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Tinker Bell Fan
05-06-2011, 02:17 PM
Ok, so it's about time I got around to this trip report of mine.

Dates: April 10 - 17 2011 at WDW

Cast of Characters: Me (Michelle) & Hubby (Steve)

Why: Vow Renewal for our 20th wedding anniversary on 4/13/11

The Vow Renewal Details:

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Type of DFTW: Escape

Time: Ceremony at Noon followed by Cake Celebration; Dinner at 5:30 PM

Location:
Ceremony: Wedding Pavilion, Cake: Commander’s Terrace at Grand Floridian, "Reception": Whispering Canyon Café at Wilderness Lodge

Number of guests: 6 (including us)

Wedding Planner: Tanis Armstrong

Floral: Rosie/Disney Floral

Photography: Stephanie/Disney Photographer

Hair/makeup: Jackie/Beaute Speciale

Officiator: Rev. Jack Day

Resort: Boardwalk Villas

I have been working on a trip report since we got back from Disney almost 3 weeks ago and it's gotten a bit long so I won't bore you to tears in one swift swoop, I'll just bore you a little bit at a time. :rotfl:

A little background info:
This vacation is our first in nearly two years. Since 2008 hubby has had surgery after surgery due to vascular issues; well last summer (July 2010) he had a couple of blood clots in his left leg and after four days of being in the hospital and the doctors working on getting rid of the clots and saving the leg, they ended up having to amputate (above the knee). So all our vacation plans for last year were cancelled (I had been scheduled to go WDW in August 2010 for the Bridal Showcase thing and then he & I were scheduled to go in October 2010).

He was determined that he would be able to do this trip, so we went ahead and signed all the paperwork for our Escape Vow Renewal to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

He had a couple of falls while he was home recuperating which somewhat delayed him getting a prosthetic leg, but in November 2010 he got a leg and he's been learning (re-learning that is) how to walk. He's come a long way and I am very proud of him (and so are the doctors). He's got a great attitude about this whole thing!

So while he was busy relearning how to walk, I was busy planning our "re-wedding"! Now, in all honestly DH had more imput into this wedding than he did our original wedding back on April 13, 1991, which I was totally fine with since we agree on virtually everything. We do - really - I'm not kidding! I think the only thing we really disagree on is he likes Pepsi and I like Coke. Even my dad used to say "you two don't fight - what's wrong with you?" :rotfl2:

So back to planning...we decided that we wanted to get re-married at the Wedding Pavilion, but we wanted a Hawaiian theme.
So we sent out "Save the Dates" to all our friends and family. With the Escape Collection we could only have 18 guests so we had to illiminate some folks, which upset me, but we wanted DH's family to be there (since his Dad and uncle missed our original wedding). Everyone who received the "Save the Date" cards accepted! We were very excited!

Work calls - more to come!

Sccrmnky2005
05-06-2011, 03:14 PM
Can't wait to hear more about your wonderful VR!!

pixie921
05-06-2011, 08:19 PM
Michelle, I've been waiting for this! :thumbsup2 I'm anxious to hear all about it! :goodvibes

Tinker Bell Fan
05-09-2011, 09:55 AM
Can't wait to hear more about your wonderful VR!!

Thanks - I'll be adding more shortly!

Michelle, I've been waiting for this! :thumbsup2 I'm anxious to hear all about it! :goodvibes

Hi Amy! it's taking me a bit but I'm working on it. :)

tinkerbell 766
05-12-2011, 12:16 PM
Hey Michelle!!
Just got back from my own magical trip and I am very depressed :sad1:
Glad to see you've started your TR. I guess I must make a start too, but it's so difficult when you haven't yet got any pictures to share!!!

Tinker Bell Fan
05-12-2011, 09:43 PM
Hi Joanne!

I've been thinking about you! Can't wait to hear how your day went! I know what you mean about the pictures!!! We still haven't gotten the website yet. I am NOT happy about that! I was told by my planner and the photographer that the website would be available by the time we got home; three weeks later - still nothing! After sending a few emails and not getting any reply - I finally got a response saying that they have a backlog and it'll take a while. Definitely NOT happy about that but I am trying to be patient. :sad2:

Congrats again on your VR!!

Tinker Bell Fan
05-12-2011, 09:53 PM
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/VR%20Ideas%20April%202011/Picture180.jpg
our "Save the Date"

So we chose a Hawaiian theme and Steve wanted us to wear Hawaiian shirts – he wanted the whole thing to be casual. But I was going to wear a dress! I was getting re-married I wanted a dress! I toyed with the idea of buying one of those “destination/beach wedding dresses” and found several I really liked, but they were way more than I wanted to spend. So I went back to Steve’s idea about “Hawaiian shirts” – so on to the internet I went and found matching outfits! A shirt for Steve and a matching dress for me! I found a couple that I liked and then let Steve “pick”. I would have been happy with any that he picked (because I picked them out first). Steve decided he liked the off white with red floral that went down the front and back. I ordered them and they arrived in just over one week! They came from Hawaii and with shipping the shirt and dress cost about $125.
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/VR%20Ideas%20April%202011/hawaiianshirt_trevor_minoaka_beige.jpg and http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/VR%20Ideas%20April%202011/hawaiiandress_janet_minoaka_cream.jpg and the shoes: http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/VR%20Ideas%20April%202011/AnnieMarlene.jpg

And our invitations:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/VR%20Ideas%20April%202011/Picture179.jpg

We had our planning session (via the phone) with our wedding planner Tanis Armstrong and our floral planning session with Rosie and we were very happy with all that we decided on. I thought about the Island bouquet but Steve wanted the cascading bouquet (which is what I had at our original wedding) and he wanted it with red & white roses (my original had all red roses). As soon as I envisioned that – that is what I wanted!

Our toughest decision was music. We knew we wanted “There is Love/The Wedding Song” by Paul Stookey to be played during our event, but the song for Steve to walk in to – we didn’t have a clue. We thought it might be funny to have “Walk like a Man” or “Walk this Way” but we opted for “A World of Our Own” by the Seekers. I knew I wanted “When I wish upon a Star” for when I walked down the aisle.

Within a month of our VR day – everything was paid for and planned. All that was standing in the way – was waiting for the day!

Tinker Bell Fan
05-12-2011, 09:59 PM
Day 1:

After taking our dog (Muffy) and cat (Kaht) to the vets to be boarded, I finished packing the car, and we finally left home (we live about 35 miles South of Washington, DC) on Saturday the 9th of April around 10:00 AM. We stopped several times along I-95 and finally around 8:00 PM or so we decided to spend the night in Brunswick, GA. Found a great hotel (Courtyard by Marriott) and we’ll definitely stop there on our next trip. We definitely made good timing!

Day 2:

We loved the Marriott in Brunswick because they served breakfast – so after breakfast – we head on down the road and finally get to Disney; this time we are staying at the Boardwalk Villas. Usually our “home away from home” is Saratoga Springs, but this time they didn’t have a one-bedroom for the dates we were planning to be at Disney.

Now, like I mentioned earlier Steve has been an above-the-knee amputee since July 2010. When I called to make the reservation I requested a one-bedroom and wanted a handicapped accessible room but not on the first floor; I was told that they could get me a one-bedroom on the top floor NEAR the elevators and I could request a transfer bench for the shower instead of getting the handicap accessible room. The DVC person I spoke with said she herself is wheelchair bound and never gets a handicap room because a one-bedroom is just as roomy. Ok – I thought that sounded like a great plan. Until we got there!

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture449.jpg

We were in room 5095. Yes, we were on the top floor and had a great view of the quiet pool and Tower of Terror. However, our room was THE FURTHEST room from the elevator! I mean we were the very LAST door on the hallway (and there are two very long hallways from the elevator); the first door is 5068! Thank God Steve had a wheelchair when we arrived because he would not have made it that far – heck even with the wheelchair I ended up pushing it because his arms got tired! Now mind you when we got our room keys the Cast Member at check-in told us our room is “right by the elevator”!!! We joked that we must be near the elevators at the Swan (they were right next door across the waterway!)

We thought of complaining but we were both just so tired from the trip already (not to mention the walk from the elevator) and it was hot and humid outside we just wanted to stay put. So we made the best of it.

Oh and the ice maker is on the WAY OPPOSITE side of the elevators. We were the farthest on the right of the elevators and the ice machine was the farthest to the left of them. I definitely got my walking exercises in on this trip!

I’ve told Steve that no way will that happen again. Next time if we’ve been told one thing and get the opposite I’m going to complain, and, we’ll just get a handicap-accessible room from now on.

So we arrived Sunday and after getting the luggage and re-wedding stuff into the room – I promptly got sick! And was sick for about one day – so it must have been a combination of something I ate and the heat getting to me. Thank God it didn’t last long!

The view from our balcony: http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture010.jpg

More to come! Thanks for reading so far!

pixie921
05-12-2011, 10:23 PM
Michelle, so glad you've started! I'm so sorry to hear of your room assignment ... I've heard those BWV hallways really do feel endless!! And then for you to get sick! Not a good way to start the trip! Here's hoping it gets better for you .... FAST!! :goodvibes

Tinker Bell Fan
05-14-2011, 07:05 AM
Michelle, so glad you've started! I'm so sorry to hear of your room assignment ... I've heard those BWV hallways really do feel endless!! And then for you to get sick! Not a good way to start the trip! Here's hoping it gets better for you .... FAST!! :goodvibes

I wish I had known about the hallways - wow are they long! At least I wasn't sick for too long. :)

Tinker Bell Fan
05-14-2011, 07:33 AM
Day 3:

Monday we decided to go to Epcot and activate the annual passes we received from Disney Fairy Tale Weddings. We took the boat to Epcot which was a very nice ride. Steve had a scooter and I walked.

SIDE NOTE: I know everyone is on vacation and we’re not the king and queen or anything, but doesn’t anyone have manners anymore? I mean when you see a person in a scooter (or wheelchair) why would you 1) jump in front of them and stop to discuss what to do next (shouldn't you stop to the side?); and 2) if the handicapped person lets you go first why can’t you say “thank you”? I have seen more rude people at Disney it isn’t even funny (not just on this trip)! For example: Steve said he was in the men’s room and was heading for the handicapped stall. There were 2 people in the men’s room – Steve & this other guy – the guy looked at Steve then looked at the handicapped stall back to Steve and ran straight for the handicapped stall (he wasn’t handicapped by the way). Steve was in his scooter and did not have his prosthetic leg. So he had to wait. This happened several times during our trip.

Back to the report:

When we got to Epcot and activated our annual passes we told the Cast Member we were renewing our vows on this trip and she gave us “Just Married” buttons!!! (We were wearing our “Anniversary” buttons). She told us the “Just Married” buttons are getting to be rare because they aren’t making them any more. I was very happy to get these buttons! :banana:

We spent most of the day at Epcot and then back to the hotel to cool off.
One of the things I loved at Epcot was the Tangled display. The little window near the top would open periodically and you could hear her singing.

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture046.jpg

We had dinner reservations at Chef Mickey for 5:00 PM. I was a bit apprehensive making them because I’ve heard good and bad things about them. And the one and only time I ate there I wasn’t all that impressed, but I figured it was because it was a late reservation (8:45 pm). So I decided to go for it and I wish I hadn’t. But it was hubby’s first time eating there (and probably his last). :rolleyes1

Usually we are on the dining plan when we visit WDW, but this time we decided not to mostly because we thought we would visit Sea World and Universal this trip (but we ended up not visiting those places this trip). So anyway, our dinner at Chef Mickey came to a whopping $77 (including tip) and I told Steve that no way would I make reservations here again (unless it was for breakfast). The food was horrible – unless you like ravioli – that was the only thing edible (in our opinion); the roast beef was too red for us, the ham looked raw, and I don’t know what the other thing was they had on the carving station and I wasn’t going to try it. And they were not equipped to deal with an amputee! They acted like they were panicking about where to put us – it bordered on the ridiculousness. But we made the best of it. The characters were great and they got everyone to sing “Happy Anniversary” (to the tune of Happy Birthday) to us. They also gave us two cupcakes with a candle in each.
Some pics from Chef Mickey:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture078.jpg

Food (my plate and DH's in the background):
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Our Anniversary cupcake:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture080.jpg

Loved these desserts!
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Tinker Bell Fan
05-14-2011, 07:58 AM
Also, I don’t know when this started but they now take a picture of your party with a Chef Mickey statute. Then the package is delivered to your table and if you want the package the cost is $30. We got the package (of course) but it wasn’t expected that’s for sure.

Day 4:

We had breakfast reservations at O’Hana’s at the Poly. This was our first time eating here. I was excited because I’ve heard lots of good things about this place. Plus they serve real (not Nescafe) coffee! Steve was excited about the Kona coffee too. After our photo, we were escorted to our table and then our “cousin” brought the fruit and pineapple bread and I was in heaven! OMG how good is that bread? Real coffee, pineapple bread, and delicious fruit…I was happy! The characters were fabulous – we are huge Stitch & Lilo fans – so we had a marvelous time. Breakfast was awesome (sausage, bacon, eggs, and potatoes). Definitely will be back for this place!!! Oh! And they brought us a chocolate cupcake in honor of us celebrating our anniversary.

The lobby at the Poly:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture144.jpg

Yummy Pineapple Bread!
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture132.jpg

Our Anniversary Cupcake:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture129.jpg

Lilo was all over DH:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture118.jpg

After breakfast we walked around the Poly for a bit so I could take pictures. It is really a pretty place! I had to remind myself we were at a resort and NOT Hawaii! :love:

We then decided to take the Monorail to MK and hang out there for a bit.

When we exited the Monorail this is what we saw:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture156.jpg
(short shorts and heels - to a theme park?) :lmao:

We walked around for awhile but it was getting way too hot so we opted to go to back to the Boardwalk and chill out. I had some errands to run outside of Disney (I love having a car for this reason) so I did that while hubby took a nap. When I returned we went to Epcot for a bit. We tried to see Tinker Bell but just missed her :sad1: but we got to see the new Disney character – Duffy the Bear and my favorite - Donald Duck so all was not lost.

We had dinner reservations for Trail’s End at Ft. Wilderness to meet our friends who were coming for our re-wedding, so we got on the Monorail to MK, and then caught the boat over to Ft. Wilderness. We just love the boats!

We were early for our dinner reservations and our friends had not arrived yet either. They were staying at the Wilderness Lodge so I knew they would be taking the boat. We sat in the rockers on the porch of Trail’s End and chatted with the hostesses until our friends arrived. We were then escorted to our table and told to help ourselves to the buffet. Food was really good! There was the salad bar, mashed taters, green beans, corn, fried chicken, ribs, cornbread, and the list goes on. We sampled a bit of everything! Then, our waitress brought us their special strawberry shortcake. Oh how yummy! They did this because they knew we were celebrating our anniversary.

The weather was extremely hot and humid Monday & Tuesday, then a cool front came through (yeah!) and the weather on Wednesday (the day of our vow renewal) was absolutely perfect! We could not have asked for a better day!!! The sun was shining, the sky was blue (only a few clouds), and the temperature mid-70s/low 80s and no humidity. Who could ask for more?

Day 5:

I’ve done a Vendor Review (for more details on the vendors we used) that will follow this report.

Our Re-Wedding Day was finally here! We got up early and went to Cat Cora’s Kouzzina for breakfast (since I had made a reservation). Unfortunately, I was too excited to eat and of course I forgot my camera. I ordered the French Toast with Bacon (awesome!) and Steve had the American (and said it was good). The wait staff was wonderful and brought us mimosas – that was really good!!! I highly recommend the place!

I had to rush back to the room because Jackie from Beaute Speciale was scheduled to be there at 8:30. We got back to our room just before Jackie knocked on the door.

Steve got ready while Jackie was busy with me. Jackie did a great job on my hair and make-up! I couldn’t believe I had curly hair! I had bought a couple of different things to be used in my hair and we ended up using the little flower doodads that really were just what was needed.

After Jackie left I got dressed and then Steve & I had coffee on our balcony and waited for our friends to arrive.

When our friends arrived we went down and met them with all the stuff. My friends were going to decorate a bit at the Wedding Pavilion (so I had a tote full of stuff – bows, candles & my pumpkin carriage). I met up with Victor (our Limo driver) and told him there would be a slight delay as the maintenance guys were trying to fix Steve’s wheelchair. I thought I had the wrench that came with the wheelchair (so you can adjust the leg parts but as luck would have it I didn’t bring it!) Lucky for us though, we got help from the maintenance folks (in the middle of the Boardwalk lobby) – they adjusted the leg part of the chair so Steve wouldn’t have to have the prosthetic leg stick up and he could actually be comfortable in the chair. We brought the chair with us because we figured it would have been way too much on Steve to walk from our room to the lobby to the limo and then more walking at the Wedding Pavilion. He’s only had the prosthetic since November 2010.

Victor placed our stuff (decorating stuff and Steve’s wheelchair) in the Limo and then helped us all into the limo. I was going to have them all go first and then have the limo all to myself – but I thought – why? It wasn’t like I needed all the room because of a fancy wedding gown or anything like that. So, all six of us piled into the limo and off we went to the Wedding Pavilion. It was awesome! Everyone at the Boardwalk was watching us – it made the day that more magical!

Our colors were red & white and inside the limo were bottles of water, glasses, and red & white napkins! That was cool! Before we knew it...we had arrived at the Wedding Pavilion!!!

Tinker Bell Fan
05-14-2011, 08:16 AM
Frank's:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture265.jpg

The Wedding Pavilion
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture266.jpg

When we arrived at the Wedding Pavilion our wedding Planner – Tanis – was there waiting for us. Inside the Pavilion were Rev. Jack Day and the musicians of course. Shortly after we walked into the Pavilion, our Disney Photographer – Stephanie – arrived. This was the first time I had been inside the Wedding Pavilion and I was in awe! I walked in and just stood there – it was a good thing this was our “re-wedding” – if it had been our actual wedding day and I was in the long white gown and all – I would have been balling instead of just a bit misty-eyed!

Inside:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture268-1.jpg

My friends (Nancy & Carol) started decorating the Wedding Pavilion. That place is beautiful by itself! Each pew had a bow and we had a few candles on the altar. Plus the mini-carriage (like Cinderella’s) that I put white & red roses and a few battery-operated mini-lights – stood on the altar between the two (flameless) candles. The carriage was a hit with everyone there! :cool1: My friend Nancy’s daughter is getting married in December and she’s asked to use it.

My carriage:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture281.jpg

While Nancy & Carol were decorating, I gave our video camera to Carol’s hubby Larry and Nancy’s hubby Dan had my camera. He sort of followed Stephanie and took some pictures of us too. Stephanie took us and did some pre-(re)-wedding photos.

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture278-1.jpg

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture272-1.jpg
and us w/Stephanie (our photographer) and Tanis (our planner)
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture275-1.jpg

And then it was time for the ceremony to begin!

We had a combination of taped (on CD) music and the Disney musicians – an organist and a violinist. They had Steve start coming down the aisle about ½ way. He walked down to “A World of Our Own” by The Seekers. Then, since we didn’t have a bridal party but we had found “Hawaiian Wedding Song” by Andy Williams we had them play that (which was perfect since Steve & I were wearing Hawaiian wedding wear and our guests were wearing Hawaiian shirts). Then it was my time to walk down the aisle! I wanted “When You Wish upon a Star” to be played and as soon as I heard it being played by the Disney musicians – I started to water up! The doors opened and I walked down the aisle by myself and I managed to come down the aisle (and go up the steps to the altar) without tripping. I wore my glasses (because I can’t really see without them) and after seeing some of the photos I wish I hadn’t, but hey – it’s what I look like. :)

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g190/luv2paint-n-craft/Disney%20-%20April%202011/Picture289.jpg
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Stay tuned for more!

pixie921
05-14-2011, 11:24 AM
Michelle! What a great update! You looked SO pretty on your re-wedding day!! Your dress, your hair ... you were absolutely lovely! Your flowers were wonderful; I love how they almost sort of "extend" into the red flowers on your dress in a couple of photos. :) You and Steve look so happy -- I'm anxious to see more! I'm especially interested in your vendor reviews, as I see you had Tanis as your planner, and we've just been assigned to her.

As an aside, I cannot believe the appalling behavior that you encountered from other guests! We've had a few "incidents" ourselves over the years and it always just baffles me that people think it's okay to behave that way! I really hope it didn't have an overall negative effect on your trip. :goodvibes

Torrance
05-14-2011, 08:25 PM
Hi Michelle, it looks like you guys had a wonderful vow renewal! Congratulations on 20 years together! :goodvibes

Tinker Bell Fan
05-15-2011, 06:19 PM
Michelle! What a great update! You looked SO pretty on your re-wedding day!! Your dress, your hair ... you were absolutely lovely! Your flowers were wonderful; I love how they almost sort of "extend" into the red flowers on your dress in a couple of photos. :) You and Steve look so happy -- I'm anxious to see more! I'm especially interested in your vendor reviews, as I see you had Tanis as your planner, and we've just been assigned to her.

As an aside, I cannot believe the appalling behavior that you encountered from other guests! We've had a few "incidents" ourselves over the years and it always just baffles me that people think it's okay to behave that way! I really hope it didn't have an overall negative effect on your trip. :goodvibes

Amy - I didn't know you have Tanis as your planner? As for the "appalling behavior" - it would never turn us off from Disney. We love Disney - but as for the guests...I'm sad to say we expect it only because it has happened so often.

Hi Michelle, it looks like you guys had a wonderful vow renewal! Congratulations on 20 years together! :goodvibes

Thanks Torrance!

Tinker Bell Fan
05-15-2011, 06:40 PM
When I got up the few steps and was standing next to Steve, Rev. Day had us hold hands, he said a few words about love and then we had them play (from our CD) “There is Love/The Wedding Song” by Paul Stookey. It brought tears (of happiness) to our eyes and our guests’ eyes – it was the perfect song for our vow renewal.

As we stood there holding hands and me holding the bouquet – it felt surreal. I wished more of our family and friends could have been there – especially after all the health scares we’ve had over the past two years – but I know my mom, dad, mother-in-law, and my godparents (and more) were watching from above.

When it came time to exchange rings, Rev. Day had me place my bouquet on the altar. I loved my bouquet – I had the cascading bouquet with red and white roses – it was perfect with my dress. It even had a hidden Mickey too! Even Steve’s boutonniere (a red rose) had a hidden Mickey! But I have to say that was one heavy bouquet! My arm was killing me! But it was definitely worth it!

Steve and I exchanged rings and said our vows (after each of us messing up a bit – which had everyone giggling including Rev. Day). He then gave us a blessing and pronounced us (again) as husband and wife. When we turned to walk back up the aisle, the Disney musicians began to play “Fantasmic”. Since we didn’t have a wedding party and not too many guests we weren’t going to do the “staged” throwing of the rose petals, so Stephanie took us to take some more pictures while my friends undecorated the Wedding Pavilion.

“Re-Wedding Crashers”

As we were all standing after the ceremony, a group of people had gathered at the Wedding Pavilion doors to “look around”. Tanis was right there to tell them they had to leave but they would be able to look around after our event. We thought it was hilarious!

We took a bunch more photos and then everyone walked to the end of the walkway and Steve & I walked through last as everyone threw rose petals at us. I can’t wait to see the photos of that!

Then we all got into the limo and were driven to the Grand Floridian for our Cake Celebration. The Commander’s Terrace was beautifully decorated – the cake with the table cloth “clouding” and some flowers for decoration was just beautiful! The view was breathtaking! The white sand, deep blue water, palm trees, and light blue sky was amazing – it was as if we were in Hawaii!

The view from the Commander's Terrace:
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My bouquet was placed near the cake and I noticed that the Mickey & Minnie cake topper wasn’t there. I asked Tanis about it and she said it was in the box (we had brought our own cake topper). I asked if the Mickey & Minnie one could stand near the cake and, as if by magic, they appeared and were placed next to the cake. We were going to use our original cake topper but...it seems after 20 years hidden in our china cabinet it has become fragile and dusty. So we opted to buy a new topper - two silver hearts entwined - we thought it was perfect.

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We had the Elegant Scrolls cake with marbled cake and butter crème frosting. YUMMY!!! So moist and delicious! But there was a ton of cake for only six people!

We took some more photos on the terrace, fed each other cake, and had the toast. Our friend Dan did a great job with the toast! We even went down to the staircase and took a few photos.

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They let us linger while they boxed up the cake and cleaned up. Then we were back in the limo and going back to the Boardwalk. We all went back to our room and chilled for a bit. It was still early, so our friends went back to their hotel, Steve & I got into comfier clothes and went for a walk on the Boardwalk. Well, I walked and he rode his scooter. We realized we were starving and decided to get something on the Boardwalk. So we stopped here:

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And had burgers & fries. We also met a very friendly (and sneaky) squirrel. He actually climbed up onto our bench and stole a french fry and ate it in front of us!
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We had planned on going back up to the room and dress again in our “re-wedding” outfits, but when I looked at the time – we didn’t have time to do that so we caught a bus to MK then a bus to Wilderness Lodge. We were a few minutes late but all was ok.

Tinker Bell Fan
05-15-2011, 06:56 PM
Our “Reception”

I made reservations at Whispering Canyon Café at Wilderness Lodge for all of us for 5:30 pm. The place was packed and very lively! We had a great waiter – Jose – he was hilarious!

We had never had dinner at WCC – so this was an interesting experience for us. It really is entertaining that is for sure! Three of us had the meatloaf, one had beef brisket, and one had the pot roast. Everyone LOVED their choices and everything was delicious! Then our waiter, Jose, gave us each a glass of champagne, gave a toast, had everyone sing to us, and then made us kiss (while everyone watched). Steve said “at least it wasn’t another cupcake!”

We didn't get many pictures - too busy chatting with our guests, doing the Hokey Pokey and having the waiter make us kiss. (I didn't really mind the last one). :lovestruc

Day 6:

The day after our VR I made reservations (for anyone who wanted to attend) for breakfast at O’Hana. All six of us arrived basically on time and were seated by our “cousin”. Again the delicious pineapple bread and plates of fruit arrived along with Stitch’s favorite juice (mango something or another). We had the greatest “cousin” as our server – she was such a delight! She even gave us a card signed by Stitch, Lilo, Mickey, and Pluto in honor of our anniversary!

After breakfast we all went our separate ways. Steve & I decided to cruise back to the Boardwalk for a bit, and then take the boat over to Hollywood Studios because I wanted to see the parade. As we disenbark from the boat, who do we run into? Our friends Nancy & Dan! Seems they wanted to visit one more park before heading home. :rotfl:

We got a great place for viewing the parade. It’s definitely a cute parade!
While we were waiting for the parade to begin, the street performers came out and we got "interviewed" (because we told them we were celebrating our anniversary) by these two lovely ladies:
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It was funny because the announcer's name was "Jack Diamond" and here in the DC area we have a great radio station named Mix107.3-FM; and there happens to be a radio personality named "Jack Diamond". Our Jack has been around for awhile and I listen to him every morning so I knew the DHS "Jack Diamond" was not Mix107's Jack. So I mentioned to the two ladies that we have a DJ with the same name. Well it gets broadcasted and the announcer makes a crack that he actually stole the name from "this guy in DC". We were cracking up and after the parade this couple came up to us and said they were also from the DC area and listen to Mix107 and loved our "bit". :lmao: we were cracking up!

Here are some shots I took of the parade:
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More to come...thanks for following along!

tinkerbell 766
05-16-2011, 01:36 PM
Michelle sweetie - I am so sorry I am late commenting on your beautiful day!!! Since returning from our trip, I have been busy - straight back to work and unpacking etc, whilst trying to come to terms with it all being over:sad1:
What a beautiful (VR) bride you were!!! You looked stunning!!! Your hair was so pretty!! I adore your flowers!! I am so sorry you had a few issues with accomodation etc and other selfish guests. It doesn't seem to have tainted your day, however, as you bothe look radiently happy!!! Congratulations to you both, and I am so glad you had a magical, well deserved special day!! Much love to you both!!

manning
05-16-2011, 02:11 PM
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Wonder if that is the same little guy we ran into several years ago in EPCOT? My wife was sitting on a bench eating and one came up and sat down on the bench right next to her, inches away. It looked up at her and started to chatter.

Tinker Bell Fan
05-17-2011, 08:15 PM
Awe Joanne you are too sweet! Thank you!!

Manning - you never know, those squirrels could be related! I couldn't believe the little guy just sneak up grab a fry and then just eat it in front of us. Most squirrels I've come in contact with have stolen food and ran away with their treasure! :rotfl:

Tinker Bell Fan
05-17-2011, 08:27 PM
Day 6 continued

After the parade at Hollywood Studios, we decided to head back to the Boardwalk. We grabbed burgers & fries from the little kiosk on the Boardwalk and met up with our French fry squirrel. Yes, he came out again! Then we decided to go to Epcot to see Illuminations.

We walked around a little, took some pictures and grabbed something to drink then started looking for a good spot to see Illuminations. We didn’t want to go up front like we usually do, so we decided to try something different and stayed in Morocco to view the show. It was awesome! I took a few photos but I was more interested in watching the show. After the show we took our time and headed for the boat back to the Boardwalk and ended up watching a couple of the street performers.

Day 7:
Animal Kingdom day! We got up early to make it to AK so that we didn’t have much of a wait for the Safari ride. This is my #1 ride in AK! The animals were in abundance this morning! We saw Rhinos (a few kept following us), elephants, giraffes, an okapi (which I have never been able to take a picture of), pink flamingos, antelope, Thomson’s gazelle, and even an ostrich (and her eggs) just to name a few animals.

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We then went on the Pangani Forest Trail. That was pretty cool and entertaining. One of the gorillas decided to entertain the crowd by taking it’s bowl and carrying it on it’s back. After the Trail we wound up taking the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. We had never been to Rafiki’s and it was interesting. Even got to touch a 7-month-old alligator (or was it crocodile?) and we saw Rafiki too!

Then it was back on the train and the search for food was the game plan. I decided we needed to try Flame Tree BBQ and I got the thumbs up from the hubby. We both got the Pork Sandwich which is served with baked beans, and we ordered a basket of onion rings and of course you can’t have BBQ without coleslaw! Everything was yummy and we were stuffed!

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After lunch we headed over to Dinoland and Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama. I had fun playing the games and ended up with a few stuffed animals (a small & large turtle and a medium snake). After taking a few dozen pictures we decided it was time to head back to Boardwalk since we were tired and it was getting hot.

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Day 8:

Our last full day at WDW! :sad2:

We had reservations for 1900 Park Faire for breakfast this morning. Food was great and the characters were hilarious! I was so busy eating and laughing I totally forgot about my camera! Won’t happen again – next trip! We then headed over to Epcot to see about meeting Tinker Bell – well the line was extremely long so I gave up. I took a bunch more pictures (I think I took a total of 750 pictures this trip). We did the Canada tour – it is one of my favorite spots in Epcot.

From Epcot, we decided to take the monorail over to MK. Once at MK we had our hot dog fix at Casey’s and then of course had to have a Dole Whip. Then we waited for almost two hours to see the characters from Tangled. I think we were the only adults (not including the parents) that stood in line waiting! Finally Fin & Rapunzel came out!!! Fin was just adorable and Rapunzel was very pretty. Both were so sweet. After they did their song & dance with the kids, everyone stood in line to get photos & autographs. Hubby stayed to the side (since he was on his scooter and minus the leg) while I stood in line with about 20+ kids & parents. When it was my turn they greeted me and noticed my anniversary pin and asked where the “Mr was”. I motioned that he was waiting on the side because of his scooter, so they escorted me over to him so they could meet him and we could all take a picture. They were just too sweet and they have now become my favorite Disney couple! (Sorry Cinderella!)

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and my favorite: (I love Fin's expression!)
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We were going to wait for Wishes and the Electrical Parade, but after Fin & Rapunzel – I was happy, plus I could see hubby was tired – it was a long day and we were leaving the next day and I had to finish packing.

Day 9:

Leaving for home

We left roughly around 10:00 AM and drove and drove and drove. We stopped here and there, and then when it was starting to get dark we decided we would stop and spend the night. We were in NC by this time. Little did we know that a tornado (actually a few tornados) came through NC the night before! We noticed all this debis off on the side of the road and then our friends who had been at our rewedding called us and told us about the tornado the night before (they had missed the one that hit Raleigh!!) We tried to spend the night in Smithfield but all the hotels were booked because Dunn, NC, (which was the next town over) had gotten hit pretty bad. So we drove up to Rocky Mount, NC, and found a Marriott which had two rooms available. We booked one and spent the night. The next morning, while having breakfast we heard on the news that Raleigh had gotten hit hard. Very sad! We arrived home safe and sound and got our furbabies (who were extremely happy to see their mommy & daddy.

Now I’m planning our trip for October 2011 – hopefully!

next up Vendor Reviews, Wish I did/Wish I didn't, and our budget...

Tinker Bell Fan
05-17-2011, 08:35 PM
Vendor Reviews:
Vendor Review:

Wedding Planner: (A) – We had Tanis Armstrong as our DFTW planner. Tanis was great – sometimes a bit slow in getting back – but I think that is more because we (bride or “re-bride”) we want answers immediately and unfortunately that doesn’t always happen if you are not speaking directly (i.e. on the phone or in person) with the person. KWIM? Anyway, the day of our VR Tanis was there and had everything in place. She made sure everything was in place and we didn’t have to worry about anything. So much different than our original wedding 20 years ago! Steve & I had planned everything (with no help) and we really didn’t enjoy our wedding because we were sick (both of us had the flu) and we were worrying about making sure everything went smoothly (and most of the time it did).

Update: I am tempted to change the grade to a “B” only because I have tried to call & email Tanis in the past week to see about the website with our photos. I left a phone message and sent an email. I got an automatic response via email stating she was out of the office due to weddings that week. However, she has never returned my call or sent an email. Personally I think that is bad business – we spent a lot of money at Disney for our VR, I would think a follow-up call to a former client would be in order. Instead it makes me feel ‘got your money – don’t care if you are happy or not now’.

Floral: (A) – Rosie did a fantastic job with my bouquet! I absolutely loved it and the hidden Mickey too! There was even a hidden Mickey on Steve’s boutonniere! So cute – we loved it! And our cake – wow! It was beautiful and so delicious. We had a marble cake with butter-cream icing. It was really moist and delicious and there was a ton of cake left over since there were only six of us. We ended up giving the cake to our friends (they were going to visit family the day after our VR.)

Update: regarding the website with our photos – after getting the automatic message from Tanis I emailed Rosie and asked if she could help. After 3 days I finally got a response saying only “there has been a delay”. Not quite the response I was hoping for!

Beaute Speciale: (A) – Jackie arrived on time (although she called and said she was running a bit late). It didn’t matter because she did a wonderful job on my hair and make up. I have baby fine straight hair that usually never holds a curl and Jackie not only gave me curls but made me feel like a princess! I didn’t have a trial session with Beaute Speciale so I brought a few photos of what I would like my hair to look like and Jackie did an excellent job! My make up was perfect after we toned down the eyeliner a bit. I’m not used to wearing eyeliner so it looked very heavy to me at first, but after it was toned down it looked great and Steve was very happy with it (especially since he was paying for all of it!) Jackie had a great personality too – very easy to talk to – made our 2 hours just fly by.

Photographer: (A) – We went with Disney Photography. I had requested Amy, Regina, or Mike Strickland because of all the great things I had seen and heard about them. Well – I didn’t get either of them. Tanis said that Amy was on vacation, Regina was getting married and Mike was her photographer – go figure! So we got Stephanie. Stephanie was a doll to work with. Steve has crutches (due to his artificial leg that he’s only had since November) and Stephanie managed to pose us in ways that you couldn’t tell. I can’t wait to see the actual photos!!

Update: The photos online have arrived! I would give it B – only because for $750 I expected a lot more photos to be taken (hubby counted 157 and some are duplicates but in black & white). Online the photos look awesome – but I will wait to see the photo album and the DVD and the 11x14 before I give the photos a final grade.

Rev. Jack Day: (A) – Rev. Day is the sweetest guy I’ve met. Tanis said he’s like everyone’s grandpa! He talked with us for a bit and made us feel very comfortable. I’m so happy that he was able to perform our ceremony. I sent him basically what I wanted and he said it was just perfect and didn’t change a bit. It was a beautiful ceremony if I do say so myself! 

Musicians: (A) – The organist and the violinist were fantastic! The violinist came with us to the Cake Celebration and Robert (if I remember his name correctly) was awesome! He can play just about ANYTHING (Disney and beyond Disney). If he can’t remember a song – he’ll look it up and he’ll play it. He really entertained our guests and us! Oh and the sound system at the WP is awesome! They played our CD and it sounded just so good in there!

Limo Service: (A) – Victor was our driver and he was great. The Limo was part of our Escape package (which we had for 4 hours).

Wish I did/Wish I didn’t:

Venue: As much as I loved our VR at the Wedding Pavilion, I think if I had known that we would have a total of 6 people (which included us) I think I would have gone with the Memories Collection or perhaps stick with the Escape Collection but had our ceremony at the Boardwalk or at the Yacht Club or perhaps at Sunset Pointe at the Polynesian; the reason being…to make it more intimate.

Welcome Bags: I probably would not have gone overboard in putting the Welcome bags together. The bags were FULL! I had bought stuff through the months of planning and had anticipated have almost 20 people, so our four guests that did come reaped the benefit by having very full welcome bags. :)

Bouquet: I loved my bouquet but it was heavy. I wish I had gone with my first choice the Island bouquet; (even though Steve wasn’t crazy about that one.) I think the Island bouquet would not have “melted” into my dress – to clarify – in some of the photos you couldn’t tell where the bouquet ended and my dress began. LOL

Shoes: I wish I had a backup plan regarding shoes! I loved the shoes I purchased for the VR but I did not anticipate my feet swelling and so my shoes were killing my feet! As soon as the ceremony and pictures were done – I swapped them for my croc flip flops. I really wished I had a backup pair of shoes.

Photography: Now that I think back I wish we had chosen an outside photographer. I say this now because I have had time to think and I would have been able to talk to the photographer about certain shots I wanted BEFORE the event. Never once did Disney Photography contact us about what shots we may have wanted, nor was a list requested from us. So if I didn’t think of it that day – we didn’t get the photo – we basically went with whatever our photographer suggested. I do like the shots Stephanie took but as I think back now there are other shots I wish she would have taken.

That’s about all I can think of in the “Wish I did/Wish I didn’t” department!


Budget planner…(those marked with “*” are rough estimates)

Escape Wedding Package
Included in Pkg:
1 Escape Wedding Venue (Wedding Pavilion)
1 “Reception” Venue Rental (Cake Ceremony)
1 2-tiered wedding cake w/cake topper
2 Bottles of Sparkling Wine (Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee)
1 Escape Wedding Photo Package (2 hours)
1 each - Violinist & Organist (at WP; Violinist only at Cake)
1 Bouquet (cascade – all roses)
1 Boutonniere
1 Limousine (4 hours)
Planning & Onsite Wedding Coordinator
2 Annual Disney Passes

Event Total - $5,750

Additionals
Upgrade – Photo package - $750
Upgrade – floral (bouquet) - $32
Rose Petals - $21
Rev. Jack Day - $200
Beaute Speciale - $136 (hair/make-up for bride)

Total (additional) - $1,140

Dinner after the event (Wilderness Lodge’s Whispering Canyon Café)
# of people (6) x cost per person ($35) = $210 (estimate)

“Reception” Total - $210*

Extras

Decorations on table at WP
2 tall flameless candles - $15.00 (purchased at Michael’s)
2 candleholders - $30 (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
22 bows - $11 (purchased at Dollar Store – 2 bows for $1)

Decorations Total - $45*

Welcome Bags Items
Ponchos
Pens
Personalized pencils
Bottles of water & beer (w/personalized labels)
Battery operated fans
Disposable cameras
Mini-Notebooks
Chocolates

Welcome Bags Total $60* (for two bags for four people; originally I was buying for when we needed 13 bags)

Extra/Extra
Bride VR outfit – $75.50 (from Lavahut.com)
Alterations of Bride’s outfit - $20
Groom VR outfit - $49.50 (from Lavahut.com)
Bride’s ring - $70 (from Walmart)
Groom’s ring - $30 (from Walmart)

Extra/Extra Total $245

Miscellaneous

Gas (to/from home) - $200*
Hotel (to/from home) - $200
Boarding of the Pets - $1,000 (boarding & blood work)

Miscellaneous Total $1,400

GRAND TOTAL: $8,850*

Tinker Bell Fan
05-17-2011, 08:43 PM
Here is the link to our pictures taken at Disney for our vow renewal : https://www.collages.net/ConsumerSite/GuestLogin.aspx?eventcode=663162

Finally got the website photos!

I guess that concludes my VR Trip Report. I hope you have enjoyed it and I didn't bore you (too much anyway).

Thank you all for reading along!!

tinkerbell 766
05-18-2011, 05:04 AM
Michelle sweetie - OMG I have just finished looking at your beautiful photos!!! I understand how you were a little upset by the quantity of the photos, but IMHO they are stunning!!! You both look so happy!!! I completely disagree about the flowers!! I think the way they seem to melt in to your dress is really lovely and adds a certain something to your pictures. I am glad that you didn't choose the 'Island Bouquet'. I am not a fan of it (like your Steve). I think your flowers were stunning!! I agree about the weight though!! My bouquet was similar to yours in shape and was extremely heavy!! I loved it though.
I am sorry you have some regrets about the WP. I must admit that when I was considering a DFTW, I would have loved to use the WP, but always thought that small parties would look a little lost in it!!! It really is so pretty though!!
I am so sorry that your TR is over, (not boring at all) but keep in touch sweetie, and I hope you will contunue to follow my mad ramblings as I continue my TR.
Much love sweetie, and know that you were a beautiful VR bride!!

LittleStinkerbelle
05-18-2011, 09:48 AM
Your pictures are lovely! I particularly like the ones by the pews with the windows in the background - so pretty! You both looks so happy in every shot.:goodvibes Jackie did my make-up as well, I agree about how easy she is to talk to - really put me at ease. We stayed at the BW for our VR and I saw Rev. Jack around several times when we passed Seabreeze Point (I think he was waiting for a rehearsal one time and a wedding the next). He looked so sweet and peaceful sitting there reading his book - seems like a really nice man!

Congratulations on your special day - I hope the memories make you smile for years to come!:goodvibes

pixie921
05-18-2011, 01:42 PM
Your pictures are lovely! I particularly like the ones by the pews with the windows in the background - so pretty! You both looks so happy in every shot.:goodvibes

I completely agree! Those are my favorites! :)

Tinker Bell Fan
05-19-2011, 06:19 AM
Michelle sweetie - OMG I have just finished looking at your beautiful photos!!! I understand how you were a little upset by the quantity of the photos, but IMHO they are stunning!!! You both look so happy!!! I completely disagree about the flowers!! I think the way they seem to melt in to your dress is really lovely and adds a certain something to your pictures. I am glad that you didn't choose the 'Island Bouquet'. I am not a fan of it (like your Steve). I think your flowers were stunning!! I agree about the weight though!! My bouquet was similar to yours in shape and was extremely heavy!! I loved it though.
I am sorry you have some regrets about the WP. I must admit that when I was considering a DFTW, I would have loved to use the WP, but always thought that small parties would look a little lost in it!!! It really is so pretty though!!
I am so sorry that your TR is over, (not boring at all) but keep in touch sweetie, and I hope you will contunue to follow my mad ramblings as I continue my TR.
Much love sweetie, and know that you were a beautiful VR bride!!

Hi Joanne,
I will definitely continue to follow your "ramblings" and I don't believe they are mad! :) I may have a few regrets - but I don't regret the whole VR! I am so glad we did it and the WP is so beautiful - to be honest, I only noticed how empty the place looked in the photos. I never really noticed while we were there!
Love & hugs! :hug:

Your pictures are lovely! I particularly like the ones by the pews with the windows in the background - so pretty! You both looks so happy in every shot.:goodvibes Jackie did my make-up as well, I agree about how easy she is to talk to - really put me at ease. We stayed at the BW for our VR and I saw Rev. Jack around several times when we passed Seabreeze Point (I think he was waiting for a rehearsal one time and a wedding the next). He looked so sweet and peaceful sitting there reading his book - seems like a really nice man!

Congratulations on your special day - I hope the memories make you smile for years to come!:goodvibes

Thank you! I really like those pics too.

Rev. Jack is a sweetheart! After our VR he had to rush to another event. He definitely needs a microphone though - he is soft-spoken. I'm really glad we were able to book him.

I completely agree! Those are my favorites! :)

I like those and the ones of us at the altar. Steve was tired then and was leaning while waiting for Stephanie to set the "pose" and she ended up liking that and took a few.

Tinker Bell Fan
06-01-2011, 10:54 PM
Our proof book, DVD, and 157 photos arrived today from DFTW!!!! :cool1:

Now we get to look and order photos for our album. I didn't realize the pictures in the album would be 8x10 sized photos! Plus we're getting an 11x14.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions! :rotfl:

The DVD is cool! It has all the photos Stephanie took and it gives us permission to make copies (at least that is what hubby told me). :)

Just wanted to share!

Tinker Bell Fan
06-28-2011, 02:40 PM
Wanted to add my PJ: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2592825 so I would have it all in one place. :rotfl:

We're still trying to decide on the photos for the album! Who would have thought it would be THAT difficult??? :rotfl:

virtuous girl
08-29-2011, 03:34 PM
beautiful Pics :thumbsup2

SeptemberGirl
08-29-2011, 04:51 PM
The pictures are beautiful! So much love and devotion in them. Congratulations!

DisneyBride'03
09-03-2011, 12:22 PM
Hi there!!

*Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!!!

* So glad I found this TR!!!!

*We had Jack Day for our DFTW in 2003! At Sunset Pointe!!!

* Would love to get him for VR in 2013....

Thanks so much for sharing the breakdown of expenditures as well...I know there is a term for that too! lol I didnt find the DIS til 07 , way after our wedding!!!

Im not quite sure if I am going to do the DFTW route again...I am thinking a VR in a Grand Villa, cake/champagne party held there as well... (we r DVC) a DIY if you will, I LOVE planning..and my friend is going to be helping me...and then perhaps a Disney catered event for guests somewhere else on property!
I have tons of time! lol

thanks again, it was a joy to read!!! You looked beautiful, and great TR shots of your vacation too!!!

hellokitty86
09-07-2011, 06:27 PM
I loved reading your report and your pictures are beautiful. Congratulations.:)

Tinker Bell Fan
09-08-2011, 11:11 AM
beautiful Pics :thumbsup2

Thank you so much! Stephanie was a great photographer!

The pictures are beautiful! So much love and devotion in them. Congratulations!

Thank you so much! DH & I have been through a lot together (especially the past few years). I'm glad he suggested doing a VR; it really gave us a chance to reflect on our life together and know that - yeah we'd do it all over again!

Hi there!!

*Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!!!

* So glad I found this TR!!!!

*We had Jack Day for our DFTW in 2003! At Sunset Pointe!!!

* Would love to get him for VR in 2013....

Thanks so much for sharing the breakdown of expenditures as well...I know there is a term for that too! lol I didnt find the DIS til 07 , way after our wedding!!!

Im not quite sure if I am going to do the DFTW route again...I am thinking a VR in a Grand Villa, cake/champagne party held there as well... (we r DVC) a DIY if you will, I LOVE planning..and my friend is going to be helping me...and then perhaps a Disney catered event for guests somewhere else on property!
I have tons of time! lol

thanks again, it was a joy to read!!! You looked beautiful, and great TR shots of your vacation too!!!

I loved Rev. Jack - he is just the sweetest man! I was so happy that he was available to do our VR. I love your idea of a VR in a grand villa! You know...that gives me an idea! Maybe for our 25th we'll do something like that. Just a few friends...maybe not actually renew our vows, but just party! :banana:

You definitely have time to plan it - but I'll tell you - time will fly once you really get into the planning of it!

I can relate to planning...I LOVE to plan! If & when I ever retire I am thinking of working as a bridal (or party) consultant - I just love weddings & parties!

I loved reading your report and your pictures are beautiful. Congratulations.:)

Thank you so much for reading along and for the compliment. We are very happy with the pictures (other than I wish there were more - I can never get DH to have portraits taken).

Currently we are awaiting THE album and the 11x14 picture. I sent off the info on July 22nd and they said anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, so I'm trying to be patient. I can't wait to see the final product!

sarahewoods
10-03-2011, 04:53 PM
Thank you ever so much for sharing your wonderful day. Everything looked so beautiful.

Sarah xx

Tinker Bell Fan
11-04-2011, 04:26 PM
Thank you ever so much for sharing your wonderful day. Everything looked so beautiful.

Sarah xx

Thank you Sarah. We had a wonderful day - we still can't believe we've been married 20 years! :)