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ColeV 01-04-2010 10:24 AM

Nicole & Evan's Vintage DFTW TR 12/29/2009: SBP & Ariel's *Update 8/29*
 
We're back! The trip was amazing and went relatively smoothly. I would have wished for warmer weather though!
I figured I should get all of the reviews up first. Hopefully I'll get some pictures from friends of the trip to add to a breakdown soon.
If you haven't seen our PJ, check it out!

Location: Sea Breeze Point and Ariel's

Date: 12/29/2009

Rehearsal Dinner: O'hanas

Planner: Ken Weaver

Florist: Laura Kidd

Photography: The Roots

Suits: Carolyn Allens

Hair & Makeup: Patricia LeJeune

Silhouette Artist: Kathryn Flocken

Officiant: Kevin Knox

ColeV 01-04-2010 10:30 AM

Vendor Reviews
 
Alright, here goes!

Ken Weaver: Great planner! He was always prompt in responses during planning and made everything run so smoothly. I'm a bit of a control freak, but I somehow felt comfortable leaving it to him!

Laura Kidd: The floral was gorgeous. I'm not a flower person (allergies), so she came up with some unusual ideas for us. I had the exact image of my bouquet in my head, but couldn't find a picture of it. It turned out perfectly (even if it did weigh a ton!).

Disney Weddings group: I can't say enough about everyone! The organization astounded me. The grooms family was a bit late; they radioed me to let me know they arrived, had a wheel chair ready for his father, and even escorted them to SBP. There was always someone around to connect me to the whole event.

Root photography: I'd have another wedding again just to work with them! The day before the wedding we found out that Jensey couldn't be there (crutches and cameras don't mix), but Nathan had already found another photographer to come with him. They made everyone feel so comfortable and really made the process fun! The bridal party took to calling them "snipers" since they always seemed to be there to capture the best moments!

Kevin Knox: We threw in a lot of last minute additions to the ceremony, but he adapted them all very well!

Patricia LeJeune: The only thing I regret is not having her do the bridesmaids hair as well! She was so quick and relaxed (just the thing to start out the day!). I have such pale skin I never wear foundation, but the airbrush matched perfectly and was barely there. It's not hard for certain makeup colors to make me look sick or un-natural, but as Patricia said; I looked like a china doll!

Carolyn Allens: I asked for a pretty mixed-up assortment of pieces, but everything was there! They had to hem up one pair of trousers and got them to us early the next morning after the fitting. Somehow, the groomsmen didn't know they were in our room and it prompted them to ask if it would be a "pants optional" wedding for all three of them! They managed to satisfy four tailors in our wedding party, so I'd say they did well!

Kathryn Flocken: Best favors ever! I had never seen silhouettes cut so quickly and perfectly, and obviously neither had anyone else! She had a small mob around her all night just to watch the process. Everyone got one to take home and we got a book with another set that everyone signed. We brought vintage hats for the guests to use, and she even managed to put netting into the cuttings!

Bella Umbrella: We rented vintage umbrellas for our pictures on the Boardwalk and wow, were they gorgeous. Even with the holidays they got there on time and were really easy to return.

Perriwigs: I think this was the only problem of the day. The bridesmaids took twice as long to get their hair done up as I did and were scrambling to get back up to the room. They had major issues with one of them, but in the end they did end up beautiful. I just wish it had been less stressful!

Jazz trio: I can honestly say I didn't get to spend nearly as much time listening to them as I wanted, but what I heard was perfect. We completely forgot to get a list of songs to them until the week before, but they still got them all in!

Disney Bakery: OMG cake!! It was the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen! I asked for some unusual things with this and even ended up sending them a design. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined and delicious! I can't wait to put up pictures of it.

Disney Chefs: Again, we asked for some weird things. But, as always, they turned out great. The only complaint I heard was for more room on their plates!

tiggerrifficheidi 01-05-2010 06:16 AM

I LOVED the pictures from the Roots blog (and wished they had put up more!). I am so glad everything turned out so nicely for you and your vendors. Can't wait to see/read more!

Sarah <3 Disney 01-05-2010 06:45 PM

The pictures are GORGEOUS! :goodvibes I can't wait to see more!

Silly Roots, only posting five pictures! ;)

MainStMandy 01-07-2010 02:29 PM

OMG I didn't realize those pics were you!! I'm glad you are back and had a wonderful time. Can't wait to hear and see more!

ChocoKat 01-10-2010 08:03 PM

Oh Nicole your dress looked stunning on you! Can't wait to see/hear more!

mrsksomeday 01-10-2010 08:26 PM

I saw your pictures on the Roots site, they were stunning. Your dress is gorgeous, you are a wonderful designer! I can't wait to read about your wedding.

bunny_pop 01-10-2010 09:55 PM

OMG, I love it! Your wedding has such a vintage vibe. :goodvibes I'm a vintage kind of girl at heart. I can't wait to hear more about you day :)

kcampbell 01-13-2010 02:18 PM

Congratulations! I just looked at your STUNNING sneak peeks on the Roots blog. Just beautiful! I'm soo soo happy that you loved Ken. Isn't he awesome!?! He just has a way of putting a bride at ease and getting things done the way you want them done.

Can't wait to see and hear more!! :goodvibes

mjshorses 01-14-2010 09:38 AM

Absolutely stunning!! I bet it was a day everyone who attended will remember! I can't wait to see more!

Petals & Pixie Dust 02-06-2010 12:40 PM

Just hopped on today...Sometimes I live under a rock! Can't wait for more!

ColeV 02-10-2010 09:36 PM

Well, Evan is now deployed and all my pictures should be in the mail any day, so I suppose I should get started!

Sunday 12/27
Pretty much everyone headed down on Sunday. I was actually the only one to fly out of Virginia. Evan drove down with Nic (one of the groomsmen), who flew out to us from Indiana since that way was cheaper somehow. The other three of the bridal party drove down together. Both cars left within half-an-hour of each other, but Evan & Nic got there about two hours earlier since they missed some bad traffic & accidents. I got there the same time (literally two minutes later) that they did, taking the Disney bus transport from the airport (soooo easy). After unpacking the massive amount of wedding supplies and luggage from their car, I made the rounds of calls to the vendors to check in and give out our room number.
Once everyone got there (around 8 pm) we headed over to Downtown Disney. Now, I go to Disney almost every year. Evan went less than two years ago with me. Everyone else in the bridal party had either never been or had only been once/twice way back when. So, everything I dragged them through was really new (and I do mean dragged, they all kept stopping to gawk!).
We went to dinner at Raglan Road. Our waitress was wonderful and really made the night. We're a pretty rowdy group, so I'm glad we got someone with a sense of humor! She was even helping us poke fun at Evan for ordering such a girly drink when everyone else had beer, threatening to bring an umbrella with the next one he ordered (he does it on purpose). I do enjoy their food a lot, even if it does seem a little over priced. However, we all shared and split up meals, which really helped.
Back at the hotel, the girls were staying in the Beach Club villas where we had a two bedroom to fit the three of us and my mother. The guys were in the regular BC, since we weren't planning on everyone coming down that day and had to get a room last minute. I love the Beach Club and stay there a lot, so there were no surprises there. Evan even bought a candle recently because "it smells like the Beach Club does; happy". Although we had never been there during the holidays. That chocolate carousel is amazing! We've just found that hotel to be a great location, the villas the best room style for us, and it usually has pretty quick bus turnaround (except for one time I'll get to later).
Things didn't really get started until the next day; cramming Magic Kingdom and O'hana's into one very busy day!

tiggerrifficheidi 02-10-2010 09:43 PM

So sorry to hear he's deployed! I can sympathize so feel free to vent if you ever need to :).

Great job on starting the TR, and I'm still crazy about all your period details.

ColeV 02-12-2010 11:27 AM

Monday 12/28
Our Monday started with a suit fitting for the two groomsmen (I had made Evan's suit knowing nothing in their stock would ever fit him). Once the guys showed up "fashionable late" to the fitting, Evan and I ran over to Franc's to drop off some last minute items.
We had asked about getting tickets at our hotel, but they said for any discounts we would have to do it at the gate. So, Evan and I got our free annual passes when we got back to MK and waited on the others to arrive. Now, I knew that there was some sort of wedding discount, but not much else. And the hotel had told me the parks could do that. We also had AAA , military, and DVC. I thought that somewhere in that arsenal we'd get a discount. Nope. Wedding had to be done through Franc's (we were just there!), military was only good every day but the holidays, and AAA & DVC were only annual passes or something of the sort. Of course, it took the guy at the counter forever to explain/understand all of this. But eventually we made it in and I managed to pull our bridal party through Magic Kingdom. I think we hit every ride we wanted to except Space Mountain. The crowd was really bad that day, and by the time we got around to that side the Fast Pass was 11 pm. We got them, just in case, but we were way too tired to come back that late. On top of that, our entire wedding week was not more than 55 for a high, and we were all freezing at night! I kept making/receiving wedding phone calls all day. Most were from the Roots: apparently Jensey had an issue with her leg and was on crutches! So, Nathan managed to find another photographer to work with him. I was disappointed, but I think Jensey was more so! (It all turned out wonderfully in the end, of course!). We were also trying to set up an engagement shoot since this was the only time Evan had been down there to do it! It ended up being a honeymoon shoot really.
I think the park cleared out after the 3 o'clock parade. Evan and I left at that point to go back to the room to change for dinner. Transportation was running extremely slow for some reason, so it was actually fortunate that my mother mixed up our O'hana's reservations and thought it was an hour earlier than planned. We all barely made there on time!
The rest of the bridal party stayed in the park for a bit longer, then took the monorail over to the Poly. My mother and the rest of my family left from the Beach Club and took almost an hour to get there. Evan and I took even longer since we seemed to have the cursed bus trip.
We were waiting outside at the bus stop in the freezing cold (I had made a hawaiian '50s style dress thinking it would be warmer) for about 20 minutes. Two buses for MK finally pulled up at the same time. One was unloading a wheelchair and a lot of people, so we grabbed what we hoped would be the quicker of the two. Well, last minute we had to load a scooter (no big deal, just adding on to time). We no more than got up to the stop sign after taking off, then the bus begins to beep/screech at us. Apparently there's a problem with tire pressure or something. We sit on the bus for ten minutes until he backs up and lets us off at the bus stop again. I'm not sure if the beeping or the cold was less pleasant. They call another bus, we go through the loading process again and finally take off more than forty minutes after we got the bus stop. We did make it on time to dinner, by about two minutes. Of course, the whole thing was terribly frustrating. Things like that never happen when were just going to a park- only when there's a reservation!
Moving past that, dinner was wonderful. Everyone loved the food and my BMs and I got to get up and learn the hula. The ukulele guy even played us a special song! We had things timed to see the MK fireworks as well. The only problem was that our waitress forgot the bread until we prompted her half-way through the meal. And my family has a not so small bread obsession, so we really wanted it!
We all changed back into warmer clothes at the Poly before heading back to our hotel (we had brought them just in case we went back into MK). It was late and cold, so we just hung out in the rooms instead. I kinda wish it had been warmer, since I wanted to go see the holiday Wishes show, but I really couldn't disagree with them about it too much!

girli565 02-12-2010 12:10 PM

I hate when there's bus issues. I remember standing outside Typhoon Lagoon waiting on a Beach Club Bus for over an hour and we had gone to the transportation booth 4 times to let them know what was going on.


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