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Old 02-20-2008, 02:45 PM   #46
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:23 PM   #47
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Great TR! Looking forward to more!
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:25 PM   #48
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enjoying reading your trip report

I didn't know disney had so many brides. better start saving my daughter is 7 . or maybe for me.
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:33 PM   #49
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carrie! great start! i remember that safari hotel, is it right outside the entrance to dtd on 535 or 536? the same road as vista...anyway, i remember the parrots, we used to sneak in there on my cp to see them...

i cannot believe that you only took that much luggage for 16 days. we were there for 1/2 that time with twice as much (3 times maybe) luggage AND i sent 2 huge boxes ahead of me...oy vey!
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:58 PM   #50
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I'm so glad to see you've started your TR!! I've been waiting for this one Your pictures are just amazing! Don't you just love Nathan and Jensey?! I can't wait to work with them again! Congrats on your marriage!
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:52 AM   #51
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Day Two: Death by a Thousand Frustrations....

Saturday, February 2

Good news: Day Two was action-packed! Unfortunately, it was not picture-packed... I think I have one shot (although Wendy was able to help out with an Adventurer’s Club picture). I’ll try to fill in with nominally related images where I can.

We spent the day doing all those things I read about in trips reports and vowed never to do – namely, driving off property on a million boring errands. OK, one boring errand, but it took FOREVER! We got our marriage license by mail so we wouldn’t have to go find a courthouse, and I shipped a drugstore’s worth of sunscreen, blister block, etc. so we wouldn’t need one of those. But the forgotten Gorillapod put a crimp in our plans...

I slept great on the ugly Sheraton bed and woke up with about two hours before everyone was to descend on the room for the tux fitting. I opened the ginormous box we shipped and sorted the reception items from the ceremony items while nibbling on (OK, scarfing down) the Sheraton’s Kids’ Safari Breakfast – a steal at only $4.99!

This is what breakfast looks like!



We only had two things for the ceremony – the programs and the CD of our soundtrack – and minus the 34 sets of mouse ears, not much more for the reception: cake knife, guest book, pens, cake topper.

At 10:30 the fellow from Carolyn Allen’s arrived with tuxes for DF and BM (Best Man – does anybody else giggle when they type that abbreviation?). The tuxes had turned out to be a big logistical hassle during the wedding-planning process because our wedding was early on a Monday and the tux warehouse is closed on the weekend – our only chance to try them on. When I first called Carolyn Allen, they said that if we had the fitting before noon on Saturday (the earliest we could all be in town to do it), they would still be able to exchange any wrong sizes at the warehouse before it closed on Saturday.

Based on this info, my dad and brother (the Man of Honor, henceforth known alternately as MH and “the Disney Hater”) decided to rent their tuxes at home and schlep them on the plane so they wouldn’t have to spend Friday night in Orlando.

Well when I called Carolyn Allen back a few months later, they had switched their affiliation to the Jim’s Formalwear network, and the new warehouse is in Georgia and closed all weekend – GRRRR! So no matter when we tried on the tuxes – and it could have been on Sunday at that point – there was nothing we could do but change sleeve and pants hems if CA brought the wrong pieces or our fellas were measured wrong. CA does keep a few tuxedo pieces in stock, but ours were peak lapel jackets, and they only stock notch lapels. Can you imagine the horror if two of our guys had peak and two had notch?!!

Rare, elusive Peak-lapel Tuxedo in its natural habitat



Common Notch-lapel Tuxedo



I thought about using another vendor, but I’d heard recent horror stories about After Hours (things got screwed up in the changeover to MW Tux), and the only other provider who delivered couldn’t exchange tux pieces over the weekend either. Which is all to say that you can imagine my horror when BM tried on his tux and it looked like he was playing dress-up in his dad’s clothes. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

A tux that fits


A tux that doesn’t fit


Actually, I didn’t freak out too much, because at least DF’s tux fit great! Apparently the person who measured BM didn’t know that you can get jackets in different lengths - in this case we needed “short”... The size problem wasn’t Carolyn Allen’s fault – it just would have been nice to be able to exchange for the correct jacket. The only changes we made were to lengthen all the sleeves and swap out DF’s bowtie for a fuller, more James Bond-like model.

After we sent the tuxes off, we sat around for what seemed like an eternity talking about transportation logistics with BM. Everything had been perfectly worked out the week before when we thought BM would have a car. But when he and his wife decided they could get around Orlando just fine in taxis, it threw a monkey wrench in all the plans. For one thing, he had asked me to help him plan a surprise bachelor party for DF that night that involved BM driving DH back to their family’s condo in the boonies. I wasn’t sure how that was going to work with no car.... So BM spoiled the surprise and we all tried to figure it out. Boooooooooriiiiiiing!!!!

When that was finally resolved to no one’s satisfaction except BM’s, DF and I finally left the hotel to run errands before my 1pm spa appointment. (Holy crap – I’ve written this much and I’m only at 11am?!). We decided that we really wanted a Gorillapod, despite the cuteness of the table-top tripod our photographers found! So we set off in search of Best Buy, discovering along the way that taking a wrong exit from I-4 can send you miles out of your way. And also that Best Buy is not technically in the Florida Mall. DF did a lot of running in to restaurants/gas stations/etc. to ask for directions while I did a lot of sitting in the car and stewing that it was getting later and later and we were MILES from the spa. At least I remembered to take a picture!

Can you feel my frustration?



Finally we found Best Buy, which was out of Gorillapods except for the display model. DF asked to buy it, which set in motion a series of walkie-talkie calls and negotiations worthy of an FBI investigation. FINALLY we were allowed to buy it, jumped into the O Mobile, and went fwapping off to the Dolphin for my spa appointment. No lunch makes Lurkyloo cranky!

This is what lunch might have looked like!



OK, the Mandara Spa. I was not impressed. The prices are higher than an L.A. spa, the facility is tiny, the amenities ho-hum, and the services I got were lackluster. When I checked in, they told me I could only get the leg wax because the bikini waxer didn’t work Saturdays. If they had told me that when I booked, I would have had everything done at Bliss in L.A. before I left. The last thing I wanted was a painful bikini wax the day before my wedding! But there was nothing I could do, so I had to squeeze it in between the rehearsal brunch and my manicure the next day. The girl who did my legs was friendly and chatty, but I discovered afterward that she had missed big patches on my legs and left hard, sticky wax clumps all over. Those took about two days to wash off. Definitely not worth the $100 price tag. I cycled through every possible discount I could think of with the cashier – Annual Pass, Disney Visa Card, Automobile Association – and then hit on Starwood Preferred Guest for 20% off. She seemed annoyed that I’d actually succeeded in getting a discount!

Meanwhile, DF had dropped our ceremony and reception items off at Franck’s and gone to the barber shop at the Contemporary to get a haircut (which was another so-so job). He got lost coming to pick me up at the Dolphin, so I sat there filling out the postcards we send to Disney’s Year of a Million Dreams giveaway every single day (we’ve been doing it since September ‘06 and have scored numerous sets of mouse ears and some pins so far!).

I also had a momentary freak-out over a message from my aunt saying my dad’s flight had been delayed and he wouldn’t be there in time for our family dinner that night. A few minutes later she called back to say she’d been listening to an old voicemail and there was actually nothing wrong. Whew! And then I got hit on by one of the valets. It took me a while to figure out what was going on because it’d been so long since anyone had. I’m certain his attentions were due entirely to the low-cut sundress I was wearing. He asked me if I was in town for the convention, so I sweetly explained that I was there to get married. You should have seen him hightail it back to the valet stand! (For the rest of the trip DH would jokingly ask me, “So... are you in town for the convention...?”)

So finally DF found his way back to the Dolphin and took me to Gooding’s for an overpriced sandwich (well, everyone says they have high prices, but I live in L.A. so I couldn’t tell...). At the Sheraton we discovered free cookies and lemonade next to the gator cage in the lobby (score one for the Sheraton!), so we took those and the overpriced sandwich back to my room and ate on the balcony. I had a tiny slice of time before I needed to start tarting up (as I call it) for our dinner with my side of the family at Olivia’s at Old Key West. I wanted to use this time for a nap, but DF made me use it to write my vows.

Yes, I am a bad bride. I left my vows until two days before the wedding. I was feeling pressured to come up with something earth-shatteringly original and romantic because I knew it’d be captured on video, and the weeks leading up to the wedding were so busy that I never had time to get in the vow-writing mood. We tried to write them together a couple times and came up empty because we felt rushed and uninspired. Plus, I was worried about being original, and DF was worried about being grammatical...ly correct. Finally we decided to write them separately, and he got his done about a week before. Our pastor sternly told us that they had to be ready for the rehearsal, and here it was the night before with no vows for the bride. So DF took his book and went to read by the pool, and I somehow managed my way through it. I don’t think they were terribly original, but at least they came straight from the heart.

Say, I actually have a picture for this part of the story!



After that I started the lengthy tarting process for our dinner with my family.

DF has a huge family – 7 aunts and uncles and 20 cousins on his mom’s side alone. The only family I had at the wedding was my dad, my brother and SIL, my two aunts, and my dad’s cousin. My other aunt and uncle had to cancel at the last minute, so it was a very small group who met at Olivia’s that night. So, I’ve mentioned that my brother and his wife are Disney haters, but I was still kind of shocked by how grouchy and negative they were at first. Right off the bat they were griping about Disney while the rest of us were just catching up and having a good time. It wasn’t terribly original material either – Disney’s expensive, it’s fake, etc. DF and I just ignored their comments, and eventually everyone seemed to be enjoying dinner.

After dinner I took DF to Downtown Disney for his swinging bachelor party at… Rainforest Café?! This was his BM’s idea of a good time. I, on the other hand, got to go to the Adventurer’s Club to meet Wendy (a.k.a. Mistress of All Evil)! Whohoo! I used the Disney Dining Experience card to get half off admission – glad I read the list of benefits, cuz I didn’t know about that one! I’d never been to the AC before, so I was kind of overwhelmed, but I loved the theming. Wendy spotted me from downstairs and waved me over to where she was hanging out with her Glamorous Amazon Entourage. I am just under 6 feet tall, so I had never known what it was like to feel short til I met Wendy and her sister! I think we’re all the same height, but they wear HEELS! It was the weirdest feeling, but I also felt really comfortable because Wendy and I had the DIS boards connection and knew so much about each other. Her DF got dragged into a skit by the Maid, who had a field day with the jokes when she found out he was there with two brides (and my DF was nowhere in sight!). Good times!

Chuck’s Two Brides…



I finally pooped out and went back to my room to pack for my move to Beach Club Villas. I listened to our samba-packed reception playlist as I worked, which was so romantic that I decided to write DF a wedding-eve-eve letter and give it to him during our Valentine’s Day dinner at Jiko the following week. And then I went to bed!

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Old 02-21-2008, 05:02 AM   #52
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Every time I'm so excited that there's more and every time it's heart-stopping drama and edge of my dorm-room bed thrills (I'm possibly being over dramatic here, but I do laugh along with you and get ever so slightly annoyed at anyone who rains on your parade) and every time it ends I'm eagerly awaiting more.

Mandara does suck. They think they're all prissy and posh but that's just an excuse to be more expensive than is ever necessary and they always try and con people into buying their products. (I also used to work at the Dolphin. What can I say; I get around. )
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Loving your trip report so far. You were a very beautiful bride.
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Old 02-21-2008, 07:57 AM   #54
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Congratulations! You looked so beautiful on your wedding day and your bouquet was gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your pictures and your TR!

BTW - I love my Gorillapod
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:35 AM   #55
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WOO HOO! Day 2 and we met! How exciting. It's crazy how different, yet similar our days were. Yet, in the end we made it to PI (there were times I didn't even think that would happen!)

I'm sorry about the tuxes... It's like you foresee a problem. You do the best you can to divert the problem and then you're still left with... A PROBLEM!!!
I think that's more frustrating than anything. I was really worried about tuxes too, for a whole seperate set of reasons.

Yipee for a Gorillapod too bad you were driving all over, lost. And skip lunch?? Not in a million years. I would have went all hypoglycemic on someone (Chuck perhaps?) And I'm sorry about your poor spa experiences. I've never even wanted to spend money at Disney on those types of services. Perhaps though b/c here in MI I've found that the more expesive the places is, the worse job they actually do!?! I mean, I'm not in posh LA... so I don't even know what a real Spa experience would be like.

Man, you weren't kidding when you said the day was full of frustrations.
What the heck is up with the Disney Haters.
I soooo would have went bridezilla on them. I would have said, "look, I appreciate this isn't your usual vacation destionation, however, we ARE here for MY wedding. So I need for you to just be happy for Patrick and I and not complain or please leave. I do not want the downer two days before my wedding."

Okay. That's a Lie.

I would take note. Stew. Secretly complain to anyone else to create as much drama as possible. Post about it in my TR! (btw... I did A LOT.)

And yes, Christie (SIL) and I are tall. And we still wear heels!!! I felt the same way Carrie, I think I told you. When I was training in entertainment... I'm normally the tall one and there were two other girls (in sneakers) who were flat out taller than me. A lot taller! Significantly-I-Had-To-Look-Up-To-Them Taller! It's quite unnerving.

Anyhow, I'm so loving reading your rendition of events leading up to our day!!
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"A fellow DIS bride hooked me up with jewelry maker Madame Fortuna. I’d bought the aqua chandelier crystals I wanted to use for a necklace but couldn’t figure out how to construct what I envisioned. I sent Madame Fortuna the crystals and my inspiration picture, and she made the necklace and a pair of earrings. What I really liked, though, was the personal touches she added – an antique watch chain and locket, which I used for pictures of my mom."


LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea about the locket (besides the fact that your necklace came out great also). My mom passed away 2 years ago and I am going to add a locket to my necklace (haven't chosen the necklace yet) for a photo of her. I think this is a great idea.

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Mandara does suck. They think they're all prissy and posh but that's just an excuse to be more expensive than is ever necessary and they always try and con people into buying their products. (I also used to work at the Dolphin. What can I say; I get around. )
HIGH-larious... Where else have you worked? Carolyn Allen? Best Buy? The Post Office?! Glad I can entertain you - writing this TR is staving off the post-WDW depression

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Congratulations! You looked so beautiful on your wedding day and your bouquet was gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your pictures and your TR!
Yours was one of the first wedding TRs I read, and I hung on every word. I'm so pleased you're enjoying mine!

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Perhaps though b/c here in MI I've found that the more expesive the places is, the worse job they actually do!?! I mean, I'm not in posh LA... so I don't even know what a real Spa experience would be like.
I think you have something there about the expense/quality ratio. Beverly Hills is the worst place for that!

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I soooo would have went bridezilla on them.... Okay. That's a Lie.

I would take note. Stew. Secretly complain to anyone else to create as much drama as possible. Post about it in my TR! (btw... I did A LOT.)


We really ARE wedding twins!! Just wait til we get to the part where the haters were going around the reception telling everyone they didn't get our interest in Disney and trying to commiserate with other guests about how weird a Disney wedding was.... Classy!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea about the locket (besides the fact that your necklace came out great also). My mom passed away 2 years ago and I am going to add a locket to my necklace (haven't chosen the necklace yet) for a photo of her. I think this is a great idea. Thanks, Linda
That's wonderful! I'm so glad I could pass along Mme. Fortuna's idea, and I hope we get to see pictures of your necklace when it's done!
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We really ARE wedding twins!! Just wait til we get to the part where the haters were going around the reception telling everyone they didn't get our interest in Disney and trying to commiserate with other guests about how weird a Disney wedding was.... Classy!
WOW... seriously? Life of the party they're not....
Wait until they see how beautiful all your wedding pictures and video are... they'll be jealous.
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