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Old 10-16-2011, 09:43 PM   #136
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Trip Report ~ Day 2 (Disney Dream/Legal Wedding Day!)

Day 2 ~ Thursday, September 15, 2011

This was the first day of the cruise, legal wedding day, and the day of a zillion problems....

The day started well enough, by repacking the wedding dress.







Brent's parents went to get the rental car (mini van). Which starts problem 1 of the day; the shuttle for them to get the rental car was late. The first car they tried to give them was broken. So it got rejected before they made it out of the parking lot. With mini van # 2, it still had a car seat in it. Soon enough they got it straightened out and were back at Pop to pick us up.

But in the mean time, I get a phone call from my mom (who was getting off of a pre-wedding Carnival cruise) who told me someone took her luggage. Carnival had the guy's cell phone and he answered, but was arguing with the agent over having his luggage. Eventually he was convinced and turned around to head back to port to give my mom her suitcase back. So lots of text hugs to my mom while we were driving to port.

About 45 minutes to an hour after leaving Orlando we get to port. We drop off the car and hop on the shuttle to the Dream!





As we get in line... My mom is there, with her suitcase!!!! Mom tells us, its a good thing she opened her suitcase to check on stuff, because the guy left a fanny-pack and house keys in her bag. Seriously!?!? How do you take the wrong suitcase, open it and put stuff in it? But the good thing is she got her suitcase back.

The happy reunion of host mom / exchange student.



Port check-in was smooth. We got there around noon, checked right in (while in the process losing Brent's parents, & my parents/Laura) but found my Aunt Kitty & Uncle Dan and Grandma & Grandpa, and walked right on the ship. FYI to any future cruise brides: Brent & I received boarding group 1 so if we were there earlier we could have boarded with the first group. They were on group 6 or so by the time we got there.

Next thing you know we walk on the ship and are announced as "The Future XXXXX Family"
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:42 AM   #137
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Trip Report ~ Day 2 Continued (Legal Wedding Day)

Day 2 ~ Thursday, September 15, 2011 (Continued)

Without fail, the FIRST thing I was doing once on board was ditching the wedding dress. I dropped it off at guest services the second I got on board.

So we were anxious to see our room, but we couldn't get in yet so we went to the buffet for lunch and ran into my dad & stepmom and "Vegas Uncles".



After lunch we went to explore the ship and finally our room was available.





We then ran off to the dismeet, met a couple peeps (as everyone got distracted by the Dream, not too many showed).

Soon enough it was time for our legal ceremony. We got a card/letter at embarkation, and our room saying to meet Tom at 3 pm at Guest Services. We get there at 3 pm (with the 'rents in tow) and the cast members at Guest Services looked at my like I was crazy when I asked for Tom. He wasn't there.... About 10 minutes late he showed, very apologetic, but I guess a meeting with a different bride ran late.

The legal ceremony was short and sweet, except Brent keep taking this huge breathe/gasp before he spoke.





We had a quick meeting with Tom after the legal wedding to go over details for Saturday. At this meeting started the next problem of the day (which I'll come back to). Shanda had told us all of our guests couldn't sit together at dinner, instead we would be split into different tables. I told her thats fine but these 6 people would have to sit together and not with other guests (as they were two sides of a divorced family). When we got on board I noticed every guest had the same Table number for dinner. I asked Tom about it and he said it couldn't be correct, but it would be by dinner.

So we got through muster drill (sooooo exciting they don't make you carry the lifejackets anymore). And went to the sail away party. But on the way I met a fellow disbride in the elevator.





And Then Comes Dinner....

Dinner was in the Royal Palace restaurant. We get there and the table isn't set for 19 people. Lots of confusion ensues, my stepmom gets upset and leaves dinner before we begin. I start crying.

The dining room staff was very nice but really confused also. They moved a table for us and we were able to all sit together (and my stepmom came back). Talking to the staff at dinner, Tom had called them and said that the 6 people mentioned above could NOT sit at the table with other guests, so the dining room staff and moved and table as asked by Tom.

LOTS of miscommunication.

The dining room staff moved the table back so we all could eat together. The food itself was lovely.





Also at dinner I found out about invitations. All of our guests were meant to get invitations at their room when they got on board. My grandparents invite was sent to my dad and stepmom's room (with their room number on it). Not good as they are my mom's parents and he got paranoid they were going to be in his cabin. Note: Their invite was also sent to their room. One of my "Vegas Uncles" (and vegas aunt's) invite was put on the wrong room altogether. It was put on the wrong side of the ship. So port instead of starboard. They found it because they went to the wrong side when first searching for their room.

After Dinner....

I go back to our cabin for seasick stuff before the show. On our door is a letter, so I open it and its for "Jessica and Michael's Wedding" on Castaway Cay, Saturday September 17, 2011. I am NOT HAPPY and storm out to Guest Services.

I get there and try to explain what happened. And just start crying and crying. Eventually when I get words out at Guest Services I try to explain it but somewhere along the lines the words "DO I LOOK LIKE A JESSICA?!?" come pouring out of my mouth. Between everything that day, I just lost it. Chalk it up to nerves, but in my mind if Disney couldn't get my name correct there was NO WAY they could get my wedding correct.

Laura just happened to be there to book her excursion for Friday, figured out what was happening and went to tell my mom what had happened. She came up to Guest Services they had called Tom so we were waiting on him. He came by was very apologetic, and my mom sent me to the show. She expressed her frustrations to him and he brought her a new letter.

I went to the bathroom outside the theater, and found my saving grace, Gillian. Gillian was the restroom attendant and the loveliest cast member I met. She was soooo nice to me, asked me what was wrong, so the whole story comes pouring out. She gave me a hug, told me she's seen the weddings and they are beautiful and assured me everything would be okay.

I went to the show, and remembered why I love Disney. The show put me in a great mood. It was the Golden Mickey's, which I had saw a version of at Hong Kong Disneyland.

After the show, we went back to the room and found champagne (great, but I don't drink it) and my dress back. The dress had a ticket on it which said $50 bucks. So I called Tom. He sent the champagne up as an apology (nice gesture) and assured me the $50 would not be charged to us, they just have to "charge" it to us at first for accounting purposes, but its removed before anything is actually charged to us. That's fine, but he or Shanda really should have warned us.

Brent and I decided to go shopping. Fun. And then to the Aqua Duck. We called my mom and the three of us went about 11:30 that night. It was a BLAST! Everyone should ride. Brent and I spent some time in the Mickey adults only pool after the Duck and went to bed around midnight.

All and all the day was emotional.
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:37 PM   #138
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Love your report and pics!(especially that one of the couple in the elevator)

Did you have any other trouble with Tom? I'm curious how he's been doing with the weddings now? Keep the trip report coming. I'm really enjoying reading yours!
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:41 PM   #139
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The only other trouble we had that I can think of at the moment is he put the wrong date on our wedding certificate (haven't got there yet in the TR but might have mentioned it on the cruise thread).
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Keep it coming Aimee. Love the pics!!!
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:53 PM   #141
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Trip Report ~ Day 3 (Nassau)

Day 3 ~ Friday, September 16, 2011 (Nassau)

Friday started by waking up to this view off the balcony as we pulled in to Nassau.



We had plans to meet my mom's side of the family and go shopping at 10 am.

So Brent and I went to have breakfast. We decided to eat sit down breakfast in the Royal Palace restaurant again. It was a nice way to start the day.

When we got out of breakfast, we saw the princess meet and greet. (I stole this picture from my parents camera but it was too sweet).



We soon met up with my family to complete my one and only mission in Nassau. Buy color changing nail polish for the wedding!



In the cruise terminal we immediately lost half the group. We detoured through the straw market on the way to Del Sol. (It was HOT).





After we went through the straw market we headed to Del Sol. Along the way we found the other part of our group (who all headed to Del Sol as they knew we would end up there eventually).



Mission complete.



Note: My aunt bought me the nail polish (thanks!) as a wedding present and I got two colors. White that turns to pink and blue that turns purple.

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Old 10-19-2011, 08:28 PM   #142
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I have NEVER heard of color changing nail polish. That is pretty cool!! Cannot wait to hear more!!
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Trip Report ~ Day 3 (Continued, Parasailing, FE gifts)

Day 3 ~ Friday, September 16, 2011 (Continued)

Brent really really wanted to go parasailing and I didn't. While not completely opposed to the idea, Thursday had been soooo emotional for me and I get motion sick (BAD) so I opted not to go. Brent found out my mom and stepdad were planning to go in Castaway Cay so he sweet talked them into going in Nassau instead. He had saw a booth in the straw market so he went back and signed them up.

As it was tandem parasailing so Brent was super excited he got to go twice, once with my mom and once with Dan. Here are some of their pictures (While they were parasailing I went to lunch with my grandparents and took a nap).







After they got back I went with my mom to deliver FE gifts.

The FE process was a ton of fun. About every time we got back to our room, we had presents. We had a very creative bunch and got very cool gifts (everything from magnets to a Mickey dream catcher).

First here is a picture (from home) of my FE gifts. I made them into magnets.



Here are pictures of a couple doors.



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Trip Report ~ Day 3 (Continued, Palo and Pirates)

Day 3 ~ Friday, September 16, 2011 (Continued)

After delivering FE gifts, Brent and I had our Palo dinner.

We are NOT fancy food people so we were a little apprehensive of this. But after the day of a zillion problems on Thursday we were looking forward to having a) no wedding stuff to stress about and b) no family stuff to stress about.



First was the antipasto dish. It was okay...



Next was pizza. Which was awesome. Brent said it was the best cheese pizza he has ever had.



Then there was dinner which Brent ordered steak, I ordered chicken and we got some pasta stuff as side dishes. I HATED the chicken and sent it back and ordered the steak instead. Steak was yummy. Pasta was different.





Finally there was dessert. I ordered the tiramisu and Brent ordered the chocolate souffle (sorry only have a picture of the tiramisu).



When we were done they brought us a "congratulations."





Overall dinner was good. Way too much food, Brent talked in a fake British accent all dinner and we had a nice view of the Oasis of the Sea pulling out of Nassau.

Our Palo night was Pirate night on the ship, so after dinner I went and found some pirates (aka went to the show)



I had to stop before show time and talk to Gillian though. She told me was really glad I came back by as she was worried about me. She really was the sweetest thing.



After show time it was time for fireworks. I am not the biggest fan of fireworks by any means (translation: I pretty much HATE them), but I went to make Brent happy and out of curiosity of what fireworks off a cruise ship looked like. We met up with my dad and crew and Brent's folks off the adult only bar/deck to watch them.

If you like fireworks they were pretty cool I suppose. The show that I could hear but not see interested me more.... After the fireworks I met up with my aunt (who was also in the same area) to grab my nail polish from her. She had a super cute towel animal ~ at least I think this picture was from her room.



After that I watched Brent go on the Aquaduck some more with my dad's friends. I couldn't go as the hair dresser told me NOT to get my hair wet and come to the appointment with it dry...

While they rode the duck, I had "the talk" with my dad. I had been avoiding the walking down the aisle discussion with pretty much everyone. If during the planning process anyone brought it up I would tell them I didn't want to talk about it and tear up and/or cry. I had pretty much made the decision to walk myself down the aisle, but needed to talk to my dad about it. He said he completely understood and his fear was I would have Dan (my stepdad) walk me and not him. It was a BIG stress reliever, but didn't come without tears from me.



Soon after, Brent and I went back to the room and we sat out together and watched lightening far away over the water. I of course used this opportunity to paint my nails for the wedding, I went with the blue that turned purple. Brent ordered room service and we went to bed. Wedding was in the morning!
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I'm sorry you were so stressed! <3 Gillian sounds amazing.

I am looking forward to reading about your wedding day!
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Trip Report Day 4 ~ Saturday, September 17, 2011 (Wedding Day)

Day 4 ~ Saturday, September 17, 2011 (Wedding Day!)

Saturday was Wedding Day!!!!

We woke up really early because of the excitement of the day and watched the Dream start to pull into Castaway Cay from our balcony.



Brent and I went to breakfast together at the buffet. I don't think I could really eat much of anything, but it was nice to have the calm before the storm of the day.

My hair appointment was at 8 am, but I was told to show up about 7:45. So I made the short trek from the buffet to the spa.



My mom and Laura (MOH) came to hang out while my hair was getting done. My hairdresser said my tiara was the best model in the states and he was very glad my hair was long. (Which made me feel good as I hated my long hair and grew it out only for the wedding. The day after the at-home reception, I cut 10-11 inches off).

My mom left a little bit before my hair was done as she was supposed to meet Brent and everyone in the Lounge to go out to the island. As I was walking myself down the aisle, I had Laura help me get ready. Laura left for a few to change and met me at the room.

He was quick, my hair was done and looked great by 9 am. The finished hair (sorry the best picture I had is from on the beach).



I met Laura in the room to get ready. She brought my something borrowed.

My "something new" (my dress)



My "something old" (my grandma's necklace) and "something borrowed" (earrings from Laura)



My "something blue" (My flip flops ~ again the best picture I had is from on the beach).



Right after I got dressed my mom came to the room looking for tape, so that was nice as I wasn't sure I'd get to see her before the ceremony (once I was ready).

All that was left was to wait until 9:30 or 9:45 for Tom.

So to kill time, we took a couple getting ready pictures.



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Trip Report ~ Day 4 (Wedding Pictures)

Day 4 ~ Saturday, September 17, 2011 (Wedding Day! Continued)

Soon enough Tom was at the door, with my beautiful bouquet. And off we went.

Laura and I got to ride on the back of the golf cart to the ceremony site. Which was a very surreal experience. When we got on the cart, Stitch came by and "offered" to be my "something blue". On the way I got lots of waves, smiles, and congratulations from people enjoying the island.

The weather was beautiful. Hot. But really, just beautiful. All the hurricane/tropical storm worry but nothing to complain about (other than it was maybe too bright).

Here are a bunch of wedding ceremony photos.

The men (My grandpa, my stepdad, Brent, Brent's dad, and my dad).



My dad ran into me at breakfast and asked if he could say hi before the ceremony started so Tom got him (and my mom both) so say hi right before I headed down the aisle.



And the ceremony begins. Honestly I don't remember much of it other than a) the script was different than the one we got from Disney and b) it was sooo bright it was hard to look directly in Brent's eyes.











Exchanging the rings (which got stuck on Brent's hand, but eventually went on)







And the rest of the ceremony







You may now kiss the bride...

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Trip Report - Day 4 (Even more Wedding Pictures)

Day 4 ~ Saturday, September 17, 2011 (Wedding Day! Continued)

So this starts the madness after the ceremony.

My advice:
  • Have someone bring you sunglasses
  • Bring Water
  • Have a list of what family photos you want

We were never happier to put on sunglasses.



The madness of family trying to take pictures of us.



The picture you see my dad taking in the above picture




Signing the Bahamian Wedding License. Our moms signed the US one as witnesses, so Brent called the dads over to sign the Bahamian one (which meant a lot to my dad).



After signing the wedding license we took a bunch of posed pictures/family pictures









All the wedding guests



So my poor Great Aunt got too hot and started to faint when we were taking this photo. There was no water close to where we were. All bad. Someone ran to get her water and we got her a car and then took the photo.

In the aftermath of this we were still trying to take family photos. Which was a mess. There was still people trying to take pictures with their own cameras and people trying to take care of my Aunt. We were also half arguing with Tom trying to get him to take some of the guests/my Aunt back on board. He wanted to take all the wedding guests at once because he needed to be in the Outlook Lounge. He eventually took our guests in shifts, but we missed most of this taking photos.

See wedding worried faces...



We almost missed a picture of us and my dad and stepmom but got one...



We did miss a picture of us and my mom and stepdad. Other than the picture with all the parentals in it, this is the best shot I have with my stepdad (which was taken right at the end of the ceremony, before we started taking posed shots).



We also missed a picture with my grandparents (at least on the cameras I have access to the pictures).

So my suggestion is to make a list of family photos you want. Our photographer was lovely, but he didn't know what we wanted and didn't want or who our guests were.

As we were walking away to get pictures of just the two of us, we ran into my favorite restroom attendant. She was able to get permission to come, which was awesome. She was watching from little bit back as she didn't want to intrude, but I was so excited to see that she was able to come.

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