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Old 07-20-2013, 08:54 AM   #511
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Yummy food and wine samples, I'll admit the only thing I'll miss by missing F&W this year is the cheddar cheese soup!
Gorgeous fireworks photos, as always.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #512
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LOVE the Illuminations pictures
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:27 AM   #513
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Amazing pictures! I have a question about the chase visa areas. Are these available to everyone with a chase visa or do you need a special Disney visa? We don't normally use credit cards, but we have been considering getting either a southwest or a Disney visa.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:21 AM   #514
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Those pictures are amazing!!!!!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:04 PM   #515
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He makes the Illuminations look better than they do in person. Those pictures are beautiful.
Thank you! I think that might be the highest compliment anyone has paid Franklin and his photography.

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Yummy food and wine samples, I'll admit the only thing I'll miss by missing F&W this year is the cheddar cheese soup!
Gorgeous fireworks photos, as always.
Our honeymoon this year will be our fourth Food and Wine Festival in a row. I am a little sad that with our slate of Disney trips next year, we'll have to give up a F&W trip and instead go in early December for the holiday stuff. I'm already panicking a little about missing a full year of F&W.

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Amazing pictures! I have a question about the chase visa areas. Are these available to everyone with a chase visa or do you need a special Disney visa? We don't normally use credit cards, but we have been considering getting either a southwest or a Disney visa.
It was open to anyone with a Chase Visa, not just the Disney-branded ones. It was a lovely perk!

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Old 07-21-2013, 08:35 PM   #516
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We last left off with LOTS of Food and Wine Festival fun and a spectacular showing of Illuminations. We were up bright and early. Well, actually, it was dark and early because the sun was nowhere to be seen yet.

We got to the bus stop at 6:30 a.m., but where were we headed?



Just the Magic Kingdom for a pre-opening breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table! I’m not going to lie, it made me a little mad that a bus didn’t show up until 6:50. Yes, at 6:30 a.m. we had to wait 20 minutes for a bus! Gah, but I wouldn’t let a little transportation frustration ruin our big meal in the castle.


We made it!



The sun had finally begun to rise and it gave everything this soft, lovely glow.



This plaque is easily one of my favorite details in all of Disney World. I think breakfast in the castle definitely falls under the category of pure fantasy.



At 7:45, they let us all in. And we got to take in the gorgeous sight of a practically empty Main Street.



What do you do when you have Main Street to yourself? You take pictures at every Photopass photographer along the way.





Hello my lovely castle, let us take one more photo and we’re all yours.





Well, maybe a couple of more from Franklin because they’re just so gosh darn pretty.







And we know Franklin couldn’t leave without a pic of his favorite little guy, Dumbo!



It was getting late, so we made our way up the ramp and into the castle.









I could stare at the mosaics for hours. But we didn’t have time to dawdle, we had a date with some big-name royalty!












We were led inside to meet our host.


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Old 07-21-2013, 08:36 PM   #517
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I hadn’t eaten here since I was little, and this was Franklin’s first castle experience. And it was as spectacular as I remembered!







There were even some hidden mice, not the hidden Mickey kind though.



Cinderella was adorable. She said she wished she had worn a dress with my picture on it after seeing my Cindy shirt and necklace.





After such a wonderful greeting, we made our way upstairs. I love Disney stained glass, don’t you?



We were seated and given menus and presents!





We weren’t at window table, but we had a wonderful view anyway.



They brought out a lovely platter of pastries and fruit.



The princesses were all around, but it wasn’t our turn yet.











Our food arrived pretty quickly! Franklin had the lobster and crab crepes.



And I had the traditional breakfast with scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon and sausage.



Franklin loved the setting and probably could have spent hours taking pictures of every last detail.





After we finished eating, it was princess time. Ariel was up first.





Then Aurora.


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Old 07-21-2013, 08:37 PM   #518
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The waiter brought out our desserts and I have to say, mine was a little more special than I had expected.



Under the cover, sat a bed of rose petals with a glass slipper and a diamond ring. I was in shock. The ring was so beautiful! And I noticed right away that the center stone was from my mom’s engagement ring.



I looked over and realized Franklin was down on one knee!





He asked if I would marry him. And through my many tears I said yes -- several times.



He then put that beautiful ring on my finger!











We’re engaged!





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Old 07-21-2013, 08:38 PM   #519
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Um, best Disney souvenir EVER.





They brought us out sparkling cider in CRT etched flutes and a more edible dessert, a white chocolate slipper with chocolate mousse.









The people at the next table sent their congratulations. The funny thing was, one of the women at that table had screamed “oh my God!” when they had unveiled the glass slipper and the ring. It was a really funny moment.



For those of you wondering, the glass slipper was personalized. On the inside sole, it had that day’s date 10-10-12. On one side, it had Missy + Franklin. And on the other it said “Me and you, just us two.” Which is a quote from the second Sex and the City movie. Yes, friends, my fiance managed to combine Disney AND Sex and the City into the proposal. He’s a keeper.





There were still more princesses to meet! My favorite bookworm was next, she was so excited for us. She said it was just like the love stories in her favorite books!






Jasmine was the most excited princess, by far.







She told me that she knows jewels because she has lots of them and she said she’d never seen such a beautiful ring!



We were both floating on air.



They brought out our photo package and not only did it have our photos with Cinderella, it also had a bunch of portraits of the glass slipper! They also brought us out a pair of Just Engaged buttons.

It was such a perfect moment in our lives. We’ve been together 10 years and we knew we wanted to build a life together before we got married and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Our upcoming wedding is going to be a celebration of that life we’ve built and a toast to all the love we feel in our lives: our love for each other, the love we feel from our families and the love we feel from our friends. Franklin planned such a perfect setting. I had been calling Cinderella’s Castle “my castle” for years. And now it truly feels like MY castle. And getting engaged at her house definitely has made Cinderella my homegirl. It was magical, beautiful and a total surprise. And I love that Franklin asked me to marry me in a place we both love and a place where we can return year after year. And having our own personal Photopass photographer capturing the whole thing was just the cherry on the world’s most perfect sundae.

I know many of you have waited very patiently to get to this chapter and I hope you enjoyed getting to relive this with me. There were many tears shed that morning (all extraordinarily happy ones) and another few hit the keyboard as I typed this chapter. I love that we have this story recorded and I’m even happier that I get to share it with all of you. There’s lots more engagement day fun coming up, so I hope you’ll all stick around.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:52 PM   #520
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I have not commented much on your TR but I have to say all of the pictures are incredible. I'm not even lying when I say they are some of the best I have ever seen in a TR. WOW! I love the one of the nearly empty Main Street. So pretty!

How awesome to get engaged at Cinderella's Royal Table!
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Yeah, we finally got to the proposal! And it was so magical! Franklin is definitely a keeper, congrats again to both of you!!,
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:11 PM   #522
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So excited to finally get to read this chapter!!!! What an awesome proposal! Great job, Franklin!!! And your ring is just beautiful, Missy.
Can't wait to read more about your day.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:23 PM   #523
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Such a great engagement, so nice to have photos of it too!

I love Jasmine's reaction too!
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:31 PM   #524
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Awww....... that was absolutely the BEST!

Missy, you got a real keeper. Thank you so much for sharing your very personal moment. Getting engaged in the castle is just SO perfect.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:08 PM   #525
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Wow, wow, wow!!! Congratulations! That is the most perfect proposal ever! I'm so happy for you two. I love how Cinderella's Royal Table had so many perfect details -- from the perfectly etched glass slipper all the way down to the engaged buttons ready to go. And yes, I'm sure Franklin had a ton to do with how perfect and detailed it all was. I'm sure you're just in heaven now with all that's ahead. Enjoy this special time! Oh, and I love that photo of you two with the sparkling ring on your finger -- beautiful!

And at such an exciting time I'm sorry to ask a photo question, but how did Franklin get such bright images inside the castle? I couldn't even get a photo of the mice as it was so dark. It looked like he didn't even use a flash. Did he? My ISO doesn't go that high so it's a struggle. And then when I took photos of the stained glass, it was just white & blown out outside. How in the world did he capture Fantasyland in the background? I am so wanting to know! We are going there twice this next trip.

And I need to find that plaque in Fantasyland. I love it!

So happy to share in all the excitement!!!!
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