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Old 10-30-2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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How Are The Newly Weds Today? An Italian Wedding & Disneymoon Extravaganza! *UpDate*

Hello and to my (well our) Trip Report for September 2011 It's taken me oh over a month to get started, but better late than never right?

2011 has been a massive year for me and my new hubby. We have or had been planning our wedding since last year and the big day finally came on Thursday September 8th I'll be incorporating the wedding into the TR first (hope you don't mind) and then on to our amazing Disneymoon.

I'm thinking introductions are i order, first up is me



My name is Stephanie (Stef or Stefy) and I am a Disney Addict. I love all things Disney and can't get enough of the most Magical Place on Earth! This is my fourth trip back to the world and, hopefully, won't be my last.

Favourite Character: Stitch
Favourite Princess: Belle
Favourite Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Favourite Pixar: Monsters Inc
Favourite Park: A toss up between MK and Epcot, but I would have to say MK is strongly in the lead

Next up is my wonderful hubby David (or Dave)



He is also a Disney fanatic and if he had his way we would never go anywhere else but Disney World. He has been to WDW five times, the first being when he was a young whipper snapper of 12yrs

Favourite Character: Stitch
Favourite Movie: Lion King
Favourite Pixar: Toy Story 3
Favourite Park: Magic Kingdom

For those of your interested in my PTR you can read it here Two Castles and a Polynesian Dream

Next Up: What to expect in this TR

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Old 10-30-2011, 12:12 PM   #2
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Yay! I'm here and ready to read!
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:15 PM   #3
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I am in! I am in! I am in!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:17 PM   #4
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Hi! Sounds like a great time! I'm in!
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:26 PM   #5
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Hi

I'm here! Can't wait to hear alll about it!
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Yay you started.. I'm here & can't wait to read all about it!


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Old 10-30-2011, 12:31 PM   #7
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Ugh! Not even a half-hour after it starts and I'm not even CLOSE to being first!! That's okay.....so excited to read all about your wedding and Disneymoon! Love the pics of you guys already! Way to double-fist it Dave! SUCH a shame we couldn't meet up in World Showcase....
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:32 PM   #8
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:33 PM   #9
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Here! Sounds like a great trip!!
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Oops! I didn't see your link Stefy - just caught it in your siggie on Karin's thread! I'm so excited to see your wedding pics!
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:04 AM   #11
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I am here and following along! I followed your PTR as well and can't wait to see how it all unfolded!
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Oops! I didn't see your link Stefy - just caught it in your siggie on Karin's thread! I'm so excited to see your wedding pics!
Yay you made it Update coming this weekend
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Hi Stefy and Dave! Love the pics so far, can't wait to hear more
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:00 PM   #13
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Hi Stefy and Dave! Love the pics so far, can't wait to hear more
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:37 PM   #14
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Let's Get This Party Started!

Hi Everyone Are we ready for an update? Sorry it's been so long, been a busy week this week, can't believe the weekend is almost over!

Well let's officially get this TR started We start off with:


Sunday September 4th
Today was a hectic day. We had to pick up the suits for Dave, my dad and his dad, my dress from my bosses house and make sure we had everything we needed as we had to check into a hotel near the airport for our 8:10am flight the next day.

Once we were all set and ready to go, we got in the car and started the drive towards Gatwick Airport, I should point out we was me, Dave and my mum and dad.

We made good time, didn't encounter any traffic which was a bonus. Found our hotel and checked in then went for some dinner at one of our favourite chain restaurants we usually go to.

There isn't many pictures for this day I'm afraid, apologies.

After dinner we headed back to the hotel to relax and watch some TV before hitting the hay. I was pottering around in our room when a thought popped into my head. Now when I travel I always freak out that I will forget our passports or anything really important and I am constantly checking and double checking that I have those documents. So much so that even though I have checked before I left the house, I check when I am in the car too (so crazy). Now I am searching my travel wallet and starting to panic...where's my cash passport?!?!?!?

A cash passport is an "easier" version of travellers cheques. Because we had to pay off the majority of our wedding stuff in Italy, I had the bright idea of using a cash passport, rather than changing £'s into Euros (the exchange rate was really craptastic) why not put everything on a card and get a better rate that way.

Anywho back to the story, I am searching and searching and realise that I have left the card at home Freaking out even more (as this was the most important thing we needed) I ran across the hall to my parents room and proceeded to freak out at them. My wonderful Dad said he would drive back home and get it (That was Bridezilla moment 1 of the trip)

So off we went, we were really lucky as we breezed through and were home in just under 1hr. I ran upstairs and grabbed the cash passport and some CD's for the journey back.

We made it back in good time again (fortune favoured) and was actually a nice drive just me and Dad listening to some Queen

I walked into our room, Dave was watching 3 Lions (British film which looked quite funny). I was exhausted and decided to call it night, Dave joined me not long after and we were off to Dream Land.

Monday September 5th
Our alarm was set for 5 or 6am, but I woke up around 3:50am. Dave woke up shortly after and we decided to just lay there and chat til it was time to get up. I can't believe we were up that early, it was crazy!

Ready to go, we checked out and dropped off the car in the car park. Hopped on the bus to the terminal and checked in. Was nice and quick, security was not, they wanted to put my dress through the scanner and I point blank said "No!" They were so adamant it has to go in there, I was like hell no have you seen the size of it? Have you seen the size of the tiny hole it has to go through? Do you not think it will squash my nice new $$$$ wedding dress? Seriously the security people here are like robots with no souls. No animation whatsoever! They finally agreed to not put it through the belt and asked me to go into a room off the side where they could swipe it and make sure I wasn't carrying a bomb sewn into the bodice (Bridezilla Moment No. 2). Satisfied that there was no threat, we walked through into departures. Got some pics for you now


Me carrying my dress (was not light)


Tired but excited to be going finally

We found a spot for breakfast, bought some last minute bits from the shops and before we knew it our gate was open.





We had to board a bus to get to our plane, so we crammed in. That wasn't fun with three suit bags, carry ons and a wedding dress. But we managed it, found a nice stewardess who stowed it all away nice and safe and we were off!









We were a little late taking off, but all in all a smooth and short plane ride (2hrs). We breezed through customs (gotta love being in an EU country with a British Passport) and found our bags. Our driver was waiting for us to take us to our hotel.

The 4am wake up was catching up to us all and we were nodding off in the car. Didn't help that it was slowly lulling us to sleep (takes an hour to get to Garda from Verona airport). But at last we arrived. Said our hello's to Roberto (the manager/owner) and checked into our room.


The view from our room


The lake!!!





After checking out the view, we went downstairs for something to eat. Arturo came over to say hello (he is the owners dog).





We went back up to the room and rested for a bit, still a bit tired from the morning and the car journey. Rested, we changed and went for a wak along the lake. We were meeting up with Dave's Dad, his Dad's Girlfriend Laura and his Gran for dinner at the restaurant we were having the reception at, my parents were joining us too.







At some point Dave split off from the rest of us to go find his family to take them to the restaurant. Me and my parents went on ahead. We found the restaurant and said hello to Mario (the owner) and how excited we were to be celebrating here after the wedding ceremony.

We sat down at our table and Dave turned up shortly afterwards with everyone. Alas there are no food pictures as we were all busy scoffing and chatting away, but I do have this one (me enjoying my sweet red wine).



Dinner done and everyone sated, we made our way up to the street to find a cab. It started to pour, which was not fun and we ended up getting stuck underneath a shop canopy. Dave ventured out into the rain to try and find a number for a taxi. He came back successful and our cab was here within 5mins and as luck would have it, it was the same guy that had picked us up from the airport that day (small world).

Back at the hotel we crashed and was out like a light as soon as our head hit the pillow. It was a busy day the next day as we were going round doing wedding stuff with our planner.

Next Up: Wedding stuffs and a speedboat adventure!
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:39 AM   #15
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Hey Stefy!! I have been a very inconsistent DISer lately, but I'm so glad you sent me the message. I'm going to get caught up! I can't wait to get started reading!
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