they moved us down the hall to 2 connecting rooms. The resolution was we had to wheel my grandmother to the flooded room to shower all 3 nights of her stay. It was a pain, annoying and something I wish we didn't have to deal with, but it happens. They credited us back the night for each room which was great. By the time everything was settled it was 8pm, we were exhausted and I still had to unpack and get things ready for the next day. I had to put together the place cards, and stuff to drop off at Franck's in the morning. Oh, did I mention they also lost my package that I shipped which contained all the Vow Renewal stuff, like our shoes, place cards, etc.... When I checked in they said it was at the business office and they would get it sent up right away. When I called the business office they said they would try to locate it and send it when they can. When all this happened with the room switching and flooding I told the manager he better find that box or else he was going to have a bridezilla on his hands!!:lmao: I was joking but he got my drift!;) We finally got the package once we were settled in the 2nd room.

11-17-2009, 10:38 AM
Oh my, what a start! I would've lost it with the flooding. Did any of your stuff get damaged? The first thing I thought of was your dress!!!

11-17-2009, 01:04 PM
Thankfully my dress and the tuxes weren't there yet. My BFF was driving in from NY and had them. She dropped them off at 10pm just so we were sure we were staying in that room and there was no flooding in the new one!:thumbsup2

We hadn't unpacked yet when the flooding happened. So DH put all of our stuff on the beds because the water was pouring in from the front door/hallway part and the ceiling before you get to the balcony. It was also pouring from the balcony ceiling onto the balcony.

11-17-2009, 03:54 PM
I watched the video....just beautiful. Now I am going to sit back and enjoy the TR. Congrats....I just loved doing the VR.


11-23-2009, 02:38 PM
I just found your TR, I didn't realise you had started it! :cool1:

I watched your sneek peek, everything looked beautiful. But what a stressful start for you :eek: I do hope things got better from then on...

11-24-2009, 05:48 PM
Sorry for the delay!

I can't even remember what happened or what I did the night before the vow renewal for dinner!LOL My BFF dropped off the dresses and tuxes. My sash and DH's shirt needed to be steamed. Luckily the same manager was on duty. It was about 10pm and he actually found someone to do it for us right then and there!!! That was fantastic. Within an hour they were delivered to our room!:thumbsup2

Vow Renewal Day
I really wanted to sleep in, but I was up and dressed by 9am. I am not a morning person and wished I could've slept longer. I wake up with the worst soar throat ever! I check on the kids, who were both asleep, which was strange but I move on to other things. I first go to the lobby to buy cough drops. Go back to the room and I get my stuff ready to drop off to Franck's and meet up with Michelle.

My little sister told my mother that my dad and his girlfriend were going to breakfast in the GF cafe, I guess they wanted her to meet up with them but my sister didn't want to. So since my mother knew they would be around the lobby she quickly got dressed and insisted on coming with me. Seriously I really don't know what her intentions were but I just knew she was hoping to "bump into" them and start something.:headache:

So we go meet with Michelle and I see our name up on the marquee of the Wedding Pavilion!! I was so excited.:cool1: Except I had "Debbie Downer" with me who just made a face and rushed me off to drop off the stuff. Michelle was great, calming my nerves and checking everything out I had to give her. My mother then out of the blue asks her if she knows of anyone that can do her hair and makeup along with my sister and grandmother. Right in the middle of my conversation about how things will run! Of course Michelle says yes and that she would be happy to help and then calls Ana from Beauty Speciale!!! I have already hired Patricia LeJuene for myself and I wasn't about to share her!;) Anyway my mother is able to get 2 girls from Ana to come to the room. Now this pissed me off for a couple of reasons. I had told my mother that I really needed her help getting my kids ready and help getting myself together. That was the reason for the connecting rooms. We had talked about their hair and makeup and decided they didn't need professionals to do it because they are not in the wedding party and it just wasn't necessary. I wanted her to be ready by 2 so she could help me get ready and focus on me. She had the girls coming for hair and makeup at 12:45! No way was she going to be ready at 2. I also felt funny about having both companies there together!!!:scared1:

We leave Michelle and head to the lobby because my mothers sister called saying she was coming over. When we are in the lobby my mother is on a mission to find my father! She was so unbelievable. I was just trying to ditch her at that point. As I walk in I see that the back half of the lobby is sectioned off and all the pieces to the gingerbread house are on the floor.:confused: There are a bunch of people with power tools and they were starting building. Then I hear the most excruciating drilling noise.:scared1: Ok, now I start to flip out! What the heck, can anything else happen? I go to the front desk and ask what the heck is that noise? The front desk girl said oh they are building the gingerbread house and the noise will go on for awhile. Now I am no carpenter but I do know that a power screw driver does not make the noise I was hearing!!!:lmao: I ask her to find out how long the structure will take to put together. She goes over to ask and comes back saying all day. Now I was annoyed because with all the interaction we had with the front desk people and the manager and I mentioned numerous times we would be taking pictures at 3:30 in the lobby, why didn't anyone mention the construction that would take up half the middle of the lobby!!!??? Also what the heck was that noise! It was coming from upstairs and I go up to investigate. Girls, this was my bridezilla moment.:snooty: I go right up to the workers as they are drilling and stop them and ask what the heck are they doing and when will it be done? They were so nice and totally understood my craziness!!:rotfl2: What happened is under the carpet in the lobby was old tile so the noise was them ripping out the tile. They said they would be done in 20mins and promised no other noise like that would be going on at 3:30!:thumbsup2

I then tell my mother to wait in the lobby for her sister and I am going to eat. I needed to get away from her. I see that my dad, his girlfriend and my grandfather are getting ready to eat at the cafe. So I join them. As we are waiting for a table I see my mother and aunt headed our way! My mother walks by, gives us all a dirty look and keeps walking. So 12th grade! My aunt stops and says hi to all of us and then finds my mom.

Thankfully I had a wonderful breakfast at the cafe. Mickey waffles and bacon!!! So yummy! They were all trying to calm my nerves and get my mind off my mom. It was actually really great, just what I needed.

So, now it's about 11 am. I go back to the room and my DD is still in bed! Just when I thought things couldn't get worse! I check on her and she is burning up!!! Yep, she had a fever of 102!!!:sick:

11-25-2009, 07:44 AM
Sorry about the rough start to your day! Boy, that's a lot to deal with on your special day.

12-04-2009, 10:39 AM
I will be updating this ASAP but just wanted to add a link to my Misty pictures!!!
Here is the link to her site:
The password is: Secor

01-02-2010, 12:32 AM
Hey I just saw your cake in the PoTD thread. So cool! I would love to read more about your day.

Also, I looked through Misty's site and couldn't find any folders for Rob and Nikki. Is it under a different name?

01-02-2010, 10:43 AM
Love, love, love, love the cake, the flowers....everything.


01-02-2010, 02:40 PM
Hey I just saw your cake in the PoTD thread. So cool! I would love to read more about your day.

Also, I looked through Misty's site and couldn't find any folders for Rob and Nikki. Is it under a different name?

Sorry, it's under Dominique and Robert. Nikki is my nick name.

Glad someone likes our cake!:lmao: Seriously, no one really liked it but me and DH. We wanted something Tim Burton-ish and fall themed. I saw a picture of it on the internet, sent Disney the picture and they copied it exactly the way it was in the picture. We were so happy and loved it and it tasted great too!

I promise to update this on Monday. I have so much to tell!!! Very difficult to do with the kids home from school!!;)

01-02-2010, 10:52 PM
Sorry, it's under Dominique and Robert. Nikki is my nick name. )

Good to know! Now that I've seen your pictures, I can't wait to read the TR. Everything looked so beautiful. And seriously, how do you have two kids and 12 years of marriage!? You look like a college-aged girl! :cutie:

01-03-2010, 04:25 PM
Good to know! Now that I've seen your pictures, I can't wait to read the TR. Everything looked so beautiful. And seriously, how do you have two kids and 12 years of marriage!? You look like a college-aged girl! :cutie:

Oh thank you so much! You made my day! DH and I met when I was 18 and were married and had a baby by the time I was 22, so we started young!;)

01-16-2010, 05:26 PM
Finally updating! Sorry it has taken so long!

So, DD was sick in bed with a fever. My DH had a bad sore throat. Thankfully I had some medicine with me so I gave some to DD. Her and my DS stood in bed for the rest of the day. I don't think I mentioned it but 2 days before we left DS came down with fever and a soar throat. So he was on antibiotics and I guess he still wasn't 100% on the VR day. So I make sure the kids are OK, then hop in the shower to get myself ready for when Patricia arrives.

By 12:45 the girls from Ana's Beauty Special came to my moms room and they got to work on my mom, sister and grandmother. I stood in my room because I kind of felt funny knowing I wasn't using them and had Patricia coming.

Patricia comes on time and she was so cheerful and funny just like when we first met her. She even gets along great with DH so they were talking and laughing and we all had a great chat. She actually really helped calm me down. DH went to shower and get ready in the other room we had and Patricia got right to work. She was excellent! She calmed me, had me laughing and she also really "got" the look I was going for. I was originally going to do my hair up but changed my mind. The trial I did in June was for an up do. So I had a few pictures and told her what I wanted. She blew me away! She got it just right! The make up was fantastic too. She did the air brush make up and it was great. It didn't feel heavy or look unnatural. She gave me fake eyelashes too! No extra charge. She said it would look better if I had them! lol She was so right! We had to start rushing because all of a sudden Michelle was calling the room saying she would be calling me in about 15mins. to come meet in the lobby. I had no idea time was going by so quickly!!! So Patricia is finishing me up, and by this time my DS went to the other room with DH so DH could get him ready. My DD had gotten up and I took her rollers out of her hair and really could've used some help! But of course my mother was too busy with herself so.....

Within 15 mins. she had me finished up, helped get me in my dress and shoes. Then she helped DD get in her dress and shoes. She also did light makeup on DD and did her hair!!!! When I went to pay her the remaining balance I asked how much for all the extras she did and she told me don't worry about it! It was her gift to me and wished me a wonderful day! I tipped her and she didn't even want that but I insisted. She really was so great!

Finally my mother, grandmother and sister were ready. Michelle called and we were on our way to the lobby!!!!

I was so excited, anxious, nervous, emotional! Seriously I was feeling almost every emotion because I was also really mad and annoyed with my mom too! Anyway my younger sister helps me with the walk holding my dress and helping DD. We are almost to the lobby entrance by the cafe when we realize we lost my mother and grandmother!! How the heck this happened we have no idea. I don't know how they got lost from Boca Chica to the lobby!!! I had to stop in front of the Cafe and make my sister go find them. It was so nice how so many people stopped to congratulate me and say I looked beautiful! I felt so special!!:lovestruc

I didn't want to wait anymore and started heading towards the lobby with DD. We were going to do a reveal with my DH and I wanted to get to him! As I walk towards the steps in the lobby my dad, DS and grandfather are there and that's when I just about lost it! The look on their faces and in their eyes was pure love, joy and awe!!! They had tears in their eyes and were telling me how beautiful I looked. It really was such a special moment.


Then Michelle was there along with an assistant and so was Misty and Nelio. They led me towards DH and when he saw me he was so overwhelmed. He said I took his breath away!:love:


Then we got right down to the picture taking! Misty was fabulous and we got along right away! She gave direction, asked who I wanted in the pictures and was quick and professional. We took tons of pics in the lobby, by the stairs, a few outside(but it was way too windy to stay out long).

There were about 2 assistants there when Michelle had to leave which was fine. They kept us on time and told us when it was time to head to the pavilion. The limo took my kids, my mom, grandmother, and sister to the ceremony then came back for us. The motor coach also came and picked up my dad, grandfather and my dads girlfriend.(I never got to see it!)

I do want to say that when it was picture time my dads girlfriend left the area and hung out on the other side of the lobby. That was her own doing and I thought that was really nice of her. She didn't want to annoy my mother or get me upset and wanted to give us our time as a family. My parents actually agreed to take a picture with me at the same time, one on each side of me!

As we headed towards the limo we got a few shots out front. These were some of my favorite pictures! It was a quick ride to the pavilion and as soon as we got there Michelle met us along with about 2 other people. She wisked my to the bridal room and had my kids there waiting for me.
DH went to the grooms room.

01-16-2010, 06:33 PM
Before I go on I want to post some of my favorite pictures.

GF Lobby:



GF Entrance:



Bridal Room:



01-16-2010, 08:09 PM
Absolutely love the one in front of the windows.....what a beautiful dress.


01-17-2010, 03:50 PM
Thank you!!! I loved my dress too!;)

01-18-2010, 09:43 AM
We took some pictures of me and the kids in the bridal room. Stan was in there as well taking some video. Then Rev. Kevin Knox came to meet me and ask a few questions. Now we are not religious at all and we were doing the hand ceremony. He knew we didn't want the prayer so he asked if it was OK to use the word "God" and bless us. I was OK with that. Seriously I was feeling so excited I would've agreed to anything! LOL

Then it was time. I felt like I was marrying my DH for the first time. It truly felt like a new beginning! I have to say that I felt more in love than ever.

I hear the music as DH and the Rev. walk in but can't see them. Then my kids walk in together. Then it was my turn. When those doors opened all I kept thinking was "please don't trip or fall!":rotfl: Then I saw DH standing there.:cloud9: All I saw was him. I kept looking straight at him and I swear it was like no one else was in that room, just him and I. It was so magical! as we renewed our vows it was such a beautiful moment for us. The words to the hand ceremony are just so beautiful, it really took my breath away. I couldn't believe we were actually there doing this after all the time planning! The ceremony was probably about 20 mins. from start to finish. It was just perfect. Oh, the only other thing I noticed besides DH was my alter arrangement!!:lmao: I loved it and was so happy with how gorgeous it looked!!

Here are some of my favorite pics from the ceremony:







01-18-2010, 12:27 PM
Your pictures are beautiful and it sounds like a lovely ceremony.

01-18-2010, 01:32 PM
Wow - your photos are quite beautiful! thank you so much for posting them and sharing with us. It's so helpful to see wedding plans come to life! I look forward to seeing/reading more!

Congratulations and best wishes to you!!

01-19-2010, 12:34 PM
Your pictures are beautiful and it sounds like a lovely ceremony.

Wow - your photos are quite beautiful! thank you so much for posting them and sharing with us. It's so helpful to see wedding plans come to life! I look forward to seeing/reading more!

Congratulations and best wishes to you!!

Thank you both so much!!!

01-19-2010, 12:39 PM
After the ceremony I was on a cloud!:cloud9: I just had this silly smile plastered on my face!LOL DH looked like he was in another world! He said he was just so overwhelmed by me and on a cloud too!

I think at that point Misty directed us to the back of the pavilion to get some pics by the arch. While we were there our guests were led out and given the rose petals for our staged exit. It was so windy that while we were walking through, the petals were blowing away from us! I was annoyed because I thought I wasn't going to get the pictures I wanted. I really wanted a picture of us walking through with the petals falling around us. I shouldn't have worried because yet again Misty came through and got the perfect shots!:wizard: I don't know how she did it but she did!!!

I am really trying hard to remember the events after that.:rotfl: I believe we went into the limo and got some pics as everyone was waving at us. Then my guests were escorted to the motor coach to go to the cocktail hour. Our immediate family, parents, siblings and nieces, nephews, were asked to stay and take pictures in the pavilion. So, my parents were on good behavior and stayed. But my husbands mom and brother, grandmother and niece(mind you they were the only family members he had there)left! Michelle said she told them to come back to the pavilion 3 times and they ignored her!! I felt so bad for DH. We got some great family photos. As crazy as they are, they(my parents and sisters) are very close to my DH and have always been there for him. They are his family. So, I was upset for him but had to let it go. After those pictures everyone went to the cocktail hour and DH, and I and our kids took a ton of pictures outside the pavilion and on the beach. These were some of my favorite pictures we took!

We headed to the reception and my kids just loved being in the limo! It was really nice too. It was a short ride and the limo was stocked with bottled water which I thought was great cause we were thirsty!

There was no other events going on at the convention center which was great! Our guests were all out on the patio off the White Hall room. We saw our Silhouette Artist was set up in the hall between the room entrance and patio entrance. Michelle led us to see the room for the first time. I walk in and my jaw dropped! I was floored.:faint: It was everything I imagined in my head. I couldn't believe how well it all came together. I didn't even notice the ugly carpet or hideous birds on the wall!:lmao: It was so beautiful, romantic, classy and I couldn't have asked for better. Then I saw the cake. It was exactly as the picture I gave them minus the 3rd tier which we didn't need. The details were incredible! It was perfect except I should've had a topper. We didn't because the branches and pumpkin was suppose to be more on top of the top tier. Oh, well it wasn't that big a deal and it tasted fantastic!

So we meet the DJ and him and my DH hit it off right away. While they chat my BFF and Michelle start busseling my dress, which took awhile! Then we were escorted to one of the ball rooms to wait till our guests were brought into the White Hall Room. Again, I was still on a cloud from our ceremony so this just slipped past me that we were being announced and walking into the room. I DID NOT WANT THIS! I told everyone that, but it happened anyway.:headache: So I let it go and didn't even really have it hit me till after it happened!LOL So this was the first way I got ignored/annoyed at the reception. More on that later.;) Oh, I can't even remember what song was playing when we walked in and can't wait to see that on our video. :confused:

We go straight into our first dance, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. He played the song long enough for us to have our moment and short enough so everyone wasn't bored.:thumbsup2

I'll continue this later......now I'll post some pics!!

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02-04-2010, 07:59 PM
Beautiful pictures! I love your cake, I think it's marvelous! Of course I am partial to green and orange as it they were my wedding colors and I love the combination. I also love fall and Tim Burton so it was a no-brainer. Great cake!

You are so young and beautiful! How do you have time to read so much??????

02-15-2010, 07:25 PM
Beautiful pictures! I love your cake, I think it's marvelous! Of course I am partial to green and orange as it they were my wedding colors and I love the combination. I also love fall and Tim Burton so it was a no-brainer. Great cake!

You are so young and beautiful! How do you have time to read so much??????

Thank you for all the compliments!:goodvibes

I am a SAHM and both my kids are in school all day. I make sure to take some time out of the day or at night when they are in bed to read. I love reading and sometimes stay up too late reading and suffer for it the next morning!:rotfl: I am lucky that my kids love to read as well and we will spend time on the weekends reading together or at the bookstore!:thumbsup2

Stan from STVS video contacted me and sent us via email some footage from the edited version of our video he is working on. It is beautiful! I was so happy because I was finally able to see what the cocktail hour looked like!!!!:woohoo: I can't wait to see the whole thing when it is finished.

When I have more time I promise I will be back to finish this report and post more pictures.

02-24-2010, 02:14 PM
So let's continue with the reception.....

After our first dance we mingled, took pictures with our guests, and started with the first courses. For me the reception really flew by. My guests thought it was the perfect amount of time but I wished it was longer!

The highlights of the night were having Mickey Mouse there, watching the fireworks from the patio and having the silhouette artist.

My guests were so impressed with the silhouette artist. They all kept coming up to me and complimenting on how different it was to have her there. Every single guest was able to have a silhouette done and take it home as their favor. Then I have a book with copies of everyones silhouette and each guest got to write a message to us under their silhouette. It was such a meaningful keepsake for us and she was well worth the money!

When Mickey came out we all turned into 5 year olds!:lmao: I am so glad we had him there and he was also well worth the money! We had him dressed in a tux and top hat and it was just perfect!!! He danced with us, visited with each kid, posed for pictures too. then he helped with the cake cutting. What I didn't expect was he also went out to the patio and we got group shots and shots of just our family with him and shots with him and our kids. I really feel he stayed longer than just a half hour. It was just perfect!!

Now from the very beginning I made it clear to everyone and it is in my contract that after the appetizer and salad dinner is to be held so we can go out to the patio and watch the fireworks. Then we would come back in the room for dinner. Well they started sending out the entrees right when the DJ told everyone to go outside! I was pissed, Michelle was no where to be found and I had a whole table eating while everyone else was outside!!:mad: It was taken care of and the food was put on hold but it shouldn't have happened. Anyway, my guests couldn't believe they could see the castle and the fireworks from the patio. Everyone was so excited to see them and we thought the view was great! The DJ played the soundtrack to Wishes and it was so perfect!! A couple of times the monorail went by and I just had tears in my eyes cause it was a perfect moment for me!!:cloud9:

Dinner was fabulous. We had chicken marsala and filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and veggies. It was so delicious and everyone loved it. The kids entree was chicken nuggets, tater tots, and corn.

OK, let me post some pictures!

02-24-2010, 02:28 PM


Appetizer: Tomato & mozzarella

Caesar salad:

Entree Filet Mignon with worsteshire(sp?) sauce, chicken marsala, garlic mashed potatoes & veggies:

Kids appetizer, Mickey mac & cheese, sorry no pic of the entree!

Kids make your own Mickey cake:

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02-24-2010, 02:45 PM
Here is a good picture of the centerpiece and shows how they were able to put so many candles because they connected the centerpiece to make it one "unit". Also you can see how the table name cards I made looked on the table.


02-24-2010, 02:52 PM
Here is a great shot of us dancing and having fun. In the picture is me, my mom and my 2 sisters.


Here is a pic of Katherine Flocken our silhouette artist;

02-24-2010, 03:03 PM
It was overall a fantastic day. We are both so happy we did it. Even though we had a lot of stress and family issues I still would've wanted them all there so I am glad they were apart of our day. I don't think I would've done anything any different. I was happy with all our venders, Disney, our locations, floral, food, timeline, transportation. OK, maybe a few things I didn't love, but now looking back I wouldn't change anything.

In conclusion, DH and I have decided we want to do another vow renewal in a couple of years. Just us and our kids. Either at the new Disney Hawaii resort or an Escape at Disneyworld. This time if we go that route we will have an Illuminations dessert party!!! We both really feel that it is such a great way to express our love and renew our commitment to each other. To have our children sharing it was so very special. It made us fall even more in love(if that was even possible!) and we just loved every minute of it!

02-24-2010, 03:23 PM
Your reception looked fantastic!!!!! That's a shame about the mix-up with the timing of the food service but I'm glad they fixed it and you had a wonderful time!

02-28-2010, 07:19 PM
your pictures are beautiful!

03-09-2010, 03:01 PM
Wow - everything looks wonderful. Love your dress, flowers, centerpieces, everything. You kids look perfect in their wedding outfits and so does you DH. We had Misty and Stan also and we just loved everything they did. I remember reading your PJ and everything came together. Our wedding day was November 10, 2008 and I remember when you were planning your VR posting on your journal yoru VR was the day before our anniversary and we were planning on being down there for that. Unfortunately we were not able to make it back until Feb. 2010.

If you ever go back for the anniversary of your VR and we make it back for our anniversary - we will have to meet.

We would love to do either a VR or just a Grand Gathering of some kind for our 5 year anniversary - as we had the big Disney wedding - I think a GG event for our 5 year anniversary would be perfect.


Deb loves Disney
02-26-2011, 04:22 PM
I found your TR from a post you had on another thread. I just read the whole thing and I love everything you had. After seeing the pics you had with your children after the wedding I wish I had the forethought to ask that they stay with us for our pictures.

I love you idea of having another VR in maybe Hawaii at Aulani. I just may steal that idea. Even though DH and I just got married in December I am already wanting to do it again, lol.

Thank you for sharing! :wizard:

02-26-2011, 06:22 PM
I found your TR from a post you had on another thread. I just read the whole thing and I love everything you had. After seeing the pics you had with your children after the wedding I wish I had the forethought to ask that they stay with us for our pictures.

I love you idea of having another VR in maybe Hawaii at Aulani. I just may steal that idea. Even though DH and I just got married in December I am already wanting to do it again, lol.

Thank you for sharing! :wizard:

Thank you so very much!!
I keep changing my mind going back and forth with a VR in Hawaii or an Escape VR at WDW. It would just be DH and I and our 2 kids. I would really like to do it on the Poly beach and then have a nice dinner followed by a Illuminations dessert party! That was the one thing I wanted that we couldn't do due to the time of our event. I know Hawaii would be beautiful but that long plane ride scares me! LOL

02-26-2011, 08:37 PM
Your pics were beautiful.:lovestruc

04-12-2011, 12:03 PM
Can you give us a run down of the cost...or just total would be fine.


04-13-2011, 09:13 PM
Can you give us a run down of the cost...or just total would be fine.


Here ya go!

Wedding Pavilion $3195
Limo $282.48
Motor coach $781.20
Bar 38 adults $1468.70
Bar 7 kids $184.93
3 Vender meals $53.93
Dinner 7 kids $207.47
Dinner 38 adults $4362.40
Cocktail hour $579.89
DJ $1035
Mickey $800
Cake $450
Floral BEO $2813.75

Outside venders:
photographer: $1785
videographer: $2253.96
silhouette artist: $500
hair/makeup: $170
Officiant: $225

Resort: $2440
Airfare: $818.80

Grand Total: $23,916.71

Here is a more detailed breakdown of the Floral prices:
My bouquet $253

DH, DS, and DD's floral (2 boutineres and one flower wand) $89

Rose petals in a basket for staged exit $120

Kids centerpiece for activity table $60

*Cocktail hour:
5 cocktail tables with 4 chairs each, 2 highboys, 1 kids activity table
Each chair covered with ivory cotton cover with chocolate cotton bow. 30 chair covers $255

3 votives per table $52

5 triple cylinder sets ($15 each) $75
Rose petals and ribbon on cylinders $100
ivory floating candles ($3.25 each) $48.75
3 groupings of 3 shot glass votives on each table ($2.50 each) $45
Cake floral and table decor $72.50
7 chocolate pin tuck floor length table linen ($39 each) $273
50 chocolate pin tuck napkins menu fold no base plate ($2.50 each) $125
45 mahogany chiavari chairs ($12.50 each) $562.50

Other costs were my DH's & DS's tux's. DD's dress, shoes and jewlery, my shoes and jewlery. My mom paid for my dress which was around $750, and I paid for the alterations which was over $100 but can't remember the exact amount. Then we had to buy AP's for our kids, we recieved 2 free adult AP's and of course money for the week we were done there and MVMCP tickets. Oh and around $30 for the activities for the kids table that I bought myself, and I don't have the figures in front of me but I had to add the price for the invites that I made, the place cards and holders and table name cards. The other biggest price was tax and gratuity which was I believe around $2,000!! When all was said and done it was right around $30,000.

Hope this helps!:thumbsup2