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A wish can last a day. Disney wishes last forever!
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: South Jersey / Disney World
DisneyGroom POV: Heather and John's Wishes Wedding 10/24/12- Hallowedding LOA Signed!
Anyone in the family googling our names for the wedding, may be directed to this forum. Please note that we are currently working on a wedding website and this is not the site. This is our Planning Journal, meant for reading about our ideas, plans and other surprises. Feel free to read through, just be aware you may not be surprised. Our wedding website, when available, will be listed at the top of this notice. Thanks!
It's interesting; I wanted to do a PJ for a while now, but felt I didn't have a story to tell. Or at least something others would want to read. However the more I read other PJ's, the more I wanted to share our story.
WHO ARE WE?
My name is John Scafide, I am 26, full time sheetmetal assembler building a world-renowned helicopter. I spent majority of my working life in retail, inspiring lifestyle changes in people all over the world.
My fiance's name is Heather Smith. She is 25, an assistant general manager at a famous food service store in the North East. She spent majority of her life in school, achieving her bachelor's degree in Business Entrepreneurship.
We met in August of 2005 at the retail store where we both worked. She worked there for a little while, and while it was supposed to be a temporary job for her, it ended up being a little longer, which gave me some time to get to know her. It was love at first sight. I knew when we were first dating that she was one I didn't want to be without. We started dating October 10th, 2005, which is the reason of us choosing that date for our Wedding.
A funny story (somewhat ironic) was when we first said we loved each other. I was playing a small, but maybe not a funny joke on her by saying I was moving to Hawaii for good. I asked her to come with me, and to live a new life together. I mentioned I didn't want to be where I was anymore, and was packing up my stuff and leaving. I think she thought I was kidding, and surely it must be a joke, but I kept insisting I was leaving. To make it more believable, I created a fake boarding pass with an airliner, and created a confirmation page saying I was leaving from Philadelphia to Hawaii with a few stops in between. I sent her the pictures, and she stopped talking. She said she couldn't go anymore, couldn't just pack up and leave her life. I was about 45 minutes away from her, and we were online, so I couldn't see her reaction, however I knew something was wrong. She kept pleading me not to leave, and from her voice, I knew she was really believing in my story.
I knew I had to go see her, straighten this out, ASAP. I didn't want to continue this fake story anymore, so I traveled to see her. On my way there, I told her the story was fake, and I wasn't moving to Hawaii. She didn't know that to think, other than why would this guy who I barely know ask to move to Hawaii and create a fake boarding pass as a joke? We spent a few minutes talking, she was crying, and I felt so bad. The only thing I remember from our conversation was the last few lines. She said she didn't and couldn't just leave, nor could she see me leave. "You can't leave, because I love you!" It hit me-- How could I have done that to her? "I love you too", I said, and from there, we started a life full of magical memories, awesome dinners and many incredible Disney trips.
How is this story relevant? Since then, whenever we spoke about our wedding, we always said we wanted the honeymoon in Hawaii, to always remember what ended up being a laugh, but signify the first time we said we loved each other.
Well now, with that out of the way, let me explain our Disney past.
I personally have been to Disney about 8 times, starting when I was around 14, staying at the All Star Music. When I met Heather, she had never been to Disney, and being a Disney fanatic, I knew I had to show her the greatest place on earth! I surprised her on her birthday our second year together, and she absolutely loved it. We stayed at the All Star resort. She was hooked, so I knew we had to go again. We went again, and again... oh, and again, with the last resort staying at Animal Kingdom. It was a tradition for us, we have went every year so far, and it was something special.
Over the years, we talked about us getting married, but being me, I held back. I said yea yea, but never went into much detail. We did mention something crazy one day a couple years back that we should do a Disney Wedding if we were to get married. We thought it would be a crazy idea, but we never fully looked into it. And, as I said, I was always pushing away from talking about it, so wedding in general wasn't a hot topic.
In the last year or so, we both moved out of our parents house, getting our own place. In the back of my mind, I knew I'd always want to spend my life with Heather. At this point, the thoughts of proposing to her was getting real and I just needed the right time. So, me being a crazy surprise planner that I am, came up with an elaborate 1 year-in-the-making proposal that would culminate on Christmas.
The entire ring process was daunting at first, but by the end became an awesome experience. I found that learning about the rings and understanding them and their styles was so easy when finally choosing the ring for her. I had experience in a retail background so the process was so easy (yes, even a caveman could do it).
To have a magical Disney touch to it (because by this time, we knew, if we were to get married, we would do it in Disney), I created a Photo book using iPhoto on the mac, which had all our Disney photos over the years on it. It was really amazing, and I will be sharing the book to everyone in a future post. It was super awesome, and it really topped my expectations. I decided to sit down with her on Christmas day, have a few songs playing in the background, lights dim, and look through all the pictures from our Disney trips in the book, and at the end, it show Cinderella and Prince Charming with the words, "Then something happened...". It would be then when I would propose. It worked so much as planned. She was in tears (obviously), and everything fell into place. From that exact minute, we started our special Disney wedding planning.
More to come.... Including changes to our original plans, meeting David Tutera and saving for the wedding...
Last edited by johnscafide; 11-11-2011 at 11:45 AM. Reason: Update to Directory
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