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Old 10-02-2013, 08:13 PM   #451
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Nicole,

I just wanted to say how amazing your wedding turned out! I love it. I think that is so awesome that you had Marie come to the wedding, so fitting

I think I've officially changed my mind and I'm going to request Cricket for our MK bridal shoot, all because of your wedding pictures!!

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Old 10-09-2013, 04:21 PM   #452
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MARIE! Everything is so charming, and so pretty, and then...MARIE!

And I love the "bonus" Epcot shoot - those pictures look so relaxed and happy!

YAY!
I love your comment! It was so fun to have Marie there!

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Nicole,

I just wanted to say how amazing your wedding turned out! I love it. I think that is so awesome that you had Marie come to the wedding, so fitting

I think I've officially changed my mind and I'm going to request Cricket for our MK bridal shoot, all because of your wedding pictures!!

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That is so wonderful! You definitely won't regret requesting Cricket, she is so fantastic to work with! And I know I am biased, but I really think she is one of the best - okay, the best - DFAP photographers.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:24 PM   #453
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Meal Time!

The Big Day: The Meal
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We sat down at our sweetheart table in the centre of the window-lined wall. DH looked out the window into Epcot and remarked that we wouldn't otherwise know we were in a busy theme park, because it was so peaceful and quiet in the restaurant. If you've seen the previous post with our seating chart, you know the Monsieur Paul dining room is divided into two spaces by a banquette through the centre of the room. We had just enough guests to seat in the bright, window-facing side of the room; another ten guests and we would have had to seat some of them on the darker side of the dining room, away from the rest of the group. It's something to think about if you're considering Monsieur Paul as a possible reception space.

*Spoilers* This won't be a surprise for anyone who's read their share of DFTW trip reports, but if you're having your own DFTW in the future and don't want to have what is a very lovely surprise spoiled for you, skip to the next paragraph.

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Spoiler: On our table, was a book-shaped box with "Happily Ever After" printed on the front. Inside, were two gold his and hers wrist watches and a lovely message from our planner, Michelle.
Speeches. There were some really nice things said by all. I don't have any scripts or anything, so you'll have to just enjoy the photographic evidence that they occurred right about here in the day's timeline. Hopefully when my wedding video comes I'll get to relive it all.











Food! Yums! Food yums! If my top priority for the wedding was photography, for DH, food was at the top of his wedding priorities. Heck, it's at the top of his life priorities all of the time, which is one of the reasons we chose Monsieur Paul instead of a convention venue. Not that you can't get great food from Disney Catering, but Monsieur Paul's is a signature restaurant, and it showed in both the food and the service. Bryan got a great feeling of satisfaction when our guests told us the servers asked them how they wanted their beef tenderloin cooked. You just can't get that from a catered meal.

We started with the famous Soup aux Truffles V.G.E., an oxtail consume with diced vegetables and a generous amount of sliced truffle, baked with a puff pastry dome. This was, by far, my most anticipated dish of the meal and it did not disappoint. I was a little worried that some of our guests might not like the earthiness of the truffle, but it was a universal hit. Even DH's two year-old niece loved it. She's quite a foodie-in-training.



The second course was a bit of a hit-and-miss. We wanted a salad, and they only had a Roquefort cheese and poached pear salad. I should have known that the Roquefort would be too strong for some palettes, but DH liked it and even finished off my slice of cheese. It should be said that it was a generous slice of Roquefort, but that doesn't help much if you just don't like it.



The entrees were selected by our guests about a month in advance of the reception, and we conveyed those selections on to our wedding planner. The restaurant also requested that our escort cards indicate each guest's entree selection; we ended up colour-coordinating the selections by printing each entree on a different colour of card stock (pink for beef, blue for fish, yellow for scallop, green for duck.) About half the guests selected the beef tenderloin, with scallops and duck tied for second, and a couple of red snapper and chicken orders. (I did my best to scour as many of our guests' photos as possible to find photos of as many entrees as possible.)


Free-range chicken ballotine, carrot and sun choke puree, creamy spinach


Red snapper in potato scales, braised fennel, rosemary sauce


Grilled beef tenderloin with mushroom crust, mashed potatoes, Bordelaise sauce


Um... I'm not entirely sure what this is... the mashed potatoes that goes with the beef, perhaps?


Seared scallops with vegetables, cream of cauliflower, ginger lobster consommé


Roasted duck breast a lorange, grated potatoes & baby carrots

DH tried a bit of each entree except the beef and he says they were very tasty, very well-prepared, but if he had to choose a favourite, it would be the scallops. The perfectly cooked scallops and the ginger lobster broth tasted very fresh and light. I was worried about the ginger taste being too pronounced, but it was very subtly enhancing the taste of the seafood, as it should be. Everyone who had the beef was very pleased with their choice.

We asked DH's brother and sister-in-law what they wanted as an infant meal for DH's niece. They eventually opted for the adult scallops dish, because they thought she would like the vegetables and lobster broth, and sure enough she did. In fact, they asked their server if they could have a bowl of just the lobster broth because she liked it so much. They said it would need to make it from scratch, and a bowl of broth arrived twenty minutes later.

The service was top-to-bottom great. The servers were all in-house, well-trained in fine-dining service, and they all seemed genuinely thrilled to be serving our wedding. Maybe I'm just projecting, but, as Disney college program students from France, it really felt like they were also getting a unique Disney experience as well. In any case, our guests were very well taken of throughout the entire reception.

With lunch out of the way one of the DFTW assistants approached me and asked if I was ready for my father-daughter dance. This is one of things I wanted to do, but I hadn't really discussed it or practiced or anything like that with my dad. So I was nervous about it.

Music cue: "She Wants to Dance with Me" by Rick Astley





Towards the last chorus or so, my dad and I broke and I grabbed Bryan to finish up the song.





And we were right around here when the next song began...
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:26 PM   #454
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M-i-c-k-e-y m-o-u-s-e

The Big Day
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Music cue: "Good Life" by One Republic



If Marie's reception had been subdued, Mickey and Minnie's reception was wild! In the back of my mind I had been concerned about people not getting into the characters. I was wrong. Getting Mickey and Minnie was probably one of the best choices, it really, really made the whole day. I wouldn't trade those moments for anything. It probably depends on the characters you choose, but I think a pair of characters is a better than a solo character. They took photos together, but they were also able to split up. While one was taking a photo, the other worked the crowd and got everyone involved. Also, it's Mickey and Minnie! They put a smile on everyone's face.





A little dancing behind us and then we were taken over to the cake table to cut the cake for realzies this time.






Back to dancing!



















They also took individual shots with lots of our guests, which a lot of people really got into!





And all too soon we were hugging Mickey and Minnie goodbye. Aww, it really was sad to see them go. My new niece spent the rest of the reception pointing towards to the door where Mickey and Minnie had appeared, trying to convince anyone she could to follow and find them. So cute!

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Old 10-09-2013, 04:27 PM   #455
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After Mickey and Minnie's departure, cake was served at our tables. At my plate was the raspberry and white cake and at Bryan's the chocolate with dark chocolate mousse. Both of the flavours were delicious but the raspberry was surprisingly great, and every bit as good as the planning session. I loved our choices. I can't wait until we go back to WDW and I order a recreation. I'm dreaming about it already! CAKE! My only regret here was that we didn't specifically ask for them to serve both flavours to each guest.

Here are a couple photos of the room:









After cake we went back up the floor for some dancing. My girls and I really got into belting out the Backstreet Boys, not going to lie!









And then all too soon, Bryan was standing up in front of everyone, thanking them for joining us on our special day...



... But also reminding them about the Dessert Party later that night. This part of the day was coming to a close, but there was still more fun to come!
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:26 PM   #456
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How did I not comment on the Marie update? I guess you surprised me into silence Love your characters, so creative! And the food looks DIVINE. It's nice to see an Epcot ceremony with a more lunch-y reception (even though I fully plan on doing brunch for my own reception! )

I can't remember, but did you have a DJ or just an ipod setup? I am like you in that I really want a dance-y reception, but the fact that our reception will be at 11:30am/12:00pm obviously does not lend itself to the dance atmosphere like a dinner does. I know it depends mostly on the guest list (and about half of ours right now is college friends), and I want the Epcot ceremony more than a dance reception, but I'm still worried getting people to dance in the afternoon will be too awkward.
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How did I not comment on the Marie update? I guess you surprised me into silence Love your characters, so creative! And the food looks DIVINE. It's nice to see an Epcot ceremony with a more lunch-y reception (even though I fully plan on doing brunch for my own reception! )

I can't remember, but did you have a DJ or just an ipod setup? I am like you in that I really want a dance-y reception, but the fact that our reception will be at 11:30am/12:00pm obviously does not lend itself to the dance atmosphere like a dinner does. I know it depends mostly on the guest list (and about half of ours right now is college friends), and I want the Epcot ceremony more than a dance reception, but I'm still worried getting people to dance in the afternoon will be too awkward.
I know exactly what you mean. We decided to go with an iPod setup because Bryan's family does not dance, not even at night, so it seemed pointless to even consider a DJ with only 50% of the guests even open to dancing. What we did was we bought the Wedding DJ app, which I saw recommended by another Disbride. It worked out really well for us. We picked songs that we wanted to dance to, queued them up and then the app blends them and all that fun stuff. We just had to ask our Best Man if he could press play on the playlists at that right times. And people still danced, especially when Mickey and Minnie were there, but also after they left. Basically the guests just followed my lead (and my MoHs) if we were dancing they joined us so we were all together. That was my experience, and probably if you have guests that are inclined to dance they will just follow your lead and get into the party atmosphere no matter what time of day.
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I know exactly what you mean. We decided to go with an iPod setup because Bryan's family does not dance, not even at night, so it seemed pointless to even consider a DJ with only 50% of the guests even open to dancing. What we did was we bought the Wedding DJ app, which I saw recommended by another Disbride. It worked out really well for us. We picked songs that we wanted to dance to, queued them up and then the app blends them and all that fun stuff. We just had to ask our Best Man if he could press play on the playlists at that right times. And people still danced, especially when Mickey and Minnie were there, but also after they left. Basically the guests just followed my lead (and my MoHs) if we were dancing they joined us so we were all together. That was my experience, and probably if you have guests that are inclined to dance they will just follow your lead and get into the party atmosphere no matter what time of day.
That's a great idea! That sounds like the perfect app. I don't feel like we really NEED a DJ (and a cheaper iPod setup sounds more attractive) but then I don't know.......good thing we still have a year to decide!
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Everything looked amazing Sounds like you had a wonderful day!
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Aargh. I just got caught up with your TR! How amazing. Can't wait for more!
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How was the home reception?
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Oh my! I just got caught up with your wedding and it just looks amazing! I'm so happy that everything turned out so beautifully for you! Can't wait to hear about your Desert Party
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:23 AM   #463
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I'm sooooooooo behind! Behold... A whole slew of commentary & well wishes!!

Luuuurve what you did with those frames from Michaels & the international movie posters & the "admit one" ticket too!

Did your hand/wrist cramp up from all that hole punching for the fan programs? I've been using a corner rounder punch for my guest book cards, thank you cards, etc., and after doing it so many times, I injured my wrist from overuse! I had to wear a brace for a week or so!

OMG, I feel your frustration on the newsletter/ bus ticket thing. I can't believe how much stuff you've ended up designing. It's a good thing you've got those skills!

The honeymoon shirts are adorbs!!! Did you design those, too?

The $10 delivery cost for your box (first day of the trip) seems so bogus. Typical Disney milking everything for all they can. This is why we decided not to ship ahead any provisions for our honeymoon trip next month; CR also charges for packages. The lady didn't seem very helpful about your photopass requrest either. Lame.

"I'm embarrassed to say how generous I was with the gifts from the MOHs. I gave them a Cinderella compact (from the Cinderella Sephora collection; I'd been hoarding these under my bed for a looooong time), a day pass to Islands of Adventure for my "Bachelorette party" and a day pass to Disney World to cover the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner day." There's nothing to be embarrassed about; you gave them a useful keepsake and the gift of experience, which always matters more in the long run than any material object. Moreover, they probably put a lot of time & money into attending & helping with your wedding, so it was fair to cover their WDW day pass. Good for you.

LOL @ Picabu

"The woman at the desk told us that a new policy mandated a $2 fee for each bag to be delivered to each room." ***? Do you think this was legit, or do you think she was pocketing the cash?

"Here's a hot tip: If you're running errands around Orlando for whatever reason--picking up a marriage license, renting a tuxedo or what have you--the best advice I can give you is bring quarters, because you'll definitely run into some tolls. We were... unprepared for the first one, and had to... creatively... avoid... it. Bring quarters!" Good advice and something anyone should note when traveling. We made this mistake too (at 2 a.m.), but we couldn't avoid the toll because it was on the highway (East Coast). So, the state sent us a ticket for $75 after the fact.

I'm equally surprised to hear about all express pass lanes because of your buttons! Sweet deal! I can't believe it kept working throughout the park, too. I haven't heard about anything like that. I wasn't going to bother wearing bride/groom stuff when we go next month, but maybe we should. We already have the express pass though because we're staying at one of their hotels for 3 nights. That photo on Forbidden Journey is adorbs. I don't think they had photos when we went.

"He told us to look at each other while he was talking instead of looking at him, even if it felt rude, because it makes for a better photo; it was great advice and I wish DH had remembered it during the ceremony. He also said to count "three alligators" (not spell! ) during our kiss--again, for better photos." These are good tips to know! Thanks for sharing them!

I can't believe so many characters from the 3 o'clock parade stopped next to you! Luuuucky!

Love how your bouquet turned out

Love that pic of you with the yeti (getting ready)! So cute! So happy!

Love that hair piece, too! So much to love! It's neat seeing it all come together.

Bryan, you look like a boss in that limo, like you take a limo every day. LOL. Niiiiice.

<3 It's fun seeing all the pictures now! Your cake came out fantastic, and the kitties look so freaking cute on top.
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I keep checking the disboards just to see if this thread has updated..
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Hi Ladies! So sorry for sort of abandoning the TR, things have been a little hectic and I may have lost DH as a co-author midway through the next installment, which held me up finishing it up.

Thank you all so much for your kind words and patience! I'm going to try harder to set aside more time to get back to it, I really do want to finish this for myself as well!

So without further ado, here is the conclusion of our wedding day!
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