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Old 04-25-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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Nicole & Steve-Our Happily Ever After 1/25/13 *UPDATE 7/14*-REAL LIFE HAS RETURNED

Welcome all! I would like to invite you along for the ride as I plan my Disney Fairytale Wedding! So, hang onto your hats and glasses, folks, cause this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness!

Sorry, I just couldn't stop myself. But seriously, it is a little bit of a wild ride. Here's the story...

Us: Steve and I met 8 years ago. We had gone to high school together and never knew each other (he is 2 years older than me.) After I graduated from college a mutual friend introduced us. The problem was that Steve had just returned from Iraq and was stationed in Washington; I was 3,000 miles away in NY. So with neither one of us foreseeing a move, we chocked it up to bad timing.

We kept in touch over the years; Steve was discharged from the Army and found a really great job in WA, I began my career in NY. Fast forward 7 years later Steve returns to NY for a visit and a part of me knew I had to make time to see him. And the rest is history.

Well, almost...We spent last year traveling back and forth. I flew a lot of miles in 2011! We knew someone had to move, and after discussing and outlining everything (I'm a big planner) we decided that it made more sense for me to move to WA. So, after Christmas I packed a moving van and boarded my one way jet to Seattle. He totally came into my life and turned it upside down, and I've loved every second of it!

The proposal: I have to admit, I knew it was coming I just didn't know when. So to throw me off completely, Steve decides to propose on HIS birthday. It was a surprise! We had run out to the store and when I came in I went to let our little puppy girl out of her crate (Chloe, more on her later.) So I go over to Chloe and right on top of her crate was a ring box and Steve said that the best birthday present would be for me to say yes. Naturally I did!

Plans: We will be having an Escape wedding, keeping our guest list intimate. As it stands we will be having our ceremony on 1/25/13 at Sea Breeze Point at the Board Walk. Afterwards we're going to have a cocktail hour (hopefully in the Marvin Gardens room at the BoardWalk) followed by dinner reservations at the Yachtsman. Concluding our evening will be an Illuminations Dessert Party. I have to admit I am the most excited about this!! I cannot book until 5/25 (8 months out) however I have had the initial conversations with a Disney wedding planner and the dates are good.

With only 9 months to go (almost exactly to the day) there isn't much time however I'm pretty organized and I'm not really worried. My parents are visiting at the end of May and mom and I will go dress shopping then. I have started the conversations with Larisa from Moya Lara on invitations and programs. We're going to splurge since we don't have a large guest list, plus their invitations are beautiful!!

I was going to wait until we booked everything, but I am just so darn excited I couldn't wait!! I LOVE Disney! I was just there in February and I'm itching to go back. Steve is down there often for business, so I think I'm going to piggyback on a trip ASAP!
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:11 AM   #3
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Welcome!! Such a sweet story!

Can't wait to hear how your plans unfold :D
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:07 PM   #4
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Hi!!

Hey, ladies!! Thanks for joining me in the planning process.

This is going to sound silly but it just dawned on me this morning that I'll get to plan a Disneymoon too! Sometimes the obvious escapes me. But I love nothing more than figuring out dining reservations and park plans.

At this point I have been so many times that it's a different kind of trip. When we go now we enjoy all the cool fun stuff (ie rides and attractions) but we also spend time relaxing and taking in the shows. Oh, last night we came up with the idea to do the Kim Possible thing but incorporate it into our drink around the world. Never done the Kim Possible thing however there's a rumor that they would turn it into a Fineas and Pherb mission thing.

Anyway, I talked to my mom this morning and we're all getting excited. More to come...
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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Yay.. happy to see a new PJ! His proposal was so sweet... his best birthday gift.. awe!! Looking fwd to following along!
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:36 PM   #6
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Just joining in Your proposal story is so sweet and I'm glad he figured out a way to surprise you! I'll be following!
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:57 PM   #7
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YAY!!! More followers. I promise I will do my best to stay entertaining. :P As an Escape bride I do not have a lot of details to report on, but I will do my best. Also, (confession time) this is my second marriage so while I am SO SUPER EXCITED, I feel like I have a good understanding of the entire process. The first time around I had a HUGE wedding. This time it will be very intimate and more focused on me and Steve and the things we really want.

The proposal was so US. I know so many people have these beautiful stories with exciting moments and mystery, but me just finding the ring hanging out with Chloe (our doggy) well that's us. Getting me here and spending last year going coast to coast was such a crazy time, I love that our proposal was in our home with our family.

Yes, we are one of those crazy pet people. While one day we will have kids, right now our kid is Chloe. We love this dog and she is a very good girl. A part of me thinks we'd be lost without her. We adopted her from the Seattle Humane Society and when we brought her home it was evident that we were now a complete family.
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Congrats on your up coming wedding and your new job. I am also in Settle. I am glad to hear that you were able to use your DVC points for your wedding stay. Although my boyfriend and I aren't engaged yet, I was wondering about that. Looking forward to the rest of your PJ.
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:52 PM   #9
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Congrats on your up coming wedding and your new job. I am also in Settle. I am glad to hear that you were able to use your DVC points for your wedding stay. Although my boyfriend and I aren't engaged yet, I was wondering about that. Looking forward to the rest of your PJ.
Another Seattle-ite!! Always nice to meet someone from my neck of the woods. We're in Mill Creek, so a little bit north of Seattle. I love living here, it's so different from NY but I am so happy here. LOL, I'm sure Steve has a little bit to do with that.

Yes, the DVC really helped us keep our cost down for the wedding. Our mileage points helped as well. We knew this was the right option for us. but everything is working out perfectly.

Don't worry if you're not engaged, that's just a formality! Steve and I talked about getting married all the time and we even decided to research our options before I had the ring. I think it's common for most people, it's such a big thing and takes so much planning. I am sure it will happen before you know it.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:12 PM   #10
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Real life is back!

HOWDY, FRIENDS!!

So, I started my new job on Monday so I am back to a normal life and schedule. Well, almost. My clock is a little messed up, but I slept nice and long last night so hopefully I'm back on track. I'm not the best sleeper and when I don't sleep I get all cranky and screwy. Steve, is a very good man!

Wedding plans are a bit stagnant. I did get my email with all the paperwork to fill out. I have a bunch of questions so my coordinator, Kathleen, was nice enough to call me and we had a lovely chat. Because I am looking to customize a few things she suggested I print out the forms and write in my choices with my notes for changes. My rose and orchid bouquet is not a problem, the cake I want may not happen. HOWEVER! Those Escape brides getting married in 2013 will have NEW CAKES TO CHOOSE FROM!! Kathleen said they will be getting pictures soon and will send them as soon as she gets them!!

I also have the paperwork from Rev Jack that I need to fill out and get back to him. So I have a lot of homework to do, I should just get it together and do it during my lunch break.

The cruise has been booked for us!!!
And on 11/12 I can do out check in and start booking our excursions and stuff!

Sorry for the boring humdrum, but since the wedding is now only 6 months away I expect things to pick up.
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Those Escape brides getting married in 2013 will have NEW CAKES TO CHOOSE FROM!! Kathleen said they will be getting pictures soon and will send them as soon as she gets them!!
Would you be able to post those pictures of the new cakes when your planner sends them to you? I'm really interested to know what they'll be like and I'd really appreciate it if you could share them

Can't wait for more planning news!
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Those Escape brides getting married in 2013 will have NEW CAKES TO CHOOSE FROM!! Kathleen said they will be getting pictures soon and will send them as soon as she gets them!!
New cakes?! That's exciting! I can't wait to see pictures!
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Congrats on the new job! Exciting to hear about the new cakes, looking forward to seeing them!
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I'm glad things are moving forward. Best of luck to you!
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