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Old 10-04-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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Christine & Mike's Wishes PJ ~ October 2013

Welcome!!! I've decided to add a table of contents right here in the beginning to help keep me organized as I move through this (so it won't be much for now, but hopefully it'll get better)

Our Wedding Overview
Dates, Videography, Photography
Videography, Photography, Hair/MakeUp, Reverend, and some extras
The Date (forgot to include that before)
Vendor Choices and Bridesmaid Gifts
Wedding Planner / Dresses
Wedding Dress!!
Save The Dates

So I've been reading the Wedding Boards here for a few months now, and I am soo excited to finally be a part of them!! I'll get to the proposal and the early wedding planning but I'll give you some background info first.

About Us
My name is Christine and I'm 24, my DF is Mike and he's 23. We met in 2008 when I decided to transfer colleges and because of credit transfers had to basically re-do my sophomore year. It was a blessing in disguise though because Mike is actually a year younger then me, so that was where we ended up meeting. Our major was really small, only about 24 people, so we quickly became friends and spent a lot of time together hanging out with our friends and doing projects. We were both seeing other people, but eventually one thing led to another and we were both single. It didn't take us long to start dating after that (all our friends around us thought we should have been dating 6 months earlier haha). We started dating on January 1st, 2010. Since then we've basically been in separable. By now we have both graduated, and are living in New Hampshire starting up our own business together which is really exciting!!

Here's us this past summer at his Aunt's wedding:


The Proposal
Now onto the good stuff!! I absolutely LOVE everything Disney so I was begging him for the past year to let us plan a trip there. Finally last November he said okay, and I started the planning (little did I know he was doing his own planning). So we went to Disney this past September over Labor Day. I had hinted MANY time how nice a proposal in Disney would be, but he didn't say too much about it so the whole time we were there I kept thinking it might happen but was never quite sure. We went down on a Friday and were leaving the following Saturday, so we got the Wednesday during the week and by this time I was starting to doubt a proposal was going to happen.

Welll, just when I was giving up he told me that day in the Magic Kingdom that he had canceled our dinner plans for that night and he had a surprise me. He said we have to be at the GF by 7:30, but that's all i'm telling you. So now I started to get pretty excited, but was still mainting my expectations because I didn't want to get disappointed if this wasn't it. So at 7:30 we went to the GF and he led me to the Marina. I quickly figured out he had rented a private boat for just the two of us!! We were supposed to go out on the boat at 8:00 but due to lightning we got postponed to 8:30. (I think he was starting to sweat a little at this point, because there could have been a chance it would get canceled). But alas, we were allowed to board, and a nice gentleman came over and brought us some champagne to take with us. So the boat took us out onto the Seven Seas Lagoon and positioned us right in front of the Cinderella's Castle for Wishes. Right before the fireworks started I even saw a SHOOTING STAR!! So then the Wishes music started (it was playing in the boat) and about 5 minutes into the show he got down in front of me on one knee and said some adorable things and finally asked me to marry him while holing out the ring!!! IT WAS AMAZINGGG!! And to top it all off, we pulled into the Polynesian to get let off and my absolute favorite part of my favorite movie was playing...the lantern scene from Tangled!! It was the most perfect night ever!!


I apologize that's this is a little long, but I just love re-counting all the details and re-living the moment!

Here is our boat, and our view of the fireworks minutes after he proposed!! The fireworks are a little blurry, but the boat driver was nice enough to take the picture for us and I still love it:


And here is the ring he had made for me!!



I'll post more details on the wedding itself, but I just wanted to make the introductions and start my PJ because I was just too excited to wait any longer!! Hope you enjoy reading my journey as much as I enjoy writing about it!!

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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Well I said I would update later with more wedding details, so I figured there's no better time then today! I'm anxiously waiting to hear from the wedding consultant to find out if we get one of our dates today! We are currently penciled in for October 6th and the 13th of next year, 2013. Diane, our consultant, told us we would hear by the 10th (today!) if we would get October 6th. Now our ideal choice would be on the 13th, but since I hear there are alot of other brides that day, she recommended we go with a back up...so that's what we did! The day and time is more important to us, then the actual date, so at least we're a little flexible there! Soo...onto the few details I know right now about what we would like for the wedding:

We're planning a Wishes Wedding with approximately 100 guests. It'll be a fairly large wedding, but it's what I've always wanted so I'm super excited to finally start planning it!

Wedding Ceremony: The WP is where the ceremony will be. There was never a question in mind that this would be the place, ever since I knew I wanted a Disney Wedding, I knew I had to have the WP also! We are having the wedding on a Sunday evening, hoping that will give people from out of a town the chance to have a longer weekend in Disney. We ideally would like the 2:30 timeslot, but would go with a 5:00 one if we had too.

Pre-Reception/Reception: We're going to have our reception at ADH, which I'm really excited about! It's the perfect venue for us, because I know our guests will love to party and dance, and the Boardwalk / Yacht & Beach Club area is one of my absolute favorite areas in all of Disney World. I think we're going to ask if we can push the pre-reception back an extra hour (instead of just one hour after the ceremony it would be 2) to give us extra time for pictures and everything. Then I think we might extend is an hour also (to be a 5 hour reception) so that we can sneak a peak of Illuminations from the Balcony at ADH!

I know we're also planning a Welcome Party for the night before, but have no details on exactly where/when/what yet. I'm waiting to get our actual wedding planner before we make any definite decisions, so I can ask about prices and everything.

Hopefully I'll know our confirmed date (today for the 6th and next week for the 13th) soon, and then the real planning can begin!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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Hey Christine!
I just subscribed to your PJ! I'm so excited to follow along! I'm an October 2013 Disney Bride also you two are so adorable!! I love your proposal story, how sweet and thoughtful, I guess he picked up on all those hints can't wait for more! I hope you get the date you want
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Congratulations! What a sweet proposal and you two make such a cute couple! Your ring is beautiful! I'm looking forward to reading more about your plans!
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:18 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome! What a sweet proposal story...your fiance definitely did good planning that!

We're also having the same venues and a pretty large wedding next month...130 people confirmed to be attending!

Looking forward to reading more...I hope you get the date you want.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:09 PM   #6
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Congratulations. Love the engagement photo.

Look forward to reading your plans progress.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:15 PM   #7
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So Much To Do!!

So sorry I haven't updated lately. Even though I live in NH (we actually live super North in New Hampshire in a town called Lincoln), I was actually back home last weekend at my Parents in PA. Well obviously we got stuck in the hurricane and lost power so I haven't been able to much of anything. We finally got back up to NH yesterday, but I know my parents still don't have any power (it was lost on Monday!). But we'll all ok, and losing a little bit of power is nothing compared to the rest of the devastation that has occurred, and all my thoughts go out to everyone affected :hug

So I've actually gotten a lot done this past week, so I thought it was about time for an update!! If you can't tell I'm one of those people that likes to just get everything done as soon as I think about it...you'll see that more as I go along haha

Bridesmaids
I also put my bridesmaids bags together and gave them to the bridesmaids who I saw and mailed the rest of them out this week. So far everyone has said yes!! Here are some of the pictures (sorry for the bad quality, they were taken with my phone).

Here's what I put in the bags (flip-flops, minnie ears, luggage tag, a picture, a note explaining all the details, all in a silver bag):


Here's what the note said (sorry it's hard to read, but I basically told them the dress, the details of the hotels, who else is in the party, and the schedule of the day)


Here's what the bag looked like all put together:


And finally all the bags together (1 MOH, 5 bridesmaids, an 2 flower girls):


Originally I was going to have them all in different dresses but with the same color, but then I found a dress I loved so I think I might have them all wear the same dress. This is the dress I found (and in the right color also!)
Here's the dress:



Photography Choice!
So I finally decided to ask the Arndts to be our photographers. Their price was really good, and she has been so helpful. I e-mailed with them back and forth, and received the invoice for our package and sent off the deposit check yesterday! So I officially have a wedding photographer!

Next up...Videography
I made up my mind about videography also and decided to go with Key Moment Films. They work with David and Vicki alot, and were also really nice and affordable. I put that deposit in the mail yesterday also...so I should be all set there too!

Hair / Make-up
Knowing I was picking a somewhat popular wedding date, I wanted to make sure I could get everyone I wanted for my wedding. So next on my list was hair and make-up. I contacted Beaute Speciale and they said they were available...so I went with them. I've heard wonderful things, and all the pictures of brides I've seen that they have done are beautiful. So I've scheduled them for my wedding day and a trial before that!

Finally...the Reverend
I did some research here seeing what other brides said, as well as looking at all the Reverend's sites. I decided to go with Reverend Kevin Knox. Once I contacted them they were so quick with their response and very nice. They sent me the Ceremony Planning Kit also, and I love the options they have for ceremonies. I have reserved them for now, and once we go down for our planning session we'll talk more about what exactly we want in the ceremony!

I also sent in my Room Blocks this week, and I heard back from Diane saying I should get my LOA this week and then I guess it's onto making the Save-The-Dates!

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Congrats on booking everyone.

Love the BM dress.
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The bridesmaid bags look fantastic!
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Congrats on your Wedding loving your PJ I will def be following along with your plans!
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:55 PM   #11
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Wedding Planner & Dresses!

So last week we sent back in our LOA!!! So now I guess it's definitely all set...no turning back now! They confirmed that they received it on Monday and then today I was in the car driving back down to PA for the holiday week, and I got a phone call from Disney about my wedding planner!! The woman I spoke to said her name was Jessica I belive, and she said she was my wedding planner's assistant. She said my wedding planner was Pam, but she was feeling under the weather, so she wanted to call and just introduce herself and the wedding planner to me. I thought that was really nice, just to get a call before being bombarded with all the info..haha. She said early next week I would be receiving an email with her contact info and Pam's info and that it would include a lot of information.

Soo I'm excited to know I have a planner and heard from them already, but still a little lost as to who it is. I did some looking around and it looks like the only wedding planner with the name Pam is Pamela Mattack (so I'm assuming it's her?) I haven't heard too much about her or her assistant, but so far it seems good!!

Let me know if anyone has any experience with her please?!

I asked all my bridesmaids / flower girls and all of them loved the gifts and without question said yes. Now I just keep bugging my fiance to make sure he asks all his groomsmen (guys just don't seem to be quite as into all this haha).

In the meanwhile, while I'm just kinda waiting to hear back from Disney after signing the LOA, I made all my appointments to start looking at dresses!! I really am excited to start looking, I just don't know how I'm ever going to decide. I keep looking at examples, and just when I think I know what I want I find something else. So the day before, and 2 days after thanksgiving I will be visiting all the bridal stores back in PA with my mom and sister.

I've finally narrowed done a few examples to post to show you the different types I'm looking at. They're kinda all over the place, but I think I know I want an A-Line gown with some sort of sparkle or glitz...just not too much. I'm also a pretty petite person, so as much as I love the full gown look, I just don't wanna disappear in the dress!!

So let me know what ya think!!!

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I'm going dress shopping next week, starting on Wednesday, so I'll let you know how all that goes!!
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Both dresses are so pretty -- good choices!
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Save the Dates!

Sorry for the long delay between updates, not too much has been happening but the biggest thing has probably been getting my save the dates done. So my fiance and I own our own computer graphic business so naturally I decided I was going to design, print, assemble, and mail my save the dates by myself....well...it was slightly more complex then I intended.

I had them designed, we bought paper, and envelopes. Well we tried printing them first and on the paper we bought they looked like total crap. Then we realized we would have to bend the paper to fit in the envelopes to save money, and when we bent them they didn't look very good. Sooo...I went back to the drawing board and re-designed them. Now they looked better, but it required me to print 120 pages (2 pager per invitation for 60 invitations) and then cut out all the pieces by hand...needless to say my hands were killing me. So then I finally put them all together, and ready to address them....but they no longer fit in the envelopes I bought. So we went on the hunt for new envelopes...and the only place to find them was to order them online (we kinda live in the middle of no where). So now a week past when I wanted to mail them out...I'm still waiting for envelopes. Sooo...hopefully I'll get them out within the next day or so...but in the meanwhile you can have a sneak peak of them:

The save the date has 5 pages (about 6 1/2 in x 4 in) with a smaller save the date card in the front and all tied together with a ribbon.



And is all 60 packets put together:



In addition we have started to plan for all the trips we have to budget for. We haven't made our planning session plans yet, but I did email David's Vacation Rentals to reserved a 1 bedroom at BWV, and next step is to reserve our rooms for the other half of the wedding week. Right now the plan is to go down on a Wednesday and then stay at the Yacht Club for 3 nights, and then the day before the wedding to switch over to BWV for another 3 nights. After that we will depart for our honeymoon (which I'm super excited for...but will cover in another post.)

Other than that not too much else has been happening...mostly getting ready for the holidays and keeping up with work. Mike and I are actually heading to Boston on Thursday - Saturday to visit some of his friends and do some "christmasy" things which should be fun!!
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Your save the dates look fantastic and very professional. The DIY projects always seem to end up being about 10 times more work than originally expected, haha (I can totally relate). But when they look so good, it seems to even out in the end!
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:33 PM   #15
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Thanks so much for all the comments!! I'm still a little sad because I haven't actually yet been able to send them out...I was first trying to figure out the postage...then I went today and the post office's internet wasn't working or something so I couldn't actually buy stamps unless I had cash (which I didn't have on my at the moment).

I'm about ready to just take them with me when I go home for the holidays next week and just hand deliver half of them...it would save money! haha
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