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Old 06-02-2010, 02:01 PM   #46
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:58 AM   #47
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As we finished up the welcome bags the rooms at Kidani started becoming available so we hand delivered as many bags as we could for those staying there. Being ever so slightly OCD I placed each one perfectly staggered against the pillows on each bed. We still had a box of welcome bags going to Coronado, so we met up with the Smores Packing Crew. The Crew consisted of Jeffs aunt, uncle, cousins and their grandmas who so amazingly offered to help assemble the little individual smores packs for our welcome gathering.

(Also, credit where credit is due the same aunt and uncle were the mastermind crafters behind the Mickey bar name tags! Hi Aunt Linda!)



The smores packs contained a two graham cracker halves, a mini Hershey bar (larger than fun size, but smaller than full size) and the biggest marshmallow I have ever seen. The thing was seriously about 2-2.5" long! Major kudos to my MIL for finding these gigantic fluffy sugar clouds of joy!





Since one box of welcome bags was theirs, we handed it over to them and they were gracious enough to take the other box of welcome bags to Coronado. I believe they were able to drop them off at concierge and let them know the reservation name the bags went to (Aunt Linda, you can jump in and comment if I am wrong J). Everyone received their bags without a hitch, and for that I was immensely grateful. With everything else going on I know I would have been a crazy person trying to locate missing welcome bags.

We finally had a little bit of downtime so we settled for a bit in Jeffs parents 2-bedroom while I frantically checked flightarrivals.com for everyones incoming status. Now, I take full responsibility: I booked my familys flight. How I thought they could arrive at MCO at 2:30, hop ME, arrive at Kidani, get settled and be ready to leave for the rehearsal by 4pm, I dont know. I must have been harboring delusions of grandeur. It was nearing 3:00 and they were only just getting to the ME area at MCO. The realization of my poor planning was starting to hit and my anxiety levels began to rise. Unfortunately, I couldn't do anything to make them arrive any faster so the best thing for both Jeff and I to do was return to our room (with a quick hello to the bridal party that had arrived) and freshen up/change for the rehearsal.

We told everyone to meet in the lobby at 4pm; it was 4:10 and we were still our room in BFE. As we scrambled down the hallway and into the lobby we found the bridal party dutifully waiting when we arrived; everyone, including my parents, who had arrived on the 2:30 flight was only now just checking in. Panic was slowly starting to sink in. It was 4:15, we needed to take busses to the Board Walk and all I could think of was that line in the BEO about events starting more than 15 minutes late would be canceled.

We greeted our new arrivals in the lobby with hugs and smiles that said "I'm really trying hard not to have a panic right now, how are you?".

My poor family. Most of them hadn't been to Disney; none of them had ever stayed DVC. They were quite in awe of their massive 2-bedroom walking from room-to-room with a lot of "Oh my gosh, did you see this?" and my niece and nephew wanted to just stay and rifle through their welcome bags. I, meanwhile, found myself pacing up and down the hallway, in and out of their room, between their two bedroom and Jeff's parents two bedroom all with a lot of "We have to go! Please, really, we have. to. go."

Once we got everyone organized it was too late for busses so we loaded everyone into two taxi vans and sped off to the Board Walk. My poor family got stuck in the van with the cabbie who didnt see the need for air conditioning. Ive also never noticed how short Disney traffic lights are. One of those things you dont notice when you are sitting on a bus!


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We arrived at the Board Walk and made a mad dash for Sea Breeze Point. The bridal party was already there (they had gotten there before us and didn't have to maneuver two wheelchairs and two EVC's) - as was Ken and this strange gentleman Id not seen before. He was bald and slightly muscular and as I got closer I thought to myself This is NOT Rev. Miller! Rev Miller has curly hair! Well, Rev. Miller it was (man, I totally forgot to review him. Editing the first post now) and the ladies they were a-swoonin! Especially my grandmother who I call Elizabeth Taylor for a reason and its not because they are lookalikes :lol:

(And I totally just realized I forgot to review Rev. Miller....

Rev. Miller - A+ We aren't terribly religious people and originally we were going to go with a notary, but I knew that having our ceremony be officiated by a minister of some type was important to some members of our family (ahem, hi mom). We went with the contemporary ceremony from Rev. Miller and he had no problem at all with us altering his script and adding personal elements. He made us feel so at ease and balanced the perfect amount of humor and sincerity in the ceremony.

As I had mentioned in my review I had called Jen slightly pani.. um, concerned about the forecast for the wedding day. First thing, Ken pulled us aside to go over some alternate ideas for our ceremony dcor in the ballroom should the weather, as he put it, not cooperate. We agreed to the ideas and it was time to start rehearsing the ceremony.

I had mentioned to my mom on the ride over that I was disappointed to not have a bow bouquet since I hadnt had a shower. While we were talking to Ken, my mom and sister defaced Disney property and stole some flowers from the grounds and wrapped them with a tablecloth to make me a bouquet! Normally I would be appalled at defacing Disney property but I couldnt help but laugh! It was very cute of them to make me a practice bouquet and it really just lightened the mood and lifted my spirits.

So.. we rehearsed!



And the guys... just kind of stood around talking


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Old 06-03-2010, 06:32 PM   #48
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Everything looks so good! I can't wait to see more pictures.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:23 PM   #49
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:)

(Also, credit where credit is due the same aunt and uncle were the mastermind crafters behind the Mickey bar name tags! Hi Aunt Linda!)

Hi! It's Jeff and now officially Morgan's Aunt Linda adding her two cents. We loved making the Mickey bar name tags and we're thrilled they came out to Morgan's liking !!!

Since one box of welcome bags was theirs, we handed it over to them and they were gracious enough to take the other box of welcome bags to Coronado. I believe they were able to drop them off at concierge and let them know the reservation name the bags went to (Aunt Linda, you can jump in and comment if I am wrong J). Everyone received their bags without a hitch, and for that I was immensely grateful. With everything else going on I know I would have been a crazy person trying to locate missing welcome bags.

You are right! It was a piece of cake taking the box of welcome bags to the concierge. I'll admit now I was a little nervous about that task! After arriving at Kidani Village to find that the rooms weren't ready and we were making s'mores bags in a little waiting room off the lobby...and stress and emotions in full force already....I was trying to remain calm when Morgan asked me to take the welcome bags back to Coronado. I walked into the lobby of Coronado like I knew what I was doing and went to the concierge and said "These bags need to get delivered to the 'Smith' room" (and I kept my fingers crossed!) The concierge searched the computer and said "here they are, I'll make sure they are delivered; have a magical day." Yippee!

I had mentioned to my mom on the ride over that I was disappointed to not have a bow bouquet since I hadnt had a shower. While we were talking to Ken, my mom and sister defaced Disney property and stole some flowers from the grounds and wrapped them with a tablecloth to make me a bouquet! Normally I would be appalled at defacing Disney property but I couldnt help but laugh! It was very cute of them to make me a practice bouquet and it really just lightened the mood and lifted my spirits.

Darn it! Another thing I forgot to bring! I saw on one of your blogs you mentioned that you wouldn't have a bow bouquet and I was going to make you one!
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:02 PM   #50
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I love the smores assembly team! I'm interested to see how you ended up at the WP, seeing as your rehearsal was at SBP (I hope you didn't already mention this and I missed it!)
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:18 PM   #51
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Great instalment! It is really nice to see that you had all of those people helping you out to get your welcome bags delivered. And it is great that Disney magic helped you get them delivered without a hitch!

I am sorry to hear about the anxiety you had over getting to your rehearsal. It is really hard to plan around flights, but I am glad that it worked out and you got to have your rehearsal!
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:46 AM   #52
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Fabulous installment!!! I just love your writing style. You always crack me up! Your engagement pictures are so amazing!!!! I love the foot pop picture!

The SMores idea is just amazing and so creative!

I would be in the same boat, panicking about the 15 minute rule in the BEO! That is so cute your mom "retreived" some flowers for you!

Can't wait for more!
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Wow - Morgan!!! Everything looks amazing! Your custom items are to die for and I'll be eagerly awaiting your arrival on etsy!!

Thanks for sharing - can't wait to hear more!!!!

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Oh yeah! I remember seeing your e-pics on Carly's blog too! So so cute!

You poor thing, waiting for everyone to get there in time for your rehearsal! I can't even imagine. So good job on managing to keep it together! That could not have been easy!

Excited to see what's up next!!
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We Want More !

Aunt Linda here...since Morgan's not posting I thought I would (We're all patiently waiting...)

I just wanted to say that Morgan was the most beautiful bride (and Jeff was handsome too)! If she was nervous or stressed, it didn't show. She may have felt stressed on the day everyone arrived but she seemed in control. From some of the stuff I saw going on around her, that's commendable!!

And for the record, the pictures of the printed material she and Jeff put together do not do it justice. I think some people thought it was "official" stuff. It was amazing. I can't wait to see what they come up with next because I don't think anything can top the wedding program and "fast pass" placecard details. I was excited when I was able to figure out the coding on the bottom of the fast pass....but I was ashamed of myself when I realized from this report that the "postcard" in our welcome back was real (oops, I thought it was just a little souvenior postcard--shame on me).

Great job Jeff and Morgan -- uh, I mean Morgan and Jeff!
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Everything looks so good! I can't wait to see more pictures.
Thank you! I can't wait to get our pro photos back!


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I love the smores assembly team! I'm interested to see how you ended up at the WP, seeing as your rehearsal was at SBP (I hope you didn't already mention this and I missed it!)
They are great, aren't they? We were overwhelmed by how many family members were willing to help us out. And you'll find out about how we ended up at the WP!


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Great instalment! It is really nice to see that you had all of those people helping you out to get your welcome bags delivered. And it is great that Disney magic helped you get them delivered without a hitch!

I am sorry to hear about the anxiety you had over getting to your rehearsal. It is really hard to plan around flights, but I am glad that it worked out and you got to have your rehearsal!
I think the best advice I saw from other brides on the DIS was to get a team of people to help you assemble and distribute. I'm not great at delegating but I am so glad I did!


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Fabulous installment!!! I just love your writing style. You always crack me up! Your engagement pictures are so amazing!!!! I love the foot pop picture!

The SMores idea is just amazing and so creative!

I would be in the same boat, panicking about the 15 minute rule in the BEO! That is so cute your mom "retreived" some flowers for you!

Can't wait for more!
Thank you!! Of course I can't take credit for the s'mores welcome party idea. Laura (who's s/n escapes me) did that a few years back and I always loved that idea!


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Thanks for sharing - can't wait to hear more!!!!

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Oh yeah! I remember seeing your e-pics on Carly's blog too! So so cute!

You poor thing, waiting for everyone to get there in time for your rehearsal! I can't even imagine. So good job on managing to keep it together! That could not have been easy!

Excited to see what's up next!!
Thank you! Hopefully, someone will learn from my mistakes not to pack everything in one day!


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Hey I need time to be a newlywed, too!
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Now where was I? Oh yes, we rehearsed, and then it was time for our welcome event: campfire and sch’moes (bonus points if you get this reference!) at Fort Wilderness.

The last (and only, come of think of it) time we had been to the campfire sing-a-long at Ft. Wilderness it was October. There was a decent amount of people, but not too crowded. There were plenty of seats and room to properly burn your marshmallow at the two campfires on either side. In never occurred to either of us that in May, when the weather is warmer, and on a Saturday night, the place would be packed. We walked up with our gaggle of guests in tow and I almost stopped short when I saw the gobs of people everywhere. And the festivities hadn’t even officially started yet!

We managed to wrangle ourselves one of the bleachers. I walked over to the chuck wagon and bought 30 sticks and a case of cold bottled water and began distributing sticks, water and s’mores packs to our guests. Our guests were a little overwhelmed at first, I think, but eventually they started getting up and going over to the campfire. It was fun watching everyone get gooey and messy eating their s’mores (did I mention my genius MIL bought wet-naps for each s’mores pack as well?).

I was completely dumb and never remembered to take a picture of the s’more packs. Honestly, I was still a little stressed at that point – and I also had random strangers coming up to me because someone was telling people that if you wanted sticks you the “CM in the blue dress was giving them out”. :lol:

Andy and Andrea make a mess


Everyone piled on the bleachers (and some people we don't know)




Soon it was time to wrangle everyone up again to head off to the part of the evening I’d been waiting for all day: our rehearsal dinner at Hoop-Dee-Doo.
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Now Morgan, you are saying to yourself, it’s Saturday and you are getting married on Monday. Why are you rehearsing and rehearsal dinnering two days early?

Simple, my friends. Simple. It’s called sangria. It’s called all-you-can-drink sangria. Hungover girls and boys do not make attractive bridal parties and it was with great forethought that we decided to have our rehearsal dinner two nights early.

Hoop-Dee-Doo is a tradition with us. Where there is a trip to WDW, there is a stop at Hoop-Dee-Doo. I have a not-so-secret ambition to play Claire de Lune. We’ve never stayed sober enough to decide if the show is actually that funny or if it’s the sangria that makes it funny. We miss the Dolly Drew we had for years and who seemingly retired two years ago. We still agree that the funniest Sixpence was the guy who played the part around Christmas of 2005. And it’s not unusual for me to randomly break out lines from the show…. “but alas, she was no swimmer…”

One of the things I was most excited about was the photo. Behold epic group photo! (I need go back and Photoshop the people who weren't smiling... )



They sort of clustered all of us together on the right, toward the back. Being the HDD junkies that we are, we are spoiled and usually right up against the stage. It didn’t matter, we still got some major HDD love!

Clearly unaware of this photo being taken...


Our waitress, Heather, was amazing! She enjoyed our excitement and kept the sangria coming!

Best man Nick got cozied up to by Claire.



And of course when they asked for anniversaries, honeymoons, etc… everyone in our group was eager to point out to Miss Flora that it was our rehearsal dinner. Flora made a big fuss over us and our upcoming vows and we danced with all of the other couples to Let Me Call You Sweetheart.

Flora wears a looooooooot of eyeliner


Clearly, mad framing skillz


"Leeeet me call you sweeeetheart..."


Aaaaand then we drank…



and I became a bank robber. Or something.


I taught her everything... so proud.


We were laughing, eating, and getting ready to enjoy our strawberry shortcake when I heard a chorus of “Oh my god, Morgan!” I turned to follow all of the pointing and there was Claire de Lune and my DAD walking toward the stage. To give you some background, my dad is really a big teddy bear, but he’s reserved, often grumpy and definitely not the type to volunteer for something like this.

I was shocked and over the moon. I had seen the show so many times I knew exactly what character he was going to come out as…. Davey’s Angel!!



Best Davey’s Angel, ever.





An epic ending to an epic day.

Final glass totals:
Tara, Kevin, Nick: Some embarrassingly low number
Andrea: 5
Jeff: 5
Theresa: 6
Morgan: 6
Andy: 7

Why yes, we are totally insane




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Looks like you had an AMAZING time!


One quick question... how did you go about delivering your welcome bags?
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I love reading your trip report, your writing is so much fun to read. I can only imagine how much fun you guys had on your trip and at your wedding.

Looking for to reading more.
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