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LuluLovesDisney 07-01-2010 12:16 PM

Monorails and Memories- Nov. 7- Mary Lou & Rob WP/CG/Epcot DP
 
Mary Lou & Rob's Contemporary Fairytale Wedding!
Wedding Pavilion~California Grill~Epcot Dessert Party in France

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On November 7, 2009, I became what I always dreamed: a Disney bride!

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Table of Contents (I am such a teacher!)

Welcome Boxes and Day 1 Highlights

Day 1 Dinner at Shutters and Meet Up at Caribbean Beach Pool

Day 2 Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table with Flower Girls and Ring Bearer

Day 2 Magic Kingdom with my family

Day 2 Epcot Food and Wine and Bachelorette Party at Jellyrolls and the Boardwalk

Day 3 Rehearsal at Wedding Pavilion

Day 3 Rainforest Cafe Welcome Lunch Part 1

Day 3 Rainforest Cafe Welcome Lunch Part 2

Day 3 The Wave Bridesmaids' Dinner

The Wedding Day- Up Earlier Than Rope Drop!

The Wedding Day- Getting Ready Pictures with Randy/ Wedding Floral

The Wedding Day- The Guys!

The Wedding Day- Entering the Grand Floridian

The Wedding Day- Formal Portraits

The Wedding Day- Grand Floridian Beach and Landau Coach Pictures

The Wedding Day- At the Wedding Pavilion

I am finally starting a TR, so I can share with you some of the things I learned while planning my day, and hopefully help another bride with planning. There just isn't enough information out there for California Grill brides! It has taken me awhile to get started, mainly because I am a novice at picture software and things of that nature, but also because one of my friends passed away 3 months after my wedding. I am thankful he was able to share in the magical memories with me and it makes me realize how lucky we were to have a wedding with so many family and friends coming to our special place- Disney World!

Our reviews

I am not rating them, just giving my opinions, because truly all of them are consummate professionals and are at the top of their game.

Wedding Planner

Michelle Wenzler Dorr

She is the best planner! I enjoyed conversations with her; she is organized and made everything easy. She didn't hesitate to make recommendations and in hindsight, everything she recommended turned out to be true. There were some "bumps" on my day and she handled them all in a way that I didn't even notice them! She gets extra points for coming to the Poly to visit us on our MK shoot day so I could get a pic with her in my wedding dress. (The day goes so fast!) She is the epitome of a Disney Cast Member and I will request her for my future vow renewals! ;)

Floral

Disney Floral- Laura Kidd

She is a great floral designer and she really listens to what you say. She flourishes when she is allowed some creative license. I gave her total freedom with the altar piece and it became one of my favorite things! Although the centerpiece vases were bigger than I imagined, I did love the final product and she totally got our Contemporary Fairytale theme. Another "friendly professional" which I expect from Disney. She worked with my husband to create some amazing surprises for me!

Officiant

Rev. Jack Day

Perfect. He performed a beautiful ceremony, which included everything I asked for. I did a very customized ceremony and he complimented it and just did a perfect job delivering it. It seemed as if I knew him longer than just a few days and all my guests loved it, which is a big deal since I was breaking tradition by not having a Catholic ceremony. He balanced formality with a bit of humor and Southern charm. I loved him.

Hair and Makeup

Ana, Rosie and Laine from Beaute Speciale

Talkative girls who run a great business. I wish I could have Ana follow me around every day. I love the way she made me look and she scores extra points for really acting as if she appreciated my business. She even emailed me with the products she used on me so I could buy the shadows for my own use. They really set my mind at ease and kept me calm and able to enjoy the day. I am truly thrilled that I chose them and can't wait to have Ana do my makeup again someday!

Videography

Disney/Bruno White

Kyle was a pleasure to work with and he risked life and limb to get my veil when it blew away on a very windy wedding day. The final product is exactly what I wanted and I am overall very thankful I got the videography. They even took all the recorded footage of my friend who passed away and put it on a separate dvd for me. They respond quickly and were a pleasure to work with.

Photography

Randy Chapman

Randy was great to work with on my wedding day and I enjoyed having him around to help with anything and everything. I will let you be the judge of the actual pictures; I believe photographs are a really personal thing and tastes vary, but I like Randy's romantic and creative approach. I have not yet received my photoshopped pictures or my album, so I will update when I do receive all those things.

Invitations

Smashing Cards

Ashley made some gorgeous invitations for me and it was exactly what I wanted. She never made me feel like it was a problem to go back and forth on 24 ribbon colors and I loved how it turned out. I only wish I had spent the money to have her do all my paper products instead of DIY-ing!

Napkins

Shelley from Impressions

Shelley used my dad's calligraphy on the stamped napkins to make them match and it turned out great. Although a little pricey, I loved how they looked with the castle and balloons, tying in the balloons at our Dessert Party. She was very easy to work with.

Music

DJ Scooter/Mike

Did everything I asked of him, played the style of music we loved and interjected just the right amount of humor without being tacky. He even practiced all our Polish last names. We had a lot of people dancing at an afternoon wedding in a very warm and sunny California Grill! No props, either ;) I was nervous about having a DJ but couldn't afford a band. I was happy with DJ Scooter and glad Michelle recommended him as our "match". :)

Please stay tuned for more, including our Caribbean Resort pool party, Rainforest Cafe Rehearsal and a Bridesmaids dinner at the Wave, leading up to the wedding! :bride::groom:

curiouser 07-02-2010 08:45 AM

You are too cute with your polite "please stay tuned"! I am so glad you started your TR :goodvibes

padisneyfour 07-02-2010 09:33 AM

looking forward to hearing and seeing more! Congrats:goodvibes

LuluLovesDisney 07-25-2010 06:45 PM

Thank you so much girls! Morgan, how did I know you'd appreciate that ;) <3 you!

LuluLovesDisney 07-25-2010 08:40 PM

Welcome Boxes and Day 1

We made white gable boxes with coral ribbon and closed them with a gray and coral sticker with a logo showing the Contemporary and the Castle. Since our wedding was at the Contemporary's California Grill that became our unifying element.

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They Mickey tag was for the guests' names and the Welcome tag was where I wrote the reservation information so they could be delivered properly. The Contemporary handled it perfectly but it took a little longer at ASMu. Most of the guests staying at the Caribbean Beach came to the pool for a meet and greet on our first full Disney day at night so we handed them out in person there, since we were running late.

Some of the items inside included battery operated fans, batteries, candies, miniature sunscreen and three Disney pins per child.

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We also put in maps from each park

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and a bottle of water for each person

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The logo on the water is the same one as the sticker except in b/w.

For families with very young kids/babies we included Disney roll on bathtime paints and baby toiletries.

Our guests were really appreciative and loved how we made it special for the kids! :wizard:

Our first real day in Disney was hectic. We had arrived late the night before and had the limo stop at Walgreens for medicine as I was feeling really sick. Yes, I was sick on my wedding day! :sick: So, our first real day was a haze of hugging family members and friends and making Welcome Bags while looking for my cough drops and nasal spray. However, I did get a great pedicure at the Mandara Spa and I was looking forward to a family dinner at Shutters and meeting those who had already arrived in WDW at the Caribbean Beach pool!

Up next: our first wedding event- a meet up at the Caribbean Beach pool! :lovestruc

pezaddict231 07-25-2010 10:57 PM

I'm so glad you're sharing your wedding day with us. You look beautiful in the pics and I love your dress. I'm so sorry about your friend, that was so sweet of the videographer to put together a special video of him.

The welcome bags look amazing and I love the logo with the Contemporary and the Castle!

BravaCentauri 07-27-2010 11:53 AM

Your pictures on the monorail are gorgeous! I love your dress! I also LOVE California Grill so I am looking forward to this!!:cheer2:

I am glad you have a good Randy review. I am hearing mixed reviews lately and I was thinking of going with him!

neener3 07-27-2010 02:57 PM

The welcome bags look terrific!

I'm excited to read the rest!

pixie921 07-27-2010 06:13 PM

Loving the story and photos so far! I'm anxious to read and see more! :goodvibes

LuluLovesDisney 07-27-2010 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pezaddict231 (Post 37541451)
I'm so glad you're sharing your wedding day with us. You look beautiful in the pics and I love your dress. I'm so sorry about your friend, that was so sweet of the videographer to put together a special video of him.

The welcome bags look amazing and I love the logo with the Contemporary and the Castle!

Thank you so much for the compliments and condolences, Sara. I am finally able to just remember the wedding with happiness! The people at Bruno White (Disney Video Services) were amazing and I am so thankful they went the extra mile to do that! His family will have a "living" memory of him.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BravaCentauri (Post 37561178)
Your pictures on the monorail are gorgeous! I love your dress! I also LOVE California Grill so I am looking forward to this!!:cheer2:

I am glad you have a good Randy review. I am hearing mixed reviews lately and I was thinking of going with him!

Thank you! Randy took some great shots. I think part of it is that I have over 3000 pictures so they're not all good. He gives you everything. Plus there are so many great photographers out there, they just keep raising the bar.

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Originally Posted by neener3 (Post 37563845)
The welcome bags look terrific!

I'm excited to read the rest!

Thank you so much! I loved our welcome boxes!

Quote:

Originally Posted by pixie921 (Post 37566755)
Loving the story and photos so far! I'm anxious to read and see more! :goodvibes

Thank you! I hope you'll keep reading! I will try to post an update soon. I have to fix some red eye. I always get the worst red eye because my eyes are so pale!

I really appreciate you guys following along with my little report :cloud9:

LuluLovesDisney 07-30-2010 11:14 AM

After a wonderful pedicure at the Mandara Spa, I knew I was really getting sick. I stopped for a cup of chicken noodle soup from the CS place in the Swan and I hoped it would soothe my throat. I was excited to meet up with some of my guests tonight, though!

We were hanging out at the pool tonight so we went to Shutters at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Now, let me say, with an ADR we waited 45 minutes! (I think the long wait was related to what happened next and the fact that there were so many of us). The CM's were very nice about it, but it wasn't fun. We were also there 10 minutes late, but even so, it was stressful. However, overall I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this place! By the time we left dinner, I felt much better.

I was also surprised to see this on the table:

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Can you read the tag? There was a hidden crystal Mickey inside the flower arrangement!

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See it?

It was the first of many!

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They offered us free champagne here, so we toasted!

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You can see my salad here, but I was really excited about how cool that plantain chip appetizer was presented! The chips were cut lengthwise and had several sauces to dip.

I don't have any pictures of dinner, I think I shared something? However, after dinner we had another surprise!

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Two enormous trays of dessert samplers!

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Truly, we got a lot of pixie dust at this restaurant and I would love to go back to Shutters sometime.There were six full size desserts on there, that is a lot! The key lime dessert was excellent!

After we relaxed and digested our food, we were ready to head over to the pool, to see if anyone was there yet! I was a half hour late to my own Meet Up Opportunity! However, I was feeling much better. Maybe it was the free champagne, but we were finally beginning to relax and enjoy some time at Disney World!

pixie921 07-30-2010 01:45 PM

Wow! You got a lot of pixie dust sprinkled on you at dinner! Maybe it was the pixie dust that perked you up (and hopefully you kept feeling better afterward!).

smileycrissy 08-05-2010 10:38 PM

I love your monorail pics - they are beautiful! :lovestruc And the Welcome bags were adorable. I can't wait to read more and find out if your cold disappeared on your day.

Racey 08-06-2010 06:30 AM

Subscribing for definite - am looking forward to hearing about California Grill as thats one location i'm thinking of using and i'm desperate to hear how it goes:thumbsup2

Loving the teaser pictuers you put up:thumbsup2

Bethannk511 08-10-2010 08:59 PM

Oh i'm patiently waiting your next installment!! I love this and thank you so much for sharing!!


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