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Old 01-04-2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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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

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Old 01-04-2010, 10:30 AM   #2
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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!
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:16 AM   #3
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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!
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The pictures are GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see more!

Silly Roots, only posting five pictures!
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:29 PM   #5
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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!
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:03 PM   #6
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Oh Nicole your dress looked stunning on you! Can't wait to see/hear more!
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OMG, I love it! Your wedding has such a vintage vibe. I'm a vintage kind of girl at heart. I can't wait to hear more about you day
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:18 PM   #8
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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!!
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Absolutely stunning!! I bet it was a day everyone who attended will remember! I can't wait to see more!
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Just hopped on today...Sometimes I live under a rock! Can't wait for more!
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:36 PM   #11
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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!
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